Take the New Year's Day Hike hosted by the Eno River Association--a good way to start on your New Year's resolution to get more exercise. It's free and begins at 2 p.m, using the park's entrance at 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham (Few's Ford Access Area). 403-1728.
Check out the Open Door Theatre's production of True West. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the ArtsCenter on 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Admission is $10 for friends and students, $13 for everyone else. Call 929-2787 for more information.
Join in the festivities for J.R.R. Tolkien's Eleventy First Birthday Party at Greenshields, 214 Martin St., Raleigh. The Lord of the Rings author (pictured right) unfortunately will not be in attendance, but the good times will be had from 5-7 p.m. If you can't make it out that early, go over to Tir na nOg, where the celebration continues from 7-9 p.m. 218 S Blount St., Raleigh.
What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than at a free wine tasting in a picturesque colonial town? Go to the Hillsborough Wine Company from noon to 4 p.m. and sample wines of "great value." 201 Churton St., Hillsborough. 732-4343.
This is your last chance to view The Quiet Sickness, works by Earl Dotter at the Chapel Hill Museum. Another exhibit being shown is Trade Secrets: Artisans Reveal the Mysteries of Their Craft, which runs until the 26th. Hours are 1-4 p.m. 523 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
On the days after the opening weekend's crowds have abated, head over to Raleigh's Artspace for a look at On the Days After, an exhibition of works by visual artist Mary Johnstone. The show, continues through Feb. 3. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 821-2787.
The Novel Teas Book Club will be discussing Plain Truth, a novel by Jodi Picoult, at Barnes & Noble. The group will be starting at 7:30 p.m. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 782-0030.