Cary News: Community

Community Notes: Nov. 18-21

Private 1st Class Jonathan Rosero and Cpl. David Wagoner drove a M11-17 Armored Security Vehicle to Cary Academy on Nov. 11, as part of the school’s annual Veterans Day activities. Veterans from various conflicts visit the school to share their stories with students. Rosero and Wagoner are with the Daniel Lucas Elliott Army Reserve Center in Cary.
Private 1st Class Jonathan Rosero and Cpl. David Wagoner drove a M11-17 Armored Security Vehicle to Cary Academy on Nov. 11, as part of the school’s annual Veterans Day activities. Veterans from various conflicts visit the school to share their stories with students. Rosero and Wagoner are with the Daniel Lucas Elliott Army Reserve Center in Cary. COURTESY OF CARY ACADEMY

Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.

Cary website survey

As Cary redesigns its official website, residents can give their input about townofcary.org through Monday, Nov. 30, at caryhaveyoursay.com. The survey takes about three minutes. Participants aren’t required to identify themselves unless they want to be considered for a possible focus group.

Hemlock Bluffs

The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration costs $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents unless another price is given. 919-387-5980.

▪ Wee Walkers: Prickly or Tickly (ages 1 and older with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.

▪ Nature Nuts: Leaves (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, or Saturday, Nov. 21. $10 per day for residents, $13 for non-residents.

▪ Night Out in Nature (ages 8-12): 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. $18 for residents, $23 for non-residents.

▪ Junior Naturalist: Salamander Searchers (ages 5-8 with a parent): 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.

▪ Young Ecologists: Things That Go Bump in the Dark (ages 10-13): 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Cozy Toes Run

The Cozy Toes Run starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St. The route is a one-mile loop; runners will compete to run as many laps as they can before 10:30 a.m.

Bring donations of gently used, clean running shoes and new hats and gloves to be distributed to homeless people. Registration for the race costs $15. bit.ly/1KD4ekx, FitandableCoach@gmail.com.

Letters to Santa

Kids can mail their letters to Santa starting Monday, Nov. 23, in Santa’s Mailbox at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. Drop off letters by Saturday, Dec. 12, and include your child’s name and address for a reply.

Reading group

The West Regional Library’s book group will discuss “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.

Heart of the Holidays

Applications for the 5th annual Heart of the Holidays Gingerbread House Competition will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 25. The contest will be held Dec. 5 during Cary’s Heart of the Holidays celebration.

Cary residents can also apply to participate in the Gifting Tree Project, a tree-decorating contest to raise money for the nonprofit of the winner’s choice. The application fee is $25 and applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 25. bit.ly/1GWZMCJ.

Thanksgiving closings

Apex town facilities will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26. Cary and Fuquay-Varina town offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.

C-Tran and GoTriangle will not operate on Thanksgiving day. GoTriangle will follow a Saturday schedule on Friday, Nov. 27. gotriangle.org.

In Apex, garbage will not be collected on Thursday, Nov. 26. Solid waste and recycling will be delayed by one day for Thursday and Friday routes. In Cary, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday customers’ garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected one day earlier than usual.

Disc golf tournament

Cary’s annual Downtown Urban Open Disc Golf Tournament & Youth Exhibition is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave.

Saturday includes the Youth Clinic & Exhibition from 9 a.m. to noon and a Random Draw Doubles for all ages from 1-5 p.m. Registration for each is $10. The 2015 DUO Disc Golf Tournament is Sunday. Entry into Sunday’s tournament is sold out, but spectators are welcome at all events. townofcary.org.

History Lessons: Cuba, Yesterday and Today

Luis Perez, a UNC-Chapel Hill professor and director of the Institute for the Studies of the Americas, will discuss Cuba’s history and culture from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Call to register: 919-463-8500.

Story time

Thrift 2 Gift’s story time for families is 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, starting Dec. 3, at 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.

Blood drive

The Knights of Columbus Council #12119 will host a blood drive with Rex Blood Services from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. Sign up at kofc12119.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Heart of the Holidays

Cary’s Heart of the Holidays celebration is downtown on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Heart of Cary Association’s 12th annual Ole Time Winter Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along West Chatham Street.

Gingerbread House Competition houses will be on display at downtown Cary businesses all day. The winning gingerbread houses will be at the Cary Arts Center during December.

The Cary theater will show Christmas movies throughout the day: “Arthur Christmas” at 10 a.m., “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 7:30 p.m. and “Home Alone” at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Santa’s Workshop is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. Kids 10 and younger, with an adult, will make gifts and visit with Santa.

Art exhibit receptions will be 2-4 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, Cary Town Hall and the Herbert C. Young Community Center.

The Cary Players show “Dashing Through the Snow” is at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. caryplayers.org.

An open house at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center with carolers and carriage rides is 4-6 p.m. at 119 Ambassador Loop.

The official Christmas tree lighting is at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St., and the Community Christmas Tree will be unveiled indoors.

Lazy Daze grants

Cary nonprofits can apply for grants supported by the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival through Sunday, Dec. 6. Organizations must have 501(c) 3 designation. Priority will be given to cultural arts, projects supporting the town’s projects or downtown Cary and other local causes. Applications are available at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources office in Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St., or online: bit.ly/1SiLnRE.

Holly Jolly Jog

The Holly Jolly Jog will raise money for the local Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, a Cary-based nonprofit that grants wishes to adult cancer patients, from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Southern Village in Chapel Hill. The event includes a one-mile dash, 5k run, auction, tree lighting, music and food. fillyourbucketlistfoundation.org.

Gingerbread Benefit

Triangle Family Services’ 13th Gingerbread Benefit is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. For details and tickets, go to bit.ly/1RtVFhZ.

540 Public meeting

The N.C. Department of Transportation will have a meeting for Complete 540 from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the cafeteria of Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs. There won’t be a formal hearing, but residents will learn more about plans to extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh. A formal hearing is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Wake Tech Community College in the Student Services Building, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, Room 213/214. ncdot.gov/complete540.

Wreaths Across America

Boy Scout Troop 213 will honor current and former service members with a Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Cary. If you are using a GPS, use the address 608 Page St.

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.

For details or to sign up, email your name, address, phone number and class date to communitycpr@townofmorrisville.org.

Tobacco Road Marathon and Half-Marathon registration

Registration is open for the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and the GNC Half Marathon to be held Sunday, March 13, along the American Tobacco Trail, starting in Cary. Registration fees are $90 for the marathon and $80 for the half marathon. Registration will increase incrementally until the run. All proceeds go to JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation. tobaccoroadmarathon.com.

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