Midtown: Community

Club Notes, March 17

N. Raleigh Lions Club dinner

Nancy Hawk from Habitat for Humanity will address the North Raleigh Lions Club during an open dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Bayleaf Community Center, 11617 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Contact Maggie Crisafi at 919-803-6222 or maggie.crisafi@gmail.com for reservations.

Adolescence and autism

The Wake County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina will discuss adolescence and autism at its meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 100 W. Lochmere Drive, Cary. For more information, contact Judie at 919-459-2544 or nightskygazer2@aol.com.

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.

Senior Democrats voter ID talk

Bob Hall of Democracy N.C. will speak about voter ID laws and proposed legislation at a lunch meeting of the Wake County Senior Democrats on Wednesday, March 20, at Crabtree Marriott Hotel, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. A Dutch lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and the program will follow. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 919-510-7915.

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.

AARP meeting

George Cross, master gardener with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, will address the Wake AARP chapter during its meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Abbotswood at Stonehenge, 7900 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. This event is free; lunch can be purchased for $7. The meeting will also feature a plant sale. For more information, call 919-435-0861.

Substitute Teachers Association

The Substitute Teachers Association of Wake County will hold a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Golden Corral, 1504 U.S. 70 West, Garner. RSVP at stawakecounty@gmail.com or call 919-772-6603.

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.

Democratic Women dinner program

Gail Neely, executive director of the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund, will address the Democratic Women of Wake County on Thursday, March 28, at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., a buffet dinner at 6:30, and the program at 7:15. The cost is $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for those who wish to attend but not eat dinner. For reservations, email democraticwomenwakecounty@gmail.com or call 919-467-0151 by 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

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.