Daybook for Aug. 14-20

August 12, 2013 

Wednesday

Cheese festival

The Cheese Please! Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

Thursday

Free yoga classes

Free yoga classes will be held at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Gentle mat yoga will be held from 9:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by stress reduction with chair yoga from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.

Bugs in the garden

Explore the garden as a bug during a drop-in children’s program from 10 a.m. to noon 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.

Macroinvertebrate program

What’s a Scud?, a children’s program about macroinvertebrates, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. The program is for children ages 10-19. The event is free, but registration is required at reclink.raleighnc.gov.

Materials science

Learn about the history of materials science from comic books, movies and science fiction during a Science Café at 7 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org.

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. 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.

Taylor Mathis at Quail Ridge

Taylor Mathis will discuss his cookbook “The Southern Tailgating Cookbook: A Game-Day Guide for Lovers of Food, Football, and the South” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Friday

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. 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.

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. More than 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.

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. 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. at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Learn to use binoculars and create a spacecraft. 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.

Saturday

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Georgia McBride at Quail Ridge

Georgia McBride will discuss her fantasy novel “Praefatio” at 3 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Sunday

Toy train swap

The Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The event will also feature kids’ activities, raffles and an auction at 1 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults, and children 13 and younger get in free. For more information, visit www.se-tca.org.

Trunk show

The Trunk Show will be held at 1 p.m. at Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St., Raleigh. Women and men’s clothing and accessories will be on sale. The cost is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

Packapalooza

The Packapalooza festival is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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.

Watermelons at the garden

A family event titled Wacky Watermelon Afternoon will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. The event will feature trivia, contests, and activities involving watermelons. The cost is $15 per family for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. To register, contact Elizabeth Overcash at 919-513-7011 or elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu.

Lisa Poole at Quail Ridge

Meet Quail Ridge’s new owner, Lisa Poole, at 3 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Monday

Program on rocks

Home school Day: Geology Rocks will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Test the physical and chemical components to discover the identity of rocks. The program is for ages 8-12 and costs $6 per child. Registration is required at 919-856-6675.

Restaurant week

The fifth annual Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week will be held Aug. 19-25 at multiple locations in downtown Raleigh. Restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for $20 or $30. For more information, visit www.dinedowntownraleigh.com.

Tuesday

Free yoga class

A free yoga class will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The class is part of YogaFest Raleigh. Bring a mat. For more information, visit www.yogafestnc.com.

Robots at library

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

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