Local briefs

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 05:43 PM

Ho-b Max car drift racing event Saturday

DURHAM -- Northgate Mall’s Ho-b Max, seller of battery-operated, electronic hobby crafts, will host a free, public 1/10 Scale Car Drift Racing Event with model drift cars Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Northgate Mall’s Center Court. 

Northgate Mall visitors age 10 and up can sign up for five-minute rides with remote control drift cars from noon to 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 to 4 p.m., Ho-b Max customers that bring their own drift car will race against Ho b Max employees.

Developed and popularized in Japan, car drifting is a driving technique that balances steering, accelerating, braking and shifting to remain in the state of oversteer, or ‘drifting,’ where the driver intentionally causes loss of traction in the rear wheels, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner.

Northgate Mall is at 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham.

New hours for convenience sites

Durham – Beginning Monday, Durham County Solid Waste Convenience Sites will resume their regular schedule in coordination with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. All four convenience sites will close one hour later than their current operating schedule.

The regular hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Sites will resume winter hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in November when Daylight Saving Time ends. 

The County of Durham operates four solid waste and recycling convenience sites within the county.  Locations are Bahama – 9008 Quail Roost Road, Bahama; Redwood – 100 Electra Road, Durham; Rougemont – 108 Bill Poole Road, Rougemont; Parkwood – 5628 Highway 55, Durham.

TROSA to hold yard-sale fundraiser

DURHAM – TROSA will  hold a four-day yard-sale as a fundraiser starting Wednesday at Lakewood Shopping Center, 2000 Chapel Hill Road.

The sale will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and the event will go on “rain or shine.”

The sale will include items for family and home, college dorms and apartments, construction, office supplies and medical supplies.

TROSA, which runs a two-year residential rehab program for substance abusers, is funded by its resident-run businesses, donations, and fundraisers like the yard sale.  The items for sale were donated from the community and various organizations.

Grand opening at new courthouse Sunday

DURHAM -- Durham County Government and the N. C. Administrative Offices of the Courts will host a grand opening for the new Durham County Courthouse Sunday from 2 to p.m.

The courthouse, which officially opened Feb. 11,  is downtown at 510 South Dillard St.

Fred Foster Jr., chairman of the Durham Board of County Commissioners and Orlando Hudson, senior resident superior court judge for the 14th Judicial District of North Carolina, will preside over the two-part ceremony.

There will be a ribbon-cutting and a dedication ceremony. Self-guided tours will be offered, as well as entertainment and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. 

All attendees will be required to go through security to enter the courthouse, including body and bag scanning.

For more information about the upcoming ceremonies at the new Durham County Courthouse, call 919-560-0008.