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History Corner: State Symbols
A program on North Carolinas state symbols is set for 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Listen to a short story and make a craft. Cost is $1 for children 6-9 with adult. To register, call 919-807-7992.
History Hunters: Carolina Moravians
A program on Moravians is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Learn about Moravians life on the N.C. frontier, plus how to fold a Moravian star. Cost is $1 per person for children 10-13. To register, call 919-807-7992.
Applying, paying for college
A forum on applying and paying for college is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wade Edwards Learning Lab, 714 St. Marys St., Raleigh. Sarita Broadway of CFNC will speak. Pizza will be provided. For more information, visit www.wade.org or contact Jessi Rogers at email@example.com or 919-856-9233.
A blood drive is set for 3-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. To schedule an appointment, search www.redcross.org and enter the sponsor code Wake Library. Walk-ins accepted.
Draft is holding a fundraising dinner for WakeMed Childrens hospital. Customers will be admitted to a buffet dinner with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or $20. Toys will be given to children hospitalized during the holidays. The event will include door prizes and a silent auction. Drinks not included. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-906-0156.
Constellation, a folk music duo, will perform songs from its new CD, Painting the Sky, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
A yoga class is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Whole Foods, 8710 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. To register, call 919-354-0350. Stress reduction with chair yoga is scheduled from 6 to 6:50 p.m. followed by gentle mat yoga from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Bring two towels. To register, call 919-870-4000.
The Better Living with Arthritis Speakers Series will continue at noon Thursday at Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic Glenwood Avenue Office, 3515 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The topic will be healthy lifestyle for a healthy life.
Tree lighting in Raleigh
The Capitol Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol grounds. The N.C. Museum of History will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and the event will include seasonal music and hands-on fun.
19th Annual Jingle Ball is set for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child, newborn to age 12, valued at $20 or a $30 donation by cash or check. All toys will be donated to the Salvation Armys Christmas Cheer Program. For more information, go to jingleball.org.
Parade and tree lighting
The Franklinton Christmas parade and tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday on Main Street in downtown Franklinton.
Sulick at Quail Ridge
Michael Sulick will share Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
A Christmas craft bazaar is set for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Stewart Health Center at Springmoor Retirement Community, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh. The bazaar will feature many craft items, as well as cookies, cakes, candy and jelly.
Wake Forest tree lighting
The Lighting of Wake Forest will kick off the towns holiday festivities at 6 p.m. Friday in Centennial Plaza in front of the town hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The event which includes local choirs, free horse and carriage rides and free photos with Santa culminates with the lighting of the towns 30-foot Christmas tree.
Kitten and puppy art
Homeless Kittens & Puppies Paint for Their Supper is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SPCA Adoption Center, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh. Kittens and puppies create one-of-a-kind works and help raise money to benefit shelter animals. Prices are $12-$50. Warm cider, cookies will be provided. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions about adoptable animals.
Oakwood Cemetery tours
Historic Oakwood Cemetery will offer an hourlong Friday Night Flashlight Walk at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to park outside of the cemetery and meet at the front gate. Cost is $5 per person. Bring a flashlight. To register, email email@example.com or call 919-832-6077.
Nixon, Blevins and Gage at Quail Ridge
Nixon, Blevins and Gage will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Yates Mill Holiday Sale
Yates Mill Associates annual holiday sale is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Sales of stone-ground cornmeal, cookbooks and a variety of mill-related merchandise will benefit the upkeep of the historic site. For more information, call 919-856-6675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff members from N.C. State and Cameron Village library will share stories, music and treats with children of all ages at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-856-6723.
Raleigh Yoga Center will offer a free community yoga class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh Yoga Center, 619 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, visit www.raleighyoga.com.
Wake Forest Christmas parade
The 2012 Wake Forest Christmas Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday downtown. From 10 a.m. to noon, the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation will offer free photos and visits with Santa in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., Wake Forest.
Make It, Take It: Ornamental Holidays is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. See how to make a traditional N.C. ornament.
Mordecai Open House
Mordecai House will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. The house will be decorated with period trimmings from Colonial to mid-20th century periods and docents will answer questions. Free, no registration necessary.
Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour
Historic Oakwood will hold its 41st annual candlelight tours of homes from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This years tour features 13 historic homes and significant structures, festively decorated for the season. The annual tour benefits the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood. Tickets are available in advance at HistoricOakwood.org and at select retail locations for $20 through Thursday. Tickets will be $30 the day of the event at The Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast.
A program on making gifts inspired by the history of Yates Mill is set for 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Participants will create greeting cards and weave a Dutch Heart to fill with a surprise. The fee is $8 per person. Registration is required. For information, call 919-856-6675.
Kelly Starling Lyons at Quail Ridge
Kelly Starling Lyons will share Tea Cakes for Tosh for ages 4-8 at 3 p.m. Saturday at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Rescue Mission fundraiser
A fundraiser by author Jeanie DeGroff to raise money for the Rescue Mission is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Whole Foods Market on Strickland and Six Forks Road, Raleigh. A percentage of the sales of the cookbook Everyone Brings Something to the Table will be donated. Whole Foods will match DeGroffs contribution. For more information, call 919 841-4206
Mordecai Lantern Tours
See what life was like during holidays past from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. Vignettes representing Colonial Times, Civil War Days and the Victorian Era will be presented by Burning Coal Theater and the NC 26th Regiment. The cost is $5, and registration is required by calling 919-857-4364.
Christmas on Main
Franklintons Christmas on Main and holiday lights tour is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Franklinton. Enjoy music, singing and take pictures with Santa. Take a guided tour of the towns decorated homes or drive on your own. For more information, call 919-494-2520.
Mishpacha will perform a family concert from its Hanukkah CD, Mishpacha Celebrates, at noon Sunday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
Hill and Buonya at Quail Ridge
Harriet Hill and HYoanh Ksor Buonya will share Escaping Viet Nam - HYoanhs Story: A Memoir of Determination, Defiance and Deliverance at 3 p.m. Sunday at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.
The Happy Valley Pals
Music of the Carolinas: The Happy Valley Pals is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Gail Gillespie, Dwight Rogers and Wayne and Margaret Martin will present the holiday tradition Breaking Up Christmas.
Human Rights Day celebration
The 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated at noon Monday at the Old Capitol Building House chamber. Students from Exploris Middle School will read the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Joe Burton of North Carolina Peace Action will speak after the reading. For more information, contact Dan Figgins at 919-280-2947. The event is sponsored by the Wake County chapter of the United Nations Association and by the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina.
Rachael Ray to visit Meredith
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray will speak about her latest cookbook, My Year in Meals, at 6 p.m. Monday in Jones Auditorium, at Meredith College. Ray will be interviewed on the stage by Lisa Prince, host of UNC-TVs Flavor N.C. Then Ray will answer questions from the audience. Meredith Colleges Friends of the Library and Quail Ridge Books & Music are sponsoring the event. Cost is $5. Anyone who purchases the book will receive free admission. Ray will autograph all the books ahead of time. For more information, go to quailridgebooks.com or call 919-828-1588.
Time for Tots: La Posada
A program about the Mexican Christmas tradition of La Posada, for children 3-5 with adult, is scheduled from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. La Posada, a religious celebration, centers on Mary and Josephs search for an inn in Bethlehem. Cost is $1. To register, call 919-807-7992.
A job assistance lab is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh. Instructors from Wake Tech will help with resume and cover letter writing, job searching, online job applications and interview preparation. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 919-870-4000.
Mental Illness and the Holidays
The Southeast Raleigh Community Forum of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will present Mental Illness and the Holidays by Dr. James A. Smith from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richard B. Harrison Library, 1313 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. For more information, call Harold Mallette at 919-747-0623.
Jazz vocalist concert
Celebrated Durham jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon will perform with John Brown, bassist, composer and director of Dukes jazz program at 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. They will perform songs from their new CD, Christmas.