Carnival for the Kids
The Wake Forest Police Department will host the annual Carnival for the Kids through March 20 in the parking lot of Home Depot, 11915 Retail Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/carnival-for-the-kids.aspx or contact Officer Scott Graham at 919-761-3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wake Forest Youth in Government Advisory Board will collect clean, gently used coats and jackets throughout March as part of a community service project. For more information, contact Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or email@example.com. All sizes are welcome and may be dropped off at the following locations:
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▪ Heritage Elementary School, 3500 Rogers Road, Raleigh
▪ Heritage Middle School, 3400 Rogers Road, Raleigh
▪ Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Raleigh
▪ Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville
▪ Rolesville High School, 1099 E. Young St., Rolesville
▪ Wake Forest Elementary School, 136 W. Sycamore Ave., Wake Forest
▪ Wake Forest High School, 420 Stadium Drive, Wake Forest
▪ Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest
The town of Wake Forest will host the third annual Dirt Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, along South White Street downtown. Kids can play in an oversized sandbox, make wheatgrass containers for home windowsills, hunt for shark teeth, paint with mud and compete in a chalk art contest. Adults can learn about the newest techniques in gardening and composting, check out the newest in outdoor activity gear and visit with a variety of vendors. For more information, go to wakeforestnc.gov or contact Lisa Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running Over Cancer 5K
The Ravenscroft School running club will host the fourth annual Running Over Cancer 5K Run/Walk at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. For information and to register, go to runningovercancer.com.
Memorial flag-raising ceremony
Wake Forest will host the 10th memorial flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, in Centennial Plaza in front of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The event will honor Richard Maxey, who served in the U.S. Marines. For more information, go to wakeforestnc.gov or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or email@example.com.
Earth Day on Hillsborough Street
A free Earth Day event will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Compiegne Park off the 2300 block of Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event will feature three stages, bands, a kids’ zone, bouncy houses, food trucks and environmental workshops. For details go to www.hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2016.
Free paper-shredding event
The town of Wake Forest will host a free paper-shredding event from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the parking lot of the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. For details, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/shred-it-event.aspx.
Dine 4 Autism
Dine 4 Autism, a fundraising and autism awareness event, is set for Tuesday, April 26, in restaurants across the Triangle. Dozens of restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to support local individuals affected by autism and their families through local, volunteer chapters of the Autism Society of North Carolina. For a list of participating restaurants, go to www.dine4autism.com.
Flag-raising committee seeks names
The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee is seeking names of deceased veterans who may be honored during monthly flag-raising ceremonies from April through October. To be eligible, veterans must have joined active duty in Wake Forest, died in Wake Forest or served as a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization. Contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/memorial-flag-raising-ceremony.aspx or contact Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or email@example.com.
Wake County Senior Games
The Wake County Senior Games and SilverArts will be March 31 through April 29. Residents age 55 and older can compete in athletic and artistic events. The early-bird registration deadline is March 1, with a registration fee of $15. After that, registration is available through March 10 for $20. Online registration is available at www.wcseniorgames.org. For more information, call 919-469-4081.
The Woman’s Club of Raleigh will sponsor free educational programs offered by the Foreign Policy Association on Thursdays through March 31 at 3300 Women’s Club Drive, Raleigh. The public is invited.
Bolt for the Blue 5K
Ligon Middle School will host Bolt for the Blue 5K/1 mile run from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Blvd., Raleigh. Proceeds from the race will go to Ligon’s Backpack Buddies program, which provides food for students in need to eat on the weekends. A community health fair during the event will highlight nutritious food and more. For more information and to register, go to www.boltfortheblue.com.
Music kickoff for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon weekend
Gavin DeGraw will kick off a weekend of music for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Friday, April 8, at Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. A limited number of complimentary tickets are reserved for registered runners. Non-runners can buy tickets through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 919-996-8500 or visit www.runrocknroll.com/raleigh.
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will join 13 parks and recreation departments across the state to host a North Carolina Recreation & Park Association Recre8 5K on Saturday, April 16. Registration is available online through April 14 at www.ncparkrun.com/#!wake-fores/o1nd3. For more information go to www.ncparkrun.com/#!wake-fores/o1nd3 or contact Meghan Hawkins at 919-435-9457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
919 Music Fest
A benefit for the American Red Cross, in recognition of local first responders, will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at 8051 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. For vendor information or to become a sponsor or volunteer, email email@example.com or call 919-864-7300.
Parent guidance workshops
The Lucy Daniels Center will host a series of free parent guidance workshops from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month through June 16. Sessions will take place at the Lucy Daniels Center, 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary. Registration is not required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-677-1400.
Raleigh Amateur Radio Society licensing course
The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society is hosting a four-session general licensing course. For more information and to pre-register, go to Education@RARS.org.
The N.C. State University creative writing program is accepting submissions to its free, annual statewide poetry contest. This year’s guest judge is Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Submit entries to: N.C. State Poetry Contest, Campus Box 8105, English Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105. Submissions must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 1. Winners will be announced April 7.
Assistance League of the Triangle campaign
The Assistance League of the Triangle has begun its annual fundraising campaign “Open Your Heart,” which supports its philanthropic programs. Tax deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 98477, Raleigh, NC 27624. For more information, go to www.altriangle.org.
Pet food donations
SAFE Haven for Cats is accepting donations of pet food from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 8431 Garvey Drive, #137, Raleigh.
Carolina Aquarium Workshop
The Raleigh Aquarium Society will present its 31st Carolina Aquarium workshop through March 20. Registration costs $25. For more information, go to www.raleighaquariumsociety.org/workshop-main. There will be an auction Sunday, March 20 at N.C. State Fairgrounds, James Martin building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
Meet in the Street
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from arts and crafts vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 2016 Meet in the Street. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, along South Taylor, South Brooks and South White streets. Applications are available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx and at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St., Wake Forest.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or how to perform on the main stage, contact Corey Hutcherson at email@example.com. To volunteer, contact Sherry Forbes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga class
Holy Yoga Raleigh hosts a free yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the gym at First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Donations are accepted.
Free yoga class
The Raleigh Yoga Center offers a free yoga class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required. For details, go to www.raleighyoga.com or call 919-856-1390.
Square dancing classes
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department offers 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.
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.
Annual Dirty Dogs Pet Extravaganza
The Annual Dirty Dogs Pet Extravaganza is partnering with the town of Wake Forest to host an event Sept. 24-25. For more information, contact Vanessa Davis at 919-453-0765 or email@example.com.
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