Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for Oct. 7-13


Civil War in Fiction and Film

Learn how fiction and film manipulated memories of the Civil War and reinterpreted its history at 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. David Sachsman, professor of communications at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, will present the program and sign copies of his “Memory and Myth: The Civil War in Fiction and Film.”

Raleigh Dance Theatre at libraries

The Raleigh Dance Theatre will present excerpts from Kevin Henke’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Cameron Village Regional, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Children will learn basic ballet positions and participate in movement exercises during the free programs.

Wake Forest Unplugged Get Connected

Roy Book Binder will perform in the third annual installment of “Wake Forest UnpluggedGet Connected” from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. For nearly 40 years, Binder has traveled the world as a “keeper of the flame” and ambassador of the blues. Before the concert, the “Wake Forest Unplugged” family event will feature games beginning at 1:30 p.m. near the Walker Garden. Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair. Alcohol, smoking, firearms and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park. The concert will be moved inside the Flaherty Community Center Gymnasium, 1226 N. White Street if it rains. For more information, call 919-435-9561, email rwall@wakeforestnc.gov or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/unplugged.aspx.


Pastis at Quail Ridge

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis will share and sign copies of “Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out: A (Freaky) Pearls Before Swine Treasury” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


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. Cost is $1 per person. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Community Mental Health Services

The Southeast Raleigh Community Forum of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will present “Community Mental Health Services,” by Ollie Hooker, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richard B. Harrison Library, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call Harold Mallette at 919-747-0623.

Johnson at Quail Ridge

Kij Johnson, the winner of the Nebula Award for the past two years, will read from and sign copies of “At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


History program on gravestone art

History à la Carte: Gravestone Art of the Carolina Backcountry is scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Using historical records, oral lore, and gravestone texts and iconography, Patterson throws new light on Scotch Irish history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Rock the Vote for teens

Wake libraries will hold “Rock the Vote” events to encourage teens to participate in the upcoming election. Rock the Vote: Democracy is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.

Morris at Quail Ridge

Author of “A Place Called Wiregrass” Michael Morris will read from and sign copies of “Man in the Blue Moon” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Stand by Your Man health event

WakeMed is holding a free men’s health event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at WakeMed Raleigh Campus, 3024 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. While men attend health screenings and seminars, women can relax with complimentary spa treatments, participate in screenings and gather health information. The event will include interactive technology exhibits, including human patient simulators, medical gaming, laparoscopic surgery, prostate exams and PSA screenings, cholesterol check, blood pressure screenings, stoke and diabetes risk assessments, gait analysis and flu shots. Appointments are required for prostate exams and PSA screenings. For more information, a complete list of seminars or to register, visit events.wakemed.org.

The art of letter-writing

A program called Do Not Toss Out Your Grandmother’s Letters is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at North Regional Library , 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Emily Herring Wilson will discuss the art of letter-writing, with a focus on the letters of Elizabeth Lawrence, master garden writer and letter writer, as well as selected letters from other female writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Elizabeth Bishop and Virginia Woolf. For more information, contact Katrina Vernon at katrina.vernon@wakegov.com or 919-870-4000.

Forums for upcoming elections

WakeUP Wake County and the League of Women Voters of Wake County are holding a forum with the Wake County Board of Commissioners at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. To register or for more information, visit www.wakeupwakecounty.org.

Southern furniture studies

Southern Furniture Studies: Where we’ve Been, Where We’re Going is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Ronald L. Hurst of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will examine the history of Southern furniture studies and highlight recent trends in research and discovery. Cost is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members or $25 for a three-lecture series and $12 for members. For tickets, visit ncmuseumofhistory.org or call 919-807-7835.

Hills at Quail Ridge

Tad Hills will read from and sign copies of “Rocket Writes A Story” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave.,. Raleigh. This event is for children ages 4-8.

Free yoga classes

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


Soul line dance party fundraiser

The Knightdale-Wake Forest Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is holding a Soul Line Dance Party Fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Dream Center, 5616 Fox Road, Raleigh. Learn line dances with Leigh Williams of Line Dance Fever & Fitness. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets, visit www.kwfalumnae-dst.org or call 919-255-8210.

Durban at Quail Ridge

UNC professor of creative writing Pam Durban will read from and sign copies of “The Tree of Forgetfulness: A Novel” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Kiwanis pancake breakfast fundraiser

Kiwanis Club of Raleigh is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Cost is $5 per person and includes all you can eat pancakes and sausage and choice of juice, coffee, milk or water. Proceeds will benefit club projects for children. For more information, visit www.raleighkiwanis.org.

Jane Austen program at library

A program on Jane Austen is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. This half-day, free event features two nationally known Austen scholars. Dr. Celia Easton will talk about “Why on Earth is ‘Sir Charles Grandison’ Jane Austen’s Favorite Novel?” Dr. Inger Brodey will discuss “The Entertainment Value of Suffering: Jane Austen and the ‘Luxuries of Distress.’” To register, call 919-856-6701 or email sue.scott@wakegov.com.

Community yoga class

A free community yoga class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh Yoga Center, 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.raleighyoga.com or call Jane Barrett at 919 856-1390.

Harvest Day Festival

Logan Trading Company welcomes fall with free games, activities and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the store, 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh. At 9 a.m., a gardening class is scheduled, and at 3 p.m., a dog costume contest and parade. Build a scarecrow with your own clothes for a $5 donation to charity Hope Reins.

Rocktoberfest for Boys & Girls Club

The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club will celebrate another year of serving local young people from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the club, 325 S. Wingate St., Wake Forest. The event will include a live concert stage, activity booths, food, prizes and fun for the whole family. A portion of food sales will be donated to the club. For information on sponsorship or being a vendor, call 919-556-7266 or email jbullock@wakebgc.org.

Cooke Street Carnival

A neighborhood festival is set for 1-6 p.m. Saturday on Cooke Street, a few blocks east of Historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh.

Street fair and restaurant competition

The Global Fare street festival is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday between West Jones and Tucker Street in Raleigh. The event will include ethnic cuisine, boutiques, an Iron Chef Restaurant competition, an international street performances and live bands, Cabbage Patch children’s venue, a vendors bazaar and a Battle of the Bars drink competition.

Natural play area grand opening

A grand opening for a natural play area is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. Children 8 and younger can learn about the play area while they enjoy cookies, face painting and a short “Woodland Bingo” scavenger hunt. For more information, call 919-870-4330.