Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
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.
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Amphibian Adventures (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.
▪ Curious Creatures: Hawks and Owls (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 5.
▪ Tales and Trails: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with parents): 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. $20 for Cary residents, $28 for non-residents.
▪ Young Ecologists: Salamander Search (ages 10-13): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.
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.
Ages 4-6 will learn about nature with experiments, activities and games from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs.
Registration is required: 919-557-2496.
Librarians at the Eva Perry Regional Library will recommend books for movie lovers from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Book suggestions for Black History Month will be 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. “Blind Date With a Book,” with surprise recommendations with hidden titles and covers, will be 3-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, “Tough Guys & Femme Fatales” is 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, and mystery and crime book recommendations are 4-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
First responders dinner
Cary American Legion Post 67 hosts a dinner in honor of Cary’s first responders at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m., at 8523 Chapel Hill Road, Cary.
The group will honor police officers, firefighters and those who work in emergency medical services. Veterans and active duty military are also invited. 919-469-3010.
Larry Perkins, vice president and assistant general manager of PNC Arena and the Carolina Hurricanes, will read from his memoir, “Buck Seventy Two: A Destiny of Will,” Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering, 1430 W. Williams St., Apex. A social hour at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a reading of the author’s depictions of his life. RSVP: buck72.com/rsvp.html.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
SCORE’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship for those planning to start new businesses will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Another event, with information on financing options for small businesses, is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. Register for each at the library or online at raleigh.score.org under the “Local Workshops” tab.
A discussion on “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Cary residents can nominate volunteers for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Volunteer Awards through Friday, Feb. 12. townofcary.org.
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.
Share & Care
People with disabilities and care providers are invited to learn about local resources from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 12, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. More than 20 service providers will visit, along with representatives of organizations, businesses and assistive services.
Registration for this drop-in event is encouraged but not required. Service animals are allowed. Register at any of Cary’s Parks facilities or through EZ-REG online. bit.ly/1KCJSJX.
Craft It: Flying Circles Mobile
A craft session for ages 16 and older is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
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.
Barefoot to Bare Feet
At the Apex Friendship High School and Holly Springs High School basketball quad game at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at 7801 Humie Olive Road, Apex Friendship High School men’s and women’s coaches and assistants will coach a game in bare feet to raise awareness and donations for Samaritan’s Feet.
Samaritan’s Feet provides new shoes for children who need them around the world. The event’s organizers are trying to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes. Admission is $5. Bring a pair of new athletic shoes and a bag of socks. For each donated pair of shoes, you will receive a raffle ticket.
Valentine’s Day Market
Downtown Cary Food & Flea’s Valentine’s Day Market is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at 111 W. Chatham St. facebook.com/downtowncaryfoodandflea.
See Spot Read
Kids can practice reading to therapy dogs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
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.
Coffee With a Cop
Meet with Fuquay-Varina police officers for coffee and a discussion from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Stick Boy Bread Company, 127 S. Main St.
An event with the Apex Police Department is 7-9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Bruegger’s Bagels, 760 W. Williams St., Apex.
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.
Local beekeepers will give advice on starting your own hive at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
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.
Think Apex Awards
Nominate people, businesses and nonprofits in Apex for their service to the community through Friday, March 4. thinkapex.biz/awards.
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.
Holly Springs’ egg hunt, yard sale and festivities will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave.
Easter Egg Hunt Downtown Candy Hop
Fuquay-Varina’s Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and younger is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at 900 S. Main St. Kids should bring their own baskets.
The Downtown Candy Hop follows from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
Good Friday closings
Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed on Friday, March 25.
K9-3K Dog Walk
The SPCA of Wake County’s K9-3K Dog Walk and Woofstock will be Saturday, April 2, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Registration is $40 ($25 for kids and teenagers under 16). spcawake.org/events/the-k9-3k-dog-walk.
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.
Cary Road Race
The Cary Road Race is Saturday, April 16, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Registration and packet pick-up is 7-9:30 a.m. The 10K race starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5K at 9:45 a.m. and the one-mile Fun Run at 10:30 a.m.
Fun Run registration is free. Registration for the 5K or 10K is $12 for recreational runners and $15 for competitors. On the day of the race, 5K or 10K registration is $15 for recreational runners and $20 for those competing. bit.ly/1gS5yFQ.
Teen Day Fuquay
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department teaches teenagers about driving safely at Teen Day Fuquay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at South Park, 900 S. Main St.
Spring English Tea
The Spring English Tea for ages 55 and older is 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Tuesday, April 12. 919-469-4081, bit.ly/1OKmyOe.
Senior Services Expo
Fuquay-Varina’s Senior Services Expo is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at 301 S. Fuquay Ave.
Senior Citizens Day Luncheon
The Senior Citizens Day Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Wednesday, April 20. bit.ly/1UmG05h.
Senior Appreciation Day
Cary’s Senior Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Tennis Park at 2727 Louis Stephens Drive.
The Cary Senior Center plant exchange is at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at 120 Maury Odell Place. Plant drop-off is 8:30-9 a.m. and the exchange starts at 9:15 a.m. Registration is required. bit.ly/23oDSA4.
Cary’s annual yard sale is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Proceeds will be used to support the senior center and participating clubs. Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17.
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.
The SAS Championship in Cary will be Oct. 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Tickets go on sale in early April. saschampionship.com.
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