North Raleigh: Community

Community Notes

MDA camp needs supplies, volunteers

Volunteers are needed to be camp counselors for the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp in central and eastern North Carolina Aug. 4-10. Volunteers must be at least 18 and have transportation to and from camp. No medical or prior camp experience is required. Volunteers earn 144 volunteer hours. To apply, call 919-783-0222.

The camp also is seeking donations including paper plates, cups, plastic utensils, sunscreen, toilet paper, individually wrapped snacks and chips, bottled water, juice boxes, latex-free gloves, bug repellent, cleaning products, pool toys and life jackets. For a full list of items, call 919-783-0222.

Training for small-business owners

A free training session for small-business owners is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at 8320-130 Litchford Road, Raleigh. Topics will include vendor registration, city license and permit requirements, how to locate information on upcoming city projects and understanding the bidding process. To register, visit The deadline to register is July 13. For more information, email or

Conservation Assistance Day

Conservation Assistance Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 20, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Have questions about caring for your treasured possessions? Bring up to three objects to the museum for assessment and advice on care from our conservators. Appointments are required. For an appointment, call Jan Sweatt at 919-807-7823.

Play Day

Raleigh will celebrate its Playful City USA award at a Play Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, at Biltmore Hills Park, 2615 Fitzgerald Drive, Raleigh. Play Day will feature games, prizes, food vendors and entertainment. Playful City USA, a national recognition program sponsored by Kaboom, honors cities that show they are committed to getting children active, playing and staying healthy. For more information, call Morgan Davis at 919-831-6895.

Star Wars celebration

A celebration of all things “Star Wars” is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The celebration will include crafts and games. For more information, call 919-856-6723.

History of the Harvest exhibit tour

Museum garden staff will lead an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit lining Bicentennial Plaza from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 21, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The exhibit is presented in six sections with distinct planting beds. Tour participants will meet at the information desk in the lobby.

Iris sale at arboretum

The Eastern N.C. Iris Society will hold its seventh annual sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. The sale will feature many varieties, including bearded, beardless and reblooming for $5-$10. Members will answer questions about growing irises in our region and will have free printed information on planting, digging and dividing established iris plants. To learn more, go to or call Susan Grigg at 919-870-8345 or 919-971-4012.

Program explores tango in N.C.

History à la Carte: Tango! The Song! The Dance! The Obsession! is scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. William McNeill, N.C. Humanities Council Road Scholar, will explore the growing popularity of tango in North Carolina. The program will include a piano performance, lecture and dance demonstration. Bring a lunch; beverages will be provided.

Bookmobile returns to Rolesville

Wake County’s Bookmobile returns from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Rolesville Town Hall, 502 Southtown Circle, Rolesville. Children, birth to age 5, and their caregivers are invited for story time, rhymes and music. For more information, call 919-556-3506.

Thrift shop sale

A 50 percent off thrift shop sale is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. The sale will include clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry, books, CDs and accessories. Proceeds are used to help lower income pet owners spay and neuter their pets through AnimalKind’s programs, the $20 FIX and SpayNC Helpline. For more information, call 919-872-0019 or email

Animal program at Southgate Library

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will present a program on animals from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Southgate Community Library, 1601-14 Cross Link Road, Raleigh. The program will feature live animals and bilingual stories. For more information, call 919-856-6598.

National Night Out

Wake Forest will celebrate the 28th annual National Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7, at the Wake Forest Target Superstore, 12000 Retail Drive, Wake Forest. The event will include food, prizes, and police and EMS vehicle displays. For more information, call Officer S. Graham at 919-435-9599 or visit

Auction for Animals benefits shelter

Second Chance’s 12th annual Auction for the Animals is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10, at The Royal Banquet Hall, 3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The event will include three auctions – live, silent and chance – and a raffle. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and music are included. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Bus trip to MLK Memorial in D.C.

A bus trip to Washington, D.C., to see the Martin Luther King Memorial will take place Aug. 10-12. Also on the tour are the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art and historic Howard University. Buses will depart from Raleigh and Durham. The cost is $135 per person and includes transportation and two nights’ lodging. For more information or to register, go to or call 919-834-6264.

Southern String Band concert

Joel Lane Museum House’s Concert in the Courtyard featuring the Southern String Band is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the museum, 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Lawn chair and nonalcoholic beverages welcome. For more information, call 919-833-3431 or email

Free Friday at Mordecai

Mordecai Free Friday is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. Mordecai will offer free tours of the Mordecai Mansion, Andrew Johnson’s birthplace, St. Mark’s Chapel and the Allen Kitchen. Tours begin every half hour and are limited to 20 per tour. No registration required.

Washington High School reunion

The Washington High School class of 1972 will hold its class reunion Saturday, Aug.25. For more information, call 252-946-8752.

School supply roundup

First Flight Federal Credit Union is sponsoring its third annual school supply drive from July 1 to Aug. 31. Needed items include pencils, wide-ruled notebook paper, spiral binders, crayons, markers, pens, glue, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, copy paper, red pens, highlighters, plastic zip bags, staples, elastics, paperclips, stickers, construction paper and other arts and craft supplies. Supplies can be dropped off at any First Flight location. For more information, call 800-807-0766 or email

Southern Durham High School Class of 1962 50th reunion

The Class of 1962 of Southern Durham High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary the weekend of Sept. 14. For more information, email Crawford Williams at or call E.O. “Butch” Ferrell at 336-274-7412.

Pagan Pride Raleigh Festival

The Pagan Pride Raleigh Festival is set for Sept. 15-16 at the State Fairgrounds Gate 5. The autumnal celebration will feature entertainment, rituals and workshops. The event also includes a food drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. Rex Blood Services will hold a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit