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Community Notes: May 11-14

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

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: Wednesday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 12, 1:30-7 p.m.; Friday, May 13, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 14, 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.

Golf fundraiser

Registration is under way for a golf tournament fundraiser for Apex Friendship High School athletic programs. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, at The Preserve at Jordan Lake. Cost is $100 per person. For more information and to register:

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

▪ 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.

▪ Adult Nature Workshops: Better Backyards for Wildlife (ages 18 and older): 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 14. Cost: $18 for Cary residents; $25 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.

▪ Curious Creatures: Crayfish and Salamanders (ages 5-8): 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

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.

Public Safety Day

The Town of Cary Police Department hosts Public Safety Day from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, on Chatham Street, from Academy Street to Harrison Avenue, in downtown Cary. The event will feature children’s activities, K9 demonstrations, food trucks and police and fire vehicles. For more information: 919-469-4324,

Community Chain Reaction

The Forge Initiative hosts the Community Chain Reaction from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. The theme for the event is “Space, The Not-So Final Frontier.” Teams of 26 members will collaborate to build contraptions to be linked together in a giant chain reaction. Cost: $40 per team. Teams can register online through Tuesday, May 10: Free for spectators; $5 donation requested.

Stress reduction

Christine McDonald demonstrates how to use breathing, positive thinking and simple movements to relieve stress from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration requested: 919-463-8500 or

Fuquay-Varina development

An open house to discuss potential development in downtown Fuquay-Varina is scheduled from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. The drop-in event is the first in a series of sessions planned to gather public input on the future of downtown. For more information:

Teen Scene

Teen Scene features programs for students in grades 6-10 from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex.

Upcoming programs are: Angry Birds Fanfest, May 19; Fear Factor, May 26; Get in the Game and Read, June 2; Giant Candyland, June 9; Art Night, June 16; Teen Tech Night, June 23; and Chocolate Olympics, June 30.

For more information and to register, email Linda Winkler at

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.

Spring into Summer

The Spring into Summer Craft and Vendor Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Arbor Creek, 200 Commons Drive, Holly Springs.

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:

Dog Days

Cary hosts Dog Days of June from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, on Field 6 at Bond Park, 801 High House Road. The event will feature pet adoptions, a dog wash and pet vaccinations and microchipping by local veterinarians. The free Skyhoundz Canine Frisbee Disc Competition also will be held. All pets attending must be leashed or in a kennel.

Fees for the dog wash, cash only, are: small dog, 1-10 pounds, $5; medium dog, 11-30 pounds, $7; large dog, 31 pounds and more, $10. Fees for veterinary services, cash only, are: $15 for microchips and $5 for rabies vaccinations.

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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