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Community Notes

Red Cross Month

In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood or platelets, volunteer their time or sign up to organize a blood drive. For more information, visit redcross.org.

Square dancing classes

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Modern Western Square Dancing for youth and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday beginning March 9 at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. The cost is $10 per month for ages 12-18 and $20 per month for adults age 19 and older. Register at wakeforestnc.recdesk.com or in person at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Free Spanish class

The Hispanic & Latino International Ministry at Martin Street Baptist Church will offer a six-week Conversational Spanish class from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning March 11 at the church’s Family Life Center, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh. The class is free, and some materials will be provided. For more information, contact Deacon Manuel Marbet at 919-815-0231.

Driver Safety Course

An AARP Driver Safety Course for adults 50 and older will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Northwestern Mutual, 4020 Westchase Blvd., Raleigh. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact Haddon Mackie at 919-755-3259 or haddon.mackie@nm.com.

‘Cruisin’ for Clues’

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will present “Cruisin’ For Clues” at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Tickets, which include dinner and the show, are $30 in advance and $40 the day of. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx and at the Renaissance Centre box office. For details, contact Pamela Stevens at 919-435-9566 or pstevens@wakeforestnc.gov, or call the box office at 919-435-9458.

Safe Haven for Cats events

▪ SAFE Haven for Cats will host a rabies and microchip clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, outside the shelter at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. The cost is $5 for rabies vaccines and $15 for lifetime microchip registrations. No appointments required. For details, go to safehavenforcats.org.

▪ SAFE Haven will host a $30 cat adoption event March 20-22 at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to safehavenforcats.org.

▪ SAFE Haven will host its annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls fundraiser dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Knights of Columbus, 4301 Columbus Club Drive, Raleigh. Funds go toward providing spay/neuter services at the SAFE Care Clinic. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, go to tinyurl.com/spayghettinoballs.

Forest Moon Theater

Forest Moon Theater will present “Miserella Finds Her Manners” at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The show is geared toward children ages 3 to 7. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online at wakeforestnc.gov or at the Renaissance Centre box office.

Financial training session

The city of Raleigh’s Business Assistance Program will host a free business financial training session for small disadvantaged minority- and women-owned businesses from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in Room 1 at the Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Operations Center, 630 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. For more information and to register, go to http://www.raleighnc.gov/business/news/content/CorNews/Articles/0SDMWOBTrainingClasses.html.

Reverse raffle

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Reverse Raffle from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Tickets are $125 for two people. The last ticket to be drawn will win $10,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St. Or call the Chamber at 919-556-1519, or buy tickets from any Chamber Board of Directors member.

Children’s consignment sale

The Triangle Mothers of Twins and Triplets (TMOTT) will hold its spring/summer consignment sale from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Kerr Scott Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Meet in the Street

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 2015 Meet in the Street on Saturday, May 2, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Festivities will include dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted goods. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.

Backyard Birding

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host Backyard Birding classes throughout the year at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Classes are $10 per session. To register, go to conta.cc/1CRGcDS or call 919-878-8877.

▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25: Learn about which native plants are good for birds and beneficial insects, and which bugs can be useful to have around the garden.

▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11: Learn about water features you can add to your garden to help birds stay cool and hydrated.

▪ 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3: Find out what to leave and what to take out of your garden while cleaning it up for the year.

Pond workshop

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will offer a pond workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. The workshop will cover the basics of manual pond care and cleaning. Class fee is $15. Register online or call 919-878-8877.

Chronic disease self-management

A workshop on chronic disease self-management will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through April 8 at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, 1810 New Hope Road, Raleigh. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, contact Donna at 919-630-8794 or ermktg@hhhunt.com.

Living With and Beyond Gastrointestinal Cancer

Rex and UNC will offer a free program, Living With and Beyond Gastrointestinal Cancer, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. To register, call 919-784-2345 or register online at rexhealth.com/colorectal-cancer-2015.

Walk to End Lupus Now

The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter will host the annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh on Sunday, April 19, at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus, 851 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh. Check-in begins at 1 p.m., and the walk is set for 3 p.m. There is no registration fee, but each walker is encouraged to raise $100 or more. To register, go to WalkToEndLupus.Kintera.org/Raleigh.

Holocaust Commemoration

The 2015 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. A panel discussion with Holocaust survivors will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission is free.

SPCA dog walk

The SPCA of Wake County will hold its K9-3K Dog Walk to benefit homeless pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Moore Square, 221 S. Blount St., Raleigh. For details and to register, go to spcawake.org or call Darci VanderSlik at 919-531-2088.

Warm clothing drive

Evelyn Murray, chief financial officer at Briggs Hardware and director of Bridge Ministries, is collecting blankets, gloves, coats, hand and toe warmers, and hats for the homeless and underprivileged in the Triangle. Donations are being accepted at Briggs Hardware, 2533 Atlantic Ave. #104, Raleigh.

HIPPY Home Instruction

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free home literacy program for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families with children ages 3-5. Materials, supplies, curriculum and activities are provided. For details, call the Family Resource Center of Raleigh at 919-755-6959.

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