Cary High School band competes
The Cary High School Marching Band won Grand Champion in the Drums Along the Blue Ridge Competion in October in Virginia. The band also won fourth place overall in the Bands of America Regional Competition in Winston-Salem in October.
The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.
Athens Drive High School
• Word for Windows Intro: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 16, $85.
Reedy Creek Middle School
• Knife Skills I: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, $40.
• Salute to Sushi: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, $40.
Pet food drive
The Fuquay-Varina High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will collect pet food donations for Rescue Ur Forever Friend (RUFF) through Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the school’s main office at 201 Bengal Blvd. RUFF requests donations of Purina One Pro Plan chicken and rice dry pet food for dogs or puppies, the pet food given by the dogs’ volunteer foster owners.
Cary Academy’s 12th annual Holiday Shoppe, with 100 vendors of artwork, crafts, clothing and food, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1500 N. Harrison Ave. For details, call 919-228-4653 or go to www.caryacademy.org/holidayshoppe.
Cary High School students will present “IMProv” shows monthly through May. Shows start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 638 Walnut St., Cary. Shows will be on Friday, Dec. 12; Friday, Dec. 23; Friday, Feb. 13; Thursday, March 19; Friday, April 17; and Friday, May 15. Admission costs $2. For details, go to caryhsperformingarts.com.
Photo essay competition
The Cary Photographic Artists will sponsor a photo essay competition for Wake County students in ninth through 12th grade. Cash prizes range from $50 to $150, and the competition will end with an exhibit. For details, go to bit.ly/1kTh4U4. To enter, choose one of four themes: “America to Me,” “Home Town Pride,” “Student Life” or “Our Natural World.” Send four images for your theme and a paragraph relating your photography to the theme to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 15.
Voice of Democracy Program
VFW’s Voice of Democracy Program, an audio-essay competition for scholarships, will accept submissions from students in grades nine through 12. The theme is “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.” For details, email email@example.com.