Upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
The Stevens Nature Center holds activities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 919-387-5980.
▪ Tales and Trails: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with a caregiver): 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Cost: $20 resident, $28 nonresident.
▪ Junior Naturalist: Fall Fun (ages 5-8 with a caregiver): 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Cost: $8 resident, $10 nonresident.
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Owls (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Cost: $12 resident, $16 nonresident.
▪ Eco-Express: Fall Nature Adventures (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 14. Cost: $12 resident, $16 nonresident.
▪ Nature Fun: Finding Animal Homes (ages 4-5): 1-3 p.m. Nov. 14-15. Cost: $24 resident, $32 nonresident.
▪ Kids Fun Days: Treasured Trees (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 15. Cost: $12 resident, $16 nonresident.
The Cultural Connections program at Eva Perry Regional Library presents “Apex History from the Great Fire of 1911 Through the Roarin’ Twenties” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. Registration requested. 919-387-2100, bit.ly/28JmtKu
Coffee with a Cop
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department holds Coffee with a Cop from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Windsor Point Retirement Community, 1221 Broad St. Free. bit.ly/2esdYa0
Molly on Mysteries
Join mystery and crime book reviewer Molly Weston to learn about new novels and authors at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. For more information: 919-460-4963, bit.ly/2eftkRv.
Gifting Tree Project
The application deadline for Cary’s fifth annual Gifting Tree Project, a Christmas tree decorating contest, is Friday, Nov. 18. Cost: $25. For the contest, families, organizations, causes or schools can decorate trees that will be displayed on Academy Street. People can vote for their favorite tree. The group with the winning entry will have a donation made in its name to a nonprofit of its choice. For more information: 919-469-4061, bit.ly/1GWZMCJ.
Mobile Volunteering Program
The Cary Woman’s Club sponsors the Note in the Pocket Mobile Volunteering Program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 110 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Participants will help sort and prepare clothing that later will be donated to children in need in Wake County. Cost: $14, includes a box lunch. For more information and to register, email email@example.com.
America Recycles Day
Cary celebrates America Recycles Day with a free paper shred event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Garmon Operations Center, 400 James Jackson Ave. Three-box limit for on-site destruction and recycling. Proof of Cary residency required. For more information, go to bit.ly/1WPDhkX.
▪ The annual Holiday Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. Free admission. 919-469-4081, townofcary.org
▪ The Green Hope Fine Arts Boosters’ Mistletoe Market fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. More than 55 vendors scheduled to attend. bit.ly/2cwuHqW
▪ The Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Clubhouse, 602 N. Ennis St. Fundraiser for 4 Paws for Ability, which helps children with disabilities receive service dogs. bit.ly/1yCXT4H
Family Art Party
A Family Art Party is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. Free; registration requested. For more information and to sign up, call 919-387-2120 or go to bit.ly/28JmtKu.
Turkey Trot 5K
Registration is underway for the annual Turkey Trot 5K Saturday, Nov. 19, at Apex Community Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Road. For more information, go to bit.ly/2ebLOTI.
Letters to Santa
Drop off letters to Santa Nov. 21 through Dec. 9 at the special Santa Mailbox at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. Include the child’s name and address on each letter in order to receive a response from Santa. For more information: 919-319-4560, bit.ly/1GWZMCJ.
Gingerbread house contest
Registration is due Nov. 23 for the sixth annual Gingerbread House Competition Dec. 3 at participating downtown Cary businesses. Winning houses will be on display throughout December at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Honorable mention entries will be on display Dec. 6-16 at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. For more information: 919-319-4560, bit.ly/1GWZMCJ.
The annual old-fashioned Holiday Open House is 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. The event will feature Victorian carolers, center tours, carriage rides, children’s activities, holiday treats and more. For more information: 919-460-4963, bit.ly/1GWZMCJ.
Tree lightings, parades
The Town of Fuquay-Varina’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the municipal parking lot at the corner of East Vance and South Main streets. The event will feature musical performances, a visit from Santa and more. Free. bit.ly/2f5JcFh The town’s Christmas parade is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the downtown Fuquay district. bit.ly/2fakvWL
The Town of Morrisville holds its annual tree lighting festivities from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Indian Creek Trailhead, 101 Town Hall Drive. The event will feature musical performances, children’s activities, a visit from Santa and refreshments. Free. bit.ly/2eUJtKr
The Town of Cary’s official Christmas Tree Lighting is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, outside on the Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. The event will feature area actors, singers and musicians. The Cary Community Christmas Tree also will be unveiled inside Town Hall. Free. For more information: 919-319-4560, bit.ly/1GWZMCJ. The Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, on Chatham Street downtown. bit.ly/2fekkv1
Suggly Sweater 5k
Coworking Station, 104 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs, sponsors the third annual Suggly Sweater 5K and Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. The “ugly sweater” event is a fundraiser for Meg’s Smile Foundation. For more information and to register, go to sugglysweater5k.com or megsmile.org.
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 Hope for the Warriors, 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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