Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for Sept. 9-15


Gentle mat yoga

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


Computer classes and job training

Free computer classes for adults at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab with volunteers from IFCTCC will begin Monday. The nine-week session includes Excel, Word, Windows and web design. For more information or to sign up, call 919-821-2686 or email ifctccregister2012@gmail.com.

Foster families interest meeting

The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina is recruiting foster families in Raleigh, Durham and surrounding counties. An open house is set for 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Durham location, 6015 Fayetteville Road, Suite 111. For more information, contact Keeva Nichols at 919-294-6273 or keeva.nichols@bghnc.org.

Llewellyn at Quail Ridge

N.C. Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will share his thoughts on classical music and discussing the opening night concert, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Woody Durham signing

Woody Durham will sign copies of “Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. From 1971 to 2011, Durham was the radio play-by-play man for UNC-CH. Receive a ticket for the line with purchase of the book.

Better Living with Arthritis

A speakers series on Better Living with Arthritis will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, 3515 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. Dr. Matthew Boes of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic will speak on the topic “What is arthritis and what are my treatment options?” To RSVP, contact Penny J. Parker at pparker@arthritis.org or 800-365-3811 ext. 4898.


History à la Carte: Chapel Hill Revealed

History à la Carte: Chapel Hill Revealed is scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Author Daphne Athas will tell stories that illuminate the evolution of a town and a university, traverse 20th-century milestones and explain how artists and thinkers intermingled with local characters to shape Chapel Hill. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Scottish country dancing program

The Carolina Scottish Country Dance Society and the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will hold a free event to teach about Scottish country dancing and Scottish traditions from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Glen Eden Community Center, 1500 Glen Eden Drive, Raleigh. No partner needed; bring soft shoes.

Muller at Quail Ridge

Eric L. Muller will sign copies of and read from his book “Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


‘Stay close’ author to speak

Libby Cataldi, author of “Stay Close,” a memoir of her family’s story as they dealt with her son’s drug and alcohol addiction, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the fine arts center at the Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.libbycataldi.com or www.ravenscroft.org/speaker.

Free yoga classes

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

‘Vampire Empire’ authors at Quail Ridge

Clay and Susan Griffith, the Raleigh authors of “The Greyfriar” and “The Rift Walker,” will read from and sign copies of “The Kingmakers,” book 3 of the Vampire Empire series, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


BBQ Bash to benefit cancer foundation

The Downtown BBQ Bash is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Cardinal Club, 150 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The event will include live music, a silent auction and barbecue. A panel of three local celebrity judges will determine the winners in two categories. Cost is $15 per person, or two for $25. The event will benefit the Lotus Survival Foundation. For tickets, call 919-834-8829.


Neighborhood Exchange

Raleigh holds the Neighborhood Exchange each September to bring together residents from across the city to talk about neighborhood issues. This year’s event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. Registration is $10 for residents of Raleigh or its extraterritorial jurisdiction and $15 for others. Teens ages 13-18 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult. To register and see the available programs, visit www.raleighnc.gov/communityservices.

Occoneechee Council Cub Fun Day

Occoneechee Council Cub Fun Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The event, open to boys ages 6-11 and their families, will feature games, a dinosaur bounce, concessions, a trading post, crafts, information on membership and outdoor activities.

Dog wash to benefit rescue group

A dog wash to benefit Second Chance, a no-kill shelter, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unleashed in Stonehenge Market, 7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. All dog washes are $10. Dogs available for adoption will be at the store from noon to 2 p.m.

Pet adoption events

A dog adoption event is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Unleashed in Stonehenge Market, 7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Cat adoption events are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Second Chance Adoption Center, 6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh.

Program on political buttons

Make It, Take It: Buttoned Up is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. See political buttons from North Carolina’s past and make one of your own.

SAFE Haven’s Auction for the Cats

SAFE Haven is holding a benefit auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh Auction & Estate Sales, 4900-A Craftsman Drive, Raleigh. or more information, email Linda Roycroft at linda@lindaroycroft.com.

Pay It Forward Party

The Caring Community Foundation’s annual Pay It Forward Party is set for 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills. The fundraiser will include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live entertainment provided by The Soul Psychedelique and a live auction. Items up for bid include a trip to Aruba, a Siena Hotel Chef for a Day package, restaurant gift certificates and spa gift certificates. Tickets are $75 per person through Wednesday. For tickets or more information, visit www.caringcommunityfoundation.org.

Pagan Pride Raleigh Festival

The Pagan Pride Raleigh Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday at the State Fairgrounds Gate 5. The autumnal celebration will feature entertainment, rituals and workshops. The event also includes a food drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. Rex Blood Services will hold a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.PaganPrideRaleigh.org.