Alley Cats and Angels, a foster home-based cat rescue nonprofit, will hold its annual cash raffle to benefit the organization’s medical fund. Tickets are $5 or five for $20, and first prize is $500. The drawing will be Oct. 20, at PetSmart, 220 Hinton Oaks Blvd., Knightdale. Winners do not need to be present to win. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.alleycatsandangels.org.
Life of a Tree
Family Science Investigation: Life of a Tree is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. The cost is $20 for parent and child pairs and $10 for each additional child. For more information, call 919-707-9800.
Project WILD Aquatic, a program for adults ages 16 and older, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. The event is free, and participants can receive continuing education credits or N.C. Environmental Education Certification. Registration is required at 919-856-6675.
The Junior League of Raleigh will hold the 29th annual A Shopping SPREE from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-27 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Tickets begin at $10, and proceeds benefit the Junior League of Raleigh. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jlraleigh.org.
Business and Community Expo
The Business and Community Expo will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Ledford Center, 120 S. Wingate St., Wake Forest. More than 100 businesses will exhibit at the trade show and the event will also feature raffles, vendors, and specialty dishes. For more information, call Gail Craft at 919-556-1519.
Big Idea forum
The Marbles Big Idea forum is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Thought-leader and author Frans Johansson will teach community and corporate leaders to think more creatively and seize professional moments that lead to success. Tickets start at $60 per person and sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit the Create Innovate Initiative. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/bigidea.
Luis Velasco, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will discuss breakthrough research and technologies at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. For more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org.
Haunted North Carolina
Triangle Paranormal Investigations and the Society of Paranormal Investigation and Research will present “Exploring Haunted North Carolina” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road in Raleigh; and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave. in Raleigh. To register, call North Regional at 919-870-4000 or Cameron Village at 919-856-6710.
Fall Harvest: Apples
Fall Harvest: Apples, a program for children ages 3 to 5, will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh. Learn about apple seeds, decorate a pot and plant a seed. Cost is $5 per child, and registration is required four days before the program at reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Lupus pain management
A pain-management workshop for individuals living with lupus and their caregivers is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the N.C. Psychiatry Association, 4917 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 250, Raleigh. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 17, at 877-849-8271.
The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation will hold a Halloween Spooktacular from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest. The family-oriented festival for children ages 12 and younger will feature a costume contest, face painting, a haunted maze and moon bounce. For more information, call 919-435-9560.
Goodnight’s Comedy Club will partner with Evolve Movement to host a family-friendly comedy and magic show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at 861 W. Morgan St. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be donated to Free the Children’s Adopt a Village Program. The show will star comedian Gary Shelton, who has performed for many corporate and charitable organizations.
The 31st annual Craft Creations will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Quail Hollow Swim Club, 800 Orleans Place, Raleigh. Participants can shop for handmade items such as ornaments, stained glass, hand-knitted sweaters and jewelry, as well as baked goods. Admission and parking are free, and a drawing will be held for a door prize.
The Haunted Trolley will run Oct. 19, 25, and 31 at Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. The trolley will feature a late-night tour of Raleigh’s most haunted places. The hour-long tours are offered from 6 to 7 p.m., 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 919-857-4364.
Timely Topics: Affordable Care Act
Adam Linker, policy analyst for Health Access Coalition of the North Carolina Justice Center, will provide an update on North Carolina’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the October Timely Topics luncheon of League of Women Voters of Wake County. The meeting will be at noon Friday, Oct. 25, at the NCSU University Club, 4300 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The public is welcome. Lunch reservations cost $16 per person and must be made at www.lwvwake.org. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 21.
Haunted Mordecai Festival
The Haunted Mordecai Festival will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. The event will feature Halloween-themed fun, including food, music, games, crafts and costume contests. A paranormal investigation troop will reveal their findings from the Mordecai House and answer questions. For more information, call 919-857-4364.
The annual Confederate Lantern Walk will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. The event will feature authentic period clothing, historical vignettes and refreshments. Tickets are $6, and proceeds will benefit restoration work. For more information, call 919-832-6077.
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.
Masquerading Angels Ball
The 2013 Masquerading Angels Ball will be 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 26, at TPC at Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh. The event will feature celebrity guests, music, a casino, silent auction and more. Formal wear is required. Tickets are $100, and proceeds will benefit CHERUBS to help families of babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cdhangelball.blogspot.com.
Family Fun Festival
The Family Fun Festival will be noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Kidz Celebrate, 6801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. Children can come dressed in Halloween costumes and enjoy fun games, prizes, airbrush and glitter tattoos, a haunted house and lunch. The cost is $25 for nonmembers; $20 for members. For information, visit www.kidzcelebrate.com.
Family History Fair
The Family History Fair will be 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the N.C. State Archives, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. The event will feature presentations and a panel discussion about the types of evidence used to trace family ancestry – from public records to DNA testing. For more information, visit www.ncdcr.gov/familyhistory.
Thrift shop sale benefits pets
A 50 percent off sale is set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at ReTails Thrift Shop, 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. The sale includes clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry, books and accessories. Profits will help low-income pet owners to spay or neuter pets through AnimalKind, THE $20 FIX and SpayNC Helpline. Donations of gently used items are accepted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers are also needed; call to find out when the next orientation will be conducted. For more information, call 919-872-0019 or visit www.animalkind.org.
CROP Hunger Walk
The 2013 Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk will be 2 to5 p.m. Sunday, Oct, 27, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The event will feature a walk, a Halloween costume contest, live music, clowns, arts and crafts and a global village. For more information or to register for the walk, visit www.cropwalkraleigh.com.
Robin Moore, director of the Natural Learning Initiative, will discuss Urban Foodscapes: Creating Grow-Your-Own Communities at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-833-8898.
A seminar titled Building for the Future: How Wood Contributes to Sustainable Construction will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Center for Architecture and Design, AIA North Carolina, 14 E. Peace St., Raleigh. Tickets cost $20 and registration is required at 2013-oct-raleigh-zvents.eventbrite.com.
Special needs night at Marbles
Family Fun Night: Spooktacular, a free after-hours event for families of children with special needs, is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The event will feature costumes, monster art, pumpkin science and bat bungees. There will also be a lower-volume screening of “Room on the Broom.” For more information, call 919-834-4040.
Explore your family tree at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Registration is required at 919-870-4000.
Driver safety course
The AARP Driver Safety course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. The program, for drivers 50 and older, will teach skills to boost confidence and safety on the road. The cost is $12 for members; $14 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 919-350-8364.
The Scarecrow Festival will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh. Build a scarecrow and enjoy other fall activities. For more information, visit 919-996-6126.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the town of Wake Forest will offer a free children’s science program about wetlands from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. Children 6-12 will learn about the animals that live in the wetlands. Bring appropriate footwear. Registration is required at 919-435-9443.
The City of Raleigh Museum will hold the Raleigh Reads program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Children ages 7 to 13 will discuss books and enjoy crafts, snacks, authors and live readings. To register, call 919-996-2220. The books to be discussed are:
Nov. 2 – “Blue” by Joyce Hostetter.
Dec. 7 – “The Christmas Barn” by C.L. Davis.
Jump for the Children
“Jump for the Children” Horse Show, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital, will celebrate its 30th anniversary Nov. 5-10 at the Hunt Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh. For more information and show times, visit www.jumpforthechildren.org.
American Indian heritage
The 18th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The event will feature artists, dancers, performers, and hands-on workshops and craft activities. For more information, call 919-807-7993.
N.C. Museum of History events
The North Carolina Museum of History will hold several events throughout the month of November. For information on any of these events, call 919-807-7992.
• Nov. 2, 1 to 3 p.m. “Make it, Take it: Ribbonwork” explores traditional native American craft. Drop-in program.
• Nov. 5 or 12, 10 to 10:45 a.m. “Time for Tots: Early American Indian Life.” Participants will handle objects, hear stories, and make a clay-coil pot to take home. Ages 3-5, with adult. $1 per child.
• Nov. 6, 10 to 11 a.m. – “History Corner: Blackbeard!” Ages 6-9 with adult, $1 per child.
• Nov. 6, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – “History Hunters: Most Notorious Pyrates” Ages 10-13, $1 per child.
• Nov. 10, 3 to 4 p.m. – “Music of the Carolinas: Arnold Richardson: Native American Flute and Song”
• Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m. – Exhibit Opening Reception of “Formed, Fired, and Finished: Art Pottery from the James-Farmer Collection”
• Nov. 17, 2 p.m. – “Was I born for this? North Carolina Slave Voices” Dr. Lucinda MacKethan, Professor of English Emerita, N.C. State University, will discuss the ways in which African American writers, in the years before the Civil War, presented their experience as slaves and fought against slavery and racism in North Carolina.
• Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 18th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration will include hands-on workshops and craft activities, as well as presentations from historians and scholars.
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