Nature Explorers: A Peek into Ponds
Children ages 9-13 will explore the diversity of life in the mill pond from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Get a firsthand look at pond organisms and an understanding of what it takes to survive in the water. Registration is required and the cost is $4 per child. For more information, call 919-856-6675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Artist Speaker Series
The second night of triangle.com and Capital H. Creative’s three-part Summer Artist Speaker Series is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Hive at Busy Bee Café, 225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Artist Bill Beatty of Stepping Stone Studio will talk about his work, inspiration and creative process. Beatty’s work will be available for purchase and displayed at The Hive until July 24. During the event, attendees will have a chance to win prizes that include a signed print from the artist and a $25 gift card to The Hive.
Alther at Quail Ridge
Lisa Alther, author of “Kinfolks” and “Washed in Blood,” will read from and sign copies of “Blood Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Pet a Pony Day and horse show
Pet a Pony Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the James Hunt Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh. Pet ponies, learn about horse care, see show jumping events and watch a farrier. The N.C. Hunter Jumper Association show takes place at the complex Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. For more information, email Barbara Bays at email@example.com, call 919-676-8293 or visit www.nchja.com.
Oak City 7
Oak City 7, a free summer concert series, also features craft beers and local food from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on alternating Thursdays in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Three bands perform for each show, and this Thursday they are The Dune Dogs, Dark Water Rising and I Was Totally Destroying It. For more information, including a schedule of bands, go to oakcity7.com.
A benefit dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Winston’s Grille, 6401 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The four-course meal with wine pairings will benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Cost is $49.95. To make a reservation, call 919-790-0700.
Fuller at Quail Ridge
Alexandra Fuller will read from and sign copies of “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. In this follow-up to “Let’s Not Go to the Dogs Tonight,” Fuller returns to Africa, focusing on the lives of her intrepid parents and her mother’s story in particular.
A tasting by North Carolina Girls’ Pint Out, a group for women interested in craft beer, is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Bottle Revolution, 4025 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. The event will include samples from Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxapahaw and Deep River Brewing Company in Clayton as well as barbecue from Redneck Scientific and a watermelon-carving contest.
Nancy LaPonzina will sign copies of her book “Nardi Point” at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at ZEST Cafe and Home Art, 8831 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. LaPonzina writes women’s fiction that explores thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations and braids in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical and alternative healing modalities.
Free taekwondo class
A free class in taekwondo for ages 4-11 is set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Learn the history and basics of taekwondo and try out a few moves. For more information or to register, call 919-856-6723.
Oakwood Cemetery walking tour
“Symbols & Stories II,” a walking tour with executive director Robin Simonton, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. Admission is free. To register, call 919-832-6077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live music night
The Neomonde Cafe and Market will have live music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 9650 Strickland Road, Raleigh. Lost Nomads will play Middle Eastern music. The event will feature dinner specials and offer samples. For more information, visit lostnomadsmusic.com or email Noelle Scott at email@example.com.
Gentle mat yoga
Gentle mat yoga is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday at Shelley Lake Sertoma Park, 1900 Shelley Road, Raleigh. Admission is free. No registration required.
Little Nature Hikers at Pullen Park
A guided nature walk around the park for children ages 2-6 is scheduled from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Monday at Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. Strollers are welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $2 per person. To register by June 29, visit reclink.raleighnc.gov or go to any community center. For more information, call Nature Programs at 919-831-6856.