Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for May 2-8

Wednesday

Reverse the Arms Race vigil

The Committee to Reverse the Arms Race’s 30th anniversary vigil is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the 300 block of Fayetteville Street, in front of Century Post Office, Raleigh. The vigil will be followed by Dutch lunch at the Mecca Restaurant, and Campbell Law School faculty member Roger Manus will speak. For more information, email slaterpat@mindspring.com.

Blackbeard program

“History Corner and History Hunters: Bookmarked! Blackbeard” is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Children ages 6-13 will meet award-winning author Audrey Penn. Penn will present her new series of Blackbeard mysteries at the workshop as part of the community reading program Bookmarked! The program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library and the Lucy Daniels Center. Cost is $1. Proceeds go to the Lucy Daniels Center. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Chamberlain at Quail Ridge

Diane Chamberlain will read and sign copies of “The Good Father” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Motor officer skills competition

The first annual Raleigh Police Department Motor Officer Skills Competition is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at RPD Battlebridge Training Facility, 8401 Battlebridge Road, Raleigh. The event, which will benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina, provides an opportunity for police officers from departments across North Carolina to come together to exhibit and improve their skills in a variety of motorcycle courses. Food and beverage vendors will be available. Admission is free.

Thursday

Free yoga classes

Chair yoga for every body is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Whole Foods North on Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-354-0350. Another chair yoga class is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m. and a gentle mat class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Fountain at Quail Ridge

Ben Fountain will read and sign copies of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Friday

Day of free dentistry

Dr. Chris Martin is holding his practice’s third annual day of free dentistry from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Village Dental at Olde Raleigh, 3101-103 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. The event is part of Dentistry from the Heart, a national nonprofit. For more information, visit www.MartinDental.net or email info@martindental.net.

Oakwood Cemetery tour

A First Friday tour called “Facts & Fables of the Famous (and infamous) Permanent Residents of Oakwood Cemetery” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. Meet at the iconic front gate. Cost is $5. To register, email info@historicoakwood.com or call 919-832-6077.

Saturday

Walk to benefit neurofibromatosis

The NF Walk of Raleigh to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation is scheduled for Saturday at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffalo Road, Garner. Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. The run will begin at 9 and the walk at 9:15 a.m. The event will include games and face painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20 for 13 and older and $10 for 12 and younger. For more information, email Heather Wray at hwray@nc.rr.com or visit www.nfwalk.org.

Festival of Hope for rescue mission

The 2012 Downtown Raleigh Festival of Hope is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Enjoy live music, food, games, inflatables and face painting. The event will feature a Paper Palace built with donations of paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels and napkins.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

A lecture titled “¿Qué es Cinco de Mayo?” is scheduled from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. More than a fiesta, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican militia’s victory over the French army in 1862. Examine the history of the holiday and how it is celebrated today. The lecture is sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Curator’s tour: Latino life in North Carolina

Curator’s tours of the “Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina” exhibit are scheduled for Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Hear stories of Latino North Carolinians on a tour of the exhibit led by the curator. A tour in Spanish is scheduled from 2 to 2:45 p.m. An English tour is scheduled from 3 to 3:45 p.m. To register, call 919-807-7992. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Mom Prom

The Mom Prom is set for 7-11 p.m. Saturday at The Millroom at The Factory, Wake Forest. Cost is $35 and includes beer, wine, food, dancing and a mom goodie bag. Proceeds will benefit Beads of Courage and a family coping with serious illness. The night will include a silent auction and a prom queen drawing. The prom queen will win a three-hour night on the town with three friends. To buy tickets, go to www.southernmomentum.

Bicycle Safety Fair

A Bicycle Safety Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. This year’s safety fair is part of the 32nd annual Meet in the Street set to take place along Taylor Street behind town hall. For more information, call Candace Davis at 919-435-9513 or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/bikesafetyfair.aspx.

Sample Durant

Sample Durant is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. The event includes critter stop, bird watching, crafts, nature scavenger hunt, dipnetting and fishing. The registration table will be set up at the park’s north entrance. To register, visit www.raleighnc.gov and keyword search “RecLink.”

Sunday

Kevin Duffus presents book on WWII

Kevin Duffus will present his book “War Zone – World War II Off the North Carolina Coast” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 N. Edenton St., Raleigh. A book signing and light refreshments will follow the program. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Boats Afloat

A Boats Afloat program is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. Children ages 6-12 will decorate their own boat before testing it out in the creek. Cost is $5. To register, visit www.raleighnc.gov and search keyword “RecLink.”

Monday

Ron Tanner to perform

Preservationist Ron Tanner will perform his one-man show at 7 p.m. Monday at the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Tanner’s book, “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story,” tells how he and his wife bought a ruined frat house and restored it to its original Victorian glory.

For more information, email info@academychicago.com or call 312-751-7300.

Tuesday

Time for Tots: A Child’s Garden

“Time for Tots: A Child’s Garden” is scheduled from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Children ages 3-5 will discover how people in the past used plants, gather herbs in the museum’s garden and plant their own miniature garden to take home. Cost is $1. To register, call 919-807-7992. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Mother Nature

Mother Nature is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. Children ages 3-5 will hear stories about animal mothers and their young and take a walk in search of animal mothers in action. Cost is $3. To register, visit www.raleighnc.gov and search keyword “RecLink.”

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