1. Fun emergency: It’s like Smokey Bear said, “Only you can prevent fires.”
Start off National Fire Prevention Week with a visit to the annual open house at the Bay Leaf Volunteer Fire Department. Check out your reflection in the gleam of the firetrucks, or take a tour to learn more about the ins and outs of the station that protects parts of northern Wake County. Little ones can check out the children’s safety house, and everyone should get a kick out of the fire extinguisher demonstrations. Free, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11713 Six Forks Road.
2. That’s one big band: Bring your best moves to the new Southern Star Ballroom.
The 10-piece High Society Orchestra brings jazz and ballroom dance standards to the ballroom, which is tucked in a North Raleigh shopping center. Round up a group of friends for a night of toe-tapping listening or nonstop dancing. The band will perform the first Friday of each month through December. October plays off the popular standard “Witchcraft.” Halloween costumes optional. $15, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Falls Village Shopping Center, 6625-015 Falls Of Neuse Road, Raleigh raleighmusicgroups.com.
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3. Reel talk: Film lovers unite for “Cinema at the Centre” in Wake Forest.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is on tap for this monthly movie night at the Renaissance Centre. Wear your thinking cap and stick around after the lights go up for a wide-ranging conversation about the film’s deeper meanings. No film studies major required, but do bring an open mind and your ideas about faith, relationships and truth. Free, 7 p.m. Thursday, Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx.
4. Stars in your eyes: Ponder life’s mysteries as you stare up at the night sky.
The Raleigh Astronomy Club will break out its telescopes for a public star gaze at the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park. It’s your chance to get up close and personal with the moon, Saturn, Mars, double stars and deep sky objects. Bring a flashlight and your best Carl Sagan quotes. In case of bad weather, an announcement will be posted online by 5 p.m. Free, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 5229 Awls Haven Drive, Raleigh, raleighastro.org.
5. Heritage Day: Take a trip back in time Saturday at Historic Oak View County Park.
The annual Heritage Day offers an old-school county fair experience with live animals, antique farm equipment, crafts, live music, antique cars and cane pole fishing. The setting is fitting: a farm on the east side of Raleigh that dates to 1829 and now serves as a Wake County-run park. The Capital Quilters Guild will have a show inside the main house, with proceeds going to the Center for Volunteer Caregiving. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 4028 Carya Drive, wakegov.com/parks