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 to 13 will discuss books and enjoy crafts, snacks, authors and live readings. To register, call 919-996-2220. The book to be discussed is:
• Saturday, Dec. 7 - “The Christmas Barn” by C.L. Davis.
Joel Lane Museum House will hold a book signing and museum shop open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 160 S. Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh. Hot wassail will be served, and North Carolina author Nancy Rascoe will speak about and sign her book “The Sandy Banks Live On” at 5 p.m. For more information, call 919-833-3431.
Museum of History events
The North Carolina Museum of History will host educational events all through the month of December at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7992.
• 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 3 and 10 - “Time for Tots: Holiday Lights” will offer a chance to learn about the significance of shining holiday symbols. $1 per child, ages 3-5 with adult. Call to register.
• 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 - “History Corner: Sweet Holidays” will explore the tasty treats and traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and offer participants the chance to make something sweet to take home. $1 per child, ages 6-9 with adult. Call to register.
• 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 - “History Hunters: Festival Food” will let participants taste and make winter celebration treats, and learn the traditions behind them. $1 per child, ages 10-13 with adult. Call to register.
• 10-10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19 - “Storytime in the Gallery” will offer a guided tour through a museum gallery, accompanied by a history-related story.
• 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 - The drop-in program “Make It, Take It: Nesting Dolls” will let participants make a paper version of the traditional Russian toy, then listen to local author Jacqueline Ogburn during her reading.
• 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 - Local author Jacqueline K. Ogburn will read from her book “The Magic Nesting Doll,” a children’s story of a Russian nesting doll which produces a magical helper when opened. A signing session will follow.
• 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 - Gmish Klezmer band will perform for the “Music of the Carolinas” program. Klezmer is equal parts fiddle, clarinet and accordion in a style that blends flashy concert customs with down-home dance traditions.
• Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Dennis Wood, former professor of design at N.C. State University, will discuss “Everything Sings,” his one-of-a-kind atlas of the Boylan Heights neighborhood in Raleigh. From gathering overlooked and seemingly insignificant details, ranging from mapping radio waves to Halloween pumpkins on porches, Wood has created a multilayered story about his neighborhood.
• 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 - The Capitol Tree lighting will offer participants the chance to make an angel paper chain at the craft table and take advantage of $5 admission (adults $7) to the exhibitions “The Tsars’ Cabinet” and “Windows into Heaven.” Ages 6 and under are free. The lighting of the tree will take place at 6:30 p.m.
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 - A screening of “Andrei Rublev” will be shown. Set against the turbulence of 15th-century Russia, this epic masterpiece (1966, Russian with subtitles) is loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, who is often considered one of the greatest medieval icon painters in Russian history.
• 2-11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 - First Night Raleigh will take place at the museum. The children’s celebration will run 2-6 p.m., the people’s procession will take place at 6 p.m., and the nighttime events in Daniels Auditorium, including a performance by Russian entertainers Moscow Nights, will run 7-11 p.m. First Night button required for entry.
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