Joaquin’s Triangle Weekend Guide – February 10-12, 2012


For more information, click on the links below.

 

 

February 10, 2012

“Reckoning with the Civil War” Lecture
Speaker: Edward Ayers, President of the University of Richmond and expert on Civil War history and higher education. Sponsored by the Duke Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS).
February 10, 2012
2-4pm.
Perkins Library at Duke, Science Dr.
(919) 660-5816

“Why Paranormal is the New Normal” by journalist and author Steve Volk
Author Steve Volk, a city journalist, will tell the story of how he came to leave all his usual beats -politics, crime, media- to go investigate an old family ghost story, and, ultimately, the entire realm of the paranormal. Steven Volk has been working as a city reporter since 1997, in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Cost $20, $15 RRC members, $10 students.
7:30-9pm.
Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus, 3475 Erwin Rd.
(919) 309-4600

Ashley & The Awesome Owls
Singer/songwriter. Followed by Phoenix Highway (alt/pop rock/americana). FREE admission.
February 10, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Booch n’ Beer Break-Out Party
Enjoy kombucha, farmstand pizza, tapas, chocolate desserts, ciders, and other brews available for sale, while listening to live music from Jeremy’s Old Time and Pete’s Whiskers Celtic Band.
February 10, 2012
7-10pm.
Ninth Street Bakery, 136 E. Chapel Hill St.
(919) 286-0303

Coffee Cupping
A chance to taste interesting varieties of coffee. Immediately following each cupping participants can join a free, guided tour of the roastery and headquarters. FREE and open to the public.
February 10, 2012
10am.
Counter Culture Coffee, 4911 South Alston Ave.
(919) 361-5282

Community Campfire
FREE.
February 10, 2012
7-8pm.
Duke Park, 106 W. Knox St.
(919) 560-4355

Couple Aphrodisiac Cooking Class
Hands on cooking class. Discuss common aphrodisiacs and prepare a meal that is sure to get your heart racing. Includes a full meal. Cost $118/couple.
6-8pm.
Durham Spirits Company, 311 E Trinity Ave.
katie@durhamspiritscompany.com

Harvey Dalton Arnold Band
Admission $5, with $3 membership.
February 10, 2012
Doors: 7pm, show: 8pm.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
(919) 687-6969

Matt Hill
Blues, boogie, rockabilly, and country. Admission $10.
February 10, 2012
9:30pm
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

NC Dream Team Benefit Dance Party
Featuring Queen Plz and Play Play. Admission $5-$15 with $2 membership.
February 10, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Shades of Blue
A showcase of a cappella music featuring Duke’s own Out of the Blue, Rhythm & Blue and Deja Blue.
6pm.
Mary Duke Biddle Music Bldg., Duke East Campus
(919) 660-3333

The Duke Street Dawgs
Bluegrass, blues, swing. FREE to patrons.
February 10, 2012
6-8pm.
The Blue Note Grill, 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Ste 1
(919) 401-1979

 

February 10 – 11, 2012

“The Game” Play Purchase Tickets
In a chess match between God and the Devil, Durham is the board, and an honest simple man named James is the key piece. Presented by Black Poetry Theatre. Tickets $15, $10 student & seniors.
February 10 – 11, 2012
8pm
Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 932-1852

 

February 10 – 12, 2012

“Black Mama Monologues” Play
A celebration of the cultural and historical presence of the African American matriarch and the amazing spirit of motherhood. Tickets $10, $5 students, seniors and kids 4-17.
February 10 – 12, 2012
F-Sa 8pm, Su 2pm
North Carolina Central University Theatre, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 530-5170

 

February 10 – 16, 2012

Oscar-nominated Shorts Screening
Tickets $8.50, matinee $6.50.
February 10 – 16, 2012
Animated: 7:15pm, Sa & Su 1:45 & 3:15pm; Live Action: 9pm, Sa & Su 4:45pm.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

 

February 11, 2012

“Celebration of Love” Luncheon for Seniors
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with red and white attire. Light food will be served and there will be a hat parade and entertainment. Pre-registration required.
February 11, 2012
12-3pm.
White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St.
(919) 688-8136

“Let’s Misbehave” Valentine’s Cabaret
Reception, with wine, to follow. Admission $10.
February 11, 2012
7pm.
Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
(919) 286-2700

Art Market at Vega Metals: One HeArt Day!
Celebrate Art, Love, and Community with us! We’ll have special guest artists, crafts and activities, food, music, plus our arts & crafts artisans will showcase unique and beautiful Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
10am-12pm.
The Art Market at Vega Metals, 214 Hunt St.
vegametalsgallery@gmail.com

Author Dr. John Q. Williams
Dr. Williams spent years researching his family history for his new book, Our Roots: African Origins of the Reclaimed Legacy of Three American Families. He’ll share some of the many fascinating stories he has uncovered. A book signing will follow.
February 11, 2012
3pm.
Durham County Library, 300 N Roxboro St.
(919) 560-0100

Beltline Brew Tours
Brewery tours of Fullsteam, Triangle, and Bull City Burger and Brewery. Must be 21+. Tickets $40-$45.
February 11, 2012
11:30am-4pm
Bull City Burger and Brewery (starting location)
(919) 285-1228

Comedian Steve Harvey
Tickets $49.50 and up.
February 11, 2012
8pm
DPAC – Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.
(919) 680-2787

Drag Bingo – Black Hearts Bingo
Proceeds benefit the Alliance AIDS Services – Carolina. Tickets $20 (advance purchase recommended).
February 11, 2012
7pm; doors open 6pm.
The Cotton Room, 807 E Main St #350
(919) 596-9898

Duke vs. Maryland (Men’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
February 11, 2012
4pm
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Science Dr.
(919) 681-2583

Durham Art Guild’s Sweet Arts Fundraiser
Silent auction of artful gifts for the sweetheart, plus sweet treats and sparkling wine. Tickets $30, $25 in advance.
February 11, 2012
7-9:30pm.
Durham Arts Council Bldg., 120 Morris St.
(919) 560-2713

Durham Farmers’ Market
An all-local and producer only market open every Saturday through the winter. Vendors will be offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts. (Fruits and vegetables are local and seasonal and during the expect lots of greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash and greenhouse grown tomatoes.)
10am-12pm
The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting
Taste 40 different chocolate bars and be inspired by delicious chocolate confections. This FREE event will satisfy even the most ardent chocolate lover. Fair trade chocolate is produced without child labor and ensures fair pay for farmers. This Valentine’s Day, give a treat that makes the world a sweeter place.
10am-6pm.
One World Market, 811 Ninth St. Ste 100
(919) 286-2457

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Purchase Tickets
Led by the redoubtable choreographer Carlota Santana, the company performs traditional flamenco alongside original work: an extravagant display of whirling garments, dramatic narratives, and expert live musicians, Tickets $18-$32, $10 youth 17 and under, $5 for Duke students with ID.
February 11, 2012
8pm
Page Auditorium at Duke, Science Dr.
(919) 684-4444

Garage Bar: Nick Moss
Admission $7 (with $3 membership)..
February 11, 2012
9pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Mathew Conklin
Country. Followed by @risk (rock/indie pop). FREE admission.
February 11, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Live Music)
Southwest Louisiana’s premier Zydeco ensemble, playing their unique brand of authentic Zydeco music. Tickets $30, $25 in advance.
February 11, 2012
9:30pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

NCCU vs Savannah State University (Men’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
Tickets $12, $8 students & seniors, $4 kids 5-12. Reserved seats $15.
February 11, 2012
4pm.
McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium at NCCU, Lawson and Lincoln Streets
(919) 530-5315

NCCU vs Savannah State University (Women’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
Tickets $5, FREE for kids 12 and under.
February 11, 2012
2pm.
McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium at NCCU, Lawson and Lincoln Streets
(919) 530-5315

Photoshop for the Nature Photographer Course Begins
Nature photographer Paul Salazar will teach students how to configure Photoshop, use Camera Raw Image Processing, make selections and mask, create darkroom effects, use filters, and manage color. Class will meet in a computer lab setting. This 3-class course will meet Feb. 11, 18, and 25 from 1-4pm. Cost $150, 4120 Gardens members.
February 11, 2012
3 Saturdays, Feb 11, 18 & 25, 9:30am-12:30pm
Duke University (call for directions)
(919) 668-1707

Pipe
With Chest Pains and The Bastages. Admission $7 (with $2 membership).
February 11, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Red and White Ball Purchase Tickets
Durham Symphony Orchestra benefit featuring ballroom dancing lessons, live auction, heavy hors d’ oeuvres. Cocktail attire. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible. Reservations required. Tickets $60/person, $100/couple, $30/child
6-9pm.
The Washington Duke Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd.
(919) 491-6576

Shop for a Cause
Annual sale of excess inventory to benefit Dress for Success Triangle. Do good while having fun and getting great deals on clothing and accessories. Prices start at $2 for jewelry and range to $10 for suits. All proceeds go to charity and help women and their families break the cycle of poverty.
10am-5pm.
Dress for Success at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd.
megan@dfstriangle.org

Sparkling Wine Tasting
Featuring 5 different types of sparkling wine, each paired with delicious chocolate. Cost $18/person or $30/couple.
February 11, 2012
3-5pm.
The King’s Daughters Inn, 204 N. Buchanan Blvd.
(919) 354-7000

Swing at the Gardens!
No partner or dance experience necessary. Must be 16 or older. No spiky heels (to protect floor). Leather-soled shoes recommended. Tickets $12, $10 in advance (discount for Duke employees & students.
February 11, 2012
8-11pm. Beginner lesson 7pm.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.
(919) 668-1707

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour Purchase Tickets
See a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and get to know the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. From crostini topped with local produce and house-smoked meats to gourmet popsicles to renowned pimento cheese to local beer, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors. Reservations required online. Cost $44.98.
2-5:15pm.
American Tobacco Warehouse to Downtown to Brightleaf Square
info@tastecarolina.net

The Explorers Club
With North Elementary, The Wigg Report. Admission $7, with $3 membership.
February 11, 2012
Doors: 8pm, show: 9pm.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
(919) 687-6969

The Fairlanes
Blues, rockabilly. Admission $8.
February 11, 2012
8-11pm.
The Blue Note Grill, 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Ste 1
(919) 401-1979

The Second City Purchase Tickets
Part of North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. Tickets $25-$35.
February 11, 2012
8pm
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Viennese Ball
Running since 1974, the Duke Wind Symphony Viennese Ball is the longest-running student led event of its kind in the country. Featuring a Polka Band and a Waltz Orchestra. Dress is semi-formal to formal. Includes: light refreshments; interactive dances for everyone to join; a performance of the traditional Viennese Promenade by members of the Wind Symphony; and free dance instruction from 7-8pm. Tickets $12, $10 Duke students.
February 11, 2012
7pm-12am.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster St.
cinnamon.mittan@duke.edu

 

February 11 – 12, 2012

“Big Lebowski: The Musical” Performance
Rock opera based on The Big Lebowski, featuring live music, dancing, mystery, and a cast of locals. Tickets $12, $10 in advance.
February 11 – 12, 2012
8pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

 

February 12, 2012

“A Chocolate Affaire” Benefit Event
Decadent desserts from area restaurants, to benefit Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. Delectable chocolates from the Triangle’s finest restaurants highlight this event. The silent auction offers an array of gifts, getaways, sporting and cultural events, and memorabilia. Tickets $60, or $120 with Champagne Brunch.
February 12, 2012
12:30-2:30pm Brunch, 2:30-5:30pm chocolate and auction.
Millennium Hotel Durham, 2800 Campus Walk Ave.
(919) 383-8575

“To Free A Family” Lecture and Book Signing
Dr. Sydney Nathans, Professor Emeritus of History with Duke University, will discuss his book “To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker.” which explores the story of Mary Walker, an enslaved woman at Stagville plantation who in August 1848 fled the Bennehan/Cameron family for refuge in the North and spent the next seventeen years trying to recover her family. FREE, but donations gratefully accepted.
February 12, 2012
2-4pm.
Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
(919) 620-0120

8th Annual Valentine’s Day Jazz Concert
Featuring the Duke Jazz Ensemble (John Brown, director), North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble (Ira Wiggins, director) and UNC-Chapel Hill Jazz Ensemble (James Ketch, director). Tickets $15, $10 students and senior citizens.
4pm.
Reynolds Industries Theater in Duke’s Bryan Center, Science Dr.
(919) 684-4444

Author Sarah Wendell
The author and popular blogger will read from and discuss her book, “Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels.” A book signing will follow.
February 12, 2012
3pm.
Southwest Regional Branch Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
(919) 560-8590

Carolina Jaguars vs. Carolina Cougars (Men’s Basketball)
Tickets $10, $5 child 3-12.
February 12, 2012
5pm
McDougald-McLendon Gym at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 730-8390

Cynthia Wade and Jazz Mine
FREE admission.
February 12, 2012
7:30pm.
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Geezer Pleezer 4 Miler
Start time based on age and sex. Run starts and ends on school campus. Registration at 9am; Run starts at 10am.
February 12, 2012
10am; 9am registration
Carolina Friends School, 4809 Friends School Rd.
(919) 489-7803

Sean K Preston
With The Bo-Stevens. Admission $10, $7 in advance, with $3 membership.
February 12, 2012
Doors: 8pm, show: 9pm.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
(919) 687-6969

Winter Hikes (Sundays)
Explore the many trails along the Eno River. Visit old homesites, mills, graveyards, Indian trading paths and more, and learn all about the history of the Eno River valley. Each FREE guided walk lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
February 12, 2012
2pm
Call to verify location
(919) 620-9099

 

Courtesy of the Durham CVB.  Visit them online at http://www.durham-nc.com/

Joaquin’s Triangle Weekend Guide – February 3-5, 2012


For more information, click on the links below.

 

February 3, 2012

Bill O’Reilly
Tickets $45 and up.
February 3, 2012
5pm & 8pm
DPAC – Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.
(919) 680-2787

Carrington Middle School Zumbathon
Featuring 30 minute classes with breaks between each class. Kymb Taylor of Velocity Fitness will be the instructor. Proceeds benefit the Exceptional Children department, which works with children with special needs, to fund current and end-of-the year field trips. Registration fee of $20 ($15 in advance) includes a tee-shirt, water and 6 raffle tickets for prizes
6-8:30pm.
Carrington Middle School, 227 Milton Rd.
Sharon.Hall@dpsnc.net

Coffee Cupping
A chance to taste interesting varieties of coffee. Immediately following each cupping participants can join a free, guided tour of the roastery and headquarters. FREE and open to the public.
February 3, 2012
10am.
Counter Culture Coffee, 4911 South Alston Ave.
(919) 361-5282

Drew Questell & The Express
A nat’chal born bluesman who also has the maturity and discipline to spend hours each week on his craft. Admission $8.
February 3, 2012
9:30pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

Durty Durham Presents: EDM
A night solely dedicated to electronic dance music. With The Beat Report * Trademark * Tanaka. Admission $5 with $2 membership.
February 3, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Learn To Live Pain Free
For 20 years, Esther has helped thousands of people free themselves of back pain at the Gokhale Method Institute in California. Join her for this FREE talk. An in-depth weekend workshop will be held Feb 3-5.
9:30-10:30am.
SafeSkills, 3702-3 Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 644-1335

Mike Birbiglia Purchase Tickets
Part of North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. Tickets $28-$38.
February 3, 2012
8pm
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Night Hike
Explore the forest at night, listening for animals and enjoying the beauty of the woods. FREE, but pre-registration required.
February 3, 2012
8-10pm.
West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd.
(919) 471-1623

Ocie Davis Trio
Jazz. FREE admission.
February 3, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Pre-Dating.com Speed Dating
Meet interesting and compatible singles by going on a series of 5-minute ‘speed dates’ all in one fun, fast, and efficient night. No pressure, no embarrassment, no games–just great fun. Pre-registration required. Use Promo Code MP623 to save $5 when you register! Net cost $20.
6:30pm single women and men, ages 50-65; 8:30pm single women and men, ages 37-49.
BrandyWine Cellars, 6905 Fayetteville Rd. Suite 101
(919) 489-8700

The Infidels
February 3, 2012
The Tavern, 1900 W. Markham Ave.
(919) 286-7665

 

February 3 – 4, 2012

Bull City Metal Fest
Ages: 18+ (or all ages w/adult). Tickets $10 Friday/$20 Weekend Pass.
1pm.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
(919) 687-6969

 

February 4, 2012

“Flamenco Alive! New Research in the Vital Art of Flamenco” Lecture, Panel and Master Class
Keynote lecture by Meira Goldberg. “Sonidos Negros: a Meditation on the Blackness of Flamenco,” followed by panel discussion at 11am, followed by complimentary lunch, then master class by Carlota Santana, Artistic Director of Flamenco Vivo at 1pm. FREE and open to all.
February 4, 2012
10am-2pm.
209 East Duke Building, Duke East Campus
(919) 684-5600

Annual Native American Powwow
Full day of traditional Native American dancing, singing, crafts, food and socializing. The general public is welcome to learn about the culture of the first Americans. Admission $5 FREE for kids 5 and under.
February 4, 2012
12-5pm.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 1219 Broad St.
(919) 416-2852

Art Market at Vega Metals – Saturday Market
Outdoor market featuring gorgeous locally produced arts and crafts, including metal, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and more.
10am-12pm,
The Art Market at Vega Metals, 214 Hunt St.
(919) 688-8267

Beekeeping for Beginners Class Begins
Beekeeper Donna Devanney will discuss bees as garden partners, introduce you to the equipment needed to begin and how to select bees, and cover the basics of annual management and maintenance. Pre-registration required. Cost $40; $30 Gardens members.
Class meets 2 Saturdays, Feb 4 & 11, 9am-noon
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.
http://www.hr.duke.edu/dukegar

Build a Solar Oven from Scrap Materials
Suggested donation $5-10; no one turned away. Space for 11.Green house next to Food Lion/Monro Muffler lot. Parking at rear.
2-4pm.
Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd.

Collage Workshop
This one-day workshop is for both students who are new to collage and those who want a little time to do their work in a friendly group environment. Students will receive a handful of ideas to choose from and one-on-one instruction to help move forward with their projects. Students who have a project they are working on are welcome to bring it and use the workshop as an open studio. Please check DAC website for supply list. Cost $45.
12-5pm.
Durham Arts Council,, 120 Morris St.
ltannenbaum@durhamarts.org

Durham Farmers’ Market
An all-local and producer only market open every Saturday through the winter. Vendors will be offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts. (Fruits and vegetables are local and seasonal and during the expect lots of greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash and greenhouse grown tomatoes.)
10am-12pm
The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Full Moon Om Meditation
Donations, for local non-profits, accepted.
February 4, 2012
5-6pm.
Patanjali’s Place, 700 Foster St.
(919) 475-1355

Henry’s Rifle
Folk/country/blues. Followed by The Slaughterhouse Chorus, The Redstones, and The Shambles. FREE admission.
February 4, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Hip Hop in Heels
This workshop will begin with barefoot warm-up followed by a fun combination to be done in heels. Focus will be on the lines of the body, and developing the confidence to dance in heels. Some dance experience recommended; no sweatpants, please. Cost $16.
3:30-5pm.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
ltannenbaum@durhamarts.org

How to Plant a “Premium” Rose Garden
A detailed demonstration of what it takes to plant a bareroot rose. FREE.
10am.
Witherspoon Rose Culture, 3312 Watkins Rd.
(919) 489-4446

MLK/Black History Month Parade
Celebrating its 10th year, the Durham MLK Parade provides a wholesome, family-oriented, multi-cultural event. Features floats, marching bands, steppers, horses, motorcycles, school groups and more. FREE and open to all.
February 4, 2012
12pm
W.D. Pearson Elementary (parade starting point), 3501 Fayetteville St.
(919) 680-0465

Soul Play
Admission $8.
February 4, 2012
9:30pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour Purchase Tickets
See a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and get to know the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. From crostini topped with local produce and house-smoked meats to gourmet popsicles to renowned pimento cheese to local beer, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors. Reservations required online. Cost $44.98.
2-5:15pm.
American Tobacco Warehouse to Downtown to Brightleaf Square
info@tastecarolina.net

The Bethesda Bluegrass Band
FREE admission (tip jar).
February 4, 2012
7:30pm.
Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, 2700 N. Roxboro Rd.
(919) 220-2458

The Morning After
With The Lizzy Ross Band. Admission $7, with $2 membership.
February 4, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Wine Tasting
Four very different and sensationally sausage-friendly wines to accompany the Farmhand Foods Sausage Wagon’s menu. FREE.
February 4, 2012
12-3pm.
Wine Authorities, 2501 University Dr.
(919) 489-2884

Zumba Plus! Workshop
Workshop will include a half hour of stretching and toning and an hour of Zumba’s fun aerobic exercise. Cost $15.
February 4, 2012
2:30-4pm.
Ninth Street Dance, 1920 1/2 Perry St.
(919) 286-6011

 

 

February 4 – 5, 2012

“Gokhale Method To Relieve Back Pain” Workshop
The Gokhale Method consists of six 90 minutes sessions over the course of one weekend that provide information to reduce or eliminate musculoskeletal pain, prevent joint degeneration and increase energy and flexibility. Cost $450.
9am-7pm.
SafeSkills, 3702-3 Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 644-1335

 

February 5, 2012

BSC Kids!
Featuring The Waterlillies,. FREE admission (tip jar passed).
February 5, 2012
4:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Carolina Jaguars vs. Fayetteville Flight (Men’s Basketball)
Tickets $10, $5 child 3-12.
February 5, 2012
5pm
McDougald-McLendon Gym at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 730-8390

Durham Craft Market
Durham-area artisans guest starring with dtownMARKET during Motorco’s Bloody Brunch.
February 5, 2012
12-5pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 220-1857

F.W. Woolworth & Co. Lunch Counter Rededication
Featuring a panel discussion, “Looking Back While Moving Forward,” moderated by Freddie Parker, professor of history at NCCU and chair of the N.C. African-American Historical Commission. The discussion panelists will be Courtney Ferguson, a retired NCCU business professor; Vivian McCoy, a civil rights and community activist; Virginia Williams, who as a teenager participated in the Royal Ice Cream Parlor sit-in in Durham in 1957, one of the first such civil rights protests; and NCCU student leader Cassandra Stokes.
February 5, 2012
3pm panel discussion, followed by ceremony and reception.
James E. Shepard Memorial Library at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 530-6295

Historical Bach Redux Purchase Tickets
Program: J. S. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056; Cantata No. 131 Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir; Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046; Cantata No. 79 Gott der Herr, ist Sonn und Schild. In partnership with the Choral Society of Durham. Prelude performance in the lobby at 2:15 by the piedmont youth and family orchestra. Tickets $20, $18 in advance.
February 5, 2012
3pm
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
(919) 560-2788

Trading Path Association Hike
An exploration of the area near the Flat River crossing. Number of hikers limited to 13. Cost $15.
February 5, 2012
Departing at 2pm.
Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Highway
(919) 644-0600

Winter Hikes (Sundays)
Explore the many trails along the Eno River. Visit old homesites, mills, graveyards, Indian trading paths and more, and learn all about the history of the Eno River valley. Each FREE guided walk lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
February 5, 2012
2pm
Call to verify location
(919) 620-9099

Courtesy of the Durham CVB.  Visit them online at http://www.durham-nc.com/

Final Epic Fail Wednesday – Last one…until March, that is!

We are making a slight change to Epic Fail Wednesday.  For the month of February only, we are moving this regularly scheduled program to Tuesdays.  I apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause.  We’ll be back on the regular schedule on March 7.  Thanks!

 

Now, go and enjoy some good quality fails!

 

 

 

 

 

Joaquin’s Triangle Weekend Guide – January 27-29, 2012


For more information, click on the links below.

January 27, 2012

Coffee Cupping
A chance to taste interesting varieties of coffee. Immediately following each cupping participants can join a free, guided tour of the roastery and headquarters. FREE and open to the public.
January 27, 2012
10am.
Counter Culture Coffee, 4911 South Alston Ave.
(919) 361-5282

Contra Dance
Dance to live music. Shoes must be clean and soft-soled. No spike heels may be worn; heels must be wider than 3/4 inch. Tickets are $9 and include a lesson for new dancers.
January 27, 2012
7:30pm lesson, 8pm dance
Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave.
(919) 929-0696

Jon Shain Trio w/ Lizzy Ross Purchase Tickets
Blues, folk, seated show, singer, songwriter. Admission $10.
Doors: 7pm, show:8pm.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
(919) 687-6969

Killer Filler
January 27, 2012
The Tavern, 1900 W. Markham Ave.
(919) 286-7665

NCTA Outlook for IT 2012
The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) will host several hundred leaders from around the state and across sectors at this annual luncheon meeting featuring an “Outlook for IT” presented by Gartner. Tickets $110 in advance ($85 NCTA members).
January 27, 2012
10:30am-1:30pm.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd.
(919) 941-5050

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show Purchase Tickets
They were style with substance, swing with swagger and a non-stop party that everyone wanted access to. Now audiences can experience this critically acclaimed, hugely entertaining theatrical production which includes exciting new arrangements of the classic songs everyone knows and loves. Tickets $35-$50.
8pm
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

String Peddlers
Blues/world. Followed by Something for Now (alternative blues and rock). FREE admission.
January 27, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

The Maya and 2012 with Latin American Scholar Robert Sitler
This talk will look at the 2012 phenomenon with a well-grounded approach that relies entirely on sources from within the Mayan world. Discover what contemporary Mayan elders say regarding the date, based on interviews in numerous Mayan linguistic communities in Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Sitler is currently a Professor of Modern Languages at Stetson University in Deland FL. He serves as the Director of its Latin American Studies Program. Cost $20, $15 RRC members, $10 students.
7:30-9pm.
Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus, 3475 Erwin Rd.
(919) 309-4600

Wig Out Dance Party
Admission $5 with $2 membership.
January 27, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

January 27 – 28, 2012
Claremont Trio Purchase Tickets
An illustrious two-decade chamber music institution that plays with a refined wit and poetic intensity worthy of its literary namesake. Tickets $30, $5 Duke students.
January 27 – 28, 2012
8pm
Nelson Music Room in Duke’s East Duke Bldg., Duke East Campus
(919) 684-4444
January 27 – 29, 2012
The Power of Meditation
This retreat will bring each participant along on this contemplative journey of exploring the magnitude of mindfulness, and discover greater balance of mind, generosity of heart, and a stronger conviction for the practice of meditation. Lunch served each day. Cost $345.
January 27 – 29, 2012
F 8:30am-5pm, Sa 9am-5pm. Su 9am-4pm
Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, 3475 Erwin Rd.
(919) 660-6826

January 28, 2012

Art Market at Vega Metals – Saturday Market
Outdoor market featuring gorgeous locally produced arts and crafts, including metal, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and more.
10am-12pm,
The Art Market at Vega Metals, 214 Hunt St.
(919) 688-8267

Central Park School for Children “Save Our Arts” Benefit
Featuring Megafaun / Mount Moriah / The Beast. Admission $10.
January 28, 2012
6pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Chamber Music Master Class with the Claremont Trio
Hailed as “deft, exhilarating, and imaginative” by Strings Magazine, the Claremont Trio couples a powerful, energetic style with an uncommon assurance. First recipients of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, the Claremonts — sisters Emily Bruskin (violin) and Julia Bruskin (cello), with Andrea Lam (piano) — generate enthusiastic acclaim wherever they perform. FREE.
12pm.
Nelson Music Room in the East Duke Bldg., Duke East Campus
(919) 660-3333

Chamber Music Master Class with Trio Jean Paul Purchase Tickets
FREE and open to the public.
January 28, 2012
12pm
Nelson Music Room, Duke East Campus
(919) 660-3356

Duke vs. St. John’s (Men’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
January 28, 2012
12pm
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Science Dr.
(919) 681-2583

Durham Farmers’ Market
An all-local and producer only market open every Saturday through the winter. Vendors will be offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts. (Fruits and vegetables are local and seasonal and during the expect lots of greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash and greenhouse grown tomatoes.)
10am-12pm
The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Hip-Hop in Heels Workshop
Workshop will begin with a barefoot warm-up followed by a fun combination to be done in heels. Focus will be on the lines of the body, and developing the confidence to dance in heels. Some dance experience recommended; no sweatpants, please. Cost $15.
January 28, 2012
2:30-4pm.
Ninth Street Dance, 1920 1/2 Perry St.
(919) 286-6011

Jason King
FREE admission.
January 28, 2012
8pm
Charlie’s Pub & Grille, 758 Ninth St.
(919) 286-4446

Journal-Making Workshop
Bull City Crafts shows you how to transform scrap materials into your personal journal.
2-4pm.
Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd.

MacLachlan Bower Overkill
Followed by Mirror 7 (rock/country). FREE admission.
January 28, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

NCCU vs Delaware State University (Men’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
Tickets $12, $8 students & seniors, $4 kids 5-12. Reserved seats $15.
January 28, 2012
4pm.
McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium at NCCU, Lawson and Lincoln Streets
(919) 530-5315

NCCU vs Delaware State University (Women’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
Tickets $5, FREE for kids 12 and under.
January 28, 2012
2pm.
McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium at NCCU, Lawson and Lincoln Streets
(919) 530-5315

Shopping Experience, to benefit Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department
Featuring products from Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Arbonne, Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, BeautiControl, Premiere Jewelry and more. Raffle for fabulous gift baskets.
January 28, 2012
10am-5pm.
Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd.
TinaLB31@yahoo.com

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour Purchase Tickets
See a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and get to know the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. From crostini topped with local produce and house-smoked meats to gourmet popsicles to renowned pimento cheese to local beer, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors. Reservations required online. Cost $44.98.
2-5:15pm.
American Tobacco Warehouse to Downtown to Brightleaf Square
info@tastecarolina.net

The Sea Wolf Mutiny
With Joie and Steph Stuart and The Boyfriends. Admission $5, with $2 membership.
January 28, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Tobacco Trail Trot 5K
A 4-mile or 10K Fun Run. No registration is required, but all participants must sign a waiver.
January 28, 2012
8:30am.
Gravel lot across from newhope Church, 7725 Fayetteville Rd.
(919) 265-3904

Two-Day Nature Photography Winter Workshop Begins
Renowned nature photographer and author John Shaw will teach basic and advanced principles related to nature photography and the digital darkroom. Learn from someone who acknowledges both the poet artist and the technician present in all nature photographers. Fee includes all handout materials and lunch and break refreshments. Cost $250; $200 Gardens members.
Sa & Su 9am.-5pm.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.
(919) 684-3698

January 29, 2012

Angela Bingham Quartet
FREE admission.
January 29, 2012
7:30pm.
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Carolina Jaguars vs. Johnson City MadHatters (Men’s Basketball)
Tickets $10, $5 child 3-12.
5pm
McDougald-McLendon Gym at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 730-8390

Free Family Day at the Nasher Museum
FREE admissionn.
January 29, 2012
Noon-4pm.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. 2001 Campus Dr.
(919) 684-5135

Jasme Kelly
Admission $5.
January 29, 2012
11:30am-3pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

Organ Recital
Featuring David Arcus, playing music from Canada, including a tribute to the Canadian rock band Rush. FREE admission.
January 29, 2012
5pm
Duke University Chapel, Science Dr.
(919) 684-2572

Sunday Tea with Judith C. Bell Purchase Tickets
The Sunday Tea is a community event to honor local women who are making strides in our community, women who help others while maintaining a certain class and distinction. This Sunday Tea will honor First Lady of Durham Judith C. Bell. Cost $5.
2-4pm.
A Cultured Alliance, 1910 Sedwick Rd Ste 300B
info@aculturedalliancellc.com

Winter Hikes (Sundays)
Explore the many trails along the Eno River. Visit old homesites, mills, graveyards, Indian trading paths and more, and learn all about the history of the Eno River valley. Each FREE guided walk lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
January 29, 2012
2pm
Call to verify location
(919) 620-9099

Courtesy of the Durham CVB.  Visit them online at http://www.durham-nc.com/

Mortgage Rate Alert – January 26, 2012

Here are today’s mortgage rates, courtesy of Debbie Owens with PrimeLending.

 

Conventional: 740 credit score; 80% LTV; w/escrow account

30 yr fx                 3.75% w/ 1% origination

20 yr fx                 3.75% w/ .50% origination

15 yr fx                 3% w/ 1% origination

5/1 ARM              2.875% w/ 1% origination

7/1 ARM              3% w/ 1% origination

10/1 ARM            3.625% w/1% origination

 

FHA: 640 credit score 96.5% (call for quotes with scores between 600 – 639)

30 yr fx                 3.75% w/ 0% origination

20 yr fx                 3.75% w/ 0% origination

15 yr fx                 3.5% w/ 0% origination

5/1 ARM              2.75% w/ 0% origination

 

For more information, contact Debbie Owens at PrimeLending.

919.854.4457   |    dowens@primelending.com

Also, if you would like to prequalify online, visit  https://lo.primelending.com/dowens

Freestyle Thursday – My Super Bowl Predictions. If you care.


Super Bowl XLVI (or Super Bowl 46 for those of us non-Romans) will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5, 2012.  Kick off will be at approximately 6:30 pm EST.  The two participants are the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.  It will be televised on NBC.  National Anthem singer is Kelly Clarkson.  Halftime entertainer is Madonna.  Those are the details.

Now, for you degenerate gamblers out there (myself included), here are my official Super Bowl 46 predictions:

–  Final Score: New York Giants (27), New England Patriots (42)

–  Super Bowl Winner:  New England Patriots

–  MVP:  Tom Brady

–  First Touchdown (non QB):  Rob Gronkowski

–  QB With The Most Passing Yards:  Tom Brady (355)

–  Coin Toss Winner:  New York Giants

–  First Commercial (after kick off):  Bud Light

–  Time it will take Kelly Clarkson to sing the National Anthem:  127 seconds

–  Number of times announcers say the name ‘Tim Tebow’ during broadcast: 23

–  Times the cameras will show an actor from an NBC sitcom:  12

Finally, I’ll close with a picture of something Sienna wore today.  Sienna is my 4 year old daughter and, well, she has a style all her own.  I will probably close a lot of these Freestyle Thursday posts with a picture of some crazy outfit she picked out, just because I love her style.

Thank you for tuning in.  Until next week, follow your bliss.

JA

Epic Fail Wednesday – Photoshop Hack Jobs

Here’s a shocker.  Sometimes on the internet, newspapers and in advertisements, things are not what they appear to be.  And to facilitate this little trip from reality to the dream world, there is a quaint little software program called Photoshop which edits photos in just about every possible way imaginable.  Sometimes, real professionals do a masterful job with subtle retouches.  Other times, however….

 

Enjoy, and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

Newly Redesigned! Your thoughts…

I’m all about keeping things fresh.  So, in that spirit, I have totally redesigned the blog to be a little bit cleaner and easier to read.  Check out the poll below and tell me what you think.

 

Stuff You Need to Know: Credit Scores and how they affect mortgage fees.

Your FICO score has always influenced the mortgage rate for which you’re eligible. In 2008, though, it began to change your loan fees.

In response to major mortgage market losses, in April 2008, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced something called Loan-Level Pricing Adjustments (LLPA). Loan-level pricing adjustments are “discount points” added to a mortgage rate, based on a specific borrower’s risk to the lender.

A discount point is a loan fee, paid at the time of closing. 1 discount point is equal to 1 percent of your loan size.

Example : A $300,000 mortgage that’s assessed 1 discount point will have $3,000 in extra fees due at closing.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac know that low credit scores correlate to high default rates so, like an insurance policy, they assigned the highest costs to the highest-risk borrowers.

Assuming a 20% downpayment, look at how discount points change based on credit score. Fees get massive for FICOs under 700.

  • 740+ FICO  : There are no discount points required. This loan is “low risk”.
  • 720-739 FICO :  0.250 discount points are charged to the borrower, or $250 per $100,000 borrowed
  • 700-719 FICO :  0.750 discount points are charged to the borrower, or $750 per $100,000 borrowed
  • 680-699 FICO :  1.500 discount points are charged to the borrower, or $1,500 per $100,000 borrowed
  • 660-679 FICO :  2.500 discount points are charged to the borrower, or $2,500 per $100,000 borrowed

Now, not many new home buyers just have that kind of extra cash just laying around. Therefore, as an alternative to paying discount points with cash, many choose to “roll up” the fees into their respective mortgage rates. In general, 1.000 discount point can be “traded in” for a 0.250 increase to your mortgage rate.

Example : A consumer with a 680 FICO score is required to pay 1.500 discount points at closing, or can alternatively accept a mortgage rate increase of 0.375%.

This is why it’s important to keep your credit score high. There are real dollar costs for having scores under 740.  Below is a chart of the components that make up a credit score.

If you would like some more information, please call me.  I will be more than happy to clarify what is accepted and what isn’t in the state of North Carolina.

Joaquin Aguayo     |     919.641.2253     |     joaquin@gorealty.biz

Joaquin’s Triangle Weekend Guide – January 20-22, 2012

For more information and to order tickets, click on the links below.

January 20, 2012

“Screened” Reception
FREE admission.
January 20, 2012
5-7pm.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
(919) 560-2787

“The Wanderlust of Sed Miles” Gallery Talk
Talk by the artist, Derrick B. Bryant (Benetez). FREE admission.
January 20, 2012
6-8pm.
Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St
(919) 683-1709

Author/Comedian Bill Cosby
The author will sign copies of his latest book, “I Didn’t Ask to be Born (But I’m Glad I Was).” Braxton Cosby, nephew of Bill Cosby, also will be signing his book “The Star-Crossed Saga: Protostar.” Tickets for the signing will be handed out at the store beginning at 9am. Both authors will sign as many copies of their new books as customers want. No back stock will be signed, and the authors will not pose for photos with customers.
January 20, 2012
12pm.
Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons Dr.
(919) 489-3012

CenterFest – Creative Community Focus Group
The Durham Arts Council invites your participation in plans to expand and re-envision CenterFest. The focus group for the creative community will discuss some new elements being considered for CenterFest such as showcases for new creative businesses, design arts, and technology, and favorite past elements such as the non-profit showcase. Although anyone is invited to attend, this focus group will be most appropriate for designers, game developers, architects, music industry, film arts, arts non-profits and other creative businesses that have not typically been part of traditional arts festivals. RSVP online if attending.
January 20, 2012
6:30pm, until 7:30 or 8pm.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
(919) 560-2787

Charity Dominoes Tournament
January 20, 2012
7pm lesson.
Old Havana Sandwich Shop, 310 E Main St.
(919) 667-9525

Chirba Chirba Dumpling Truck Documentary Screening
Documentary about the truck’s launch, and games of “dumpling hole”which is like corn hole with dumpling-shaped bean bags.
January 20, 2012
5-9pm truck on site, 7pm film screening
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Coffee Cupping
A chance to taste interesting varieties of coffee. Immediately following each cupping participants can join a free, guided tour of the roastery and headquarters. FREE and open to the public.
January 20, 2012
10am.
Counter Culture Coffee, 4911 South Alston Ave.
(919) 361-5282

Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy?? Learn More!
Stephen Mann, of Solution Generators Network and Transitions Durham, will discuss the potential for Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy powering a new electric grid. FREE.
6pm.
2811 Hillsborough Rd.

House of Dues
Blues / R & B / New Orleans funk. Admission tba.
January 20, 2012
9:30pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

Moonlight Paddle
Paddle a canoe or kayak on Lake Michie and explore the sounds and sights of the lake under a full moon. Cost $4, $5 non-city residents. Pre-registration required.
January 20, 2012
7-9pm.
Lake Michie Boathouse, 2303 Bahama Rd.
(919) 471-1623 option 2

Paula Poundstone Purchase Tickets
Taking the stage with a stool, a microphone, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. A favorite on NPR’s Wait, Wait – Don’t Tell Me!, she draws on her own complex life with three kids, 13 cats and getting older to keep her comedy free flowing – moving in unexpected directions without a plan and without a net. Tickets $29-$39.
8pm
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Peter Lamb and the Wolves
Poet Kimberly McCrae will host. Tickets $15, $10 in advance..
January 20, 2012
9pm.
LabourLove Gallery, 807 E Main St.
(919) 373-4451

Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma is a monthly film series of double-features dedicated to bringing classic horror movies back to the big screen in 35mm. Tickets $7.
January 20, 2012
7:30pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham Inc., 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Rubber Soul
January 20, 2012
The Tavern, 1900 W. Markham Ave.
(919) 286-7665

Simone Dinnerstein, Piano Purchase Tickets
Featuring “some of the most beautiful, sensitive, intelligent and manifestly sincere playing you’re ever likely to hear” (Piano Magazine). Tickets $30, $5 Duke students.
January 20, 2012
8pm
Reynolds Auditorium in Bryan Center at Duke, Science Dr.
(919) 684-4444

Straight Up Jazz Band
Jazz. Followed by The Broadcast. FREE admission.
January 20, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

The Brand New Life
With The Black Experience. Admission $6, with $2 membership.
January 20, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
January 20, 2012
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.

January 20 – 22, 2012
“The Taming of the Shrew” Play Purchase Tickets
Student production directed by Sadie Zimet. Tickets $4 minimum donation.
January 20 – 22, 2012
F-Sa 7pm, Su 2pm
Common Ground Theatre, 4815-B Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 932-1852
 

January 21, 2012

“Belly Dance: Basics and Beyond” Workshop
No previous belly dance experience is required. Cost $20.
January 21, 2012
2-4pm.
Ninth Street Dance, 1920 1/2 Perry St.
(919) 286-6011

Art Market at Vega Metals – Saturday Market
Outdoor market featuring gorgeous locally produced arts and crafts, including metal, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and more.
10am-12pm,
The Art Market at Vega Metals, 214 Hunt St.
(919) 688-8267

Carolina Jaguars vs. Johnson City (TN) Mad Hatters (Men’s Basketball)
Tickets $10, $5 child 3-12.
January 21, 2012
7:30pm
McDougald-McLendon Gym at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 730-8390

Comedian Bill Cosby
Tickets $45 and up.
January 21, 2012
5pm & 8pm
DPAC – Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.
(919) 680-2787

Duke vs. Florida State (Men’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
January 21, 2012
4pm
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Science Dr.
(919) 681-2583

Durham Farmers’ Market
An all-local and producer only market open every Saturday through the winter. Vendors will be offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts. (Fruits and vegetables are local and seasonal and during the expect lots of greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash and greenhouse grown tomatoes.)
10am-12pm
The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Durham Public Schools Magnet Fair
Durham Public Schools event featuring information booths for parents about magnet schools.
January 21, 2012
9am-12pm elementary schools, 2-5pm middle and high schools
Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St.
(919) 560-2000

Encounters with the music of our time presents the Meehan/Perkins Percussion Duo
The Meehan/Perkins Percussion Duo and guest performers Nicholas Lewis (clarinet/bass clarinet) and Dan Lippel (guitar) offer a program including premieres by postdoctoral fellow Daniel Thomas Davis and faculty composers Stephen Jaffe, Anthony Kelley, Scott Lindroth and John Supko. FREE admission.
8pm.
Nelson Music Room in the East Duke Blldg., Duke East Campus
(919) 660-3333

Food Truck Mash-up and Concert
Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Pie Pushers, Farmhand Foods and KoKyu BBQ trucks will swap ingredients to offer adventurous dishes. Music by London Dungeon / Gary B & The Notion / JOLO. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
January 21, 2012
6pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
The forum will offer individual meetings with foreclosure defense attorneys, information sessions on foreclosure prevention, explanations of government programs that assist homeowners in foreclosure, and various foreclosure prevention strategies. Participants should bring all foreclosure and loan documents. FREE.
10am-12pm
Turner Law Building at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 530-6295

Fundraiser Poker Tournament
Texas Hold ‘Em – prizes for the top 10 players. Proceeds benefit C.A.R.E. Canine Assisted Rehabilitation for the Elderly is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming shelter dogs into therapeutic visitors for the elderly. Registration $50.
January 21, 2012
1pm.
Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 682-2337

Homoground Anniversary Party
The South’s new guide to queer music, celebrates 1 year of exquisite coverage of queer events in the South. Music by Suspect Raptor (Athens/Atlanta) followed by a killer dance party by DJ Queen Plz & DJ PlayPlay. Admission $5, with $2 membership.
January 21, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Jambalaya Soul Slam
Hosted byhosted by Dasan Ahanu and featuring Dani the Poet. Admission $7.
January 21, 2012
8pm (doors open 7:30pm).
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St
(919) 295-0176

Jason King
FREE admission.
January 21, 2012
8pm
Charlie’s Pub & Grille, 758 Ninth St.
(919) 286-4446

Jonathan Byrd & Sally Spring Purchase Tickets
Folk music, Seated show, Songwriter. Admission $15, $12 in advance.
Doors: 7pm, show: 8pm.
Casbah, 1007 W Main St.
(919) 687-6969

Moss Gardens in a Dish
Create an amazing miniature world using a variety of mosses in the dish of your choice. Learn how to use a variety of mosses and combine them into a distinctive dish garden. Bring a dish, with drainage holes, of roughly these dimensions: 12x12x4 inches. See http://mossandstonegardens.com/images/Creations for photo examples of moss dish gardens. Cost $100; $80 Gardens members.
9am-12pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.
(919) 684-3698

Mostly Waltz Dance
Featuring a mix of fast and slow music to accommodate the many styles of waltz, including slow melodies for modern Ballroom and Cross-Step, moderate tempos for Rotary and Contra/Folk Waltz as well as some faster tunes for the Viennese Waltz. The music will vary widely and will include genres such as Rock, Celtic, Latin, Cajun, Folk, Techno, New Age and World music. Cost $8, $5 students.
January 21, 2012
5-7pm; lesson 4:30-5pm.
Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S. Miami Blvd.
(919) 932-6232

Pigs in the Library: “Donald”
Join members of the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern for a discussion of their current production, “Donald.” FREE admission.
January 21, 2012
3pm.
Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
(919) 560-0100

Sabina Barton
Singer/songwriter. Followed by Pradigy GT. FREE admission.
January 21, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Showroom: Luchadoras II
The exuberant Mexican wrestling spectacular that marries astonishing acrobatics and exhilarating aerial maneuvers with flamboyant masked characters and outlandish story lines will be on display…with all-female wrestlers. Captain Ponchos Tacos truck will be on site. Proceeds will go toward grassroots food justice efforts in Durham, NC. Admission $5, FREE for kids under 12.
January 21, 2012
12-3pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Travis Tritt Purchase Tickets
Travis Tritt’s blend of traditional country and southern rock made him a superstar and distinguished him from the new country singers of his era. Armed with only his guitar and soulful vocals, this rare solo performance will feature acoustic renditions of his timeless hits. Tickets $39-$69.
8pm
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Women’s Voices Chorus Concert
Featuring music from Latino-American, Jewish-American, African-American, and Native-American traditions, plus music of the Shakers, and work songs, and songs of the American South, and more. Tickets $15, $5 student.
January 21, 2012
4pm.
First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.
(919) 684-3855

January 21 – 22, 2012
Hunter Education Class
Required a 6th grade learning level or higher. Must attend both days. Students must pass a written exam and a firearms handling proficiency test unassisted. FREE, but pre-registration required.
January 21 – 22, 2012
9am-5pm Sa, 1-5pm Su
Wake Co. Wildlife Club, 1313 Coley Rd.
(919) 724-2798
 

January 22, 2012

“Durham: Are We So Different?” Discussion
At the conclusion of the “RACE: Are We So Different” exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science, join in for a community conversation exploring white privilege..FREE.
January 22, 2012
2;30pm.
Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
(919) 560-0100

“If Music Be the Food of Love” Concert
Works by Purcell, Schubert, Rossini and spirituals arranged by African-American women composers, performed by Elizabeth Byrum Linnartz, soprano, and David Heid, pianist. FREE admission.
4pm.
Nelson Music Room in the East Duke Bldg., Duke East Campus
(919) 660-3333

Admissions Open House
Learn about the application process, tour open classrooms, and talk with teachers and/or Program Directors at each level. Prospective parents and their children are invited to attend.
2-4pm
Montessori Community School, 4512 Pope Rd
(919) 493-8541

Capital Transit
Jazz featuring 4-part vocal arrangements. FREE admission.
January 22, 2012
7:30pm.
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Carolina Jaguars vs. tbd (Men’s Basketball)
Tickets $10, $5 child 3-12.
January 22, 2012
5pm
McDougald-McLendon Gym at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
(919) 730-8390

Duke vs. Maryland (Women’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
Tickets $9, $6 youth, $14 Reserved.
January 22, 2012
3:30pm
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Science Dr.
(919) 684-4444

Jasme Kelly
Admission $5.
January 22, 2012
11:30am-3pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

Newhope Church 10th Anniversary Vision Day
Worship service, including spoken word by Ameena Brown. Collection of donated coats & cans. Food trucks on site following the service.
January 22, 2012
9:45am.
DPAC – The Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.
(919) 206-4673

Slam Academy
Writing and performance workshop organized by Dasan Ahanu and featuring a guest facilitator each month. Cost $2.
January 22, 2012
4-6pm.
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St
(919) 683-1709

The Master Gardeners’ Extension Gardening Series: Gardening with Herbs
Learn about incorporating herbs into your landscape for both their beauty and their usefulness. Parking fees apply. FREE, but pre-registration required.
2-4pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.
(919) 684-3698

Winter Hikes (Sundays)
Explore the many trails along the Eno River. Visit old homesites, mills, graveyards, Indian trading paths and more, and learn all about the history of the Eno River valley. Each FREE guided walk lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
January 22, 2012
2pm
Call to verify location
(919) 620-9099

**NEW FEATURE** – Freestyle Thursday

In the spirit of keeping things fresh here at the OATB (Official A-Team Blog) and trying new things, I am starting a new feature called Freestyle Thursday.  I think it will be a lot of fun.  Let me give you the lowdown.

When I created this blog, my intention was to have a place where one could visit and receive valuable information.  Better yet, I wanted it to be a resource.  Whether you are looking for some timely real estate advice, local business and event information, or just want a quick laugh, I’ve always felt that this was a great place to get all of that.  But there was something missing.  Something personal.

 

Enter Freestyle Thursday.

 

This will be my platform.  My soapbox, if you will.  Whether it’s sports, politics, the arts, my family…anything goes.  Whatever I am thinking or feeling at that particular moment will be what you get.  No subject is safe and no topic is out of bounds.  Heck, I may even have a guest blogger pop in and join in on the fun.  Frankly, I have no clue what Thursdays will look like in this space.  That’s part of the fun.

 

The purpose behind Freestyle Thursday is to give you a little piece of me.  It’ll be a place where I can get weird.  Where I can share my thoughts.  My hopes.  My dreams.  My opinions.  Things that make me laugh.  Things that make me wonder if I am secretly starring in my own version of The Truman Show.  It will all be here – and believe me, you won’t want to miss it because I have no idea what sort of content will be coming out of my weird little brain.  So look for Freestyle Thursday next week.

 

Until then, follow your bliss.  JA

Big News for Go Durham!

Well, we have BIG news at Go Durham…

Karen Roberts joins us as our new leader for the Go Durham office!

To give you a little about Karen, she brings eighteen years of experience to the position, all with Fonville Morisey Realty.  She owns an outstanding reputation and carries a bunch of rock star credentials.  Go Durham has been open less than a year, but it is already is one of leading offices in that segment of Triangle real estate.  Karen comes on board to help us open a surprising office space in about 12 months and provide us with great leadership for Go Durham.

I knew Karen personally from my days at Fonville Morisey, and I can tell you she is a fantastic individual.  As a new agent, I needed all the help and advice I could get, and often, she would go out of her way to help me with anything.  She was always very patient with me, and I have always appreciated it.

Welcome to Go Durham, Karen.  We’re glad you’re here!

You can follow her blog at http://www.gokarenroberts.com

Selling your home in 2012? Here are some tips to get ready…

Here are a few things you can and should start working on if you want to get your home sold – smoothly and for top dollar – in 2012.

GET CLEAR WITH YOUR INTENTIONS

Establish where your priorities lie: with speed or with dollars?  Your goal might be to sell your house as quickly as possible so you can relocate your family by spring. Or, your goal may be to sell your house at the best possible price no matter how long it takes.  Both are important, but as an agent, I employ very different strategies depending on which you choose.

Getting as clear as possible from the very beginning on your priorities will allow you to have the ability to quickly answer questions such as:

  • which home improvement projects, if any, to complete before you sell;
  • whether to accept a particular offer; and
  • how aggressively to negotiate counter-offers, and on which points to push back against a buyer’s offer.

STUDY THE LOCAL MARKET

The most successful home sales are the listings that are priced right from day one.  Even in the toughest markets, these listing sell quickly because the look to buyers like a very strong value.

In order to position yourself and your property at the point of pricing nirvana, you’ll need to do some leg work.  You don’t need to pick an exact price this moment, unless you’re planning to list your home super soon, but you can get started on what I like to think of as the ‘thinking seller’s’ three-pronged approach to pricing:

  • Visit open houses
  • Study nearby listings
  • Call me to process

Before the year is up, try to visit a handful of open houses in your neighborhood.  This will help you get a sense of the types of homes that are on the market, what condition they’re in, and how they are priced.  Keep in mind that no home is going to be exactly like yours, but if it’s similar in size, location and features, then buyers that see that property will probably be the same buyers that come to see yours – and they will be comparing list prices.

START GATHERING YOUR PAPERWORK

In planning for your sale next year, you can get a great head start by pulling together the necessary paperwork now.  In general, you’ll need to have these ready:

  • Disclosure documents: This includes any documentation of anything that might impact a buyer’s decision about your home, whether it be inspection reports, repair receipts or estimates for repairs you haven’t actually had done yet.
  • Compliance certificates: If you have had any work done to your home, pull every bit of paperwork you can find, whether it is receipts, permits, etc.  You’ll definitely need this when filling out disclosure forms.
  • Mortgage statements: Before the property’s title can transfer to another owner, the escrow or title company will need your mortgage statements to order payoff demands from any mortgage holder who has to get paid before that can happen.
  • Financials: If you’re planning on a short sale, you’ll have a lot more paperwork to gather in your process, including paycheck stubs, bank and investment account statements, and two years’ W-2 forms or tax returns – the bank will review these to determine whether they will authorize you to sell the home for less than what you owe.

GET A HEAD START ON YOUR ‘HOME’ WORK

How much prep work your home needs really depends on its current condition.  A good starting point for many sellers is to order an inspection.  Most buyers will get their own inspection before closing a deal, but getting ahead of them with your own will help you avoid any unwanted surprises later on in the transaction.  An inspection will give you a reality check on your home’s condition, enabling you to decide upfront whether it’s worth it to fix something now or simply reduce the price in consideration thereof.

As always, I will be more than happy to clarify what is accepted and what isn’t in the state of North Carolina.

Joaquin Aguayo     |     919.641.2253     |     joaquin@gorealty.biz

 

Courtesy of http://www.trulia.com

Buying a home in 2012? Get organized with these 5 quick tips.

If you’re one of the millions who has an eye on 2012 as the year in which you’ll buy a home (first or not), here are five things you can do now to put yourself on the right path:

1.    Check your credit

Take my word for it: there is no bad surprise worse than a bad credit surprise.  Okay, maybe there is one thing worse – a credit surprise you receive while you’re in the midst of trying to close on a home!

Recent studies have revealed that a record high number of real estate transactions are falling out of escrow, and that credit “issues” are a leading cause of these dead deals.  Your best chance at catching and correcting score-lowering errors and other derogatory items before they destroy your personal American Dream is to start checking and correcting while you still have time on your side.  If you do have some credit challenges, call me.  I have a team of experts that can put you on a path and can correct problems, sometimes in a matter of weeks!

2.    Do your research

The more rapidly the real estate market changes, the more it behooves smart buyers to study up before they jump in.   And now’s the time – you can start doing online and in-person research into topics ranging from:

  • Target states, cities and neighborhoods.  Whether you’re relocating or simply trying to narrow down the local districts to focus on during your 2012 house hunt, December is a great time to start your online research into decision-driving factors like tax rates, school districts, neighborhood character and even prices in various areas.
  • Short sales and REOs.  Distressed property sales are not for the unwary. If you want to target upside down or foreclosed homes, or are planning to house hunt in an area where many of the listings are described as short sales or foreclosures, get educated about what you can expect from a distressed property purchase transaction before you get your heart set on a short sale.
  • What you get for the money.  Online house hunting is a powerful tool.  But there comes a point in your house hunt where you’ve got to just get out into the actual physical homes you’re seeing online in order to get a strong, accurate sense of what home features, aesthetics and location characteristics correlate with what price points.
  • Mortgage musts.  You can read a bunch of articles about mortgages and get yourself pretty far down the path toward qualifying for a home loan, but you can only get a personalized action plan for a smooth road ‘home’ by talking with a local mortgage broker and having them assess your basic financials.  They might say you need to move funds around, pay a bill down or off or produce some sort of documentation from your employer.  And the time to start all that is now.

3.    Fluff up your cash cushion

So, you’ve saved up your 3.5 percent down payment.  Perhaps you saved a little extra for closing costs.  Or maybe you’re even one of those uber-aggressive 20-percent-down-ers.  No matter how much you’ve saved, you’ll find that you could use more once you activate your home buying action plan.  Mark my words – after closing, you’ll crave extra cash to do some repairs, upgrade a couple of things, buy appliances or even just to hold onto in order to minimize your anxiety about depleting your savings.

4.    Shed some stuff

Sell it.  Donate it.  Give it to relatives who’ve always coveted it.   Just get rid of it.

5.    Sit very, very still

Sometimes, the best way to further our goals is to stop tripping ourselves up.  In that vein, commit right now to refrain from making any major financial moves until you buy your home.  Don’t quit your job to start that personal chef business (yet), don’t pull a bunch of cash out of your savings account (without getting clearance form your mortgage pro first), and don’t start buying cars and boats on credit.

As always, I will be more than happy to clarify what is accepted and what isn’t in the state of North Carolina.

Joaquin Aguayo     |     919.641.2253     |     joaquin@gorealty.biz

Joaquin’s Triangle Weekend Guide – January 6-8, 2012

For more information, click on the links below.

January 6, 2012

“Release The Bats” Show
The Inglorious Return of the Uncle Typhus Uncommon Burlesque. Gird your loins for an insidious debacle of recumbent proportions, featuring music and theater for adults. Tickets $10.
January 6, 2012
8pm
Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 698-3870

“Ridin wit’ Joe Crack: The Awakening Has Begun!” Play
The production is based on the personal life experiences of former gang leader and ex-drug dealer turned anti-crime advocate Otis Lyons, aka Vegas Don. Tickets $40.
January 6, 2012
7pm
Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.
(919) 688-DPAC

Author Doc Hendley
The the founder and president of Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization focused on providing clean water to people around the world, will discuss his new book “Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World.”
January 6, 2012
7pm.
Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
(919) 286-2700

Garage Bar: Milagro Saints / Stray Dogs / Workshop Band
Admission $5 (with $3 membership)..
January 6, 2012
9pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Jo Gore & The Alternatives
Admission $6.
January 6, 2012
9pm.
Beyú Caffé, 335 W Main St.
(919) 683-1058

Ocie Davis Trio
Jazz. FREE admission.
January 6, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Rowdy Rowdy Square Dance
Lightspeed barn storming old time music + traditional square dance calling, featuring Durham’s The Five Points Rounders. Admission $5 with $2 membership.
January 6, 2012
9pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Shine Band
FREE admission.
January 6, 2012
9pm
Charlie’s Pub & Grille, 758 Ninth St.
(919) 286-4446

Yin Yoga Trial Class
FREE.
January 6, 2012
4-5pm.
Patanjali’s Place, 700 Foster St.
(919) 475-1355

January 7, 2012

“Bare But Beautiful” Hike
Learn to identify trees by bark, twigs, and shape -.everything but the leaves! Some interesting historical uses of trees will also be discussed. FREE.
January 7, 2012
1-3pm.
West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd.
(919) 471-1623

“Stitched” Film Screening
The film follows three quilters for a year as they race to complete their entries for the nation’s largest quilt show. North Carolina-based quilter Hollis Chatelain is featured in this funny, inspirational documentary. Hollis and film director Jena Moreno will answer questions from the audience after the screening.. FREE admission.
January 7, 2012
10:30am.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr.
(919) 660-3663

Durham Author Bruce Harvill
The author will read from and sign copies of his new book “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: From Mayhem to Miracles.”
January 7, 2012
7pm.
Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
(919) 286-2700

Durham Community Concert Band Open Reading Session
Triangle Area wind and percussion musicians are invited to join the Durham Community Concert Band playing music graded from medium to advanced.
10am-1pm.
Durham Arts Council IBM Room, 120 Morris St.
info@durhamband.org

Durham Family Theatre Auditions
Auditions for “The House at Pooh Corner” for actors & singers, ages 5 to adult. Actors should prepare a one-minute song.
January 7, 2012
Sa 12-4pm; M 6:30-9:30pm
Central Park School, 724 Foster St.
(919) 286-5717

Durham Farmers’ Market
An all-local and producer only market open every Saturday through the winter. Vendors will be offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts. (Fruits and vegetables are local and seasonal and during the expect lots of greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash and greenhouse grown tomatoes.)
10am-12pm
The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Jason King
FREE admission.
January 7, 2012
8pm
Charlie’s Pub & Grille, 758 Ninth St.
(919) 286-4446

Pre-Anniversary Party
Live music by Saludos Compay.
January 7, 2012
Old Havana Sandwich Shop, 310 E Main St.
(919) 667-9525

Rosie the Riveter: A One-Woman Show
A one-woman show by Sally Drucker, a scholar of English and Women’s Studies who teaches at the Nassau Community College in Long Island, NY. FREE, but donations welcome.
6pm.
Recyclique , 2811 Hillsborough Rd

Shipwrecker
With Erie Choir and The Wigg Report. Admission $5, with $2 membership.
January 7, 2012
10pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Showroom: Beautiful Freaks – Return to Winter Wonderland
Admission $12, $10 in advance (with $3 membership).
January 7, 2012
9pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875

Stratocruiser
Rock/powerpop. FREE admission.
January 7, 2012
10pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

The Get Write – A Unique Poetry and Jazz Experience
Featuring SpokenWord artist and poetry slam champion Elliot Axiom. Also featuring Soul/Jazz Vocalist Sophie Blak. Tickets $10.
January 7, 2012
9pm-12am.
Spartacus Restaurant, 4139 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 627-1076

Triangle Brewing Company Tour
FREE tastings. Food will be available for purchase.
January 7, 2012
1-2:30pm
Triangle Brewing Company, 918 Pearl St.
(919) 683-2337

Youth Rap Forum
Presented by The Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, Inc.
January 7, 2012
9-11am.
Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St.
(919) 688-6052

Youth United’s Got Talent Showcase
Youth United is a national Habitat for Humanity initiative that mobilizes young people, ages 5 to 25, to fund and build a house with Habitat for Humanity. FREE admission.
January 7, 2012
8:30pm
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Zentangles Workshop
Pre-registration required. Cost $35, plus $5 material fee.
January 7, 2012
10am-12pm.
Patanjali’s Place, 700 Foster St.
onceuponatangle@gmail.com

Zora Neale Hurston Portrayal
Author, folklorist, anthropologist, Hurston is considered one of the preeminent writers of the 20th century. Ms. Hurston is brought to life by Beverly Fields Burnette, president of the N.C. Association of Black Storytellers and founding member of Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. FREE.
January 7, 2012
3pm
Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
(919) 560-0100

January 8, 2012

“Blessed are the Cheesemakers!” Panel Discussion
Join Durham cheesemonger Patrick Coleff as he moderates a panel of Triangle cheesemakers. Learn about the cheese-making process, and ask questions.
January 8, 2012
3pm
Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
(919) 560-0100

“No Place Called Home” Performance
Actress Kim Schultz performs her one-woman show about Iraqi refugees, the product of a three-week trip to Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria during which she interviewed hundreds of refugees.
January 8, 2012
7pm
Duke University Fuqua School of Business, 1 Towerview Dr.
rachel.revelle@duke.edu

“Smart Commuting in the Triangle” Lecture
Naima Rorie, Transit Education Specialist of Clean Energy Durham, will share ideas on shaping a lower-cost, more efficent & sustainable commute.
January 8, 2012
3-4pm
South Regional Branch Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
(919) 560-0521

“Stitched” Film Screening
The film follows three quilters for a year as they race to complete their entries for the nation’s largest quilt show. North Carolina-based quilter Hollis Chatelain is featured in this funny, inspirational documentary. Hollis and film director Jena Moreno will answer questions from the audience after the screening.. FREE admission.
January 8, 2012
1pm.
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, 1317 W. Pettigrew St.
(919) 660-3663

Concerts at St. Stephen’s – Nick Kitchen, violin, and Andrew Tyson, piano
Beethoven Sonatas Series. Tickets $20, FREE for kids under 18.
January 8, 2012
4pm (3pm pre-concert lecture)
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr.
(919) 493-5451

Duke vs. N.C. State (Women’s Basketball) Purchase Tickets
Tickets $9, $6 youth, $14 Reserved.
January 8, 2012
2pm
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Science Dr.
(919) 684-4444

Jasme Kelly
Admission $5.
January 8, 2012
11:30am-3pm.
Papa Mojos Roadhouse, 5410-Y Highway 55
(919) 361-2222

Sawyer-Goldberg Jazz Band
Jazz. FREE admission.
January 8, 2012
7:30pm.
Broad Street Café, 1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707

Vegan Brunch
Cost $8.
January 8, 2012
12-2pm.
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
(919) 667-1100

Willie Painter & Scott Laird
FREE to patrons.
January 8, 2012
Dinner hours – call for time
Bavarian Brathaus, 4010 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 381-6412

Winter Hikes (Sundays)
The Winter Hikes go out from the Eno River State Park Headquarters (Few’s Ford Access Area) on Cole Mill Rd. The hikes explore a different section of the Eno River Basin each week. Each hike lasts about two and a half-hours and cover 3 to 4 miles.
January 8, 2012
2pm
Eno River State Park Headquarters (Few’s Ford Access Area), Cole Mill Rd.
(919) 620-9099

Youth Sunday Awareness Service
Presented by The Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, Inc.
January 8, 2012
4pm.
Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St.
(919) 688-6052

New Real Estate Rules – Avoiding the Money Pit (Part 5)

Who out there in cyberspace can remember that awful 80’s movie about the couple who bought the crumbling house starring the guy from Forrest Gump and the chick from Cheers?  I was 15 years old when it came out and remember thinking it was hilarious.  Hopefully my sense of humor has evolved since then.  Probably not, though.

As it turns out, buying a home that needs much more extensive (and expensive) repairs than originally thought is only funny in the movies.  In real life, buying a money pit can nearly drive a new homeowner to lose their mind – and their shirt.  Fortunately, there are a number of real-life strategies that real-world buyers can act on to prevent their own home-buying plot line from including an unfunny lemon of a home.  In this five part series, I will share with you my personal favorite steps that will help you avoid buying a money pit.

This Week’s Tip:  Ask for price reductions and credits instead of seller repairs.

For the most part, I feel that buyers will select their own materials and repair contractors with more care and are generally more deeply invested in ensuring that repairs are completed to their satisfaction than an outgoing seller.  If you are negotiating with your home’s seller over repairs that need to happen, discuss with your agent whether it might make sense to ask for a price reduction or a closing cost credit to offset the cost of the repairs so you can have them completed to your standards, and with the materials and by the contractors of your choice, after closing.

As always, I will be more than happy to clarify what is accepted and what isn’t in the state of North Carolina.

Joaquin Aguayo     |     919.641.2253     |     joaquin@gorealty.biz

5 Quick Predictions for the 2012 Housing Market

Delinquencies will go down, but foreclosures will go up.

Fewer borrowers will fall behind on their payments next year, thanks to the strengthening economy and refinancings.  The share of delinquent borrowers is already down more than a quarter from the peak a couple of years ago.  But many borrowers who fell behind on their payments during the housing crisis are still in limbo:  Last year’s robo-signing controversy threw a wrench in the gears of the foreclosure process.  That means that some delinquent loans haven’t yet gone through the foreclosure process.  Once a settlement is reached with banks over robo-signing, we’ll see a new wave of foreclosures and foreclosure sales.

Rents will rise – which is a bad thing.

With fewer people buying homes and more people losing their homes to foreclosures, rental demand is increasing.  High rents will hold back economic growth if businesses can’t pay workers enough to have a roof over their heads.  Squeezed city-dwellers won’t get relief until late 2012:  That’s when a wave of new multi-unit construction projects that started late this year will be completed and available for rent.  To tackle growth-killing high living costs in the priciest cities head on, local governments need to get rid of height restrictions and arduous permitting processes, which hold back urban construction and push development to the suburbs.

Mortgage rates will inch up – which will probably be a good thing.

A stronger economy will push Treasury bonds and mortgage rates up because inflation becomes more likely and investors demand higher rates to hold bonds.  But lots of factors can push rates up or down.  For the housing market, which direction rates go is less important than why.  Gradual economic recovery is good news for the housing market even if it means higher mortgage rates – because higher mortgage rates should go hand-in-hand with greater housing demand.

Government will sit on its hands.

In election years, politicians don’t take risks:  They’re more talk and less action, so don’t expect any bold housing policy reforms next year.  What’s more, with the housing market now recovering, we’re not in enough of a crisis to force political opponents together.  Instead, in 2012 we’ll see the effects of modest housing proposals from this year:  Easier refinancing under the expanded HARP program, and more government-owned homes coming to market for sale or rent.  But the bitter debate in Washington over the budget deficit and debt will continue.

Smart cities are hot.

In 2012, the local housing markets that will enjoy rising prices, new construction or both, are those that start the year with stronger job growth and fewer empty homes holding back the market.  The top five cities that are mentioned repeatedly in this discussion are Austin TX, San Jose CA, Washington DC, and the Boston suburbs.  The Triangle area in North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill/Cary) is also at the top of these lists because, like the other cities, they have strong high-tech industries and high-skill workforces.  During the housing boom, the go-to cities tended to be lower-skill, lower-education metros.  But in 2012, smart is hot.

As always, I will be more than happy to clarify what is accepted and what isn’t in the state of North Carolina.

Joaquin Aguayo     |     919.641.2253     |     joaquin@gorealty.biz

Courtesy of Trulia.com

25 Clever Ideas in 25 Seconds.

Take a look at these clever ideas and tell me how many of the 25 you think you will use immediately.  Forward it to your friends.

Also, I want to hear from you…are you using any ‘homemade’ remedies that have been passed down from grandma and grandpa?  Send them to me.  I would love to post them here.

Have a great holiday week!

(Courtesy of The Daily Buzz /  www.thedailybuzz.com.au)
Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases

Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feet

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?!

Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys

Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items

Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door

Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing

A tip for holiday packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!

Clever idea: muffin pan craft storage

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.

Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this!

Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bag

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles

Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggs

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks!

Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.

Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

Clever idea: gutter veggie garden

Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storage

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Courtesy of The Daily Buzz

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