12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour: Do you have what it takes?
You’ll need gastrointestinal strength to run — or even watch – the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Participants in this annual race raise money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital by running 2.5 miles, eating 12 original glazed doughnuts, then running another 2.5 miles, often in costume. The course loops from Memorial Belltower on the N.C. State campus to the downtown Krispy Kreme at the intersection of Peace and Person streets. Registration ends at 11:59 a.m. Thursday. Free to watch, $35-$100 to race; 8:30 a.m. Saturday; krispykremechallenge.com.
Singing sisters: Meredith College presents a musical version of “Little Women.”
First published in the 1860s, Louisa May Alcott’s classic book follows the lives of four sisters. Prior to the Saturday evening performance, a Victorian Tea will be held in Johnson Hall. $7 for tea, reservations required; $10 adults/$5 seniors and students for the show; 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday; Jones Auditorium, 3800 Hillsborough St.; 919-760-2840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Love is in the air: Join in the backyard bird count at Harris Yates Mill County Park.
Find out who’s flapping about in the park. Start with a colorful slideshow to learn more, then strap on a pair of binoculars and head outside. For some Valentine’s Day fun, see if you can attract a feathered friend with a courtship dance of your own. Preregistration is required. Free; 2 p.m. Saturday, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road; 919-856-6675.
All together now: The Everyone Orchestra performs at Southland Ballroom.
A rotating cast of musicians fills the ranks of the orchestra, which offers an improvised show every night. Members of Papadosio, Dodapod and The Mantras and others will join conductor Matt Butler on stage. $18/$15 advance; 10 p.m. Thursday; 614. N. West St.; southlandballroom.com.
Love match: It’s opening weekend for Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”
This Shakespearean comedy is full of trickery as Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero discover if they’re meant to be together. Find out if true love triumphs. The show is the first directed by the theater’s new artistic director, Patrick Torres. $22 adults/$18 seniors and students/$13 first Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; 301 Pogue St.; 919-821-3111.