Midtown: Community

Club Notes, March 10

Fashion Forward show, benefit

The Junior League of Raleigh will hold a runway fashion show at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Belk in the Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The event will include hors d’oeuvres , beverages and a guest appearance by fashion designer Karen Kane.

General admission tickets cost $30 and include a gift bag and a $10 Belk gift card. VIP tickets cost $75 and include a pre-event reception, a Diamond & Champagne raffle ticket and priority seating. Ticket holders will receive a 20 percent discount on most purchases made during the event. To purchase tickets, visit www.jlraleigh.org. All proceeds will go to the Junior League of Raleigh.

Wake Democratic Men’s Club

Jenn Frye of Democracy NC will address the Wake Democratic Men’s Club on Monday, March 11, at the Clarion Hotel, 320 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Frye will discuss the voter ID legislation and its effects on voters and future elections. Attendance is free; guests may purchase dinner for $17. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. Members should bring the $20 dues. Registration is required. To register, email awdellingerjd@yahoo.com.

Sleep deprivation, fibromyalgia and arthritis

Kim Cain of The Sound Sleep Institute will address the Raleigh Arthritis/Fibromyalgia/CFIDS Support Group at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Heritage Senior Living, 1200 Carlos Drive, Raleigh. For more information, call Esther at 919-782-6784 or email alesiahardy@gmail.com.

Grief support group

Grief support group meetings will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday in classroom 1008 at Wakefield High School Ninth Grade Center, 931 Durham Road, Wake Forest. Participants will be guided through a series of discussions as well as explore tools to assist them through the grieving process. For more information, email Ami Miano or Meghan Petrie at wakefieldhealingacommunity@gmail.com.

Autism support group for grandparents

A meeting for grandparents of children with autism is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Autism Society of North Carolina office, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh. Speech-language pathologist Amy Cameron and occupational therapist Brigid Dohse will speak. To RSVP, email wcgrands@gmail.com.

Diabetes support group

A diabetes support group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Milner Church, 1950 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Mary Clark, certified diabetes educator and geriatric specialist, will present a talk on Putting Carbohydrate Counting into Practice. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Mary Clark at 919-604-3519.

Real estate management meeting

The Institute of Real Estate Management will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Carolina Ale House, 7981 Skyland Ridge Parkway, Raleigh. Prepaid CPM, ARM, CPM Candidate and Friends of IREM members can attend free of charge. Guests and associate members can attend for $40. Reservations are required by March 15 at 919-863-8057 or candimcdowell@yorkproperties.com.

Timely Topics luncheon

The League of Women Voters of Wake County will hold a Timely Topics luncheon at noon Friday, March 22, at the N.C. State University Club, 4300 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Ferrel Guillory, retired newspaperman and expert on Southern politics, will discuss North Carolina – The Making of a Purple State. Luncheon reservations cost $16. Registration is required by March 18 at www.lwvwake.org.

Retail Therapy

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh will hold Retail Therapy from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at The Woman’s Club of Raleigh clubhouse, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh. More than 50 vendors will sell antiques, art, clothing and more, and food trucks will be on site. Tickets are $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.womansclubofraleigh.org or email retailtherapychair@womansclubofraleigh.org.

Young Careerist competition

The Virginia Allan Young Careerist competition will be held from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh.

The program celebrates the accomplishments of professional women ages 21-35 for their endeavors at bettering themselves and others.

Registration is required. Cost to members is $20, nonmembers is $30. To participate or register, visit www.bpwraleigh.org.

Optimist Club oratorical contest

Northern Wake Optimist Club is holding an oratorical contest on the topic “Why My Voice is Important.” Applications and typed oration must be received by Sunday, March 31. The speech must be 4-5 minutes long. The contest is set for Sunday, April 7.

The contest is open to high school students 19 and younger as of Dec. 31, 2012. For the official rules and to apply, go to www.optimist.org and search “Oratorical Contest.”

Winners will be invited to give their orations at the club’s Tuesday, April 23 meeting. At the district level, $5,000 in scholarships will be given to the top three winners.

Club offers scholarships to women

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh offers scholarships to college students residing in Raleigh. Scholarships of $250 to $1,500 are offered to women 30 or older, who are attending a college or community college in North Carolina after a break in their education.

For requirements and an application, go to www.womansclubofraleigh.org. For more information, email scholarships@womansclubofraleigh.org or call 919-782-5599.

Rescue Mission Boosters seek members

The Raleigh Rescue Mission Boosters Club is seeking new members to help meet the needs of the mission through community outreach, projects and support. The club meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of each month at 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. For more information, contact Emalie Levine at emalielevine@gmail.com.