Local briefs

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

Learn about solar power

DURHAM – Environment North Carolina is hosting a solar forum so Durham residents can learn more about how to "Grow Solar" in Durham. Learn about how Durham can lead North Carolina into the clean energy future.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. this evening. Dave Rogers, field director for Environment North Carolina, Brian Lips, energy policy project coordinator for the N.C. Solar Center, and Carson Harkrader, the Carolina solar energy representative from Southern Energy Management, will be on hand to discuss solar energy.

The forum will be at the Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave.

Block Walk to promote breast health awareness

DURHAM -- Sisters Network Triangle NC will hold its annual Gift For Life Block Walk on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holton Career And Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.

The purpose of this event is to collaborate with organizations and community groups to coordinate the promotion of breast health awareness in the African-American community.

Breast cancer survivors and volunteers will go door-to-door in underserved areas to distribute breast health educational information, a resource list and pink ribbons. Come out and support us in this event in the fight against breast cancer. Email questions or comments to trianglenc@sistersnetworkinc.org or call 919-490-1571.

Freedom Fund Banquet to be held Nov. 1

DURHAM -- The Durham Branch NAACP's 39th Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St.

The honorees at this year’s banquet are Margaret Keller and John C. "Skeepie" Scarborough III. Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz will receive special recognition.

The Rev. William J. Barber, president of the state NAACP, will be the keynote speaker, and the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, who is HKonJ coalition leader, will serve as master of ceremonies.

For information about tickets, call (919) 682-4930.

Tails at Twilight to benfit APS

DURHAM – The Animal Protection Society of Durham will host its eighth annual Tails at Twilight fundraising gala at the Washington Duke Inn on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m.

Individual tickets as well as sponsorship opportunities are available for purchase at www.tailsattwilight.org. The evening will include dinner, drinks and a chance to get a head start on your holiday shopping by participating in the silent and live auctions.

The community’s support helps APS care for and find homes for abused, abandoned and neglected animals in our community.

Scooby-Doo coming to Northgate

DURHAM -- Everyone’s favorite cartoon Great Dane Scooby-Doo will be visiting merchants throughout Northgate Mall on Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Families will be asking “Scooby-Doo, where are you?” as they solve the mystery of where he’ll be and snag a photo with the great canine sleuth.

The day will also feature an appearance by High Strung Petting Zoo from 1 to 3 p.m., bringing their assortment of musical instruments for kids to touch, play with and experience and capping off with a performance by Durham’s Faith Baptist Church Children’s Choir at 4 p.m.

All kids’ events activities are free and open to the public with the Petting Zoo and Choir performing at Center Court.

There will also be special Scooby-Doo cartoon screenings at Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. For showtimes, visit www.ecemovies.com. Tickets are $1 and benefit Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Foundation.

Kids Voting forum to be held Oct. 17

DURHAM -- On Oct. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Kids Voting Durham will host its eighth Youth Candidate Forum providing Durham students with the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts in small, youth-led discussions with City Council and mayoral candidates.

Adults can and have learned a lot from listening in, but at this forum only young people get to ask the questions.

The forum will be held at the Holton Center, 401 N. Driver St.

If you know of students who are interested in serving as leaders/moderators for the forum or have any questions, please have them contact carolyn@kidsvotingdurham.org, 919-560-7321 by Oct. 7.

Youth groups who would like to bring representatives should let Kids Voting Durham know they will be attending and the name of the group.

A written student Candidate Guide for Mayor and City Council will be available online at www.kidsvotingdurham.org or by contacting Kids Voting Durham in early October. Students also will have the opportunity to cast an informed vote on the same candidates as adults at early voting sites on Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2 (location TBA), in schools that have signed up to host a KVD Election, and at select precincts on Election Day, which is Nov. 5.

Aid victims of domestic violence

DURHAM – The Durham Crisis Response Center will mark October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with “Raising Flags, Raising Awareness.”

The event, which will be attended by Mayor Pro Tempore-Cora Cole McFadden and other local dignitaries, will give community members the opportunity to write special messages of well wishes and hope to be displayed on flags during the month. The event and flags will take place at the center’s thrift store, Pennies For Change, at 2715 Durham-chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more than 30 years Durham Crisis Response Center has had a presence in the community providing critical services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. These free and confidential services include counseling, legal advocacy, support groups and emergency shelter. In 2012 Durham Crisis Response Center sheltered 237 women and children and was forced to turn away 98. Durham Crisis Response Center received more than 4,000 calls using 15,000 volunteer hours to service.