Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for May 30-June 5


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 yatesmill@wakegov.com.

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 info@historicoakwood.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 cormican_home@yahoo.com 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 sue.scott@wakegov.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.


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.

North Tower Band in Rolesville

The North Tower Band will headline Rolesville’s free Concert in the Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Main Street Park next to Sanford Creek Elementary, 701 Granite Falls Blvd., Rolesville. The concert is part of the town’s yearlong 175th anniversary celebration.

Bring blankets, chairs and dancing shoes. No umbrellas, coolers or alcohol. Food and drinks will be for sale. For more information, call 919-556-3506 or visit rolesvillenc.gov/175th.

Gravy Boys play bluegrass

Gravy Boys, a bluegrass band, will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. Starting at 3 p.m., local artists also will show and sell their work. Refreshments will be available, and picnics are welcome. For details, visit www.wakeforestarts.org.

Bowl-a-thon for Arc

The Annual Bowl-a-thon for The Arc of Wake County is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at AMF Pleasant Valley Lanes, 5501 Commercial Ave., Raleigh. Cost is $25 per person. To register, go to www.arcwake.org/BowlaThon.html. Participants can set up personal fundraising pages at www.firstgiving.com/arcwake/2012bat. For more information, call 919-832-8660.


Time for Tots: Fit to Be Tied

Children ages 3-5 will learn about the origin of one of the top gifts for Father’s Day, the necktie, and then make a cool craft from ties to give Dad or Grandpa from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Teen Advisory Board for library

Cameron Village Regional Library will hold a meeting of its Teen Advisory Board from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Students in grades 6-12 can complete volunteer hours and have a say in services and events for teens at the library. To sign up, call the library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh, at 919-856-6723.

Mountain bike cycling workshop

A workshop to discuss the design and construction of three miles of trails at Forest Ridge Park is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. In August 2011, Raleigh parks and recreation was awarded a $75,000 grant for the design and construction of mountain bike trails on the Forest Ridge Park site. The park site is owned by the Army Corps and managed by the state.