Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
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.
▪ Curious Creatures: Salamanders (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Once Upon a Forest (ages 5-7): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 8. $54 for Cary residents and $68 for non-residents.
▪ Tales and Trails: Stories Around the Campfire (all ages with parents): 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. $20 for Cary residents and $28 for non-residents.
Hot Chocolate Run
The Hot Chocolate Run and SPCA Doggie Dash starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Registration is $27.50, including a sign-up fee. Registration for the Little Cup 1 Mile is $22.50. bit.ly/1HLx73N.
New Year, New You
Cary’s New Year, New You: Fitness Kick-Off event with free fitness classes and nutritional workshops runs from Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road. Classes run from noon to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each day.
Librarians at the Eva Perry Regional Library will recommend books to help with New Year’s resolutions from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Recommendations of British classics will be from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Cary’s annual Winter Wonderland of one-hour sledding sessions will be from 4:45-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road.
Registration costs $20 per person per session. Tickets will not be available at the door. Sledding tubes will be provided; do not bring your own. Register online: townofcary.org.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County offers Family-to-Family classes for friends and family members of adults with mental illnesses. One 12-week course will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, beginning on Jan. 9, in downtown Raleigh. A six-week course will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, starting on Feb. 6, in Cary.
Three Kings Day Parade
Cary’s Three Kings Day Parade is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the town’s Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. diamanteinc.org.
The Eva Perry Regional Library will show Diana Nyad’s TED Talk “Never, Ever Give Up” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Call to register: 919-387-2100.
Meet the Artist: Pottery
Members of the Triangle Potters Guild will demonstrate hand-building and throwing pottery with a potter’s wheel from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Winter Morning Wildlife
A guided walk on the American Tobacco Trail will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, starting in the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Registration costs $5 per family or $3 per individual. 919-387-4342.
Learn about geocaching and the American Tobacco Trail’s new GeoART program from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, starting in the White Oak Parking Area at 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex. The event is planned for ages 6 and up. You may bring your own GPS or smartphone with a geocache app, or borrow a provided GPS. Registration costs $5 per family or $3 for individuals. 919-387-4342.
Family Trivia Night
Family Trivia Night for family teams, ages 5 and older, is 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road, Cary. Registration is required and costs $7. bit.ly/1RjXYG4.
Travel consultant Leslie Pinkley will give advice on making travel plans at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Call to register: 919-387-2100.
The Daddy-Daughter Dance for fathers with 4- to 12-year-old daughters is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Tickets are $39 for a pair and $17 for an additional daughter. bit.ly/1lVJ9h4.
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.
Cary Area Emergency Medical Services’ Citizens’ Academy will be from April 7 through April 28. Class participants will learn about EMS, learn CPR, tour a 911 communication center and observe an ambulance for a shift. Classes are from 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28. For information and an application, contact Steven Cohen: 919-380-6909, email@example.com, caryems.org.
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