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
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Creepy Crawlies (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 31.
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▪ Wee Walkers: Flutter and Fly (ages 1 and up with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, and Thursday, Sept. 8. Cost per day: $8 residents; $10 nonresidenst.
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Searching Streams (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 7.
▪ Nature Nuts: Hummingbirds (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10. Cost per day: $10 residents; $13 nonresidents.
▪ Curious Creatures: Bees and Butterflies (ages 5-8): 1:30-3:30 Friday, Sept. 9.
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.
▪ Saturday, Sept. 10: Tunnel to Towers 5K run and walk. Research Triangle Park: The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, RTP. Fundraiser for Building for America’s Bravest program. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2aMcp7l.
▪ Sunday, Sept. 11: 9/11 Remembrance 5K Run/Walk. Morrisville Fire Rescue Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Sponsored by Town of Morrisville Fire/Rescue and Police departments. A bell ringing ceremony and moment of silence will be held after the 5K. Free. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Sept. 11. bit.ly/2bDo8Gu
▪ 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.
▪ Saturday, Oct. 8: Pedal for Peds Bike Ride. UNC Cary Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary; American Tobacco Trail. Distances up to 50 miles. Fundraiser for UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2bHqKjW. pedalforpeds.com
▪ 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.
Teen Scene fall programs for students in grades 6-10 begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For more information and to register to attend: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1Ue9fFk.
Register to vote, ask questions, get information on polling stations or pick up a sample ballot from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Wake County Board of Elections staff will be at the library. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to bit.ly/1X3XOVU.
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.
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
▪ Geocaching 101 (ages 6 and up): 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. $1 per person.
▪ Citizen Science (ages 8 and up): 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Free.
▪ Big Sweep (ages 6 and up): Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Free.
▪ Family Disc Golf Lessons and Play Time (all ages): 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24. Free.
▪ Cunning Coyotes (all ages): 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Free.
9/11 survivor Michael Hingson, who is blind and escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog, will speak on “Labrador Lessons from a Canine Hero” from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
Hingson also will speak from 4-5:30 p.m. on “Turning the Tales on Terrorism: Lessons from the Twin Towers.” Free; registration requested. Hingson also is the author of the best-selling book, “Thunder Dog.” Registration requested: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
The Triangle Orchid Society holds an orchid auction from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Beech Shelter at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Plant preview begins at noon; participants may bring a covered dish and join society members for lunch. For more information, go to triangleorchidsociety.org.
Harry Potter party
Costumes are welcome at the Harry Potter party from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. For children in kindergarten to fifth grade. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2bj53qQ.
Pay It Forward
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. bit.ly/2aQr02s
A wreath-laying ceremony is from 8:45-9:11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Veterans Park, 600 Bikram Drive, Holly Springs. The ceremony is being held by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association North Carolina Chapter 15-6 and American Gold Star Mothers, Gardenia Chapter. For more information, go to bit.ly/2aV38qK.
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.
Gardening for wildlife
Wake County Master Gardeners provide information on how to attract wildlife to gardens from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free. Registration requested: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
Learn about the science of brewing beer from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. Craft beer brewer Whit Baker from Bond Brothers Brewing in Cary will discuss what goes into making the perfect pint. Registration requested. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to bit.ly/1X3XOVU.
In Cary, the program will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Craft beer brewer Colin Spark of Fortnight Brewing in Cary will speak. Registration requested. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to bit.ly/1Ue9fFk.
Tickets are on sale for the 10th annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. Twenty-five area farms will be featured. Sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Cost: $30 per car for the weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2bvIwry, carolinafarmstewards.org.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Franklin-Sloan VFW Post 7383 hosts Monte Carlo Night beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the post hall, 522 Reedy Creek Road, Cary. The annual fundraiser will feature game play, raffles, dinner, a cash bar and music. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the post hall or online. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bHo3Pc.
Jeepin for cancer
The Raleigh Area Wheelers and area Jeep clubs join forces to raise funds and collect toys for a local charity in support of childhood cancer awareness month. The Jeepin for Childhood Cancer is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at ACME Pizza, 204 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs. A raffle and children’s activities will be featured. bit.ly/2beyKru
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
Lake Crabtree Park
Upcoming family programs at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Advance registration required for all, excepted noted. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ Spider Sniffing (all ages): 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Free.
▪ Mysterious Mushrooms (all ages): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 26. Free.
▪ Nature at Night (all ages): 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Free.
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.
Learn about beavers at the Build a Beaver program and then hike the American Tobacco Trail to the Beaver Creek bridge from 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Meet at the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. For all ages. Free. Registration required. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
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.
The Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Fuquay business district. Music, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, entertainment and children’s activities will be featured. The Landshark Band performs a pre-festival concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Varina business district. For more information, go to celebratefv.com.
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.
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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