Midtown Raleigh News

Community Notes, Jan. 21

Yard sale accepting donations

North Raleigh Presbyterian Church will accept donations for its Super Saturday yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23-24, noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 25, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 26-29, at 11905 Strickland Road, Raleigh. The yard sale has raised as much as $10,000 in past years, and the funds raised have gone to projects like Habitat for Humanity, overseas missions and storm relief. The church will accept any clean, working items except adult clothing, printers, TVs that aren’t flat screens, monitors, cribs, car seats, encyclopedias, large appliances, multi-piece entertainment centers and exercise equipment. The yard sale will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

‘Elsa & Ana’s Frozen Wonderland’

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host “Elsa & Ana’s Frozen Wonderland” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Girls ages 3 to 7 are invited to spend a day filled with crafts and activities with the “Frozen” characters. Participants will build snowmen and make magic wands, and Elsa will crown each youngster.

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at WakeForestNC.RecDesk.com/RecDeskPortal. For details, contact Recreation Program Superintendent Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563 or MLileton@WakeForestNC.gov.

Walk to End Lupus

The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter kicked off the new year with preparations for the seventh annual Walk to End Lupus Now.



Orchid open house

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host an Orchid Open House from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Graham Wood, owner of Lehua Orchids, will discuss the work of growing “Lady Slipper” orchids at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. For details, go to AtlanticAvenueGarden.com.

Green Medal Awards

The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is accepting nominations for the 2015 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, and can be faxed to 919-435-9499 or emailed to jrall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Beach Bingo

The Cotton Company will host NC Beach Bingo from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at 306 S. White St., Wake Forest. For the first two hours, packs that include two special cards and 12 regular games will cost $10. For the last two hours, cards will cost $1 per game. Proceeds will go to the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment. For details, go to Facebook.com/NCBeachBingo.

‘Oldest Living Confederate Widow’

The Joel Lane Museum House will present the play “Oldest Living Confederate Widow,” starring Jane Holding, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at All Saints’ Chapel, 110 S. East St., Raleigh. Admission is $26 per person. For details, call 919-833-3431 or go to Eventbrite.com.

Charity auction

The Koinonia Foundation will mark 25 years of serving the community with its Koinonia Cares Charity Auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 Brooks St., Wake Forest. Proceeds will go to community groups, including the Rolesville High School pantry. For details, go go KoinoniaWF.org.

Film at Joel Lane Museum House

The Joel Lane Museum House will show the film “Anglers, Whalers and Waves: the Story of Samuel Windsor” by Tony Curtis at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $16, or $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. For details, call 919-833-3431.

Wake Forest Planning Board Academy

The town of Wake Forest is seeking community-minded citizens who might be interested in serving on the planning board. The Planning Board Academy training sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11. To register for the academy, contact Chip Russell at 919-435-9511 or CRussell@WakeForestNC.gov.

Poe Rodeo fundraiser

The Poe Young Professionals will host their third annual cocktail fundraiser, The Poe Rodeo, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, 224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. The event will include a silent auction, a raffle, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For details, go to PoeRodeo.Eventbrite.com.

Nominate environmental heroes

Nominations will be accepted for the Raleigh Environmental Award through Feb. 13. The award honors those who have shown outstanding dedication to the environment. For details, go to RaleighNC.gov.

Night to Shine prom

Lifepointe Church will host the Night to Shine prom from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 9500 Durant Road, Raleigh. People ages 16 and older with special needs are invited to attend the event, which will feature a red carpet, crowns and tiaras, limo rides, dancing and VIP treatment. The Tim Tebow Foundation will sponsor the event. Guests and volunteers can register at LifePointeChurch.com.

Mardi Gras festival

The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in downtown Wake Forest. The free, family-friendly celebration will feature activities for children and adults, including face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and more. A walking parade for children and adults will begin at 1 p.m. at Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. There will be a contest for costumes and decorated bikes and wagons. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov/Wake-Forest-Mardi-Gras.aspx.

State of Wake Forest

Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2015 State of the Town address at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, during the seventh annual State of the Town Address and Dinner at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Wake Forest residents are invited to attend the event for $15 in advance or $20 the day of. The event will feature a catered meal. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

Academy Awards Gala

The Raleighwood Academy Awards Gala will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Raleighwood Cinema Grill, 6609 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The gala will feature a presentation of the Oscars on the 35-foot screen. Admission is free. Raleighwood is also seeking Hollywood celebrity lookalikes to attend as VIPs. Enter to participate as a lookalike at SpecialEvents@RaleighwoodMovies.com.

Great Places in N.C.

The N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association will recognize “Great Main Streets” throughout North Carolina in 2015. The program will also recognize one “Great Greenway” and one “Great Historic Rehabilitation” in the “People’s Choice” category.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 30, and online voting will be from Feb. 9-27. Go to GreatPlacesNC.org to nominate or vote.

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.

Backyard Birding

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host Backyard Birding classes throughout the year at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Classes are $10 per session, or all five classes for $40. To register, go to conta.cc/1CRGcDS or call 919-878-8877.

Events at Blue Jay Point

Blue Jay Point County Park hosts events throughout the year at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. For details, call 919-870-4330 or go to Wakegov.com/Parks/BlueJay.

Gardening classes

Logan’s Garden Shop will host some free gardening events at 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to LoganTRD.com or call 919-828-5337.

North Regional Library events

North Regional Library hosts events each month at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. For details, call 919-870-4000.

Cameron Village Library events

Cameron Village Library hosts events each month. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. The library is located at 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For details, call 919-856-6710.

Warm clothing drive

Evelyn Murray, chief financial officer at Briggs Hardware and director of Bridge Ministries, is collecting blankets, gloves, coats, hand and toe warmers, and hats for the homeless and underprivileged in the Triangle. Donations are being accepted at Briggs Hardware, 2533 Atlantic Ave. #104, 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.