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.
Square dancing to benefit hospice
The Star Twirlers and Capital Squares are holding the Triangle Area Hospice Dance from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. A donation of $7 is requested to benefit hospice. For more information, contact Charlie Stuber at 919-787-0313.
Good Neighbor Day in Wake Forest
Due to inclement weather, the Wake Forest Human Relations Council’s seventh annual Good Neighbor Day was postponed from last week. The event will run 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/goodneighborday.aspx.
The South and American Popular Culture
A program on the South and American Popular Culture is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Karen Cox, professor of history at UNC-Charlotte, will describe how ad agencies, filmmakers, fiction writers, the travel industry and others created a romanticized vision of the Old South.
Yoga for the core
Yoga for the core is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Ladies Fitness and Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Suite 181, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.
Moose and Purvis at Quail Ridge
N.C. cookbook author and food columnist Debbie Moose brings “Buttermilk: A Savor the South Cookbook” and Southern cookbook author Kathleen Purvis will also share “Pecans: A Savor the South Cookbook” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Samples will be provided.
Workshop to improve life, career
Your Choices, a personal development workshop featuring local career and life coach Stefanie Zizzo, is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh.
Greenberg at Quail Ridge
Forbes technology reporter Andy Greenberg will discuss “This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Schappell at Quail Ridge
Elissa Schappell visits with “Blueprints for Building Better Girls” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Sly as a Fox park program
Sly as a Fox is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. Registration is required. The event is for all ages, though activities and information are most appropriate for ages 5 and up. For more information, call 919-870-4330.
N&O’s Menconi at Quail Ridge
The N&O’s music critic David Menconi shares his new book, “Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. He draws on early interviews with Adams to capture the rise of the singer/songwriter from his NC alt-country roots to rock stardom.
Networking fair for military and veterans
The Wake Area Military and Veterans Networking Fair with more than 40 groups that provide support to military members, veterans and their families is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Southeast Raleigh High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh. For more information, email Randy Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storytime for grandparents and grandchildren
Grandparent/Grandchild Storytime is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday at Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults at Millbrook Exchange Park, 1901 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The program will include a visit from live snakes and lizards. Cost is $2 per person. Registration is required four days in advance online at RecLink or any community center. For more information, call 919-831-6856.
Free yoga classes
The following yoga classes are scheduled Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Gentle mat from 9:10 to 10:30 a.m. and stress reduction with chair yoga from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.
Small-business owners training
Raleigh is offering free training for small-business owners from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 630 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. Learn exactly what Raleigh requires for payment/performance bonding and insurance coverage. To register, visit www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/SDMWOBTraining. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forums for upcoming elections
A forum with Wake County Board of Commissioners candidates is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh. To register or for more information, visit www.wakeupwakecounty.org.
Fred Thompson at Quail Ridge
Fred Thompson will discuss “Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides: 250 Dishes That Really Make the Plate” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Garden Storytime is scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. The program is suggested for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Cost is $5 per child. Advance registration is required. To register, email Elizabeth Overcash at email@example.com.
International Festival of Raleigh
The 27th International Festival of Raleigh is scheduled 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday,and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the downtown Raleigh Convention Center. The festival is a family-friendly, annual celebration that brings more than 50 different local ethnic groups and 30,000 community members together to celebrate the diversity of the Triangle through international cuisine, dance and music. Cost is $5-8. For more information, visit www.internationalfestival.org.
100 Thousand Poets for Change
The second annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Poets will write poems on demand and read poetry aloud. Classical and flamenco guitarist Ed Stephenson will perform.
Up, Up and Away
Up, Up and Away Astronomy: The Summer Sky is set for 8-9:30 p.m. Friday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Participants will make their own constellation map and learn how to explore the universe using binoculars. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 919-856-6675.
Lauz, Millar, Adcock & Rigsbee reading
A reading by Dorianne Laux, Joe Millar, Betty Adcock and David Rigsbee is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Music is provided by guitarist Ed Stephenson. Proceeds from sales of Jacar Press books will be donated to Angel Tree.
Second Chance yard sale
A community yard sale to benefit Second Chance Adoptions is set for 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the adoption center, 6003 Chapel Hill Road Suite 133, Raleigh. To make donations to the yard sale, drop off items through Friday.
Flapjack fundraiser for Arc of Wake
A pancake breakfast to benefit People We Are, a self-advocacy group of The Arc of Wake County, is set for 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s, 7831 Target Circle, Raleigh.
Marbles 5th birthday celebration
Marbles Kids Museum will celebrate its fifth birthday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Admission into the museum is free, and all IMAX documentary films are $5 per person. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Antiques appraisal fair
Joel Lane Museum House presents an Antiques Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Cost is $20 for nonbinding, verbal appraisal for up to 3 items. Advanced purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased by calling 919-833-3431.
Beaks and Feet program for children
Beaks and Feet is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 11408 Raven Ridge Road, Raleigh. Children ages 6-8 will learn how birds make a living with their own special tools. For more information, call 919-831-6856.
Hispanic Heritage month ¡Celebración!
¡Celebración! is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The event will include craftspeople, performances by Latino music groups, dancers, a cooking demo and taste samples, Latino heritage through film and the museum’s first bilingual exhibit, Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina.
Walnut Creek Festival
Walnut Creek Wetlands Center will hold a festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. This year the festival will include an Urban Wetlands 5K as well as games and nature exploration activities for all ages. For more information, call 919-831-1960.
Raleigh Irish Fest
Raleigh Irish Fest is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Moore Square, downtown Raleigh. The festival will include performances; children’s entertainment; food and beverages; vendors selling jewelry, art, crafts and musical instruments; demonstrations of Irish sports and competitions; and stories, literature and information on Irish culture. For more information, visit www.raleighirishfest.com.
Wake County Public Libraries will be celebrating 30 years of tall tales and fascinating yarns at the annual Storytelling Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Oakview Historic County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. Featured performers will be storytellers Donald Davis and Donna Washington and local children’s band Sandbox. The event will also include a food vendor, hayrides, face painting and a book sale. For more information, search www.wakegov.com/libraries.
Second Chance adopt-a-thon
A dog adopt-a-thon is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Phydeaux Pets, 10 W. Franklin St., Suite 100, Raleigh. For more information, go to www.secondchancenc.org.
Bowl-a-thon for Make-A-Wish
The Raleigh Jaycees are holding a bowl-a-thon to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley AMF, 5501 Commercial Ave, Raleigh. Prizes will be given for the best costume with the theme “Come As Your Favorite Wish!” Individuals or teams of up to five members can register at www.raleighjaycees.org/bowlathon/index.html.
Big Bad Ball for hospice
The 11th annual Big Bad Ball is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capital City Club, 410 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Cost is $125 per person, and proceeds benefit Hospice of Wake County’s Benevolent Care Program and the Horizons Grief Center The event will include food, drinks, prizes and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.bigbadball.com.