Community Notes, Jan. 8

January 7, 2014 

Elizabeth Keckly lecture

Rebecca Ryan will host a lecture about the life of Elizabeth Keckly from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. Keckly, who was born into slavery in 1835, eventually founded her own dressmaking business, which served prominent clients such as Mrs. Robert E. Lee, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and Mrs. Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis. The cost is $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society, $15 for nonmembers. Advance payment is required. For more information and to register, call 919-833-3431.

Free CORE classes

Raleigh Orthopaedic's CORE (Center for Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Exercise) health & wellness program is currently offering two free personal fitness sessions and one full week of free exercise classes led by licensed physical therapists. If you are afflicted with arthritis, osteoporosis, balance issues, back pain or if you just want to improve your fitness level in the presence of knowledgeable professionals, call 919-863-6834 or email CORE@raleighortho.com.

Winter Waterfowl

Learn how to identify some of Lake Crabtree County Park’s winter visitors from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lake Crabtree, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Bring binoculars and field guides. This free program is for adults only and is eligible to meet Criteria II or III credit for N.C. Environmental Education Certification. To register, call 919-460-3390.

Stamping Around Blue Jay

Come to Blue Jay County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, to learn all about letterboxing, a combination of geocaching and problem solving. Bring a jacket for this all-outside program. The program fee is $3 per person and $5 per family. Registration is required. For information and to register, call 919-870-4330.

Fantastic Fossils

Join staff at Crowder District Park from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex, and become a junior paleontologist. Play the rock cycle game and discover how rock fossils are formed. Learn and create the four types of fossils and then excavate reptiles from eggs. This program is for all ages, and the fee is $5 per family. To register, call 919-662-2850.

MLK Day parade

The 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Memorial March will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Capitol building in downtown Raleigh. The parade will last until noon. For more information, visit www.GoDowntownRaleigh.com.

Art and photography contests

Share your artistic creations from Jan. 25 through Feb. 2 at Historic Yates Mill Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, by entering the park’s eighth annual art and photography contests. Contest rules can be obtained at the park, by mail on request and on wakegov.com. The contests are free and include youth and adult categories with mill, nature and park subjects. For more information, call 919-856-6675.

Starry Night

Join the American Tobacco Trail staff from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, for a night under the stars, explore local night sky and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Participants are advised to bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight. The program fee is $5 per family or $3 per individual. Register through Harris Lake County Park by calling 919-387-4342 or via email at harris.lake@wakegov.com. Meet at the White Oak Parking Area, 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex.

North Regional Library events

North Regional Library hosts events each month. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. North Regional Library is located at 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. For more information on any of these events, call 919-870-4000.

2:30 p.m. Jan. 15: Book Bites will feature debut fiction from the past several years. Attendees are invited to share books of any type. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 15: What the Pros Know: Writing Children’s Books will teach participants about the success and challenge of writing books for young audiences. Registration is requested.

7 p.m. Jan. 15: What the Dickens? Literary Trivia will allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge of books, authors, and more. Root beer and pretzels will be served for snacks. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 16: Smarter Social Security Planning will teach participants how to maximize benefits received from Social Security. Registration is required.

3 p.m. Jan. 18: The library will host “The Golden Doorstop” by Judy M. Dove. The story, performed by students, tells the story of how a 12-year-old North Carolina boy discovered the nation’s first gold mine. Registration is requested.

Jan. 21 through Feb. 4: The public is invited to come in and create a Valentine for a Veteran. Completed valentines will be delivered to the office for Veterans’ Services of Wake County.

6 p.m. Jan. 22: Meet the Artisan: The Art of Woodworking will allow attendees to see members of the N.C. Woodcarving Association demonstrating their craft.

3 p.m. Jan. 24: Craft It! will allow anyone ages 16 and over to make photo magnets. Participants are invited to bring their own photos; all other materials will be provided. Registration is required.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 28: SAT vs. ACT: Which Test Should You Take? is a seminar hosted by Kaplan Test Prep. The sessions are an hour long. Registration is requested.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29: Books to Lift Your Mood is a drop-in session for mood-enhancing books to lift your spirits.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30: New Year, New You: There’s A Book for That! will feature librarians giving suggestions for books related to New Year’s resolutions and how to keep them.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 19: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. March 11: Financial Management: Cash Flow & Taxes for Small Businesses will teach participants how to meet their financial obligations, provide an income, minimize taxes and more. Registration is requested.

Cameron Village Library events

Cameron Village Library hosts events each month. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are free. Cameron Village Library is located at 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information on any of these events, call 919-856-6710.

2 p.m. Jan. 15: Book Bites will feature debut fiction from the past several years. Attendees are invited to share books of any type. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 15: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. Registration is requested.

Jan. 21 through Feb. 4: The public is invited to come in and create a Valentine for a Veteran. Completed valentines will be delivered to the office for Veterans’ Services of Wake County.

2 p.m. Jan. 21: The Flauto Dolce Recorder Ensemble will perform at the library.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 21: Smarter Social Security Planning will teach participants how to maximize benefits received from Social Security. Registration is required.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 23: WCPE Radio host Juergen Rathgeber will lead a discussion which explores the history of great classical music.

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24: An informational and enrollment session will be held on the Affordable Care Act. Registration is required by calling 855-733-3711 for individual appointments.

11 a.m. Jan. 25: What the Pros Know: Writing Children’s Books will teach participants about the success and challenge of writing books for young audiences. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 25: Financial Management: Cash Flow & Taxes for Small Businesses will teach participants how to meet their financial obligations, provide an income, minimize taxes, and more. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 4: An online marketing seminar will teach participants how to reach customers with a message that stands out and creates action. Registration is requested.

3 p.m. Feb. 8: The library will host “The Golden Doorstop” by Judy M. Dove. The story, performed by students, tells the story of how a 12-year-old North Carolina boy discovered the nation’s first gold mine. Registration is requested.

Museum of History events

The North Carolina Museum of History hosts events year-round at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-807-7992.

10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 - Time for Tots: Happy New Year! Find out how and when people of different cultures ring in their new year. Call to register

10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 23, and 30 - Storytime in the Gallery. A history-related story will accompany a tour of one of the galleries.

1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 - Created Equal: “Freedom Riders.” This 2010 documentary depicts the period in 1961 when black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South.

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 - 13th Annual African Cultural Celebration. Join the statewide kickoff to Black History Month by celebrating the state’s diverse African American heritage and culture.

Small business expo

The city of Raleigh’s 16th annual expo for small, disadvantaged minority- and women-owned businesses will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Southeast Raleigh High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road. The expo is held annually to provide businesses with an opportunity to talk one on one with purchasing and acquisition representatives from participating entities.

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