The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.
Athens Drive High School
• Teen: Knife Skills: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, $35.
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• Guitar Made Fun and Easy: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 13-Nov. 3, $65.
• Pathway Drive Improvement Clinic - 16-Hour Clinic: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 13-Nov. 5, $199.
• Personal Computer & Windows Introduction: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 11, $85.
• Terminology & Anatomy for Coders: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 18, $140.
• Teen: Who’s a Chocoholic: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, $35.
Reedy Creek Middle School
• Basic Conversational Spanish I: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 18, $125.
Briarcliff Elementary School is a Blue Ribbon School
Briarcliff Elementary School of Cary is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. This is the top federal education department honor for elementary through high schools.
A yard sale will be held to raise money for Green Hope High School’s Voices of Hope choir from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11, in the school’s commons area at 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. The yard sale will help Voices of Hope students raise money for a trip to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall. The sale includes household goods, electronics, toys, books, clothes and more.
Fuquay-Varina Middle School’s Fall Ball will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at 109 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina. There will be crafters and vendors, food trucks, a raffle, a bake sale and activities for kids.
Young Composers Competition
The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition will accept submissions through Wednesday, Oct. 15. The competition will be open to North Carolina high school students who are 18 or younger. The competition will target professionally focused composers with professional composition teachers or mentors, but all submissions will be considered. The winning composition will be performed by the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and will be included in a CD. For details, go to www.gsyo.org.
‘The Yellow Boat’
The Cary High School Performing Arts Department will present “The Yellow Boat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 18, in the school auditorium, 638 Walnut St., Cary. Tickets cost $5 for students and $8 for adults, with a $1 fee for tickets bought with a credit card. For details and ticket reservations, go to caryhsperformingarts.com.
Thales Academy tours
Thales Academy of Apex will host a tour and open house for prospective students and families. A tour of the elementary school program will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and an open house for the junior high and high school program will be from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For information about the school, go to www.thalesacademy.org.
Fall Choral Concert
Cary High School’s Fine Arts Department’s Fall Choral Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the school auditorium, 638 Walnut St., Cary. Admission costs $5 for adults and $2 for students, up to $15 per family.
Cary Choral Classic
Choral ensembles from Cary High School, Panther Creek High School and Green Hope High School will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Cary High School auditorium, 638 Walnut St., Cary. Each school’s ensemble will perform alone, and the three groups will perform three pieces together. Admission costs $5 for adults and $2 for students, up to $15 per family.
Photo essay competition
The Cary Photographic Artists will sponsor a photo essay competition for Wake County students in ninth through 12th grade. Cash prizes range from $50 to $150, and the competition will end with an exhibit. For details, go to bit.ly/1kTh4U4.
To enter, choose one of four themes: “America to Me,” “Home Town Pride,” “Student Life” or “Our Natural World.” Send four images for your theme and a paragraph relating your photography to the theme to email@example.com by Thursday, Jan. 15.
Voice of Democracy Program
VFW’s Voice of Democracy Program, an audio-essay competition for scholarships, will accept submissions from students in grades nine through 12. The theme is “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.” For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.