Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Race for Home
Registration is under way for the Carying Place’s ninth annual Labor Day Race for Home. The fundraiser will feature a 10K, 5K and family-fun mile at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Gates open at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, and the races begin at 8 a.m. The event, which benefits homeless working families, also will feature children’s activities, music, prizes and more. Online registration is open through Sept. 4. For more information and to register, go to thecaryingplace.org.
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Registration is under way for the free community Basic Training Class hosted by the Morrisville Community Emergency Response Team. Class times for the 20-hour CERT program are 6-10 p.m. Sept. 22-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 1-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Classes will be at Morrisville Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. For more information and to sign up, call Shandy Padgett at 919-463-6122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. bit.ly/2adZmct
Citizen advisory boards
The Town of Morrisville is seeking members for its citizen advisory boards. All town advisory boards and committees are accepting applications. Registration for the fall session continues through Friday, Sept. 30. For more information and an application, go to townofmorrisville.org/committees. For questions, email email@example.com.
Blood may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150: 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
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
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Swift Creek (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.
▪ Eco-Adventure Camps: Trail Trekkers (ages 7-8): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, to Friday, Aug. 19. Cost: $76 residents; $96 nonresidents.
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Rocking Reptiles (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.
▪ Curious Creatures: Hummingbirds (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.
▪ Nature Nuts: Tadpoles (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Cost: $10 residents; $13 nonresidents.
▪ Curiosity Club: Nature's Fairies (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
▪ Nature Nymphs: Nutty About Nature (ages 4-5): 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, to Thursday, Aug. 25. Cost: $68 residents; $88 nonresidents.
Harris Lake Park
Upcoming programs at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required for all programs. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
▪ Eco-Track: Reptiles and Amphibians (ages 6-11): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Cost: $28 per child.
▪ Kids Discover Nature: Signs of Nature (ages 2-6): 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Aug. 15. Cost: $4 per child.
▪ Citizen Science Thursday (ages 8 and older): 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Free.
▪ Garden Invaders (ages 8 and older): 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Free.
▪ Evening Campfire (all ages): 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Family Disc Golf Lessons and Play Time (all ages): 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24. Free.
New Hope Valley Railway
New Hope Valley Railway hosts a Garden Railroad Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the rail yard, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. The event will feature a model train display and rides on diesel or steam trains. Ticket prices range from $7 to $15; free for children under age 2. For more information and tickets, go to TriangleTrain.com.
Learn about the American Tobacco Trail during the Nature Lab guided hike from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The hike will start at the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. For ages 6-11. Cost: $12 per child. Registration required. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu
Young Life fundraiser
Thrift 2 Gift hosts its annual Dollar Days Sale on clothing, shoes and accessories from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, to Thursday, Aug. 18, to benefit the Young Life program. The store is at 900 E. Chatham St., Cary. For more information, go to bit.ly/2aXbE9Z, facebook.com/thrift2gift or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
S’more Fun with Mom
Cary’s S’more Fun with Mom program for mothers and sons features a scavenger hunt, storytelling and s’mores from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Kiwanis Shelter at Bond Park. For children ages 4-10. Cost: $23 per parent and child; $12 for an additional child. Advance registration required; go to classweb.townofcary.org, code 94603.
Learn about animals that come out after dark during a hike from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, along the American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. The Creatures of the Night program is for all ages. Bring water and a flashlight. Cost: $1 per person. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
Lake Crabtree Park
Upcoming family programs at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Advance registration required for most. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ Going Batty (ages 5 and older): 8-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Turtle Talk (all ages): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Birding with Vernon (all ages): 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free; no registration required.
Derek Davis 5K
The Derek Davis Memorial 5K Run begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Holly Ridge Elementary, 900 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs. The run/walk event is a fundraiser for the Derek Davis Memorial Foundation, which provides college scholarships to high school cross-country runners. Cost: $30 by Aug. 17; $35 day of the race. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29MW8OE.
Learn about the new GeoArt project from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, on the American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. The program, for ages 6 and older, teaches the basics of the high-tech treasure hunt before participants search for caches along the trail. GPS units provided but personal apps accepted. Cost: $1 per person. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
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.
Fish for free from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7 and 21, at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Park staff will provide bait and basic instruction. Catch and release only. Bring equipment or borrow from the park. For all ages; 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: bit.ly/29z1M7o.
Pay It Forward Party
The Caring Community Foundation holds its 15th Reunion Pay It Forward fundraising party from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Noah’s, 5180 Paramount Parkway, Morrisville. The event will feature food, music, games, raffles, auctions and more. Proceeds will help provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need in the Triangle.
Working on the railroad
Learn what it takes to operate a railroad during Working on the Railroad Day beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. The event will feature demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors and rides on diesel or steam trains. Ticket prices range from $7 to $15; free for children under age 2. For more information and tickets, go to TriangleTrain.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.
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.
Cary Unity Walk
Registration is under way for the first Cary Unity Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The walk will begin in downtown Cary and travel to Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive. Afterward, the Unity Festival, featuring mile, 5K and 10K runs, entertainment and vendors, will be held at the park. The event will benefit area nonprofits. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29W0F2W.
Tobacco Road Marathon
Registration is under way for the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon scheduled for March 19, 2017, on the American Tobacco Trail. The event is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Rails to Trails Conservancy and Wake County Parks and Recreation. For information on costs and to register, go to tobaccoroadmarathon.com.
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