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.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Growing Up Wild (ages 5-7): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, to Wednesday, Nov. 30. Cost: $54 residents, $68 nonresidents.
▪ Nature Nuts: Gifts for Wildlife (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. Cost per session: $10 residents, $13 nonresidents.
▪ Curious Creatures: Deer (ages 5-8): 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Cost: $12 residents, $16 nonresidents.
▪ Winter Wildlife Wonderland (ages 6-10): 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Cost: $26 residents, $34 nonresidents.
▪ Adult Nature Program: Swift Creek Greenway Ramble (ages 16 and older): 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Cost: $6 residents, $8 nonresidents.
“Illusions of Grandeur,” a cocktail hour benefit for nonprofit Zach’s Toy Chest of Holly Springs, is 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Ruby Deluxe in downtown Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission: $10. The event will feature female impersonators. A raffle also will be held. zachstoychest.org
The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina, is holding a food drive for the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry and Ladies’ Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Registration required: 919-552-0590, nelsasgardenhut.com. The shop also is a drop-off site throughout the holidays for the food pantry.
The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department is collecting non-perishable food items through Dec. 12 for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at any fire station or Town Hall. fuquay-varina.org
Harris Lake Park
Help park staff with projects at Citizen Science from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Free. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
Winter farmers markets
▪ The Apex Farmers Market’s monthly Winter Market is 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, inside the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Upcoming market dates are Jan. 7, Feb. 11 and March 25. apexfarmersmarket.com, 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
▪ The Holly Springs Farmers Market’s monthly Winter Market is 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Upcoming market dates are Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. bit.ly/2efeQm7
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 cost and to register, go to tobaccoroadmarathon.com.
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