Eric Mitchko, director of the N.C. Opera, will discuss “Verdi’s Il Trovatore” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. For more information, visit ncopera.org.
Writing process discussion
Meet local author Jill McCorkle as she talks about her writing process and offers tips on how to become a successful author at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab, 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. She is the author of nine books and was the 2011 Judge for the Wade Edwards Short Fiction contest. Pizza will be provided. For more information, call Jessi Rogers at 919-856-9355 ext. 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pearlman at Quail Ridge
Edith Pearlman, the 2012 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for “Binocular Vision,” will sign copies of her book at 3 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Night for special needs kids at Marbles
Family Fun Night, a night for special needs children and their families, is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Admission is free. For more information, call 919-834-4040 or visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Family walk at Durant Park
A Family Walk in the Park is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Durant Nature Park, 305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the park with your family and a program. Parent must register and accompany child. Cost is $1. Register by Sunday, April 15. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.
Free yoga classes
Chair yoga is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m., followed by a gentle mat class from 7 to 8:30, Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. To register, call 919-870-4000.
Holocaust survivor book reading
Morris Glass and Carolyn Happer will sign and read from “Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Conservation Assistance Day
Conservation Assistance Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Bring as many as three items for assessment and advice on care from conservators. To make an appointment, call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823.
Drop and shop for Bargain Box
The Bargain Box in Cameron Village is holding a Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Recycle gently used clothes and household items and help raise money to support the Junior League of Raleigh’s community projects. Donaters will receive a 20 percent off coupon good for one item at any of the participating stores. For more information, visit www.BargainBoxRaleigh.org.
Yoga for the core
A free yoga for the core class is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Ladies Fitness & Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Suite 181, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.
Swanky Soiree benefits Haiti
The Swanky Soiree is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Capital City Club, 410 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The evening of music, cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction will support the nonprofit St. Boniface Haiti. Suggested donation is $125 per couple and is eligible for a tax receipt. For more information, visit haitihealth.org or swankysoireeraleigh.com.
Tuxedo Cat Ball benefits shelter
The Tuxedo Cat Ball, to benefit SAFE Haven, is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The event will include silent and live auctions, an iPad3 raffle, drinks, heavy hors d’oeurves, coffee and desserts. Attire is semi-formal black and white. Tickets are $65 per person. Tables also available. To buy tickets, go to www.tuxedocatball.org/buy-tickets.
Cheryl and Griff Day book signing
Cheryl and Griff Day will sign copies of “The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Women and employment event
“All Sides of the Story: Women and Employment” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Zanzibar Room at the Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Lunch will be provided. Child care is available with early registration. Admission is free. To register by Sunday call 919-322-9767 or email email@example.com.
Custom truck show benefits veterans
The second annual custom truck show benefitting The Wounded Warrior Project, which assists veterans and their families, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Leith Toyota, 8005 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. The N.C. FJ Cruisers Association will sponsor the free event, which will include food, drinks, music and a raffle.
3K dog walk for SPCA
The SPCA of Wake County is holding its annual K9-3K Dog Walk to raise money for homeless pets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore Square Park, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. To register, visit www.spcawake.org/walk or go to the SPCA of Wake County Pet Adoption Center by Friday. For more information, call 919-772-2326.
Magic classes and show
Magic classes, for ages 7-17, are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. A magic show will follow at 3 p.m. with members of the Raleigh Magic Club and students from the classes. To register, call 919-856-6723. For more information, call 919-856-6723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique is holding a festival on natural parenting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the boutique, 2855 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh. At 12:30 p.m., parents can participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time, in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. The daylong event will include live music, raffles, swag bags, face painting, a cloth diaper swap and booths with local midwifes, doulas, healthy eating resources and work-at-home-mom operated businesses. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SweetbottomsRaleigh/events.
Dog wash for rescue group
A dog wash to benefit Second Chance, a no-kill shelter, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unleashed in Stonehenge Market, 7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. All dog washes are $10. Dogs available for adoption also will be at the store from noon to 2 p.m.
Pet adoption events
A dog adoption event is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unleashed in Stonehenge Market, 7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Cat adoption events are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Second Chance Adoption Center, 6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh.
Spring Fest is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Biltmore Hills Community Center, 2615 Fitzgerald Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature entertainment, rides, displays, vendors and food. Admission is free.
Falls River garden tour
Falls River in Bloom, a garden tour, is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Falls River community between Falls of Neuse Road and Durant Road in North Raleigh. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. All tickets will be available for pick-up at the Falls River Club, 1300 Falls River Ave., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit the Falls River Community. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fallsrivergardenclub.com or by calling 919-866-1845.
Ashley Bryan at Quail Ridge
Ashley Bryan, a children’s author and illustrator, will sign copies of “Walk Together Children” and “I’m Going to Sing” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. His art will be on display through Aug. 19 in the N.C. Museum of Art exhibit, “Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustrations of Ashley Bryan.”
Bach and Roll Casino Night
Bach and Roll Casino Night, a fundraiser for the Community Music School, is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Mahler Fine Art gallery on Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. The event will include game tables, food and drinks, wine tasting, live music, a silent auction and prizes for top players. Cost is $75 per person. Cocktail attire suggested. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.cmsraleigh.org.
Pink Ribbon Ride motorcycle rally
The Raleigh Pink Ribbon Ride will hold its 6th annual motorcycle rally at 11 a.m. Sunday. This year’s ride will begin and end at Scooters Bar & Grill, 1911 Sego Court, Raleigh. The event will include a silent auction, raffle and 50/50 drawing. A $20 registration fee per rider will include a Raleigh Pink Ribbon Ride T-shirt (while supplies last), a breast cancer awareness bandanna, lunch and live music. Money from the Pink Ribbon Ride has been used to establish a breast cancer support fund for physician consultations for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. To register, visit www.raleighpinkribbonride.com or register the morning of the ride from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Earth Day art program
Recycled Art is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Durant Nature Park, 305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. Children ages 5-12 will make crafts using recyclable materials. Cost is $3. Register by Wednesday, April 18. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.
N.C. naval stores tour
During a tour of The Story of North Carolina exhibit, Curator Earl Ijames will discuss how North Carolina once led the world in the production of naval stores. The tour will run from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Earth Day Tour of preserve
Get a behind the scenes tour of Wilkerson Nature Preserve facilities from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday and learn how to save water and energy. Cost is $3 for visitors 6 years and older. Register online or at the park, 5229 Awls Haven Road, Raleigh. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.
Glen Royal Mill Village remembered
The Wake Forest Historical Association will show a short film about Glen Royal Mill Village’s history and present a panel discussion with past and present residents from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Wake Forest Historical Museum on North Main Street, Wake Forest. Pictures of mill residents and items from the mill and the houses will be displayed. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.
Wake Tech culinary arts showcase
The Wake Technical Community College Culinary Arts Showcase is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Raleigh Convention Center. The show will include a culinary competition, tastings, cupcake decorating for kids, food demonstrations, an ice carving exhibit, a silent auction and a cash bar. For more information, call 919-866-5000, email email@example.com or go to culinaryartsshowcase.waketech.edu.
Southern cooking discussion
“Still Cookin’: Food and Memory in Southern Literature” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mills Road, Raleigh. Presenter Mary Ellis Gibson, a UNC-Greensboro professor, is working on a book about Southern cooking from a global perspective that mingles memoir with social history. For more information, email Katrina Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-870-4000.