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
▪ Nature Nuts: Fireflies (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 10. Cost: $10 for Cary residents; $13 for nonresidents.
▪ Kids Fun Days: Amphibian Adventures (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Friday, June 10.
▪ Adult Nature Programs: Summer Bird Adventures (ages 16 and older): 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Cost: $6 for Cary residents; $8 for nonresidents.
▪ Nature Nuts: Fireflies (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Cost: $10 for Cary residents; $13 for nonresidents.
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Amphibians (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 12.
▪ Nature Nymphs: Hemlock Hideaways Mini-Camp (ages 4-5): 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16. Cost: $68 for Cary residents; $88 for nonresidents.
▪ Curious Creatures: Lizards (ages 5-8): 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 13.
▪ Eco-Express: Lizards and Snakes (ages 8-12): 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: The Secret Forest (ages 5-7): 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, through Friday, June 17. Cost: $54 for Cary residents; $68 for nonresidents.
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. redcrossblood.org
An additional drive is from 3-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Kraft Family YMCA, 8921 Holly Springs Road, Apex.
Registration is under way for the Metamorphosis Soccer league for children ages 8-12 at Grace Church, 3725 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. The coed fun league for all skill levels will run June to July. Cost: $35. For more information and to register, go to trygrace.com/soccer or call 919-362-9355.
Youth football, cheerleading
Registration is open through Friday, June 10, for Holly Springs youth football for children ages 7 to 12. Youth cheerleading registration is also open through Friday, June 10, for children ages 6 to 12.
Registration is at the Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave. Nonresidents can register Monday, June 6, to Friday, June 10. Fee is $60 for residents, $90 for nonresidents. Age as of Aug. 1, 2016. Registration is open until filled. For more information, call 919-557-9600 or visit bit.ly/1T9Wlht.
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
A cut-a-thon fundraiser for families affected by cancer is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, June 12, at Salons by JC, 2476 Walnut St., Cary.
Services provided include haircuts for adults and children, manicures, massages and facials. No appointments required. There also will be a silent auction, raffles and baked goods for sale. Checks and cash preferred.
Sponsored by the Dream in Color Foundation, which will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to two area families affected by cancer. 919-816-2290, salonsbyjc.com
Physical therapy classes
Back in Action Physical Therapy will teach a free class on the prevention and treatment of neck, shoulder and back pain at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs. Other classes are scheduled for Thursday, July 14, and Thursday, Aug. 11. For more information: bit.ly/1YQgBmu.
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.
The BAPS Charities Walk Green fundraiser begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Cedar Fork Community Center, 1050 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville. For more information: bit.ly/25kecoe.
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.
Jump rope camps
Registration is under way for summer camps sponsored by the Apex Skip-Its jump rope team. The first camp will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 25-29. The second camp will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 1-5.
Both sessions will be held in the gym at Salem Baptist Church, 1821 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost is $155 per session and includes a speed rope and t-shirt. To register or for more information, contact Coach Tommy Hager at email@example.com, 919-270-5113.
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
Miles for Melanoma
The Miles for Melanoma 5K run/walk fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Registration cost is $25 by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, for competitive runners; $55 after. Free for noncompetitive runners and walkers who register by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26; $25 after. Registration: bit.ly/1SZQy7V.
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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