City, Lifestyle

PlanAhead: February 2021

February is here + love is in the air—to help you get the most out of this short month, we’re rounding up some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help you stay connected. 💘

Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in the following events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.

Monday February 1–Sunday February 7

Monday February 1 

Arts 
Gouache for Beginners | Mon., Feb. 1 | 6:30–9:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | An instructor for the NC State Craft Center will teach participants how to paint with gouache while creating landscape art. 🖌️

Health
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support Group | Mon., Feb. 1 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The LGBT Center of Raleigh and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC will have a mental health support group for LGBT+ adults 18-and-up. 🏳️‍🌈

Tuesday February 2

Edu
Virtual Educator Trek: Early Childhood Dinosaur Science Discovery | Tues., Feb. 2 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is offering a workshop for early childhood educators on teaching prehistoric history + dinosaurs. Eligible attendees can receive class credit under NC’s Environmental Education Certification Program and $100 worth of prehistoric education materials. 🦕

Civic
Dix Park Community Committee | Tues., Feb. 2 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This committee is designed to provide community-sourced guidance to the Dix Park Leadership Committee on the current Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan. 

Wednesday February 3

Talk
Tar Heel Tales: Ruth and the Green Book | Wed., Feb. 3 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of History is hosting a reading of the children’s book Ruth and the Green Book that chronicles the experience of Black people traveling in the South during the 1950s. 📗

Biz
Education & Economic Development: WakeTech – Local Asset For Your Business | Wed., Feb. 3 | 8 a.m. | Virtual | Free | The Cary Chamber of Commerce is highlighting two business resources from Wake Tech in this combination Economic Development Committee and Education Committee meeting – the Apprenticeship Program and Small Business Resource Center. 📈

Arts
Mindful Museum: Virtual Art and Self-Care Hour | Wed. Feb. 3 | 7–8 p.m. | Virtual | $6.44+ | Attendees will follow Jesalyn Keziah MSW through grounding exercises, personal reflection, and art-making exercises based on NCMA gallery pieces. 🎨

Talk 
CABJ: Black History Month Kickoff with Nikole Hannah-Jones | Wed., Feb. 3 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | UNC Chapel Hill alumni + Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will share her experiences being a Black journalist + answer questions from viewers for The Carolina Association of Black Journalists’ Black History Month kickoff. 📝

Thursday February 4 

Tech
Cary’s Madden 21 Tournament | Thurs., Feb. 4 | 7–9:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Registered participants will compete in a double-elimination Madden 21 tournament for the title of Super Bowl Champion and a prize. 🏈

Network
Business Breakouts | Thurs., Feb. 4 | 4–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Meet with other business leaders at this networking event hosted by Cary Chamber of Commerce. 🌐

Talk
The History Of North Carolina’s Black Musicians: Struggle And Success | Thurs., Feb. 4 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | NC State Africana Studies professor Darrell Stover will speak about poetry + music history from the anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song. 🎵

ForKids
What are you Reading? | Thurs., Feb. 4 | 6:30–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Kids grades 3–5 can talk about what books they are currently reading while making friends and hanging out together. 📚

Friday February 5

Arts
Odd Couples: Objects in Conversation | Fri., Feb. 5 | 12–12:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Ackland Art Museum staff will guide attendees through a viewing of unconventional art pairings from the museum’s collection. 🖼️

Biz
Setting up Business Accounting | Fri., Feb. 5 | 12–1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | If you are a business owner or operator who needs guidance on how to handle your finances this session can provide you with some key information on basic accounting principles + using QuickBooks.💲

Saturday February 6

Outdoors
Gardening in the South | Sat., Feb. 6 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is holding a series of educational presentations by horticulture professionals with tips on how to improve your home garden. 🧑‍🌾

Arts 
Discover The Cat Behind The Hat Opening Reception | Sat., Feb. 6 + Sun., Feb. 7 | 12–5 p.m. | 440 Daniels St. | Free | LaMantia Gallery Raleigh will premiere a special exhibit of art by Theodor Seuss Geisel– also known as Dr. Seuss. 🖼️

Learn
A Family Story: Images of the Pope House Museum | Sat., Feb. 6 | 9 a.m. | 511 South Wilmington St. | Free | The Pope House Museum is opening a new exhibit of pictures from the house’s collection featuring Dr. Manassa T. Pope + his family between the years 1880-1999. 🎞️

Learn
Self-Care Through Mandalas | Sat., Feb. 6 | 1–3:30 p.m. | Virtual | $43+ | An artist will lead viewers through the practice of painting different types of mandalas for spiritual + therapeutic purposes. 

FeaturedEvent
Exclusive Financial Webinar for First Time Homebuyers Webinar | Sat., Feb. 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Steve Wingerter, CEO of 7 Locks Lending LLC, will be co-hosting this event alongside Raleigh real estate agent, Veronica Saccoh.

Sunday February 7

Learn
Hydrangeas In Malibu Blue Painting Class | Sun., Feb. 7 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $37 | Wine & Design is hosting a remote paint party for all artistic skill levels. A paint kit is included with the price of a ticket. 🎨

Show
Music In The Library: Shenette Swann | Sun., Feb. 7 | 2:30–3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Locally-based blues + jazz singer Shenette Swann is doing a performance of her own songs and will discuss her songwriting inspirations. 🎶

Monday February 8–Sunday February 14

Monday February 8

Network
Business After Hours | Mon., Feb. 8 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free for employees of member firms | A networking event hosted by Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for participants seeking to make connections and enhance business partnerships. 🤝

Edu
Grants and Scholarships for College with CFNC | Mon., Feb. 8 | 6–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A representative from the College Foundation of NC (CFNC) will lead a session about finding the right grants + scholarships for college students. 💵

Tuesday February 9

ForKids
“The Greatest Treasure” Puppet Show | Tues., Feb. 9 | 10–11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Puppet Show Inc. will put on a virtual show retelling the Chinese folktale of The Greatest Treasure through Orange County Public Libraries. 🇨🇳

Talk
Old News: What’s New In Paleontology? | Tues., Feb. 9 | 1–1:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Research Curator of Paleontology Dr. Christian Kammerer + host Laura Beth Speer will cover some of the newest + most important discoveries in the paleontology field from uncovered fossils to findings about ancient history. 🦴

Wednesday February 10 

Learn
Woodworking Basics | Wed., Feb. 10 | 6–8:30 p.m. | The Maker’s Space, 2101 Harrod St. | $60 | You can learn the basics of woodworking at this introductory class for those interested in gaining knowledge about shop safety, milling hardwood, and using power tools. 🗜️

Arts 
Finding Your Voice with Travis Book | Wed., Feb. 10 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | Grammy Award winning musician Travis Book of The Infamous Stringdusters will host a workshop on vocal performance and how to use singing for musical expression.

Family
History Corner: Charlotte Hawkins Brown | Wed., Feb. 10 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the life and impact of the NC historical figure + education activist Charlotte Hawkins Brown from the Education Coordinator of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum Sonya Laney. 🏫

Learn
Science on Tap: Mate Night | Wed., Feb. 10 | 8:30–9:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Tune in for an adults-only night of salacious science. Attendees will learn about animal mating habits, how people develop attraction, and more.

Thursday February 11

Civic
Raleigh Transit Authority | Thurs., Feb. 11 | 3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Raleigh Transit Authority handles matters related to transportation around the city including roads, buses, and corridor development. 🚌

Family
Sing A Song: The Generational Influence Of Lift Every Voice And Sing | Thurs., Feb. 11 | 6–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Children’s book author Kelly Starling Lyons will discuss her book Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice Inspired Generations and the Black National Anthem. 🎤

Friday February 12

Seniors
Understanding Hearing Loss and Technology | Fri., Feb. 12 | 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Attendees will get information about alternative therapeutic + technological options for hearing loss while exploring options for hearing assistive devices. 🦻

Holiday
Valentine Card Making | Fri., Feb. 12 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Kiwanis Park, 2525 Noble Rd. | $5 | Enjoy a  drop-in Valentine’s Day card-making event with cards + supplies included. The barcode to access the event is 266504. ❤️

Biz
C-Suite Perspectives | Fri., Feb. 12 | 9–10:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free for members | Pendo CEO Todd Olson will talk about his experience successfully leading a company despite unprecedented times and provide advice for how event participants can do the same.

Saturday February 13

Show
Valentine’s Romance & Tango | Sat., Feb. 13 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21.46 | The NC Symphony will perform romantic scores such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune. 💃

Holiday
NC TACAS Chinese New Year Festival | Sat., Feb. 13 | 2–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Ring in the Lunar New Year with the Triangle Area Chinese American Society as they celebrate with cultural performances and opportunities to win prizes. 🧧

Sunday February 14

TryThis
Date Night Paint Class | Sun., Feb. 14 | 3 p.m. | Wine & Design, 510 W. Martin St. | $74 | Wine & Design is hosting a date night event for couples looking to create romantic paintings together. A paint kit is included with the price of a ticket. 💑

Talk 
An Afternoon with Jaki Shelton Green | Sun., Feb. 14 | 2–3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green shares her poetry with listeners and dives into the creative process of writing. ✍️

 

Monday February 15–Sunday February 21

Monday February 15

Parents 
School’s Out Camp | Mon., Feb. 15 | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St. | $60+ | The museum is offering a day camp on school holidays where children will get to explore exhibits + have enriching playtime. 🚸

Learn
Write Your Story | Mon., Feb. 15 | 12:30–2 p.m. | Walnut Terrace Neighborhood Center, 1256 McCauley St. | Free | This workshop is for those interested in documenting their life stories through writing to pass onto future generations. The barcode to access the event is 267031. 📓

Tuesday February 16

Civic
City Council Afternoon Session | Tues., Feb. 16 | 1–4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Raleigh City Council will meet to handle city-related business + is open to the public.

Learn 
Virtual STEMville: Experiment Expressway | Tues., Feb. 16 | 2–2:45 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | A professional at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will be demonstrating exciting science experiments and answering questions about them. This program is ideal for kids grades 3–12. 🧪

Wednesday February 17

Family
History Hunters: North Carolina and the Green Book | Wed., Feb. 17 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of History invites families and kids aged 10-13 to learn more about the history of the Green Book + African Americans living during segregation. 

Learn 
 Hot Licks Guitar Workshop with Mason Via | Wed., Feb. 17 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | Bluegrass guitarist Mason Via will teach attendees of all skill levels impressive riffs that they can incorporate into solos and improvisation.

TryThis
Mindful Museum: Virtual Slow Art Appreciation | Wed., Feb. 17 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Center yourself + relax at this meditative art-viewing hosted by the NC Museum of Art.  🧘

Arts 
Close Looks at Cocktail Hour: Tennessee Williams’s Midnite Show | Wed., Feb. 17 | 5–5:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A staff member at Ackland Art Museum will dissect the elements of Tennessee William’s piece, Midnite Show. Using the museum’s “Close Looks” digital feature, viewers can get a more detailed look at the art than ever before. 🖌️

Thursday February 18

Biz
Community Success Forum | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 9–11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is bringing together industry leaders and local professionals for a forum focusing on racial equity in business + economic mobility throughout the region. 💼

Network
Business of Women | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Chief Technology Officer for the Town of Cary Nicole Raimundo will discuss technology innovation and working online at this month’s Business of Women meeting. 

Friday February 19

Arts
“Posing Modernity: A Retrospective View” with Denise Murrell | Fri., Feb. 19 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | UNC Chapel Hill alumni + Associate Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Denise Murrell will discuss her exhibit Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. 🖼️

Jobs
Dress for Success Job Fair | Fri., Feb. 19 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Dress for Success–an organization dedicated to helping women achieve economic independence–is holding a virtual job fair with participating companies including the United States Postal Service and Spectrum.🧑‍💼

Saturday February 20 

Outdoors
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry—Chocolate, Tequila, and the Intersection of Plants and People | Sat., Feb. 20 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | $25+ | Experts will teach participants about ethnobotany–the study of both cultural anthropology and botany–while giving examples of major studies in the field. 🌱

Show
The Kruger Brothers | Sat., Feb. 20 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21.46 | The NC Symphony + The Kruger Brothers will perform a show together infusing classical + folk music for a unique concert experience. 🎸

Family 
Family Fun: Quilling Cards | Sat., Feb. 20 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | An instructor at the NC Craft Center will lead a class on creating quilling art out of old and unused paper. ✂️

Watch
Marvelous Music Online Series: Yolanda Rabun | Sat., Feb. 20 | 7:30–10 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The fourth installment of the Town of Cary’s Marvelous Music Online Series features a concert performance from Yolanda Rabun. 🎤

Sunday February 21 

Tech
Cary’s Winter Rocket League Tournament | Sun., Feb. 21 | 2–6 p.m. | Virtual | 2–6 p.m. | Free | Registered participants will compete in a 3-on-3 double-elimination Rocket League tournament for the title of tournament champion and a chance to win prizes. 🎮

TheBuy
The Raleigh Market | Sun., Feb. 21 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | NC State Fairgrounds | Free | Visitors can shop for vintage, handmade, + antique treasures both inside and outside. 🛍️

Monday February 22–Sunday February 28

Cause
Assistance League of the Triangle’s Food Drive | Mon., Feb. 22, Wed., Feb. 24, & Sat., Feb. 27 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | A-Z Thrift Shop, 1621 N. Market Dr. | Donate non-perishable food items to those in need for the National Assistance League Action Week.

Monday February 22

Seniors
New to Email | Mon., Feb. 22 | 2–4 p.m. | 1256 McCauley St. | Free | An instructor will teach participants how to access + use Gmail for business and personal purposes. The barcode to access the event is 267749. 💻

Civic
Durham Board of County Commissioners Regular Session | Mon., Feb. 22 | 7–10 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Durham Board of County Commissioners will be live-streaming its regular session for citizens to view. Residents must sign-up in advance to make public comments.

Tuesday February 23

ForKids
Virtual STEMville: Scientist Block Party | Tues., Feb. 23 | 2–2:45 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will be doing a science demonstration and have a scientist answer questions about their job. This program is ideal for kids in grades 3–12. 🔬

Learn
Natural Sciences Classroom: So, What’s A Bacterium? | Tues., Feb. 23 | 11–11:45 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Explore what lies under the microscope at this class on bacteria with an expert at the NC Museum of Nature Sciences. Participants will take a guided look at pictures, 3D models, and culture plates while learning bacteria’s basic functions + what makes them different from viruses. 🦠

Drink
Pint Night | Tues., Feb. 23 | 4 p.m..–10 p.m. | 900 E Six Forks Rd. | Free | Pourworks Beer & Wine Shop is offering half-priced draft beers + growlers all day. 🍺

Wednesday February 24

Arts
Melt and Pour Candles | Wed., Feb. 24 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | An instructor at the NC Craft Center will lead a class on candle melting, pouring, and customizing. 🕯️

Learn
The Art of Storytelling with Willa Brigham | Wed., Feb. 24 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Writer Willa Brigham will teach participants about how to be skillful storytellers and inspire those around them. 📖

Biz
Eye Opener Breakfast | Wed., Feb. 24 | 8–9 a.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Kody Kinsley will give updates on the state of COVID-19 in NC + vaccine distribution.

Learn
Mandolin Tips Workshop with Lorraine Jordan | Wed., Feb. 24 | 7–8 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | Bluegrass icon + cultural influence Lorraine Jordan will share her trade secrets on how to become a powerhouse mandolin player.

Thursday February 25

Arts
Write It: The Art of the Haiku | Thurs., Feb. 25 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Poet + scholar Lenard Moore will recite some of his unique poems and help participants learn more about haiku poetry. ✏️

Network
Courageous Conversation | Thurs., Feb. 25 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | $15 for non-members | The topic for the event is Young, Gifted & Black: Recruiting and Retaining Exceptional Talent and will feature keynote speaker Raven Solomon along with a panel of college student leaders. 👔

Friday February 26 

Arts
Final Friday Artist Reception | Fri., Feb. 26 | 7 p.m.–9 p.m. | Coffee & Crepes, 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary | Free | The coffeeshop will showcase paintings from its artist of the month Greg Lucas + will serve free, locally-sourced coffee to attendees.

Theatre
The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) | Fri., Feb. 26–Sun., Mar. 14 | 3 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $16 | Presented by Theatre in the Park, this play covers all eras of comedy from Shakespeare to The Daily Show. 🍿

FeaturedEvent
Brand new Drive-In opens at the Triangle Town Center Mall | Fri., Feb. 26 – Sat., Aug. 29 | 5:30-9 p.m. | 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Unit 150 | $7-10 | Covid-friendly activity for families, couples + movie lovers, the Drive-In will be open every Fri. and Sat. thru the summer of 2021. Food trucks will be on site. Outdoor theater is also available to rent for private events. 

Saturday February 27

Show 
Famous Overtures | Sat., Feb. 27 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21.46 | The NC Symphony will do a performance of some of the most famous overtures from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. 🎻

Learn
Find Your Flow: Fluid Painting Workshop | Sat., Feb. 27 | 1–3:30 p.m. | Virtual | $43 | Play by your own rules and let go of stress in this class on fluid painting. 🎨

Sunday February 28

Family 
Virtual Family & Friends Sunday: Year of the Ox | Sun., Feb. 28 | 2–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Attendees will get to watch a show from the Flying Silk dance troupe + view some artwork on display for Ackland Art Museum’s Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. 🐂

Health
Disability Alliance Meeting | Sun., Feb. 28 | 4–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Disability Alliance provides support + community services for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and have a disability. 🌈