The Stevens Nature Center will host activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Classes cost $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents unless another price is given. To register, call 919-387-5980. Here’s the schedule:
▪ Eco-Explorers: Creek Cruising! (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 14.
Ice Cream Social
Registration for Cary’s Ice Cream Social for ages 55 and older is due Thursday, June 18. The Ice Cream Social is from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. For details or to sign up, call 919-469-4081.
Off-Road Cyclist Fest
The Triangle Off-Road Cyclists is hosting TORCFest, a celebration of mountain biking, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at Lake Crabtree County Park. The annual event features the opening of new trails, a skills clinic, a dirt jump clinic, concessions, bike demonstrations, a time trial race from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and group rides. For details, go to www.meetup.com/torc-nc.
International Day of Yoga
A yoga day will be Sunday, June 21, at the Hindu Society of North Carolina, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. The event begins at 8 a.m. with yoga postures and meditation with special yoga sessions for sleeplessness and back pain at 10 a.m. A speech on yoga is at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Registration is required by going to www.yogadayrtp.org.
A book group will meet to talk about “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain from 7-8 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division is hosting a tour of the South Wake Solid Waste Facilities from 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at 6300 Old Smithfield Road, Apex. Participants will learn about recycling, what happens to their garbage and Wake County’s use of household garbage as an energy source. For details, go to www.wakegov.com.
The West Regional Library will show “The Transformative Power of Classical Music” by Benjamin Zander and host a discussion from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To sign up, call 919-463-8500.
The Morrisville Fire Rescue Department offers free CPR and automatic external defibrillator certification classes for Morrisville residents from 7-10 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Morrisville Fire/Rescue Station #1, 200 Town Hall Drive.
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Gildan Esprit De She
Koka Booth Amphitheatre hosts 5k and 10k runs at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Registration costs $40 for the 5k and $50 for the 10k, with prices $15 lower for ages 17 and younger. For details, go to www.boothamphitheatre.com.
Civil War Train Battle
New Hope Valley Railway will host a Civil War reenactment on a train Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. There will be a reenactment of the war’s last official battle 150 years ago with tents, a makeshift hospital and on passenger cars. Tickets are required for the reenactment and to enter the rail yard. They are $25, which includes children and seniors. There are six times on June 27 beginning at 10 a.m. and four times on June 28. Go to www.triangletrain.com.
Ice Cream and Soda Shop Celebration
Whisk’s free Ice Cream and Soda Shop Celebration is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at 316 Colonades Way, Cary. There will be free demonstrations, samples, giveaways and discounts. For details, go to www.whiskcarolina.com.
Cary High Reunion
Cary High School’s Class of 1975 is celebrating its 40th reunion June 26 and 27 with several events. The main event is at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 131 Columbus Ave., Cary. Registration for the reunion is due by June 15. For information, contact Barbara Rhoades at email@example.com or call 919-467-2315. There is a Facebook page for the class, too.
Choose Our Transit
A Choose Our Transit discussion with Wake County Transit Strategy partners will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. For details, go to www.waketransit.com/meetings.
More meetings will be at:
▪ 6 p.m. Monday, July 13, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
▪ 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Fourth of July Events
▪ Morrisville: A free celebration with fireworks, food trucks, music and bounce houses is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Morrisville Community Park fields, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks. No glass containers, coolers or alcohol are allowed.
A pancake breakfast is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at Morrisville Fire Station #1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Pancakes, sausage and orange juice will be served. Advance tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger. Tickets on July 4 are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
▪ Fuquay-Varina: The town’s Independence Day celebration starts at 6 p.m., Friday, July 3, at South Park, 900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. A concert by Spare Change is at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at sundown. Go to www.fuquay-varina.org.
▪ Cary: The Independence Day Olde Time Celebration is 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road.
A celebration with music, performances and activities for families is from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Gates open, and kids’ activities and ferris wheel rides begin at 3 p.m., a Cary Town Band concert is at 5:45 p.m., a North Carolina Symphony concert is at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks follow the concert. Admission is free. Preferred parking tickets are available for $10 in advance at www.etix.com.
▪ Apex: The Olde Fashioned Fourth of July event is Saturday, July 4 starting at 9 a.m. in downtown Apex. Children 12 and younger can take part in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street. Children can decorate bikes, wagons or non-motorized vehicles in patriotic colors. Helmets are required. The parade starts at the corner of Salem and Chatham streets at noon. Festivities end with the Apex Fire Department’s splash down. Go to www.apexnc.org.
▪ Holly Springs: The town’s Independence Day event is Sunday, July 5, starting at 5 p.m. at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bassk Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby AVe., Holly Springs. The event features crafts, children’s activities, a cornhole tournament, food, music and inflatables. Firworks are scheduled to begin at 9;15 p.m. Sparklers are not allowed. Go to www.hollyspringsnc.us.
Tuesday for Tots
A free family event will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Tuesday in July and August at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. There will be storytelling, playtime, stroller strides, music and more. The dates are July 7 and Aug. 4. Parents and caregivers must stay with their children while on site. For information, go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call 919-462-2025.
Chatham Street Chowdown
The Chatham Street Chowdown food truck rally is from 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on West Chatham Street in downtown Cary. There will be 15 food trucks, a beer and wine garden and live music.
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. For details, go to www.beerandbourbon.com.
The 39th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, in downtown Cary around Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. The event features artists, arts and crafts, food, children’s actitivities and live entertainment. For information, go to www.townofcary.org or call 919-319-4560.
BBQ, Blues and Brews
The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association’s BBQ, Blues and Brews fundraiser is 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, downtown. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
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