Midtown: Community

Club Notes, Feb. 15

Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group

The Triangle Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at Triangle Family Practice, Duke Primary Care, 6020 Fayetteville Road, Durham. The topic is “relaxation.” For details, contact Lazaro Gonzales at Lazaro.Gonzales@duke.com, or go to BAFound.org. The group supports people who are affected by brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations by providing reassurance, recovery information, education and fundraising support for research.

Mended Hearts at WakeMed

Mended Hearts will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus Heart Center, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. The group will discuss hands-only CPR. Mended Hearts is a national organization with a local WakeMed chapter. The local group meets monthly and offers support, education and activities for cardiac event survivors and their families as well as medical professionals in the cardiology field.

Raleigh Christian Women’s Connection

The Raleigh Christian Women’s Connection will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Karen Cummins will sing songs celebrating Valentine’s Day. Shirley Ludwig will be the featured speaker. Lunch costs $16, with a free nursery available. Reservations were required by Feb. 13. Call 919-337-8003 or email rcwcreservations@gmail.com.

Rotary clubs

• The Rotary Club of Wake Forest meets for fellowship, dinner and presentations from guest speakers at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St. For details, email



• The Rotary Club of Wakefield meets from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at TPC Wakefield Plantation Country Club, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to


. The club will host a “Get To Know Rotary” lunch meeting open to the public from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. RSVP by Thursday, Feb.19, to Donna Bishop at 919-426-8035 or



Friendship Force of Raleigh

Members of the Friendship Force of Raleigh are invited to celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Shuckers Grill & Oyster Bar, 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. RSVP to Mike Rakouskas at 919-782-7672 or mrakouskas@aol.com.

Social Justice Forum

The Social Justice Forum meets at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the library of the Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Drive, Raleigh. During the first three months of the year, the group will focus on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Great Decisions lecture series

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh will host the Great Decisions program from the Foreign Policy Association throughout February and March at 3300 Woman’s Club Drive. The presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays through March 26. The public is invited to the free events. For details, go to WomansClubOfRaleigh.org.


The Hi Rise Toastmasters meet from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Downtown Express Library, 336 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. For details, email BeachPeggy12@yahoo.com or call 919-807-4866.

Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide

The Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide is a support group for those who have been affected by suicide. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Wake Forest United Methodist Church, 905 S. Main St. For details, go to TheShoreGriefCenter.org.

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Support Group

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Support Group meets at noon the third Tuesday of each month at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, 1810 New Hope Road, Raleigh. The group offers a safe place for caregivers, family members and friends of people with dementia to meet and develop a support system. To RSVP, email ermktg@hhhunt.com or call 919-250-0255.

Newcomers Club

Newcomers Club of Raleigh invites members and prospective members to Welcome Coffees the first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Harrington Grove Swim and Racquet Club, 12201 Leesville Road, Raleigh. For details, go to NewcomersClubRaleigh.org.

Wake Forest Lions Club

The Wake Forest Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at The Forks Cafeteria, 229 S. Brooks St. For details, call Bob Wallace at 919-671-9913.

Wake Forest Optimist Club

The Wake Forest Optimist Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St. For details, call Dawn Nakash at 919-926-1452.

Wake Forest Kiwanis Club

The Wake Forest Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 S. Brooks St. For details, email Paul@FocusDesignBuilders.com.

The club meets for Bingo from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St. Participants pay a $20 entry fee and receive a packet of cards and the chance to win cash prizes. For details, go to WakeForestBingo.com.

Chess club

A chess club for ages 16 and older meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St., Wake Forest. For details, email TeriAtSchoolAtHome2012@hotmail.com.

Civil War Roundtable

The Raleigh Civil War Roundtable meets for a lecture program at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the Daniels Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Admission is free; new members are welcome.

TOPS Morning Club

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Morning Club hosts 9:30 a.m. weigh-ins and 10:30 a.m. meetings Mondays at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. One-year membership to the nonprofit weight loss support program costs $28. For details, go to tops.org.

Social clubs

Specialized Recreation Services of the city of Raleigh offers three social clubs for individuals with developmental disabilities. The clubs encourage the development of appropriate leisure and social skills. For details, call at 919-996-2147.

• Adventure Club: Members, ages 15-24, work on money-handling skills and appropriate community behavior.

• Wildcats Club: Members, ages 25-34, work on money management, community skills and activity planning.

• Dragons Club: Members, ages 35 and older, continue developing appropriate social and community skills while focusing on independent-living skills.

Vanderbilt Bridge Club

Vanderbilt Bridge Club offers competitive bridge games Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Quail Hollow Swim Club, 800 Orleans Place, Raleigh. Beginner bridge classes are also offered. For details, call 919-847-8963.

Capitol Bridge Club

The Capitol Bridge Club meets for competitive bridge from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Fridays at Jaycee Community Center, 2405 Wade Ave., Raleigh. For details, call 919-996-6833.

Seniors dance club

Pullen Park invites seniors 50 and older to its dance club, which meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pullen Community Center, 408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. The club dances to live ballroom music, including foxtrot, waltz, swing and Latin tunes. The cost is $8 per person per week. For details, call 919-831-6052.