Support group for autism, ADD
The support group for the biomedical treatment of autism, ADD and others will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave. Amy Cameron of Pathways Treatment Center will speak about relationship development intervention therapy. For more information, contact Beth Secosky at email@example.com or 919-539-4668.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Newcomers Club meeting
The Newcomers Club will meet for a Friday Coffee at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, at the J.J. Crowder Masonic Lodge #743, 9920 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.newcomersclubraleigh.org.
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.