Wake Forest Renaissance Centre events
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts social and community events at 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5: Cinema at the Centre will feature a free showing of “500 Days of Summer.”
• 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6: First Friday Flix will present a free showing of “Dolphin Tale 2.” Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase.
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7: Forest Moon Theater will present “Too Much Noise” at the Renaissance Centre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event.
• 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9: Flix4kidz will show a G or PG rated film for children and their families. To find out what movie will be presented, call Cathy Gouge at 919-435-9567.
Orchid open house
Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host an Orchid Open House from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Graham Wood, owner of Lehua Orchids, will discuss the work of growing Lady Slipper orchids at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. For details, go to AtlanticAvenueGarden.com.
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 email@example.com.
The Cotton Company will host NC Beach Bingo from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at 306 S. White St., Wake Forest. For the first two hours, packs that include two special cards and 12 regular games will cost $10. For the last two hours, cards will cost $1 per game. Proceeds will go to the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment. For details, go to Facebook.com/NCBeachBingo.
‘Oldest Living Confederate Widow’
The Joel Lane Museum House will present the play “Oldest Living Confederate Widow,” starring Jane Holding, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at All Saints’ Chapel, 110 S. East St., Raleigh. Admission is $26 per person. For details, call 919-833-3431 or go to Eventbrite.com.
The Koinonia Foundation will mark 25 years of serving the community with its Koinonia Cares Charity Auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at The Forks Cafeteria, 339 Brooks St., Wake Forest. Proceeds will go to community groups, including the Rolesville High School pantry. For details, go go KoinoniaWF.org.
Film at Joel Lane Museum House
The Joel Lane Museum House will show the film “Anglers, Whalers and Waves: the Story of Samuel Windsor” by Tony Curtis at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $16, or $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. For details, call 919-833-3431.
Wake Forest Planning Board Academy
The town of Wake Forest is seeking community-minded citizens who might be interested in serving on the planning board. The Planning Board Academy training sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11. To register for the academy, contact Chip Russell at 919-435-9511 or CRussell@WakeForestNC.gov.
Poe Rodeo fundraiser
The Poe Young Professionals will host their third annual cocktail fundraiser, The Poe Rodeo, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, 224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. The event will include a silent auction, a raffle, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For details, go to PoeRodeo.Eventbrite.com.
SAFE Haven events
• SAFE Haven for Cats will host a night of cat trivia at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Wakefield Tavern, 13200 New Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For details, go toSafeHavenForCats.com
• SAFE Haven for Cats will host a $25 cat adoption event Feb. 14-15 at 8431-137 Garvey Drive, Raleigh. For details, go toSafeHavenForCats.com
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.
Mardi Gras festival
The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in downtown Wake Forest. The free, family-friendly celebration will feature activities for children and adults, including face painters, strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests and more. A walking parade for children and adults will begin at 1 p.m. at Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St. There will be a contest for costumes and decorated bikes and wagons. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov/Wake-Forest-Mardi-Gras.aspx.
State of Wake Forest
Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones will deliver her 2015 State of the Town address at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, during the seventh annual State of the Town Address and Dinner at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Wake Forest residents are invited to attend the event for $15 in advance or $20 the day of. The event will feature a catered meal. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
Academy Awards Gala
The Raleighwood Academy Awards Gala will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Raleighwood Cinema Grill, 6609 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The gala will feature a presentation of the Oscars on the 35-foot screen. Admission is free. Raleighwood is also seeking Hollywood celebrity lookalikes to attend as VIPs. Enter to participate as a lookalike at SpecialEvents@RaleighwoodMovies.com.
Amy Ward will talk about ways to manage diabetes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. For details, go to Irregardless.com.
Writer’s Night in Wake Forest
The town of Wake Forest will celebrate its 106th anniversary with a writer’s night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest.
The event, “Writer’s Night in the Forest – Exploring the History of Wake Forest,” will feature a panel of guests including Carol Pelosi, Ed Morris, Chip Russell, Durward Matheny and Roy Lynam. Suzanne Lucey, host of the “Writer’s Night in the Forest” series, will moderate the discussion.
The free event will include a reception and historical exhibit from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For details, go to WakeForestNC.gov.
Great Places in N.C.
The N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association will recognize “Great Main Streets” throughout North Carolina in 2015. The program will also recognize one “Great Greenway” and one “Great Historic Rehabilitation” in the “People’s Choice” category.
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 30, and online voting will be from Feb. 9-27. Go to GreatPlacesNC.org to nominate or vote.
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.
Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden will host Backyard Birding classes throughout the year at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. Classes are $10 per session, or all five classes for $40. To register, go to conta.cc/1CRGcDS or call 919-878-8877.
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28: Learn how birds build their nests and how to build your own birdhouses in this interactive workshop.
• 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.
Events at Blue Jay Point
Blue Jay Point County Park hosts events throughout the year at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. For details, call 919-870-4330 or go to Wakegov.com/Parks/BlueJay.
• 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7: Participants ages 14 and up will learn how to transform empty mylar-lined coffee bags into attractive and useful tote bags. All supplies for a single tote will be provided at this free event, but participants may bring their own materials as well.
• 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15: Family Wildlife Series: “Nature Games” will feature a free, informal session of indoor fun and games for ages 5 and older.
• 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16: Family Wildlife Series: “Counting is for the Birds!” will feature a free morning of bird stories, bird-related activities and bird counting for all ages.
• 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21: Nature Stories: “Oh Deer” will feature a special story about the large mammals for children ages 3-5. $4 per child.
• 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21: Nature Stories: “Looking at Logs” will offer children ages 3-5 the chance to learn about the role fallen logs serve in housing woodland creatures. $4 per child.
• 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21: Family Wildlife Series: “Wild about Woodpeckers” will teach children ages 5 and older about woodpeckers. $3 per person or $5 per family.
• 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27: Family Wildlife Series: “Duck, Duck, Goose” will will teach children ages 5 and older about local waterfowl. $3 per person or $5 per family.
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.
• 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.
North Regional Library events
North Regional Library hosts events each month at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. For details, call 919-870-4000.
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17: Learn to set up your business accounting the right way the first time with Raleigh SCORE. Learn basic accounting principles, explore features of QuickBooks and discover how to record basic transactions.
Cameron Village Library events
Cameron Village Library hosts events each month. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. The library is located at 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For details, call 919-856-6710.
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16: Learn to set up your business accounting the right way the first time with Raleigh SCORE. Learn basic accounting principles, explore features of QuickBooks and discover how to record basic transactions.
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.
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.