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.
▪ Silver Naturalists: Winter Amphibian Adventure (ages 55 and older): 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. $5 for Cary residents, $7 for non-residents.
▪ Nature Nuts: Coyotes (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13. $10 per day for Cary residents, $13 for non-residents.
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Buggin’ Out! (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.
▪ Night Out in Nature (ages 8-12): 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. $18 for Cary residents, $23 for non-residents.
▪ Junior Naturalist: Log Life (ages 5-8 with a parent): 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. $8 for Cary residents, $10 for non-residents.
Cary residents can nominate volunteers for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Volunteer Awards through Friday, Feb. 12. townofcary.org.
Valentine’s Day Market
Downtown Cary Food & Flea’s Valentine’s Day Market is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at 111 W. Chatham St. facebook.com/downtowncaryfoodandflea.
The annual Puppapalooza dog show and expo held by Jackie’s Basics and Beyond Dog Training is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at White Tiger Taekwondo, 1605 NW Maynard Road, Cary. jackiesbasicsandbeyond.com.
See Spot Read
Kids can practice reading to therapy dogs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Citizens Police Academy
Cary’s Citizens Police Academy will accept applications until Monday, Feb. 15, at the Town of Cary Police Department, 120 Wilkinson Ave.
Participants will learn about criminal and constitutional law, patrol, investigations and services. The class is a prerequisite for Citizens Assisting Police. Classes will meet for twelve weeks from Tuesday, March 1, through Tuesday, May 17.
Librarians at the Eva Perry Regional Library will recommend books for “Blind Date With a Book,” with surprise recommendations with hidden titles and covers, from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
“Tough Guys & Femme Fatales” is 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, and mystery and crime book recommendations are 4-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
Relay for Life
A kick-off meeting for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Cary, Apex and Morrisville is at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Peak United Methodist Church, 1200 Salem St., Apex. There will be prizes and a light dinner. Relay for Life is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21 to 8 a.m., Sunday, May 22, at Mills Park Middle School, 441 Mills Park Drive, Cary. camrelay.org.
Coffee With a Cop
Meet with Fuquay-Varina police officers for coffee and a discussion from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Stick Boy Bread Company, 127 S. Main St.
An event with the Apex Police Department is 7-9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Bruegger’s Bagels, 760 W. Williams St., Apex.
Nick Knardirell, author of “Minnesota: Her Account, Her View,” will sign books at a meeting of the African-American Book Club at Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Local beekeepers will give advice on starting your own hive at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
Sunrise United Methodist Church hosts a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at 5420 Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs. Sign up online: mysignup.com/sunriseblooddrive.
The Knights of Columbus Council #12119 will host a blood drive with Rex Blood Services from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina.
Think Apex Awards
Nominate people, businesses and nonprofits in Apex for their service to the community through Friday, March 4. thinkapex.biz/awards.
Family Fun Night
Holly Springs’ Family Fun Night is 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road. Bring a chair and a picnic. If it rains, the event will move to the conference room.
The 21st annual Kite Festival is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Registration is free and starts at 12:30 p.m. bit.ly/1PULwe1.
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. annas-angels.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.
Cary’s annual health fair for ages 55 and older is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration is required. bit.ly/1mT9eNT.
Founders Day in Apex is all day Saturday, March 19, downtown.
Holly Springs’ egg hunt, yard sale and festivities will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave.
Easter Egg Hunt Downtown Candy Hop
Fuquay-Varina’s Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and younger is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at 900 S. Main St. Kids should bring their own baskets.
The Downtown Candy Hop follows from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19.
Good Friday closings
Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed on Friday, March 25.
K9-3K Dog Walk
The SPCA of Wake County’s K9-3K Dog Walk and Woofstock will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The walk starts at 11 a.m. and music begins at 11:45 a.m.
Registration is $40 ($25 for kids and teenagers under 16). spcawake.org/events/the-k9-3k-dog-walk.
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.
Cary Road Race
The Cary Road Race is Saturday, April 16, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Registration and packet pick-up is 7-9:30 a.m. The 10K race starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5K at 9:45 a.m. and the one-mile Fun Run at 10:30 a.m.
Fun Run registration is free. Registration for the 5K or 10K is $12 for recreational runners and $15 for competitors. On the day of the race, 5K or 10K registration is $15 for recreational runners and $20 for those competing. bit.ly/1gS5yFQ.
Teen Day Fuquay
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department teaches teenagers about driving safely at Teen Day Fuquay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at South Park, 900 S. Main St.
Spring English Tea
The Spring English Tea for ages 55 and older is 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Tuesday, April 12. 919-469-4081, bit.ly/1OKmyOe.
Morrisville CERT class
The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department’s Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training Class meets from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive.
Residents will learn about disaster preparedness and how to help those around them in an emergency. For details or to sign up, contact Shandy Padgett: 919-463-6122, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Services Expo
Fuquay-Varina’s Senior Services Expo is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at 301 S. Fuquay Ave.
Senior Citizens Day Luncheon
The Senior Citizens Day Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Wednesday, April 20. bit.ly/1UmG05h.
Senior Appreciation Day
Cary’s Senior Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Tennis Park at 2727 Louis Stephens Drive.
The Cary Senior Center plant exchange is at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at 120 Maury Odell Place. Plant drop-off is 8:30-9 a.m. and the exchange starts at 9:15 a.m. Registration is required. bit.ly/23oDSA4.
Cary’s annual yard sale is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Proceeds will be used to support the senior center and participating clubs. Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17.
Olde Fashioned Fourth of July
Apex’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, downtown.
Kids are invited to decorate their bikes and join Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels along Salem Street, starting at the corner of Salem and Chatham streets at noon. bit.ly/1dlgzkl.
The SAS Championship in Cary will be Oct. 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Tickets go on sale in early April. saschampionship.com.
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