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.
Lakota John and Kin
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Lakota John and Kin will perform blues and Larry Hutcherson will open on guitar 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.
Thrift shop sale benefits AnimalKind
A 50 percent off sale is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. Profits will help low-income pet owners to spay or neuter pets through AnimalKind. For more information about the group, call 919-872-0019 or go to www.animalkind.org. Donations of gently used items are accepted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers are also needed; call to find out when the next orientation tour will be conducted.
Oakwood Cemetery Memorial Day service
A Memorial Day service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at Historic Oakwood Cemetery Field of Honor, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. The 45-minute ceremony will feature keynote speaker Dr. Ric Vandett, retired superintendent of Hickory Public Schools and Vietnam veteran.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day service
N.C. Vietnam Veterans will hold a ceremony honoring those who gave their lives in the service of their country at noon Monday at the Vietnam Memorial on the State Capitol grounds. A scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display and there will be a reading of the 41 North Carolinians still missing in action from the Vietnam War. Retired Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. White will play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes and conclude the service by playing “Taps” on the bugle.
Wellness talks at Irregardless
Irregardless Cafe’s “Being Well: Monthly Talks on Wellness” series continues from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the café, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. The topic is “Can Local Food Benefit Everyone” with Dr. Alice Ammerman, director of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. For more information, go to www.irregardless.com or call 919-833-8898.
Tune Swingers Orchestra Big Band Dance
The Tune Swingers Orchestra, an 18-piece big band with vocalists, will be playing Latin, fox trot, ballroom, waltz and swing music for dancing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Raleigh Elks Lodge, 5538 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors at the door. The band offers free dance lessons beginning at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 919-830-7357.
Tayari Jones at Quail Ridge
Tayari Jones will sign copies and read from “Silver Sparrow” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Monretti at Quail Ridge
Enrico Moretti will sign copies and read from “The New Geography of Jobs” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Little Historians: The Milk-Makers
Children ages 3-6 with an adult can learn about dairy farmers in a program from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. The program will include a story about cows, comparing different cow breeds, and learning about farm life. Then explore how milk can be made into butter, cheese and other yummy products. Registration is required. $4 per child. For more information, call 919-856-6675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakwood Cemetery flashlight walk
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 front gate. Cost is $5. To register, email email@example.com or call 919-832-6077.
Chicken Keeping 101
Long-time chicken-keeper Bob Davis will provide information on keeping backyard chickens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Room 159 Kilgore Hall, N.C. State, 2721 Founders Drive, Raleigh. Details of chicken care will be covered, including sources of birds, housing, feeding and health. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, visit www.tourdcoop.com .
Triangle Bonsai Expo
The Triangle Bonsai Society and the J.C. Raulston Arboretum are holding a free bonsai expo Saturday and Sunday at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center of the arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Club members will be available to answer questions at the event, which will include demonstrations. For more information, contact Dan Cormican at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-515-3132.
Reduced rates for cat adoptions
SAFE Haven will have free and reduced adoption fees from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its shelter, 8471-101 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. Adult cats will be free and kittens will be $25. To see available pets or for more information, go to www.safehavenforcats.org.
Book exchange at Cameron Village Library
Cameron Village Regional Library will hold a book exchange from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Bring a maximum of six gently used books and exchange them for an equal number of gently used books at the library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. This event is limited to books only. Magazines, textbooks and manuals will not be accepted. For more information, contact Sue Scott at email@example.com or 919-856-6701.
Literacy Council barbecue benefit
The Literacy Council of Wake County will hold its Read to Succeed BBQ Feed from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Wheeler Waterfront Conference Center, 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. The fundraiser will feature barbecue, drinks, live music by the Kudzu Ramblers and a silent auction. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information or tickets, call 919-787-5559 or visit www.wakeliteracy.org.