‘Christmas at Oak View Farm’
Historic Oak View County Park will host “Christmas at Oak View Farm” through Dec. 31 at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The free, self-guided tour will teach participants about the traditions and decorations of the antebellum era, Civil War, Victorian era, Great Depression and World War II. For details, go to WakeGov.com/news.
SAFE Haven cat special
SAFE Haven for Cats will host a promotional event the week leading up to Christmas. Cats will be available for adoption for $25 ($70 off the regular price) through Dec. 24 at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh.
SAFE Haven will also host a new year’s event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 1 and 2. Adoption fees for all cats and kittens will be reduced to $20.15. For details, go to SafeHavenForCats.org.
New Year’s Eve in Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a New Year’s Eve celebration at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 405 S. Brooks St. The event, “Living the Dream in 2015,” will feature live entertainment by the EG Peters Band and a buffet dinner with desserts and midnight snacks catered by Main Street Pizzeria & Grille. It will also feature an open bar and spacious dance floor. Individual tickets are $100. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
‘How to Read a House’
The Joel Lane Museum House will present a lecture on “How to Read a House: Identifying Historic Buildings” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $16 for the public, $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. To reserve your seat, call 919-833-3431.
Green Medal Awards
The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is accepting nominations for the 2015 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, and can be faxed to 919-435-9499 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominate environmental heroes
Nominations will be accepted for the Raleigh Environmental Award through Feb. 13. The award honors those who have shown outstanding dedication to the environment. For details, go to RaleighNC.gov.
Night to Shine prom
Lifepointe Church will host the Night to Shine prom from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at 9500 Durant Road, Raleigh. People ages 16 and older with special needs are invited to attend the event, which will feature a red carpet, crowns and tiaras, limo rides, dancing and VIP treatment. The Tim Tebow Foundation will sponsor the event. Guests and volunteers can register at LifePointeChurch.com.
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.
Logan’s Garden Shop will host some free gardening events at 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh. For details, go to LoganTRD.com or call 919-828-5337.
• 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 10: Learn to create a backyard habitat for wild birds.
• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24: Children ages 4-7 can to make a pine cone bird feeder.
• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21: Pruning 101 will teach the basics of why, when and how to prune shrubs, trees and perennials.
• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14: Learn to grow fruit in your own garden, including proper soil preparation, site location, pruning and pest management.
• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11: Learn to make a rain garden to protect water quality and reduce storm water runoff.
Museum of History events
The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For details, call 919-807-7992 or go to NCMuseumOfHistory.org.
• 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: Celebrate the break of 2015 with the Museum of History and Artsplosure. Buy one exhibit admission and get one free with a First Night button until 6 p.m., when the exhibits close. A children’s celebration will run from 2 to 6 p.m., with events in Daniels Auditorium from 7 to 11 p.m.
• 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2: The Museum of History will celebrate First Friday with its largest exhibit, “The Story of North Carolina,” and the museum shop open for extended hours.
• 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 or 13: Children ages 3-5 (with adult) will learn about winter activities that were popular in the past with Time for Tots: Skates, Skis and Sleds. $3 per child, $1 for museum members.
• 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7: History Corner: Lighting the Way will teach children ages 6-9 about how people lit up their lives in the past. $3 per child or $1 for museum members.
• 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7: History Hunters: Night Lights will teach participants ages 10-13 about lighting options in the past. $3 per participant, or $1 for museum members.
• 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9: Starring North Carolina’s film series will present “Brainstorm.” $5 per person, or $4 for museum members.
• 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10: Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher will feature a free discussion with Rod Gragg, author and historian from the Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.
• 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11: Tommy Edwards and Andrew Marlin will perform in a free showing for “Music of the Carolinas.”
• Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14: History à la Carte will feature a free talk from Thomas Beaman Jr. on Civil War archeology of the Lower Cape Fear.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17: The free Make it, Take it program will let participants create paper snowflakes.
• 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31: The 14th annual African American Cultural Celebration will celebrate the 2015 theme “Let Freedom Sing!” with over 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, playwrights, authors, artists and more.
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.