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Community Notes

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 communitycpr@townofmorrisville.org.

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:

▪ Junior Naturalist: Fantastic Frogs! (ages 5-8 with parents): 2-3 p.m. Sunday, March 8. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.

▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Things That Creep and Crawl (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, Wednesday, March 11, and Friday, March 13. $54 for Cary residents, $68 for non-residents.

▪ Eco-Express: Seeking Hawks and Owls (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 12.

▪ Adult Nature Workshops: Spring Botany 101 (ages 18 and older): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 14. $18 for Cary residents, $25 for non-residents.

▪ Curiosity Club: Outrageous Owls (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

▪ Nature Fun for 4 & 5s: Amazing Amphibians (ages 4-5): 1-3 p.m. Monday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 18. $24 for Cary residents, $32 for non-residents.

Camellia Show and Plant Sale

The Triangle Camellia Society’s seventh annual show and plant sale is Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union St., Cary. Show entries are open to the public and will be taken 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the show. Admission and camellia entries are free. No affiliation with the society is required to enter. For information, call Annette Atkins at 919-775-5368 or annetteatkins@windstream.net.

Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon

The Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Half Marathon will be Sunday, March 15, in Cary. Races begin at 7 a.m. on Brooks Park Lane at Thomas Brooks Park, 9008 Green Level Church Road. The runs go along the American Tobacco Trail and are USA Track & Field certified. Proceeds go to charities, including Juvenile Diabetes, Wounded Warriors and the American Red Cross. For details and registration, go to www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com.

Children’s author appearance

Lincoln Peirce, author of the popular children’s series and comic strip featuring Big Nate, will sign books Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cary Commons, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Pierce has written more than 15 “Big Nate” books and will be promoting his most recent release, “Big Nate Lives it Up!” He also will be visiting area schools. For details, call 919-467-3866.

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 classweb.townofcary.org.

Cary Parkway and High House Road meeting

Cary will give an update on design plans for the Cary Parkway and High House Road intersection from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. For details, go to bit.ly/1MNgAvx.

Operation Medicine Drop

Drop off unused or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Cary’s Operation Medicine Drop sites. Law enforcement officers will accept medication and answer poison control questions. For details, go to bit.ly/1EIR1WK.

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 www.townofcary.org.

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 www.townofcary.org.

Historic Preservation Series

The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel’s Historic Preservation Series will continue with “Preserving America's Memories: Film, TV and Sound at the Library of Congress” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St.

Indoor Farmers Market

Holly Springs’ Indoor Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St.

Candy Hop

The Candy Hop, Fuquay-Varina’s annual Easter egg hunt for families, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, on Main and Broad streets.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt

Morrisville’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 2-10 will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 3, on Field #1 at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. There will be food trucks, a bounce house, face painting and more activities for families.

Kids will be divided by age: ages 2-4 will search for eggs at 9:30 a.m., ages 5-7 at 10:15 a.m. and ages 8-10 at 11 a.m.

Bike safety rodeo

The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department will host a bike safety rodeo for kids and teenagers from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Morrisville Fire/Rescue Station #1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Kids will learn about bike safety and ride through an obstacle course.

The class size is limited to 20 participants. A parent or guardian must accompany each child. To sign up for free, go to www.townofmorrisville.org/bikerodeo.

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.

Chatham Street Chowdown

The Chatham Street Chowdown food truck rally is noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, on West Chatham Street in downtown Cary. There will be 15 food trucks, a beer and wine garden and live music. There will be more food truck rallies from 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

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 www.HSFarmersMarket.com.

Peak Fest

Apex’s 35th annual Peak Fest will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, downtown. For details, go to apexpeakfest.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.

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