Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Pre-registration is required. Cost for children’s programs: $12 for Cary residents and $16 for nonresidents unless another price is given. 919-387-5980
▪ Curiosity Club (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22.
▪ Silver Naturalists: Umstead Park Ramble (ages 55 and older): 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Umstead State Park, N. Harrison Ave. at I-40 Exit 270, Cary. Cost: $5 for Cary residents, $7 for nonresidents.
▪ Kids Fun Days: Searching Streams (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 25.
▪ Eco-Express: Creatures of the Creek (ages 8-12): 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 26.
Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held through the end of May. 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.; and Saturday, May 28, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additional area blood drives:
▪ 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Fuquay-Varina Presbyterian Church, 309 N. Ennis St.
▪ 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Sunday, May 22, Beth Shalom synagogue, 5713 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh, in conjunction with Rex Blood Services. Call 919-858-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Registration is open for the Out of the Darkness Walk, Fuquay-Varina, scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the South Park trail head of the Jeff Wells Environmental Trail.
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host the fourth annual fundraising event. For more information and to register: bit.ly/1R6mF4w.
Registration is under way for a golf tournament fundraiser for Apex Friendship High School athletic programs. The event is Monday, June 13, at The Preserve at Jordan Lake. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m.; tee time at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per person. For more information and to register: bit.ly/1TpJyBf.
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
WakeMed Cary Hospital presents Hands Up from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, in the conference center of the hospital, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road. The free program, to be presented by hand specialist Dr. Okechukwu Nwoko of Wake Orthopaedics, will focus on ways to relieve pain and regain hand strength and flexibility. Registration required: events.wakemed.org, 919-350-5340.
Run the Quay
The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce’s annual Run the Quay is from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, beginning at the Fuquay-Varina Presbyterian Church, 307 N. Ennis St. The race through downtown will include a 5K, 10K, the 15 Quay Challenge and a children’s fun run. Volunteers are needed as course monitors and for other duties. To register to volunteer, go to vols.pt/xVpmTg. To register for the race: itsyourrace.com. For more information, call the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce at 919-552-4947.
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.
Cary hosts Dog Days of June from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, on Field 6 at Bond Park, 801 High House Road. The event will feature pet adoptions, a dog wash and pet vaccinations and microchipping by local veterinarians. The free Skyhoundz Canine Frisbee Disc Competition also will be held. All pets attending must be leashed or in a kennel.
Fees for the dog wash, cash only, are from $5 to $7, depending on the size of the dog. Fees for veterinary services, cash only, are: $15 for microchips and $5 for rabies vaccinations. bit.ly/1Y5CZrO
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.
Kids Together party
The special needs-accessible Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park celebrates its birthday with a free party from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the picnic shelter at the park, 111 Thurston Drive, Cary. Children’s activities and a children’s parade with Katal the KT Dragon will be featured. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to volunteer: bit.ly/1WY2mNA.
Race for the Cure
The 20th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park. The event, which raises funds and awareness for breast health programs, also will feature live music, a cancer survivor celebration, games and food trucks. To register or learn more, visit komennctc.org.
Great Railway Chase
New Hope Valley Railway will present The Great Railway Chase at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the rail yard, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. Costumed soldiers will recreate the Civil War battle throughout the day.
The event continues at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 12. Cost is $24 for adults, $22 for adults 60 and older, $22 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under age 2. A ticket is required to enter the rail yard. bit.ly/1WsBmYe
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 O’Dell 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
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
The festival is Friday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 6, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Tickets for the whole hog pig picking from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, are $49 in advance and $55 the day of the event. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Tickets are $39 in advance and $45 the day of the event. Tickets for the additional bacon and whole hog session Saturday are $59 in advance and $65 the day of the event. boothamphitheatre.com
BBQ, Blues and Brews
Registration is under way for the BBQ, Blues and Brews barbecue cook-off competition in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The fundraiser is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on Broad Street in the historic Varina district and also will feature bluegrass music and craft beer. For more information and to register for the cook-off, go to bit.ly/1s7P3PG.
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Memorial Day events
Town offices in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Town facilities, including community and arts centers, and Wake County public libraries also will be closed.
Go Transit and Cary’s C-Tran will not operate on Monday, May 30.
Regular schedules for solid waste, yard waste and recycling collection dates will be followed in Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville. The Citizen’s Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Ave., Cary, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 30. All Wake County convenience centers and the South Wake Landfill in Apex are open during their normal times.
In Apex and Holly Springs, solid waste and recycling will be delayed by one day, beginning Monday, May 30. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday, June 4.
▪ The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest kicks off at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Fleming Loop Park, 301 Fleming Loop Road, Fuquay-Varina. The event runs through Monday, May 30. Admission is free. Festival parking and shuttle operations open at 5:30 a.m. May 28-30, with hot air balloon competition flights beginning at 6:15 a.m. For a more detailed schedule of events, go to bit.ly/24XnsP2. wralfreedomballoonfest.com
Parking at designated festival parking lots is $10. Shuttle service from the lot to the festival is $5 for adults and children ages 13 and older, $3 for children ages 2-12 and free for younger children. A day-long festival tram is available for $5 per person or free for Park & Ride shuttle users. For more information on parking, go to bit.ly/1Yz92kn.
▪ The Cary theater salutes veterans with two special showings over Memorial Day weekend. Cost for each movie is $5 at the theater, 122 E. Chatham St., downtown Cary. thecarytheater.com
“Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28. The film, which won the Academy Award for best documentury feature, focuses on the work of Lin, the artist who designed the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, May 29, the theater will show “Flags of Our Fathers,” about the men who raised the U.S. flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, at 2 p.m.
▪ The Triangle Wind Ensemble presents “Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue: An American Celebration” at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $16 for adults; $13 for students, seniors and military; $26 for reserved tables; free for children 12 and under. trianglewind.org, boothamphitheatre.com
▪ The Town of Cary hosts a Memorial Day ceremony and celebration honoring veterans from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Veterans Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. bit.ly/202bG2q
▪ Cary American Legion Post 67 holds its annual Memorial Day service from 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Hillcrest Cemetery, 600 Page St., Cary. The guest speaker will be retired Rear Adm. Steve Glass of Cary. Bring a chair. Following the service, refreshments will be provided at the Legionnaire Post Home, 8523 Chapel Hill Road. For more details, email Carylegion67@aol.com.
▪ Cambridge Village of Apex, 10000 Cambridge Village Loop, will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30.