Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Town of Cary consultants will call residents during a biennial “citizen satisfaction survey” until the end of January. Those who are called (over 400 people) will be asked to spend about 25 minutes discussing the town’s services and government. townofcary.org.
VFW Post retires flags
The Cary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7383 will retire worn or damaged American flags. Drop off flags between noon and 7 p.m. any day of the week at 522 Reedy Creek Road. 919-467-1188.
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.
▪ Wee Walkers: Winter Wonders (ages 1 and older with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, or Thursday, Jan. 21. $8 per day for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.
▪ Hemlock Nature Quest: Winter Wildlife Survey (ages 13-15): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.
▪ Eco-Explorers: Winter Wildlife (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.
▪ Curious Creatures: Salamanders (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 27.
▪ Junior Naturalist: Outrageous Owls (ages 5-8 with a parent): 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Salamanders (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
▪ Curiosity Club: Leaf Litter Critters (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.
Winter Wonderland sledding
Cary’s annual Winter Wonderland of one-hour sledding sessions was rescheduled to 4:45-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 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. 22, from 3:30-4:30 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 for “Winter Wonderland” at townofcary.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.
Professional organizers will give advice at the West Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Call to sign up: 919-463-8500.
A discussion of “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
Eva Perry Regional Library hosts Teen Scene for sixth- through 10th-grade students at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Cupcake Wars is from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28; and artwork with henna from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
‘Downton Abbey’ tea party
The West Regional Library celebrates the final season of “Downton Abbey” with a tea party from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 29, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration is required: 919-463-8500.
A health fair will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, with screenings, CPR and fitness classes, workshops and information on insurance at Mt. Zion Church, 316 Allen Lewis Drive, Cary. bit.ly/1lejzD0.
Cary’s neighborhood meeting on new rezoning applications is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. Another meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
School of Government
Enrollment for Cary’s School of Government class will be open through Friday, Feb. 5. The class meets 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays in March and early April, with two Saturday morning sessions. Participants learn about public safety, community planning, transportation and other municipal services. 919-469-4006, townofcary.org.
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.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County offers Family-to-Family classes for friends and family members of adults with mental illnesses. A six-week course will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, starting on Feb. 6, in Cary.
Freedmen’s Bureau Project
John Farnsworth will talk about the Family Search organization’s work indexing records for genealogists from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Cary residents can nominate volunteers for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Volunteer Awards through Friday, Feb. 12. townofcary.org.
Valentine’s English Tea
Cary’s Valentine’s English Tea for ages 55 and older is 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Friday, Feb. 5: bit.ly/1nfSkd5.
A bird walk along the American Tobacco Trail will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, starting in the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Registration is required: 919-387-4342.
Citizens Police Academy
Cary’s Citizens Police Academy will accept applications until Monday, Feb. 15, at the Town of Cary Police Department, 120 Wilkinson Ave.
Participants will learn about criminal and constitutional law, patrol, investigations and services. The class is a prerequisite for Citizens Assisting Police. Classes will meet for twelve weeks from Tuesday, March 1, through Tuesday, May 17.
Nick Knardirell, author of “Minnesota: Her Account, Her View,” will sign books at a meeting of the African-American Book Club at Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
The Knights of Columbus Council #12119 will host a blood drive with Rex Blood Services from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina.
The 21st annual Kite Festival is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Registration is free and starts at 12:30 p.m. bit.ly/1PULwe1.
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.
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.
Cary’s annual health fair for ages 55 and older is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration is required. bit.ly/1mT9eNT.
Founders Day in Apex is all day Saturday, March 19, downtown.
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, email@example.com, caryems.org.
Olde Fashioned Fourth of July
Apex’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, downtown.
Kids are invited to decorate their bikes and join Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels along Salem Street, starting at the corner of Salem and Chatham streets at noon. bit.ly/1dlgzkl.
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