Local briefs

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 06:05 PM

Oak Grove Ruritan fish fry Friday

DURHAM – Oak Grove Ruritan Club is hosting a fish fry on Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Eat in or take out a meal of flounder, slaw, potatoes and hush puppies, along with dessert and a drink. Meals are $9 for adults and $5 for children 6 and under.

The club is at 301 Stallings Road.

Fourth of July plans in Durham

DURHAM -- Independence Day festivities slated for July 4 include a free concert at American Tobacco featuring The Beast + Big Band/Apple Juice Kid from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Durham Bulls will be in town that night playing the Norfolk Tides, with the game getting underway at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open in the 7th inning for general admission, with fireworks following the game.

Public parking is available at the Durham County Justice Center Deck (502 S. Dillard St.), South Deck (705 Willard St.), East Deck (250 South Mangum St.) for $5 per car; the North Parking Deck (305 Pettigrew St.) for $4 per car; and both the Corcoran Deck (101 East Corcoran St.) and Church Street Deck (109 South Mangum St.) for $2 per car.

Participants must follow the guidelines listed below:

  •  Tailgating and/or alcohol is prohibited in the parking decks
  •  No watching fireworks from the deck
  •  No stopping or illegal parking on public streets or highways

The rain date is July 5. If it rains, the call to cancel the fireworks will be made on July 4 by 7 p.m. Participants can call the DPR weather cancellation line at 919-560-4636 for updates after 7 p.m. If the fireworks show is cancelled due to inclement weather, patrons who purchased tickets for the July 4 game should save their tickets as a voucher for free entry into the July 5 game.

Library hosts author Georgann Eubanks

DURHAM -- Local author Georgann Eubanks will read from “Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guide Book,” the concluding volume of the “Literary Trails of North Carolina” trilogy, at 7 p.m. tonight at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.

Eubanks’ book takes readers into an ancient land of pale sand, dense forests, and expansive bays, through towns older than the U.S. and rich in cultural traditions. Profiled writers reveal lives long tied to the land and tell tales of hardship, hard work and freedom. Eighteen tours lead readers from Raleigh to the Dismal Swamp, the Outer Banks, and across the Sandhills as they explore the region's connections to over 250 writers of fiction, poetry, plays and creative nonfiction. Featured authors include A. R. Ammons, Gerald Barrax, Charles Chesnutt, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Kaye Gibbons, Harriet Jacobs, Jill McCorkle, Michael Parker, and Bland Simpson.

Eubanks is a writer, teacher and consultant to nonprofit groups across the country. She is the director of the Table Rock Writers Workshop, was a founder of the North Carolina Writers' Network and is the past chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council. She lives in Carrboro.

Durham seeks applicants for Public Art Committee

DURHAM – Durham residents with a love of art now have another opportunity to serve on the Durham Cultural Advisory Board Public Art Committee.

The board, charged with advising the City Council on implementation of the Public Art Policy approved in November 2011, is searching for five new members to join the committee with one term to expire on June 30, 2014, and four terms to expire on June 30, 2015.

The Durham Cultural Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to the City Council and the city administration. The Public Art Committee advises the board and acts on behalf of the board on matters relating to public art in the city of Durham.

The committee is charged with assisting the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and advising on the implementation of the Public Art Policy. The committee also reviews proposals for public art projects brought to it by the city administration and makes recommendations to the Durham Cultural Advisory Board regarding project approvals.

The committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Durham Arts Council in downtown Durham. Members serve without compensation and must reside within the city of Durham or work within the city of Durham and actively contribute to the cultural and economic sectors. Priority in appointments will be given to city residents. The application deadline is July 9, and applications can be downloaded from the City’s website at http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/cb/oewd/Pages/Public_Art.aspx.

Completed applications should be sent to Senior Economic Development Coordinator Peter Coyle with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development at 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 190, Durham, N.C. 27701. For information, contact Coyle by email at Peter.Coyle@DurhamNC.gov or by calling (919) 560-4965, ext. 15205.