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.
Run in the New Year
A 5k and 1.5 mile fun run start Wednesday, Dec. 31, at midnight at the Cary Towne Center food court. The course heads outside and passes the baseball diamond where Miracle League of the Triangle plays. The races, sponsored by the YMCA of the Triangle, will benefit the Miracle League. It’s $30 to register for the 5k or $15 for the 1.5 mile fun run, while participants with special needs run for free. For details, go to www.miracleleagueofthetriangle.com.
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:
• Kids Fun-Days: Digging Dinosaurs (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6. $12 for Cary residents, $16 for non-residents.
• Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Home Sweet Home (ages 5-7): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 9. $54 for Cary residents, $68 for non-residents.
• Junior Naturalist: Squirrel Box Check (ages 5-8 with a parent): 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 10. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.
• Curiosity Club: Super Squirrels (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. $12 for Cary residents, $16 for non-residents.
• Eco-Explorers: Finding Fossils (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. $12 for Cary residents, $16 for non-residents.
Commitment Day 5k
Commitment Day Raleigh, a New Year’s Day 5k, will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at Lifetime Fitness, 1700 Regency Parkway, Cary. Registration is $24 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger with an adult. For details and registration, go to www.commitmentday.com/north-carolina/cary.
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.
Run to Change the World
A 5k run/walk and 1-mile fun run start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. The event was created by four families from Hope Community Church as part of the Mina Project. It benefits Men of Armor. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 on race day for the 5k and $10 for the 1-mile run. To register, go to www.sportoften.com and search “World.”
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.
Relay for Life
The annual Relay for Life kick-off will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Holly Springs Fire Station, 700 Flint Point Lane. RSVP to Ashley Wickline by Monday, Dec. 29, by calling 919 302 4557 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compassion, Awareness and Learning Series
Richard Krawiec will speak about compassion in the creative arts in Glenaire’s Compassion, Awareness and Learning Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the auditorium at 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary.
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.
“Please, Mr. Panda” will be read to kids at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
“Outside” will be read to toddlers at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. “Snowmen at Night” will be read to preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Three Kings Day Parade
New Year, New You
Libraries will host New Year, New You: There’s a Book for That drop-in sessions for people seeking book suggestions to help with New Year’s resolutions. A session will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Another session will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Cary will accept nominations for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Awards through Friday, Jan. 16. For details, search for “volunteer nominations” at www.townofcary.org.
Cary will celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. with Dreamfest from Friday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Jan. 19.
The annual Women of Action Gathering will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. Naomi King will speak from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. The dramatic presentation “I Rise Still” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop.
Cary will provide round-trip transportation to residents joining the Dream of Democracy March in Raleigh with a bus at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. To RSVP, call 919-460-4963.
The Middle Creek Community Center will host a Day of Service at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at 123 Middle Creek Park Ave. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For details or registration, call 919-469-4301 or email email@example.com.
The Middle Creek Community Center will host a celebration with local choral groups and performers from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at 123 Middle Creek Park Ave.
“Mimi and Bear in the Snow” will be read to toddlers at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
“Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow” will be read to preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. “Waiting Is Not Easy!” will be read to toddlers at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. “Dooby Dooby Moo” will be read to preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.
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.
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.
Cary’s annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for girls, ages 4-12, and their fathers will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Photography will begin at 5 p.m. Registration is required, and both father and daughter must register for $17 each for Cary residents or $22 each for non-residents. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
Valentine’s English Tea
The Valentine’s English Tea for ages 55 and older will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. To register by Thursday, Feb. 5, call 919-469-4081.
Parents’ Night Out
Ages 3-9 will be entertained with games, art, crafts and pizza from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. For details, call 919-460-4965.
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.