The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Reverse Raffle from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Tickets are $125 for two people. The last ticket to be drawn will win $10,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St. Or call the Chamber at 919-556-1519, or buy tickets from any Chamber Board of Directors member.
Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers in northern Wake County to plan an annual Relay for Life event. A meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest. Relay For Life is a community-based effort in which teams and individuals raise money by selling luminaries in honor of those battling cancer or in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. For details, or to volunteer, go to www.RelayForLife.org/NorthernWakeNC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-760-3520.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wake County will host the NAMI Sharing Hope program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at St. Matthew AME Church, 1629 Bennett St., Raleigh. The free program aims to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health. For more information or to schedule a Sharing Hope presentation, email Sarah Weathersby at Sharing.Hope@sarahweathersby.com or go to www.nami-wake.org.
Youth safety forum
The Raleigh Human Relations Commission will host an open forum on “Cultivation: The Safety of Raleigh’s Youth” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at the Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Road. A panel will accept public input, and the forum will provide an update on what became of the partnership forged between Raleigh and the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Community Services Division of the City of Raleigh Housing and Neighborhoods Department at 919-996-6100.
Square dancing classes
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Modern Western Square Dancing for youth and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. The cost is $10 per month for ages 12-18 and $20 per month for adults age 19 and older. Register at wakeforestnc.recdesk.com or in person at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Safe Haven for Cats events
▪ SAFE Haven will host a $30 cat adoption event March 20-22 at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to safehavenforcats.org.
▪ SAFE Haven will host its annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls fundraiser dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Knights of Columbus, 4301 Columbus Club Drive, Raleigh. Funds go toward providing spay/neuter services at the SAFE Care Clinic. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, go to tinyurl.com/spayghettinoballs.
Easter egg hunt
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 28, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. For details, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/easter-egg-hunt.aspx.
B. W. Wells Heritage Day
B. W. Wells Heritage Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at 1620 Bent Road, Wake Forest. The event will teach about 19th century farming techniques and how people used to live without the conveniences of modern technology. The event will feature geology, ecology, birding hikes and activities for children. for details, call 919-676-1027 ext. 118 or email email@example.com.
The 2015 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. A panel discussion with Holocaust survivors will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission is free.
Meet in the Street
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 2015 Meet in the Street on Saturday, May 2, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Festivities will include dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted goods. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host Backyard Birding classes throughout the year at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Classes are $10 per session. To register, go to conta.cc/1CRGcDS or call 919-878-8877.
▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25: Learn about which native plants are good for birds and beneficial insects, and which bugs can be useful to have around the garden.
▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11: Learn about water features you can add to your garden to help birds stay cool and hydrated.
▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3: Find out what to leave and what to take out of your garden while cleaning it up for the year.
Wake Forest Charity Car Show
The third annual Wake Forest Charity Car Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in historic downtown Wake Forest. The free event, presented by Wake Forest Downtown, showcases classic and antique automobiles, including custom, muscle, sports, pony, classics, street rods and custom trucks. There will be live music, food trucks, a Model T assembly demonstration, door prizes and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit local organizations, including the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina and Miracle League of the Triangle.
Car registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the intersection of South White and Elm streets. A $20 entry fee is required. For details, go to www.WakeForestDowntown.com.
Chronic disease self-management
A workshop on chronic disease self-management will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through April 8 at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, 1810 New Hope Road, Raleigh. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, contact Donna at 919-630-8794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPCA dog walk
The SPCA of Wake County will hold its K9-3K Dog Walk to benefit homeless pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Moore Square, 221 S. Blount St., Raleigh. For details and to register, go to spcawake.org or call Darci VanderSlik at 919-531-2088.
Walk to End Lupus Now
The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter will host the annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh on Sunday, April 19, at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus, 851 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh. Check-in begins at 1 p.m., and the walk is set for 3 p.m. There is no registration fee, but each walker is encouraged to raise $100 or more. To register, go to WalkToEndLupus.Kintera.org/Raleigh.
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.
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