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Microsoft Excel 2016 – Introduction @ The SOUTHBank Building 3rd Floor
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Course ID: 62558

May 9 registration deadline

Excel can help you organize, calculate, analyze, revise, update, and present your data. This course aims to provide you with a foundation for Excel knowledge and skills, which you can build upon to eventually become an expert in data manipulation. Get started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016 to learn how to perform calculations, print workbooks, modify worksheets, format worksheets, and manage workbooks.

Instructions for registration: https://www.durhamtech.edu/continuinged/OnlineRegistrationviaInstantEnrollment.pdf

A Literary Luncheon with Paula McLain – Love and Ruin: A Novel @ The Fearrington Barn
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

McIntyre’s Books welcomes Paula McLain to The Fearrington Barn for lunch, a book signing, and a reading from her latest release, Love and Ruin: A Novel. Event includes a three course lunch with tea, coffee and a signed copy of Love and Ruin. Cash bar. Seats are limited – call the bookstore or purchase your tickets online.

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.

Heralded by Ann Patchett as “the new star of historical fiction,” Paula McLain brings Gellhorn’s story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.

Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

First Course: Frisée, arugula, asparagus, herb aioli, lemon vinaigrette and toasted almonds
Second Course: Chicken, mushroom, herb gnudi, kale pesto
Dessert: Strawberry Tart with crème fraîche, lemon, basil, Vin Cotto

Combinations @ Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
May 24 – Jun 24 all-day

Pottery by Garry Childs, Photography by Eric Saunders and paintings by Pat Merriman. May 21 – June 24. Opening reception during Hillsborough’s Last Friday Art Walk, May 25th 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber art and textile art. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

May 24 – Aug 26 all-day

This year readers worldwide celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s pioneering novel. The first local celebration is “Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster: Mary Shelley’s World in Print,” an exhibit of Frankenstein-related rare books and medical items, curated by UNC-Chapel Hill honors students, held at the Saltarelli Exhibit Room in Wilson Library at UNC-CH. The exhibit opens with a celebration Thursday, April 26, from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm, and remains on display until August 26. Wilson Library’s hours are M-F 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Sun 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The address is 200 South Road, Chapel Hill NC 27515; phone 919-962-3765. Free and open to the public. Audio-cast guides available for adults and children.

Electronic Notary (e-notary) @ The SOUTHBank Building 3rd Floor
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Course ID: 62546.

Students must already be commissioned as a notary public before taking the Electronic Notary course. To be admitted to this course, the NC Secretary of State requires that all candidates be able to speak, read and write in English, and present a valid government photo ID. See sosnc.com for additional requirements. Register with care as refunds and transfers are not accepted. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed). 4 hours. $90.

Instructions for registration: https://www.durhamtech.edu/continuinged/OnlineRegistrationviaInstantEnrollment.pdf

Michael Barsa discusses his debut novel The Garden of Blue Roses @ Flyleaf Books
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn’t care. For the first time in his life, he’s free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up.

Or so he thinks.

Milo is forced to confront the power of fictional identity as he uncovers the shocking truth about his own dysfunctional family—and the supposed accident that claimed his parents’ lives.

2018 ACC Baseball Championship @ Durham Bulls Athletic Park
May 25 @ 11:00 am – May 27 @ 5:00 pm

The Atlantic Coast Conference is excited to be back in Durham for the 2018 ACC Baseball Championship. The tournament will take place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park May 22-27. We have great ticket options available including our Bojangles Four Pack. This package includes four tickets and four $5 Bojangles gift cards to a weekend game of your choice for just $44. This offer is only available in advance and while supplies last. If you are interested in reserving tickets for finding out more information, call (336) 701-1420.

Kitten Shower @ Safe Haven for Cats
May 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Kitten season is here which means SAFE Haven is rescuing more kittens than ever! This also means we have a lot of need for extra items to care for the tiniest cats in our shelter!

Your donations will enable us to be prepared for all the new arrivals!

Shop our registry then join us at SAFE Haven for a Kitten Shower where we’ll have grilled hot dogs and veggie dogs, kitten art, and kittens up for adoption!

REGISTRY: https://www.safehavenforcats.org/kitten-registry/

Parents’ Night Out Drop-Off Event @ Kidzu Children's Museum
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Parents, you deserve a Friday night! Leave the childcare to us! Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night including exhibit play & exploration, a movie, and dinner. This is a drop-off event is for children ages 3-9 (must be potty-independent) from 6:00-9:00pm on select Fridays. Kids will exercise their minds, bodies, imagination and independence. $25 for the first child and $15 each additional child in the same household. Add early drop-off at 5:30pm for only $5 more per child. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Freight Train Blues – Ernie Vincent & Guitar Lightnin’ Lee @ Carrboro Town Commons
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Recreation & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer and community in the heart of Carrboro! Ernie Vincent is a quintessentially New Orleans musician, deftly fusing funk, soul, blues and pop into a wildly appealing style honed on the party scene of Bourbon Street. Hailing from New Orleans, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee has created a supercharged, blown-out style of New Orleans rock and roll and blues, with a raw and strutting edge.

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts at Tweetsie Railroad @ Tweetsie Railroad
May 26 all-day

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts enlivens old-time music with a new time jolt and a sound that is full, driving and energetic. Shows are at noon and 3:00 pm.
Sponsored by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

Mary Lattimore with Al Riggs @ The ArtsCenter
May 26 all-day

Mary Lattimore is a Los Angeles-based harpist. She experiments with effects through her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand pedal harp, concocting half-structured improvisations which can include both ambient glitter and unsettling noise. Her first solo record, the Withdrawing Room, was released on Desire Path Recordings in 2014. The solo recordings that followed, At the Dam and Collected Pieces, were released by Ghostly International.

Mary has also recorded synth + harp duo projects with Elysse Thebner Miller (And the Birds Flew Overhead) and Jeff Zeigler (Slant of Light) and has co-written reimagined scores for the 1968 experimental silent film Le Revelateur, directed by Philippe Garrel (who approved of the project), and the Czech New Wave classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, and performed these scores live throughout the US with Jeff Zeigler and the Valerie Project, respectively. She has contributed and written harp parts for such artists as Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Meg Baird, Steve Gunn, the Clientele, Hop Along, Jarvis Cocker, Karen Elson, Ed Askew and Quilt.

Ghostly International will release her third solo record in late spring of 2018.

Mix It Up with UNC Archaeology @ Kidzu Children's Museum
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Each week very special guests (local artists, scientists, and makers) bring their expertise to the Makery. This program is geared for older kids beginning at age 6. This week come and explore with the University of North Carolina’s Archaeology Department.

May Mayhem with Baby Goats at Spring Haven Farm @ Springhaven Farm
May 26 @ 1:00 pm – May 27 @ 5:00 pm

What do goats bring to May? Goats bring MAY-hem!!!
Celebrate Goat MAY-hem here at Spring Haven Farm! Saturday May 26th and 27th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The farm will be full of fun, flowers, and springtime cheer! The goats, baby pigs, horses and other animals will be available to interact with and enjoy. There will be springtime treats to eat and drink and music to listen to. Kids can get their face painted and take a ride on the Tractor Train Express. Be sure to take a hayride through the farm and discover some interesting local facts.

Tickets are $12.00ea for Adults and kids 3 and under are free. All farm activities, the Easter egg hunt and Easter egg dying are included in the ticket price! Tasty snacks, drinks, farm fresh eggs and animal food can be bought at the farm stand! Face painting by Sparkle will also be available for purchase. Tickets are limited so get yours today.

Tickets are $12.00 per person and kids four and under are free. If you have any questions feel free to call or text at 919-407-1806.

Fearrington Farmers’ Market @ Fearrington Village
May 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Get out your reusable tote bags, the Fearrington Farmers’ Market has returned!
Rain or shine, fresh, local food will be available next door to the Fitch Creation’s Administration building every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm, April through November.
Visit your favorite farmers and discover some new faces. Buy vegetables, cut flowers, meats, preserves and more. We can’t wait to see you there!

Simply Summer @ Southern Season Cooking School
May 29 @ 5:00 pm

You just returned from the farmer’s market and the kitchen is full of produce. Now what do you do? Cherisse Byers will show you some basic recipes that will easily adapt to numerous produce variations that are a result of an enthusiastic trip to the market.

Menu: Frittata; Flatbread; Relish; Pasta; Fruit Crisp

May’s Bounty @ Southern Season Cooking School
May 30 @ 5:00 pm

The markets are full of fresh greens, berries and local fish. This menu celebrates all that is in season. Take home these recipes and add them to your lineup for friends and family.

Menu: Roasted Radish and Beet Spinach Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Toasted Peanuts; Pan Sautéed Seasonal Fish with Herb-Caper Pan Sauce and Creamed Kale; Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

MALLARMÉ SERIES CONCERT 5 Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba meet Mallarmé @ Motorco Music Hall
May 30 @ 7:30 pm

The Mallarmé Chamber Players is proud to announce our next 2017-18 Series concert, in collaboration with Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba. Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory
Diali Cissokho – kora; Jonathan Henderson – bass
Austin McCall – drums; Will Ridenour – percussion
John Westmoreland – guitar; Shana Tucker – vocals
Elizabeth Phelps and Leah Peroutka – violin
Suzanne Rousso – viola
Rosalind Leavell – cello

Music of Diali Cissokho, J. S. Bach, Jonathan Henderson, John Westmoreland and Fodé Lassana Diabaté’s string quartet “Sunjata’s Time”. Hear it performed by the Kronos Quartet.

Summer Wines and Tapas Party with Chef John May @ Southern Season Cooking School
May 31 @ 6:00 pm

Chef May, from Crawford and Son and formerly of Chef and the Farmer, is partnering with Chetan Reddy, Southern Season’s Wine Director, to highlight the Summer wines available to help you dine al fresco with friends or enjoy a glass while sitting shoreside. This menu will make you feel special!

Menu: Roasted Beets with Fermented Grapes and Shaved Ham; Beef Tartare on Toast with Mustard Green Chimichurri; Stracciatella on Toast with Black Pepper, Radishes and Lemon Vinaigrette; Grilled Sausages with Salsa Verde and Pickled Carrots; Fried Rice with Romesco and Charred Shrimp

Seamus McGraw discusses his book, “A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis” @ Flyleaf Books
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As a changing climate threatens the whole country with deeper droughts and more furious floods that put more people and property at risk, Texas has become a bellwether state for water debates. Will there be enough water for everyone? Is it in the nature of Americans to adapt to nature in flux?

The most comprehensive—and comprehensible—book on contemporary water issues, A Thirsty Land delves deep into the challenges faced not just by Texas but by the nation as a whole, as we struggle to find a way to balance the changing forces of nature with our ever-expanding needs.