Midtown Raleigh News

Daybook for April 11-17


History à la Carte: Folk Potters

History à la Carte: Folk Potters of North Carolina is scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Generations of potters in the state have produced traditional utilitarian pieces of earthenware and stoneware. Learn about craftspeople and the development of the pottery industry in North Carolina. Zug is the author of “Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina.” Bring a lunch; beverages will be provided. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.Carlson to speak

James G. Carlson, the chairman, president and CEO of Amerigroup will speak from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 3400 Nelson Hall at the N.C. State Poole College of Management, 2801 Founders Drive, Raleigh. His address, “A Different Kind of Health Insurance Company,” is part of the Wells Fargo Executive Series. For more information, visit poole.ncsu.edu/index-exp.php/wells-fargo. Rash at Quail Ridge

Ron Rash will read and sign copies of “The Cove” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. “The Cove” is a novel set in the rural backwoods of North Carolina near the end of World War I.Health fair

A health fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Halifax Mall, 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Learn about all the ways that public health is involved in everyday life and how to participate. Booths will provide information about vaccinations, blood-pressure checks and injury prevention. Visitors will also learn about lead and restaurant inspections, positive birth outcomes, animal control, communicable diseases and dental and school health programs. For more information, call 919-250-3891.


Free yoga classes

The following free yoga classes are scheduled for Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Gentle mat from 9:10 to 10:30 a.m. and chair yoga from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.Nature journaling at Durant Park

Learn how to capture the beauty of the season and the natural life that abounds from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Durant Nature Park, 305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. For ages 55 and up. Cost is $5. Register by Sunday, April 8. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.Chair yoga for every body

Chair yoga for every body is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods on Wade Ave., Raleigh. Admission is free. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-828-5805.Sleep apnea session

A free information session on sleep apnea is set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Active Healthcare Corporate Office, 9104 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The meeting is directed toward the special needs community and their caregivers. Screenings will be provided. CPAP sleep specialists will showcase equipment and provide educational resources. For more information or to RSVP, call 919-870-8600 ext. 295 or email donna@activehealthcare.com. Open mic poetry night

An open mic night to celebrate National Poetry Month with author Alice Osborn is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring poems or recite the words from your favorite classic poet. Transit plan forum

A forum on Wake County’s transit plan is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. This is a community discussion about Wake County’s new transit proposal. For more information, call Tappan Vickery at 919-859-2177 or email tappan@wakeupwakecounty.org .Davis-Gardner at Quail Ridge

Angela Davis-Gardner, the Raleigh author of “Plum Wine,” will read from and sign copies of “Butterfly’s Child” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Movin’ and Groovin’ Walking

Movin’ and Groovin’ Walking is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Spring Forest Road Park, 4203 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Each week during the month of April, wellness booths will provide public health services. For more information, call 919-250-4731.


Plant sale

The Pilot Club of Raleigh is holding its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harrill Youth Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The sale includes many types and sizes of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and ferns. The Pilot Club of Raleigh is a service club with a focus on brain-related disorders. For more information, email kakidd@bellsouth.net.


Yoga fest

YogaFest N.C., with classes on yoga and wellness, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. The event is intended to teach how yoga can benefit health and wellness, especially for people who have limited mobility because of a medical condition. Speakers include doctors, therapists and yoga studio owners. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. To register, visit yogafestnc.com.Hummingbirds at nature preserve

Learn about hummingbirds and play some hummingbird games from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 5229 Awls Haven Road, Raleigh. Help put up the nectar feeders in the park. This program is for a parent or other adult to attend with their preschooler, ages 3-5. Cost is $3 per child and adults are free. Register by Thursday. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.TeenFest

ToolsMeasureOptionsnFest comes to the N.C. Museum of History on Saturday. The annual event for teens and their families centers on building healthy communities. Workshops on topics such as substance abuse prevention, teen volunteerism and community involvement, and violence reduction will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the museum, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Teens can enter a talent contest featuring a live DJ, door prizes and celebrity judges from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to register, visit teenfest.org. Bark Around the Park

Bark Around the Park is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Bark Around the Park began in 1990 as an opportunity for local nonprofits and rescue groups to share their information with the public. The event has grown to include sponsor and vendor exhibits and sales, contests, giveaways and agility demonstrations and adoption opportunities. Cost for rabies shots is $5 and $10 for microchips. All dogs should wear current ID and rabies vaccination tags and be on 6-foot or shorter leash at all times. Attendees must clean up after their dogs. For more information, call 919-250-1466.Free yoga class

A free community yoga class is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Raleigh Yoga Center, 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. For more information or to register, go to www.raleighyoga.com.


Music of the Carolinas: Alejandro Santoyo

Alejandro Santoyo will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The pianist, composer and recording artist will play traditional folk tunes from various Latin American countries. Santoyo will debut his original composition inspired by photographs by José Galvez, whose work will be featured in the exhibit Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina, opening May 4 at the museum. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.Wake Forest Singers free concert

The Wake Forest Singers will present a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Franklin Academy Middle School Auditorium, 1127 Chalk Road, Wake Forest. The concert will include classic Broadway tunes, Motown hits and movie music favorites. For more information, visit www.wakeforestarts.org.Poetry reading

A reading by N.C. poets Michael McFee and Alan Shapiro is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Walk through downtown Raleigh

Deputy Manager Joe Durham will lead a walk through downtown Raleigh starting at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the Wake County Office Building, 336 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The walk will promote the importance of including physical activity in your daily routine as part of National County Government Month’s “Healthy Counties, Healthy Families” promotion. For more information, call 919-856-7550.Hunter at Quail Ridge

Erin Hunter, author of “Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6: The Last Hope” will read from the book and sign copies at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Quail Ridge Books & Music. Those who purchase a copy of the book will receive a ticket to get their copy signed.


Disney apprentice shares experience

Emily White, a Disney apprentice who recently completed her internship with Creative Inc., will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. She will lead discussions on the creative process and her experiences working with Disney. She’s currently working on her thesis around the role of introversion in creativity education to finish her master’s at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College.

To make a reservation, call 919-488-5918.I AM group meeting

The Incredibly Amazing Moms women’s group will meet for five weeks starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Wake County Human Services Building, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. The new session will focus on the development of healthy relationships, goal setting, self-esteem and much more. For more information, call 919-250-4548. Wiggly worms at Durant Park

A hands-on kids program about worms is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Durant Nature Park, 305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. Children ages 3-5 will examine some worms up close to learn about their body parts and why these wiggly little invertebrates are so important for plant growth. Each child will decorate a pot to plant a flower. Cost is $3. Register by Friday, April 13. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6856 or go to www.raleighnc.gov/portal/portal/cor/ext/RecLink.Journalist and author to speak

Helena Cobban, British-American journalist and author, will speak on “The Media, Special Interests and U.S. Foreign Policy towards Israel and Palestine,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Betsy Crites of N.C. Peace Action will also speak on the Bring the War Dollars Home campaign. For more information, call 919-630-3340.Book reading and signing

Ruta Sepetys will read from and sign copies of “Between Shades of Gray” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music.