Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Cary residents can nominate volunteers for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Volunteer Awards Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Feb. 12. townofcary.org.
Organizers will accept nominations in these categories:
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▪ Outstanding Teen Volunteer for a Cary Teen Council member
▪ Don Smith Award for an Athletics Program Department volunteer
▪ Distinguished New Coach Award for a volunteer who has coached for fewer than five years
▪ Cultural Arts Award for a Cultural Arts Division volunteer
▪ Senior Volunteer Award for a person whose work helps ages 55 and up
▪ Parks and Trails Award for work on Cary’s greenway and trails system
▪ Herb Young Award for a volunteer helping PRCR in its mission and goals
▪ Partner Organization of the Year for an organization that supports PRCR’s mission and goals
▪ Events Volunteer Award for supporting PRCR special events
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.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Once Upon a Forest (ages 5-7): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 8. $54 for Cary residents and $68 for non-residents.
▪ Tales and Trails: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with parents): 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. $20 for Cary residents and $28 for non-residents.
Eva Perry Regional Library hosts Teen Scene for sixth- through 10th-grade students. Coffee painting is 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Zentangle drawing is 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21; Cupcake Wars from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28; and artwork with henna from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
Winter Wonderland sledding
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.
A parent-child sledding session has been added this year for children 5 years old and younger on Friday, Jan. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Snow tubing areas are available for varied skill levels. With the exception of those registered for the parent-child session, all participants must be able to slide unaccompanied.
Registration costs $20 per person per session. Tickets will not be available at the park. Sledding tubes will be provided; do not bring your own. Register online by searching “Winter Wonderland” at townofcary.org.
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, beginning on Jan. 9, in downtown Raleigh. A six-week course will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, starting on Feb. 6, in Cary.
Meet the Artist: Pottery
Members of the Triangle Potters Guild will demonstrate hand-building and throwing pottery with a potter’s wheel from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Winter Morning Wildlife
A guided walk on the American Tobacco Trail will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, starting in the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Registration costs $5 per family or $3 per individual. 919-387-4342.
Learn about geocaching and the American Tobacco Trail’s new GeoART program from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, starting in the White Oak Parking Area at 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex. The event is planned for ages 6 and up. You may bring your own GPS or smartphone with a geocache app, or borrow a provided GPS. Registration costs $5 per family or $3 for individuals. 919-387-4342.
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.
Travel consultant Leslie Pinkley will give advice on making travel plans at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Call to register: 919-387-2100.
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.
Anna’s Angels gala
Anna’s Angels’ annual gala is Saturday, March 12, at Prestonwood Country Club. The gala will raise money for the nonprofit’s support of Down syndrome research. annas-angels.org.
Cary Area Emergency Medical Services’ Citizens’ Academy will be from April 7 through April 28. Class participants will learn about EMS, learn CPR, tour a 911 communication center and observe an ambulance for a shift. Classes are from 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28. For information and an application, contact Steven Cohen: 919-380-6909, firstname.lastname@example.org, caryems.org.
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