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.
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.
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.
Broughton music festival
The Broughton Vocal Music Department will hold a Fall Festival fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Broughton Cafeteria. The event will feature student performances, open mic participation, raffles, coffee, desserts and more. Proceeds from the $5 admission fee will go toward the choral students’ trip to perform at the London International Music Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hunger walk in Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Lydia Lowie CROP Hunger Walk 2012 is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday at WFUMC, 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest. To register, visit www.cropwalkonline.org/wakeforestnc. Donations of nonperishable foods for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry and letters of encouragement to U.S. soldiers for Ministry to the Military will be accepted. For more information, contact Sharon at email@example.com or 919-556-2239.
Thrift shop sale benefits pets
A 50 percent off sale is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. Profits will help low-income pet owners to spay or neuter pets through AnimalKind. For more information about the group, call 919-872-0019 or go to www.animalkind.org.
Celebration of Gandhi’s birthday
Heritage India Association of North Carolina will celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, a holiday to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh. The free event will include a garlanding ceremony at the Gandhi statue, singing of Gandhi’s favorite hymns, a lamp-lighting ceremony, a presentation by Duke professor and Gandhi scholar Dr. Leela Prasad, musical presentations and classical and folk dances.
Gwin at Quail Ridge
Minrose Gwin will discuss her book, “The Queen of Palmyra” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Chabon at Quail Ridge
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will sign copies of “Telegraph Avenue: A Novel” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Receive a signing line ticket with the purchase of the book.
Time for Tots: Fun at the Fair
Time for Tots: Fun at the Fair, for children ages 3-5 with adult, is scheduled from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Learn about the start of the State Fair and create a little fair fun of your own. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.
Community forum with candidates
Candidates, their representatives and election officials will participate in a moderated discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Faith Full Gospel Church, 6600 Hallelujah Blvd., Wendell. The event is sponsored by the Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. For more information, contact Angelicia Simmons at 919-218-5157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.