Children ages 4 to 6 will explore nature in a class from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. Register in advance for $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents by calling 919-557-2496.
Turkish Cooking: Meze Night
Learn to make sesame rounds, poached eggs, Turkish tabuli, hummus, feta cheese balls and sambali at Turkish Cooking: Meze Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Road, suite F, Cary. To register for $25, call 919-219-2516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, go to www.ata-nc.org/p/spring-2014-cooking-classes.
Triangle Sisters in Crime workshop
Triangle Sisters in Crime, a group of mystery writers, will host A Deadly-Good Writing Workshop from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Register for $65 by Wednesday, April 9, at www.trianglesinc.com/workshop.html.
SAT/ACT practice tests
Wake County Public Libraries and Kaplan Test Prep offer a combined SAT/ACT test for students to practice. A session will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Test results and advice for test-taking will be given in May.
Explore the Greenways
All ages and skill levels can explore Cary’s greenways from 2-3 p.m. on weekends in April. Here’s the schedule:• Sunday, April 13: Marla Dorrel Park, 111 Thurston Drive, Cary.
• Saturday, April 19: Buehler Picnic Shelter at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary.
• Saturday, April 27: Thomas Brooks Park, 9008 Green Level Church Road, Cary.
Car seat safety checks
Wake County Human Services’ Buckle-Up Program will give free car seat checks from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 15, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.
Easter egg hunts• Cary will host the third annual Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt for kids with disabilities who are 12 years old or younger from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Register at any Cary community center or at classweb.townofcary.org. Bring a basket. For more information, call 919-469-4100 or go to www.townofcary.org.
• Cary’s Egg Hunt Spectacular for ages 55 and up will be from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Monday, April 7, at the Cary Senior Center, any Cary community center or classweb.townofcary.org. Bring a basket. For details, call 919-469-4081.
• Morrisville will host an Easter egg hunt for ages 2 to 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 18, at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. There will be food trucks, a bounce house, face painting and more kids’ activities. Kids will be divided by age into egg hunts on different fields; check in at the concession stand for information on your child’s field. For details, go to www.ci.morrisville.nc.us.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Great Grapes! wine and food festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. VIP tickets cost $39 in advance and $49 the day of the festival. Regular admission costs $26 in advance and $32 the day of the festival. “Designated driver” tickets cost $20. For details, go to www.uncorkthefun.com.
Healthy Homes Series
Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Healthy Homes Series will include discussions on the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Maple Room of the Bond Park Community Center at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. For details, email email@example.com. Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:• April: Financial health: insurance, financial/estate planning and real estate
• May: Emergency preparedness
Writing discussion with Carrie Knowles
Carrie Knowles will talk about writing short fiction and her new book, “Ashoan’s Rug,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
African-American Book Group
The African-American Book Group will talk about “Becoming Dad” by Leon Pitts Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Children’s Day Festival
The Children’s Day Festival of Cary will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. The event is free. For details, go to kids.ata-nc.org.
Barnes & Noble will host “It’s An Orange Aardvark” story time and activity for kids at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
N.P. Simpson at Barnes & Noble
N.P. Simpson will talk about “B.O.Q.,” her new novel, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Breakfast in Bed Race
The Caring Community Foundation’s Breakfast in Bed Race to raise money for local cancer patients will be Saturday, April 26, on Academy Street in Cary. Pits open at 6:30 a.m., the bed parade is at 8:30 a.m., and races start at 9 a.m. Five-person teams will design, build and race beds. There will also be kids’ activities, music and local food trucks. Team registration costs $130; teams are encouraged to get donations. For details, go to www.caringcommunityfoundation.org/breakfast-in-bed-race.
Museum of Nature Sciences junior curator Lucas Bobay will lead a walk from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, starting in the Longleaf Shelter at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Learn about birds migrating north. Bring a water bottle, walking shoes and binoculars. To register, call 919-387-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cary’s 21st Annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. There will be arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and activities for kids. In a special Earth Day Lane area of the festival, all ages will learn about caring for the environment. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
Saturday for Kids
Barnes & Noble’s Saturday for Kids at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Fashion for Food
The second annual Fashion for Food fashion show and luncheon fundraiser for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunrise United Methodist Church, 5420 Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs. Tickets cost $25, and all of the money from ticket prices will be given to the Food Cupboard. For more information, contact Mary at 919-285-9191 or email@example.com.
Nearly New consignment sale
The Nearly New kids’ clothes and more consignment sale will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at High House Crossing, 2791 N.C. 55, Cary. Admission is free. For details, go to www.nearlynewkidsclothes.com.
National Day of Prayer
Fuquay-Varina will host a National Day of Prayer service at noon Thursday, May 1, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road.
Morrisville CERT Basic Training Class
The Morrisville Community Emergency Response Team will hold a Basic Training Class for residents who want to get involved in the program. Class sessions are from 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Fire Station #1, 200 Town Hall Drive. For details or registration, contact Shandy Padgett at 919-463-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay for Life barbecue fundraiser
The Fuquay-Varina Relay for Life team will host its barbecue fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. Barbecue lunch costs $8. To pre-order for $8 per pound and free delivery with an order of 10 or more, call Teresa at 919-567-3907 or email email@example.com.
Sequins and Spurs Gala
The ninth annual Sequins and Spurs Gala fundraiser for nonprofit Horse and Buddy will be Friday, May 2, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $100 at www.horseandbuddy.org/gala.htm.
Holly Springs Farmers Market
The Holly Springs Farmers Market grand opening for the new season will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in downtown Holly Springs.
Purple Cloth 5K and Kid’s Dash
The third annual Purple Cloth 5K and Kid’s Dash, organized by Genesis United Methodist Church in Cary to raise money for the community-service programs of Dorcas Ministries, will be on Saturday, May 3, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Last year’s three-mile run for all ages raised $3,500. There will be a bounce house for kids, food, awards, a raffle and an award for the best purple outfit.
For details, go to www.purplecloth5k.com. Registration for the 5K costs $25; the Kid’s Dash costs $5. Register in person at Genesis United Methodist Church, 850 High House Road, Cary. To register online, search for “purple cloth” at sportoften.com.