Yoga for the core
Yoga for the core is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Ladies Fitness & Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Raleigh. To register, call 919-845-9200.
Woody Durham visit
A meet and greet with Woody Durham is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Durham will sign copies of “A Tar Heel Voice.”
Anderson shares cookbooks
Durham author Jean Anderson will share her two new cookbooks, “Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle, Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruit” and “From a Southern Oven: The Savories, The Sweets,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Rolesville tree lighting
Rolesville will hold its lighting of the town Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Monday at town hall, 502 Southtown Circle. The festivities will include carols, free refreshments, and Santa. For more information, call 919-556-3506 or visit www.rolesvillenc.gov.
Time for Tots: La Posada
A program about the Mexican Christmas tradition of La Posada, for children 3-5 with adult, is scheduled from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. La Posada centers on Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn in Bethlehem. Cost is $1. To register, call 919-807-7992.
Merry Mingle fundraiser
The third annual Merry Mingle holiday event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The fundraiser will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a chance to mingle with marketing, advertising, communications and public relations professionals. Proceeds will benefit the Triangle Spokes Group, a nonprofit that raises money to buy new bicycles for needy children. For a donation of $100, groups can decorate a bike helmet to enter in a contest during the event. Tickets are $15 for members of the hosting organizations, $20 for nonmembers and $30 for everyone at the door. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.merrymingle.org.
Raleigh Boychoir concert
The Resident Choir of the Raleigh Boychoir will perform traditional Christmas carols and artistic director Bob Unger will talk about the qualities and characteristics of the unchanged boy voice at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
History Corner: State Symbols
A program on North Carolina’s state symbols is set for 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Listen to a short story and make a craft. Cost is $1 for children 6-9 with adult. To register, call 919-807-7992.
History Hunters: Carolina Moravians
A program on Moravians is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Learn about Moravians’ life on the N.C. frontier, plus how to fold a Moravian star. Cost is $1 per person for children 10-13. To register, call 919-807-7992.
Applying and paying for college
A forum on applying and paying for college is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab, 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. Sarita Broadway of CFNC will speak. Pizza will be provided. For more information, visit www.wade.org or contact Jessi Rogers at email@example.com or 919-856-9233.
A blood drive is set for 3-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. To schedule an appointment, search www.redcross.org and enter the sponsor code “Wake Library.” Walk-ins accepted.
Draft is holding a fundraising dinner for WakeMed Children’s hospital. Customers will be admitted to a buffet dinner with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or $20. Toys will be given to children hospitalized during the holidays. The event will include door prizes and a silent auction. Drinks not included. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-906-0156.
Constellation, a folk music duo, will perform songs from its new CD, “Painting the Sky,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
A yoga class is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Whole Foods, on Wade Ave., Raleigh. To register, call 919-354-0350. Stress reduction with chair yoga is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m. followed by gentle mat yoga from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.
A workshop on making winter and holiday cards from recycled materials is set for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Bring in old magazines, wrapping paper and ribbons to use; some materials from nature provided. Cost is $5 per participant. Register four days before the event through RecLink at www.raleighnc.gov.
The Better Living with Arthritis Speakers Series will continue at noon Thursday at Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic Glenwood Avenue Office, 3515 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The topic will be healthy lifestyle for a healthy life.
Tree lighting in Raleigh
The Capitol Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol grounds. The N.C. Museum of History will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and the event will include seasonal music and hands-on fun.
19th Annual Jingle Ball is scheduled from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child, newborn to age 12, valued at $20 or a $30 donation by cash or check. All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer Program. For more information, go to jingleball.org.
Franklinton parade, tree lighting
The Franklinton Christmas parade and tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday on Main Street, in downtown Franklinton.
Sulick at Quail Ridge
Michael Sulick will share “Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
A Christmas craft bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Stewart Health Center at Springmoor Retirement Community, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh. The bazaar will feature many craft items, as well as cookies, cakes, candy and jelly.
Wake Forest tree lighting
The Lighting of Wake Forest will kick off the town’s holiday festivities at 6 p.m. Friday in Centennial Plaza in front of the town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The event – which includes local choirs, free horse and carriage rides and free photos with Santa – culminates with the lighting of the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree.
Kitten and puppy art
Homeless Kittens & Puppies Paint for Their Supper is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SPCA Adoption Center, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh. Kittens and puppies create one-of-a-kind works and help raise money to benefit shelter animals. Prices range from $12 to $50. Warm cider, cookies will be provided. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions about adoptable animals.
Oakwood Cemetery tours
Historic Oakwood Cemetery will offer an hourlong Friday Night Flashlight Walk at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to park outside of the cemetery and meet at the front gate. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a flashlight. To register, email email@example.com or call 919-832-6077.
Nixon, Blevins and Gage at Quail Ridge
Nixon, Blevins and Gage will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Yates Mill Holiday Sale
Yates Mill Associates’ annual holiday sale is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Sales of stone-ground cornmeal, cookbooks and a variety of mill-related merchandise will benefit the upkeep of the historic site. For more information, call 919-856-6675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff members from N.C. State and Cameron Village library will share stories, music and treats with children of all ages at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-6723.
Community yoga class
Raleigh Yoga Center will offer a free community yoga class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh Yoga Center, 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, visit www.raleighyoga.com.
Wake Forest Christmas parade
The 2012 Wake Forest Christmas Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday downtown. From 10 a.m. to noon, the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation will offer free photos and visits with Santa in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., Wake Forest.
Make It, Take It: Ornamental Holidays is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. See how to make a traditional N.C. ornament.
Mordecai Open House
Mordecai House will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. The house will be decorated with period trimmings from Colonial to mid-20th century periods and docents will answer questions. Free, no registration necessary.
Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour
Historic Oakwood will hold its 41st annual candlelight tours of homes from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This year’s tour features 13 historic homes and significant structures, festively decorated for the season. The annual tour benefits the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood. Tickets are available in advance at HistoricOakwood.org and at select retail locations for $20 through Thursday. Tickets will be $30 the day of the event at The Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast.
A program on making gifts inspired by the history of Yates Mill is set for 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Participants will create greeting cards and weave a Dutch Heart to fill with a surprise. The fee is $8 per person. Registration is required. For information, call 919-856-6675.
Kelly Starling Lyons at Quail Ridge
Kelly Starling Lyons will share “Tea Cakes for Tosh” for ages 4-8 at 3 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
A class for ages 5 and older on making holiday wreaths using materials from nature is set for 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Durant Nature Park’s Training Lodge, at the north entrance off Durant Road. Cost is $5. Register four days before the event through RecLink at www.raleighnc.gov.
Rescue Mission fundraiser
A fundraiser held by author Jeanie DeGroff to raise money for the Rescue Mission is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Whole Foods Market on Strickland and Six Forks Road, Raleigh. A percentage of the sales of the cookbook “Everyone Brings Something to the Table” will be donated. Whole Foods will match DeGroff’s contribution. For more information, call 919 841-4206
Mordecai Lantern Tours
See what life was like during holidays past from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. Vignettes representing Colonial Times, Civil War Days and the Victorian Era will be presented by Burning Coal Theater and the NC 26th Regiment. The cost is $5, and registration is required by calling 919-857-4364.
Christmas on Main
Franklinton’s Christmas on Main and holiday lights tour is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Franklinton. Enjoy music, singing and take pictures with Santa. Take a guided tour of the town’s decorated homes or drive on your own. For more information, contact Town Hall at 919-494-2520.