Daybook for Aug. 18-24

August 16, 2013 


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

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.


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

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

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.


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


Dance troupe auditions

Auditions for a recreational senior dance troupe will be held at 11 a.m. at the North Carolina Dance Institute, 5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh. The troupe is open to females ages 58 and older and will meet once a week at the studio. The troupe will dance in the Broadway stage style. For more information, email or

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.

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


Fruits and vegetables

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

Marjorie Hudson at Quail Ridge

Celebrate the 426th birthday of Virginia Dare with author Marjorie Hudson at noon at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Hudson will share stories about her latest novel “Searching for Virginia Dare: On the Trail of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.” Bring a lunch, or purchase one for $10. Registration is required by Monday, Aug. 19. To register, call 919-828-1588.

Pancakes at the mill

Little Sprouts: Pancakes, Pancakes! will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4260 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Eric Carle’s story “Pancakes, Pancakes!” will be read, followed by an arts and crafts activity. The program is for children ages 3-5 with an adult and costs $4 per child. Registration is required at 919-856-6675.

Marly Youmans at Quail Ridge

Marly Youmans will discuss her novel “A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Susan Alberts at museum

Dr. Susan Alberts, professor of biology at Duke University, will discuss how the humanities influenced her scientific career at 7 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh.


Free yoga class

Yoga for the Core will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ladies Fitness and Wellness, 700 Exposition Place, Raleigh. Bring a mat. To register, call 919-845-9200.

Wilton Barnhardt at Quail Ridge

Wilton Barnhardt will discuss his satire “Lookaway, Lookaway” at 7:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.


Cystic fibrosis fundraiser

The CF Climb, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will be held at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo, 150 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The vertical stair climb will also feature awards, food, drinks and entertainment. For more information, email

Bike maintenance class

Learn to make repairs on your own bicycle during a class from 9 a.m. to noon 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. 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

Dog wash

Underdog Ranch Pet Adoptions will hold a dog wash and massage fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unleashed, 2460 Wycliff Road, Raleigh. The cost is $20 for one dog, $35 for two. For more information, call 919-858-6460.

Caribbean festival

The CaribMask Carnival Parade and Festival Village is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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

Gwyneth Anne Thayer at Quail Ridge

Gwyneth Anne Thayer will discuss her book “Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture” at 2 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

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