Volunteer at Lazy Daze
Cary is looking for volunteers for the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Cary. Volunteers must sign up by Friday, Aug. 15, and must be at least 15 years old to work without an adult. School and community organizations are welcome. For details, call 919-462-3847, email firstname.lastname@example.org or search for “Lazy Daze volunteers” at www.townofcary.org.
Eco-Explorers: Operation: Finding Insects!
Stevens Nature Center staff will lead children ages 7-10 on explorations at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register for $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.
Get Pop Cultured
Barnes & Noble will host a Get Pop Cultured event about the writer James Patterson’s work at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
National Night Out
Morrisville will celebrate the 30th annual National Night Out from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Target parking lot at 3000 Market Center Drive. Event organizers hope to inform participants about crime and drug prevention, raise support for anti-crime efforts and strengthen the relationship between police and the community. In case of bad weather, the event will be on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
‘Turtles’ story time
Barnes & Noble will host a Get Pop Cultured event with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” story time and activities at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at WakeMed Cary Hospital, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.
Jazz and Gelato
SearStone’s Winston Clubhouse will host the Capital Jazz Band and serve gelato from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at 17001 SearStone Drive, Cary. Learn about SearStone’s community and meet residents. To RSVP, call 1-877-636-9769 or go to www.searstone.com/jazz.
Barnes & Noble will host a Get Pop Cultured event on books that have been made into movies with giveaways, promotions, raffles and a discussion at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Summer Stretch Festival
Populate Productions’ Summer Stretch Festival will be from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. There will be live music, food trucks, beer, local art, a water battle arena and other activities. A package of two adult tickets and two children’s tickets is available. Individual tickets are $15 for ages 12 and older, $8 for ages 3 to 11 and free for younger children. The day of the festival, tickets are $20 for ages 12 and older, $10 for ages 3 to 11 and free for younger children. For details and tickets, go to www.summerstretchfest.com.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Amberly Community Club House, 1075 Residents Club Drive, Cary. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.
Jennifer Verdolin will discuss and sign her book “Wild Connection,” about animal behavior as it relates to human relationships, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Contemporary Book Group
The Contemporary Book Group will discuss “Dirty Love” by Andre Dubus III at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host Melon Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary. There will be samples, recipes, cooking demonstrations from Herons Restaurant and kids’ activities. For details, go to westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions will host the Healthy Kids Back to School Expo and Healthy Living After 50 Exhibits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., Cary.
Barnes & Noble will host story time for kids at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Margaret Maron will discuss and sign her new novel, “Designated Daughters,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Parent Chat session
Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher will host a session with parents at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Caribou Coffee, 109 SW Maynard Road, Cary.
Barnes & Noble will host story time with “My Pet Book” by Bob Staake at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
African-American Book Group
The African-American Book Group will meet to discuss “The Returned” by Jason Mott at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
‘Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day’
Ann B. Ross will discuss and sign her new book, “Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Barnes & Noble will host a special story time for kids with Cary’s police and fire departments at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at 760 SE Maynard Road. There will be a tour of a firetruck.
Plunge, Pedal and Plod
Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Plunge, Pedal and Plod will begin with check-in at 6 a.m. and a triathlon from 7-10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Triangle Aquatic Center, 275 Convention Drive, Cary. Registration costs $50 per person and $80 per relay team through Thursday, July 31. Registration costs $55 per person and $85 per relay team through Saturday, Aug. 9, and $60 per person and $90 per relay team through 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, when online registration closes. Registration the day of the triathlon costs $70 per person and $100 per relay team. One-day USA Triathlon membership costs $10 for ages 17 and younger and $12 for ages 18 and older. For details and registration, go to www.sportoften.com.
Barnes & Noble will host story time for kids with “Peanut Butter & Cupcake” by Terry Border at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.