Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
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
▪ 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.
▪ Wee Walkers: Wonderful Colorful (ages 1 and older with a parent): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19. Cost per session: $8 for Cary residents; $10 for nonresidents.
▪ Night Out in Nature (ages 8-12): 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Cost: $18 for Cary residents; $23 for nonresidents.
▪ Junior Naturalist: Snake Searchers (ages 5-8 with a parent): 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Cost: $8 for Cary residents; $10 for nonresidents.
▪ Hemlock Nature Quest: Swift Creek Survey (ages 13-15): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
▪ Curiosity Club (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22.
Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held through the end of May. redcrossblood.org
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.; and Saturday, May 28, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additional area blood drives:
▪ 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, at IMI and Sentinel Real Estate Morrisville, 6001 Hospitality Court.
▪ 2:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at StudioVibe, 200 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 103, Cary.
▪ 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Fuquay-Varina Presbyterian Church, 309 N. Ennis St.
▪ 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Sunday, May 22, Beth Shalom synagogue, 5713 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh, in conjunction with Rex Blood Services. Call 919-858-7777 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
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: bit.ly/1TpJyBf.
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: freedomballoonfest.com.
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. Cost: $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.
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. saschampionship.com
Town offices in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.
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.
WakeMed Cary Hospital presents Hands Up from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, in the conference center of the hospital, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road. The free program, to be presented by hand specialist Dr. Okechukwu Nwoko of Wake Orthopaedics, will focus on ways to relieve pain and regain hand strength and flexibility. Registration required: events.wakemed.org, 919-350-5340.
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: bit.ly/1SZQy7V.
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 from $5 to $7, depending on the size of the dog. Fees for veterinary services, cash only, are: $15 for microchips and $5 for rabies vaccinations. bit.ly/1Y5CZrO
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: townofmorrisville.org/bikerodeo. For more information, contact Fire Marshal Shandy Padgett: 919-463-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Together party
The special needs-accessible Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park celebrates its birthday with a free party from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the picnic shelter at the park, 111 Thurston Drive, Cary. Children’s activities and a children’s parade with Katal the KT Dragon will be featured. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to volunteer: bit.ly/1WY2mNA.
Race for the Cure
The 20th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park. The event, which raises funds and awareness for breast health programs, also will feature live music, a cancer survivor celebration, games and food trucks. To register or learn more, visit komennctc.org.
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 O’Dell 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
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. boothamphitheatre.com
BBQ, Blues and Brews
Registration is under way for the BBQ, Blues and Brews barbecue cook-off competition in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The fundraiser is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on Broad Street in the historic Varina district and also will feature bluegrass music and craft beer. For more information and to register for the cook-off, go to bit.ly/1s7P3PG.
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