Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for June 24-30


Gentle mat yoga

Gentle mat yoga is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Shelley Lake Sertoma Park, 1900 Shelley Road, Raleigh. Admission is free. No registration required.

Thrift shop sale

A 50 percent off sale is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. The sale includes clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry, books and accessories. Profits will help low-income pet owners to spay or neuter pets through AnimalKind, THE $20 FIX and SpayNC Helpline.

Curator’s Choice Tour: A Fashionable Past

Conservator Paige Myers will take a close-up look at clothing and textiles from the late colonial and federal periods in the exhibit The Story of North Carolina and discuss the challenges of preparing textiles for display from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Lee at Quail Ridge

Maureen Lee will read from and sign copies of “Sissieretta Jones, The Greatest Singer of Her Race” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Jonas at Quail Ridge

W. Glenn Jonas Jr. will read from and sign copies of “Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Anime Club at Cameron Village

Anime Club members ages 12-18 will discuss anime and view episodes of a to-be-determined title from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 114, Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.

Ward at Quail Ridge

Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award in Fiction, will read from and sign copies of “Salvage the Bones” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Nature Explorers: A Peek into Ponds

Children ages 9-13 will explore the diversity of life in the mill pond from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Get a firsthand look at pond organisms and an understanding of what it takes to survive in the water. Registration is required and the cost is $4 per child. For more information, call 919-856-6675 or email yatesmill@wakegov.com.

Alther at Quail Ridge

Lisa Alther, author of “Kinfolks” and “Washed in Blood,” will read from and sign copies of “Blood Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Pet a Pony Day and horse show

Pet a Pony Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the James Hunt Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh. Pet ponies, learn about horse care, see show jumping events and watch a farrier. The N.C. Hunter Jumper Association show takes place at the complex Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. For more information, email Barbara Bays at bmbaysbus@gmail.com, call 919-676-8293 or visit www.nchja.com.

Benefit dinner

A benefit dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Winston’s Grille, 6401 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The four-course meal with wine pairings will benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Cost is $49.95. To make a reservation, call 919-790-0700.

Fuller at Quail Ridge

Alexandra Fuller will read from and sign copies of “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. In this follow-up to “Let’s Not Go to the Dogs Tonight,” Fuller returns to Africa, focusing on the lives of her intrepid parents and her mother’s story in particular.


Beer tasting

A tasting by North Carolina Girls’ Pint Out, a group for women interested in craft beer, is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Bottle Revolution, 4025 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. The event will include samples from Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxapahaw and Deep River Brewing Company in Clayton as well as barbecue from Redneck Scientific and a watermelon-carving contest.

Book signing

Nancy LaPonzina will sign copies of her book “Nardi Point” at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at ZEST Cafe and Home Art, 8831 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. LaPonzina writes women’s fiction that explores thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations and braids in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical and alternative healing modalities.

Free taekwondo class

A free class in taekwondo for ages 4-11 is set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Learn the history and basics of taekwondo and try out a few moves. For more information or to register, call 919-856-6723.

Oakwood Cemetery walking tour

“Symbols & Stories II,” a walking tour with executive director Robin Simonton, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. Admission is free. To register, call 919-832-6077 or email info@historicoakwood.com.