Midtown: Community

Club Notes, March 13

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.

Soil: Skin of the Earth

Gardeners of Wake County will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. Dr. David Crouse will deliver a talk titled Soil: Skin of the Earth. For more information, visit www.gardenersofwakecounty.org.

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.

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.

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.