Habitat for Humanity fundraiser
A Habitat for Humanity fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, 218 S. Blount St., Raleigh. Tickets cost $10; proceeds, plus 10 percent of food sales, will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
Birds and art
Anderson Point Little Artists: Bird Crafts will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Anderson Point Park, 20 Anderson Point Drive, Raleigh. The program, for children ages 2-5, will feature an art project themed around a classic children’s book. The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Insects at Annie Louise
Daring Discoverers: Insect Inspectors will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park, 11408 Raven Ridge Road, Raleigh. The program, for children ages 6-9, features a hands-on bug safari. The cost is $5 per child. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Rides to the mill
Little Historians: Mill Stories in Motion will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Children ages 3-5 will learn how a ride to the Old Mill felt like. The cost is $4 per child, and registration is required. To register, call 919-856-6675.
First Friday Kids Camp
First Friday Kids Camp will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The program is for preschool and elementary school children. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Registration is required at www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/FFKC.
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 at 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 www.trosainc.org.
Bead Mercantile Show
The Bead Mercantile Show is scheduled for Aug. 3-4 in the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Vendors will sell handmade artisan beads, findings, threads, cords and everything else needed to make beaded jewelry. The cost is $6 per person, and children younger than 16 get in free. For more information, visit www.beadmercantile.com.
Reptiles and amphibians
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will offer a free, hands-on science program about reptiles and amphibians from 9 a.m. to noon at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. The program will also include a stream walk at Miller Park. The program is for ages 4 and older; registration is required. To register, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443 or email@example.com.
Dog training, adoption
A Kid Day and Rescue Event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. 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 www.thinkingdognc.com.
Learn to make handmade soap from noon to 2 p.m. at Scentsuosity, 300 Blake St., Raleigh. Mix shredded soap, herbs, clays and essential oils to make a gentle soap. The cost is $25. For more information or to register, visit www.scentsuosity.com.
Bull Spec authors at Quail Ridge
The Bull Spec Author Fest, the third annual summer speculative fiction event, will be held at 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Featured authors will include Karen Lord, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Will Hindmarch, Nathan Ballingrud, Mur Lafferty and Robert V.S. Redick. The event will feature book readings, discussion and book signings.
Green energy workshop
A green energy workshop is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Make gliders out of recycled materials and build electric circuits. The event is free with museum admission. For more information, call 919-834-4040.
‘Tomatoes,’ ‘Peaches’ at Quail Ridge
Miriam Rubin, author of “Tomatoes,” and Kelly Alexander, author of “Peaches, “ will discuss their new Savor the South cookbooks at 3 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Anne Marie Pace at Quail Ridge
Anne Marie Pace will discuss her children’s book “Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover” at 10 a.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Bloodmobile at library
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept blood donations from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. To register, visit www.redcrossblood.org and log in as Wake Library.
Hockey at Marbles
Hockey Fun with the Carolina Hurricanes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Participants can play around the Canes inflatable slap shot booth and practice in the skills and drills zone. The event is free with museum admission. For more information, call 919-834-4040.
The Computers and Genealogy Seminar will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh. Participants, ages 50 and older, will learn about Internet tools useful in conducting family history and genealogical research. The cost is $12 per person, and registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Melody Moezzi at Quail Ridge
Melody Moezzi will discuss her novel “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Miracle Treat Day
Miracle Treat Day 2013 will be held at the Triangle Dairy Queen, 5260 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Proceeds from every Blizzard purchased will benefit local children through the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. For more information, visit www.triangledq.com.
Spiders at Annie Louise Wilkerson
Daring Discoverers: Spectacular Spiders will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park, 11408 Raven Ridge Road, Raleigh. The program, for children ages 6-9, will feature hands-on discovery of spiders. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Registration is required four days in advance at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Cancer support class
The Pretty in Pink Foundation will hold a class titled Beyond the Ribbon: Making Lemons out of Lemonade from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Young Moore and Henderson, P.A., 3101 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The class is free and available for anyone diagnosed with cancer. For more information or to register, call 919-532-0532.
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. 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 www.spcawake.org/events.
Balaban, Makuck at Quail Ridge
John Balaban will discuss his novel “Coming Down Again,” and Peter Makuck will discuss his novel “Allegiance and Betrayal: Stories” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
A drop-off program called Lights, Camera and Popcorn will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Roberts Park and Community Center, 1300 E. Martin St., Raleigh. Youths ages 6-11 years will enjoy a movie and refreshments. The cost is $5 per child. Registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Arts and crafts
An arts and crafts program for children ages 3-5 will be held 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Optimist Park and Community Center, 5900 Whittier Drive, Raleigh. The cost is $6 per child. Registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
The Southern Bridal Show and Expo will be held Aug. 10-11 in the Jim Graham Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information or to register, visit www.foreverbridal.net.
Free yoga class
A free yoga class will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Raleigh Yoga Center, 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required at www.raleighyoga.com.
Festival of the Arts
Logan’s Festival of the Arts will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Logan’s Trading Company, 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature local art, performances, music, a silent auction and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit the local charity House of Joy.
Fire truck parade
A fire truck parade will be held at noon starting at Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. The parade will be held as part of the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo, running Aug.9-10. North Carolina fire departments are invited to participate in the parade. For more information or to register, visit www.southatlanticfirerescueexpo.com.
Robots at library
Explore robots from 2 to 3 p.m. at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The program is for children grades K-5. Registration is required at 919-856-6710.
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