Midtown: Community

Club Notes, April 17

Rotary names student essay winners

Emma Jane Taurence of St. Raphael Catholic School of Raleigh recently won the 4-Way Test Essay Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. Tripp Fraley and Matthew Kress, also of St. Raphael’s, were the second- and third-place winners.

The essay contest, held annually by the Rotary Club, honors students who write essays on Rotary’s 4-Way Test of applying ethics to decision-making. Emma, who has also won second place in the Rotary District competition, spoke on gossip, while the other two read their essays on cheating in school.

Senior Democrats meeting

John Maron, director of Investors Education Program, Securities Division, Department of State, will address the Wake County Senior Democrats on Wednesday, April 17, at Crabtree Marriott Hotel, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. A Dutch lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and the program will follow. For more information, call 919-510-7915.

AARP program on legislative issues

Helen Savage will discuss legislative issues important to seniors during a meeting of the AARP Raleigh-Wake County Chapter 3689 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Abbotswood at Stonehenge, 7900 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The event is free; lunch can be purchased for $7. For more information, call 919-435-0861.

Substitute Teachers Association

The Substitute Teachers Association of Wake County will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, email stawakecounty@gmail.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.

Sierra Club, lecture on local foods

The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club will hold a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Shannon and Jake Wolf, co-owners of Capital Club 16, and Sun Butler, farm manager and educator of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, will discuss the benefits of local foods. The event will also include door prizes and snacks. For more information, visit www.nc2.sierraclub.org.

Autism and law enforcement

The Wake County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina will discuss law enforcement and the challenges of autism from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 100 W. Lochmere Drive, Cary. Learn how law enforcement officers are trained in dealing with individuals with special needs and how to keep the encounters more positive. For more information, contact Judie at 919-459-2544 or nightskygazer2@aol.com.

Sutton to address women voters

Keith Sutton, chairman of the Wake County school board, will speak during a brown bag lunch of the League of Women Voters of Wake County at noon Friday, April 26, at Finlator Hall in Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. He will discuss the challenging issues facing Wake schools. For more information, call 919-783-5995 or visit www.lwvwake.org.

Dress for Success at Soroptimist

Pat Nathan, founder of Dress for Success, will address the Soroptimist International of Raleigh at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Hudson Memorial Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Operations manager Katie Lowek and several other Dress for Success employees will also speak. For more information, contact contactus@soroptimistraleigh.

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.