Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for July 18-24


Bierlein at Quail Ridge

Stacy Bierlein will read from and sign copies of “A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Free yoga classes

The following free yoga classes are scheduled Thursday. Stress reduction with chair yoga from noon to 1 p.m. at Whole Foods, 3520 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-354-0350. Stress reduction with chair yoga from 6 to 6:50 p.m. and gentle mat yoga from 7 to 8:30 at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Family Fun night

Family Fun Night is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The after-hours event is free for kids with special needs, offering the opportunity to experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment.


Conservation Assistance Day

Conservation Assistance Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Have questions about caring for your treasured possessions? Bring up to three objects to the museum for assessment and advice on care from our conservators. Appointments are required. For an appointment, call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823.

Canes Summer Fun Fest

The fifth annual Canes Summer Fun Fest will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at PNC Arena. The event inside the arena will include inflatables, games, giveaways, speakers from the Hurricanes and appearances by Stormy and the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad. Fans will be able to take photos on the team bench, in the penalty box and with the Olympias. Parking and admission are free.


Play Day

Raleigh will celebrate its Playful City USA award at a Play Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Biltmore Hills Park, 2615 Fitzgerald Drive, Raleigh. Play Day will feature games, prizes, food vendors and entertainment. Playful City USA, a national recognition program sponsored by Kaboom, honors cities that show they are committed to getting children active, playing and staying healthy. For more information, call Morgan Davis at 919-831-6895.

Second Chance open house

Second Chance is holding an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Second Chance Pet Adoptions, 6003 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh. The event will include an opportunity to view the newly renovated facilities and cats and dogs available for adoption. Ice cream will be served, and vendors such as Pampered Chef and Lia Sophia will sell items with a portion of the proceeds will support the rehabilitation and rescue programs of the shelter. For more information, go to www.secondchancenc.org.

Archaeology program at Yates Mill

“Archaeologists: Uncovering the History beneath Our Feet” is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Learn about the work of archeologists through fun activities and participate in a mock dig during this free program.

Star Wars celebration

A celebration of all things “Star Wars” is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The celebration will include crafts and games. For more information, call 919-856-6723.

History of the Harvest exhibit tour

Museum garden staff will lead an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit lining Bicentennial Plaza from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The exhibit is presented in six sections with distinct planting beds. Tour participants will meet at the information desk in the lobby of the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Iris sale at arboretum

The Eastern N.C. Iris Society will hold its seventh annual sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. The sale will feature many varieties, including bearded, beardless and reblooming for $5-$10. Members will answer questions about growing irises in our region and will offer free printed information on planting, digging and dividing established iris plants. To learn more, go to www.irises.org or call Susan Grigg at 919-870-8345 or 919-971-4012.


Gentle mat yoga

Gentle mat yoga is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. each Sunday at Shelley Lake Sertoma Park, 1900 Shelley Road, Raleigh. Admission is free. No registration required.

Course on home firearms safety

Wake County will offer a four-hour course on home firearm safety from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the County’s Firearms Education and Training Center, 3921 Old Holly Springs-Apex Road, Apex. Learn to safely handle and store pistols, rifles and shotguns so that unauthorized individuals cannot access them. Cost is $25. To register, visit www.wakegov.com/firingrange. For more information, call 919-303-5192.

Finding fairies at Yates Mill Park

“A Mid-Summer Day Dream” is set for 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Take a short walk around the millpond, build a fairy house and have a snack. (Fairy sightings are not guaranteed.) This event is for ages 4-7 with accompanying adult; $4 per child. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-856-6675.