1. Kickball by the legislature: Raise money for cancer research next to the seat of state government Saturday.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation launches a unique fundraiser: Capital Kicks Cancer, a 24-team kickball tournament that raises money to fight childhood cancer. Four food trucks will be catering to kickers’ appetites, and an after-party at Crank Arm Brewing will raise even more funds through beer sales. The games run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Halifax Mall – that underused grassy lawn between all the state government office buildings. capitalkickscancer.com
2. Family drama: The next play in Theatre Raleigh’s summer season spotlights the family turmoil that ensues when someone writes a tell-all memoir.
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz opens Wednesday for a two-week run at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Here’s the theater company’s description: “Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother, and aunt – and to announce that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.” 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through June 29, Kennedy Theatre, $25-27, theatreraleigh.com
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3. Free cats: Looking for a cheap way to add a furry animal to the family?
Safe Haven for Cats wants to find homes for 85 of its feline friends this weekend. So the nonprofit, no-kill shelter in North Raleigh is waiving all adoption fees during an event called The Luau on Adoption Island. Safe Haven says it’s trying for “our biggest adoption event ever.” The deal is thanks to a grant from ASPCA. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8481 Garvey Drive (off Durant Road), safehavenforcats.org
4. Celebrate refugees: The north end of Fayetteville Street takes a multicultural turn Friday afternoon.
Several nonprofits will close off the block of Fayetteville closest to the state Capitol for World Refugee Day. Stop by for music and dancing from around the world, an Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee demonstration, food tastings from local refugee catering companies and children’s activities. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Fayetteville Street, ncdhhs.gov/dss/refugee
5. Go Irish: Take a musical (and culinary) trip to Ireland Friday night.
Raleigh’s own celtic singer-songwriter, James Olin Oden, will play a dinner-hour show at Tir Na Nog Irish pub. Armed with a classical guitar and other traditional Irish instruments, Oden has a repetoire of original ballads and drinking songs that get your toes tapping. His latest CD is called “The Craic Is Free” – a reference to the Irish term meaning “good times” (not the illegal drug) – and a good description of Oden’s performances. 7 p.m. Friday, Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, 218 S. Blount St., jamesoden.com