7 Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring, at last!

If golden sunshine and warmer temps put you in the giving spirit, here are seven coming-soon ways to celebrate the season of renewal by giving back to a neighbor in need.  

Last Band Standing

Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh

Four North Carolina bands compete for cash prizes at Band Together NC’s fifth annual philanthropic musical showdown, this year benefiting StepUp Ministry. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show; VIP tickets including dinner and drinks are $75. bandtogethernc.org

Golden Gala

Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary

Benefiting Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, the gala features silent and live auction, gourmet hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine, soda and cash bar. Individual tickets are $95. goldenrescuenc.org

Water Dash for Kenya

Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.m.

American Tobacco Trail, White Oak Church Trailhead, Cary

Walker, dog and stroller-friendly, this walk supports trips and projects deepening the partnership of local churches and the village of Michura, Kenya, which is in need of clean water sources. waterdashforkenya.org

Red Carpet Rendezvous

Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh

Benefiting The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, this evening features Ira David Wood III as master of ceremonies, dinner and dancing with DJ Paul Fitts, signature cocktails and cash bar, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75. volunteercaregiving.org

Chairs of Hope

Thursday, April 16 at 6 p.m.

Vandora Springs Elementary School, Garner  

Benefiting Relay for Life of Garner and the American Cancer Society, this ninth annual silent auction includes more than 35 hand-painted chairs, using a Superhero theme. chairsofhope.wordpress.com

Ageless Hero Awards Banquet

Thursday, April 16 at 6 p.m.

Winston Clubhouse at SearStone, Cary

This banquet honors the inaugural winners of the Ageless Hero Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations that support Wake County seniors; proceeds benefit The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. Tickets are $85. searstone.com/events-cary-north-carolina

Aim Higher Dinner & Silent Auction

Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Garner

This fourth annual benefit for Able to Serve supports its work on behalf of adults with disabilities, including individualized educational instruction, daily outings, recreation and community service projects. The evening includes dinner, silent auction and live music. Tickets are $25.  abletoserve.org

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