Cary News: Community

Community Notes: Nov. 22-28

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 through Monday, Nov. 30, at 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.

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

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.

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.

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 Walk-ins are also welcome.

Tree lighting

Fuquay-Varina’s Christmas tree lighting, visits with Santa and sleigh rides start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at 115 S. Main St.

Christmas on Salem Street

Christmas on Salem Street in downtown Apex starts with caroling at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Union Depot, and the official lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree. Sleigh, carriage and train rides are at 6 p.m.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night at Bass Lake Park is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, with arts and crafts, live animals and fishing from 6-7 p.m. and singing, storytelling and magician performances from 7-8 p.m.

The park is at 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. Bring chairs and a picnic. If it rains, the event will be moved to the park’s conference room.

Arbolito de la Esperanza

Cary’s annual Arbolito de la Esperanza: Tree of Hope Lighting will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., with potluck dinner before the tree lighting.

Cary Senior Center anniversary

The Cary Senior Center’s 15th anniversary celebration for ages 50 and older is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The center is at 120 Maury Odell Place. 919-469-4081.

Morrisville tree lighting

Morrisville’s Christmas tree lighting is at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Indian Creek Trailhead, 101 Town Hall Drive. Choir and dance performances will follow at 7:05 p.m., as well as crafts, a visit from Santa, trackless train rides and hot chocolate and cookies.

Parking is available at Town Hall or the Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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:

Christmas Parade

The Christmas Parade through downtown Fuquay-Varina is 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Tree lighting at Crossroads

Crossroads Plaza’s annual tree lighting event is 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the shopping center’s food court area. The shopping center is at 213 Crossroads Blvd., Cary. The Victorian Carolers will sing from 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Santa and his reindeer pay a visit from 5-6:30 p.m.

There will be a toy drive to benefit Zach’s Toy Chest, which brings toys to kids receiving treatment for cancer in local hospitals. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected.

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.

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

Discovering Nature

A free class for ages 4-6 to learn about nature with experiments and games is 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. Registration is required: 919-557-2496.

Transit plan meeting

Learn about the Recommended Transit Plan for Wake County from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

There will be examples of bus rapid transit features, maps and timelines for the count’s recommended bus network. Wake County and local transportation agencies’ representatives will explain the plan and answer questions.

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. 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.

Jewish Cultural Festival

Cary’s Jewish Cultural Festival is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. There will be food trucks, vendors, music and crafts for kids. Donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be accepted.

Holiday Potluck Celebration

The Holiday Potluck Celebration for ages 55 and older is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Bring a dish to share. To join in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift worth $5 to $10. 919-469-4081.

Main Street Christmas

Holly Springs’ Main Street Christmas is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, downtown. The annual tree lighting will be at 8 p.m. on the Cultural Center lawn at 300 W. Ballentine St.

Santa will visit Town Hall until 7:30 p.m. at 128 S. Main St. There will be hayrides down Ballentine Street, crafts and stories with Mrs. Claus at the Cultural Center. The Holly Springs High School Concert Choir will perform at Town Hall.

For details and more Main Street Christmas events, go to

Happy Holly Days parade

The Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade in downtown Holly Springs will be 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12.

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

The annual parade in downtown Cary is from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. The parade has a new route because of road construction. It will start at East Chatham Street at the roundabout and will end at the West Chatham Street roundabout. More detailed information will be available closer to the parade.

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.

Coffee with a Cop

Fuquay-Varina residents are invited to meet local police officers at Coffee with a Cop from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Chick-fil-A, 1460 N. Main St.

Winter Market

Holly Springs’ Winter Market is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St.

Christmas closings

Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville town offices will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 25. Holly Springs town offices are closed from Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25.

In Apex, garbage and recycling collection for Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday. In Cary, garbage, recycling and yard waste for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be collected one day earlier than usual. In Fuquay-Varina, Thursday and Friday customers’ garbage will both be picked up on Thursday. In Holly Springs, Friday’s collection is delayed by one day. In Morrisville, Friday’s yellow route will be picked up on Saturday.

C-Tran’s fixed route service won’t operate on Thursday, Dec. 24, or Friday, Dec. 25.

Kwanzaa celebration

The 21st annual Kwanzaa Celebration is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. This year’s theme is “Developing and Encouraging Our Youth.” There will be performances by the Magic of African Rhythm and members of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, as well as a traditional procession of the elders and Harambee Circle. Doors open for the market and Children’s Village at 11 a.m. and performances start at 3 p.m.

New Year’s Day closings

Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1.

Apex’s garbage and recycling collection for Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday. In Cary, garbage, recycling and yard waste for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday customers will be picked up one day earlier than usual. Trash and recycling for Holly Springs’ Friday customers will be collected on Saturday.

Garbage will be collected as usual in Fuquay-Varina.

C-Tran’s fixed route service won’t operate on Friday, Jan. 1. GoTriangle, formerly Triangle Transit, buses won’t run on Friday, Jan. 1.

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.

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