North Raleigh: Community

Community Notes, April 20

Get tested for lead

Wake Environmental Services encourages parents to have their children that are under the age of 6 tested for exposure to lead with a simple blood test at their family pediatrician. The ES lead poisoning prevention program helps to test and respond to lead poisoning cases. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and at very high levels, seizures, comas, and death. For more information visit or

Great Public Places

Pullen Park has been nominated as one of the “People’s Choice” options for “Great Public Places” in N.C. by the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association. Through May 9, residents can vote at for their favorite place in North Carolina. The finalist will be recognized as the “People’s Choice.”

Spring carnival

A spring carnival for children with special needs will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh. Events will include a petting zoo, crafts and prizes, will hot dogs and popcorn available for purchase. For more information, visit

Health fairs

• A health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at 13251 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The fair will include a collection of various healthcare and wellness professionals from in and around the Wakefield area of Raleigh. Screenings and food vendors will be available. Visit

• A Health & Wellness Fair will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Raleigh Boys Club, 605 North Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh. The fair will feature HIV/STD education and screenings, blood pressure testing, nutrition healthy living, yoga, sustainability resources, diabetic education and more. Call 252-367-7111 to become a vendor or donate.

Investing seminar

A real estate investing seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at 900 Ridgefield Drive, Suit 90, Raleigh. The free seminar will cover the fundamentals of residential real estate investing. Visit to register.

North Regional Library events

North Regional Library hosts events each month. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. North Regional Library is located at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-870-4000.

12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27: Wake County Public Libraries and Kaplan Test Prep will offer a free combo SAT/ACT test. Get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions before taking the real test. Come back in May for an analysis of your results and learn strategies to improve your score.

3 p.m. Saturday, May 10: Raleigh Little Theatre’s Players to Go! will present “The Little Prince” performed by a student cast. Based on the classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the play tells the story of an aviator stranded in the Sahara Desert and his encounter with a little prince from a small planet.

Forums at the WELL

The Wade Edwards Foundation will host community forums at the WELL, 714 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh. The forums begin at 3 p.m., and are free. For more information, contact Jessi Rogers at 919-856-9233 or at

May 7: Graphic designer Joshua Vaughn will discuss his job and his habits for success.

May 21: Jeff Crews, president of Splat Space in Durham, will discuss the “maker culture,” where technology and a can-do philosophy can lead to new inventions and products for the future.

City of Raleigh forums

The City of Raleigh will hold informational forums concerning the future of the city from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the City of Raleigh Urban Design Center, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Call 919-996-4635 for more information.

May 21: Downtown: An Engine for Wake County’s Tourism Strategy: David Diaz, CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and Julie Brakenbury, directer of services for the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, will offer a look into the role of downtown in attracting visitors.

Museum of History events

The North Carolina Museum of History hosts educational events year-round for all ages. The museum is located at at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7992.

10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: Storytime in the Gallery will include a tour of a gallery and a history-related story about transportation. Ages 3 and up.

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2: Readers’ Theater: Camp Followers will feature scenes from a new drama by local playwright Rudy Wallace. It follows the trials of a group of newly liberated slaves who have been abandoned in Georgia during General Sherman’s historic March to the Sea.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4: Talk with representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, Preservation North Carolina, the museum, and other groups and professionals from across the state and discover how they work to save North Carolina’s treasures.

1 p.m. Saturday, May 3: Celebration Preservation: “Moving Midway” will be shown. The award-winning 98-minute film follows the move of Midway Plantation outside of Raleigh several miles away to escape urban sprawl.

10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 6 and 13: Time for Tots: Start Your Engines will give children ages 3-5 (with adult) a chance to learn about racecar drivers and try on real racing equipment.

10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7: History Corner: A is for Architecture will teach children ages 6-9 about architecture. $1, adults must be present.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 7: History Hunters: The Perfect City will discuss Raleigh and what makes the ideal city. Ages 10-13, $1 per child.

10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10: Playwright, poet and author Howard Craft will compose a verse about an object in the exhibit “The Story of North Carolina.” Participants will then write their own poetry. Ages 12 and up.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14: History à la Carte: “Th’ Bullfrog” will present Piedmont blues sounds and rhythms with musician Willard McGhee.

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17: Make It, Take It: Army Patches and Badges will give participants a chance to visit the museum’s military history gallery, “A Call to Arms,” and make a World War II soldier patch or badge for Memorial Day.

1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 and 24: “Cedars in the Pines” in the Kitchen will offer foods that made the trip from Lebanon to N.C., as well as a lesson about Lebanese foods.

2 p.m. Sunday, May 18: The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will perform at the museum, including Duke Ellington compositions, big-band music from the swing era, and some Latin jazz.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31: Saturdays in the Garden will give participants the chance to tour the “History of the Harvest” exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza.