PlanAhead: March 2021

Spring is almost here + we are so ready for warmer weather —to help you get the most out of this 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 March 1–Sunday March 7

A Number | Fri., Mar. 5–Sat., Mar. 13 | On-Demand | Virtual | $10+ | Raleigh Little Theatre presents A Number, a psychological thriller play about human cloning and the relationship between fathers + their sons. 🎭

The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) | Thurs., Mar. 4–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. 🍿

Monday March 1 

Biz
Real Estate Professionals Call | Mon., Mar. 1 | 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Real estate + related-industry professionals are invited to attend for a discussion on the current market, and investment opportunities, while building networking opportunities–hosted by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. 🏠

Civic
Board of Commissioners Meeting | Mon., Mar. 1 | 5–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Wake County Board of Commissioners meet to discuss topics related to property tax rates, the county’s annual budget, and zoning. 

Tuesday March 2

Health
Minding Your Mental Health During Covid-19 | Tues., Mar. 2 | 7:30–9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) + Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services will provide participants with advice on how to maintain mental wellness amidst social isolation. 🧠

ForKids
Virtual STEMville: Astronomy Avenue | Tues., Mar. 2 | 2–2:45 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will be sharing stories + facts about astronomy while using planetarium software to observe the night sky. This program is ideal for kids in grades 3–12. 🔬

Biz
Reach More E-Commerce Customers with Expert Online Marketing Tips | Tues., Mar. 2 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | FedEx Sales Director Jason Blickhan will share his tips + tricks on how to run an effective online store. 📊

Wednesday March 3

Arts 
Mindful Museum: Art-Making Demonstration | Wed., Mar. 3 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $6+ | An artist will create an original piece of work while walking viewers through a meditative, centering activity to relax the body + mind. 

Show 
Virtual Sights and Sounds Concert Series: Pacifica Quartet | Wed., Mar. 3 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The internationally-recognized chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet will be performing a livestream concert. 🎻

Talk
Tar Heel Tales: Around America to Win the Vote | Wed., Mar. 3 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of History is hosting a reading of the children’s book Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. This event is part of an ongoing series. 📗

Learn
Musical Conversations: A Songwriting Workshop with Maya de Vitry | Wed., Mar. 3 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | Nashville-based musician Maya de Vitry will host a workshop on songwriting and how to use convey emotion through words. 🎙️

Thursday March 4 

Network
Nonprofit Community Leaders Call | Thurs., Mar. 4 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Chapel Hill–Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will host a conversation with the local nonprofit community to better understand how to work together amidst unprecedented times. 

Learn
Ceramics Glazing Workshop | Thurs., Mar. 4 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St., Carrboro | $59 | Attendees will glaze their pre-fired ceramics with the guidance of an instructor. 🏺

Civic
Appearance Commission | Thurs., Mar. 4 | 4:30–6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This meeting is open to the public and invites feedback from the community related to the visual quality + aesthetics of the city. 🏙️

Friday March 5

Listen 
Famous Overtures | Fri., Mar. 5 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | $21.45 | The NC Symphony will perform some of the most famous overtures from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. 🎻

Show
Tumbao | Fri., Mar. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop, 224 S Blount St. | $30+ | Raleigh-based Latin band Tumbao is performing a live concert.

FeaturedEvent
Brand new Drive-In opens at the Triangle Town Center Mall | Fri., Mar. 5-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 March 6

Edu
Educator Trek: Nature Journaling In Your Nature Neighborhood | Sat., Mar. 6 | 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. | Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, 240 Park Entrance Rd., Seven Springs | $25+ | Eligible education professionals can receive class credit under NC’s Environmental Education Certification Program for this workshop on nature journaling. 🌲

Outdoors
Deciduous Conifer Grafting Workshop | Sat., Mar. 6 | 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. | JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., | $100+ | Horticulture professionals will demonstrate + talk about grafting techniques for the average gardener. 🧑‍🌾

FeaturedEvent
First Time Homebuyers Webinar | Sat., Mar. 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | New season, new home! Now that Spring is coming, are you thinking about buying for the first time in the Wake County Area? Join Veronica Saccoh as she shares her guide to buying your first home including negotiation tactics and housing assistance programs.

Sunday March 7

Learn
Virtual Weinberg Lecture of Egyptology “Learning from Egyptian Mummies” | Sun., Mar. 7 | 2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the evolution of diseases through the medical + scientific study of mummies. 

Arts
Photographing Your Artwork | Sun., Mar. 7 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | The NC State Craft Center will teach participants through a lesson on photographing products or artwork at home for professional + portfolio use. 📸

 

Monday March 8–Sunday March 14

A Number | Fri., Mar. 5–Sat., Mar. 13 | On-Demand | Virtual | $10+ | Raleigh Little Theatre presents A Number, a psychological thriller play about human cloning and the relationship between fathers + their sons. 🎭

The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) | Thurs., Mar. 4–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. 🍿

Snow White | Sat., Mar. 13– Sat., Mar. 21 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. | Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue St. | $12+ | Raleigh Little Theatre presents a comical adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in which every character is played by one of two actors. 🍎

Monday March 8

Learn
Reptiles & Amphibians In My West Raleigh Neighborhood | Mon., Mar. 8 | 2–3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Research Ornithologist and educator John A. Gerwin will share pictures + stories he has collected of local reptiles and amphibians. 🦎

Holiday
International Women’s Day | Mon., Mar. 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Wine & Design, 510 W Martin St. | $37 | Participants will experience a guided paint + sip session for International Women’s Day. A paint kit is included with the price of a ticket. 🎨

Network
We Connect | Mon., Mar. 8 | 5:30–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event on the topic of Celebrating Asians in Business.

Tuesday March 9

Talk
Old News: What’s New In Paleontology? | Tues., Mar. 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, including uncovered fossils and ancient history findings. 🦴

Learn
Virtual STEMville: Experiment Expressway | Tues., Mar. 9 | 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. 🧪

Biz
Chamber Professional Women’s Luncheon | Tues., Mar. 9 | 9:30–11:30 a.m. | Virtual | $15 for nonmembers | A panel of women will speak about their professional journeys + there will be breakout sessions for attendees to discuss their experiences or build connections. 

Drink
Mocktail-Making Series | Tues., Mar. 9 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Current Wellness is kicking off a five-part Instagram Live series on making mocktails + cocktails.

Wednesday March 10 

ForKids
History Corner: To Fly! Planes, Chutes, Pilots, and More | Wed., Mar. 10 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of History will explore the state’s iconic aerial history from pilots to parachutists. ✈️

Learn
The Versatility of the Banjo: How to Play Different Styles with Hank Smith | Wed., Mar. 10 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Elevate your banjo skills with Raleigh-based bluegrass musician Hank Smith in this workshop on playing across a range of music genres. 🪕

Tech
3D Printing for Beginners | Wed., Mar. 10 | 6–9 p.m. | The Maker’s Space, 2101 Harrod St. | $90+ | This course will cover everything one would need to know to begin using 3D printing technology.

Thursday March 11

Listen
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 | Thurs., Mar. 11 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21.46 | The NC Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 conducted by Andrew Grams. 🎼

Biz
Ask the CPA 2021 – Tax Advice for Your Small Business | Thurs., Mar. 11 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Financial expert Micah S. Fraim will do a live Q&A session for small business owners with questions about filing taxes. 💰

Friday March 12

Arts
Artist Conversation: Renée Stout | Fri., Mar. 12 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Artist Renée Stout will talk about her work Ogun (1995) that is a part of Ackland Art Museum’s permanent collection. 🖼️

Parents 
Parents’ Night Out | Fri., Mar. 12 | 6:30–9:30 p.m. | WarriorTech OCR, 220-G Dominion Dr., Morrisville | $25+ | Kids ages 5–13 can spend the evening climbing walls + learning about fitness while their parents take the night off. 🚸

Health
JCC Collective Breaths: Second Fridays Shabbat Meditation | Fri., Mar. 12 | 12–12:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free for members | This guided meditation session will use a variety of art forms to engage + relax the mind in preparation for Shabbat.

Saturday March 13

ForKids
Virtual Art Adventures Morning Session | Sat., Mar. 13 | 10:30–11:15 a.m. | Virtual | $5 suggested donation | Kids between the ages of 6–9 are invited to enjoy a morning of guided art instruction at Ackland’s Art Adventures class. 

Learn
Renewal Pruning Class and Demonstration | Sat., Mar. 13 | 9–11:30 a.m. | Virtual | $20+ | The garden manager of JC Raulston Arboretum will teach participants how to use renewal pruning for home gardens and shrubbery. 🌿

Outdoors
Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden | Sat., Mar. 13 | 10–11 a.m. | Virtual | $8 | Participants can learn about unique landscape plants that grow well in the colder months along with their histories and features. 🌱

Holiday
Shamrock Search Scavenger Hunt | Sat., Mar. 13 | 2– 5 p.m. | Various locations | $15 per team | Explore either Raleigh, Cary, or Knightdale in this competitive scavenger hunt across your city of choice. Teams can win a gift-basket of local products by being the first to solve every clue + find all of the hidden shamrocks. 🔍

Talk
Find My Irish Ancestors | Sat., Mar. 13 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Hosted by the Raleigh Cu Chulain GAA Club, this event will connect guests with local genealogist John Ducie to explore the Irish immigration and ancestry. 🇮🇪

Sunday March 14

Health
Disability Alliance Meeting | Sun., Mar. 14 | 4–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Disability Alliance provides support + community services for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and have a disability. 🌈

Families
Lake Johnson Park Nature Explorers | Sun., Mar. 14 | 1:30–3 p.m. | Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center, 5611 Jaguar Park Dr. | $2 | Kids of all ages will go exploring outside to see what they can find in nature. The barcode to access the event is 263984.  

Monday March 15–Sunday March 21

Snow White | Sat., Mar. 13– Sat., Mar. 21 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. | Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue St. | $12+ | Raleigh Little Theatre presents a comical adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in which every character is played by one of two actors. 🍎

Monday March 15

Network
Business After Hours | Mon., Mar. 15 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A networking event hosted by Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for participants seeking to make connections and enhance business partnerships. 🤝

Learn
Mounting Your Artwork | Mon., Mar. 15 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | A NC State Craft Center instructor will teach participants how to mount two-dimensional artwork and what methods museums use for preservation. 

Civic
Durham City Council Meeting | Mon., Mar. 15 | 7–10 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Durham City Council will meet to handle city-related business + is open to the public. 

Talk
Converging Stories: Second Chance | Mon., Mar. 15 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | Raleigh Convergence’s ongoing series will host local speakers Betto Herrara, Jill Katz, Lucinda MacKethan + emcee Alexander Peacock. 🎤

Tuesday March 16

ForKids
Virtual STEMville: Scientist Block Party | Tues., Mar. 16 | 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
Notary Public Class | Tues., Mar. 16 | 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cary Chamber of Commerce, 307 North Academy St., Cary | $150+ | The Cary Chamber of Commerce is hosting a class for those interested in becoming a Notary Public for NC. Those in attendance will learn the basic requirements of the job and complete the application + exam for the position. 📝

Health
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support Group | Tues., Mar. 16 | 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. 🏳️‍🌈

Talk
(re)Imagining Our Jewish Community | Tues., Mar. 16 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A group of panelists will weigh in on the current state of the Jewish community amidst COVID-19, vaccine distribution, and efforts to return to normalcy. 

Wednesday March 17

Talk
History Hunters: Colonial Wartime | Wed., Mar. 17 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Dive into the history of NC before and during the Revolutionary War with the NC Museum of History. 🕰️

 Arts
Close Looks at Cocktail Hour: Renée Stout’s Ogun | Wed., Mar. 17 | 5–5:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Ackland Art Museum will lead an informal chat dissecting the elements of Renée Stout’s piece, Ogun. Using the museum’s “Close Looks” digital feature, viewers can get a more detailed look at the art than ever before.

Holiday
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Crann Úll | Wed., Mar. 17 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | Raleigh-based musical duo Crann Úll is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a performance of traditional Irish music and will talk about the history, culture, + methods of playing Irish music along the way. ☘️

Thursday March 18

Network
Business of Women | Thurs., Mar. 18 | 12–1:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Lynn Minges will discuss what she has learned in her time as the President + CEO of NC Restaurant and Lodging Association.

Job
YPN Program: Intentionally Indispensable | Thurs., Mar. 18 | 8:30–10 a.m. | Virtual | $45 for nonmembers | Professionals will teach attendees how to make themselves more valuable in the workplace while providing time to meet + network. 💼

Friday March 19

Seniors
Social Security Maximization | Fri., Mar. 19 | 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to apply for + increase social security benefits in this seminar for people approaching retirement. 💵

Talk
Say What, Shakespeare? | Fri., Mar. 19 | 6–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Talk about the life + work of Shakespeare through this guided discussion on his characters, themes, plots, and history. 🎭

Show
Music Bingo | Fri., Mar. 19 | 7–10 p.m. | PourWorks, 900 E. Six Forks Rd. | Free | Test your knowledge against friends and other participants + enjoy the opportunity to win prizes. Recurring Fridays through Nov. 19. 

Saturday March 20 

Show
Virtual Sights and Sounds Concert Series: Pinchas Zukerman & Shai Wosner | Sat., Mar. 20 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Violinist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Shai Wosner will be performing pieces of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata. 🎵

Talk
Virtual Talking Books with WCPL: Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives | Sat., Mar. 20 | 2–3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Librarians will provide recommendations for new books on female-empowerment + the importance of women in history. ♀️

TryThis
Family Fun: Origami | Sat., Mar. 20 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | You can learn how to make beautiful art out of just a single piece of paper at this class on the basics of origami. 📄

Sunday March 21

TheBuy
Pop-Up Raleigh | Sun., Mar. 21 | 12–5 p.m. | Trophy Brewing  & Taproom, 656 Maywood Ave. | Free+ | Visitors can shop from a variety of local artisan and vintage vendors outside. 🛍️

Active
Plank n’ Drank Yoga | Sun., Mar. 21 | 12–1 p.m. | Clouds Brewing, 1233 Front Street | $10 | Enjoy a weekly yoga session with an included drink afterward. 🧘

 

Monday March 22–Sunday March 28

Monday March 22

Show
Virtual Sights and Sounds Concert Series: Aizuri Quartet | Mon., Mar. 22 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Grammy-nominated strings ensemble Aizuri Quartet will be performing a livestream concert. 🎶

Civic
Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting | Mon., Mar. 22 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Town of Cary Planning and Zoning Board will be having a meeting open to public viewing + comment. 

Tuesday March 23

Edu
Teacher Tuesdays: Special Exhibition Access for Educators | Tues., Mar. 23 | 4 p.m. | NCMA East Building, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. | Free for teachers | Educators will get exclusive viewing access to the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibit in the evening. 🧑‍🏫

Biz
Coffee with Sam Ratto | Tues., Mar. 23 | 9–10 a.m. | Virtual | Free for members | Business owners in the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to attend this discussion on professional growth and business leadership. The event’s speaker is Sam Ratto of Videri Chocolate Factory. 

Biz
Basics of Small Business Bankruptcy | Tues., Mar. 23 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A retired bankruptcy judge will provide insight to small business owners about filing for bankruptcy + how to avoid severe financial problems. 

Jobs
Disability Virtual Career Fair | Tues., Mar. 23 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | People with disabilities seeking a job will meet with recruiters from across the country about employment opportunities.

Wednesday March 24

Talk
Chasing My Cure | Wed., Mar. 24 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Doctor David C. Fajgenbaum will talk about how he has dedicated his life + career to curing his own illness and overcoming adversity. 🩺

Learn
Bluegrass Vocal Workshop with Emily Kirsch | Wed., Mar. 24 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | This bluegrass vocal workshop will be hosted by musician Emily Kirsch of Diamond Creek and cover singing basics such as breathing techniques + creating harmonies. 🎤

Thursday March 25

Talk
2021 Critical Issues Series: Economic Forum | Thurs., Mar. 25 | 8:30–10 a.m. | Virtual | Free for members | Economist Dr. Michael Walden and the Chapel Hill–Carrboro Chamber president will give their predictions + insight on the conditions of the regional, state, and national economies.  📈

ForKids
Inclusive Egg Hunt To Go | Thurs., Mar. 25 | 5– 7 p.m. | Campus Hills Park, 2000 S Alston Ave., Durham | Free | Durham Parks and Recreation is giving away free bags of egg-hunting supplies + activities for parents to set up at home. 🐣

Friday March 26 

Arts
Last Friday Art Walk | Fri., Mar. 26 | 6–9 p.m. | Multiple Locations, Downtown Hillsborough | Free | Visit art venues + studios in downtown Hillsborough during this monthly, self-guided tour.🚶

TryThis
Zentangle Buttons | Fri., Mar. 26 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | An artist will lead a class about the basics of Zentangle while guiding students through creating a drawing of their own. ✒️

Saturday March 27

Civic
Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board Meeting | Sat., Mar. 27 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The City of Raleigh is holding a public meeting for the Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board. 

Show
Music from the Movies | Sat., Mar. 27 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21.46 | The NC Symphony will be performing a concert of classical songs from popular films such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. 📽️

Sunday March 28

Family
Virtual Family & Friends Sunday: Pottery and Postcards | Sat., Mar. 28 | 2–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get a closer look at Ackland Art Museum + Wilson Library’s pottery and postcard collection for this artistic exploration of NC culture. 🏞️

TheBuy
The Raleigh Market | Sun., Mar. 28 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd. | Free | Visitors can shop for vintage, handmade, + antique treasures both inside and outside. 🛍

 

Monday March 29–Wednesday March 31

Monday March 29

Health
HIV/STI Testing | Mon., Mar. 29 | 5–7:45 p.m. | LGBT Center of Raleigh, 19 West Hargett St. | Free | Receive free, confidential HIV + STI testing by the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina. 

Dish
Monday Night Trivia at Southern Charred | Mon., Mar. 29 | 7–9 p.m. | Southern Charred, 510 Glenwood Ave. | Free+ | TriangleTrivia will be hosting its weekly game for patrons to enjoy while eating + drinking.

Tuesday March 30

Arts
Wine & Design Open Studio | Tues., Mar. 30 | 6–8 p.m. | 510 W Martin St. | $37 | No artistic talent needed — just the desire to have fun at this adult painting party.🍷

Civic
Public Art and Design Board | Tues., Mar. 30 | 4:30–6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Board serves as an advisory board for the public art program.

Wednesday March 31 

Learn
The Ambient Life of a Story | Wed., Mar. 31 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Award-winning author Donna Washington will teach a workshop on how to bring stories to life with sound. 📚

Outdoors
Sage Walk and Talk | Wed., Mar. 31 | 10–11 a.m. | Various locations | Free | SAGE — an advocacy & service organization for the LGBTQ+ senior community — is hosting their weekly walk and talk. 🥾

Film
Godzilla & Kong | Wed., Mar. 31 | TBD  | 3336 Raleigh Rd., Henderson | $8 | Enjoy the big screen from the comfort of your car.🎥