Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for June 10-16


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.

Pancake and sausage breakfast

American Legion Post 187 will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and choice of hot beverage for $5 per person, with a $20 max per family. Proceeds support community and veterans projects. For more information, call 919-569-0471.

Irish ceili benefit

An Irish ceili will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St., Raleigh. The Irish party will feature dance instruction and live music and raise money for Raleigh musician Rob Sharer, who lost his infant son last summer and is still repaying related medical costs.

Music of the Carolinas: GrassStreet

The Piedmont band GrassStreet will perform a mixture of original compositions and bluegrass standards from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Moose at Quail Ridge

Ruth Moose will read from and sign copes of “Neighbors and Other Strangers: Stories” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Conductor presents plans

N.C. Symphony resident conductor William Henry Curry will discuss his plans to present music with scenes from “Othello,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. He will look at Shakespeare’s influence on the music of Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein.


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 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. Cost is $1. To register, call 919-807-7992.

African-American poetry

Contributors Shirlette Ammons, Jackie Shelton Green, Ajuba Joy and Lenard Moore will present “Home is Where: An Anthology of African-American Poetry from the Carolinas,” a compilation of African-American poetry, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


History à la Carte: Preserving the Past

The N.C. Museum of History has one of the largest collections of Civil War flags in the world. Hear how the museum is partnering with individuals and organizations to preserve these unique banners for future generations from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Bring your lunch; beverages provided. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Ford at Quail Ridge

Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Independence Day,” will read from and sign copies of “Canada” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


4th-5th grade book club

Fourth- and fifth-graders are invited to a book club from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Readers will discuss “Gossamer” by Lois Lowry. To sign up, call the library at 919-856-6723.

Job fair in Southeast Raleigh

Martin Street Baptist Church is holding a job fair from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh. Employers from a variety of companies will conduct interviews. Bring resumes to hand out to potential employers. For more information, call 919-812-9295.

Barry at Quail Ridge

John Barry, historian and author of “Rising Tide” and “The Great Influenza,” will read from and sign copies of “Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Fire Department Centennial

The Raleigh Fire Department is celebrating 100 years as a career fire department with a free celebration Saturday in downtown Raleigh. The event will include a parade at 10 a.m. on Fayetteville Street Mall, bands, apparatus displays, games for kids, birthday cake and firefighter competitions. For more information, go to www.rfd100.com or see our story in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Lakepark Swim Team Book Sale

A book sale to benefit the Lakepark swim team will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakepark Swim Club, 6333 Lakeland Drive, Raleigh. Items for sale will include used books, CDs, DVDs and games.

Maker Faire: North Carolina

A celebration of things people create themselves, from electronic gizmos to “slow made” foods and homemade clothes will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Kerr Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds. The event will be equal parts craft fair, science fair and world’s fair. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, go to www.makerfairenc.com.

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day will be celebrated with live music, speakers and dance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Martin Building at the State Fairgrounds. The free event will also feature displays about local refugees and their communities, and demonstrations of traditional customs, clothing and handicrafts. For more information, go to www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/refugee.