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. For more information, call 919-387-5980.
▪ Wee Walkers: Counting with Creatures (ages 1 and older with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29. Cost per day: $8 residents, $10 nonresidents.
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▪ Nature Nuts: Snails (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Cost: $10 residents, $13 nonresidents.
▪ Night Out in Nature (ages 8-12): 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Cost: $18 residents, $23 nonresidents.
▪ Family Program: The Magic Garden (all ages with a caregiver): 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Family fee: $16 residents, $20 nonresidents.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Wildlife Trackers (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, to Wednesday, Oct. 5. Cost: $54 residents, $68 nonresidents.
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 performs 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.
Registration is underway for several area races and a marathon.
▪ 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.
▪ Saturday, Nov. 12: Cary Unity Walk. The walk will begin in downtown Cary and travel to Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive. Afterward at 9 a.m., a 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/2cKfDZw.
Coffee with a Cop
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop from 8-10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Bojangles, 1400 N. Main St. Drop in and talk with officers, ask questions or voice concerns. bit.ly/2cmpMhb
A public hearing on the proposed Fuquay-Varina Land Development Ordinance is 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cZu5g0.
Learn how to find out more about your family history from professional genealogist Diane Richard at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free; registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
Apex Night Out
The Apex Police Department’s annual Apex Night Out is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the parking lot at Target, 1201 Beaver Creek Commons Drive. Games, safety information, children’s activities, food and entertainment will be featured. Free. For more information: bit.ly/2cmnA9h.
Land Use Plan
The Town of Fuquay-Varina hosts a community ideas exchange workshop on the 2035 Community Land Use Plan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. For more information, go to bit.ly/2crDP39.
National Night Out
The Holly Springs police and fire departments host their annual National Night Out event from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the parking lot at Target, 100 Grand Hill Place. Bounce houses, demonstrations, displays, food trucks, a car and motorcycle show, Sal the Salamander and more will be featured. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cOIg7h.
Walk to School
Northwoods Elementary hosts Walk to School Day at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Godbold Park, 2050 NW Maynard Road, Cary. All ages, strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will walk from the park to the school. The community event also kicks off the school’s participation in the Safe Routes to School program. Northwoods is one of five schools in Wake County chosen for the program. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d5lszo, bit.ly/2cQLUM6.
Explore North Carolina history at the program Fabled, Fearless and (In)Famous: The Femmes of North Carolina History from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free; registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
APPLESeeds Preschool holds its Mom2Mom sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 7300 Sunset Lake Road, Fuquay-Varina. Local vendors and gently used baby and children’s clothing and toys will be featured. Admission: $2 suggested donation. For more information, call 603-661-4954.
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 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; no registration required. The event will feature an interactive wagon ride, games, obstacle course, story times and more. Costumes welcome. Tickets required for the wagon ride; free, on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. 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
▪ Track or Treat Halloween Express Oct. 15, 22 and 29 at New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. Tickets: $13; free for children under age 2. For more information and tickets, go to TriangleTrain.com.
▪ 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
▪ Trick or Treat the Trail is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, along Hatcher Creek Trail at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Costumes welcome. Food trucks will be on site. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cR2w6w.
The SAS Championship is Oct. 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Tournament proceeds will benefit the YMCA of the Triangle’s Y Learning Program. A 5K run or walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information, tickets and to register for the 5K, go to saschampionship.com, bit.ly/2cLpRbl.
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
▪ 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.
Fall Litter Sweep
Morrisville’s Fall Litter Sweep is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. Rain date is Oct. 22. For more information, go to bit.ly/2ck2gMK.
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.
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.
The Friends of the Page-Walker host the program More Mysteries and Secrets: Exploring Cary Area Cemeteries at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. Free. For more information, call 919-460-4963 or go to friendsofpagewalker.org.
The last fall Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 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
Tobacco Road Marathon
Registration is underway 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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