Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for April 15-21


Music of the Carolinas: Alejandro Santoyo

Alejandro Santoyo will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The pianist, composer and recording artist will play traditional folk tunes from various Latin American countries. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.Wake Forest Singers free concert

The Wake Forest Singers will present a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Franklin Academy Middle School Auditorium, 1127 Chalk Road, Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.wakeforestarts.org.Poetry reading

A reading by N.C. poets Michael McFee and Alan Shapiro is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Walk through downtown Raleigh

Deputy Manager Joe Durham will lead a walk through downtown Raleigh starting at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the Wake County Office Building, 336 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.For more information, call 919-856-7550.Hunter at Quail Ridge

Erin Hunter, author of “Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6: The Last Hope,” will read from the book and sign copies at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Those who purchase a copy of the book will receive a ticket for signing.


Incredibly Amazing Moms group meeting

The Incredibly Amazing Moms women’s group will meet for five weeks starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Wake County Human Services Building, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. The new session will focus on the development of healthy relationships, goal setting, self-esteem and much more. For more information, call 919-250-4548. Poetry reading at library

Author and poet Sonia Tucker will read from her latest collection of poems, titled “A Life of Love,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richard B. Harrison Community Library, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-5720.Journalist and author to speak

Helena Cobban, British-American journalist and author, will speak on “The Media, Special Interests and U.S. Foreign Policy towards Israel and Palestine,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Betsy Crites of N.C. Peace Action will also speak on the Bring the War Dollars Home campaign. For more information, call 919-630-3340.Book reading and signing

Ruta Sepetys will read from and sign copies of “Between Shades of Gray” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Opera discussion

Eric Mitchko, director of the N.C. Opera, will discuss “Verdi’s Il Trovatore” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. For more information, visit ncopera.org. Writing process discussion

Meet local author Jill McCorkle as she talks about her writing process and offers tips on how to become a successful author at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab, 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. She is the author of nine books and was the 2011 Judge for the Wade Edwards Short Fiction contest. Pizza will be provided. For more information, call Jessi Rogers at 919-856-9355 ext. 2 or email foundation@wade.org.


Pearlman at Quail Ridge

Edith Pearlman, the 2012 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for “Binocular Vision,” will sign copies of her book at 3 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Night for special needs kids at Marbles

Family Fun Night, a night for special needs children and their families, is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Admission is free. For more information, call 919-834-4040 or visit marbleskidsmuseum.org. Family walk at Durant Park

A Family Walk in the Park is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Durant Nature Park, 305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the park with your family and a program. Parent must register and accompany child. Cost is $1. Register by Sunday, April 15. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.Free yoga classes

Chair yoga is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m., followed by a gentle mat class from 7 to 8:30, Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. To register, call 919-870-4000.Holocaust survivor book reading

Morris Glass and Carolyn Happer will sign and read from “Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Conservation Assistance Day

Conservation Assistance Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Bring as many as three items for assessment and advice on care from conservators. To make an appointment, call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823.Drop and shop for Bargain Box

The Bargain Box in Cameron Village is holding a Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Recycle gently used clothes and household items and help raise money to support the Junior League of Raleigh’s community projects. Donaters will receive a 20 percent off coupon good for one item at any of the participating stores. For more information, visit www.BargainBoxRaleigh.org.Yoga for the core

A free yoga for the core class is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Ladies Fitness & Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Suite 181, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.Swanky Soiree benefits Haiti

The Swanky Soiree is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Capital City Club, 410 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The evening of music, cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction will support the nonprofit St. Boniface Haiti. Suggested donation is $125 per couple and is eligible for a tax receipt. For more information, visit haitihealth.org or swankysoireeraleigh.com.Tuxedo Cat Ball benefits shelter

The Tuxedo Cat Ball, to benefit SAFE Haven, is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The event will include silent and live auctions, an iPad3 raffle, drinks, heavy hors d’oeurves, coffee and desserts. Attire is semi-formal black and white. Tickets are $65 per person. Tables also available. To buy tickets, go to www.tuxedocatball.org/buy-tickets. Cheryl and Griff Day book signing

Cheryl and Griff Day will sign copies of “The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Women and employment event

“All Sides of the Story: Women and Employment” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Zanzibar Room at the Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Lunch will be provided. Child care is available with early registration. Admission is free. To register by Sunday, April 15, call 919-322-9767 or email womenscommissionofwc@gmail.com.Custom truck show benefits veterans

The second annual custom truck show benefitting The Wounded Warrior Project, which assists veterans and their families, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Leith Toyota, 8005 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. The N.C. FJ Cruisers Association will sponsor the free event, which will include food, drinks, music and a raffle.3K dog walk for SPCA

The SPCA of Wake County is holding its annual K9-3K Dog Walk to raise money for homeless pets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore Square Park, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. To register, visit www.spcawake.org/walk or go to the SPCA of Wake County Pet Adoption Center by Friday. For more information, call 919-772-2326.Magic classes and show

Magic classes, for ages 7-17, are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. A magic show will follow at 3 p.m. with members of the Raleigh Magic Club and students from the classes. To register, call 919-856-6723. For more information, call 919-856-6723 or email info@raleighmagicclub.com.Great Cloth Diaper Change

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique is holding a festival on natural parenting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the boutique, 2855 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh. At 12:30 p.m., parents can participate in an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time, in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. The daylong event will include live music, raffles, swag bags, face painting, a cloth diaper swap and booths with local midwifes, doulas, healthy eating resources and work-at-home-mom operated businesses. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SweetbottomsRaleigh/events.Dog wash for rescue group

A dog wash to benefit Second Chance, a no-kill shelter, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unleashed in Stonehenge Market, 7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. All dog washes are $10. Dogs available for adoption also will be at the store from noon to 2 p.m.Pet adoption events

A dog adoption event is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unleashed in Stonehenge Market, 7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Cat adoption events are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Second Chance Adoption Center, 6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh. Spring Fest

Spring Fest is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Biltmore Hills Community Center, 2615 Fitzgerald Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature entertainment, rides, displays, vendors and food. Admission is free.Falls River garden tour

Falls River in Bloom, a garden tour, is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Falls River community between Falls of Neuse Road and Durant Road in North Raleigh. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. All tickets will be available for pick-up at the Falls River Club, 1300 Falls River Ave., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit the Falls River Community. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fallsrivergardenclub.com or by calling 919-866-1845.Ashley Bryan at Quail Ridge

Ashley Bryan, a children’s author and illustrator, will sign copies of “Walk Together Children” and “I’m Going to Sing” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. His art will be on display through Aug. 19 in the N.C. Museum of Art exhibit, “Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustrations of Ashley Bryan.”Bach and Roll Casino Night

Bach and Roll Casino Night, a fundraiser for the Community Music School, is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Mahler Fine Art gallery on Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. The event will include game tables, food and drinks, wine tasting, live music, a silent auction and prizes for top players. Cost is $75 per person. Cocktail attire suggested. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.cmsraleigh.org.