The Cary Family YMCA’s Wake Up and Read Book Drive will collect new and gently used books for ages 12 and younger through Monday, March 2, at 101 YMCA Drive. The YMCA’s goal is to collect 100,000 books for schools, community centers and child care facilities in Wake County.
The Stevens Nature Center will host activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. All classes cost $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents unless another price is given. To register, call 919-387-5980. Here’s the schedule:
• Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Things that Creep and Crawl (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, through Wednesday, Feb. 11. $54 for Cary residents, $68 for non-residents.
• Eco-Express: Swamp Adventures (ages 8-12): 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
• Night Out in Nature (ages 8-12): 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. $18 for Cary residents, $23 for non-residents.
• Eco-Explorers: Amphibian Adventures (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
• Curiosity Club: Seeking Salamanders (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15.
• Kids Fun-Days: Camouflage Creatures (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 16.
• Curious Creatures: Finding Flying Squirrels (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 18.
• Nature Nuts: Woodpeckers (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, or 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. $10 per session for Cary residents, $13 for non-residents.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will host ages 5-14 as they learn about clowning, clown make-up, juggling, magic and balloon animals from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, through Friday, Feb. 13, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, through Friday, Feb. 27, at 300 W. Ballentine St. Drop-off is at 8:30 a.m. and participants must be picked up by 5:30 p.m.
Register for $150 for Holly Springs residents or $225 for non-residents, with a $45 supply fee, with course code #15180 for the class beginning on Feb. 9 or course code #15182 for the class beginning on Feb. 23.
Center for Volunteer Caregiving
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving’s volunteer orientation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1150 SE Maynard Road, suite 210, Cary. The center’s volunteers help local seniors and adults with disabilities by providing transportation, in-home services and support for caregivers. There is a $10 administrative fee to cover background screening. To register, call 919-460-0567, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.volunteercaregiving.org.
Cary’s School of Government
Cary residents can apply to learn about their local government in the annual School of Government through Friday, Feb. 13. The class is eight sessions long, and will meet from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from March 25 through April 29, and on Saturday, April 11, and Saturday, April 25. For details and applications, call 919-469-4006 or go to www.townofcary.org.
The second annual Jackie’s Puppapalooza Open Indoor Dog Show will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at White Tiger Taekwondo and Family Fitness Facility, 1605 NW Maynard Road, Cary. Donations of canned or dry pet food will be collected for the SPCA. For details, go to www.whitetigertkd.com.
‘Raye of Light’
Barnes & Noble will host Tom Shanahan and Jimmy Raye for a discussion of the book “Raye of Light” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Learn about vegetable gardening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.
African-American Book Group
The African-American Book Group will meet to discuss “Who Asked You?” by Terry McMillan at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Gala and silent auction
Save A Life, an organization that promotes awarness and prevention of teen suicide, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a gala and silent auction from 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Goels Place, 117 International Drive, Morrisville. Tickets cost $60. For details, go to www.helpingsavealife.com.
Trail Treks: Busy Beavers
Meet in the New Hill Parking Area to learn about beavers while hiking at the American Tobacco Trail from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. To register for $5 per family or $3 per person, call 919-387-4342.
Founder’s Day 5k
The second annual Apex Kiwanis Founder’s Day 5k & Play Road Race will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at the N.C. D.O.C. Office of Staff Development and Training’s West Parking Lot, 2211 Schieffelin Road, Apex.
Registration for the 5k costs $25 for adults and $20 for ages 17 and younger through Saturday, Feb. 14. Registration for the one-mile fun run costs $20 for adults and $15 for ages 17 and younger through Saturday, Feb. 14. After Feb. 14, each price increases by $5. The 200-yard kids’ dash costs $5. For details, go to apexkiwanis.org.
Indoor Farmers Market
Holly Springs’ Indoor Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 28, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St.
Anna’s Angels gala
The annual gala of Anna’s Angels, a nonprofit that funds research on Down syndrome, will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. There will be dinner, silent and live auctions and a raffle. Tickets cost $115 at www.annas-angels.org.
Cary’s Kite Festival will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. For details, call 919-462-3970 or go to www.townofcary.org.
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.
Great Grapes! Food and Wine Festival
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Great Grapes! Food and Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. For details, go to www.uncorkthefun.com.
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. For details, go to www.beerandbourbon.com.