Upcoming events in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Spring litter sweeps
Wake County takes spring cleaning outdoors with its annual Big Sweep programs. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter on area waterways and trails through May 13. For a schedule and to register to help, go to bit.ly/2neqZeL or bit.ly/1oEShbx.
Here’s a list of cleanups planned in western Wake County:
▪ The Spring Big Sweep at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1. For information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ The Big Sweep is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. For information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1.
Learn gardening basics at the Vegetable Gardening 101 program at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. Cost: $10. To register: 919-552-0590 or NelsasGardenHut.com.
Academy Street Strut
Grab your briefcase and get ready to strut. Registration is underway for the inaugural Academy Street Strut Monday, April 24, in downtown Cary. The 1-mile run, walk or relay race begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, 307 N. Academy St. Participants will be required to wear business attire and carry a purse or briefcase. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Cary Women’s Giving Network. For information and to register, go to bit.ly/2ntctx5.
Fit Cary Month
Registration is open for free fitness and wellness classes offered during the Town of Cary’s annual Fit Cary Month. The classes will be held April 3-7 at community centers and the Senior Center. For information and to register, go to bit.ly/2ne3TCg.
A new event this year is Get Movin’ Mondays, which will feature various programs each Monday in April at the new Downtown Park on South Academy Street.
Other scheduled activities: Walk to Wellness begins April 10, and the free drop-in open gym and preschool open gym begin April 17. The Spring Daze Wellness Challenge is April 29 during the annual Spring Daze arts festival at Bond Park. bit.ly/2ne3TCg, townofcary.org
Applications are being accepted through May 9 for the annual Friends of the Page-Walker Scholarship. The $1,000 award will be presented June 7 to a high school senior in Cary who has been accepted to attend a college or university. For information, go to friendsofpagewalker.org.
WakeMed Healthworks offers free community fitness classes for seniors at Cambridge Village of Apex, 10000 Cambridge Village Loop. For information, call 919-363-2080.
▪ The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division is offering discounted compost bins through March 31. Residents can preorder bins for $50 each. Participants will be required to pick up their bins at North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities in Raleigh. For information, go to wakegov.com/compost.
Race for the Cure
Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. Monday, April 3, for grants to help needy participants attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Nonprofits that support breast cancer patients can apply for the Passing the Promise grants online at bit.ly/2mBiFFz. The 21st annual 5K run/walk Race for the Cure is Saturday, May 6, at the Frontier Research Triangle Park, Durham. For information and to register, go to komennctc.org.
EMS Citizens’ Academy
Registration is underway for the free Cary-area EMS Citizens’ Academy in April. Classes are 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays April 6-27. Instructors will provide an introduction to emergency medical services. Participants will receive CPR training and tour a 911 communication center. Open to adults ages 18 and older. To apply, go to caryems.org.
Hepatitis C testing
Wake County is offering free hepatitis C testing for baby boomers at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina. Call 919-557-2501 for an appointment. wakegov.com/HepC, bit.ly/2mxqzj1
The Stevens Nature Center holds activities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 919-387-5980.
Wee Walkers: Sounds of Spring (ages 1 and up with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23. Cost per session: $8 residents, $10 nonresidents.
Curious Creatures: Spring Frogs (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 24. Cost: $12 residents, $16 nonresidents.
Adult Nature Workshop: Spring Botany Identification Workshop (ages 18 and up): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Cost: $15 residents, $20 nonresidents.
Tales and Trails: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with a caregiver): 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Cost: $20 residents, $28 nonresidents.
Volunteer Workday: Trail Maintenance (ages 16 and up): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Free.
The Wake County Public School System is offering the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For information, call 919-694-0559 or go to wcpss.net/adult-edu.
Holly Springs High School
DIY Decorating on a Budget: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 23 to April 13. $75.
Fundamentals of Drawing: 7:15-9:15 p.m. March 23 to April 27. $115.
Essential Oils: 6:45-8:30 p.m. March 30. $40.
Reedy Creek Middle School
Real Vision - Vision Board Creation: 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 27. $45.
Learn about the origins of the names of major streets in Cary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. The program, Why Do They Call It That? The History Behind Cary’s Street Names, is part of the Historic Preservation Series sponsored by the Friends of the Page-Walker. Free. 919-460-4963, friendsofpagewalker.org
The workshop Business Ownership Options: Franchising vs. Independent Business is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x.
Learn what your handwriting says about you at the Handwriting Analysis program 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x.
The program Ready, Garden, Grow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. North Carolina Master Gardeners will teach the class. Free. A book based on class material will be available for purchase after the program. Registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x
Women’s Giving Network
The Cary Women’s Giving Network is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits through noon Tuesday, April 4. Funds are available for projects that benefit women and children. For information and to apply, go to nccommunityfoundation.org.
A community fish fry is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Tickets for the fundraiser are $9 in advance or $10 the day of the dinner. Dine in or take out. 919-467-9394, George@wpumc.com, wpumc.com
N.C. Science Festival
The seventh annual North Carolina Science Festival is April 7-23 at locations throughout the state. More than 400 events are planned for all ages. Special area programs include An Evening with Astronaut James Lovell 7:30-9 p.m. at Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill, 114 E. Cameron Ave. Tickets: $18-$65; 919-843-3333, bit.ly/2lL8zm8. For a schedule and ticket information, go to ncsciencefestival.org.
Teen Morrisville 101
Applications are being accepted through Friday, April 7, for Teen Morrisville 101. The free, four-week program is the town’s annual citizen’s academy for high school students. Classes are 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays April 19-May 10 at Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. Open to all area students but preference will be given to Morrisville residents. For information and to apply, go to townofmorrisville.org or bit.ly/2m8dPwC.
Holly Spring’s annual Spring Fling and Community Yard Sale is Saturday, April 8, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave. The yard sale is 8 a.m. to noon, Spring Fling is 10 a.m. to noon and an egg hunt begins at noon. Free admission. bit.ly/2mu2PMS, hollyspringsnc.us
Cary Road Race
The 39th annual Cary Road Race is 7 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event features a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. Cost: $12-$20. 919-469-4061, bit.ly/2mYhZYd, townofcary.org
Bike Safety Rodeo
Registration is underway for Morrisville’s Bike Safety Rodeo from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8, at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Free. The event, sponsored by the Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department, features half-hour sessions offering lessons in bike safety and a ride through an obstacle course. Personal bikes required. Participants will receive a free bike helmet. Open for toddlers to age 18; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To register, go to townofmorrisville.org, townofmorrisville.org/bikerodeo or bit.ly/2liVa2D.
2nd Saturday Workshops
Rick Brooks of Legal Shield discusses “Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft” from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Grow Local Realty, 140 Raleigh St., Holly Springs. Free. Part of the 2nd Saturday Workshops series sponsored by Grow Local Realty, Equity Prime Mortgage and Morgan Stanley. RSVP: 919-999-0918 or Cathleen@GrowLocalRealty.com. bit.ly/2mobM7h
The 18th annual Frog Fest is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. The event will feature exhibits of live frogs and reptiles, music, children’s activities and food trucks. Free. 919-662-2850, bit.ly/1pfvdsN
Holly Springs market
The Holly Springs Farmers Market’s monthly indoor Winter Market is 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. bit.ly/2efeQm7
Registration is is due Sunday, April 16, for the Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department’s next Community Emergency Response Training classes. The free CERT classes will be held April 27-30. For information and to register, go to townofmorrisville.org/cert. townofmorrisville.org
Free dental services
The sixth annual Dentistry from the Heart offers free dental services for adults from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Cary Family Dental, 1149 Kildaire Farm Road. Extractions, fillings or cleanings will be available to adults 18 and older with a valid ID on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Patients are asked to arrive early; chairs and blankets are allowed. The event also will feature live music and food vendors. For information, go to carydental.com/dfth or email email@example.com.
Chatham Street Chowdown
Cary’s Chatham Street Chowdown food truck rodeo kicks off its season 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in downtown Cary. Rain or shine. Additional events are scheduled June 25, July 30 and Oct. 1. For information, go to bit.ly/2lhrSOL. townofcary.org
Carying Place fundraiser
Ticket sales are underway for the 16th annual fundraiser for the Carying Place. The event is 6 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkwary, Cary. Live and silent auctions, a buffet and dancing will be featured. The nonprofit provides short-term housing for homeless, working families. Tickets: $125 per person. For information, go to bit.ly/2lhxrwv or thecaryingplace.org.
Registration is underway for the annual SPCA K9-3K Dog Walk and Woofstock from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event, a fundraiser for the SPCA of Wake County, will feature live music, pet contests, beer and wine, food trucks and activities for both people and their pets. Cost: $15-$35. For information and to register: boothamphitheatre.com, bit.ly/2ldaNcG, bit.ly/2lLX2zo
March of Dimes
The March of Dimes’ annual Triangle March for Babies Walk and 5K is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Perimeter Park, 3005 Carrington Mill Blvd., Morrisville. bit.ly/2jQZ1DP
Teen Day Fuquay
The seventh annual Teen Day Fuquay distracted driving program is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at South Park, 900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. Free. The event is sponsored by the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. fuquay-varina.org
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