January 6, 2018

First Friday
To kick off 2018, Downtown Raleigh Alliance has added new venues and specials. First Friday showcases the vibrant art and creative community in downtown Raleigh on the first Friday of every month. The event features a variety of local art galleries and studios, museums and exhibitors that stay open late, put on special events and often offer refreshments. Retailers and restaurants participate by showcasing art, music or offering a First Friday special. Participating venues are here. Pick up a printed First Friday map and guide at participating venues. Look for First Friday flags hanging outside venues on First Friday to easily locate participating galleries, stores and restaurants. Free; Friday, 6-9 pm; Downtown Raleigh, NC

First Fridays at the Museum
See their lobby exhibit The Shape of Fashion, then stay for a screening of the film, “Funny Face,” starting at 6:30 pm. Even with costumes by legendary designer Edith Head, this classic film was not an immediate hit. Based on the love story of noted fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon (whose character, Dick Avery, is played by Fred Astaire) and his first wife (played by Audrey Hepburn), the movie features Jo’s reluctant transformation into an international model. Before the film begins, enjoy free samples of local microbrews while they last. Lobby-level exhibits are open all evening. Free; Friday, 6:30 pm; 5 East Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

First Friday Flow
You’ve been turned up through the holiday season. Drown out the noise, if only for a moment. Join Malikia Ian Yoga the 1st Friday of 2018 to decompress from the consumerism of the holiday season, and obsessive urge for improvement. It will be a yummy, gooey, detoxifying flow with zero expectation of you. $20; Friday, 6-7:30 pm; Vital Link, 1214 East Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27610

Fayetteville Street Walking Tours
Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville Street! The City of Raleigh Museum will offer Fayetteville Street Walking Tours. The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street,” a half-mile long street with a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer one-hour, one-mile guided walking tours every Saturday afternoon during 2018. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up the over 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather. $10, $4/ages 7-17; Saturday, 2 pm (every Saturday); 220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.996.2220

How Roast Determines Flavor
Learn how important the roast level can be in your home-brewed coffee. Different roast levels affect the flavor of coffee and can develop certain characteristics of the bean in different ways. You’ll learn the meaning of notable chemical reactions that roasting initiates and the effects of those reactions on elements like caffeine content and flavor. $20; Saturday, 11 am-2 pm; Carrboro Coffee Roasters, 101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510; email info@carrborocoffee.com for more information.

My Pink Cherry Pole Studio: A Sexy Pole’ga Party
Come out to My Pink Cherry Pole Studio of Raleigh, NC to continue bringing in the New Year stepping into new ways to gain your confidence, touch that sexy side, and stretch! PoleGa is a new duel action class to help burn calories, build strength and stamina, be sexy, and put your body into places you’ve always wanted to see. Pole fitness has never been this fun! Come join us as Yoga and Pole Fitness Collide in a hot new class, Pole’ga taught by Nakiyah Chanel Yoga. Heels are not required but encouraged. Bring your yoga mat! Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Wine and refreshments will be provided. $20/session, $35/both sessions; Saturday, 4:30-9 pm; My Pink Cherry Pole Studio, 3682 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

Yoga & Beer
Enjoy a Vinyasa flow class suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced practitioners led by Audrianna Pollen RYT 200. This class will link dynamic movements with the breath to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. After the class, stay for a beer and food! The Tot Spot food truck will be on site for lunch. *$5 donation does not include beer or food. Bring your mat! $5/suggested donation accepted on day of event; Sunday, 11 am; Bond Brothers Beer Company, 202 East Cedar St, Cary, NC 27511

Soul Yoga Raleigh
Soul Yoga’s vision is to establish Soul Yoga as a destination for wellness, revitalization and balance for people in our community to foster a more harmonious relationship between mind, breath and soul. Join in as they kick off a New Year of Health and Wellness. This is the perfect hour long escape to relax your mind and build your core, all while listening to some on your favorite R&B jams. Please Bring your Mats. $15; Saturday, registration: 9 am, class: 9:30 am; Capital Club 16, 16 West Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Family Yoga
In a world where parents and children are so busy, family yoga provides a wonderful place to spend healthy and happy, quality time together. No mobile phones, no iPads or TV, no other duties…it’s just you and your family. Family is so important and it takes time to nurture it. Yoga is perfect for this! Children, parents, and even grandparents get to enjoy practicing yoga together and strengthen their bonds while they support each other and have fun. This event is hosted by the Director of Aromatherapy at Prima Elements Holistic Wellness Center. Their will be light snacks served and fresh Pressed Juice from the Wellness Center’s Juice Bar. You’ll learn key points on the benefits of using “Bergamot” essential oil and others. Free; Saturday, 10-11 am; Prima Elements Holistic Wellness Center, 124 Anderson St, Fayetteville, NC 28301

Get Hiking in 2018
What better way to star the year than join in eight of the top beginner-friendly trails in the Triangle. Beginner Series range from 2 to 4.2 miles and will expose you to the wealth of hiking opportunities in the region. These hikes are exceptionally beginner friendly with the trails are some of the best maintained in the region. You will hike for less than two hours, and all the hikes are all led from the rear, meaning no one is ever left behind. The hike schedule includes Umstead State Park, Raleigh: Sal’s Branch Trail. 2.8 miles (January 7th); Durant Nature Park, Raleigh: Various trails looping the lake. 3 miles (January 14th); West Point on the Eno, Durham: Eagle Trail out-and-back. 3 miles (January 21st); Bass Lake, Holly Springs: Mulched trail around the lake. 2 miles (January 28th); Umstead State Park, Raleigh: Loblolly Trail/bike & bridle trails. 4.2 miles (February 4th); Annie Wilkerson Nature Park, Raleigh: Various trails totaling 3 miles (February 11th); Lake Johnson, Raleigh: Natural surface west loop. 2 miles (February 18th); and Little River Regional Park, Durham: Various trails totaling 4 miles (February 25th). $75-$125 (for all hikes); Sunday, 1-3 pm; Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

Run for Young
Returning for the 11th year, Christ Episcopal Church of Downtown Raleigh is announcing its annual Run for Young 5K race. The race started in 2008 in loving memory of Sadiki Young, an active member of Christ Episcopal Church and a senior at Wakefield High School, when he lost his life as a passenger in an alcohol-related accident Janaury 2007. He was a successful student, gifted musician, and talented athlete. The congregation of the church comes together each year to host this 5K race in memory and celebration of his life. Triangle families and people of all ages are invited to run or walk in the race and strollers are welcome. To honor Young’s passion for live music, the annual race gratefully hosts local bands that volunteer their time to perform live along the sidewalks of the racecourse. The live music provides fun entertainment for all race-goers to enjoy while completing the course. The event will also include a variety of door prizes; all registered runners are automatically entered for the chance to win. Additional awards will be given to the top three male and female race winners, as well as male and female age group division winners. $25-$30; Sunday, 2 pm; 120 E Edenton St, Downtown Raleigh, NC; register here.

Vision Board Party
Do you need clarity about your purpose as an entrepreneur/parent/spouse/friend? Are you ready to jump start your goals for 2018? This vision board get-together is designed with you in mind. Come ready to be motivated and energized to create your very own vision board. All supplies will be provided and you will leave with your personalized 2018 vision board. Enjoy great food and meet amazing people! $25; Sunday, 2-5 pm; Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave, Community Room, Raleigh, NC 27612

Spill it
Enjoy great food, wonderful people and inspiring tunes. Come, let loose and create! Your ticket includes all necessary art material, hor d’ oeuvres, and two complimentary wine glasses. A selection of both red and white wine will be provided, however you’re more than welcome to bring a bottle of your favorite beverage to enjoy if you like. $30; Saturday, 3-6 pm; Anderson Flats Apartments, 2814 Manorcrest Court, Raleigh, NC 27609

Monthly German Authentic Food Night
Get your tummy full with German delectables and beer! Get ready for brats, wienerschnitzel, sauerkraut, and the rest of your favorites while pairing with one of our more than 20 German beers. $20; Saturday 7-10 pm; The Corner Biergarten & Bottle Shop, 1625 North Main St, #Suite 133, Fuquay Varina, NC 2752

By Whitney

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