Upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Pre-registration is required. Cost for children’s programs: $12 for Cary residents and $16 for nonresidents unless another price is given. 919-387-5980
▪ Silver Naturalists: Incredible Invertebrates (ages 55 and older): 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Cost: $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.
▪ Eco-Express: Powerful Pollinators (ages 8-12): 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
▪ Junior Naturalist : Birding Basics (ages 5-8 with a caregiver): 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Cost: $8 resident; $10 nonresident.
Brew ‘n’ Choo
New Hope Valley Railway presents Brew ‘n’ Choo: Oktoberfest beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the rail yard, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. The event will feature train rides, craft beer, local wine, food and live music. Cost is $12 for adults, $11 for adults 60 and older, $10 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under age 2. For tickets, go to TriangleTrain.com.
The fourth annual Out of the Darkness Walk, Fuquay-Varina, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning at the South Park trail head of the Jeff Wells Environmental Trail. The Fuquay-Varina Police Department is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host the fundraising event. For more information and to register: bit.ly/1R6mF4w.
Learn about beavers at the Build a Beaver program and then hike the American Tobacco Trail to the Beaver Creek bridge from 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Meet at the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. For all ages. Free. Registration required. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
Registration is under way for several area races and a marathon.
▪ Sunday, Sept. 25: Rotary District 7710 GlobalRun4Water 5K run/walk and 1-mile Rotary water-carry relay. WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Fundraiser for clean water project in Haiti. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2axKBoI.
▪ Sunday, Oct. 2: Triangle Heart Walk. PNC Arena, Raleigh. Fundraiser for the American Heart Association. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2cg5XVe.
▪ Saturday, Oct. 8: Pedal for Peds Bike Ride. UNC Cary Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary; American Tobacco Trail. Distances up to 50 miles. Fundraiser for UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2bHqKjW. pedalforpeds.com
▪ Sunday, Oct. 23: Cary Fire House Tour Marathon full, half or 10K. Throughout Cary. Tribute to fallen firefighter Jon Schondelmayer. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2aPcMOR.
Lake Crabtree Park
Upcoming family programs at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Advance registration required for all. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ Mysterious Mushrooms (all ages): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 26. Free.
▪ Nature at Night (all ages): 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Free.
▪ Big Sweep: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1. Free.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the gym at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex. In Cary, blood drives are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Biologics corporate headquarters, 11800 Weston Parkway, and at Bioligics oncology pharmacy, 120 Weston Oaks Court.
Blood also may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150: Mondays, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Throughout September, coupons for a free haircut at Sport Clips will be emailed to blood or platelet donors. redcrossblood.org, 800-733-2767
Peachy Keen clothing boutique in Cary and nonprofit Headbands of Hope host the Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Carnival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the store, 250 Grande Heights Drive, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center. The event is a fundraiser for Duke Children’s Hospital and the Headbands of Hope Prom. Tickets range from $20-$40. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2bEPpKO.
The Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Waverly Place shopping center, 2001 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Sampling glasses are $10; wine samples and special promotions will be available at participating merchants. A raffle will be held. waverlycary.com
Citizen advisory boards
The Town of Morrisville is seeking members for its citizen advisory boards. All town advisory boards and committees are accepting applications. Registration for the fall session continues through Friday, Sept. 30. For more information and an application, go to townofmorrisville.org/committees. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harris Lake Park
Upcoming programs at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required for all programs. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
▪ Cunning Coyotes (all ages): 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Free.
▪ Sunset Campfire (all ages): 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. $1 per person.
▪ Pumpkin Carving Wagon Ride (all ages): 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. $1 per person.
Free flu shots
The annual free flu shot clinic is 8 a.m. to noon, or until the vaccine runs out, Saturday, Oct. 1, at Cary Area Emergency Medical Services, 107 Medcon Court. For ages 4 and older. Participants are asked to bring food bank donations. caryems.org
Birding with Vernon
Discover different types of birds and their habitats during the Birding with Vernon program from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Free; no registration required. All ages. bit.ly/29z1M7o
The Green Hope High School Fall Festival is 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the school, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. The event is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Boosters and the Athletic Booster Club. It will feature athletic clinics, performances, raffles, food and more. Admission: $5 at the door.
Chatham Street Chowdown
The Chatham Street Chowdown food truck rodeo is 4-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, on Chatham Street in downtown Cary. The event also features live music and local beer and wine vendors. The band Peak City Sound will perform from 4-6 p.m. The Jason Adamo Band performs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. More than 25 vendors are scheduled to be on site. Rain or shine.
For more information and a lineup of participating food trucks, go to bit.ly/1lk1v7Q.
The Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Fuquay business district. Music, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, entertainment and children’s activities will be featured. The Landshark Band performs a pre-festival concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Varina business district. For more information, go to celebratefv.com.
The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department celebrates National Fire Safety Week with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 302 E. Vance St. For more information, go to bit.ly/2c65ic7.
▪ The 14th annual Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends is 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Free. The event will feature a wagon ride, games, obstacle course, story times and more. Costumes welcome. Parking will be available in the day-use area near the shelters. For more information, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
▪ The Haunted Trail: Family Fright is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Park, 301 Wagstaff Road, Fuquay-Varina. Free. The Full Fright Haunted Trail begins at 7 p.m. at 302 Wagstaff Road. Not recommended for those who frighten easily. For more information, go to bit.ly/2c65ic7.
▪ The Halloween Hike is 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, on the American Tobacco Trail in Apex. For all ages. Costumes welcome. Cost: $1 person. Participants will meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, and then explore the trail by moonlight. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
▪ The annual Creepy Crabtree Halloween celebration is 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Free; no registration required. Costumes welcome. Scavenger hunts, crafts and games will be featured. For more information, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ Trick or Treat in downtown Fuquay-Varina is 2-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at participating businesses. For children ages 10 and younger. fuquay-varinadowntown.com
Apex Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services presents Bingo Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. For persons with special needs ages 16 and older. Cost: $5. To register, go to apexnc.org/programguide. Another Bingo Night is scheduled Monday, Nov. 14. For more information, call 919-249-3507 or email Allie Prelakse at email@example.com.
The fall Shred Day in Apex is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Saunders Street parking lot across from the Police Department. Limit of 3 small boxes or bags. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2czqTu3.
Cary Unity Walk
Registration is under way for the first Cary Unity Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The walk will begin in downtown Cary and travel to Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive. Afterward, the Unity Festival, featuring mile, 5K and 10K runs, entertainment and vendors, will be held at the park. The event will benefit area nonprofits. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29W0F2W.
Tobacco Road Marathon
Registration is under way for the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon March 19, 2017, on the American Tobacco Trail. The event is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Rails to Trails Conservancy and Wake County Parks and Recreation. For information on costs and to register, go to tobaccoroadmarathon.com.
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