Here are upcoming events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
Help for flood victims
The local chapter of the West Virginia University alumni organization is accepting monetary donations for victims of the recent flooding in West Virginia. The group will match the contribution up to $2,500. To donate, go to squ.re/295aeKf. wvualumni-rtp.com
Dogs with Dad
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Cary’s Dogs with Dad program features a pedal boat or canoe ride on the lake at Bond Park, followed by a hot dog dinner, from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 15. For children ages 4-10. Cost: $23 per parent and child; $12 for an additional child. Pre-registration required; go to classweb.townofcary.org.
The Cary Community Foundation and the Morrisville Community Fund are accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in each town that serve general charitable needs. For information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org. Application deadline is noon Tuesday, Aug. 2.
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
▪ Curious Creatures: Snakes (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 15.
▪ Adult Nature Workshops: Pollinator Power (ages 18 and older): 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16. Cost: $15 residents; $20 nonresidents.
▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Snakes (ages 7-10): 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
▪ Curiosity Club: Frogs and Turtles (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.
▪ Discovery Days Mini-Camps: Water World (ages 8-12): 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 18, to Wednesday, July 20. Cost: $54 residents; $68 nonresidents.
▪ Eco-Adventure Camps: Nature Explorers (ages 5-6): 1-4 p.m. Monday, July 18, to Friday, July 22. Cost: $76 residents; $96 nonresidents.
Ice Cream Day
The Town of Fuquay-Varina celebrates National Ice Cream Day with a free family Ice Cream Social from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Mineral Spring Park, 105 W. Spring St.
Harris Lake Park
Upcoming programs at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
▪ Citizen Science (ages 8-10 with an adult; ages 11 and older): 3-5 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Free.
▪ Bat Facts (all ages): 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 22. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Snakes in the Park (all ages): 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Cost: $1 per person.
Free dental care
Dr. Bikram Singh, with Cary Dental Rejuvenation, will provide free dental care for adults from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the clinic, 155 Parkway Office Court, Suite 104, in Parkway Professional Center, Cary. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in participating are asked to bring a form of ID and a list of medications. Services will include an exam and X-rays, with the option of a filling, extraction or cleaning. For information, call 919-460-5454.
A guided hike on the American Tobacco Trail will travel to the Beaver Creek wetlands area from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, July 23. Participants will search for songbirds, turtles, butterflies and other morning wildlife. For all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
Native American culture
Christina Theodorou, of the American Indian Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, will discuss North Carolina's eight indigenous nations and their culture from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration recommended. bit.ly/1Ue9fFk
In Apex, Bear Kaeck will discuss Lakota life on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation from 7-8 p.m. Monday, July 25, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Taziki’s Happy Yappy Hour, a fundraiser for the SPCA of Wake County, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 201, at Waverly Place, Cary. Leashed dogs welcome outside. A raffle will be held. For more information, go to bit.ly/1Q8avym.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ 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.
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.
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