Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for May 16-22


Cash at Quail Ridge

Wiley Cash will read and sign copies of “A Land More Kind than Home” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Nature Explorers: Animal Adaptations

A program on animal adaptations for ages 9-13 is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Cost is $4. Registration is required. For more information, call Rosemary O’Day at 919-856-6675 or email yatesmill@wakegov.com.


Free yoga classes

The following free yoga classes are offered Thursday. Chair yoga for every body from 10 to 11 a.m. at Whole Foods North, 8710 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-354-0350. Chair yoga for every body from 6 to 6:50 p.m. and gentle mat from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Tour de Cure painting fundraiser

A fundraiser to support Tour de Cure is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Wine and Design, 219 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh. The event will begin with Happy Hour and a barbecue dinner. A painting class is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost for the class is $45 per person, which includes the class, all painting supplies, your work of art to take home, dinner and drinks. The N.C. Tour de Cure is a cycling event scheduled for June 2-3. For more information, visit www.diabetes.org. To reserve a spot for the fundraiser, contact Lee-Ann Valletta at lvalletta@aimnc.com or 919-758-8911.

Reynolds Price book at Quail Ridge

William Price will present his brother Reynolds Price’s book “Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Picking up where his previous memoir “Ardent Spirits” left off, the memoir of 1961-1965 details the final youthful adventures of a man on the cusp of artistic acclaim.


Carolina FiberFest

Carolina FiberFest is set for Friday through Sunday in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The free event will feature contests, demos and classes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit CarolinaFiberFest.org.

Got to Be N.C. Festival

The Got to Be N.C. Festival is scheduled from noon to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The free event will feature antique farm equipment, a full carnival with games and rides, and food. For more information, including a daily schedule of activities, visit www.gottobencfestival.com.


Pancake breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 141 is holding a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s, 7831 Target Circle, Raleigh. Cost is $7 per person and includes pancakes, sausage and drink. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment and pay for Scout outings. For advanced tickets or more information, call John DeBernardo at 919-453-0848 or email johndebernardo@511cubs.org.

Canoeing instruction

A canoeing program is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. After basic instruction, explore the pond. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Cost is $10 per boat. Ages 6 and older. Registration is required. For more information, call Rosemary O’Day at 919-856-6675 or email yatesmill@wakegov.com.

Shred documents, recycle electronics

Raleigh will sponsor a free Shred and Recycle It event to allow residents and small businesses to shred documents containing personal information from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oak Park Shopping Center, 6001 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Electronics such as TVs and computers also will be accepted for recycling. Limit of three boxes of documents per person. There are some restrictions on what will be accepted for shredding. For more information, visit www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content/CorNews/Articles/CommShred.html.

Unused medicine collection

A pill drop-off event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at four Raleigh grocery stores. The stores are Kroger, 1610 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd; Food Lion, 4510 Capital Blvd; Food Lion, 2420 Wycliff Road; and Food Lion, 5633 Creedmoor Road. Prescription and OTC medicine will be accepted. For more information, call 919-996-6100.

Skate for Life for suicide prevention

The second annual Skate for Life event is set for 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday at Marsh Creek Skate Park, 3016 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. The rain date is Sunday. The skateboarding competition is held in honor of James “Dylan” McNeill and Cody Nelson, two local teenagers, best friends and skateboarders who ended their own lives. Proceeds will benefit HopeLine, a nonprofit that provides free suicide prevention and crisis intervention help through its crisis line and Teen TalkLine. Skate for Life will feature deejays, a b-boy competition, graffiti artists, raffle prizes, food, vendors and more. Registration is $10 and includes a raffle ticket and T-shirt. The winner of the advanced competition receives $250 cash, with beginner and intermediate levels receiving skate gear. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. the day of the event. For more information, visit www.hopeline-nc.org or call 919-832-3326.


Artsplosure is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Moore Square Park and City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. The festival will include live music from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.artsplosure.org.

Dog wash to benefit 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.

Community yoga class

A free community yoga class is scheduled for 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Wake Forest Yoga Studio, 900 S. Franklin St., Suite 202, Wake Forest. To register, visit www.wakeforestyoga.com or call 919-614-5945.

Clothing swap for charity

Revolver Boutique and White Collar Crime are sponsoring a clothing swap at 5 p.m. Saturday at 124 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit Triangle Dress for Success, which helps job seekers dress appropriately for interviews. Tickets to the swap event are $10. The event will feature vendors, make up artists, a DJ and a raffle. For more information, visit revolverboutique.wordpress.com.

Scholarship pageant

The Little Miss & Miss Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest. The Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is free and open to the public.

‘Dolphin Tale’ movie outdoors

A summer outdoor movie night featuring “Dolphin Tale” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at WFBC Stephenson Campus, 12120 Wake Union Church Road, Wake Forest. Bring your family and enjoy an evening of drinks, popcorn, friends and community. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.


Gentle mat yoga

Gentle mat yoga is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday at Shelley Lake Sertoma Park, 1900 Shelley Road, Raleigh. Admission is free. No registration required.

Robson House tour

A curator’s choice tour of the Robson House is scheduled from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Did you know there is an entire house inside the exhibit The Story of North Carolina? Join Bill McCrea, design section chief, for a tour of the 18th-century dwelling and hear how it became part of the major exhibit. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Haven House band fundraiser

Local law firm bands will battle it out from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at White Collar Crime, 319 W. Davie St., Raleigh. Individual event tickets are $10 and sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit Haven House Services. The event will include a cash bar, sponsor giveaways and food trucks. The band with the most votes wins the battle. Each vote is $1. For more information or to buy tickets or votes, go to havenhousenc.org.

Arielle Bryant and Angela Easterling

Arielle Bryant shares her indie/folk music with cutting edge lyrics and Angela Easterling brings folk/country from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. Local artists also will show and sell their work. Refreshments will be available, and picnics are welcome. For details, visit www.wakeforestarts.org.

Discuss writers & illustrators work

Authors John Bemis, Karen Lee and Stephen Messer will discuss publishing at an event of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Aspiring writers and illustrators may submit the first 250 words of a children’s book or an illustration for review.

Yoga for the core

A free yoga for the core class is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Ladies Fitness Wellness. To register, call 919-845-9200.


Workshop on disability awareness, accessibility

Arts Access Inc. will be conducting a workshop for front-line staff of local cultural groups from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Marbles Kids Museum. The workshop will discuss disability awareness and understanding ADA accessibility requests from customers with disabilities. Registration is $25 for one and $10 for each additional participant from the same group. For more information and registration, visit the Arts Access website at www.artsaccessinc.org.

Deford at Quail Ridge

Sports Illustrated writer and NPR commentator Frank Deford will read and sign copies of “Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Minick at Quail Ridge

Jim Minick will read from and sign copies of “Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.