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vol 11, no 4
Hip-hop empresario Common spoke at North Carolina Central University and encouraged students to “find their greatness.”
(photo by patricia A murray)
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Right in the side pocket
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It took a while, but the Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) has really caught on. First starting out in 1949 as the Golden Age Society, DCSL moved into its new building on Rigsbee Avenue in 2006. Momentum built slowly as programs and features were added, and now, the center is so popular, it’s not unusual to pull into an already full parking lot on any given day. The place is definitely buzzing. Senior PharmAssist’s offices are on the second floor and the rest of the building is all DCSL— computer lab, workout room, TV room, and classrooms on the upper level, and movie theater, arts center, and special-events and commons area on the lower level. Many regulars settle in the lowerlevel commons area, playing dominoes, cards, and Wii games; reading books and magazines; putting together jigsaw puzzles; and playing the piano (which is usually Al Smith’s domain). But just beyond the commons area is a lively place where lies and boasting abound—the game room. On weekdays from 9am until 5pm, the game room is inhabited by old guys cracking jokes, making boasts, and bumping fists covered with blue powder.
There’s an occasional game of pingpong, but today everyone’s attention is drawn to the one pool table. All eyes are on the two competitors engrossed in a game of 8-ball. It’s been agreed that you play until you lose; so, if someone is on a hot streak, the others will have a long wait.
was drawn to the game room. He’s been coming ever since. “See that guy over there?” McNeill points his cue at one the players, Harvey Mitchell, who’s knocking in ball after ball with precision. “He’s one of the best players in here!” “What?!” shouts a stocky man with a twinkle in his eye. “He’s the best?” “No, I said he’s one of the best,” says McNeill. “Okay, I’m mad atcha now,” continues Thea Newman. “I was gonna give you a break, but I’ma have to beat you down!” Everybody laughs and then greets DCSL’s office manager, Lauren Martell and Alison Hubbard, director of programs, as they breeze in to make a fresh pot of coffee. Later, in her office, Hubbard explains that DCSL provides healthy activities free of charge for the 55+ set as a way to encourage them to stay active. Most of the men seem to have their own boasts. “Pops” Carlton speaks up. “You’re from the paper? Well, let me tell you somethin’ to put in there. I’m 85 years old and I have beat everybody in here at least once.” “Yeah, just once!” someone calls out.
Harvey Mitchell takes careful aim .
But they don’t mind; their playing is relaxed, and nonchalant boasts and taunts land without harm. Gambling and pool-sharking are not allowed. Today, the game room is all men, but I was told that women come through occasionally. In the back of the room, Carl “Hercules” McNeill screws two halves together of a shiny new cue stick. “Check this out,” he says, holding it up to his left eye and looking down the length of it like a shotgun. Three months ago, he dropped off his wife for an exercise class. He heard the CLACK! of the billiard balls and
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Right in the side pocket
Carlton laughs. “I can only come on Mondays and Fridays because of my job. I work at Levi’s Tailor Shop.” Spurred on by my raised eyebrows, he continues, “I do some tailoring work out of my house, too—and I also work at a dry cleaners.” “Wow! How can you be so busy at your age?” I ask. Carlton scoffs at the question. “I’m getting ready to work my garden. I got a nice yard in front, and in my garden in the back I’m growing pineapples—and I got a greenhouse.” It’s Larry Scarpulla’s turn to play. From Hoboken, New Jersey, the 83-year-old uses a walker. He doesn’t appear to be up to a game until he picks up a cue stick. Scarpulla works the angles and confidently hits the balls just hard enough to send them home. When it’s his turn, a Hispanic man jumps up and plays a quick game. He doesn’t win, but he’s obviously played before, trying to telepathically guide the ball with his hands and laughing whenever he drops one in. After losing, he awkwardly accepts a soul brother hug-and-handshake from the winner and hurries off. I chase after him and ask his name. “Mauricio Artiga!” he answers. “No hablo inglés.” (“I don’t speak English.”) Then he says something that sounds like “I have to get to work.” In my best schoolgirl Spanish, I call out, “What country are you from?” “El Salvador!” Artiga grins, giving me a thumbs up. Then he turns and practically runs down the street. I reenter the game room just in time to hear more boasting. “You know, I’m making money while I’m in here playing pool.” Harvey Mitchell’s game is smooth. He hits the balls hard but with uncanny accuracy. He plays pool as if it were his job. When I asked how that was possible, he says, “I run my own business—I’m a contractor and my men are on the job right now. I got contracts with the City and the Housing Authority.” Then he slams another ball into the side pocket. I speak up loudly. “Are you guys just showing off for the media?” My question is answered by a chorus of No, no and Oh, nos Thea Newman looks philosophical. “Yeah, we do a lotta bragging, but we can back it up.” He hesitates and then smiles through fingers that he holds up to his face. “But, yeah, we do a whole lotta lyin’, too.” Ron Wylie has been watching the games with interest. His pants are meticulously creased and his shoes look brand new. A retired cabdriver, he tells me that he once drove actor Yaphet Kotto around and that a mysterious passenger once gave him a $50 tip for a $3 fare. Now it’s his turn to play the winner of the last game. “You look tired,” he calls out to his opponent. I ask in a stage whisper, “Are you trying to psych him out?” “I better if I want to win.” Wylie stands and puts on his game face.
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Oh, yeah, spring is definitely here! As of yesterday, I am now harvesting the first few spears of asparagus in my little garden out back. I got the starter plants from a guy on the Gardening in the Carolinas forum (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/carolgard/), who said that he had some extras to give away. So now, three years, I’m finally enjoying the fruits of my willingness to take a chance. I haven’t gardened much since the death of my aunt, who I moved here to take care of. I kept waiting for my financial situation to improve, and finally realized that I can’t put my life on hold while waiting for things to get better. So, I decided to start gardening again—on a budget, which means using seeds instead of plants. And, while I’m at it, I’m going to return to other fun activities, knowing that if I don’t, I’m going to look back in a few years and realize that I didn’t take full advantage of my time on this Earth. I always wanted to post jazz and Brazilian guitar tutorials on YouTube, so I got to it and have posted four so far. When I was a little kid, we used to visit my great-grandmother, who had to be placed in a nursing home. I asked my dad why so many of the people there were sitting around looking so glum and dejected. He said, “Maybe they didn’t create enough good memories to live off of. You gotta go out and create lots of good memories, so that when you get old, you can sit back and enjoy them.” I remember that conversation as if it were yesterday. I’m 57, and I’d better hop to it! See you next month. — patricia A murray (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-809-9682)
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from the American Red Cross—Central North Carolina Chapter, 4737 University Dr, Durham, 919-489-6541, http://cncredcross.org/: Be prepared for emergencies by taking classes offered by the American Red Cross. You can visit the website for class descriptions: you’re in danger of being evicted or losing your home. Help is available every Tuesday from 8:30am to 12:30pm. A case manager can work with you and keep your family afloat while you regain your footing. To see if you’re eligible for this free service, call Frank Bryant II, a homelessness prevention social worker, at 560-8655. Here’s what you’ll need: a copy of your lease, eviction notice/letter from landlord stating the past-due status, proof of income (pay stub or letter), from employer or agency (SSA Work First, ESC, etc) stating the pay rate, a copy of the ID card and social security card for everyone who lives in the home/apartment, or utility notice. If you’re declared eligible, you’ll get some financial assistance.
• Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED— Wednesday, April 17, 9am–4pm; $85. • Adult CPR/AED—Wednesday, April 17, 9am– noon or Monday, May 6, 9am–noon; $55. • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED—Wednesday, May 6, 9am–3pm; $70. From 3 to 5pm every Tuesday, military veterans can get • Babysitter’s Training—Saturday, April 13, 9am– help building their résumés, getting job referrals, conduct 4pm; $85. ing job searches. Case management and needs assessments • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health are also available, if needed. These services are free. Care Providers—Wednesday, April 10, 9am–noon or Monday, April 22, 9am–4pm; $110. Ex-offenders can get help with job searches, résumé prep aration, networking, and encouragement from motiva tional speakers at a free workshop on Wednesday, March from the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, 13, 5–7pm. 919-560-2719, http://www.durhamarts.org/: Nowadays, employers check the credit ratings of their pro Artists are invited to file their applications to participate spective employees. Work on improving yours by attend in the 39th annual CenterFest Arts Festival, which is the ing a free debt-management and credit-counseling longest running juried outdoor arts festival in the state. workshop on Thursday, March 21, 9:30–11am. Artists from around the USA apply to take part in this popular outdoor event, and the areas of their expertise usually include clay, drawing, fibers, glass, painting, photo from Durham Technical Community College/ graphy, printmaking, wood, jewelry, mixed media, and The Small Business Center, 400 W Main St, sculpture. Download the application at http://centerfest. 3rd floor of the SouthBank Bldg, Durham, durhamarts.org/ and be sure to submit it by the May 31 919-686-3448, durhamtech.edu/html/current/ deadline. noncredit/sbccseminars.htm:
from the Durham JobLink Career Center, Northgate Mall, 1058 W Club Blvd, space #848, 919-354-2748, contact: Kenneth Motley: Sometimes you can be employed but can fall behind in your bills due to an unexpected temporary setback like hospitalization; or, maybe one adult in a relationship gets laid off and everything falls on the shoulders of the other. Before you know it, the situation gets so serious that
Durham Tech’s Small Business Center offers classes and seminars in their new location to entrepreneurs who are planning or starting their own businesses. These particular classes are being offered free of charge; check the website for additional classes and workshop series: • How to Use Content to Attract Customers and Generate Leads—Wednesday, April 10, 11:30am– 1:30pm, Women’s Business Center (114 W Parrish St); learn how to break through the clutter, get
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noticed, generate leads, and keep your customers • How to Use Email Marketing to Grow Your tuned in. Business—Wednesday, May 8, 11:30am–1:30pm, • Preguntas Legales Más Importantes Que Nos Women’s Business Center (114 W Parrish St); lead Planteamos a la Hora de Montar un Negócio— how to marke directly to your customer base and Jueves, 11 abril, 6–8:30pm, Orange County make sales. Campus (525 College Park Rd, en Hillsborough) y 18 abril, 6–8:30pm, SouthBank Bldg (400 W Main St, 3er piso); obtenga respuestas a sus preguntas from The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St, Bay 1 sobre cómo montar un negocio, financiación, con- (behind Golden Belt), 919-688-6960, tratos, etc. www.scrapexchange.org: • Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit?—Thursday, April 11, 6–8pm, SouthBank Bldg (400 W Main St, Knit Night at The Scrap—Now anyone age 14+ who 3rd floor) and Tuesday, April 18, 6–8pm, Orange enjoys knitting can socialize and share ideas while knit County Campus (525 College Park Rd, in Hills- ting on Thursdays, April 18 and May 2, 6:30–8:30pm. It’s borough); an overview for nonprofit startups, with free; bring your own supplies or purchase them from The information on resources. Scrap Exchange (when available). • Purchasing a Franchise—Monday, April 15, Sew Night—Enjoy a community sewing night on Thurs 6–8:30pm, South Bank Bldg (400 W Main St, day, April 25, 6–9pm. Start a new project or bring in an 3rd floor); learn how to evaluate a franchise and do old one and get help with technical issues; for age 14+. It’s market research on a franchise you’re considering free; bring your own supplies or purchase them from The investing in. • Cómo Crear un Plan de Negócios Ganador— Scrap Exchange (when available). Lunes, 15 abril, 6–9pm, The Scrap Exchange Visit the website and take a look at classes and work (923 Franklin St); como construir un básico plan de shops being offered for kids and adults, like Weaving with negocios. (en español) Paper, Artist Trading Cards, Windsocks & Wind Chimes, • EZ Marketing for Small Business—Tuesday, April Knitting in the Round, Basic Weaving, and Mosaic Stepping 16, 6–9pm, South Bank Bldg (400 W Main St, Stones. 3rd floor); get 50 inexpensive, easy-to-use tips from a guerrilla-marketing expert. • Thinking of Starting a Business?—Monday, April from the UNC School of Dentistry’s Student 22, 6–8pm, SouthBank Bldg (400 W Main St, National Dental Association, 3rd floor) and Tuesday, April 23, 6–8pm, Orange www.uncsnda.com/index.php/caare-clinic: County Campus (525 College Park Rd, in Hills- borough); an overview for business startups, with There’s an SNDA CAARE Clinic every Tuesday starting information on resources. at 6pm at CAARE, 214 Broadway for people without • How to Build an Online Marketing Strategy insurance and/or on Medicaid. Dental procedures are per That Works—Saturday, April 27, 9am–noon, The formed by 3rd- and 4th- year dental students under the Scrap Exchange (923 Franklin St); learn how to use supervision of dental school faculty members. your website, blog, email, and social media to gener- ate leads and grow your business. • Next Level Growth Series—Wednesday, May 1, Attention, nonprofit organizations and government 11:30am–1:30pm, Women’s Business Center (114 agencies: Send us information on your programs and ini W Parrish St); discuss what the benchmarks might tiatives for inclusion in the next issue of the Durham be for small businesses and where help can be Skywriter. These are free listings. sought.
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Go fly a kite
Make your own kite! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 kitchen-size (13-gallon) plastic garbage bag • clear packaging tape (like Scotch tape but wider) • scissors • lots of string or fishing line • 2 small, straight sticks: 1 24” long and 1 20” long • some ribbon or scrap cloth • a marker or pen First, slit open the bag so that you have one sheet of plastic. Lay it flat; cross the 2 sticks in the shape of a T and place them on top. Tie the sticks together where they meet, and then lay them back down. Draw a diamond-shaped kite, using the sticks as a guide. Then, cut out the kite, but not on the line. Make your kite 2 inches wider than the lines you drew. Now fold over the edges of your plastic sheet and tape them to your crossed sticks. Now you have to attach your kite to the string. Poke a small hole near the top of your kite and another near the bottom. Cut a piece of string that’s a few inches longer than the length from hole to hole. Slip the ends of your string in each hole, tie knots to hold them in place, and then tape them down. Now take the long piece of string and tie it to the middle of the string that’s going from hole to hole. Tape a few feet of ribbon or scrap fabric to the bottom of your kite (that’s the tail). Get a running start and let your kite fly!
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Tim: Slim: When do monkeys fall out of the sky? During Ape-ril showers!
Linda: Can February March? Brenda: No, but April May! Ella: What season is it when you’re on a trampoline? Della: Spring time! Ron: April showers bring mayflowers, but what do Mayflowers bring? Jahn: Pilgrims! Say this tongue twister three times fast: Draw drowsy ducks and drakes .
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• in some Middle Eastern and Asian countries, kids are really serious about their kite flying. They carefully apply glue and crushed glass along their strings so they can battle other kids and cut their opponents’ lines. • the world’s smallest kite measured around a quarter of an inch, and the largest kite was 6,781 square feet— that’s huge!
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Getting ready for the home stretch
Spring is here and most kids are already looking forward to summer. Don’t let your child lose focus on schoolwork or else summer school—or worse, being held back—might be in his or her future. Here are a few tips for making sure that your child ends the school year on the right note. • Find out what needs to be done or what’s lacking. Have a talk with your child’s teacher and find out if missed assignments can be completed and turned in for credit. Discuss the areas your child needs to work on and ask the teacher what can be done between now and the end of school (for example, remedial work or tutoring).
Online college courses
Top universities are participating in Coursera, an experiment to gauge interest in online courses by offering them at no charge, at least for now. Anyone can sign up for these courses. Although you can’t earn any college credits, this is still a great way to study subjects that interest you. If you’re currently a college student, you can get a sneak peek at a class that you might want to take “officially” at a later date. Go to www.coursera.org and take your pick: • Health Care Innovation and Entre- preneurship—6-week course starts April 15 (from Duke University). • Community Change in Public Health—6-week course starts April 22 (from Johns Hopkins University). • Introduction to Guitar—5-week course starts April 22 (from Berklee College of Music). • Introduction to Improvisation— 5-week course starts April 22 (from Berklee College of Music). • Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)— 6-week course starts April 22 (from University of Maryland at College Park). • Sports and Society—7-week course starts April 30 (from Duke University). • Inspiring Leadership Through Emo- tional Intelligence—6-week course starts May 1 (from Case Western Reserve University).
• Make a plan. If the teacher recommends a tutor, make contact and set up a schedule for in-home study sessions. Some tutors meet their students in the nearest public library (and some libraries offer free tutoring). Make necessary changes to your child’s study habits at home—you might have to reserve a set time for homework and limit TV or Internet goofoff time. If your child always puts off certain tasks until the last minute, find out why and try to discover a work-around. Certain skills might need to be improved.
• Find out what large projects are scheduled for the rest of the school year. Work with your child to set up a schedule for working on term papers and studying for big tests. Let him or her know that there will be less worrying and feelings of anxiety if the work is planned out prepared.
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April is National Donate Life Month. You can read a fact sheet on Theological Perspectives on Organ Donation (covering various religions) at http://www.unos.org/donation/index.php?topic=fact_sheet_9. For more information, contact Sharon Hirsch from Donate Life North Carolina at shirsch @donatelifenc.org or 919-451-7893. Visit Donate Life North Carolina’s website at www.donatelifenc.org.
The next meeting of Durham Congregations in Action will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 11:45am– 1pm, at Holy Infant Catholic Church (5000 Southpark Dr). Topics to be discussed will be Supporting People with Mental Illness and Their Families in Our Congregations—the local work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Wellness City. To learn more about DCiA, visit the website at dcia.org.
The Durham Crisis Response Center will hold a free Sexual-Assault Clergy Training on Wednesday, April 24, 4–6pm, at the Durham Crisis Response Center (206 N Dillard St). All are invited to listen and respond to “The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response,” which encourages pastors and their congregations to play major roles in the healing of both victims and perpetrators. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Jessica Howsam at 919-403-9425 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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Durham TRY (Together for Resilient Youth) will host its first TRY Prevention Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 20, 8am shotgun start, at the Crossings Golf Club at Grove Park (4023 Wake Forest Hwy, 919-598-8686). This fundraiser will help this local nonprofit continue its work in preventing alcohol and illegal substance abuse among young people. The $125 entry fee includes 18 holes, a cart, refreshments, post-tourney meal, and goodie bags. Four-person captain’s choice; register and pay online by going to durhamtry.org (click on the calendar). Call Earl Boone at 919-491-9740 for more information.
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held on Thursday, April 25, noon–1pm, in the fellowship hall of Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church (107 N Driver St, corner of Driver and Main, back entrance). You’re invited to help figure out how caring citizens in the community can best respond to societal problems that most people just talk about: gang and handgun violence, and the failure of many exoffenders to stay out of jail. Contact Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113 or nonviolentdurhamgmail.com, or visit the website at nonviolentdurham.org for more information.
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Make chrome faucets, trim, and even your bicycle rims shine with aluminum foil. Crumple up a piece, shiny side out, and rub the chrome until it gleams. Light rust spots can be removed if you rub hard enough. Here’s a no-fuss way to clean your electric oven: Turn the oven on and let it warm up to 150° for a few minutes while you put a large pan of water on “high” on the stove. Then, pour 1/2 cup of ammonia in an oven-ready bowl and place it on the top shelf. Once the pan of water starts boiling, carefully set it on the oven’s lower shelf. Close the oven door and let it sit until morning. The next day, wipe the oven clean, using the ammonia, warm water, and soap. Warning: this is for electric stoves only. Dingy gym shoes that used to be bright white can be brightened with a 50/50 solution of ammonia and water. Freshen up your car’s vinyl upholstery by squirting a bit of scented bath oil on a soft cloth and wiping down the seats, armrests, and dashboard.
After cleaning your TV remote control, drop it into a ziplock bag. You can still push the buttons while the remote is safely still in the bag. Sanitize your wooden kitchen cutting board by first rubbing it down with vinegar on a paper towel. Then remove all bacteria by rubbing down the board with hydrogen peroxide. Clean off your metal storm door and keep it from rusting by rubbing it down with car paste wax. Buff dry. Get rid of stubborn stains from rugs by dampening the area around the stain. Rub in some borax. After the area dries, use the vacuum; if necessary, blot at the stain with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and soapy water. Disinfect your kitchen and outdoor garbage cans by using a toilet brush or other long-handled brush to swish around a solution of bleach, dishwashing liquid, and warm water. Rinse with the garden hose and let the cans dry in the sun. Sprinkle some baking soda into the bottom of the kitchen garbage can before inserting the plastic trash bag.
If you have a plastic patio table on your back porch or deck, spread your vinyl shower curtain across it and clean it with a solution made of warm water, chlorine bleach, and laundry detergent. Don’t forget to protect your hands with waterproof gloves. Let the shower curtain dry in the sun. Keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up by rubbing it with car paste wax. Let it dry and then use a soft cloth to briskly buff it until it sparkles. Give your microwave a spring cleaning by pouring 1-1/2 cups of water into a microwaveable bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and microwave the bowl for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, wipe away the old, softened food residue with a soft cloth or sponge. Peel off old bumper stickers after applying a thin coating of silicone spray like WD-40.
use everyday household items for spring cleaning
Deodorize carpeting by sprinkling baking soda all over it. Let it settle into the fibers for 15 or 20 minutes, and then vacuum it up. Do an annual inspection of your cookware and set aside the scorched pots and pans. One by one, pour enough water to one-quarter full and set it to boil on the stove. Add 5 tablespoons of baking soda, turn off the stove, and let the mixture sit overnight. Then, the next morning, wipe the food residue from the pots and pans and wash them out with soap and warm water. Wipe away the static cling that attracts dust to TV and computer screens with used fabric-softener sheets.
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To your health
Healthier breakfast cereals
If it were left up to them, kids would probably choose their breakfast cereals based on bright graphics and cartoon characters. Cereals that are marketed to children often have way too much sugar, empty calories, and not enough fiber to do them any good. See if you can purchase breakfast cereals that aren’t aimed at kids—those cereals will prove to be healthier and more likely to help keep the children’s brains alert without sugar dips and rushes. When looking for a cereal that will be appealing and good for all family members, check the sides of the boxes for important information. Choose cereals that have a fiber content of at least 2 grams per serving. Try not to choose cereals that have more than 10 to 12 grams of sugar per serving. Even if you feel that you should add a bit more sugar if your child complains, you probably won’t add enough to equal the amount you’d get from one of those high-sugar cereals. But before you get to that point, consider adding natural sweeteners like fresh fruits such as bananas, blueberries, peaches, or strawberries. That would be alot better than adding sugar. Look for the appearance of these ingredients: fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, iron, and zinc. Whole grains cereals are gaining in popularity. Try them out on your family and see if your family likes them. It might take a bit of experimentation to discover the perfect cereal for your family, but it’s definitely worth the effort. What you’re looking for is a balanced cereal that will, on one hand, taste good while being nutritious, and on the other, keep the mind alert and mood level without adding unnecessary pounds. These breakfast cereals deserve a look—Shredded Wheat (unfrosted; there are several different types), Kashi Puffs, Fiber One, and Nature’s Path’s Synergy 8 Whole Grain.
Girls on the Run
The 11th annual Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K Fun Run will take place on Saturday, April 13, 9–11:30am at American Tobacco Campus/Diamond View Park (318 Blackwell St). Girls on the Run is a wellness/health education group that uses the sport of running to capture the imaginations of girls ages 8 to 12. Anyone can participate, including women, boys, and men. Following the run will be a festival, with a Kids Zone, interactive playgrounds, food, music, and live entertainment. There’s a cost for participating in certain events; for more information, call 919-401-6307 or visit www.gotr triangle.org.
Free workshop given by Durham Crisis Response Center
The Durham Crisis Response Center will hold a free Sexual Assault Awareness Month Training on Wednesday, April 24, 9am–noon, at the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company building (400 W Chapel Hill St). Police officer Robert Smith and Debbie Smith, a survivor of sexual assault, will explain the importance of working with and supporting victims during the investigation and later during the prosecution process. Police/security officers and people whose organizations support crime victims are encouraged to attend this free workshop; each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Call 919-403-9425 or visit http://dcrcsaamtraining. eventbrite.com/ to register.
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Q News from Duke University’s Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute (OLLI), 919-684-2703, www.learnmore.duke.edu/olli/: OLLI offers classes just for fun, like How Airports Work, Calligraphy, Buddism, and Free Will & Determism. See all of the offerings at the website; classes will start the week of January 7. Join the Bull City Golden Riders as they take a field trip to the Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro on Tuesday, April 30. Call or stop in for details. The Arthritis Foundation will sponsor an Arthritis Walk and Earth Day Cookout on Friday, April 19, noon–2pm. Enjoy Movies on Fridays, 1pm in the Theater: • April 12—We Bought a Zoo • April 19—The Da Vinci Code • April 26—Waiting to Exhale
Q News from the Durham Center for Senior Life,
406 Rigsbee Ave, 919-688-8247, www.dcslnc.org: Representatives from Durham County Social Ser vices make themselves available on Tuesdays, 1–5pm, to help you deal with Medicaid issues. On Wednes days, 9am–1pm, you can meet with a social worker from DSS Adult Services. The Seasoned Career Expo will be held on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 for people age 55+ who are looking for enrichment and full or part-time employment. On Monday, they’ll offer workshops, seminars, and mock interviews, and on Tuesday, you can be interviewed by employers who are ready to hire. (Please dress for success.) Call for a registration form. The Senior Medicare Patrol will give a talk on Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud! on Tuesday, April 16, 11:15am, in the Theater. (Another talk will be given on Tuesday, April 23 at 1pm.)
Q News from Durham Parks and Recreation,
Mature Adults office, Walltown Recreation Center, 1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296 or 919-354-2710, http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/prd/ Pages/Home.aspx: Seniors (age 55+) are invited to pick up some free fruits and vegetables at the Senior Room on the 2nd floor of the Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N Driver St) on Thursdays, April 18 and May 2, 11am. They don’t always have bags, so you might want to take your own. Be sure to cheer on your favorite Durham Senior Games and Silver Arts Showcase competitors April 15–26! All competitors and participants will be rec ognized on Thursday, April 25, 5–7pm, at the Durham Arts Council (120 Morris St), in a free ceremony that will be open to the public.
Play BINGO on Friday, April 19, 10am, in the com mons area. A Birthday Party will be held for April celebrants on Wednesday, April 17, 2pm, in the commons area.
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North Carolina Central University’s Family Law Clinic holds monthly File It Yourself Clinics at the Legal Aid of North Carolina office (201 W Main St, Suite 400). Attendees will learn some basic family law and how to file their own visitation or custody lawsuits. Mediators are available to offer free help in getting attendees what they want without having to go to court. The next File It Yourself Clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2:45pm. Call 530-7169 to reserve your spot; the cost to attend is $20 (cash or money order). Visit nccu. edu/law/clinic/index.html for information on NCCU’s various legal clinics.
Durham Police Academy
The Durham Police Academy is where citizens are trained to become officers of the law. The requirements for becoming a police officer include: • • • completion of high school (or equivalent); college is preferred; candidates must be able to provide certified school transcripts must be at least age 21 by the time classroom police training is completed must meet all physical requirements (including vision and hearing) • must meet credit standards • no felony convictions of any kind, and no serious misdemeanor convictions in the past 5 years • no domestic-violence con- victions • no DUI/DWI convictions in the past 5 years.
Free legal seminars
Law professors from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and other legal professionals are giving informative seminars at the Turner School of Law building (640 Nelson St).They’re free and open to the public. You don’t have to register, but you can call 919530-6601 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information: • Managing Crises and Transitions—Monday, April 22, 6–7:30pm Understand both the public interest and your legal responsibilities for effective nonprofit governance.
Prospective candidates must attend at least one open house informational session at Durham Police Department Headquarters (505W Chapel Hill St). Next month’s sessions will be held on Saturday, May 4, 9am and Tuesday, May 7, 9am and 6pm. Dress well (a minimum of business casual) and don’t be late—late arrivals will not be admitted.
• Family Law Q&A—Tuesday, April 23, 6–7:30pm Get your questions answered about child custody, child support, and divorce.
Attention, attorneys and legal professionals: Contact me so that I can interview you about the latest legal issues. (I promise not to ask you to dispense legal advice.)
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The 11th annual Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K Fun Run will take place on Saturday, April 13, 9–11:30am at American Tobacco Campus/Diamond View Park (318 Blackwell St). Girls on the Run is a wellness/health education group that uses the sport of running to capture the imaginations of girls ages 8 to 12. Anyone can participate, including women, boys, and men. Following the run will be a festival, with a Kids Zone, interactive playgrounds, food, music, and live entertainment. There’s a cost for participating in certain events; for more information, call 919-401-6307 or visit www.gotr triangle.org. contact Fiona Allen at 866-880-2742 or email@example.com to register. Take in some adaptive golf (swing from a sitting position) on Monday, April 29, 4–7pm, at the Hillandale Golf Course (1600 Hillandale Rd). It’s free if you contact Fiona Allen at 866-880-2742 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register; otherwise, the cost is $5 at the golf course. The next practice of the Carolina Dragons wheelchair basketball team (for adults) will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 6–8pm at Braggtown Baptist Church (3218 N Roxboro St). Participation is free; contact Fiona Allen at 866-8802742 or email@example.com. Learn more about Bridge II Sports, at www.bridge2sports.org.
• Durham Parks and Recre- ation’s High Ropes Course Discovery Day is Saturday, April 6, at Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd).The one-hour course is offered from 11am to 2pm. Challenge yourself by conquering this obstacle course, which is 55 feet up in the air. The fee is $8, $7 with Play More card. • Heels in Motion, who walk for good health at Streets at Southpoint Mall (6910 Fay- etteville Rd), can walk Mon- day–Saturday between 7am and 9pm and Sundays be- tween 10am and 7pm. The monthly free breakfast and health talk will take place in the Food Court on Wednes- day, April 24 at 8am. Call 919-572-6450 for more info. • The Heart & Sole Mall Wal kers Club walk at Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) Mon- day–Saturday between 7am and 9pm and Sundays be- tween 9am and 6pm. The free monthly breakfast and health talk will take place on Tues- day, May 14 at 8:30am. Call 919-286-4400 for more info.
Adaptive sports with Bridge II Sports
The next handcycle ride will start at 9am on Saturday, April 13 on the American Tobacco Trail by Souper Salad on Fayetteville just north of Hwy 54. Bridge II Sports has 6 handcycles, 1 recumbent bike, 1 tandem, 1 recumbent tandem, and 3 upright bikes; ask about availability when you register for this free event by contacting Fiona Allen at 866-880-2742 or firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy adaptive fishing at Lake Crabtree (1400 Aviation Pkwy in Morrisville) on Saturday, April 13, 10am–2pm. Take a picnic lunch and make it a party. Fishing gear will be available, but you’re welcome to bring your own. This event is free, but
Walk Like MADD 5k
You or your company can team up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s efforts to keep kids and communities safe by participating in a noncompetitive walk at the Imperial Center (Page Rd and I-40) on Saturday, April 20, 8:30am. Register for $20 and raise pledges to help support MADD’s mission to put a stop to drunk driving and to prevent underage drinking. Call 919-787-6599 for more information. Teens are encouraged to go to support. madd.org and download “The 411 on Teen Drinking” just in time for prom season.
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Fun at the Durham County Fair
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Nyree and Dramone.
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Í Take a tour of a roastery and sample different
types of coffee on Fridays, 10am, at Counter Culture Coffee (4911 S Alston Ave). It’s free; call 919-361-5282 or visit counterculturecoffee.com for more info.
Allow yourself to explore self-expression at the Ecstatic Dance–Durham Dance Wave in Golden Belt’s Cotton Room (807 E Main St) on Mondays, 7:30–9pm. The cost is $7; call 919-768-2489 or visit durhamdancewave.com for more info.
Í Overeaters Anonymous meetings are held on
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30–1:30pm, at First Presbyterian Church (305 E Main St, 2nd floor of the Christian Ed Wing). Call Robin at 919-6833013 for more info. Meetings are also held on Saturdays, 10–11:30am, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Youth Hut). Call Harriette at 919-596-9543 for more info. Sunday meetings are held at 10am for newcomers and 10:30am for regulars at the Structure House (3017 Pickett Rd, Room 220). Call Judith at 919-929-9891 for more info.
The Durham Central Park Pavilion at 502 Foster St is the home of the Durham Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8am to noon. You can buy fresh produce, free-range eggs, honey, cheese, handmade soaps, home-made yummies, and antibiotic and hormone-free meats. Check durhamfarmersmarket.com or call 919-484-3084 to find out what’s in season.
Í Have you always wanted to learn how to play
The Durham Craft Market is open on Saturdays, 8am–noon, right across the street from the Durham Farmers Market. Check out the handcrafted jewelry, pottery, woodcrafts, metallic art, and more. Visit durhamcraftmarket.com to learn more about the artists.
“old-time” music? Bring your stringed instru ment to the Old-Time Learning Jam at High Strung Musical Instruments (1116 Broad St) on Tuesdays, 6:30–8pm. It’s free and “near-begin ners” are welcome. Call 919-286-3801 or check highstrungdurham.com for more info.
Í Tuesday Night Learning Jams are held every
week, 6:30–8pm, at High Strung Musical Instruments (1116 Broad St). Make friends and learn some old-time tunes. They’re free; call 919-2863801 or check highstrungdurham.com for more info.
The South Durham Farmers Market is held on Saturdays (rain or shine) from 8am to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). Winter hours are 10am–1pm. You can buy winter produce, meats, pies, and crafts, and more. Check southdurhamfarmersmarket. org to read about the vendors and to subscribe to the e-newsletter.
APRIL 1 – 7
Í Singers, instrumentalists, and spoken-word art-
English Country Dance sessions are held every Thursday, 7:30–9:30pm, at the Freedman Center of Beth El Synagogue (1004 Watts St). Be sure to take soft, non-street shoes or dance in your socks. $5 suggested donation; beginners are welcome. Visit ncfolk.net/contra for more info.
ists are invited to showcase their talents at an Open Mic on Wednesday, April 3, 6:43pm, at the Broad Street Café (1116 Broad St). All poetry and spoken-word pieces must be pg-rated. Free admission; call 919-416-9707 or visit thebroad streetcafe.com for more info. (Additional Open
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Mics will be held on April 17 at 8pm and May 1 at 6:43pm.)
Í Watch two short films, “Heart of Durham” and
“Sun Song” at the Durham Station Transpor tation Center (515 W Pettigrew St, 2nd floor) on Thursday, April 4, 5–8pm. Joel Wanek, who filmed both movies at the Durham Station and along DATA Route 16, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss his work. Free admission; call 919-485-7433 for more info.
rear or in the Food Lion lot). Register by emailing Sandy at email@example.com; be sure to find out how much is being charged for the workshop (usually between $5 and $15). Visit communecos.org for more info on Recyclique.
Í Hip-hop artist/activist Common will make a free
Tim Fast and Herschel Browne will give a free folk/Americana concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse (2700 N Roxboro Rd) Christian-music venue on April 6, 7:30pm. Donations will be accepted; call 919-220-2458 for more info.
appearance at NCCU’s McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium (Lawson and Lincoln Sts) on April 4, 7pm (doors will open at 5:30pm). Common launched a nonprofit organization, the Common Ground Foundation, which promotes skill development and confidence building for young people; he has also written three books, “The MIRROR and ME,” “I Like You But I Love Me,” and “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” Call 919-5306295 for more info.
Í Duke University’s Asian/Pacific Studies Institute
is cosponsoring the Cherry Blossom Festival at Sarah P Duke Gardens (420 Anderson St) on Sun day, April 7, noon–3pm. Enjoy Japanese taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, theatri cal Japanese storytelling, Ikebana flower arrang ing, bonsai exhibits, and more. It’s free; you only have to pay for parking. Call 919-668-1707 or visit www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens for more info.
Í Durham Parks and Recreation’s next Community
Campfire will be held in Morreene Road Park (1102 Morreene Rd) on Friday, April 5, 7–8pm. Make s’mores and enjoy the crackling campfire with friends. This is an all-ages, free event; call 919-560-4355 for more info.
APRIL 8 – 14
Í Georgann Eubanks will talk about her new book, Í
next District 2 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held at the Durham Public Schools’ Resource Center (2107 Hillandale Rd) on Monday, April 8, 6pm. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/ County services.
“Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guidebook,” last of a trilogy, at the Regulator Bookshop (720 Ninth St) on April 5, 7pm. Harry Phillips will teach how to get an early season garden going at Recyclique’s Spring Planting Workshop on Saturday, April 6, 2–4pm, in the green house just east of the Food Lion (2811 Hillsborough Rd; park in the
Í If you like science, check out Periodic Tables,
which are monthly talks about science in an infor mal setting (sponsored by the Museum of Life and Science), at the Broad St Café (1116 Broad St, 919-416-9707, thebroadstreetcafe.com). The next one will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 7pm. Dr David McNelis, director of UNC–Chapel Hill’s Cen ter for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Eco-
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nomic Development, will lead a talk on Energy’s Approach to Mitigate Climate Change.
next District 5 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held in City Hall’s Com mittee Room on the 2nd floor (101 City Hall Plaza) on Thursday, April 11, 5:30–7:30pm. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County services.
next District 4 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held at IR Holmes Sr Recreation Center at Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave) on April 13, 10am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/ County services.
Í Join local history buff John Schelp as he leads an
Urban Hike in West Durham on Saturday, April 13. This 3-mile-loop nature and history tour will start at Ninth and Green Sts at 10am. It’s free; send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The String Peddlers will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse (2700 N Roxboro Rd) Christian-music venue on April 13, 7:30pm. Donations will be accepted; call 919-220-2458 for more info.
Í Twenty-five 25 certified green homes will be avail-
Í The Durham Arts Council‘s Durham Art Walk
Spring Market features the works of more than 200 local artists, who will be displaying their art in downtown galleries and businesses from 10am to 5pm on April 13 and from 1 to 5pm on April 15. Take the self-guided tour and enjoy the art, live entertainment throughout downtown Durham. This is a free, rain-or-shine event. Call 919-560 2787 for more info.
able for viewing during the annual Green Home Tour on April 13 and 14, noon-6pm. See the latest developments in solar/green/sustainable homes by taking this free, self-guided tour across the Tri angle. Call 919-493-8899 to find out where you can pick up a tour book and get started.
Í The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East, UNC
Í Celebrate Bull City Craft’s (2501 University Dr)
first Anniversary Party on Friday, April 12, 4–7pm. Receive a free Itty Bitty Canvas Painting, watch duct tape craft demonstrations, and learn about the GetANotebook, GiveANotebook Project. It’s free; call 919-419-0800 for more info.
Students for Justice in Palestine, and Salaam Shalom Committee of the Church of Reconcilia tion are cohosting a public seminar, The Quest for a Just Peace: US Military Aid and Human Rights in Israel-Palestine on Sunday, April 14, 2–5pm, at UNC–Chapel Hills’ FexEd Global Exchange Center (301 Pittsboro St in Chapel Hill). For more information on these groups’ work in encouraging interfaith dialog and faith-based action, visit www.aimeproject.org.
next District 3 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held at Lyon Park (1313 Halley St) on Saturday, April 13, 10am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County services.
Í The new monthly Emerging Artist Jazz series
features young middle school and high school students. The next on April 14, 5pm, at the Broad St Café (1116 Broad St, 919-416-9707, thebroadstreetcafe.com)
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APRIL 15 – 21
Í New Durham Fire Chief Daniel M Curia will be
NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $15; send email to email@example.com for ticket info.
sworn in during the Monday, April 15 City Council session on City Hall’s 2nd floor. The reception will be held at 6:15pm and the ceremony will start at 7pm.
Í An Affordable Housing + Transit Symposium
Í This year’s NCCU Jazz Festival will feature per-
formances by Benny Golson, the Carl Allen Quar tet, UNC–Chapel Hill Faculty Jazz Group, and the NCCU Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Faculty Jazz Group at NCCU’s BN Duke Audi torium (Fayetteville and Lawson Sts) April 15–20. The festival package is $30; send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. On Tuesday, April 16, 7:30pm, the NCCU Vocal Jazz Summit will feature the NCCU Vocal Jazz Combo and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and addi tional performances by high school students at NCCU’s BN Duke Auditorium (Fayetteville and Lawson Sts). Free admission! NCCU’s Faculty Jazz Group and the UNC–Chapel Hill Faculty Jazz Group will appear in concert at BN Duke Auditorium (Fayetteville and Lawson Sts) on Wednesday, April 17, 8pm. Free admission! Jazz students and musicians are invited to attend the free NCCU Jazz Festival Master Class Work shop Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, noon, in the NCCU Jazz Band Room (in the BN Duke Auditorium building (Fayetteville and Lawson Sts). The great Benny Golson will perform with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble on Friday, April 19, 8pm, at BN Duke Auditorium (Fayetteville and Lawson Sts). The opening performance will be by the
will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 8:30am– 1:30pm, at the Hilton Durham (3800 Hillsborough Rd). Share your views during the panel discussion and listen to keynote speaker Bryan Greene from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. It’s free, but call 919-5604107 and register by April 15 if you’d like to have lunch.
Í The next Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Meet-
ing will be held on April 17, 7pm, at the Durham Public Schools’ Staff Development Center (2107 Hillandale Rd). Horvath Associates, which was hired by the City of Durham’s Public Works Department, will present information gleaned from its studies of four roadways—Morreene Rd from Erwin to Neal Rd, Carpenter-Fletcher Rd from Woodcroft Pkwy to Alston Ave, Cornwallis Rd from South Roxboro St to Chapel Hill Rd, and Hillandale Rd from I-85 to NC-147. Call 919-560 4366 for more info.
Í Singers, instrumentalists, and spoken-word art-
ists are invited to showcase their talents at an Open Mic on April 17, 8pm, at the Broad Street Café (1116 Broad St). All poetry and spoken-word pieces must be pg-rated. Free admission; call 919-416-9707 or visit thebroadstreetcafe.com for more info. (Another Open Mic will be held on May 1.)
Í The Duke Symphony Orchestra, with Harry
Davidson, music director, will give a free concert on April 17, 8–10pm, at Page Auditorium (116 Chapel Dr). The orchestra will perform Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino and excerpts from Otello, La Traviata, and Aida with soprano soloists Heather Engebretson and Catheryne
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Shuman; Britten’s Soirées Musicales; and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Call 919660-3333 for more info. for kids 17 and under (accompanied by an adult). Call 919-560-4355 for more info.
Í Flit from venue to venue downtown during Third
Friday on April 19, 6–9pm (depending on the venue). Enjoy art displays, live and recorded music, and snacks; participating spaces include the Durham Arts Council/Durham Art Guild, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens, The Scrap Exchange, Durham Arts Place, Exotique, Claymakers, The Carrack Gallery, Golden Belt, and others. Check thirdfridaydurham.com for more info.
Get ready to battle in the Beyblade Tournament, which will be held on April 20, 1–3pm, at the Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N Driver St). Call 919-354-2750 for more info. Guitarist Bob Clarke and his wife, Evelyn, a vocalist, will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse (2700 N Roxboro Rd) Christian-music venue on April 20, 7:30pm. Donations will be accepted; call 919-220-2458 for more info.
Do some serious spring cleaning by participating in the Paper Shredding & E-Scrap Recycling event on Saturday, April 20, 8am–2pm, at Durham County Stadium (750 Stadium Dr). Pile your old papers and electronic devices (including TVs and microwaves, but no larger appliances or appliances with freon) in the car; they’ll be unloaded for you at the Stadium and safely dis posed of. This is a free service; call 919-560-1200 for more info.
Celebrate the Durham Community Concert Band’s 30th anniversary at the Carolina Theater (309 W Morgan St) on Sunday, April 21, 6pm. It’s free; call 919-383-6180 for more info. The Durham Earth Day Festival, which just hap pens to be the Triangle’s largest Earth Day cele bration, will be held in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Sunday, April 21, noon–5pm. Enjoy music, stop by the educational booths, and encourage the kids to join in the fun activities. Free admission; call Durham Parks and Recreation at 919-560-4355 x228 for more info.
The next District 1 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held at the Holton Career & Resource Center (410 N Driver St) on April 20, 9:30am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County services.
APRIL 22 – 28
Free Homebuyer Classes are offered to first-time Í Take the kids to the Big Book Block Party at the Í prospective homeowners by Reinvestment Part Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St) on April 20, noon–4pm. Meet former Harlem Globetrotter and author Tyrone “Hollywood” Brown, and well-known children’s book authors and illustrators, including EB Lewis, Eric Velasquez, Colin Bootman, and Kelly Starling Lyons. Check out the latest DVDs, music CDs, and games for children. Admission is $5, free
ners at the Church of the Abiding Savior (1625 S Alston Ave). They’re usually held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; you must attend all three days in order to get the 8-hour certificate. Learn about credit, budgeting, how to apply for a mortgage, home inspections, closings/ settlements, and how to work with a lender and the prequalification process. The next classes will
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be offered April 22–24, 10am–12:40pm. Register by contacting Mayra at: mayra@reinvestment partners.org or 919-667-1000 x41.
Í North Carolina Central University’s Family Law
Carolina archives. The Down Home Cantata will be directed by Lorena Guillén and performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale, soloists, and orchestra. It’s free!
Clinic holds monthly File It Yourself Clinics at the Legal Aid of North Carolina office (201 W Main St, Suite 400). Attendees will learn some basic family law and how to file their own visitation or custody lawsuits. Mediators are available to offer free help in getting attendees what they want without having to go to court. The next File It Yourself Clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2:45pm. Call 919-530-7169 to reserve your spot; the cost to attend is $20 (cash or money order). Visit nccu.edu/law/clinic/index.html for information on NCCU’s various legal clinics.
Í Singers, instrumentalists, and spoken-word art
ists age 18 and under are invited to showcase their talents at The Relative Pitch: Youth Open Mic on April 28, 4:30–6:30pm, at the Broad Street Café (1116 Broad St). Free admission; call 919-4169707 or visit thebroadstreetcafe.com for more info.
APRIL 29 – MAY 5
Recyclique presents a Caring for Your Bicycle Workshop at Durham Cycles (756 Ninth St) on Friday, April 26, 6–7pm, in the green house just east of the Food Lion (2811 Hillsborough Rd; park in the rear or in the Food Lion lot). Register by emailing Sandy at email@example.com; be sure to find out how much is being charged for the workshop (usually between $5 and $15). Visit communecos.org for more info on Recyclique.
Celebrate a Block Party at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse (2700 N Roxboro Rd) Christian-music venue on Saturday, May 4, noon–4pm. Call 919 220-2458 for more info.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Í Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd,
• • •
Constellation will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse (2700 N Roxboro Rd) Christian-music venue on Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm. Donations will be accepted; call 919-220-2458 for more info.
919-383-1686, ncparks.gov/Visit/main.php; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Piper-Cox Open House—Saturday, April 13, 2–4pm; take a tour of this historic house and learn about spring planting in the fields, the main garden, and family history. It’s free; call for directions. Beginning Fishing—Saturday, April 20, 10am; kids ages 5 to 15 can learn how to fish; gear will be provided, but take a small can of corn (with a pop top) for bait. Meet at the park office. It’s free; call to register. Interview with a Flower—Saturday, April 20, 2:30pm; go on a flower safari. It’s free; call to register.
Í The Down Home Cantata, which is based on the
film, exhibit and book, “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina,” will have its première performance on Sunday, April 28, 3–4:30pm, at Duke University’s Goodson Chapel (407 Chapel Dr). Alejandro Rutty created the original musical score, which incorporates historic audio recordings from the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North
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• • Birdwatching (age 12+)—Saturday, April 27, 9am; explore the park and see how many spe- cies you can identify. It’s free; call to register. Geology Hike at Occoneechee Mountain— April 27, 2pm; learn about Occoneechee Moun- tain’s geologic wonders and explore the quarry with a real geologist. It’s free; call to register.
Í Jordan Lake State Recreation Area,
280 State Park Rd, Apex, 919-362-0586, ncparks.gov/Visit/main.php; email address: email@example.com: • CAST (Catch A Sure Thing!)—Saturday, April 13, 9:30–11am; kids ages 6 to 12 can learn how to fish; all gear is provided. Meet at the Visitor Center. It’s free; call to register. (also April 20 and 27, and May 4) • Bald Eagle Count—Sunday, April 14, 7am; help Park Rangers and the New Hope Audubon Society look for and count bald eagles. See newhopeaudubon.org for more info. It’s free; meet at the Poplar Point Campground at the beach. • Astronomy Viewing Session—Saturday, May 11, 8:30–10:30pm; take a celestial tour of the constellations at Ebenezer Beach with a More- head Planetarium educator. It’s free. If the weather is “iffy,” call 919-962-1236 to see if the viewing session is still on.
• In the Garden: Talkin’ Tomatoes—Sunday, April 21, 2–4pm; meet at the Burpee Learning Center in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. • Starting from Scratch: Easy Perennial Flowers from Seed—Thursday, April 25, 6:30– 8:30pm; $23, $18 for Friends. • Terraces and Perennial Gardens: Color and Plant Combinations— Thursday, May 2, 9–11am; look around and see which plants might do well in your garden; $7, $5 for Friends; call to register. • Walk on the Wild Side—May 2, 11am–noon; take a tour of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants; $7, $5 for Friends. • Tour the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden —Thursday, May 8, 3:30–4:30pm; $7, $5 for Friends.
Í William B Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood
Avenue, Raleigh, 919-571-4170, ncparks.gov/Visit/main.php; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org: • Canoe Program on Big Lake— Thursday, April 18, 9–10:30am; observe native plants along the shoreline. Meet at the Big Lake Boathouse. It’s free; call to register. • Animals of Umstead—Saturday, April 27, 3pm; learn about the animals that call Umstead State Park home. Meet at the Visitor Center. It’s free; call to register. • Snakes of North Carolina—Sunday, April 28, 2:30–4pm; learn about the snakes that are com- mon in the park and around the state. Meet at the Visitor Center. It’s free; call to register.
Í Sarah P Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St,
919-684-3698, hr.duke.edu/dukegardens; garden- ing workshops are held in the Doris Duke Cen ter; call 919-668-1707 or 1708 to reserve your spot: In the Garden: Sweet Potato—Sunday, April 14, 2–4pm; meet at the Burpee Learning Center in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Durham Garden Forum: Ground Covers— Tuesday, April 16, 6:30–8pm; $10, free for Forum members.
Í Join the Sunday afternoon Spring Hikes through
the Eno River Valley and see old homesites, mills, graveyards, Indian trading paths, and more. These 2-1/2-hour hikes are free; check enoriver. org to confirm hike details and meeting loca tions or call 919-620-9099 for recorded updates.
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Í Learn about Invasive Plants at West Point on
the Eno City Park (5101 N Roxboro Rd) on Sunday, April 21, 2–4pm. The fee is $1, free with Play More card; call 919-560-4405 for more info.
Í Go on a Sunset Paddle in a kayak or canoe on
Saturday, April 27, 6:30–8:30pm. The fee is $6, $5 with Play More card; contact Chris Shepard at 919-560-4405 or christopher.shepard@durhamnc. gov for more info.
interviews to take a look at how black men in Durham view and use health care. The agency is seeking participants for this study. To be eligible, each candidate should be a black man, age 25 to 64, and an English-speaker who’s born in the USA and currently living in Durham. Each participant will receive $40, plus a parking voucher if needed. Contact Emily Namey at 919-544-7040 x11206 or email@example.com for more info.
Í Free, confidential HIV tests are administered at
Í Kids ages 5 to 15 can experience a Fishin’
Frenzy at Lake Michie on April 27, 10am–noon. Fishing gear will be supplied; the fee is $3, $2 with Play More card; contact Chris Shepard at 919-560-4405 or christopher.shepard@durhamnc. gov for more info.
the Lincoln Community Health Center (1301 Fay etteville St) on Mondays, 5–7:30pm, in the Spe cialty Clinic. They use OraQuick, an oral mouth swab, and results are available in 30 minutes. No appointment is necessary; send email to durham HIV@gmail.com for more info.
Í Go on an Amphibian Adventure at West Point on
the Eno City Park (5101 N Roxboro Rd) on Saturday, May 4, 5–7pm. The fee is $1, free with Play More card; call 919-560-4405 for more info.
Í The next Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Mye-
Í The Morehead Planetarium sponsors free Sky • Jordan Lake’s Ebenezer Church Recreation Area—Saturday, May 11, 8:30–10:30pm; see Venus, the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn.
watcher Sessions (you can call 919-962-1236 for directions and day-of if weather conditions cause you to wonder if the session will be can celled):
loma Support Group Meeting will be held on Monday, April 1, 11am–12:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Family mem bers are welcome; call 919-684-4497 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (Additional meetings will be held on April 15 and May 6.)
next Monday afternoon Chemotherapy Education Class will be held on April 1, 1–2pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Get your questions answered about treatment and side effects. Family members are welcome; call 919 681-0691 or 919-613-6275 for more info. (Addi tional classes will be held on April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6.)
Í The next Thoracic Oncology Support Group
Meeting (for people dealing with lung cancer, head and neck cancers, or sarcoma) will be held on Tuesday, April 2, noon–1pm, in the Duke Can-
Í A local research group, FHI 360, will be conduct
ing a series of focus groups and one-on-one
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cer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hos pital South), room 0N01. Family members are welcome; call 919-684-4497 or send email to email@example.com for more info. (Additional meetings will be held on April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7.)
Í The next Friday morning Chemotherapy Educa-
Í The next Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Can-
cer Support Group Meeting will be held on April 2, 2–3:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South, room 0N01). Family members are welcome; call 919-684-4497 or send email to cancer firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (Additional meetings will be held on April 16 and May 7.)
tion Class will be held on April 5, 9–10am, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Get your questions answered about treatment and side effects. Family members are welcome; call 919-681-0691 or 919-613-6275 for more info. (Additional classes will be held on April 12, 19, 26, and May 3.)
Í The next Wednesday afternoon Chemotherapy
next Cancer Pro Bono Legal Program seminar will be held on April 5, 10am–1pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), in the 0 Level conference room. (Additional seminars will be given on April 19 and May 3.)
Education Class will be held on April 3, 1–2pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Get your questions answered about treatment and side effects. Family members are welcome; call 919 681-0691 or 919-613-6275 for more info. (Addi tional classes will be held on April 10, 17, 24, and May 1.)
Í The next Stroke Support Group meeting will
be held on Monday, April 8, 1–2:30pm, in Durham Regional Hospital’s Private Dining Room C (3643 N Roxboro Rd). Family members and caregivers are welcome; call 919 403-4374 for more info.
next Cancer Caregiver Support Group Meeting will be held on April 3, 4–5:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Call 919-684-4497 or send email to cancersupport @duke.edu for more info. (Additional meetings will be held April 17 and May 1.)
next Genitourinary Cancers Support Group Meeting will be held on April 8, 2– 3:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Family members are welcome; call 919 684-4497 or send email to cancersupport@duke. edu for more info.
Í A free Mind-Body Approaches to Coping with Í The next Speech and Communication Group
Cancer workshop will be given on Thursday, April 4, 3–4:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Cen ter (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Family members are wel come; call 919-684-4497 for more info. (Addi tional workshops will be given on April 18 and May 2.)
for Parkinson’s Disease meeting will be held on April 8, 3–4pm, at the Teer House (4019 N Roxboro Rd). Learn speech strategies and practice communication skills. Caregivers are encouraged to attend. It’s free; call 919-416-DUKE to register.
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Í The next Look Good, Feel Better session for Í The Healthy Arts Network presents Write for
female cancer survivors will be held on April 8, 5:30–7:30pm, in Durham Regional Hospital’s North Conference Room (3643 N Roxboro Rd). Get a free cosmetics kit and learn coping and beauty techniques as a way to enhance your appearance while being treated for cancer. It’s free; call 919-470-7168 to register. You, where patients learn how to express them selves in their journals as a way to promote healing. The next session will be held on Friday, April 12, 11–11:45am, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01). Call 919-684-6124 for more info.
Í Cancer patients are invited to join the Art Ther-
Í The Healthy Eyes Seminar Series will focus on
apy Group, which will meet on Tuesday, April 9, 2–4pm. Call 919-684-4497 to sign up and to find out where the meeting will be held. (Another meeting will be held on April 23.)
Cataracts: Treatment for the Aging Eye on Tuesday, April 16, 10–11am at the Duke Eye Center (2351 Erwin Rd). Call 888 ASK-DUKE for more info.
Í Learn how to achieve serenity for healing at the
Í The topic of the next DukeWell Series seminar
Guided Relaxation Workshop on Wednesday, April 10, 12:30–1pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), in the Quiet Room on Level 0. Call 919-681-2928 or send email to email@example.com for more info.
will be For Best Health: Talk With Your Body on Thursday, April 18, 5:30–7pm, at Duke Integrative Medicine on the Duke Center for Living Campus (3475 Erwin Rd). Learn about the benefit of strengthening the connection of mind and body. It’s free; call 888 ASK-DUKE for more info.
next Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Support Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 3–4:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01). Family members are welcome; call 919-684-4497 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (Another meeting will be held on April 24.)
Í The next Prostate Cancer Support Group Meet-
ing will be held on Monday, April 22, 4–6pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), room 0N01. Family mem bers are welcome; call 919-684-4497 or send email to email@example.com for more info.
Í Start your walking routine by joining Heels in
Í Learn how to do Tai Chi, where flowing move
ments are accompanied by deep breathing. The next session will be held on Thursday, April 11, 3–3:30pm, in the Duke Cancer Center (20 Duke Medicine Circle, Duke Hospital South), in the Quiet Room on Level 0. Call 919-681-2928 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (Another session will be held on April 25.)
Motion, the mall-walkers at Streets at South point Mall (6910 Fayetteville Rd). The Streets at Southpoint opens for Heels in Motion members Monday–Saturday at 7am (and closes at 9pm) and Sunday at 10am (closes at 7pm). Stop in at the Food Court on Wednesday, April 24, 8am, for the free breakfast and health talk before starting your morning walk. Call 919-572-6450 for more info; sign up at any time at the Welcome Center on the ground floor. They keep a
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notebook on the desk where you can keep track of your mileage every day. next Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group meeting will be held on April 24, noon–1pm, in the Duke Clinic Bldg (formerly Duke Hospital South (in Room 3512 in the Blue Zone, 3rd floor). You can park in Parking Deck I on Trent Dr; call Bobbi G Matchar at 919660-7510 for more info.
Gallery at 8:30am on Tuesday, May 14 for the free monthly breakfast and free CPR training session before starting your morning walk. Call 919-286-4400 for more info.
MUSEUMS • GALLERIES • EXHIBITS
Bull City Arts Collaborative, 401 B1 Foster St, Í The next Mood Disorders Support and Educa- Í 919-949-4847, http://bullcityarts.org:
tion Group will meet on Thursday, April 25, 6–7pm, at Duke Faculty Practice (2200 W Main St, 3rd floor conference room, suite 340). Call 888 ASK-DUKE for more info. If I Had Wings … an installation by environmen tal artist Bryant Holsenbeck is on display through May 25. Holsenbeck has been fascinated by the various types of birds that go unnoticed by busy people in the city. He has also noticed that we humans are leaving behind more and more “stuff” (some call it “trash.”) The artist fashions birds out of what we leave behind and seems to be creating his own urban species.
Alzheimer’s Patient/Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held on April 25, 6:30pm, in the Duke Clinic Bldg (formerly Duke Hospital South), Medical Center Board Room, 1170B Yellow Zone, 1st floor, You can park in Parking Deck I on Trent Dr; call Bobbi G Matchar or Cornelia Poer at 919-660-7510 for more info.
Alzheimer’s Patient/Caregiver Sup port Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 10:30am–noon, at Grey Stone Baptist Church (2601 Hillsborough Rd). Contact Lisa Gwyther at 919-660-7510 or email@example.com for more info.
Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W Pettigrew St, 919-660-3663, http://cds.aas.duke.edu Gallery hours: Monday–Thursday 9am–7pm, Fridays 9am–5pm, Saturdays 11am–4pm, and Sundays 1–5pm; free admission: A reception, talk, and book signing for “One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia” will be held on Thursday, April 25, 6–8pm. Kwilecki’s folks owned the hardware store in Bainbridge,GA, and he started taking pictures of life in his town and the surrounding county. The importance of his well-composed, black-and-white photos grew as he continued through the years, and his former stomping grounds can now consider themselves well documented.
Í Lots of folks join the Heart & Sole Mall Walkers
Club and walk at their leisure in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) anytime between 7am and 9pm Monday through Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays. Stop by the Food
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Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy, http://durhamarts.org 919-620-8154, www.stagville.org Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–9pm and Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–4pm; free Sundays 1–6pm; free admission: admission: Three exhibits, The Geometry of Hope, featuring the angular work of Jeanne Heifetz (in the Allenton Gallery); Resolving the Disquiet, featuring the work of Jan-Ru Wan, Jody Cassell, Megan Bostic, and Samantha Pell (in the Semans Gallery); and With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odys sey, featuring the work of Sauda Zahra (in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery) are on display through May 5. Find out how people got around before cars and highways linked us all together by attending Learn ing the Land: Exploring the Old Indian Trading Path on Saturday, April 20, 10am–4pm. The Old Indian Trading Path stretched from Georgia to Virginia and was first used by Native Americans and later by early colonial settlers. You can see remnants of this road near Historic Stagville. Members of the Trading Path Association will lead guided tours, Occaneechi citizens will demonstrate Native Ameri can material culture, and you’ll be able to see 18th and 19th- century trade goods. It’s free!
Durham History Hub/Museum of Durham History, 500 W Main St, www. museumofdurhamhistory.org Open for special events; visit the website and FaceBook page: The next Pop-Up Museum will take place on Thursday, April 18, 5:30–7pm. Duke University students, led by Professor Joshua Clark Davis, will create mini-exhibits that explore Durham’s past.
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St, 919-683-1709, www.hayti.org The next Family Fun Night, an after-hours event Lyda Merrick Moore Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday for kids with special needs and their families, will 10am–5pm and Saturdays 10am–3pm (call for be Thursday, April 18, 5:30–7pm. Dancers from Sunday hours or to schedule a tour); free admis- the Carolina Youth Ballet will give a mini-perfor sion to gallery: mance at 6:30pm, and then the kids can participate in an open dance movement workshop in celebra The North Carolina Jazz Ensemble will perform tion of “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s free! in concert on Sunday, April 28, 4pm. Tickets are $10; call for tix or make your purchase online via Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20. Help etix from www.hayti.org. promote the preservation of our natural resources. Watch the reveal of the new Green Energy Mural, C O’Mega Barnes’s “A Spiritual Awakening” exhibi which was created in partnership with Duke tion will be on display through July 29. Instead of Energy; plant a flower in the Castaway Cove Kids painting or drawing, Ms Barnes is able to create Garden from 9–11am; and learn about recycling. detailed and colorful scenes by cutting paper with This Earth Day Celebration is part of the North mini-scissors. Carolina Science Festival.
Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, 919-834-4040, www.marbleskidsmuseum.org Hours: Wednesday–Friday 9am–3pm, Saturdays 11am–5pm and Sundays noon–5pm. Admission: $5 for adults, youth (ages 4–11), college stu dents, and seniors (age 60+); free for kids age 3 and under:
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Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave, 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm and Sundays noon–5pm; Admission: $14 for adults; $11 for seniors (age 65+) and active military (with proper ID); $10 for kids ages 3 to 12; and free for kids age 2 and under. Nonschool group rate is $8 each for 10 or more. Wednesday is free day after 1pm (individuals only; ID required): soundSpace is back! This fun, interactive exhibit translates movement into sound—overhead video cameras pick up movement on the floor and cause buzzes, beeps, and bird calls to sound. Create your own “tone poems” or simply run around and enjoy the noise. See how seatbelts and booster seats save lives by watching crash test videos in slow motion in the Investigate Health! exhibit. See the effect of a car crash on a crash dummy in a simulated car interior Tuesday through Saturday between 11:30am and 2:30 pm. “Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina” exhibit will be on display through April 28. Galvez’s work shows our diverse and growing Latino/ Hispanic community. The Greetings from North Carolina exhibit shows how postcards, souvenirs, and other artifacts have been used by the tourism industry in the Tar Heel State through the years. The outdoor History of the Harvest exhibit con nects the state’s agricultural past with improved methods and technology developed by North Carolina universities and companies.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, 919-733-7450, 919-715-6464 (tty), http://naturalsciences.org Museum hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm, Sundays noon–5pm, open until 9pm on first Fridays; free admission, $$$ for special exhibits:
The Science Cafe presents ANTS! on Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm. Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about ants, including the fact that two North Carolina Central University Art invasive species are battling it out right now Museum, Lawson St just east of Fayetteville St, 919-530-6211, www.nccu.edu/artmuseum throughout the state of North Carolina. The guest speaker, Dr Eleanor Spicer Rice, has written a free Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 9am–4:30pm and ebook called “Dr Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants,” Sundays 2–5pm; free admission: which can be downloaded from http://www.your This retrospective is a must-see by draftsman, wildlife.org/dr-eleanor-spicer-rice/. illustrator, and painter Tyrone Geter. The super realism of the artist’s drawing, paintings, and colOutsiders Art & Collectibles, 718-C Iredell St, lages almost cause the viewer to think that the 919-451-3231, www.outsiders-art.com: subjects will walk right off the canvas. The exhibit will run through April 19. Karl Mullen, an emerging outsider (self-taught) artist, will have his works on display through Friday, April 12. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, 919-807-7900, http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/ Through This Lens, 303 E Chapel Hill St, Museum hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm, 919-687-0250, http://throughthislens.com Sundays noon–5pm; free admission: Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10:30am–5:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am–4pm; free admission: Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer José Galvez’s
Selected photos from the first annual Will Grossman Memorial Photo Competition will be on display through May 4. Structure: Phil Freelon Photographs features both still-life and landscape photography, and time-lapse videos by the renowned architect at Craven Allen Gallery/House of Frames (1106-1/2 Broad St). The exhibit will be on display through June 15; gallery hours are 10am–6pm Monday– Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. Call 919- 2864837 for more info.
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WNCU/90.7fm, North Carolina Central University; listen online at wncu.org: Be sure to listen to Radio Skywriter on Sun days, 6:30–7pm). Durham Skywriter publisher Pat Murray and guests talk about community issues and let you know what’s happening in the Bull City (and beyond). Don’t forget your pen and paper—we might have just the information you need! If you miss the broadcast, you can go to wncu.org the Tuesday following the air date for at least a week and listen to the podcast—or, type “Radio Skywriter” or “WNCU” in the search field of iTunes to listen to or down load our three most recent shows. TV Skywriter, a livestreaming online interview/ variety show, will air right after Radio Skywriter on Sundays at 7pm. You can watch it by going to the Durham Skywriter channel on Youtube (go to www.youtube.com, type “durhamskywriter” on the search field, and click on the channel); or watch from the Durham Skywriter’s Google+ page (go to www.gplus.to/durhamskywriter).
This is the latest of journalist/columnist and historian Jim Wise’s explorations into North Carolina history. From the back page: “… Wise takes us beyond the final days of the Civil War in North Carolina, amidst the destruction and poverty and debt, to chronicle the men whose clashing agendas and personalities shaped a violent era and lay foundations for the Jim Crow century to come.“
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Dr Wiggins, who’s the head of North Carolina Central University’s Jazz Department, somehow found the time to release this delightful 2-CD set. He plays tenor and flutes with Baron Tymas (guitar), Jon Metzger (vibes and marimba), Cyrus Chestnut and Ed Paolantonio (piano), Alvester Garnett and Thomas Taylor (drums), Herman Burney (bass), and Mavis “Swan” Poole (vocals). A Wiggins original, “Shepard’s Song” is a beautiful tribute to the founder of NCCU; new chords were added to “People Make the World Go Round,” and they swung the heck out of “Killer Joe” and “Red Top.” Great playing and a total delight from start to finish.
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