Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook, Oct. 21-27

Sunday

Tar Heel political commercials

Tar Heel Political Commercials: Hide the Children is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Candidates communicate to voters through TV ads, and the results are often not pretty. Rob Christensen, columnist for The N&O, will take a look at a few of the more famous ads that have aired in the state since 1984.

Free yoga class

Yoga for the core is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Ladies Fitness and Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.

The Haunting of Wake Forest

The Haunting of Wake Forest will start at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest. The free program is about some of the ghosts and spirits said to live in and around Wake Forest homes. Refreshments will be available.

Bennett at Quail Ridge

North Carolinian Walter Bennett will share “Leaving Tuscaloosa” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Monday

Free yoga class

Stress reduction with chair yoga is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Whole Foods on Wade Avenue, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-828-5805.

Quick meals program with author

A program on Quick Meals for Your Family with cookbook author Kathy Hester is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-6710.

Fforde at Quail Ridge

Jasper Fforde will sign copies of “The Last Dragonslayer” at 7 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Tuesday

Chafe at Quail Ridge

Duke professor William Chafe will share “The Politics of the Personal,” a portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Wednesday

United Nations anniversary

The United Nations anniversary will be celebrated at noon Wednesday at the Old Capitol Building House Chamber. Fourth- and sixth-graders from Montessori School of Raleigh will read the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Lori Milberg, former member of the Wake school board, will speak. For more information, contact Dan Figgins at 919-280-2947.

Abrams at Quail Ridge

David Abrams will share “Fobbit” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Thursday

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 Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Craft Creations

The 30th annual Craft Creations will run from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Quail Hollow Swim Club, 800 Orleans Place, Raleigh. Participants can shop for handmade items such as ornaments, stained glass, hand knitted sweaters and jewelry as well as baked goods. Admission and parking are free. A drawing will be held for a door prize.

Pumpkinpalooza at Yates Mill park

Pumpkinpalooza is set for 2-3 p.m. Thursday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Children ages 7-9 will paint pumpkins to take home and discover what lies beneath the rind. Participants will go on a pumpkin hunt. Cost is $4 per child. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-856-6675.

Marbles night for kids with special needs

Family Fun Night Spooktacular, an evening at Marbles Kids Museum for children 12 and younger with special needs and their families, is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The after-hours event will allow the kids to experience the museum in a more calm, less crowded environment.

Virginia Silversmiths at history museum

Virginia Silversmiths: The Branching of the Trade is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Catherine B. Hollan, decorative arts scholar, will discuss the lives and careers of Virginia’s luxury metals craftsmen and their activity in North Carolina. 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.

Simpson at Quail Ridge

Bland Simpson, UNC professor and member of the Red Clay Ramblers, will share “Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland Maffitt, and the Coming of the Civil War” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Friday

AARP driver safety course

An AARP driver safety course is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Five Points Center, 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh. Registration is required. To register, call 919-996-4730 with your name, address, ZIP code, birthdate, driver’s license number and AARP membership number. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

Lovejoy at Quail Ridge

Sharon Lovejoy will share “My First Bird Book & Bird Feeder” at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. This event is recommended for children 6 and older.

Method Halloween Festival

Method Halloween Festival, for children 6-11, is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Method Community Center, 514 Method Road, Raleigh. The free event will feature games, prizes and candy.

Fright Night Theater

Fright Night Theater, a movie night for ages 13 and older, is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ralph Campbell Community Center, 756 Lunar Drive, Raleigh.

Saturday

Natural History Halloween Celebration

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh will celebrate Halloween from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday featuring talks such as “Zombie Invasion of the Insect Kind.” Children 12 and younger can register to win prizes in the costume contest. The Junior Curator volunteer program will have a bake sale and pizza sale.

Second Chance dog adopt-a-thon

A Second Chance dog and puppy adopt-a-thon is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Phydeaux Pets, 10 W. Franklin St., Suite 100, Raleigh.

Howl-O-Ween at the SPCA

The SPCA of Wake County will hold the seventh annual Howl-O-Ween celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh. The event will feature crafts, treats, games, storytime and SPCA dogs modeling costumes. A small donation of money or an animal-related item as admission to the event to help support the SPCA’s life-saving programs is appreciated. Party goers should leave their own pets at home.

Haunted Walk in Rolesville

Rolesville will hold a Haunted Walk from 4 to 5:30 pm Saturday at Main Street Park downtown. The free event will include stories by Michael Williams and Catherine O’Kobrick as well as sweet potato carving demonstrations by artist Fred Zinn. Other highlights will include a costume parade and contest for kids to age 12. For more information, contact the town hall at 919-556-3506 or go to www.rolesvillenc.gov/175th.

Haunted Mordecai, ghost tours

A free Halloween festival is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. The festival will include food, music, games, crafts and costume contests. Mordecai House Ghost Tours will run every 15 minutes for $5 a person. Registration is required. For more information, call 919-857-4364.

Oakwood Cemetery lantern walk

Historic Oakwood Cemetery’s annual Oakwood Lantern Walk is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. A guide will lead walkers among the headstones of the 1,400 Confederate veterans buried in the cemetery to each of the skits portraying a historical event. Refreshments will be served in the House of Memory after each tour. The tour takes about an hour; groups leave about every 15 minutes. Cost: $6 per person, $3 for children 6-11, free for younger children. All proceeds will go toward the upkeep and continued restoration of Oakwood’s Confederate section.

Halloween bash: Fright at the Museum

A mysterious carnival and fundraiser for CAM is set for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The event will feature dancing, drinks, food, sideshow performances and a costume contest. To purchase tickets, visit www.camraleigh.com/fright or call 919-513-0946. Prices are $15 for CAM/now Affiliate Group members, $25 for CAM Raleigh members and $30 for nonmembers.

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