Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.
Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel
1 Europa Dr., Chapel Hill
Live it up at this exciting fundraiser! Silent, live and dessert auctions, as well as holiday shopping, benefit the center's community programs and services. Music is provided by Equinox, a Chapel Hill jazz band.
First Night Raleigh 2012
Dec. 31 from 2 p.m.-midnight
Ring in the New Year with a celebration of the arts. There's nonstop fun all over downtown Raleigh! The performances and activities, in 30 indoor and outdoor venues, include a parade, 90-foot-tall Ferris wheel, food, music, comedy, dancing, theater, fireworks and the giant acorn drop.