Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for Sept. 30 - Oct. 6


Gentle mat yoga

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

SAFE Haven adopt-a-thon

SAFE Haven is reducing its adoption fees this weekend: Cats are free, and kittens are $25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 8471-101 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. For more information or to see the group’s adoptable cats, go to www.safehavenforcats.org.

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, 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 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 info@kwfalumnae-dst.orgdst.org.


Teen entrepreneur forum

The creator of two businesses will share what he has learned from his experiences and give advice to aspiring teen entrepreneurs at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Wade Edwards Learning Lab, 714 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. For more information, contact Jessi Rogers at foundation@wade.org or www.wade.org.

Honey Buzztival at farmers market

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will hold a Honey Buzztival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street. The market will be buzzing with honey-related products. The market is open every Wednesday through Oct. 31.

Holidays around World program for kids

History Corner: Holidays around the World, for children ages 6-9 with adult, is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. What do Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and Día de los Muertos have in common? Learn how these holidays are celebrated and make a fall craft. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Carolina del Norte

History Hunters: Carolina del Norte, for ages 10-13, is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. What’s it like to move to a new place and learn a new language and culture? Find out about Latino life in our state. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Cecelski at Quail Ridge

David Cecelski will read from and sign copies “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Free yoga classes

Stress reduction with chair yoga is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods on Wade Ave in Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-828-5805. Another stress reduction with chair yoga class is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m. at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Gentle mat yoga will follow from 7 to 8:30. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Battleground state

North Carolina: Battleground State is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Attention is focused on North Carolina in the races for president, governor and Congress. Rob Christensen, political columnist for The N&O, will serve as moderator for a panel of analysts. Democratic consultants Gary Pearce and Brad Crone, Republican consultant Carter Wrenn, John Hood of the John Locke Foundation and political scientist Andrew Taylor will participate.

JobLink Career Expo

A JobLink Career Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at N.C. State’s McKimmon Center, at 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. Private and publicly held local and national businesses, as well as government and nonprofit organizations will participate in the free event. Parking will be available at the McKimmon Center, with access from Gorman Street. Additional parking will be available behind the McKimmon Center on Varsity Drive in the gravel parking lot. Bus service is available on Western Boulevard and Gorman Street. For more information, visit www.joblinkcc.com/career_fair.

Arthritis speakers series

The Better Living with Arthritis Speakers Series will continue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic Glenwood Avenue Office, 3515 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The topic is inflammatory arthritis.

Goldman at Quail Ridge

Judy Goldman, author of “Early Leaving,” presents her latest work, “Losing My Sister: A Memoir,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


‘When I Leave’

Local writer EJ Stewart’s new play, “When I Leave,” will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The play tells the story of the son of a North Carolina farming family in the early 1960s. Grappling with segregation, he must decide how to respond to current events close to home. Cost is $8 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Children 12 and younger are free. For tickets, visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.


Big Sweep at Durant Nature Park

Volunteers will meet at the Durant Nature Park office at 9 a.m. Saturday to clean up the park. Gloves, trash bags, data cards and water will be provided. Wear work clothes, pants and boots (no open-toed shoes). To volunteer, contact Zone Captain Amy Corbally at 919-870-2871 or amy.corbally@raleighnc.gov.

Special Olympics fundraiser

Over the Edge for Special Olympics is coming to Raleigh from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Capitol Center. Participants must raise at least $1,000 in donations for Special Olympics and will rappel down 32 stories of the building. To register or for more information, visit www.sonc.net/give/over-the-edge.

Book sale for literacy group

A used book sale to raise money for Books for Kids is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Books for Kids is a nonprofit founded that gives new books to kids who need them. Donations of used books are accepted at the store year-round. For more information, call 919828-1588.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

The N.C. Housing Coalition will conduct a free workshop on foreclosure prevention from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Solid Rock Ministry International, Southeast Campus, 410 Lord Berkeley Drive in Raleigh. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. For more information, go to the NCHC website at www.nchousing.org or contact Brenda Parrott-NCHC at bparrott@nchousing.org or 919-827-4494. Registration is required.


A shred-a-thon is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Haven House Services, 600 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh. Documents, folders, binders, CDs, DVDs, checks, receipts and old tax records will be accepted. A $5 tax-deductible donation is suggested per box or bag. For more information, call 919-833-3312.

Get Out the Vote Rally

A Get Out the Vote Rally is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Chavis Community Center’s baseball field, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Raleigh. The event will include food, entertainment and a chance to meet the candidates. Voter registration will be available.

Viva Raleigh Festival

Raleigh’s fourth annual Viva Raleigh Festival is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Green Road Community Center, 4201 Green Road, Raleigh. The event will include music, crafts and games, information booths on city programs and nonprofit services, food vendors, dancers, musicians, and entertainment and games for children. For more information, contact Aracelys Torrez at 919-996-5717 or aracelys.torrez@raleighnc.gov.