Free or Low-Cost Social, Family, and Wellness Events

This is a partial list of December social, family, and wellness events for postdocs, complied by the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services. For the complete list, visit the Duke Postdoc Services calendar of events. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu.

 

EVENTS at a GLANCE

 

1.    Guided Tour of Duke Chapel
2.    Bach Cantata Series at Duke Chapel
3.    TeaGather with CommuniTEA
4.    Guided Meditations in the Wellness Center
5.    Yoga in the Wellness Center
6.    DukeCreate Workshop: Figure Drawing
7.    Nature for Sprouts at Duke Gardens
8.    Tai Chi in the Wellness Center
9.    The Education of an Idealist: a Conversation with Samantha Power
10.  Duke Chorale Christmas Concert
11.  International House Assistance on West
12.  Knitting Group in the Wellness Center
13.  Beethova Obas in Concert
14.  Duke Symphony Orchestra with Caroline Stinson, Cellist
15.  Nature Storytime Book Club at Duke Gardens
16.  Film Screening with Lonnie Holley
17.  Flower Power in the Wellness Center
18.  LIVE FOR LIFE @ Duke Free Strength Training Classes
19.  Panel Discussion: The Lost City of New York: Stories of Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s
20.  GWIS Annual Holiday Party: 6th Annual Charity Casino Night
21.  Music Maker 25 Roundtable Discussion
22.  Ruby Fridays: The Art of Mental Health
23.  Duke University Union Free Film Screenings
24.  The Ethics of Now: Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
25.  Handel's Messiah
26.  Duke Jazz Ensemble with Fred Wesley, Trombone
27.  Family Garden Walk: The Cardinal, North Carolina's State Bird
28.  Winter Wonderland Festival at Duke Gardens
29.  The New York Philharmonic's Joseph Alessi with Durham Medical Orchestra
30.  Sleight of Hand in the Wellness Center
31.  Discovery Drop-In at Duke Gardens
32.  Walk With a Doc
33.  Periodic Tables: One Giant Leap: 50 Years of Apollo
34.  International Conversations at the Wellness Center
35.  Women In Bio-RTP Holiday Party
36.  Nasher Creates: Kids Studio
37.  Bilingual Storytime at the Nasher Museum of Art
38.  Meet the Keepers at Duke Gardens
39.  Freestyle Friday at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
40.  Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: Kickback Fridays
41.  Duke Chapel by Candlelight: Christmas Open House
42.  Jazz at the Mary Lou

EVENTS in DETAIL

1.  Guided Tour of Duke Chapel

WHEN: Sundays from 12:15 - 1 pm
WHERE: Duke Chapel

Free and open to the public, this forty-five-minute tour introduces visitors to the Chapel's history, architecture, and traditions. To attend a tour, meet the docent on the front steps of the Chapel following the morning worship service, which typically ends at 12:15 pm. No reservations are necessary but large groups as asked to notify the Chapel in advance at dukechapel@duke.edu.

The tour covers the building's stained-glass windows, Gothic architecture, intricate woodwork, original architects, Duke family memorials, four organs, carillon, and more. It begins outside and then moves through the Chapel's narthex, nave, side chapel, and crypt.

For more information: chapel.duke.edu/visit-events/visit#tours

 

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2.  Bach Cantata Series at Duke Chapel

WHEN: Sun Dec 1, 5 pm
WHERE: Duke Chapel
 
 This year's series focuses on themes of salvation and redemption. It includes cantatas by Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph Bach, George Frideric Handel, Michael Praetorius, and Mikolaj Zielenski. Soloists include Andrea Edith Moore, Molly Quinn, Tamsin Simmill, Daniel Shirley, Tony Boutteé, James Reese, and David Newman. Duke Bach Ensemble and Mallarmé Chamber Players are directed by Philip Cave.

This evening's program includes Lieber Herr Gott, wekke uns auf by JC Bach, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland by M. Praetorius, and Magnificat by M. Zielenski. For more information: https://chapel.duke.edu/events

 

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3.  TeaGather with CommuniTEA

WHEN: Every Sun and Thurs from 5-6 pm during the academic year
WHERE: Student Wellness Center, rm 128

In partnership with Duke CommuniTEA, this wellness experience allows you to gain a deeper understanding of wellness through tea culture. You will have the opportunity to interact through the medium of tea appreciation in a space that promotes relaxation and self-care.

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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4.  Guided Meditations in the Wellness Center

WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during the academic year
WHERE: Room 148, Student Wellness Center

This wellness experience allows you to learn a new skill or continue your practice as you relax more and worry less while coming together with the greater Duke community. Each session is guided by a facilitator. On Tuesdays we lead a Guided Sound Mediation. If you're used to using your breath as an "anchor" for your meditation, this is a chance to use the experience of sound to focus your awareness, instead. Sessions are held:
- Every Monday from 11-11:50 am
- Every Tuesday from 11-11:50 am
- Every Wednesday from 12-12:50 pm

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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5.  Yoga in the Wellness Center

WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during the academic year
WHERE: Room 148, Student Wellness Center

This wellness experience will allow you to focus on your mind-body connection through physical poses, controlled breathing, and relaxation that will help you manage stress and anxiety. This group meets:
This group meets:
Mondays - 4- 4:50 pm
Tuesdays - 3 3:50 pm
Thursdays - 11-11:50 am

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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6.  DukeCreate Workshop: Figure Drawing

WHEN: Mon Dec 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
WHERE: Smith Warehouse, Bay 12, rm 200
REGISTER: https://artscenter.duke.edu/events/

Like to draw? Want to learn more? Join us for this instructor-led figure drawing workshop. Open to the Duke community. Supplies are provided free with a Duke photo ID.

DukeCreate workshops are open to Duke students and staff of all skill levels and backgrounds and offer a perfect way to develop a new creative skill. For more information: https://artscenter.duke.edu/events/

 

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7.  Nature for Sprouts at Duke Gardens

WHEN: Tuesdays, September through June, 10:30 -11:30 am
WHERE: Doris Duke Center
REGISTER: http://gardens.duke.edu/events/
COST: $10. Register for all eight sessions at $9 per session.

Grow and learn together in Duke Gardens. Tend to your own garden bed and discover how a garden grows, with hands-on gardening, stories, songs, movement and observations. Sign up for one or more sessions. For parents and children together, ages 3-5. Parking pass included with advance registration.

For more information: http://gardens.duke.edu/events/

 

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8.  Tai Chi in the Wellness Center

WHEN: Tuesdays from 4-4:50 pm during the academic year
WHERE: Room 148, Student Wellness Center

Often described as meditation in motion, this wellness experience will allow you to practice self care through exercise while decreasing stress and promoting serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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9.  The Education of an Idealist: a Conversation with Samantha Power

WHEN: Tues Dec 3, 5 pm
WHERE: Penn Pavilion
TICKETS: Free and open to the public, however, tickets are required from Duke Box Office or online at tickets.duke.edu.

Join AGS for the Fall 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture: AGS Director Peter Feaver will join Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the UN, in conversation to discuss her newly released memoir, "The Education of an Idealist."  Power, who began her career as a war correspondent, is currently a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Her book "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and she has been named one of the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes and one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People". 

Power served in all eight years of the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council from 2009 to 2013, and then as US Ambassador to the UN from 2013 to 2017. During her time in government, Power became the public face of the United States' opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, helped build the international coalition to end the Ebola crisis, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, and worked on behalf of LGBT and women's rights.

Sponsored by American Grand Strategy and Sanford School of Public Policy. For more information: https://tickets.duke.edu/Online/

 

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10.  Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

WHEN: Tues Dec 3, 6:30-9 pm
WHERE: Duke Chapel
COST: One non-perishable food item for needy families in Durham

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Christmas Concert featuring seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale as well as traditional carols for the entire audience to sing and stories and special treats for the children. This family holiday event is a long-standing tradition for many area residents. Pre-concert music on the carillon and organ begins at 6:30 pm.

For more information: http://music.duke.edu

 

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11.  International House Assistance on West

WHEN: Wednesdays during the academic year, 11 am - 1 pm
WHERE: Multicultural Center, lower level of Bryan Student Center (next to Duke Chapel)

In an effort to increase our access, reach, and interaction with the Duke Community, we have office hours on Wednesdays in the Bryan Center - lower level next door to the Center for Multicultural Affairs. We are open to the entire Duke Community! In particular, international undergraduates, graduate/professional students, scholars and postdocs and spouses/partners. Stop by on a Wednesday!

For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ihouse

 

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12.  Knitting Group in the Wellness Center

WHEN: Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20 pm during the academic year
WHERE: Room 148, Student Wellness Center

Created by one of our Wellness Interns, this wellness experience gives you a chance to become a part of an inclusive community while learning or improving upon a skill that promotes wellness through the mindful activity of knitting. All materials are provided and no prior experience necessary!

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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13.  Beethova Obas in Concert

WHEN: Weds Dec 4, 7-8 pm
WHERE: Rubenstein Arts Center, Ruby Lounge

Beethova Obas is a Haitian musician. His father, a music lover, named Beethova after Beethoven. Beethova was only 4 years old when his father disappeared after participating in a protest against murders committed by François Duvalier's dictatorial regime. Beethova became a self-taught musician; his first musical release was a song composed with Manno Charlemagne, "Nwèl Anmè" (Bitter Christmas). In 1988, he won a Découverte RFI award for the Best Young Singer. Since then Beethova has toured throughout the world performing.

 For more information: https://artscenter.duke.edu/events/

 

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14.  Duke Symphony Orchestra with Caroline Stinson, Cellist

WHEN: Weds Dec 4, 7:30-9 pm
WHERE: Baldwin Auditorium

Caroline Stinson is cellist of the Ciompi String Quartet and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University. She leads a diverse musical life as a chamber musician, soloist and recitalist of repertoire old and new, and has appeared at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Gardner Museum, and Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe; and the Centennial Centre in Canada. Harry Davidson is music director of the Duke Symphony Orchestra.

For more information: http://music.duke.edu

 

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15.  Nature Storytime Book Club at Duke Gardens

WHEN: Thursdays from September - June, 10:30-11:30 am
WHERE: Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle

Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Please check at the front desk of the Doris Duke Center for location. For children ages 3-6. Adult chaperone required.

For more information: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 

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16.  Film Screening with Lonnie Holley

WHEN: Thurs Dec 5, 12-1:30 pm (light lunch served after the screening)
WHERE: American Tobacco Campus Power Plant: Full Frame Theater
REGISTER: This is a first come, first seated event. Please plan to arrive early to secure your seat. Doors open at 11:45 am.

Film screening with Lonnie Holley: The Man is the Music, directed by Maris Curran, and I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, directed by Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi. The screenings will be followed by Q&A with Lonnie Holley and Matt Arnett, producer and screenwriter for I Snuck Off the Slave Ship.  The Man Is the Music draws us into Atlanta-based artist and musician Lonnie Holley's imaginative and captivating world, while in I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, Lonnie Holley, a "self-taught African American artist" and dimensional traveler, attempts to sneak off the slave ship America.

This screening is in collaboration with Duke Performances as part of Music Maker 25, a weeklong music series and exhibition in downtown Durham celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. For more information: https://dukeperformances.duke.edu/event-category/music-maker-25/

 

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17.  Flower Power in the Wellness Center

WHEN: Every Thurs from 5-6 pm during the academic year
WHERE: Student Wellness Center, rm 128

This wellness experience focuses on creating moments of relaxation and relationship building through crafting and gardening.

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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18.  LIVE FOR LIFE @ Duke Free Strength Training Classes

WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
WHERE: East Campus wall, across from Whole Foods
REGISTER: https://hr.duke.edu/wellness/runwalk-club

Join us for free strength training classes led by Tim Bisantz at East Campus from 5:30- 6:30 pm on Thursdays. Bring water and an exercise mat, towel or blanket. All fitness levels are welcome. Location may change due to weather.

For more information: https://hr.duke.edu/wellness/runwalk-club

 

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19.  Panel Discussion: The Lost City of New York: Stories of Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s

WHEN: Thurs Dec 5, 6-8 pm (5:30 pm cash bar)
WHERE: Nasher Museum of Art
 
Five storytellers - Harris Cooper, Philip Costanzo, Iris Tillman Hill, Peter Lange and Benjamin Reese - recount scenes and experiences from their years growing up in New York City in this event organized by Peter Lange, Provost Emeritus and Thomas A. Langford University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Emeritus at Duke University. Prompted by a projection of stunning, contemporaneous black-and-white photographs by Frank Oscar Larson, the storytellers share their New Yorks, from the Upper and Lower East Sides to the Bronx and Harlem to Jackson Heights. They will also share images from their own family archives to illuminate personal insights into times and places that no longer exist, except in memory-all the lost cities that have made up New York, a many-faceted metropolis constantly reinventing itself.

Sponsors: Nasher Museum of Art and Documentary Studies. For more information: https://documentarystudies.duke.edu/events/panel-conversation-lost-city-...

 

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20.  GWIS Annual Holiday Party: 6th Annual Charity Casino Night

WHEN: Thurs Dec 5, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Research Square, Durham NC
REGISTER: http://www.gwisresearchtriangle.org/casinonight2019/

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is proud to sponsor the 5th Annual Charity Casino Night. Donate to local children, show off your poker skills, and network the night away! All ladies and gentlemen are welcome!

Bring an unwrapped educational gift or toy to donate to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triangle for the holidays and receive chips to play casino games. Winnings can be exchanged for raffle tickets to enter drawings for gift packages. If you run out of chips, don’t worry, more chips can be acquired through $5 donations. It will be a night of great food, drinks, casino games and networking, plus fun prizes for the lucky winners! Business casual dress.

For more information: http://www.gwisresearchtriangle.org/casinonight2019/

 

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21.  Music Maker 25 Roundtable Discussion

WHEN: Fri Dec 6, 12-1 pm (light lunch provided by Pie Pushers )
WHERE: The Fruit, 305 S Dillard St

Coinciding with Duke Performances' Music Maker 25 festival, renowned folklorist, author, and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities William Ferris moderates a special roundtable discussion featuring an all-star panel of Music Maker Relief Foundation artists, staff, and friends: founder Timothy Duffy, Fat Possum Records owner Bruce Watson; guitarist Alabama Slim, vocalist Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, and singer-songwriter Pura Fé. Panelists will reflect on the mission and rich history of the groundbreaking Hillsborough-based nonprofit, which for 25 years, has ensured that the voices of hundreds of extraordinary blues and folk musicians are not silenced by poverty or time. All attendees are invited to tour the free, full-scale exhibition at The Fruit, open through Dec 8, showcasing the contributions of Music Maker musicians and the rich musical traditions of the South.

Music Maker 25, a weeklong series at The Fruit in downtown Durham, runs from Dec 4-8. Tickets and info available here: https://dukeperformances.duke.edu/event-category/music-maker-25

 

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22.  Ruby Fridays: The Art of Mental Health

WHEN: Fri Dec 6, 12-1 pm (lunch provided)
WHERE: Rubenstein Arts Center, Ruby Lounge

 Melissa Miller and a panel of artists will discuss The Art of Mental Health, an exhibit that highlights mental health and wellness, with a specific focus on leveraging strengths, sources of resilience, and cultivating emotional well-being.

Ruby Fridays is a series of casual art talks at the Rubenstein Arts Center, free lunch included! Speakers include Duke faculty and students who have produced work during a Rubenstein Arts Center arts project residency, as well as visiting artists and local NC creatives. Learn about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more. For more information: https://artscenter.duke.edu/events/?event_tag=ruby-fridays

 

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23.  Duke University Union Free Film Screenings

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays during the academic year, 7 & 10 pm
WHERE: Griffith Theater, Bryan Student Center (next to Duke Chapel)
SCHEDULE: https://www.facebook.com/movies.at.duke/

Duke University Union (DUU) Freewater Presentations screens FREE films for the Duke community. Fall 2019 films include Aladdin, The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Booksmart, Pokemon Detective Picachu, and more. 

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/movies.at.duke/

 

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24.  The Ethics of Now: Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

WHEN: Fri Dec 6, 7-9 pm
WHERE: Durham Arts Council (use Uber code eqby6z6 for a free ride to the event)
 
With cutting-edge and vital research, Jennifer Eberhardt teaches us how our brains work and how racism does its work. By illuminating how we unconsciously associate blackness and crime, and by working with law enforcement agencies to disrupt those associations, she shows us that the problems with the criminal justice system are ones we created and ones we can solve.

The Ethics of Now is a series of conversations between Duke historian Adriane Lentz Smith and a range of artists, advocates, and authors that explore the ethical challenges facing the Durham and Duke communities. For more information: https://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/event/ethics-of-now-jennifer-eberhardt/

 

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25.  Handel's Messiah

WHEN: Fri Dec 6, 7:30 pm (repeats Sat Dec 7 at 2 pm and Sun Dec 8 at 3 pm)
WHERE: Duke Chapel
COST: $20 general admission, $15 Duke employees at https://tickets.duke.edu/

Duke Chapel's presentations of Handel's Messiah have long marked the beginning of the Christmas season in the area. Eighty-four years and several hundred performances later, Messiah continues to be beloved by audiences and performers alike. Internationally renowned soloists join with an orchestra of North Carolina professionals and the Chapel Choir to sing the story of Christ's life, from a world in darkness to one redeemed by the risen Jesus.

Please note:
- This performance will last for approximately 3 hours with an intermission.
- Seat cushions are permitted.
- No food or drink in Duke Chapel, with the exception of bottled water.
- Please arrive early. Late seating restrictions will be in effect.
- Chapel doors will open for seating approximately one hour prior to each concert.

For more information: https://chapel.duke.edu/sacred-music-arts/music-concert

 

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26.  Duke Jazz Ensemble with Fred Wesley, Trombone

WHEN: Fri Dec 6, 8-9:30 pm
WHERE: Baldwin Auditorium
COST: $10 general admission

Legendary bandleader, trombonist and author Fred Wesley is one of the forefathers of funk still setting the standard with his jazz-funk band, The New JBs. Born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised in Mobile, Ala., Wesley began his career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner. He later was music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for James Brown from 1968-1975. Wesley then arranged for and played with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band, helping to take funk to the next level with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. Also a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, he has worked with scores of other artists, from Ray Charles to Russell Gunn. The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John Brown.

For more information: http://music.duke.edu

 

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27.  Family Garden Walk: The Cardinal, North Carolina's State Bird

WHEN: Sat Dec 7, 9-9:45 am
WHERE: Duke Gardens
REGISTER: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 With its bright red feathers and distinctive crest, the cardinal is a welcome burst of color in our winter woodlands. Join us on this guided tour of the Gardens as we look for our beautiful state bird and learn about their lives throughout the year. Free for adults and children together; all ages. Preregistration is appreciated so we can best serve all who attend. Meet at the Gothic gate.

For more information: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 

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28.  Winter Wonderland Festival at Duke Gardens

WHEN: Sun Dec 8, 2-4 pm
WHERE: Duke Gardens
REGISTER: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 Gather your family together and celebrate the season with winter-themed crafts, storytelling, cookie decorating, festive music and photo ops with Snowflake, our resident snowperson. Meet in the Doris Duke Center.For adults and children together; all ages. Preregistration required. $5 per child; free for Duke Gardens members. For adults and children together; all ages.

For more information: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 

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29.  The New York Philharmonic's Joseph Alessi with Durham Medical Orchestra

WHEN: Sun Dec 8, 3-5 pm
WHERE: Baldwin Auditorium, Duke East Campus

The trombone like you've never heard it before! Guest artist Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, joins the Durham Medical Orchestra in a free concert. The concert features Steven Bryant's "Concerto for Trombone," a 60-piece trombone choir, plus works by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Saint-Saens. Pre-concert talk at 2:30 pm.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/DurhamMedicalOrchestra/

 

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30.  Sleight of Hand in the Wellness Center

WHEN: Mondays from 5-5:50 pm during the academic year
WHERE: Room 148, Student Wellness Center

This wellness experience gives you the opportunity to learn sleight of hand techniques and close-up magic in an inviting, fun, and relaxed social atmosphere. No experience necessary! Performing magic serves as a positive distraction, provides an opportunity to learn a new skill to share with others, and promotes mindfulness through hands-on learning. Each session is facilitated by a member of the Duke Sleight Club.

Open to all Duke students, faculty, and staff. For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/wellness-activities

 

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31.  Discovery Drop-In at Duke Gardens

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5 pm - see calendar at https://gardens.duke.edu/events
WHERE: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
REGISTER: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will provide a range of options and demonstrate how to use materials. Help our garden grow, read stories, create art, and conduct experiments. You decide what you want to do, and for how long, according to your interest. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like. Free admission; preregistration is appreciated so we can prepare ourselves to best serve all who attend.

For more information: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 

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32.  Walk With a Doc

WHEN: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm
WHERE: Duke Family Medicine Center

Make walking a regular part of your life by going for a Walk With a Doc once a month at the Duke Family Medicine Center. The walks will be held the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm, rain or shine. Walk With a Doc participants will meet in the lobby of the Duke Family Medicine Center (Marshall I. Pickens Building, 2100 Erwin Rd), take a walk through Duke Gardens, and then return to the center. The walking path is approximately one mile. At least one Duke Family Medicine Center physician will join participants on the walks and will be available to answer general health and medical questions. Friends, family and pets are welcome. Walkers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Walk With a Doc is free and no pre-registration is necessary.

For more information: http://www.walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/durham-nc/

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33.  Periodic Tables: One Giant Leap: 50 Years of Apollo

WHEN: Tues Dec 10, 7 pm
WHERE: MotorCo, Riggsbee Ave, Durham NC
COST: $5 at the door or pre-order tickets at motorcomusic.com

In 1969, we did the impossible - humans landed on the moon and returned safely to earth. As the 50th anniversary year of the first moon landing draws to a close, join us for an evening of pictures and stories from Project Apollo. We will examine key moments of each mission from Apollo 1 to Apollo 17. The program is appropriate for all ages of people interested in learning more about humanity's first trips to the moon!  Tina CoyneSmith is a stargazer and space historian who was born just after Apollo 9 proved the success of the lunar module. Tina serves as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador who is tasked with telling NASA's stories.

 

Periodic Tables is an informal science gathering during which speakers share interesting, relevant science to the general public in an engaging and interactive way. For more information: https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/engage/events/periodic-tables/

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34.  International Conversations at the Wellness Center

WHEN: Wednesdays from 1-1:50 pm during the academic year
WHERE: Wellness Center room 144

Join us for relaxing International Conversations at the Wellness Center. Come talk about life, culture, current events, and more! Small snack provided. No registration necessary.Students, scholars, staff and spouses are welcome.

 

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35.  Women In Bio-RTP Holiday Party

WHEN: Weds Dec 11, 6-8 pm (heavy appetizers and wine)
WHERE: Westgate Wine, Raleigh NC
REGISTER: http://womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/rtp
COST: WIB members $15; non-members $25

 Come celebrate at our annual holiday party! Join us to share in wine and food as we come together as ‎a larger community of women in the life sciences in the RTP Area.‎ We are also hosting a food drive in support of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. ‎Please bring non-perishable food items to donate
 
For more info: http://womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/rtp

 

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36.  Nasher Creates: Kids Studio

WHEN: Thursdays, 10:15 am - 12 pm
WHERE: Nasher Museum of Art

Bring the family to a FREE drop-in creative workshop for kids ages 5 to 10! Nasher Creates: Kids Studio events take place most Thursdays, 10:15 am to Noon.

For more information: http://www.nasher.duke.edu/

 

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37.  Bilingual Storytime at the Nasher Museum of Art

WHEN: Second Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 am
WHERE: Nasher Museum of Art

Join museum staff and our friends from Durham County Library for our monthly Bilingual Story Time at the Nasher. Settle into our galleries for a fun and exciting story read in Spanish and English and then take part in a short discussion about art. Afterwards we will move into our classroom for some fun hands-on art making opportunities. This program is free for kids ages 1 - 5 and their adult caregivers. Groups of 8 or more must register in advance by emailing nashered@duke.edu. Bilingual storytimes are every second Thursday, 10:30 - 11:30 am.

For more information: http://www.nasher.duke.edu/

 

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38.  Meet the Keepers at Duke Gardens

WHEN: Thursdays, September through June, 2-3 pm
WHERE: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden

Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens, and incredible plants! Lindsey, our chicken keeper, Nick, our beekeeper, and Jason, curator of this Garden area, will help you explore fascinating facts about bees, chickens and plants.  Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated so we can prepare ourselves to best serve all who attend.

For more information: https://gardens.duke.edu/events

 

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39.  Freestyle Friday at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

WHEN: Every second Friday of the month during the academic year, 1-3 pm
WHERE: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Check us out every second Friday of the month for festive Freestyle Fridays in the Mary Lou! Each session will concentrate on a different theme in Black culture through music, food, and fellowship.

For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/mlw

 

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40.  Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: Kickback Fridays

WHEN: Fridays during the academic year from 3-5 pm
WHERE: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Bryan Student Center, West Campus

Social event for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, alum, and allies. Each week the theme changes, but we always have food, friends, and fun! Join us in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/csgd

 

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41.  Duke Chapel by Candlelight: Christmas Open House

WHEN: Weds Dec 18, 12-2 pm
WHERE: Duke Chapel

 Welcome the splendor of the season at the annual candlelight open house at Duke Chapel. All are invited to tour the Chapel fully decorated for the Christmas season and listen to familiar Christmas music. There is no cost to attend and no tickets or reservations are required. Drop in during your lunch break and stay for as little or as long as you'd like!

 

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42.  Jazz at the Mary Lou

WHEN: Wednesday evenings during the academic year from 9:30 pm - 12:30 am (excluding holidays and Fall/Spring Break)
WHERE: Mary Lou Williams Center (http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/mlw)

Fill your Wednesday evenings with live jazz and the company of jazz lovers from the campus and community in an energetic and engaging atmosphere. Musicians are led by John Brown and guests are invited to attend and enjoy music, do work and enjoy light refreshments. The average weekly attendance is about 100 people.Feel free to stay for just one set or for the entire evening. Comfortable attire and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture and Duke University Union (DUU). For more information: https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/mlw/programs-services/jazz

 

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This is a partial list of December social, family, and wellness events for postdocs, complied by the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services. For the complete list, visit the Duke Postdoc Services calendar of events. Please do not copy/forward this email without permission. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu.

 

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