Spring/Summer Events Planning

Spring in here in Golden Belt & Summer Sounds Appealing!

Well we have been out of the loop, but nothing like a good birthday to spark that ‘things to do’ planning bug. With plenty of activities to choose from, all around and downtown we should all get out and enjoy. We are headed to checkout some of them tonight.

For today alone- here’s a link. There’s too many to list.


In our neck of the woods I would like to highlight

This Third Friday 4/19/13

Reclamation: Rough Travels for a Rare Thing Installation by Cora Lim

• Industrial Strength at Liberty Arts

 • open artist studios

• The Friends and Family Exhibit in the Scrap Exchange Green Gallery 6-9PM  opening reception for the Friends and Family show and it will be a fun one … Art, PBR, birthday cake, free Make-N-Take, and our very own Durham treasure, Ronnie Capps, on the piano!

Saturday April 20th 2013 LUEWWD VIII Ladies Arm Wrestling Fundraiser at Liberty Arts 7:30PM

This Sunday the Durham Earth Day Festival

@ Durham Central Park 502 Foster St. Noon – 5 p.m.

There is something for everyone …

Festival Host: Wes Hohenstein (NBC 17)
Live Music

Eco Lounge
Kids Area

Skate Park Safety Expo

Earth Day Parade

Earth Art Market

Sustainability Expo

Bike Valet

Golden Belt announced it’s GB Live concert series lineup includes:

• Friday, May 17  – Hammer No More The Fingers (Rock)

• Friday, June 7 – Michael Rank & Stag (Honky Tonk/Americana)

• Friday, June 21 – Kim Arrington (Neo Soul)

• Friday, July 5 – The Brand New Life (Afropop)

• Friday, July 19 – Justin Johnson and Skinny Bag Of Sugar (Blues/Rock)

With Mothers Day & Father’s Day around the corner here are some helpful sites.





The schools are listed by proximity, because we all know my preference for the Rams.

Back to School Community Day 8/11/12

Back to School Community Day in East Durham

·  Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace, Greater Word Empowerment Church and Nehemiah Christian Center have joined forces to host a c on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 10am to 2pm, at Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace (2722 E. Main St.). This all-day, fun event is a celebration of education and community. We endeavor to enable community parents/guardians to kick off their child/children’s 2012-2013 school year with a great start, complete with food, school supply giveaways, attractions, services such as health screenings, haircuts and hairstyles and more all free to our most-valued neighbors! It is also our goal to raise awareness of the wealth of resources that are at our community’s disposal by featuring tables that showcase the programs and services that are offered by various community organizations. By choosing to participate, you will be asked to setup a display with representatives to inform attendees of your organizations’ services.  Tables will be provided.  To learn more or register to participate, please contact our Community Organizer by July 15th, Mr. Demarcus Williams, Evangelism/Outreach Director at Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace Church at: adwilli3@gmail.com (email) or 919.818.6799 (phone).

Local Historic District Designation – 2 years of waiting and we may have an outcome.

Local Historic District Designation Meeting with the City Planning Department- Next Thursday 5/24/12. Notices distributed in and received from the city recently. The meeting will be held in GB Building 2 NIS conference room.

County Commissioners’ Forum 2012

·         ·  The InterNeighborhood Council of Durham has organized a County Commissioners’ Candidates forum for Wednesday, March 28, from 6:45 to 9:00 P.M. at the North Carolina Center School of Education Auditorium (710 Cecil St., Durham 27707). All fourteen candidates for Durham County Commissioner have agreed to participate that evening. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
All five Commissioner seats are up for election this year, and, because there are only Democratic candidates running, the Democratic May primary may be tantamount to election. Bob Ashley, former editor of the Herald Sun and current Executive Director for Preservation Durham, will be the moderator that evening. If you are registered to vote as an independent or unaffiliated voter, you may vote in the Democratic primary.
You are invited to hear what these candidates have to say because five of them will make important decisions about life in our community as they govern the county.  It’s helpful to remember the difference between county and city services. Here’s a simple way to think about it: Durham County is responsible for “soft services”– education, social programs, etc., and the County Commissioners set priorities (and tax rates) for these. Durham City is responsible for “hard services” –fire, police, physical plant and city street maintenance, and Durham City Council members set priorities (and tax rates) for those.
There is easy parking near the auditorium. The auditorium is located at 710 Cecil Street, Durham NC 27707. Driving directions to the NCCU Campus may be found at http://www.nccu.edu/discover/drivingdirections.cfm
Durham InterNeighborhood Council (INC) organized in 1984, is a coalition of Durham’s neighborhoods and homeowner associations. Its mission is to promote the quality, stability and vitality of Durham’s residential neighborhoods

BLEND to lend space to GBNA

One of the hot new additions to the Golden Belt Neighborhood is restaurant/cafe Blend. This hip contemporary cafe and frozen yogurt shop is a morning must with their fresh brewed coffee and comforting muffins. I am hooked!

As owners Courtney and Camryn Smith of Sudie’s Fresh Baked Goods, blend with Howard Udell, of Yogen Fruz we have a new breakfast, lunch or snack option.

With our GBNA meeting held on 3rd Thursdays, we look to hold future neighborhood meetings in the shop.
Blend is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Blend Cafe (twitter.com/blendgoldenbelt)

Rescue Mission Destroys Three More Historic Houses

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Durham Rescue Mission destroyed three more historic houses in the Golden Belt National Register Historic District. Last week, the Rescue Mission had allowed the Durham Fire Department to conduct training exercises which involved cutting up parts of the roofs and sides of the houses. The final destruction came today.  Two of the houses were on Worth St., and one was on Franklin St.

All of these houses were already designated as contributing structures to the Golden Belt National Register Historic District when Ernie Mills bought the properties. Obviously he doesn’t care.

At various public meetings and in private conversations with Preservation Durham, Ernie Mills promised that he would let people move the houses. That didn’t happen. He didn’t even allow people to salvage the historically valuable materials in the house. It’s all just a pile of rubble now that goes to the landfill.

But one question remains: how can anyone believe his future promises when he hasn’t kept the ones he’s already made?

Cafe, Hair Salon, Insurance Agency Coming to Golden Belt!

At long last a cafe is coming to Golden Belt. The space in the very front of Building #2, looking out on the parking lot,  is now being remodeled to be a cafe serving breakfast and lunch. The cafe will also offer ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies. The name for the cafe has not yet been announced, but it should open in January, 2012.

Also opening is Moshi-Moshi, a well known Chapel Hill hair salon, which will establish its first shop in Durham, also in January, 2012.

Finally, a State Farm insurance agency will open in Golden Belt. With these three new businesses, Golden Belt will be 90% occupied, a great achievement considering the difficult economic climate.


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