Community Notes, July 17

July 16, 2013 

Host families needed

CCI Greenheart is seeking volunteer host families in the Raleigh and Durham area for a student exchange program from July 20-Aug. 1.

Host families will provide rooms, meals and basic parenting to a high school student from Mexico. The family should already have a teenager in the home. All exchange students come with medical insurance and spending money. Students will have weekly meetings and workshops which the families may join. Transportation is provided for the students.

For more information, contact James di Carlo at or visit

Furniture drive

The Green Chair Project has partnered with the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities to hold a Household Furnishings Donation Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at 1853 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. Donations will be given to families affected by flooding in Chapel Hill.

Instagram contest

Wake County residents and visitors are invited to participate in Wake County’s first Instagram contest. To enter, follow Wake County on Instagram and upload photos that best portray the theme “Wake Is Great” with the hashtag #wakeisgreat. Photos could include county programs and events, county facilities, downtown happenings, festivals, activities and ceremonies, and everyday life in Wake County.

All images must be submitted by Sunday, July 21. For more information, visit

Healthy Habits Camp

Healthy Habits Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 22-26 or July 24-28 at Poe Center, 224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh. The program is open to rising first through fifth graders who qualify for free or reduced lunches. The event will feature health education activities, games, crafts and playtime. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information or for an application, visit the Poe Center, contact Kate at, call 919-231-4006, or visit

Program on coupons

Savvy Savers Couponers will discuss couponing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Participants can bring unexpired coupons for a demonstration coupon swap. Registration is requested at 919-856-6710.

Water critters

Daring Discoverers: Water Critters will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 11408 Raven Ridge Road, Raleigh. Children ages 6-9 will learn about water bugs, turtles and frogs. The cost is $5 per child. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Registration is required at

Dinner and a psychic

Dinner and a Medium: ALX will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Gravy Italian American Kitchen, 135 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Participants will enjoy a dinner, followed by readings from the psychic medium ALX. The event costs $25 and includes appetizer, salad, two-course entrée and dessert. For more information, call 919-896-8513.

Sportscard, sports memorabilia

The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show will be held July 26-28 in the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The show hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Exhibitors will buy, sell and trade vintage and new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR and more. The cost is $5 per day or $7 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit

Consignment sale

A Kids Exchange Consignment Sale will be held July 26-28 in the Graham Building and Exposition Center at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Clothes, toys and other children’s items will be offered at a discounted price. Admission is free. For more information or to sell items, visit

Girls Rock showcase

Girls Rock N.C., a rock ’n’ roll camp for girls, will hold a talent showcase at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh. For more information, visit

Needle art

Gifted Hands of Cary and the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will discuss the art form of needlework at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Registration is required at 919-870-4000.

Family Science Olympiad

The Family Science Olympiad will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Build bridges, rockets and secret structures; investigate genetics; and explore the science of exercise. The event is free with museum admission. For more information, call 919-834-4040.

Auction for the Animals

The13th annual Auction for the Animals is scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $75 and proceeds will benefit Second Chance Pet Adoptions. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Program on night animals

Learn about owls, bats, fireflies and deer during a nature program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. The program is for children ages 5-12 and costs $2 per person. Registration is required at

Music at the library

The Triangle String Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-870-4000.

Thrift shop sale benefits pets

A 50 percent off sale is set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. The sale includes clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry, books and accessories. Profits will help low-income pet owners to spay or neuter pets through AnimalKind, THE $20 FIX and SpayNC Helpline. Donations of gently used items are accepted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers are also needed; call to find out when the next orientation will be conducted. For more information, call 919-872-0019 or visit

Wills for special needs

A workshop on wills and estate planning for special needs children is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Whole Foods, 3540 Wade Ave., Raleigh. The workshop is open to parents and grandparents who are planning for long-term care of special needs children. To register, contact Beth Secosky at 919-828-8221 or

Photo contest

NeighborWoods Raleigh, a program that gives free trees to Raleigh residents, will accept entries to its photo contest through midnight Wednesday, July 31.

To enter, take a photograph of your favorite Neighborwoods tree and send the image to Include your name and contact information in the email. Photos of people with the tree are not accepted, but wildlife and pets are welcome.

For more information, visit

Dinosaur illustration contest

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences invites art lovers ages 2-18 to submit a drawing of a dinosaur in its natural habitat. The winner will receive a prize and have the drawing displayed in the Museum Store.

Drawings must be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 15, by mail or in person to The Museum Store, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. For more information, visit

Summer workshops for high schoolers

The Wade Edwards Foundation and Learning Lab will offer academic and enrichment summer workshops for high school students. Workshops run from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. The cost is $30 for the first workshop and $25 for each additional workshop. For more information or to register, visit

Summer youth pass program

Youths ages 13-17 may purchase a Capital Area Transit bus pass offering unlimited rides for a reduced rate of $30 for the summer. The summer youth pass program will run until Sept. 1. Passes can be obtained at Moore Square Transit Station or CAT’s Transit Operations Facility at 4104 Poole Road, Raleigh.

Students must present a current school-issued identification card and proof of age. Those without a valid school ID can email with the subject line Summer Youth Pass.

For more information, call 919-996-3900 or visit

Summer reading program

Wake County Public Libraries will hold summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. The Read To Me Club will teach children five reading techniques. The Dig Into Reading Club is for school-aged children featuring weekly activities at the library. Teens can participate in the Beneath the Surface Club, featuring raffles and reading incentives. The adult club, Groundbreaking Reads, will focus on influential books. For more information, visit

Yard sale

The nonprofit Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers will sell donated merchandise from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug 3-4, in the Exposition Center of the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Merchandise will include men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing, toys, games, books, furniture, kitchenware, TVs and more. All proceeds will support TROSA’s long-term addiction treatment program. For more information, call 919-419-1059 or visit

Dog training, adoption

A Kid Day and Rescue Event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Thinking Dog, 927 Durham Road, Suite 105, Wake Forest. Children and families can learn about interaction with dogs and participate in an apprentice dog trainer class. Adults can have dog training questions answered. Local animal rescues will have animals for adoption. For more information, visit

ECAC Festival canceled

The East Citizen’s Advisory Council has canceled its ECAC Community Day Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information on ECAC, visit

Bloodmobile at library

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept blood donations from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. To register, visit and log in as Wake Library.

Workshop on electronics

A workshop titled Electronics for Beginners will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Explore the basics of electricity, electronics and programming and make a simple electronic game. Participants must be ages 11 and older, and the cost is $10 per person. Registration is required one week in advance at

Public meeting at SPCA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at CareFirst at Falls Pointe, 9500 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The general public can provide feedback and direction to the organization leaders. For more information, visit

Fashion show, brunch

The Inaugural V Fashion Show and Celebrity Chef Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Zinda, 301 Fayetteville St. No. 120, Raleigh. Tickets start at $35 and include a swag bag. Proceeds will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research. For more information, visit

Financial workshop

Stretching the Family Budget, a free financial workshop, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in Room 107 at Wake County Cooperative Extension, 4001-E Carya Drive, Raleigh. Registration is required by contacting Robin Landsman at 919-250-1107 or

Bloodmobile at library

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept blood donations from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. To register, visit and log in as Wake Library.

Child car seat safety check

Wake County Human Services staff will offer child car seat safety checks from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the parking lot at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh.

Fur Ball for SPCA

The 18th annual Fur Ball will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in the State Club at the N.C. State Centennial Campus, 2450 Alumni Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing. The recommended dress is black tie preferred. Tickets are available starting at $125 per person. Sponsorships are also available starting at $500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at North Hills in Raleigh. Participants and teams can raise money to benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more information or to register, visit

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