Weekend at a Glance: Films, Food Trucks and Family Fun

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Enjoy the holiday weekend with food trucks, virtual events, fun at local farms, and by celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Join Book Harvest for its 10th Annual Dream Big Book Drive on Monday. Photo courtesy of Book Harvest

Compiled by Nella Rouse

Stay at Home Gala – all weekend – The Caring House goes virtual with its annual event. Every week in the month of January, its team will send out exciting video premieres, enticing auction items and more. All proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to provide affordable, comfortable housing to Duke Cancer Institute adult outpatients and their caregivers. Every donation up to $120,000 will be matched by its board of directors.

Film: ‘The Condor and the Eagle’ – Thursday, 6-8pm – Duke University hosts Casey Camp-Horinek for a virtual Q-and-A session after an online showing of “The Condor and the Eagle.” The documentary follows four indigenous leaders as they journey through North and South America to unite the people and “deepen the meaning of ‘climate justice.’” Casey is a councilwoman and hereditary drum keeper of the Women’s Scalp Dance Society of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma as well as an activist and environmentalist. 

RTP Food Truck Friday – Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm – Frontier RTP hosts a changing lineup of food trucks every week. This week’s food truck features CockADoodleMoo, which offers traditional barbecue, gourmet sandwiches and wings. 

NCModernist Trickle Tour – Saturday, 8am-5pm – This ongoing series presented by NCModernist allows visitors to view new or newly renovated modern homes in the area at a trickle to allow for social distancing. No more than six guests will tour a house during each time slot. This weekend, take a look inside a new house designed by architect Erin Sterling Lewis located at 1408 North Duke St. Masks and tickets are required. 

Family Fun Day on the Farm – Saturday, 10am-5:30pm – Old Mill Farm hosts a family fun day with opportunities to feed the farm animals, bring a picnic, fish in the pond or cozy up to a campfire. Tickets are available for 90-minute time slots. 

Durham, NC Bead Show – Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm – Intergalactic Bead Shows, a traveling bead exhibition, comes to the Durham Convention Center to showcase nearly 20 artistic vendors. Tickets may be purchased online, and masks are required. 

Hi-Wire Brewing Yoga Class – Saturday, 11am – Hi-Wire Brewing hosts a socially distant yoga class in its taproom with beers to follow. Participants must bring a mat and mask.

Therapeutic Goat Yoga – Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-12:30am – Hux Family Farm offers a yoga class with time to cuddle with its Nigerian Dwarf goats of all sizes and ages. The class is open to participants age 6 and older, and mats, masks and registration are required.

Jambalaya Soul Slam New Year Poetry Slam – Saturday, 8pm-Feb. 17 – The Triangle’s longest-running poetry event invites the best poets from across the Triangle to perform and compete for a cash prize at Hayti Heritage Center. Seating is limited, so RSVP ahead.

Living Arts Virtual Dancewave – Sunday, 11:15am-1:40pm – Experience music, art and dance with Living Arts Collective at its community virtual dance and harvest sharing circle. Stream the gathering on Zoom and listen along to the music playlist posted on the website before class. Opening and closing conversations will be facilitated by Living Arts Collective following each dance. 

NCCU MLK Day of Service – Monday 9-11:30am – NCCU’s Office of Community Engagement and Service sponsors this day of service on the university’s campus in the Department of Nursing Building parking lot from 9 to 11 a.m. The signature event will provide a small number of NCCU students with the opportunity to commemorate Dr. King’s memory, assist the community and earn hours of service. Activities include assembling package care kits to support community organizations Families Moving Forward, JJ Henderson Towers and Grow to Life. The celebration will continue at 11:30 a.m. with the MLK Day of Service: The DREAM Here and NOW! virtual program.

MLK Day of Service 2021 – Monday, 9am-3pm – United Way of the Greater Triangle hosts a supply drive at Frontier RTP in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The socially distant drive-up and drop-off event supports four local nonprofits, including Urban Ministries of Durham, that are working to support vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. A supply list is located on the website. 

Dream Big – Monday, noon-4pm – Literary nonprofit Book Harvest honors Martin Luther King Jr. during this 10th annual celebration of books and children at Durham Central Park. The drive-thru experience will include safe greetings from beloved children’s book characters, and families and community members can donate books as well as receive bags with books to take home. For the first time ever, the organization presents a live Dream Big Telecast, which will offer entertaining and inspiring messages.  

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