Red Cross Month
In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood or platelets, volunteer their time or sign up to organize a blood drive. For more information, visit redcross.org.
Our Lady of Lourdes 60th anniversary
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School will celebrate its 60th anniversary with the opening of a new recreation center Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8. The school is located at 2710 Overbrook Drive, Raleigh. The 60th Anniversary Gala and Auction will take place Saturday, March 21, at Raleigh Country Club. Sister Ruth Perl will be the honoree for the evening. For information, call 919-861-4610 or email Dorothea.Bitler@raldioc.org.
Friends: The Association for Young People Who Stutter will hold its annual N.C. Friends conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Wake County Public School System’s central office, 110 Corning Road, Cary. Call Rita Thurman at 919-571-0622 for more information or to register. Learn more about Friends at friendswhostutter.org.
Raleigh Tamale Festival
The 2015 Raleigh Tamale Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. The event will feature games and activities for the family, a tamale cooking contest, community resources, music and more.
Square dancing classes
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will offer Modern Western Square Dancing for youth and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday beginning March 9 at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest. The cost is $10 per month for ages 12-18 and $20 per month for adults age 19 and older. Register at wakeforestnc.recdesk.com or in person at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
Driver Safety Course
An AARP Driver Safety Course for adults 50 and older will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Northwestern Mutual, 4020 Westchase Blvd., Raleigh. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact Haddon Mackie at 919-755-3259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Cruisin’ for Clues’
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will present “Cruisin’ For Clues” at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Tickets, which include dinner and the show, are $30 in advance and $40 the day of. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx and at the Renaissance Centre box office. For details, contact Pamela Stevens at 919-435-9566 or email@example.com, or call the box office at 919-435-9458.
Forest Moon Theater
Forest Moon Theater will present “Miserella Finds Her Manners” at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The show is geared toward children ages 3 to 7. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online at wakeforestnc.gov or at the Renaissance Centre box office.
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Reverse Raffle from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Tickets are $125 for two people. The last ticket to be drawn will win $10,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St. Or call the Chamber at 919-556-1519, or buy tickets from any Chamber Board of Directors member.
Children’s consignment sale
The Triangle Mothers of Twins and Triplets (TMOTT) will hold its spring/summer consignment sale from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Kerr Scott Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
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. To register, go to conta.cc/1CRGcDS or call 919-878-8877.
• 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.
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, 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.
Chronic disease self-management
A workshop on chronic disease self-management will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday from March 4 to April 8 at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, 1810 New Hope Road, Raleigh. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, contact Donna at 919-630-8794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Catch the Spring Fever’ – A Night of Improv
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and Forest Moon Theater will host a night of improvisational theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx or at the Renaissance Centre box office.
Living With and Beyond Gastrointestinal Cancer
Rex and UNC will offer a free program, Living With and Beyond Gastrointestinal Cancer, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. To register, call 919-784-2345 or register online at rexhealth.com/colorectal-cancer-2015.
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.
The 2015 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. A panel discussion with Holocaust survivors will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Admission is free.
SPCA dog walk
The SPCA of Wake County will hold its K9-3K Dog Walk to benefit homeless pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Moore Square, 221 S. Blount St., Raleigh. For details and to register, go to spcawake.org or call Darci VanderSlik at 919-531-2088.
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.