Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for Oct. 31-Nov. 6


Fall Foliage Tours

Fall foliage tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest. Enjoy the colors of the season and learn about native trees. Tours will last about one hour. Meet at the information kiosk near the parking lot. No registration is required. For more information, contact the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department at 919-435-9560 or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov.

Keys to a Successful Presentation

Keys to a Successful Presentation is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St., Wake Forest. Learn the secrets of networking during one of the chamber’s bag lunch network series. The event is free to chamber members and $5 for nonmembers. Register online at www.wakeforestchamber.org.


Arthritis speakers series

The Better Living with Arthritis Speakers Series will continue at noon Thursday at Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic Glenwood Avenue Office, 3515 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The topic is managing arthritis with exercise.

Holiday preparation series

Stress Free Holiday Meal Planning with Jill Hively is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Free yoga classes

Stress reduction with chair yoga is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m. followed by gentle mat yoga from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Bowden at Quail Ridge

Mark Bowden, author of “Blackhawk Down,” will share “The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Pig Wars

The second annual Pig Wars barbecue cookoff is set for 5 p.m. Friday at City Market in downtown Raleigh. Barbecue sandwiches will be $5 and pints $10. All proceeds will go to Easter Seals UCP. Craig Thompson will perform.

Schunmugamm at Quail Ridge

Guna Schunmugamm will share “Chef Guna’s Way: Recipes” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Cleanup day at Fallon Park

Fallon Park Garden Club will hold a cleanup day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the park, 2121 Noble Road, Raleigh. Meet at the picnic shelter on the Oxford and Beechridge Road intersection. Participants will clean up, prune, pick up trash and possibly do some mulching. Supplies will be provided. Participants 16 or younger must have an accompanying parent. For more information, call 919-783-5867.

Scarecrow Festival

A free scarecrow festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh. Build a scarecrow with provided forms and stuffing materials. Bring a wardrobe for your scarecrow. All scarecrows will remain on display as long as weather permits. Bring a picnic lunch. To register to make a scarecrow, call 919-996-6126.

Share Fair

Share Fair Raleigh is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Shelter 4 at Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh. Enjoy a day of live music, games and interactive exhibits for children. Bring canned goods to be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. A potluck meal will be shared. Admission is free.

Pet-a-Palooza Festival

The Pet-a-Palooza Festival is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. Leashed pets and their families can enjoy a day of music, fashion, food and entertainment. The event includes Peddle for Paws, an 8 a.m. bike ride with TLC for Bikes to raise money for rescues, and a raffle for prizes celebrating the birthday of Lafayette Village’s own Buddy. The VFW Color Guard will open the festivities. Musical performers will include the Jim Riche Project, Chris Overstreet and the Phase Loc Duo. Other highlights will include Kidz Go Nutz crafts and games until 2, EbonyChild face painting and a fashion show at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit LafayetteVillageRaleigh.com or contact info@lafayettevillageraleigh.com.

Community yard sale

Coastal Federal Credit Union’s Share the Love Community Yard Sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1000 St. Alban’s Drive, Raleigh. All proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. For more information, visit www.coastal24.com/SharetheLove or contact Lauren Stranch at 919-882-6680.


Historic Oakwood Cemetery lecture

Joel Lane Museum House presents a lecture titled “Beyond the Gate: Stories of Historic Oakwood Cemetery” at 2 p.m. Sunday at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Cost is $15 and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Payment is required in advance. For more information, call 919-833-3431 or email joellane@bellsouth.net.

The Untold Civil War

The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. James I. Robertson Jr. offers new perspectives behind the traditional battle narratives and an overview of the war’s major events, with stories of human drama. A book signing will follow. Cost is $8 in advance, $10 that day, $5 for ages 18 and younger, and $5 for associates. For tickets, go to the museum shop or call 919-807-7835.

Free yoga classes

Yoga for the core is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Ladies Fitness and Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Raleigh. Bring two towels. For more information, call 919-845-9200.

All Saints’ Day

Historic Oakwood Cemetery will celebrate All Saints’ Day at 3 p.m. Sunday on the cemetery grounds near Hillside South Section. Rev. Rick Clayton of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh will lead the ecumenical service honoring all those who have been important in our lives, but paying special tribute to those whom we’ve lost in the past year. The Raleigh Moravian Church Band will provide music. For more information, call 919-832-6077.

Maginnes and Grant at Quail Ridge

Al Maginnes will share “Inventing Constellations” and Alex Grant will share “The Poems of Wing Lei” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Business series at local libraries

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business? is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Speakers Deborah Oronzio and Jim Joyce will introduce the skills and traits that are important for successful entrepreneurs and will lead self-assessments of those skills. To register, call 919-856-6710.

Berenstain Bears stories

Storytime with the Berenstain Bears is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Book and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Chima at Quail Ridge

Cinda Williams Chima will share “The Crimson Crown” the fourth and final novel in the Seven Realms series, at 7 p.m. Monday, at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. For children ages 14-18.


Time for Tots: Sheep to Shawl

Time for Tots: Sheep to Shawl is scheduled from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Discover the steps in turning the wool from a sheep into a coat. Then make a wooly craft to take home. Cost is $1 per person. This event is recommended for children ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Cooking demonstration at library

Cooking by the Book, a food demonstration by Carol Colburn, is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. The event is part of Wake libraries’ Food Feast featuring cookbooks, food discussions, movies and authors. To register, call 919-870-4000.