Community Notes, Aug. 7

August 5, 2013 

Neighbor of the Year award

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council will accept nominations for the Good Neighbor of the Year Award until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

The award recognizes Wake Forest residents who work to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods without seeking recognition.

Nominees are sought in two divisions: adult and youth ages 13-18. To qualify, the nominee must be a Wake Forest resident who has made a significant contribution to the community between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 15, 2013.

For more information or to nominate someone, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/good-neighbor-of-the-year-award.aspx.

Police youth outreach

The Creedmoor Police Department is seeking applicants for its new youth outreach program, Explorers.

The program is for Granville County youths ages 14-20 who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Participants will learn about the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences and other fun activities.

The program will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Creedmoor Police Department, 111 W. Masonic Road, Creedmoor.

Applications are due by Saturday, Aug. 31 and can be picked up at the Creedmoor Police Department.

For more information, visit www.cityofcreedmoor.org.

Cheese festival

The Cheese Please! Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market on City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The free event will feature local cheese samplings, live music, kid’s activities and a grilled cheese cook-off. For more information, visit www.godowntownraleigh.com/farmers-market/events/cheesefest.

Dinosaur illustration

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 www.naturalsciences.org/dinosketch.

Bugs in the garden

Explore the garden as a bug during a drop-in children’s program from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 15, at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. The program is for children ages 6 and older, although younger children are also welcome. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Registration is requested, and those who register will receive a free plant. For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth Overcash at 919-513-7011 or elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu.

Turkey’s agriculture

Metin Kara, a faculty member of the agriculture department at Ordu University in Turkey, will discuss the outlook for Turkey’s agriculture from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. The event is free for Friends of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum members, N.C. State University students and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff. All others pay $5, and registration is not required. For more information, call 919-513-7005.

Children’s clothing sale

Gently used clothing and equipment for infants and children will be sold from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17 in the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Items to be sold include children’s and maternity clothing, toys, books, games, videos, bikes, bedding, shoes and equipment. Only cash will be accepted. For more information, visit www.tmott.org.

Explore Yates Mill Pond

Explore the diverse natural lands and wildlife habitats around Yates Mill Pond from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. The program is for youths ages 14 and older and costs $5 per person. Registration is required at 919-856-6675.

Drop-off program

Kid’s Nature Night, a drop-off program for children ages 6-12, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. Participants will learn about nature, go for a short walk, play games and watch an animated movie. The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required four days in advance at reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Astronomy at the mill

Explore the night sky from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Learn to use binoculars and create a space craft. The program is for children ages 6 and older, with an adult. The cost is $5 per family, and registration is required at 919-856-6675.

Boat show and sale

The Carolina Fall Boat Show and Sale will be held Aug. 16-18 in the Graham Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Over 15 marine dealers and 200 boats will be on display. The cost is $6 for adults; children ages 12 and younger get in free. For more information, visit www.ncboatshows.com.

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 www.classicsatthecapital.com.

Grief group for children, teens

Exploring Grief through Creating Shadowboxes: A Grief Workshop for Children and Teens will be held from 9:30 a.m. 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 julian@legalaidnc.org. For more information, visit www.legalaidnc.org/acs.

Antebellum activities

Experience 19th century life during a hands-on program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. The program is free and for all ages. Registration is not required. For more information, call 919-856-6675.

Packapalooza

The Packapalooza festival is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, along Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Learn about N.C. State’s history and traditions. The event will also feature food, an arts zone, laser tag, video games and live entertainment. Bring a can of food to donate to N.C. State’s Food Pantry. For more information, visit packapalooza.ncsu.edu.

Summer youth pass program

Youth 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 catinfo@raleighnc.gov with the subject line Summer Youth Pass.

For more information, call 919-996-3900 or visit www.raleighnc.gov/transit.

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.

Robots at library

Explore robots from 2 p.m. 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 www.naturalsciences.org

Fruits and vegetables

Children can explore fresh fruits and vegetable from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The event is free with museum admission. For more information, call 919-834-4040.

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 www.mostamazingraceraleigh.com.

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 www.golfclassic.org/events.

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 www.wakegov.com/libraries.

Caribbean festival

The CaribMask Carnival Parade and Festival Village is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at City Plaza, along the 400 block of Fayetteville Street. The event will feature dancing, soca and calypso artists, masqueraders, exhibits, cuisine, and arts and crafts. For more information, visit www.caribmask.com.

Rocks and fossils

Geologist Randy Bechtell will discuss rocks and fossils during a children’s program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The event will also feature a rock scavenger hunt. The event is free with museum admission. For more information, call 919-834-4040.

Bowl for charity

The Wake Forest Woman’s Club will hold a Charity Bowl-A-Thon from 1:30 p.m. 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 www.bowlathon.net/event/WFWC2013. For more information, visit www.wake-forest-womans-club.com or call 919-817-9270.

Financial workshop

Stretching the Family Budget, a free financial workshop, will be held from 5:30 p.m. 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 robin.landsman@wakegov.com.

Bloodmobile at library

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

Diet strategies

Suzanne Havala Hobbs, “On the Table” columnist at The News and Observer, will discuss strategies to maintain a health-supporting diet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Irregardless Café, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. For more information, visit www.irregardless.com.

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.

Neighborhood Exchange

The city of Raleigh Community Services Department will hold the 10th annual Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh.

The program gives residents an opportunity to discuss neighborhood issues and share ideas. The event will also feature sessions on topics such as teen financial literacy, traffic problems, neighborhood leadership, and community and civic engagement.

The registration fee is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents and free of charge for teenagers with an adult registration. Registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 11. To register, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/neighborhoodexchange. For more information, visit www.raleighnc.gov.

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 www.cncpaganpride.org.

Fur Ball for SPCA

The 18th annual Fur Ball will be held from 6 p.m. 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 www.spcawake.org.

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 www.diabetes.org/stepoutnorthhills.

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