Cary News: Community

Community Notes: Jan. 10-16

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

Cary survey

Town of Cary consultants will call residents during a biennial “citizen satisfaction survey” until the end of January. Those who are called (over 400 people) will be asked to spend about 25 minutes discussing the town’s services and government.

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.

▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Tracks and Trails (ages 8-12): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Thursday, Jan. 14. $54 for Cary residents and $68 for non-residents.

▪ Nature Nuts: Log Life (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan. 16. $10 per session for Cary residents and $13 for non-residents.

▪ Curious Creatures: Deer (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

▪ Curiosity Club: Dinosaur Discovery (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

▪ Kids Fun-Days: Finding Fossils (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 19.

▪ Eco-Express: Salamandar Scientists (ages 8-12): 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Seminar on resolutions

A seminar, “How to Use Mindfulness and Habit Setting to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions,” is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, on the third floor of Raleigh Orthopaedic, 3001 Edwards Mill Road.

Geocaching 101

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.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

The West Regional Library’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship for people starting new businesses will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Call to register: 919-463-8500.

Teen Scene

Eva Perry Regional Library hosts Teen Scene for sixth- through 10th-grade students at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Zentangle drawing is 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21; Cupcake Wars from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28; and artwork with henna from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

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.

Travel Secrets

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.

Organizing tips

Professional organizers will give advice at the West Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Call to sign up: 919-463-8500.

Book discussion

A discussion of “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.

‘Downton Abbey’ tea party

The West Regional Library celebrates the final season of “Downton Abbey” with a tea party from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 29, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration is required: 919-463-8500.

School of Government

Enrollment for Cary’s School of Government class will be open through Friday, Feb. 5. The class meets 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays in March and early April, with two Saturday morning sessions. Participants learn about public safety, community planning, transportation and other municipal services. 919-469-4006,

Daddy-Daughter Dance

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.

NAMI Family-to-Family

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County offers Family-to-Family classes for friends and family members of adults with mental illnesses. A six-week course will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, starting on Feb. 6, in Cary.

For details or registration, contact Andrea Chase: 919-848-8913,

Volunteer awards

Cary residents can nominate volunteers for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Volunteer Awards through Friday, Feb. 12.

Bird walk

A bird walk along the American Tobacco Trail will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, starting in the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Registration is required: 919-387-4342.

Anna’s Angels gala

Anna’s Angels’ annual gala is Saturday, March 12, at Prestonwood Country Club. The gala will raise money for the nonprofit’s support of Down syndrome research.

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.

Citizens’ Academy

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,,

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