First Night Raleigh
Tues., Dec.31, 2 p.m. to midnight
Ring in 2014 at the 22nd annual New Year's Eve arts festival.
First Night Raleigh features comedy, dance, spoken word, interactive art and live music from a variety of performers.
The party gets started with the Children's Celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. The People's Procession begins at 6 p.m. Evening performances run from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The big finish features the Acorn Drop and fireworks.
Orange County Rape Crisis Center Holiday Auction
Sun., Dec. 8, starting at 5 p.m.
Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel
Celebrate 39 years of providing help, hope and healing in Orange County.
Enjoy silent and live auctions, dinner, and music from Morning Brigade. Frank Stasio, of WUNC's "The State of Things," is the keynote speaker.
This year's auction drawing prize is A Night on the Town, which includes drinks at The Crunkleton, dinner at Lantern and a stay at The Carolina Inn.