Test prep at North Regional Library
From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wake County Public Libraries and Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free combo SAT/ACT test. Get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions before taking the real test. Come back in May for an analysis of your results and learn strategies to improve your score. North Regional Library is located at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-870-4000.
A real estate investing seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 900 Ridgefield Drive, Suit 90, Raleigh. The free seminar will cover the fundamentals of residential real estate investing. Visit AmyBonis.com to register.
John Kasson at Quail Ridge
UNC professor of History and American Studies John Kasson will give a presentation of Shirley Temple’s impact on 1930s America with his book “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Visit QuailRidgeBooks.com for more information.
The Raleigh Downtown Farmer’s Market will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Plaza, at the 400 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Events will include shopping opportunities, food and live music. The market will remain open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 29.
Storytime at N.C. Museum of History
From 10 to 10:30 a.m., Storytime in the Gallery will include a tour of a gallery and a history-related story about transportation. Ages 3 and up. The museum is located at at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7992.
Michael Parker at Quail Ridge
Michael Parker will present “All I Have in This World” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Visit QuailRidgeBooks.com for more information.
Camp Followers at N.C. Museum of History
From 7 to 9 p.m., Readers’ Theater: Camp Followers will feature scenes from a new drama by local playwright Rudy Wallace. It follows the trials of a group of newly liberated slaves who have been abandoned in Georgia during General Sherman’s historic March to the Sea. The museum is located at at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7992.
Shiwa Dojo hosts weekly mixed martial arts classes Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 818 N. West St., Raleigh. Interested parties are invited to try a few free classes. The cost thereafter is $5 per session. For more information visit www.RaleighMartialArtsCenter.com or call 919-332-9943.
First Friday welcome coffee
The Newcomers club of Raleigh invites all members and prospective members to their Welcome Coffees held the first Friday of the month except July at 10 a.m. at the J.J. Crowder Masonic Lodge, 9920 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information visit www.newcomersclubraleigh.org.
Events at N.C. Museum of History
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, talk with representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, Preservation North Carolina, the N.C. Museum of History, and other groups and professionals from across the state and discover how they work to save North Carolina’s treasures. At 1 p.m., Celebration Preservation will show “Moving Midway,” a documentary about the move of the Midway Plantation outside of Raleigh. The museum is located at at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7992.
Storybook Ball at North Regional Library
North Regional Library will hold a magical evening of dancing, crafting, stories and more for children ages 3 and up with their families. The event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Call 919-870-4000 to register.
A Bowl-a-Thon will be held at 2 p.m. at The Alley Bowling Center, 2512 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The event will benefit a Youngsville family who lost their home to a fire in late March. Call Thomas Allen at 919-610-3285 for more information.