Midtown: Community

Community Notes, Feb. 15


Scrap Happens & Open Craft Night

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host Scrap Happens & Open Craft Night at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the arts annex, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Participants can work on art projects or take part in the optional Make & Take project. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.wakeforestnc.gov or at the Renaissance Centre box office.

SAFE Haven events

• SAFE Haven for Cats will host a $25 cat adoption event Feb. 15 at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to



• SAFE Haven for Cats will hold its annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls fundraiser dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Knights of Columbus, 4301 Columbus Club Drive, Raleigh. Funds go toward providing spay/neuter services at the SAFE Care Clinic. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, go to



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 Raleigh Yoga Center is located at 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. A reservation is required. For details, go to www.raleighyoga.com.

State of Wake Forest address

Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2015 State of the Town address at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, during the seventh annual State of the Town Address and Dinner at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Wake Forest residents are invited to attend the event for $15 in advance or $20 the day of. The event will feature a catered meal. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

Fat Tuesday

The Big Easy Restaurant Group will host its first “Fat Tuesday on Fayetteville Street” block party starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, on the 200 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. There will be live entertainment, a raffle and more. For details, call 919-832-6082.

The Giving Tree donation event

The Giving Tree, a nonprofit thrift and gift shop in Wake Forest, will donate $10,000 to Wake Forest schools at its 2nd Annual Donation Event on Feb. 19. The store is located at 839 S. Main St., Wake Forest. For more information, go to givingtreefoundation.org.

Cyber security and immigration reform

The Triangle/Eastern N.C. Chapter of the British American Business Council and Poyner Spruill LLP will host an educational program about cyber security and immigration reform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Poyner Spruill, 301 Fayetteville St., Suite 1900, Raleigh. A networking social will follow. The cost is $20 for BABC members, $35 for nonmembers. Contact admin@trianglebabcnc.org or register online at www.trianglebabcnc.org.

Couples workshop

Pfeiffer Institute Reach will offer a free couples workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at 600 Airport Blvd., Suite 600, Morrisville. Register online at contact@pfeifferreach.org or call 919-941-2900.

Terrarium workshop

Learn to make a terrarium at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. The $25 fee includes instruction, a planting medium, stones and moss. Plants appropriate for terrariums start at $3 each. Register online or call the store at 919-459-2788.

Academy Awards Gala

The Raleighwood Academy Awards Gala will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Raleighwood Cinema Grill, 6609 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The gala will feature a presentation of the Oscars on the 35-foot screen. Admission is free. Raleighwood is also seeking Hollywood celebrity lookalikes to attend as VIPs. Enter to participate as a lookalike at SpecialEvents@RaleighwoodMovies.com.

Diabetes discussion

Amy Ward will talk about ways to manage diabetes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. For details, go to Irregardless.com.

Writer’s Night in Wake Forest

The town of Wake Forest will celebrate its 106th anniversary with a writer’s night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest.

The event, “Writer’s Night in the Forest – Exploring the History of Wake Forest,” will feature a panel of guests including Carol Pelosi, Ed Morris, Chip Russell, Durward Matheny and Roy Lynam. Suzanne Lucey, host of the “Writer’s Night in the Forest” series, will moderate the discussion.

The free event will include a reception and historical exhibit from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Wake County will hold a Timely Topics brown-bag lunch at noon Friday, Feb. 27, at Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Walter Salinger will speak on “Gerrymandering and Money: Can We Restore Democracy to North Carolina.” The public is welcome to attend. For details, go to www.lwvwake.org or call 919-783-5995.

‘Cruisin’ for Clues’

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will present “Cruisin’ For Clues” at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Tickets, which include dinner and the show, are $30 in advance and $40 the day of. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx and at the Renaissance Centre box office. For details, contact Pamela Stevens at 919-435-9566 or pstevens@wakeforestnc.gov, or call the box office at 919-435-9458.

Great Places in N.C.

The N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association will recognize “Great Main Streets” throughout North Carolina in 2015. The program will also recognize one “Great Greenway” and one “Great Historic Rehabilitation” in the “People’s Choice” category.

Online voting will be from Feb. 9-27. Go to GreatPlacesNC.org to vote.

Meet in the Street

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 2015 Meet in the Street on Saturday, May 2, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Festivities will include dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted goods. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

Backyard Birding

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host Backyard Birding classes throughout the year at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Classes are $10 per session, or all five classes for $40. To register, go to conta.cc/1CRGcDS or call 919-878-8877.

• 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28: Learn how birds build their nests and how to build your own birdhouses in this interactive workshop.

• 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25: Learn about which native plants are good for birds and beneficial insects, and which bugs can be useful to have around the garden.

• 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11: Learn about water features you can add to your garden to help birds stay cool and hydrated.

• 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3: Find out what to leave and what to take out of your garden while cleaning it up for the year.

Gardening classes

Logan’s Garden Shop will host some free gardening events at 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to LoganTRD.com or call 919-828-5337.

• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21: Pruning 101 will teach the basics of why, when and how to prune shrubs, trees and perennials.

• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14: Learn to grow fruit in your own garden, including proper soil preparation, site location, pruning and pest management.

• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11: Learn to make a rain garden to protect water quality and reduce storm water runoff.

Chronic disease self-management

A workshop on chronic disease self-management will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday from March 4 to April 8 at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, 1810 New Hope Road, Raleigh. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, contact Donna at 919-630-8794 or ermktg@hhhunt.com.

‘Catch the Spring Fever’ – A Night of Improv

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Forest Moon Theater will host a night of improvisational theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx or at the Renaissance Centre box office.

Walk to End Lupus Now

The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter will host the annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh on Sunday, April 19, at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus, 851 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh. Check-in begins at 1 p.m., and the walk is set for 3 p.m. There is no registration fee, but each walker is encouraged to raise $100 or more. To register, go to WalkToEndLupus.Kintera.org/Raleigh.

Holocaust Commemoration

The 2015 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. A panel discussion with Holocaust survivors will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission is free.

Warm clothing drive

Evelyn Murray, chief financial officer at Briggs Hardware and director of Bridge Ministries, is collecting blankets, gloves, coats, hand and toe warmers, and hats for the homeless and underprivileged in the Triangle. Donations are being accepted at Briggs Hardware, 2533 Atlantic Ave. #104, Raleigh.

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.