1. Shhhh... sold! : Help the library and find a little something for yourself during an evening of art events in Wake Forest.
Friends of the Wake Forest Library hosts a silent auction to benefit the library. Find a print or framed originals from your favorite local artist. Visit the Art and Frame Shop to place your bid, then stroll downtown between galleries that stay open late the second Friday of each month for Art After Hours. Bidding closes at 8:30 p.m. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 139 S. White St., Wake Forest.
2. Ranger run: Hit the trails for a lickety-split running tour of Umstead State Park.
Cover four miles of trails and dirt roads with a park ranger as your trusty guide on this group run. Destinations include Sal’s Branch Trail, Big Lake and the group camp road. Scenery is provided, but you’ll need to bring your own running shoes and plenty of water. Reservations are required for this one- to two-hour outdoor adventure. 6 p.m. Thursday, Visitor Center, 8801 Glenwood Ave., 919-571-4170
3. Classy tunes: An afternoon with Mozart and Beethoven.
Pianist David Kim brings his talents to Wake Forest as part of the town’s four-part Classical series. Kim has performed all over the world, racking up prizes for both his music and academics. Other performers in the series, which runs through Oct. 24, are the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and guitarist Edward Burke. $10 advance/$12 door, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, 919-435-9458
4. Walk it out: Pick your favorite cause – there’s a decent chance it’s one of the charity walk/runs this weekend.
The truly energetic philanthropist could even manage to do four. The Triangle Run/Walk For Autism starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in Moore Square (trianglerunwalkforautism.org). Then at 10 a.m. at Shaw University a few blocks away, the Healthy Communities Walk begins its fundraising event for the TMT Youth Community Foundation (walk.toomuchtvinc.com). Saturday night brings the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to Halifax Mall (lightthenight.org/nc), and Sunday is the 26th Annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk For Hope at the Angus Barn (walkforhope.com).
5. Food truckin’: Sunday is the last Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of 2014.
It’s the same deal as before: 50 food trucks from across the Triangle and North Carolina, spanning the length of Fayetteville Street. Expect long lines for Chinese dumplings and grilled cheese sandwiches, but if you’re not too picky, you can find an obscure truck and get served in under 10 minutes. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Fayetteville Street, downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com