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Upcoming Events

Neighborhood Clean-Up Oct 07 Part of Durham’s Big Sweep

Hello Neighbors!

Where did our year go?  It is time for our 2nd annual Fall Neighborhood clean up day in conjunction with Durham Big Sweep on Saturday, the 07 October. This is part of Keep Durham Beautiful as well as our neighborhood.

While the designated date for the Durham Big Sweep is October 7th, some groups that aren’t able to clean up that day have already begun their clean up efforts! And you can too!

You are all on your own. Pick a block or a street and pick up any trash. You choose your own time during the day.

In all, nearly 400 individuals representing 22 groups plan to participate in Big Sweep 2017!

In the last five years, 2,200 volunteers have helped to clean up an estimated 57,840 lbs. of trash during Durham’s annual Big Sweep.

Big Sweep – October 7th
Did you know that a great deal of trash in the ocean starts at the local level in streets and rivers? Durham Big Sweep not only improves local appearance but also helps prevent this trash from flowing out to the watersheds and ocean where it can harm water quality and wildlife.

How does it work? With the sponsorship of Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District and City of Durham Stormwater Services, teams of volunteers choose a location such as a park, stream or neighborhood, and get to work picking up trash! City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services and Durham County General Services will also provide support for the event. Make this a day to show those around you how to be a steward of the Earth!

Let’s all do this! Have a great cleanup day!

One Week Until National Night Out Pot Luck

We are 1 week away until our premier neighborhood National Night Out event.  This year we are promoting neighborhood awareness Western round up style.


We will have for you:

  • The Parlour ice cream food bus serving up free ice cream
  • Musical entertainment Ninth Street Ramblers
  • Firetrucks and Police vehicles for the kids to experience
  • Pot luck dishes from all your neighbors.
  • Hobby horse craft fun and giveaways for the kids

Need one more incentive?  OK you’ve twist my arm.  We will also be giving away a video doorbell from 2017 National Night Out sponsor Ring.  See and speak to anyone at your door whether you are home or not through your mobile device with this great security doorbell.

The NNO event will be at the Epworth Church outdoor pavilion from 6:30-8:30 PM on Tuesday August 1. RSVPs are not necessary but are very much appreciated.  You may RSVP and/or sign up to help at

More details can be found on the original announcement linked here.  Any neighbor wishing to make a voluntary monetary contribution will be able to at the event greeting table.

Hope Valley Rd-University Drive Proposed Roundabout DOT Meeting

The  N.C.  Department  of  Transportation  will  hold  a  public meeting  regarding  the  proposed installation of a roundabout at Hope Valley Road (N.C. 751) and University Drive (S.R. 1183), in Durham.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 25 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Epworth United Methodist Church, located at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road in Durham.

Further details in the linked announcement below.

Roudabout at Hope Valley Rd & University Dr Public Notice – U-5745_Public_Notice

National Night Out Round-Up Update

We are happy to announce an addition to the National Night Out Round-Up festivities for the University Estates community with special live entertainment from local music favorite

  Ninth Street Ramblers

With “The Parlour” ice cream bus dishing out free ice cream this is going to be a fun time and we hope all our neighbors will be able to join us on Tuesday August 1 (my apologies for not providing the date on the original announcement), 6:30-8:30 PM at the Epworth Church Pavilion.

Additional details can be found at

Please RSVP by clicking on the SignUp Genius logo or go to


National Night Out 2017 Round-Up


We are proud to invite all University Estate Durham neighbors and friends to this year’s NNO Round-Up themed celebration.  Corral you little buckaroos and come meet your neighbors as we promote community safety and awareness against crime on Tuesday August 1.

This will be a pot-luck event so all neighbors are encouraged to bring their favorite entree or side dish to share with your community members and public safety responders.  Drinks will be provided at the event.

We will have a special food guest this year as we present free to you “The Parlour” food bus.  The Parlour has been scooping the most delicious handmade ice cream in their downtown location since 2013.

More event details will be announced.

Place and Time:
Epworth Church Pavilion
6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesday August 1

Special Entertainment
  Ninth Street Ramblers

Volunteer and Donations:
Our NNO event is successful each year due to the hours of volunteer work before and during the event. We will be in need of some volunteers during the event if you can help. Look for the volunteer sign-up slots when you RSVP.

To help cover costs for our annual event we graciously receive private monetary contributions from generous neighbors. If you would like to contribute to this year’s event please contact this year’s NNO coordinator.
To RSVP for the event please select the “Sign Up!” button below or go to the address:
 or go to

4th Annual Spring Cleanup Day, April 22, Earth Day

And what a great spring it is so far.


and join neighbors for our 4th annual Spring Clean-up on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22:

As part of Keep Durham Beautiful, we value our neighborhood environment and want to keep it as safe, clean and attractive as possible for our community.

We are starting  on Saturday, the 22nd  of April at 9:30 AM and finish by no later than mid afternoon that day.

This is a community event. Adults and supervised children are all welcome

Join your neighbors along your street and walk your area, picking up trash.  We plan to respect our neighbors’ yards and keep to the street and the area of city property along the street. For particular problem areas, you are welcome to join others in a larger team to work together.  For particular concerns or problems you encounter, please bring those to the attention of your neighborhood watch co-coordinators or block captain. Particular areas of focus are greenways connecting streets, Princeton block between Oxford and Hope Valley, and Oxford Drive Block 3000 to University along Epworth Church.

o   Bring Blue bags for glass and plastic recyclables.

o   Bring Dark brown or green jumbo trash bags for paper/other trash.

There is no time limit and this one day event runs  from 9:30AM mid afternoon; you may take as little or long as you like; set your own hours.  Whatever works.

Sunscreen; Comfortable, loose-fitting work clothing; a hat or visor; Garden gloves recommended.

Please join us .