Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration costs $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents unless another price is given. 919-387-5980.
▪ Eco Express: Salamander Search (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 21.
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▪ Kids Fun-Days: Amphibian Antics (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Life Under Logs (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 29.
▪ Curious Creatures: Salamanders (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The 21st annual Kwanzaa Celebration is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. This year’s theme is “Developing and Encouraging Our Youth.” There will be performances by the Magic of African Rhythm and members of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, as well as a traditional procession of the elders and Harambee Circle. Doors open for the market and Children’s Village at 11 a.m. and performances start at 3 p.m.
New Year’s Day closings
Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1.
Apex’s garbage and recycling collection for Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday. In Cary, garbage, recycling and yard waste for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday customers will be picked up one day earlier than usual. Trash and recycling for Holly Springs’ Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. Garbage will be collected as usual in Fuquay-Varina. In Morrisville, the Friday route will be collected on Saturday.
Cary’s free First Walk for all ages is 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at Annie Jones Greenway, 1414 Tarbert Drive, Cary. Registration is required. bit.ly/1SZwNiv.
Run to Change the World
The Second Annual Run to Change the World’s mile run starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary.
The run will raise money for Men of Armor. To register for $25 for the 5K and $10 for the mile, go to bit.ly/1Qm5D83. The 5K’s fee increases to $30 for participants who register the day of the race.
New Year, New You
Cary’s New Year, New You: Fitness Kick-Off event with free fitness classes and nutritional workshops runs from Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road. Classes run from noon to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each day.
Librarians at the Eva Perry Regional Library will recommend books to help with New Year’s resolutions from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County offers Family-to-Family classes for friends and family members of adults with mental illnesses. One 12-week course will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in downtown Raleigh. A six-week course will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in Cary.
Cary’s annual Winter Wonderland of one-hour sledding sessions will be from 4:45-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road.
Registration is open now for Cary residents and will open for non-residents on Monday, Dec. 21, for $20 per person per session. Tickets will not be available at the door. Sledding tubes will be provided; do not bring your own. Register online: townofcary.org.
Three Kings Day Parade
Cary’s Three Kings Day Parade is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the town’s Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. diamanteinc.org.
Family Trivia Night
Family Trivia Night for family teams, ages 5 and older, is 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary. Registration is required and costs $7. bit.ly/1RjXYG4.
The Daddy-Daughter Dance for fathers with 4- to 12-year-old daughters is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Tickets are $39 for a pair and $17 for an additional daughter. bit.ly/1lVJ9h4.
Tobacco Road Marathon and Half-Marathon registration
Registration is open for the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and the GNC Half Marathon to be held Sunday, March 13, along the American Tobacco Trail, starting in Cary. Registration fees are $90 for the marathon and $80 for the half marathon. Registration will increase incrementally until the run. All proceeds go to JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation. tobaccoroadmarathon.com.
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