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Community Notes: Dec. 2-5

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

Hemlock Bluffs

The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. 919-387-5980.

▪ Winter Wildlife Wonderland (ages 6-10): 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, or Saturday, Dec. 12. $26 per day for Cary residents, $34 for non-residents.

▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Once Upon a Forest (ages 5-7): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, through Wednesday, Dec. 9. $54 for Cary residents, $68 for non-residents.

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:

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.

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.

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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