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
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Amphibians (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 12.
▪ Nature Nymphs: Hemlock Hideaways Mini-Camp (ages 4-5): 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16. Cost: $68 for Cary residents; $88 for nonresidents.
▪ Curious Creatures: Lizards (ages 5-8): 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 13.
▪ Eco-Express: Lizards and Snakes (ages 8-12): 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: The Secret Forest (ages 5-7): 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, through Friday, June 17. Cost: $54 for Cary residents; $68 for nonresidents.
▪ Junior Naturalist: Flying Wonders (ages 5-8 with a caregiver): 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 18. Cost (covers both child and adult): $8 for Cary residents; $10 for nonresidents.
▪ Family Programs: Family Creek Adventure (all ages with a caregiver): 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Cost (covers entire family): $16 for Cary residents; $20 for nonresidents.
▪ Hemlock Nature Quest: Summer Wildlife Survey (ages 13-15): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 19.
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 second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. redcrossblood.org
To mark International Day of Yoga, the Town of Cary is hosting Yoga Day with several free events from 7 a.m. to sunset Tuesday, June 21, at various locations throughout town.
For a list of events, times, locations and instructors, go to bit.ly/1ObWgbd or call 919-771-1295.
Kids and Cops Soccer Night
Holly Springs police officers will join players from Holly Springs middle schools at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, in two coed showdowns between the Holly Grove Bulldogs and the Holly Ridge Hornets at Parrish Womble Park, 1201 Grigsby Ave.
Free. Donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of North Carolina will be accepted at the gate. For more information, go to bit.ly/22AtS57 or call 919-552-7110.
Police vs. Fire Department
The Holly Springs Police Department will square off against the town’s Fire Department in a softball game at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St. Free.
Special Olympics merchandise will be on sale and a portion of vending proceeds will benefit the group. For more information: bit.ly/1UxrJnr.
Wild bird program
Owls, hawks and more will be featured at the American Wildlife Refuge program from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in the Christian Life Center at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Participants can take photos and talk with bird handlers. Free. For more information: bit.ly/1sphZCq.
Chatham Street Chowdown
Cary’s next Chowdown is from 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The food truck rodeo, which also features live performers and beer and wine vendors, will be held at a new location: on Templeton Street from Chatham Street to Waldo Street.
More than 25 vendors are scheduled to be on site. Rain or shine. MikeMickXer and Trophy Husbands will perform.
For more information and a lineup of participating food trucks, go to bit.ly/1lk1v7Q.
Registration is open for the Out of the Darkness Walk, Fuquay-Varina, scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the South Park trail head of the Jeff Wells Environmental Trail.
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host the fourth annual fundraising event. For more information and to register: bit.ly/1R6mF4w.
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
Miles for Melanoma
The Miles for Melanoma 5K run/walk fundraiser will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Registration cost is $25 by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, for competitive runners; $55 after. Free for noncompetitive runners and walkers who register by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26; $25 after. Registration: bit.ly/1SZQy7V.
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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