Midtown: Community

Club Notes, March 24

Retail Therapy

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh will hold Retail Therapy from 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 the 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.

Triangle Area Ostomy meeting

Sonya Withers will discuss social security disability during a meeting of the Triangle Area Ostomy Association at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Surgical Center waiting room of Rex Hospital, 4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. For more information, email triangleuoaa@embarqmail.com.

Triangle Women of Distinction awards

Soroptimist International of Raleigh will hold its annual Distinction Awards from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at North Hills Club, 4824 Yadkin Drive, Raleigh. Mary Cantando, founder of The Woman’s Advantage, will deliver a keynote presentation on this year’s theme of Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Action. The event will also feature a reception and silent auction.

Five area women will be honored with Distinction Awards. The Violet Richardson Award will be given to Ashley Hayes, founder of Shepherd Youth Ranch, and Kristin Chung, for her work with Wags 4 Tags. The Women’s Opportunity Award will be presented to Patricia Drum. The $2,000 grant will help her pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef through The Chef’s Academy. Tanisha Dildy and Sherry Wiggins will also receive a $500 award.

For more information, visit www.soroptimistraleigh.org or call 919-386-9910.