Five Events to Kick Off the Month of June

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Our list of the top events happening this weekend!

Compiled by Caroline Kloster

THURSDAY

Durham Literacy Center e-Leaders in Literacy Breakfast

The Durham Literacy Center’s annual breakfast fundraiser is going virtual this year, with a focus on the socio-economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the area’s vulnerable populations. Join DLC students as they share stories of their career journeys. Gene Nichol, the keynote speaker and former director of the UNC Poverty Center, will detail the effects of COVID-19 on low-income community members. Registration is free, with the option to donate an amount of your choice. 

Fly-Thru Raptor Meet and Greet

See birds of prey up close during Piedmont Wildlife Center’s drive-thru meet and greet from 6-7:30pm. Meet raptor ambassadors, get your bird questions answered and learn how to save these raptors. The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 or more to the Piedmont Wildlife Center.

FRIDAY

Freight Train Blues – Hiss Golden Messenger

During the third part of this music series, watch Durham’s own Hiss Golden Messenger perform live on Facebook and YouTube from 6-7pm. The five-week livestreamed music series – presented by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, among other organizations – celebrates Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten’s contributions to American roots music by featuring local North Carolina artists.

SATURDAY

The Beaver Queen Pageant

This unique and often wacky – in a good way! – pageant started in 2005 when the construction of I-85 threatened the Duke Park beavers. Contestants dress up in themed costumes, vying for the title of Beaver Queen, all to benefit Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA). This year, organizers shifted the annual fundraiser online due to COVID-19. On Saturday, watch the second of four online events live on the pageant’s website at 6pm. Every online vote, which costs $5, supports ECWA’s mission to create an interconnected network of trails and nature preserves, and restore water quality and habitat in Ellerbe Creek.

THROUGH SUNDAY

Full Frame Virtual Screening Room

If you’ve exhausted your film library during quarantine, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which typically takes place in April, partnered with NEON to bring two films from the 2020 festival lineup for online viewing: “Spaceship Earth” and “The Painter and The Thief.” Both are available for rent, and 50% of the revenue from each rental goes towards supporting the work Full Frame does year-round. 

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