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Main Center: 406 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham NC 27701

All classes and programs are offered free of charge to Durham County residents 55+. 

For new participants, please schedule a tour to become a member.

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French Conversation Group

Wednesdays | 9:45 am – 10:30 am | Lower Commons
Learn basic French conversation in a casual setting.  All levels welcome. Led by retired French professor, Adama Traore.
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Grief Peer Social Support Group
Second & Fourth Tuesday | 1:00pm – 2:30pm | Classroom
This group will provide a supportive environment for people to share their stories and process grieving. This is an open peer group where information shared will be confidential. No commitment is required.  Call 919-688-8247 ext. 110 to register.
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Walking Club Monthly Meetup
Wednesday, March 6th
10:00am – 11:00am | Classroom
Do you love to walk? Interested in finding other people who enjoy the same pace and paths that you do. Join the DCSL Walking Club’s monthly meeting (first Wednesday) to get connected. No registration required. 
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Aging with Pride

March 8th & 29th (Second and Last Fridays)
2:15pm-3:15pm | DCSL Classroom
Social group for LGBTQ+ older adults. Interested in receiving updates on DCSL’s Aging with Pride programs? Contact Noah Penny: | (919) 688-8247 ext. 114  
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Selling & Buying a Home
Monday, March 11th
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Theater
Is selling your home as-is the right move?  If looking to buy, what should you know? Join us for this informational session on our local real estate market and how has it changed since you purchased it years ago. Presented by Certified Senior Housing Professional, Tracy Drakeford-Pierce. No registration required.
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Duke Neurology Special Presentation

Tuesday, March 12th | 10:00am – 11:00am
The group In this interactive Q&A session, an interdisciplinary panel of memory care specialists from Duke Neurology will discuss valuable insights into enhancing the quality of life for those affected by dementia.  Discussion will include multi-faceted approaches to memory care, recent advances in research and resources for caregivers.” No registration required.
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Duke Research Presentation

Climate Change Research
Friday, March 15th | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Theater 
The Duke Postdoctoral Association will offer interactive presentations on research on diverse topics. Please call 919-688-8247 ext. 110 to register.
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St. Patrick’s Day Light Breakfast

Monday, March 18th
9:00 am – 10:00 am |406 Café
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a light breakfast in the 406 Cafe. Call 919-688-8247 ext 110 to register. Limited to 50 participants.
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Paint with Police
Wednesday, March 20th
12:30pm – 3:00pm | Art Studio 
Socialize and paint with Durham Police Officers. A painting teacher will lead an afternoon workshop designed for all levels. Supplies will be provided. Limited to 10 participants. Please call 919-688-8247 ext. 110 to register.
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Women’s History Celebration

Women and Their Stories
Wednesday, March 20th
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Lower Commons
Let’s celebrate women from our community and beyond. Guest speakers will share their inspiring stories. Followed by a light lunch. Call 919-688-8247 ext 110 (Limited to 75 participants)
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Durham Volunteer Network Speaker Series
Scrap Exchange
Thursday, March 21st 
12:30pm – 1:30pm | 406 Café
Build community with volunteers from other organizations and learn about volunteer opportunities around Durham. Sponsored by OLLI. In partnership with Americorp RSVP. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 919-688-8247 ext 110 to register.
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Legal Advisor Presentation
Overview of Government Benefits to Pay For Long Term Care
Monday, March 25th
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Theater
Certified Senior Advisor and lawyer, Rick Messemer will share information about issues of legal issues of interest to older adults. Call 919-688-8247 ext. 110 to register.
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Strength & Balance Screenings

Tuesday, March 26th
8:30am – 10:00am | Lower Commons
Students from Duke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and mentoring physical therapists will visit DCSL to perform strength and balance screenings. Older adults will have the opportunity to participate in 3-4 physical strength and balance tests. The ability to stand with assistance and walk with or without a walker or cane is needed for safe participation. No registration required.
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Member Check-in

Tuesday, March 26th
12:30 PM | Lower Commons
Stay connected with center updates from DCSL staff. Please share your thoughts and give us feedback on how we are doing. No registration is necessary.
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March Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, March 27th 12:30pm
12:30pm | Lower Commons
Join us to celebrate DCSL participants born in February! Please call to register: 919-688-8247 ext. 110.