Cary News: Community

Community Notes: Feb. 21-27

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

Prom Shoppe

The Prom Shoppe at Apex United Methodist Church, which provides free prom dresses and accessories to area girls, is looking for donations, particularly accessories and plus-size dresses. Donations can be dropped off at Gone Stitching, 106 N. Salem St., Apex; and the church office, 100 S. Hughes St., Apex.

The organization will give away as many dresses as it can on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at the church.

Tobacco Road Marathon and Half-Marathon registration

Registration is open for the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon with limited slots still available for the GNC Half Marathon to be held Sunday, March 13, along the American Tobacco Trail, starting in Cary. Registration fees are $110 for the marathon and $100 for the half marathon. All proceeds go to JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Open house

Cary’s open house on the redesign of a 2.5-mile section of the Black Creek Greenway is 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at the Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place.

Book signing

Johnny Moore and Art Chansky will sign “100 Things Duke Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” and “100 Things North Carolina Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Think Apex Awards

Nominate people, businesses and nonprofits in Apex for their service to the community through Friday, March 4.

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.

Kite Festival

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.

Sole Mates

Fit & Able Productions’ Sole Mates 5k and 10k races will raise money for Read & Feed at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Runners can participate individually or with a partner.

Registration for the 5k costs $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race. The 10k is $45 in advance and $30 the day of the race.

The kids’ event is $10 and admission for kids in strollers is $5.

Compost Giveaway Workshops

Cary’s Compost Giveaway Workshops are Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12. Workshops last two hours and are held at several times on Thursday and Saturday, with one on Friday.

The classes are only open to Cary residents. They include three free bags of compost, two guide books and 30 minutes of teaching by an expert. Sign up online:

Anna’s Angels gala

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

Health fair

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.

Founders Day

Founders Day in Apex is all day Saturday, March 19, downtown.

Easter events

▪ 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.

▪ Cary’s Breakfast with the Bunny is 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road. Tickets are required (919-460-4965). The town’s Easter Egg Hunt for kids under 10 follows from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Bond Park. Bring your own basket. There will be a special section for ages 5 and younger.

▪ 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.

Arbor Day

Cary celebrates Arbor Day downtown from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

Jewish Cultural Festival

Cary’s Jewish Cultural Festival is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place.

Good Friday closings

Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed on Friday, March 25.

Spring Litter Sweep

Volunteers will remove litter from Cary’s streets, trails and parks on Saturday, April 2. Supplies will be provided.

All ages can participate, but volunteers younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.,

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).

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,,

Beer & Bacon Festival

The Beer & Bacon Festival is Saturday, April 9, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. With regular admission tickets, the event is 2-6 p.m; it opens at noon for those with “VIP” tickets.

VIP tickets are $59 and regular tickets are $39. Designated drivers’ tickets are $39 (VIP) or $29 (regular).

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.

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,

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,

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.

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.

Plant exchange

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.

Relay for Life

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.

Trailblaze Challenge

The Trailblaze Challenge 24.8-mile fundraising hike for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which is based in Morrisville, is Saturday, May 21, along Sauratown Trail in Stokes and Surry counties.

Yard sale

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.

SAS Championship

The SAS Championship in Cary will be Oct. 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Tickets go on sale in early April.

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