Cary News: Community

Community Notes: Feb. 15

CPR classes

The Morrisville Fire Rescue Department offers free CPR and automatic external defibrillator certification classes for Morrisville residents from 7-10 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Morrisville Fire/Rescue Station #1, 200 Town Hall Drive.

Classes begin in March. For details or to sign up, email your name, address, phone number and class date to

Holly Springs Farmers Market

The Holly Springs Farmers Market’s organizers seek vendors for the market’s ninth season, beginning Saturday, May 2. For details, go to

Book drive

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.

Hemlock Bluffs

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:

• 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.

• Nature Fun for 4 and 5s: Mammal Trackers (ages 4-5): 1-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 24. $24 for Cary residents, $32 for non-residents.

• Junior Naturalist: Bird Buddies (ages 5-8 with a parent): 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.

• Tales and Trailis: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with parents): 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. $20 per family for Cary residents, $28 for non-residents.

Gala and silent auction

Save A Life, an organization that promotes awareness 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

Circus Camp

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. 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 #15182.

Cary Skate Park workshop

The Cary Skate Park Master Plan public workshop will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary. For information on the Skate Park Master Plan, go to

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.

Pizza and a movie

The Halle Cultural Arts Center will screen “Big Hero 6” and serve pizza at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets cost $5 for kids, teenagers and adults, and $2 for ages 2 and younger at

Business accounting

Raleigh SCORE will give information on accounting, QuickBooks and recording basic transactions at Wake County Public Libraries.

One session will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another will be from 6:3-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.


State Employees’ Credit Union personnel will help students and their families submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at all of the credit union’s branches. The free program is available for all students who plan to go to college in the 2015-2016 school year. For information, go to

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

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.

Compost workshops

Cary’s Compost Giveaway Workshops will be held from Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7. Participants will learn about composting at home and receive three bags of composting and a guide book. Registration is open only to Cary residents. For more information, go to

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

Annual health fair

Cary’s annual health fair with local health and wellness professionals, for ages 55 and older, is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. To register, call 919-469-4081 or go to

Arbor Day

Cary’s Arbor Day celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, on the lawn of the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham St. There will be a dedication, crafts, education with an arborist, live entertainment and free trees to plant at home. For information, go to

Kite Festival

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

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

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

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