Midtown: Community

Daybook: Feb. 8 - Feb. 14

Sunday

Gwendolyn Manning-Jones at Quail Ridge Books

In honor of Black History Month, view a wide-ranging array of “African American Collectibles and Books” from 1 to 3 p.m. and visit with the curator of the collection, Gwendolyn Manning-Jones. Quail Ridge Books & Music is located at 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Monday

‘Flix4kidz’

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host “flix4kidz”at 10:30 a.m. at 405 S. Brooks St. The event features G- or PG-rated children’s and family films. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, are available for purchase.

Gordan Korman at Quail Ridge Books

Gordon Korman, author of “Ungifted” and “The Hypnotists,” which are both current N.C. Children’s Choice nominees, will speak at 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. The event is for children ages 8 and older.

Tuesday

Cat trivia

SAFE Haven for Cats will host a night of cat trivia at 8 p.m. at Wakefield Tavern, 13200 New Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For details, go to SafeHavenForCats.org.

Charles Belfoure at Quail Ridge Books

Charles Belfoure, an award-winning architect specializing in historic preservation and author of “The Paris Architect,” will speak at 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Time for Tots

The N.C. Museum of History will host Time for Tots: Have a Heart! from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The event is for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult. Participants will discover heart shapes in the museum’s collection and then create a heart-shaped valentine. $3 per child; $1 for museum members. To register, go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Wednesday

History à la Carte

The N.C. Museum of History will host The Olympics: Bringing Results to the World from noon to 1 p.m. Derek Lindsley, a sports analyst, will talk about the Olympic sports and the role of technology in the Olympic games. Bring your lunch. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Thursday

Bark & Wine with your Valentine

The SPCA of Wake County will host the 10th annual Bark & Wine with Your Valentine event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SPCA Curtis Dail Pet Adoption Center, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh. There will be wine, beer and light fare. Tickets are $30 per person. For details, email Vanessa Budnick at vbudnick@spcawake.org or call 919-532-2087.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver at Quail Ridge Books

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver will talk about the children’s book “Here’s Hank: Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards” at 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. The event, appropriate for children ages 6 and older, is free, but participants can receive a ticket to the signing line afterward by purchasing a copy of the book at the store. A winner selected from those who buy the book can win the opportunity to have Winkler record his or her voicemail greeting.

Storytime in the Gallery

The N.C. Museum of History will host Storytime in the Gallery for children ages 3 and older (with an adult) from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Friday

Night to Shine prom

Lifepointe Church will host the Night to Shine prom from 6 to 9 p.m. at 9500 Durant Road, Raleigh. People ages 16 and older with special needs are invited to attend the event, which will feature a red carpet, crowns and tiaras, limo rides, dancing and VIP treatment. The Tim Tebow Foundation will sponsor the event. Guests and volunteers can register at LifePointeChurch.com.

Krispy Kreme Challenge Expo

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Expo will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus. Runners can pick up their registration packets and bibs for Saturday’s Krispy Kreme Challenge. To find out more, go to www.krispykremechallenge.com.

‘Starring North Carolina!’

The film series will feature “Firestarter” at 6 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. $5 per person; $4 for museum members.

Saturday

Free Yoga Class

The Raleigh Yoga Center offers a free yoga class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. The center is located at 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. A reservation is required. For details, go to www.raleighyoga.com.

Mardi Gras festival

The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Wake Forest. The free, family-friendly celebration will feature activities for children and adults, including face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and more. A walking parade for children and adults will begin at 1 p.m. at Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. There will be a contest for costumes and decorated bikes and wagons. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov/Wake-Forest-Mardi-Gras.aspx.

Madelyn Rosenberg at Quail Ridge Books

Madelyn Rosenberg will discuss “How to Behave at a Tea Party” at 11 a.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Children ages 4 and older can make a hat and eat cookies.

Amelia Morris at Quail Ridge Books

Amelia Morris will discuss “Bon Appétempt: A Coming of Age Story with Recipes” at 2 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. The book features observations about food, family, unemployment, romance and the excesses of modern Los Angeles.

Southern Recitations at Quail Ridge Books

Authors Marjorie Hudson and Michele Tracy Berger will speak at 7 p.m. as part of Raleigh Review Southern Recitations at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Krispy Kreme Challenge

The 11th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge will begin at the Memorial Belltower on the N.C. State University campus at 8:30 a.m. The event, in which participants run a total of 5 miles and scarf down a dozen doughnuts, supports the N.C. Children’s Hospital. Registration costs $35 for N.C. State students and $42 for others. Participants must register in advance at www.krispykremechallenge.com.

Community square dance

The Triangle Square Dance Alliance will host a community square dance for teens and adults at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Never danced before? Not a problem. Participants are asked to give a $5 donation. For details, go to TriFUN.org.

Make It, Take It

The N.C. Museum of History will host Make It, Take It: Heart-y Greetings from 1 to 3 p.m. at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Participants will see valentines of the past and make their own card.

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