Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for Sept. 12-18

Wednesday

Health fair at senior center

A health fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. The health fair will feature flu and pneumonia shots and free screenings. For more information, call 919-554-4111.

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.

Thursday

‘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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Cut-a-thon for InterAct

David Wade Salon is holding a cut-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will help InterAct, a private, nonprofit, United Way agency that provides safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape or sexual assault. For more information, visit www.davidwadesalon.com. To donate or for an appointment, visit David Wade Salon at 612 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, or call 919-834-1101.

Good Neighbor Day in Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council will sponsor the seventh annual Good Neighbor Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. For more information on the event or award, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/goodneighborday.aspx.

Meet Democratic candidates

Meet state and national Democratic candidates from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Black Horse Run Clubhouse, 11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh. Live music and refreshments will be provided.

Singleton at Quail Ridge

Author of “The Half Mammals of Dixie” George Singleton will read from and sign copies of his new collection, “Stray Decorum: Stories” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Monday

WELL student advisory board

Wade Edwards Learning Lab is looking for teens to join its student advisory board. The board will have its first meeting at 2:45 p.m. Monday at the WELL, 714 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. The student advisory board promotes student involvement at the WELL and engages teens in community service projects. The board is an officially designated club through Broughton High School. For more information or to join, contact Jessi Rogers at foundation@wade.org.

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