Summer school for drummers starts tonight with German Baratto's Latin Drum Set Workshop. Learn Afro-Cuban rhythms and coordination/independence exercises, and then lock yourself in the woodshed. All ages and levels are welcome. 7-8:30 p.m., Progressive Percussion Drum Studio, 5207-A Oak Park Road, Raleigh. 787-1688. www.ppdsonline.com. $10.
Shake your hand, share the land. Raleigh hosts Preserving Land Through Conservation Easements, a one-day workshop for landowners, farmers, foresters, appraisers, attorneys and others involved in land preservation. Wake County Center, 4001-E Carya Dr., Raleigh, 7:30 a.m.--5 p.m. Register online: www.cals.ncsu.edu/wq/coneasementworkshops, or contact Cathy Smith at 515-3723. $125-150 for Continuing Education credit, $30-40 for those not receiving credits. A limited number of scholarships are available for landowners.
Little fishers (ages 6-13) and their parents are invited to the Annual Kid's Fishing Derby at Lake Wheeler. If slimy fish aren't enough, there's a hot dog cookout, and prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by Raleigh Parks and Recreation. 8 a.m. 662-5704. 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Free.
How can music save someone's life? The six-week course Black Music for Healing led by Dr. Thomas Newsome explores the importance of rhythm, story-telling and improvisation from Egypt and West African drumming to ragtime, swing, bebop and beyond. The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St., Carrboro. Class begins June 8 and ends July 20 (no class June 29), $65-$72. www.artscenterlive.org or 929-2787.
Your first summer reading assignment is Webs of Power, a call to reconceive our political and economic systems at the very deepest levels, by Starhawk. In the words of Alice Walker, "This book tell us all we need to know about the chasm gaping at our feet. Visionary ropes are thrown in the hope that we will have sense and soul enough to swing ourselves across." The Internationalist Book Club will discuss the book at 7 p.m., Internationalist Books & Community Center, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-1740.
If you're looking for the heart of Saturday night, search no further than Tuesday at Kings: I Like to Watch is hosted by Will Errickson, who will present a Tom Waits Video Tribute Night. 9 p.m., Kings, 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 831-1005. Free for members.