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Community Notes: May 4-7

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

Balloon fest volunteers

Volunteers can register to participate in the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30, at Fleming Loop Park, 301 Fleming Loop Road, Fuquay Varina.

The festival is dedicated to honoring veterans and remembering fallen military service men and women. For more information and to register to volunteer:

Hemlock Bluffs

The Stevens Nature Center hosts activities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Pre-registration is required. Cost for children’s programs: $12 for Cary residents and $16 for nonresidents unless another price is given. 919-387-5980.

▪ Adult Nature Programs: Birding by Ear 2 (ages 16 and older): 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Cost: $6 for Cary residents; $8 for nonresidents.

▪ Curiosity Club: Garden Gurus (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

▪ Volunteer Workdays: Trail maintenance (ages 16 and older): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Free.

▪ Kids Fun Days: Backyard Reptiles (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 10.

▪ Nature Nuts: Magic Garden (ages 3-5 with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 13. Cost: $10 for Cary residents; $13 for nonresidents.

▪ Family Yoga in Nature (ages 2 and older with a parent): 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14. Cost: $16 per family for Cary residents; $20 per family for nonresidents.

▪ Young Ecologists (ages 10-13): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Blood drives

Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held through May 15.

Blood may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150, Cary: Mondays, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Another blood drive is from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Union Bank & Trust Company, 1405 Bradford View Drive, Cary.

Compost bin sales

Cary’s compost bin sales continue through Sunday, May 8. The 311-liter bins cost $45 each. Town staff will set up pickup times after bins are ordered.

History Scholarship

High school seniors who live in Cary may apply for the Friends of the Page-Walker’s History Scholarship, $750, by Monday, May 9.

Career success

Presenter Tracy Jenkins will discuss how to use informational interviewing to explore career options and develop a career path at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. 919-463-8500

Funds for nonprofits

The Wake County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations through noon May 10. Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in the county.

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.

Book discussion

A talk about the book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100.

Community blood drive

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 12119 and Rex Blood Services will host a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. To register: Walk-ins are welcome.

Physical therapy classes

Back in Action Physical Therapy will teach a series of free classes on the prevention and treatment of neck, shoulder and back pain at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 12 at the Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs. Other classes are scheduled for June 16, July 14 and Aug. 11. For more information:

Plant exchange

The Cary Senior Center plant exchange is at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at 120 Maury O’Dell Place. Plant drop-off is 8:30-9 a.m. and the exchange starts at 9:15 a.m. Registration is required.

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Museums of Fuquay-Varina, 131 S. Fuquay Ave. The living history event features museum tours and demonstrations on making tar, making lace, cooking over an open fire, quilting and tobacco auctioneering.

Memorial dedication

The dedication of the memorial for victims of crashes involving American Eagle Flights 3378 and 3379 is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Carpenter Park, 1580 Morrisville Carpenter Road. A reception will follow at Good Hope Baptist Church, 6628 Good Hope Church Road, Cary. The memorial is about one mile from where Flight 3379 crashed on Dec. 13, 1994. Flight 3378 crashed on Feb. 19, 1988. RSVP: 404-881-2895 or

Ritmo Latino Festival

The Ritmo Latino Festival is from noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on the Cary Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. The event will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, music and entertainment. Before the festival, a soccer clinic for children will be held from 11 a.m. to noon; registration for the clinic is at 10:30 a.m.


Morrisville’s SpringFest is from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. Games, performances, children’s activities and food trucks will be featured.

Dinner on Depot Street

The dining and dancing fundraiser is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on Depot Street in the historic shopping district of Fuquay-Varina. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from the event go to Fuquay-Varina Downtown, the nonprofit that administers the N.C. Main Street Program.

Tigers on Parade

Bengal tigers will prowl the streets of downtown Fuquay-Varina Saturday, May 14, to Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsors and artists will unveil their decorated tiger sculptures at the Dinner on Depot event on May 14. The tigers will be stationed at various downtown locations. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association encourages spreading “Tiger love” on social media - use #fvdowntown and #fvroar. The tigers will be auctioned off during the town’s Chili Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, on Depot Street.

Fiesta for Education

The Fiesta for Education fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the park at Green Hope Elementary School Park, 2750 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The event will feature food, music, cultural displays, games, sports and a raffle.

Relay for Life events

Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina’s Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society is 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 20, at the Salamanders Stadium, 101 Tennis Court, Holly Springs.

Cary, Apex and Morrisville’s 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.

Charity Yard Sale

The third annual Charity Yard Sale to benefit SafeChild starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Highway 55 and Mason Street, Apex.

Boating safety classes

The Cary Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety class for ages 12 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The cost is $35. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive the N.C. Boater Education card. For more information, contact Ron Sanders at 919-781-5917. National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27.

Wheels on Academy

The fifth annual car show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in downtown 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.

Fest in the West

The Fest in the West festival will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Parkside Town Commons, 7119 O’Kelly Chapel Road, Cary. Arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and contests will be featured. The rain date is Sunday, May 22.

Open house

An open house honoring Cheri Spitz will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the Family Life Center of Resurrection Lutheran Church, 100 Lochmere Drive W., Cary. Spitz has been the director of the church’s preschool for 30 years and plans to retire July 1.

Memorial Day

Most town offices in Cary will be closed on Monday, May 30.

A ceremony and celebration honoring veterans will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Cary’s Veteran’s Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Ave.

SAS Championship

Volunteer registration is open for the 2016 SAS Championship Oct. 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Volunteer tickets are discounted through Tuesday, May 31. General ticket sales also have started. Tournament proceeds will benefit the YMCA of the Triangle’s Y Learning Program.

Miles for Melanoma

The Miles for Melanoma 5K run/walk fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Cost: $30 by 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, for competitive runners; $55 after. Free for noncompetitive runners and walkers by 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2; $25 after. Registration:

Bike Safety Rodeo

Registration is under way for the Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department’s Bike Safety Rodeo from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4, at Fire/Rescue Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. The event is for toddlers through age 18. A parent or guardian must also attend. To register: For more information, contact Fire Marshal Shandy Padgett: 919-463-6122 or

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.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

The festival is Friday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 6, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.

Tickets for the whole hog pig picking from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, are $49 in advance and $55 the day of the event. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Tickets are $39 in advance and $45 the day of the event. Tickets for the additional bacon and whole hog session Saturday are $59 in advance and $65 the day of the event.

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