Weekend at a Glance: Earth Day, Ecopoetry and Exhibits

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Celebrate Earth Day with concerts, recycling drives and plenty of opportunities to get outdoors this weekend. 

Earth Day weekend at Piedmont Wildlife Center
Piedmont Wildlife Center celebrates Earth Day with a Fly-Thru event, sharing some of its resident animals with the community.

Compiled by Chiara Evans

Scavenger Hunt – Through April 24 – Join the Exchange Family Center on a scavenger hunt to find pinwheels around Durham for a chance to win a free stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, a $50 Scrap Exchange gift certificate and a signed Duke football. Download the scavenger hunt map, take a photo at the pinwheel location, and use the hashtag #Pinwheels2021EFC on social media or email it to EFC. Each photo counts as an entry!

RTP Electronics Recycling Day – Thursday, 9am-1pm – Recycle old electronics, from computers and monitors to keyboards and flash drives, during this drive at Research Triangle Park. Volunteers will pick up donations directly from the trunk of your vehicle. Those interested should visit the donation link to participate and ensure that their electronics are eligible to be recycled. 

Silent Fields – Thursday, noon-1pm – John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute celebrates Earth Day with a virtual ecopoetry reading from Amber Flora Thomas, Matthew Wimberley, Gideon Young and Crystal Simone Smith – writers all hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Ribbons of Color – Thursday, 1-2pm – Durham County Library hosts a virtual discussion with Jessica Sheffield, Beverly Scarlett and Dr. Freddie Parker on “Ribbons of Color Along the Eno River: The History of Africa Americans and People of Color Living on the Eno (Vol. 10, no 1.).” This book is the first published Eno River Journal in 20 years. 

Earth Day Fly-Thru – Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm – See raptors, turtles and snakes up close from the comfort of your vehicle at the Piedmont Wildlife Center during a free drive-through tour of the grounds. 

French Spring Wine Dinner – Thursday, 6:30pm – Indulge in a dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jason Lawless and hosted by Jean-Christian Rostagni at Parizade. Dishes include lightly smoked trout, seared scallops, a braised veal ravioli and confit lamb shank. Reservations are required. 

‘Behind the Mask,’ A Virtual Gallery Event – Friday 7-9pm – Liberty Arts presents a variety of works made from metal, wood, clay and other media during its virtual event livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram. 

Verona Quartet Live Durham Food Hall – Saturday, 9-11am – Watch a free performance by the Verona Quartet at Durham Food Hall in promotion of Sound Bites, the three-episode music/food virtual series brought to you by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Episode No. 2 is now available for online viewing and features Chef Stephen Kennedy of Afters, who whips up a selection of scrumptious desserts. You can even order the food and eat while you watch! Purchase Sound Bites links for just $10, and watch from home whenever you wish. Proceeds support The COT and DFH.

Seasonal Celebrities – Saturday 10-11am – Join Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, for a lesson on spring horticulture. Learn about the history, attributes and care of plants native to North Carolina.

156th Anniversary Surrender Event – Saturday, 11am-3pm – Bennett Place Historic Site presents a historic look into the last months of the Civil War. Hear from historians Chad Jefferds from Bentonville Battlefield, Earl IJames from the N.C. Museum of History and Vera Ceselski about the battles and events leading up to Juneeteenth. The free program will be available to view on YouTube. 

Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, 11am-6pm – Durham Parks and Recreation celebrates Earth Day at the Durham County Memorial Stadium parking lot with live performances from Kids in America and Carolina Soul Band. Featured speakers include Laura Webb Smith, public information and communications analyst at the City of Durham Public Works Department, who discusses water conservation, and Rochelle Parent, assistant director of Mobility for Durham, who discusses the present and future of electric buses in Durham. Those interested can reserve a parking space online for the event. 

The Streetery – Saturday, noon-9pm – Downtown Durham Inc. brings this weekly event to Brightleaf Square with added outdoor seating and buskers. Featured restaurants include Clouds Brewing, Rose’s Noodles Dumplings & Sweets, Sugar Koi and 11 other eateries.

Stay Away 5K  – Saturday-Sunday – Support lemur care and conservation by participating in Duke Lemur Center’s virtual 5K. Register online, then walk or run the 5K by yourself or with a group over the weekend. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, and teams have an opportunity to win a Walking with Lemurs tour. 

The Green Home Tour – Saturday-Sunday – Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties presents a weekend showcase of new and newly remodeled homes, which are all green certified by one of the following: National Green Building Standard, LEED certified, Eco-Select or ENERGY STAR. Homes are available either for in-person viewings, by appointment or virtually. 

Barrel Culture Comedy Show – Saturday, 7:30pm – Ben Jones headlines the evening hosted by Jacob Rice at Barrel Culture Brewing & Blending, with a special appearance from Robert Schneider. Guests can purchase a table, which includes a complimentary drink, to reserve their seat. 

Rock of Ages: All-Star Reunion Concert Saturday, 8pm – Sing along to iconic hits from the ’80s during this livestreamed performance hosted by DPAC. The concert is based on the 30th longest-running show in Broadway history and features the show’s former performers. The show will be available only on Stellar. 

‘Mining the Personal’ – Through June 19 – Annie Nashold presents paintings with an exuberant color palette alongside Cedar Grove ceramicist Mimi Logothetis’ achromatic imagery in both sculptural and functional porcelain at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends. Both artists utilize narrative and drawn imagery in their works. In addition to the new exhibit, the gallery hosts a trunk show from April 30 to May 2 featuring jewelers, flowers and clothes by local makers. 

Preacher Lawson – Sunday 7:30pm – Enjoy the comedic performance of former “America’s Got Talent” finalist Preacher Lawson as he performs at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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