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
▪ Hemlock Nature Quest: Summer Wildlife Survey (ages 13-15): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 19.
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▪ Eco-Adventure Camps: Nature Explorers (ages 5-6): 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 20, to Friday, June 24. Cost: $76 for residents; $96 for nonresidents.
▪ Young Ecologists Camps: Kid vs. Wild (ages 8-12): 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 20, to Friday, June 24. Cost: $76 for residents; $96 for nonresidents.
▪ Curiosity Club: Snake Searching (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 26.
▪ Eco-Adventure Camps: Trail Trekkers (ages 7-8): 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 27, to Friday, July 1. Cost: $76 for residents; $96 for nonresidents.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Wild Wetlands (ages 8-12): 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 27, to Wednesday, June 29. Cost: $54 for 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.; and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. redcrossblood.org
Brew ‘n’ Choo
New Hope Valley Railway presents Brew ‘n’ Choo beginning at 4 p.m. at the rail yard, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. The event will feature train rides, craft beers, local wine, food and live music. Cost is $12 for adults, $11 for adults 60 and older, $10 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under age 2. For tickets, go to TriangleTrain.com.
Wild bird program
Owls, hawks and more will be featured at the American Wildlife Refuge program from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in the Christian Life Center at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Participants can take photos and talk with bird handlers. Free. For more information: bit.ly/1sphZCq.
Chatham Street Chowdown
Cary’s next Chowdown is from 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The food truck rodeo, which also features live performers and beer and wine vendors, will be held at a new location: on Templeton Street from Chatham Street to Waldo Street.
More than 25 vendors are scheduled to be on site. Rain or shine. MikeMickXer and Trophy Husbands will perform.
For more information and a lineup of participating food trucks, go to bit.ly/1lk1v7Q.
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.
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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