The American Red Cross will host several blood drives in the coming weeks, as donations often decline during the holidays. For details, go to RedCrossBlood.org.• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Nationwide Insurance, 4401 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Wakefield Middle School, 2300 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.
• 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at PDQ, 6305 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.
Community award nominations
The Wake Forest Community Council is accepting nominations for its annual volunteer awards, including the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award, the Citizen of the Year Award and the Club of the Year Award. Nominations can be found at wakeforestnc.gov and should be turned by Nov. 5. Award recipients will be announced at the Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 1.
Understanding Southern Silver
Joel Lane Museum House will present a lecture on “Understanding Southern Silver” led by Gary Albert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $15, or $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. For details, call 919-833-3431 or email JoelLane@bellsouth.net.
Raleigh seeks lifeguards
The city of Raleigh is seeking certified lifeguards for aquatic facilities. Hours are available seven days a week from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Classes also are available for those who wish to become certified lifeguards.
LSN Insurance Associates will host a seminar on the Affordable Care Act from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at Innovative Martial Arts Academy, 1241 S. Main St., Suite 15, Wake Forest. For details, visit on.fb.me/1vhh3Og.
Town hall meeting
Raleigh City Council member Wayne Maiorano, who represents District A, will host a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Campbell Lodge at Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. District A covers north central Raleigh.
Tai Chi for joint health
The Arthritis Foundation and CORE will host a Tai Chi event from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Raleigh Orthopaedic Therapy Services, 3001 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. The free event will teach participants how Tai Chi can improve health. For details, go to RaleighOrtho.com/core.
Walk Against Animal Abuse
Saving Grace Animals for Adoption and Leesville Road High School will host a Walk Against Animal Abuse on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh. The event will feature a 2.5-mile dog walk around Lake Lynn Park. Sign up at LRHSDeca.wix.com/SavingGrace. For details, call 919-520-2984.
The League of Women Voters will host Timely Topics at noon Friday, Nov. 21, in the fellowship hall of Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Jane R. Wettach, clinical professor of law and director of Children’s Law Clinic at Duke University School of Law, will talk about the “school-to-prison pipeline.” For details, go to LWVWake.org.
The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 22, as part of its eighth annual Turkey Drive. Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase turkeys for needy families. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St. For details, call Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.
Historic Home Tour
The Wake Forest Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present the biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are now on sale for $16. For details, visit WakeForestNC.gov.
New Year’s Eve celebration
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration from 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1, at 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. “Living the Dream in 2015” will feature live entertainment by the EG Peters Band, a dance floor, buffet dinner, open bar, desserts and midnight snacks by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille.
VIP sponsorship packages for groups of eight are available for businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations. Individual tickets are $100. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
North Regional Library events
North Regional Library hosts events each month at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. For details, call 919-870-4000.• 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12: The Art of Cooking: There’s a Book for That! will feature librarians’ tips on finding the right book to learn the art of cooking.
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13: Professional genealogist and historian Kevin Milus will help participants find out about their families in Civil War Genealogy.
• 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16: Chris Meekins will discuss “Three Times a Traitor: The Curious Story of Mayor Isaiah Respess.”
• 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17: Marketing expert Jeanne Frazer will provide examples of free or minimal-cost tactics to help give a new business a boost with “Getting the Most Bang for Your Marketing Buck.”
• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18: Cash Flow & Business Credit for Small Businesses will teach participants good cash management practices.
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19: Talkin’ Books! will give participants an opportunity to discuss and recommend their favorite titles in a librarian-led series.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19: Sonya Coulson Rock, local metalsmith at Metamorphosis Metals, will present her art at Meet the Artist: Metalwork.
• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20: Civil War History & Novels: There’s a Book for That! will feature book recommendations on fiction and non-fiction works that focus on the American Civil War.
• 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21: Craft It: Quilling will teach participants the art of rolling narrow strips of paper to create a beautiful design. Materials are provided.
• 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22: Popular fiction writer Diana Chamberlain will discuss her novels, writing style, characters and more at Meet the Author.
Museum of History events
The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-807-7992 or go to NCMuseumOfHistory.org.• 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9: Music of the Carolinas will feature a free performance from Dark Water Rising.
• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12: History á la Carte will feature a free presentation from Vietnam veteran Rusty Edmister. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.
• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Nov. 13 and 20: Storytime in the Gallery will feature a free staff-led tour of a museum gallery and a history-related story. In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, each week in November will feature a Native American-themed story or legend.
• 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18: Time for Tots will let children ages 3-5 (with adult) learn about the lives of North Carolina’s first inhabitants by handling objects, listening to stories and making a paper turtle rattle to take home. $3 per child, $1 for museum members.
• 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21: The museum will hold a film premiere of “First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Walt Wolfram, co-author of “Talkin’ Tar Heel” and NCSU linguistics professor. Cost is $5. For details, call 919-807-7979.
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22: The 19th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration will feature attractions for all ages, including food, crafts, history lessons, demonstrations, games and more. For details, go to NCMOH-programs.com.
HIPPY Home Instruction
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home literacy program for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families with children ages 3-5. Materials, supplies, curriculum and activities are provided. For details, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.