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. Registration is $20, $10 for a do-over lap, $5 for juniors and free for kids. For details, go to www.meetup.com/torc-nc.
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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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.
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:
▪ Nature Nuts: Hawks (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 27. $10 for Cary residents and $13 for non-residents.
▪ Curiosity Club: Looking for Lizards! (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 28.
▪ Marvelous Mammals (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 1.
▪ Curious Creatures: Creek Creatures (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Thursday, July 2.
Eva Perry Regional Library will show “How Architecture Helped Music Evolve” by David Byrne at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
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.
Ice Cream Social
Cary’s Ice Cream Social for ages 55 and older is from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration was due June 18. For details, call 919-469-4081.
Fourth of July Events
▪ Morrisville: A free celebration with fireworks, food trucks, music and bounce houses is 6:30-10 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 8-10 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. To buy tickets in advance through Friday, July 3, go to Cedar Fork Community Center, 1050 Town Hall Drive, suite B; the Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, 1301 Morrisville Parkway; or the Parks Administration Building, 240 Town Hall Drive.
▪ 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.
Amy Shirley will meet customers and sign her new book, “Gluten-Free in Lizard Lick: 100 Gluten-Free Recipes for Finger-Licking Food for Your Soul,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
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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