Community Notes, Aug. 4

August 2, 2013 

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

Fitness and exercise classes

Free one-on-one sessions with a fitness specialist and a week of exercise classes will be offered at the new location of CORE at Raleigh Orthopaedics at 3001 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh. Classes are designed for all fitness levels, and the staff specializes in osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, back pain and balance deficits. For more information or to register, call 919-863-6834.

Pancake and sausage breakfast

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at American Legion Hall, 225 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. Plates $5 per person, with $20 max per family, and will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, orange juice and a choice of a hot beverage. Proceeds will support community and veterans projects. For more information, call 919-569-0471.

Food truck rodeo

The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, along Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. Over 40 local food trucks will attend. For more information, visit

Detectives at the mill

Kids History Detective Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 12, at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Solve puzzles, hunt for clues and investigate the mystery of milling. The program, for children ages 5-12, costs $4 per child, $5 per adult; children ages 4 and younger get in free. Registration is required at 919-856-6675.

YogaFest Raleigh

YogaFest Raleigh, a series of free yoga classes, will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings from Aug. 13-Oct. 22 at City Plaza along the 400 block of Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. Yoga classes will not be held Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more information, visit

Meteor gazing at Lake Wheeler

Watch the annual Perseid meteor shower from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Lake Wheeler, 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. The shower will be visible with the naked eye, but participants may bring a telescope. Bring a blanket or chair. The cost is $2 per person. Registration is required four days in advance at 919-831-6856.

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

Car show

The fourth annual Carolina Classics at the Capital will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature classic and show cars, vendors, displays and demonstrations. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12; children ages 6 and younger get in free. For more information, visit

Grief group for children, teens

Exploring Grief through Creating Shadowboxes: A Grief Workshop for Children and Teens will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Hospice of Wake County’s Horizons Grief Center, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh. The workshop is for children ages 7-18, and registration is required. Bring photographs and mementos of your loved ones. For more information or to register, call 919-719-7199.

Legal rights in public schools

The Push Out Prevention Project will hold a free back-to-school event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 Martin St., Raleigh.

The event, offered by Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services project, will feature workshops on academic success, discipline and suspension, special education services, tools to become a stronger parent advocate, and information on how to prevent the school-to-prison pipeline. The event will also feature catered lunch, free childcare for children ages 3-11, and interpretation services for Spanish-speaking parents.

Registration is required. To register, contact Julia Nieves at 919-675-1717 or For more information, visit

SAT study

Kaplan Test Prep will offer free practice sessions for the SAT and ACT from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Registration is requested at 919-856-6710.

Robots at library

Explore robots from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. The program is for children grades K-5. Registration is required at 919-870-4000.

Family class on insects

Family Science Investigation: Introduction to Entomology will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Families with children ages 10 and older will collect bugs and learn to correctly identify them. The cost is $35 per parent and child pair, and $17 for each additional child. Registration is required two weeks in advance at

Scavenger hunt

The Most Amazing Race will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in downtown Raleigh. The scavenger hunt, similar to the TV show “The Amazing Race,” features teams completing mental and physical challenges. Teams of two may register for $25 per person and must raise $250 to participate. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army of Wake County’s community center. Teams will compete for a grand prize of $2,500 and other prizes. For more information or to register, visit

Bike maintenance class

Learn to make repairs on your own bicycle during a class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at Brier Creek Park and Community Center, 10810 Globe Road, Raleigh. Participants will learn to change flat tires and adjust gears and brakes. Bring your bike and clothing that can get dirty. The cost is $15 for residents, $27 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call 919-831-6855.

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

Bookstore supports libraries

A library fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Barnes and Noble stores located in Wake County. Customers can use a special code, 11117702, to send a portion of the proceeds to support the book collection of Wake County Public Libraries. Donations will also be accepted with online purchases Aug. 24-29.

Staff from the library will be at each location and will offer a storytime at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Coupons with the code can be found at all Wake County Public Libraries or online at

Bowl for charity

The Wake Forest Woman’s Club will hold a Charity Bowl-A-Thon from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Brooks Street Bowl, 413 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The fee is $100 for a team of four and includes two games, a soft drink, rentals and a coupon for one free game. Registration must be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 21, at For more information, visit or call 919-817-9270.

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.

Pagan Pride festival

Pagan Pride Raleigh will be held 10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21-22 in the L.R. Harrill Center at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh. The event will feature rituals, workshops, and entertainment. For more information, visit

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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