1. Walk it out: Pick your favorite cause – there’s a decent chance it’s one of the charity walk/runs this weekend.
A truly energetic philanthropist could even manage to do four. The Triangle Run/Walk For Autism starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in Moore Square (trianglerunwalkforautism.org). Then at 10 a.m. at Shaw University a few blocks away, the Healthy Communities Walk begins its fundraising event for the TMT Youth Community Foundation (walk.toomuchtvinc.com). Saturday night brings the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to Halifax Mall (lightthenight.org/nc), and Sunday is the 26th Annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk For Hope at the Angus Barn (walkforhope.com).
2. Food truckin’: Sunday is the last Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of 2014.
It’s the same deal as before: 50 food trucks from across the Triangle and North Carolina, spanning the length of Fayetteville Street. Expect long lines for Chinese dumplings and grilled cheese sandwiches, but if you’re not too picky, you can find an obscure truck and get served in under 10 minutes. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Fayetteville Street, downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com
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3. Writers’ corner: Six local authors will join together for a book signing on Saturday.
Blake Street Studios hosts the book signing with RA Conine, Ricky Garni, Belea T. Keeney, Harry James Krebs, Alice Osborn and Trudi Young Taylor. They’re not on the bestseller list, but with titles like “Breasts Don’t Lie” and “The Sea of Kicking Legs,” the books are worth a look. Many of them have won awards. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Blake Street Shops, 300 Blake St., blakestreetshops.com
4. Early music: Hear the sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries on Friday night.
Christ Episcopal Church downtown hosts the latest in its Sacred Music on the Square series. The N.C. Baroque Orchestra and The Christ Church Choir & Schola Cantorum will perform choral and instrumental music. Take a trip back in time at one of Raleigh’s oldest churches. 7 p.m. Friday, Christ Church, 120 E. Edenton St., christchurchraleigh.org
5. Ranger run: Hit the trails for a lickety-split running tour of Umstead State Park.
Cover four miles of trails and dirt roads with a park ranger as your trusty guide on this group run. Destinations include Sal’s Branch Trail, Big Lake and the group camp road. Scenery is provided, but you’ll need to bring your own running shoes and plenty of water. Reservations are required for this one- to two-hour outdoor adventure. 6 p.m. Thursday, Visitor Center, 8801 Glenwood Ave., 919-571-4170