Computer school: Take a beginner’s class in programming
Building original computer games and websites may not be as difficult as it looks with the help of the Computer Programmers for Beginners course. The class will focus on free computer development and programming. Students will learn basic programming language and create simple graphics. $10; Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Nature Research Center at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh.
Learning to fly: Creating and operating remote aircraft
For those interested in drones and other aircraft that can operated from afar, there’s a chance to learn how to build the devices. This event won’t talk about some of the ethical or safety implications. PNC’s Pop-In Resident Artist for August, Lile Stephens, will coach participants through a two-day workshop to learn how to pilot drones and build a quadcopter. $50; 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; ArtSpace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh.
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Summer covers: A weekend concert series in North Hills
The Friday Night Tributes Series at Midtown Park will take it back this year, with cover bands every Friday night starting this weekend until October. The first event will feature a tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel. The rest of the season includes a ’90s night, Coldplay, Motown and Bob Marley tributes. Outside coolers or alcohol prohibited. Parking will be available at the CapTrust Tower Parking Deck. Free; Friday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; Midtown Park at North Hills, 200 Saint Albans Drive, Raleigh.
Science Olympics: Use science skills to win
Make a family team to compete in the Science Olympiad, which will test science skills in interactive activities. Teams can build rockets and catapults or take a more laid-back approach to learn about matter or digestion. Other activities will teach the basics of the scientific method and how to take accurate measurements. Free with $5 museum admission, free for members; Saturday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.
Sweet history: Get a taste of candy from the past
Candy-making can be a real career path and the Historic Trades series at Wake County parks will explore that. Candy used to be hard to come by and wasn’t popular until the 1800s. Learn more interesting facts about everyone’s favorite treats, how to make them and see what candy is like in other countries. Free; Saturday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.