Midtown: Community

Community Notes, Oct. 29

A Shopping Spree

The Junior League of Raleigh will host its 30th annual Shopping Spree from Thursday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Tickets are $10 in advance at AShoppingSpree.org, or $12 at the door. Here’s the schedule:

• General shopping hours will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 1; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

• 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29:

The “Denim & Pearls” preview party will include a silent auction and entertainment by the Mr. Potato Head Band. Tickets are $50.

• 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30:

Early Morning Shopping will offer private, stroller-free shopping with breakfast. Tickets are $25.

• 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1:

Weekend Wake-Up will offer stroller-free shopping with gourmet coffee in a commemorative SPREE! tumbler. Tickets are $15.

• 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2: Family Day will feature special entertainment, local mascots and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Blood-donation drives

The American Red Cross will host several blood drives in the coming weeks, as donations often decline during the holidays. For details, go to RedCrossBlood.org.

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Nationwide & Alcatel, 2301 Sugar Bush Road, Raleigh.

• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at N.C. State University North Hall, 2200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Nationwide Insurance, 4401 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.

• 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Wakefield Middle School, 2300 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.

• 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at PDQ, 6305 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.

Community award nominations

The Wake Forest Community Council is accepting nominations for its annual volunteer awards, including the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award, the Citizen of the Year Award and the Club of the Year Award. Nominations can be found at wakeforestnc.gov and should be turned by Nov. 5. Award recipients will be announced at the Wake Forest Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 1.

Understanding Southern Silver

Joel Lane Museum House will present a lecture on “Understanding Southern Silver” led by Gary Albert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $15, or $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. For details, call 919-833-3431 or email JoelLane@bellsouth.net.

Raleigh seeks lifeguards

The city of Raleigh is seeking certified lifeguards for aquatic facilities. Hours are available seven days a week from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Classes also are available for those who wish to become certified lifeguards.

For details, call 919-996-6852 or email aquatics@raleighnc.gov. Lifeguard applications must be submitted electronically via governmentjobs.com.

Cemetery cleanup

The Friends of Oberlin Village will host a cleanup day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 8, at a historic African-American cemetery at 1014 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Volunteers should come dressed for yard work and debris removal, wearing closed-toe shoes and work gloves. Tools such as wheelbarrows, small wagons, chainsaws, weed trimmers and pruners are also needed. For details, email Sabrina Goode at SabrinaGoode@gmail.com or call 336-416-1895.

ACA seminar

LSN Insurance Associates will host a seminar on the Affordable Care Act from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at Innovative Martial Arts Academy, 1241 S. Main St., Suite 15, Wake Forest. For details, visit on.fb.me/1vhh3Og.

Walk Against Animal Abuse

Saving Grace Animals for Adoption and Leesville Road High School will host a Walk Against Animal Abuse on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh. The event will feature a 2.5-mile dog walk around Lake Lynn Park. Sign up at LRHSDeca.wix.com/SavingGrace. For details, call 919-520-2984.

Turkey Drive

The Wake Forest Police Department is accepting monetary donations through Saturday, Nov. 22, as part of its eighth annual Turkey Drive. Cash and checks are accepted and will be used to purchase turkeys for needy families. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St. For details, call Officer M.W. Sattler at 919-795-7270.

Historic Home Tour

The Wake Forest Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman’s Club will present the biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are now on sale for $16. For details, visit WakeForestNC.gov.

All Saints’ Day

Historic Oakwood Cemetery will celebrate All Saints’ Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. The free service will honor those who have died. Orange bows will be on the graves of family and friends through Nov. 5. For a donation of $25, a staff member will adorn a grave or marker with a bow. To donate and for details, call 919-832-6077.

North Regional Library events

North Regional Library hosts events each month at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. For details, call 919-870-4000.


3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5:

Save Energy, Save Money! will give each participant an energy kit and teach them how to reduce energy consumption, identify causes of energy loss, and improve conservation.


6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5:

Local journalists and writers will help participants turn their memories into stories in Memoir Writing.


2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12:

The Art of Cooking: There’s a Book for That! will feature librarians’ tips on finding the right book to learn the art of cooking.


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13:

Professional genealogist and historian Kevin Milus will help particiapnts find out about their families in Civil War Genealogy.


1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16:

Chris Meekins will discuss “Three Times a Traitor: The Curious Story of Mayor Isaiah Respess.”


2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17:

Marketing expert Jeanne Frazer will provide examples of free or minimal-cost tactics to help give a new business a boost with “Getting the Most Bang for Your Marketing Buck.”


6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18:

Cash Flow & Business Credit for Small Businesses will teach participants good cash management practices.


10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19:

Talkin’ Books! will give participants an opportunity to discuss and recommend their favorite titles in a librarian-led series.


6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19:

Sonya Coulson Rock, local metalsmith at Metamorphosis Metals, will present her art at Meet the Artist: Metalwork.


2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20:

Civil War History & Novels: There’s a Book for That! will feature book recommendations on fiction and non-fiction works that focus on the American Civil War.


2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21:

Craft It: Quilling will teach participants the art of rolling narrow strips of paper to create a beautiful design. Materials are provided.


2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22:

Popular fiction writer Diana Chamberlain will discuss her novels, writing style, characters and more at Meet the Author.

Museum of History events

The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-807-7992 or go to NCMuseumOfHistory.org.


11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5:

History Hunters: New North Carolinians will teach participants reasons why people move to N.C. Ages 10-13, $3 per child, $1 for museum members.


10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 13, and 20:

Storytime in the Gallery will feature a free staff-led tour of a museum gallery and a history-related story. In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, each week in November will feature a Native American-themed story or legend.


1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8:

Make It, Take It will let participants make a toy banjo from three simple items at the lobby case exhibit “Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals.” The event is free.


3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9:

Music of the Carolinas will feature a free performance from Dark Water Rising.


Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12:

History á la Carte will feature a free presentation from Vietnam veteran Rusty Edmister. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.


10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18:

Time for Tots will let children ages 3-5 (with adult) learn about the lives of N.C.’s first inhabitants by handling objects, listening to stories and making a paper turtle rattle to take home. $3 per child, $1 for museum members.


7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21:

The museum will hold a film premiere of “First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee” for $5, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Walt Wolfram, co-author of “Talkin’ Tar Heel” and NCSU linguistics professor. For details, call 919-807-7979.


11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22:

The 19th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration will feature attractions for all ages, including food, crafts, history lessons, demonstrations, games and more. For details, visit


HIPPY Home Instruction

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home literacy program for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families with children ages 3-5. Materials, supplies, curriculum and activities are provided. For details, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.