The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will hold a Halloween Spooktacular from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest. The event is a free, family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and under. This year’s festivities will include a costume contest, face painting, a haunted maze and cupcake walk, and more. For more information, visit WakeForestNC.gov.
Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, director of the Center for Applied Ecology at NCSU, will talk about “Threats to Wake County’s Drinking Water” at the League of Women Voters of Wake County meeting at noon Friday, Oct. 24, at the NCSU University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Lunch reservations are $16 and must be made at LWVWake.org. The deadline to register is Oct. 20.
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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. Call 919-833-3431 or email JoelLane@bellsouth.net for more information.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Tickets are now on sale for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Totally 80’s, Totally Murder” on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Designed for patrons 8 and older, the crime-solving theatrical production is $35, or $30 for advance tickets. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. Visit wakeforestnc.gov for more information.
Jump for the Children
Jump for the Children, a horse show benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital, will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh. Visit JumpForTheChildren.org for more information.
Walk Against Animal Abuse
Saving Grace Animals for Adoption and Leesville Road High School will host a Walk Against Animal Abuse Saturday, Nov. 15, at Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh. The walk will feature a 2.5-mile dog walk around Lake Lynn Park. Sign up at LRHSDeca.wix.com/SavingGrace. For more information, call 919-520-2984.
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. Call Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270 for more information.
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 more information, call 919-807-7992.
•10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 and 30:
Storytime in the Gallery will feature a staff-led tour of a museum gallery and a history-related story.
•9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24:
Make an appointment and bring up to three objects to the museum for assessment and advice on how to preserve them for Conservation Assistance Day.
•6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31:
Search out candies and treats along the trick-or-treat trail during the Halloween Safe Night at the Museum. Ages 12 and under with adult.
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 more information, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.