Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Balloon fest volunteers
Volunteers can register to participate in the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30, at Fleming Loop Park, 301 Fleming Loop Road, Fuquay Varina.
The festival is dedicated to honoring veterans and remembering fallen military service men and women. For more information and to register to volunteer: freedomballoonfest.com.
The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Preregistration is required. Cost for children’s programs: $12 for Cary residents and $16 for nonresidents unless another price is given. 919-387-5980.
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Reptiles (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: What’s in the Woods? (ages 5-7): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, May 2-4. Cost: $54 for Cary residents and $68 for nonresidents.
▪ Silver Naturalists: Springtime at Hemlock Bluffs (ages 55 and older): 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, May 2. Cost: $5 for Cary residents; $7 for nonresidents.
▪ Adult Nature Programs: Birding by Ear 2 (ages 16 and older): 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Cost: $6 for Cary residents; $8 for nonresidents.
▪ Curiosity Club: Garden Gurus (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
▪ Volunteer Workdays: Trail maintenance (ages 16 and older): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Free.
▪ Kids Fun Days: Backyard Reptiles (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 10.
▪ Nature Nuts: Magic Garden (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 13. Cost: $10 for Cary residents; $13 for nonresidents.
Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held through May 15. redcrossblood.org.
Blood may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150, Cary: Mondays, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Other area drives:
▪ Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 7300 Sunset Lake Road
▪ Sunday, May 1, 12:30-5 p.m., Apex Mosque, 733 Center St.
▪ Wednesday, May 11, noon to 4:30 p.m., Union Bank & Trust Company, 1405 Bradford View Drive
Compost bin sales
Cary’s compost bin sales continue through Sunday, May 8. The 311-liter bins cost $45 each. Town staff will set up pickup times after bins are ordered. bit.ly/1Oioqdk.
High school seniors who live in Cary may apply for the Friends of the Page-Walker’s History Scholarship, $750, by Monday, May 9. friendsofpagewalker.org.
Presenter Tracy Jenkins will discuss how to use informational interviewing to explore career options and develop a career path at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. 919-463-8500
Funds for nonprofits
The Wake County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations through noon May 10. Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in the county. nccommunityfoundation.org
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.
A talk about the book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100.
Community blood drive
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 12119 and Rex Blood Services will host a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. To register: kofc12119.com. Walk-ins are welcome.
Physical therapy classes
Back in Action Physical Therapy will teach a series of free classes on the prevention and treatment of neck, shoulder and back pain at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 12 at the Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs. Other classes are scheduled for June 16, July 14 and Aug. 11. For more information: bit.ly/1YQgBmu.
The Cary Senior Center plant exchange is at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at 120 Maury O’Dell 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.
The dedication of the memorial for victims of crashes involving American Eagle Flights 3378 and 3379 is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Carpenter Park, 1580 Morrisville Carpenter Road. A reception will follow at Good Hope Baptist Church, 6628 Good Hope Church Road, Cary. The memorial is about one mile from where Flight 3379 crashed on Dec. 13, 1994. Flight 3378 crashed on Feb. 19, 1988. RSVP: 404-881-2895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner on Depot Street
The dining and dancing fundraiser is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on Depot Street in the historic shopping district of Fuquay-Varina. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from the event go to Fuquay-Varina Downtown, the nonprofit that administers the N.C. Main Street Program.
Tigers on Parade
Bengal tigers will prowl the streets of downtown Fuquay-Varina Saturday, May 14, to Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsors and artists will unveil their decorated tiger sculptures at the Dinner on Depot event on May 14. The tigers will be stationed at various downtown locations. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association encourages spreading “Tiger love” on social media - use #fvdowntown and #fvroar. The tigers will be auctioned off during the town’s Chili Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, on Depot Street. bit.ly/1qPx2UZ
Fiesta for Education
The Fiesta for Education fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the park at Green Hope Elementary School Park, 2750 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The event will feature food, music, cultural displays, games, sports and a raffle.
Relay for Life events
Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina’s Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society is 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 20, at the Salamanders Stadium, 101 Tennis Court, Holly Springs. relayforlife.org/southwakenc.
Cary, Apex and Morrisville’s Relay for Life is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21, to 8 a.m. Sunday, May 22, at Mills Park Middle School, 441 Mills Park Drive, Cary. camrelay.org.
Charity Yard Sale
The third annual Charity Yard Sale to benefit SafeChild starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Highway 55 and Mason Street, Apex.
Boating safety classes
The Cary Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety class for ages 12 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The cost is $35. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive the N.C. Boater Education card. For more information, contact Ron Sanders at 919-781-5917. National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27.
Wheels on Academy
The fifth annual car show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in downtown Cary. bit.ly/1LvO5zE
The Trailblaze Challenge 24.8-mile fundraising hike for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which is based in Morrisville, is Saturday, May 21, along Sauratown Trail in Stokes and Surry counties. eastnc.wish.org
Fest in the West
The Fest in the West festival will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Parkside Town Commons, 7119 O’Kelly Chapel Road, Cary. Arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and contests will be featured. The rain date is Sunday, May 22. festinthewest.com
An open house honoring Cheri Spitz will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the Family Life Center of Resurrection Lutheran Church, 100 Lochmere Drive W., Cary. Spitz has been the director of the church’s preschool for 30 years and plans to retire July 1.
Most town offices in Cary will be closed on Monday, May 30.
A ceremony and celebration honoring veterans will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Cary’s Veteran’s Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Ave.
Volunteer registration is open for the 2016 SAS Championship Oct. 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Volunteer tickets are discounted through Tuesday, May 31. General ticket sales also have started. Tournament proceeds will benefit the YMCA of the Triangle’s Y Learning Program. saschampionship.com
Miles for Melanoma
The Miles for Melanoma 5K run/walk fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Cost: $30 by 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, for competitive runners; $55 after. Free for noncompetitive runners and walkers by 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2; $25 after. Registration: bit.ly/1SZQy7V.
Bike Safety Rodeo
Registration is under way for the Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department’s Bike Safety Rodeo from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4, at Fire/Rescue Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. The event is for toddlers through age 18. A parent or guardian must also attend. To register: townofmorrisville.org/bikerodeo. For more information, contact Fire Marshal Shandy Padgett: 919-463-6122 or email@example.com.
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
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