Community Notes, Sept. 15

September 13, 2013 

Storytime online

Click, Watch, Learn: Storytimes Online is a video initiative created by library staff to support the parenting initiative Every Child Ready to Read. Families are invited to watch the videos online and attend storytime at local libraries. For more information, visit

Call for nominations

The Raleigh-Durham chapter of the American Advertising Federation seeks nominations for the 2014 Silver Medal Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advertising. For a nomination form, visit

Nominations needed

The Triangle to the Coast affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation seeks nominations for its Maureen Thomas Jordan Spirit of Survivorship Award. The award is given to a breast cancer survivor who represents the spirit of true survivorship.

The nomination deadline is Sunday, Sept. 22. For more information or to find nomination forms, visit

Discussion on death

The Historic Oakwood Cemetery and the Hospice of Wake County will host Raleigh’s first Death Café at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. A Death Café allows people to express and explore their understanding of death in a safe and comfortable environment. Registration is required at 919-832-6077 or

Book discussions

Librarians will lead book discussions this month at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., and North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road in Raleigh. For more information, visit

Tar Heel history

Librarians will help participants find the right book to learn about North Carolina at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Registration is requested at 919-856-6710.

Take A Child Outside

In celebration of Take a Child Outside Week, the J.C. Raulston Arboretum has scheduled several events for all ages at the arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. To register, contact Elizabeth Overcash at 919-513-7011 or email

Leaf Rubbings – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Make leaf rubbings from leaves collected in the garden. The cost is $5 per child for nonmembers and $3 for members.

Name That Tree – 10 a.m. - noon Wednesday, Sept. 25. Visit gardeners’ favorite trees. Registration is not required.

Garden Bingo – 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Search the garden to find items on a Bingo card. Registration is not required.

Grandpa Green – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Children ages 3-5 can hear garden stories, songs and movements, and participate in a craft. The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required.

Cloud Watching – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Registration is not required.

Seed Balls – 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Make seed balls from wildflowers. The cost is $5 per child, and registration is required.

Wake Forest symposium

The Northeast Area Study Final Project Symposium is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at The Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest. Wake Forest residents can learn and discuss new directions for roadways, public transit, bicycling and walking in and around the community. For more information, call Scott Lane at 919-601-9098.

Balance and falls risk

A free balance and falls risk seminar will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Raleigh Orthopaedic, 3001 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. Physical therapists will discuss risk factors for falls and exercise programs for people older than 60. Reservation is required at 919-863-6834 or

Southern authors

Southern authors Suzanne Adair, Brynn Bonner, Margaret Maron, Lee Mims, J.D. Rhoades and Sarah Shaber will discuss their writing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Registration is requested at 919-856-6710.

Science cafe on water

Heather Pautisaul, an associate professor of biology at N.C. State University, will discuss water and contaminants at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. For more information, visit

Family hike

In celebration of Take a Child Outside Week, families are invited to hike with a park naturalist from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Registration is required at 919-856-6675.

Clean-up day

Wake Forest Reservoir Clean-Up Day is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Wake Forest Reservoir off N.C. 98 in Wake Forest. For more information, contact Greenways Advisory Board member Don Bode at 919-526-3481 or

Nature PlaySpace

In celebration of Take a Child Outside Week, the Prairie Ridge Ecostation will reveal its new Nature PlaySpace from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the ecostation on Gold Star Drive in Raleigh. The event will offer nature crafts, storytime, ladybug hunts and other activities. For more information, call 919-707-8878.

Festival in Motion

Festival in Motion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. Explore the nature preserve and stop at tent stations for music, arts activities, games and interactive displays.

Irish Music Festival

Raleigh’s Irish Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Moore Square along the 200 block of South Blount Street in downtown Raleigh. The event will feature Irish musicians, bands and dancers, Irish and Celtic products, children’s entertainment and food. For more information, visit

Storytelling festival

The 31st annual Storytelling Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The event will feature a hayride, face painting, food vendors and games. Bring chairs and blankets to listen to storytellers. For more information, visit

Program on kindness

Amanda Davis will discuss the importance and power of cultivating kindness at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Registration is required at 919-870-4000.

Grants for youth organizations

The N.C. Youth Advisory Council is accepting applications for mini-grants for the fall of 2013. The grants are available to North Carolina organizations composed of youths ages 13-18 who implement programs to benefit their communities. The mini-grants will range from $100 to $500 each.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. For more information or an application, visit or contact Youth Council Program Coordinator Cynthia Giles at 919-807-4400.

Raleigh Reads

The City of Raleigh Museum will hold the Raleigh Reads program 10-11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Children ages 7-13 will discuss books and enjoy crafts, snacks, authors and live readings. To register, call 919-996-2220. The books to be discussed and dates are:

Oct. 5 – “Ten Miles Past Normal” by Frances O’Roark Dowell.

Nov. 2 – “Blue” by Joyce Hostetter.

Dec. 7 – “The Christmas Barn” by C.L. Davis.


PinkFest, an event to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors and friends, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills, 4100 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh. Enjoy spa and beauty treatments, drinks, raffle prizes and giveaways. Tickets begin at $55 per person, and proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Archeology lecture

John Clauser, a consulting archaeologist and cemetery specialist, will discuss archeology in Raleigh at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Joel Lane Museum House, 160 S. St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required at 919-833-3431.

Skateboarding skills

Young adults ages 12-18 will learn the basics of skateboarding from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12-19 at Marsh Creek Park, 3016 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. The cost is $20, and registration is required at

Buddy Walk

The Triangle Down Syndrome Network will hold the 15th annual Buddy Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Brier Creek Park, 10810 Globe Road, Raleigh. Chris Burke from “Life Goes On” and WTVD-TV news anchor Heather Waliga will lead the 1-mile walk at 3:30 p.m. The event will also feature performances, bounce houses, laser tag, games and a raffle. Registration begins at $15 and will benefit the Triangle Down Syndrome Network. 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. 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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