The annual benefit for the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Dino’s Capri Restaurant, 6352 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The event will feature master illusionist Joel Givens and DJ P Fity. Cost is $20 and includes buffet and entertainment. To purchase a ticket, visit www.caprirest.com. For more information, visit www.vlcnc-cares.org or call 919-878-4424.
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Dodson at Quail Ridge
James Dodson will read from and sign copies of “American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Connolly at Quail Ridge
Sean Connolly will read from and sign copies of “The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Presented with the N.C. Science Festival.
Women enrolled in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program can receive mammograms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wake County Human Services Building, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. For more information or to enroll, call 919-212-9310.
Health insurance forum
Get answers on health insurance from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Charles Washington will answer questions and discuss some of the services available through Smart NC, a program of the state Department of Insurance. For more information or to register, call 919-870-4000.
Lang at Quail Ridge
Cookbook author and contributing editor for Southern Living magazine Rebecca Lang will read from and sign copies of “Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Samples will be provided.
New direct mail services
“Grow Your Business Day” workshops are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday in Room 116 at the U.S. Postal Service’s center at 1 Floretta Place, Raleigh. The new direct mail services will help entrepreneurs and proprietors promote their businesses without the cost of mailing lists or permits. Attendees will also learn about the Postal Service’s new Direct Mail Hub, a website with simple, cost-effective ways to tap into the marketing advantages of direct mail. For more information or to register, visit usps.com/growyourbusinessdays.
Author Kirkpatrick to address girls
Author Haley Kilpatrick will speak at a free parent and daughter event held by the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy at 7 p.m. Thursday at Broughton High School, 725 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. Kilpatrick will share lessons about what she’s learned in the 10 years she has been working with middle school girls through her nonprofit, Girl Talk, and also through more than 2,100 hours of interviews conducted for her book, “The Drama Years.” Learn more about Kirkpatrick, Girl Talk and her book by visiting www.desiretoinspire.org.
Lamb at Quail Ridge
Amanda Lamb will read from and sign copies of “I Love You to God and Back: A Mother and Child Can Find Faith and Love Through Bedtime Prayers” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Spring craft sale
A spring craft sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. Jewelry and other handmade items will be for sale. For more information, call program coordinator Linda Callahan at 919-554-4111.
Wonderland Book Club
Raleigh author Elisa Lorello will join Wonderland Book Club to discuss her book “Faking It” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Drive, Suite 106, Raleigh. For more information, visit meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub.
Nature Play Day at preserve
Nature Play Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Road, Raleigh. Enjoy the latest ideas for playing in nature. Paint with mud, blow giant bubbles, fly a kite, make a debris shelter or a fairy house. Dress for the weather and a mess. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.
Lucy’s Book Club book fair
A Lucy’s Book Club Book Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Customers may dedicate any full-price purchases made on those days to the Lucy Daniels Center, and 20 percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to Bookmarked! fundraising efforts. If ordering online, after choosing the “checkout” option, specify “Lucy Daniels Center” in the “Order Comments” box at the bottom of the screen. No other discounts can be applied toward purchases. To make a purchase, call 919-828-1588, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.quailridgebooks.com.
Community yard sale
A community yard sale fundraiser is scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at CenturyLink, 14111 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. All proceeds go to Relay For Life. To rent a yard sale space for $10 or $15 with a table, call Sandra Thomas by Sunday at 919-562-2737 or email email@example.com.
Pancake breakfast and spring fling
The Triangle Spokes Group is hosting its first annual Spring Fling and Pancake Breakfast Saturday at Saints & Scholars Irish Pub, 909 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per person and includes two large pancakes, two sausage links, orange juice and coffee. To purchase tickets, visit tsgspringfling.eventbrite.com. The spring fling is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Join friends for beer and live music in the pub. Raffles and prizes will be given out. Proceeds help buy more bikes for kids.
World Tai Chi day
More than 65 nations are participating in World Tai Chi Day, a day of healing our selves, our communities and our world. The Raleigh gathering is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Poyner Place Fountain, 5811 Poyner Village Parkway, Raleigh, near Triangle Town Center. The event will begin with Qigong, a quiet synchronized breathing exercise that anyone can do, and will continue with Tai Chi exercises and forms.
Penn at Quail Ridge
Children’s author Audrey Penn will read from “The Kissing Hand” as well as other adventures of Chester Raccoon at 10 a.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Children ages 4-8. Penn will not be able to sign books but will have signed book plates with her.
Songbird Celebration at park
A Songbird Celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Blue Jay Point Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. The family-friendly, annual event focuses on birds with games, art projects for kids and information on Wake Audubon projects, bird walks and bird-friendly landscaping.
Air pollution program at library
A program called “What’s Your Lung Capacity?” is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Richard B. Harrison Community Library, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Rachel Clark of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Speaker Bureau will explain how air pollution affects lung capacity and general health. For more information, call 919-856-5720.
Yard sale for Purple Heart
A yard sale to raise money for the Purple Heart Foundation is scheduled for Saturday at the National Guard Amory in Youngsville. Donations of clothing, household goods, tools and furniture are being accepted through April 26. The sale is being held by the Wake Forest Marine Corps League, the VFW and American Legion. For more information on how to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-229-9897.
Whittle at Quail Ridge
Tina Whittle will read from and sign copies of “Darker Than Any Shadow: A Tai Randolph Mystery” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Brewgaloo with beer, food trucks
Shop Local Raleigh is hosting Brewgaloo 2012 from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh’s City Plaza. The event will support Shop Local Raleigh and its mission to sustain programs that strengthen local businesses. Brewgaloo will feature Triangle craft breweries, local food trucks and entertainment. Free admission includes a pint glass. Participants can purchase $1 drink tickets to use for 3oz. samplers (1 ticket), or full pints (5 tickets). For more information, email email@example.com.
Oakwood Cemetery walking tour
Historian Bruce Miller will lead a tour discussing the Civil War starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. To register or for more information, call 919-832-6077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triangle Crohn’s & Colitis Walk
The Triangle Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation will hold its flagship fundraiser, Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk, at 5 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus. To register as a team or individual, visit www.cctakesteps.org/triangle. For more information, call Nicole Pielech at 646-300-2906 or email email@example.com.