The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department will collect nonperishable food for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank through Monday, Dec. 15, at all Fuquay-Varina fire stations and Town Hall. Cash donations also will be accepted to buy food.
Crowder District Park will accept nonperishable food donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex.
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The Stevens Nature Center will host activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. To register, call 919-387-5980. Here’s the schedule:
• Wee Walkers: Heavy or Light (ages 1 and older with parents): 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.
• Nature Nuts: Flying Squirrels (ages 3-5 with parents): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Another session will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. $10 per session for Cary residents, $13 for non-residents.
• Tales and Trails: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with parents): 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. $20 for Cary residents, $28 for non-residents.
• Hemlock Nature Quest: Flying Squirrel and Owl Box Check (ages 13-15): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. $12 for Cary residents, $16 for non-residents.
• Nature Fun for 4 and 5s: Gifts for Wildlife (ages 4-5): 1-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, through Wednesday, Dec. 17. $24 for Cary residents, $32 for non-residents.
• Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Trail Trackers (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16; Thursday, 18; and Friday, Dec. 19. $54 for Cary residents, $68 for non-residents.
Parents’ Night Out
Apex offers Parents’ Night Out for parents of children who are 5-11 years old from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 19, at the Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. Karyn Wolf will entertain children with movies, crafts, games, snacks and more. Registration for each night costs $25 for Apex residents and $40 for non-residents. For details, go to www.apexnc.org/programguide.
Explore a Story
A story time and nature exploration program for ages 3-5 will be from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. An adult must accompany each child. Registration is required. To register, call 919-557-2496.
Trail Treks: Nature’s Clean-up Crew
Learn about nature’s scavengers and decomposers in this program for all ages from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the American Tobacco Trail, beginning in the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex.
Indoor Farmers Market
Holly Springs’ Indoor Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to noon again Saturday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 28.
Suggly Sweater 5k & Fun Run
Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater for the Suggly Sweater 5k & Fun Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. The races will raise money for Meg’s Smile Foundation and the Holly Springs Food Cupboard. Registration for the 5K costs $25 and registration for the fun run costs $10. The 5k begins at 10 a.m. and the fun run begins at 11 a.m. For details and registration, go to bit.ly/1ymNSY2.
Eva Perry Regional Library will host drop-in story time for babies and toddlers from Friday, Jan. 2, through Tuesday, March 31, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Story time for babies is at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Story time for toddlers is at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays and 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Hot Chocolate Run
Fit & Able Productions’ Hot Chocolate Run will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, on the trails at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels, and dogs, are welcome. Registration for the 5k race costs $20 for competitive runners and $15 for recreational runners; the one-mile race costs $15 for competitive and $10 for recreational; the doggy dash costs $5 with a registered runner. Dogs’ fees benefit the SPCA. For details, go to fitandable.net.
Go snow-tubing in the Winter Wonderland at Bond Park on Friday, Jan. 9, or Saturday, Jan. 10, at 801 High House Road, Cary. Early registration for an hour-long sessions is required, and costs $18 per session. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
The Cary Full Circle
A discussion of the origins of The Cary and its revitalization will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Beer & Bacon Festival
The Beer & Bacon Festival will come to Cary on Saturday, March 28, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Guests will sample international beers and wines, and enjoy tasting stations from Triangle restaurants. There will be live music, a butchering class and exhibits.
VIP tickets are $69 in advance. Regular tickets cost $39 in advance and $45 the day of the festival. For designated drivers, VIP tickets cost $39 and regular tickets cost $25 in advance. For details, go to www.beerandbacon.com.