Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
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.
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.
Diamante Inc. is accepting nominations for the 21st annual Latina Diamante Awards. The awards honor people or organizations for their contributions to the Latino/Hispanic community. Categories include art and culture, business, education and community involvement. For nomination forms, call Roberto Perez at 919-730-9826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awards will be presented from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. To purchase tickets for the event, go to diamanteinc.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.
Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Southern Wake hosts an Event Leadership Interest meeting for interested community volunteers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at IHOP, 7304 G.B. Alford Highway, Holly Springs. Call Ashley Wickline at 919-302-4557 or email email@example.com.
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
▪ 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.
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.
▪ 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.
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.
A five-day celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the Herbert C. Young Community Center in downtown Cary kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, with a re-dedication ribbon cutting on the Lazy Daze stage. Refreshments will be served. Free. Other anniversary events are planned at the center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., through Thursday, Sept. 1. For more information, call 919-460-4965 or go to bit.ly/2b82o3F.
Talk with Ted
Ted Boyd, downtown development manager for Cary, will discuss current and upcoming plans for the town at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. A question-and-answer session will follow. Free tickets at the door. For more information, call 919-462-2051 or go to bit.ly/2auFTIo.
Registration is under way for several area races, a triathlon and a marathon.
▪ Sunday, Sept. 4: Plunge Pedal Plod triathlon at Triangle Aquatic Center and Cary Towne Center. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1eABTmz.
▪ Sunday, Sept. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 9: Team Fit & Able’s Trail Blazers Running Team. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2aWYwmy.
▪ Monday, Sept. 5: Labor Day Race for Home 10K, 5K and family-fun mile. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Fundraiser for the Carying Place. For more information and to register, go to thecaryingplace.org.
▪ Saturday, Sept. 17: Race for Our Heroes 5K and kids 1-mile run. Fundraiser for Operation Coming Home. Amberly subdivision and trails. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2aSj1yE.
▪ Sunday, Sept. 25: Rotary District 7710 GlobalRun4Water 5K run/walk and 1-mile Rotary water-carry relay. WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Fundraiser for clean water project in Haiti. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2axKBoI.
▪ Sunday, Oct. 23: Cary Fire House Tour Marathon full, half or 10K. Throughout Cary. Tribute to fallen firefighter Jon Schondelmayer. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2aPcMOR.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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