Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for July 1-7


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.


Lifeguard job fair

The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department is holding a lifeguard job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Frank Evans Administration Building, 2401 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Applicants will interview on site and must have a American Red Cross or equivalent certification. Applicants must be 15 or older. Bring copies of current certifications, driver’s license and social security card. Criminal background checks will be completed on all applicants.


Fireworks in Wake Forest

The annual Fireworks Spectacular is set for Tuesday at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest. Gates open at 5 p.m., and admission is $5 per person or 5 for $20. Children 6 and younger admitted free. Food and music will be available. Coolers and picnic baskets are allowed but will be inspected. No alcohol permitted. Performers will include The Band of Oz, Don Carrington’s Parachute Team and the Friendship Chapel Choir. For a list of ticket sale locations and more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx.


Wake Forest Fourth of July

A children’s parade is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue. No registration is required and participation is free, but bicyclists must wear helmets. Art-in-the-Park and Games-in-the-Park will begin at 11 a.m. at Holding Park with sack races, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, a pie-eating contest and craft activities. Wake Forest police will offer a K9 unit demonstration and the Wake Forest Fire Department will display a fire truck.

Raleigh Fourth of July

The city’s Fourth of July events start at 11 a.m. with patriotic tunes at the Capitol. A wreath-laying and naturalization ceremony starts at noon. Across downtown, bands will play from 3:30 to 9:30, art vendors will be set up and restaurants will offer samples. Other highlights will include a water fun area, watermelon see-spitting contests, hot dog-eating contests. Fireworks will start at 9:40 p.m. at the south end of Fayetteville Street in front of the Progress Energy Center.

Independence Day open house

The Joel Lane Museum House will hold its 22nd annual Historic Independence Day Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is free. Re-enactors will demonstrate aspects of colonial life, and visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. There will be old-fashioned crafts and games for the children and free lemonade. The circa 1770 plantation manor house, the 1790 kitchen building and the visitors center and museum shop will be open. Participants can view the garden, and herbs and trees will be for sale. For more information, call 919-833-343, email joellane@bellsouth.net or visit www.joellane.org.


Yoga classes at library

The following yoga classes are scheduled for Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh: Gentle mat yoga from 9:10 to 10:30 a.m.; stress reduction with chair yoga from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Free yoga class at Whole Foods

A chair yoga class for stress seduction is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at Whole Foods, 3540 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-828-5805.


Yoga for the core

Yoga for the Core is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Ladies Fitness & Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Suite 181, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.

Jackson opens at Roundabout

Roundabout Art Collective will feature guest artist Nina Jackson and her show “Mood Swings” during July. Jackson works mainly in oil with a focus on contrast of light and dark. A First Friday reception is set for 6-9 p.m. For more information, go to www.roundaboutartcollective.com.

The Art of the Necklace exhibit

An opening reception and trunk show for “The Art of the Necklace” is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Third Place coffeehouse, 1811 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The exhibit features photographs by Carl Tyer of models wearing mixed media character necklaces made by Rock Kershaw. All photographs and necklaces are available for purchase, and the event will include live jazz. For more information, call 919-834-6566.

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.

Rubio book signing

Sen. Marco Rubio will sign copies of his book, “An American Son: A Memoir,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Rubio will not present a program. Receive a ticket for the signing line with the purchase of the book. Copies are available in Spanish.


Free nutrition class

“Change Your Nutrition Forever With Just 10 Minutes a Day in the Kitchen” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-515-2277.

Paddle the Pond

A canoeing program for ages 6 and older with accompanying adult is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4640 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Cost is $10 per boat. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 919-856-6675.


Piano recital

A piano recital with pianist Nancy Gerst is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh. Admission is free. For more information, call 919-832-6435 or visit www.nancygerst.com.