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
▪ Nature Nuts: Bumblebees (ages 3-5 with a caregiver): 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23. Cost per day: $10 residents; $13 nonresidents.
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▪ Eco-Explorers: Exploration: Bats (ages 7-10): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 24.
▪ Eco-Adventure Camps: Nature Explorers (ages 5-6): 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29. Cost: $76 residents; $96 nonresidents.
▪ Curious Creatures: Insects (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 1.
▪ Kids Fun-Days: Things with Wings at Mills Park (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 5, at Mills Park Elementary School.
▪ Curiosity Club: Searching Streams (ages 5-8): 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
Native American programs
Christina Theodorou, of the American Indian Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, will discuss North Carolina’s eight indigenous nations and their cultures 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.
Free dental care
The North Carolina Missions of Mercy, sponsored by the N.C. Dental Society, will host free dental care clinics for adults Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, at the former Stephens Hardware building, 405 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina. First-come, first-served. Service options are: teeth cleaning, fillings, extractions and partial denture construction (front teeth only; requires two-day committal). Limited to one service per patient.
No appointments. Those interested in receiving services are requested to obtain a wristband at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, or at 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. Organizers will hand out 400 wristbands each day. After receiving a wristband, participants must be on site at 5 a.m. on the corresponding day of service. Those without wristbands can wait in line Friday or Saturday to receive services on a first-come, first-served basis after participants with wristbands are seen. Bring medications, water and food, or whatever might be needed while waiting in line.
Online registration is under way for dental, medical and community volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, call 919-234-4037 or go to bit.ly/29uMsGK.
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.
Lake Crabtree Park
Upcoming programs at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Registration required for most. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ Moth Night (all ages): 8-10 p.m. Friday, July 29. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Sounds of Summer: Insect Song Workshop (ages 16 and older): 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Skink on the Brink (ages 18 months to 5): 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Cost: $4 per person.
▪ Birding with Vernon (all ages): 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Free; no registration required.
Family Fun Day
White Tiger Taekwondo of Cary hosts its 21st annual Family Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The event will feature children’s activities, trial classes for all ages, martial arts demonstrations and performances. Free but tickets are required. Advance tickets can be picked up at the school, 1605 NW Maynard Road, or online at WhiteTigerTKD.com. For more information, call 919-469-3553.
Harry Potter parties
Celebrate Harry Potter at parties from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at both the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex, and West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The events will feature various Harry Potter-themed activities. Free. For ages 6-10. Registration either required or recommended. For Apex, go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ. For Cary, go to bit.ly/1TGAywa.
National Night Out
The Morrisville Police Department is hosting a National Night Out celebration from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, outside the Target store at Park West Shopping Center, 3001 Market Center Drive. The event will feature McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog, police and fire vehicles, children’s activities and more. Rain date is Tuesday, Aug. 9.
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.
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
▪ Family Camping Experience (all ages): 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Cost: $8 per person.
▪ Nature Tots: Nature’s Colors (ages 1-3): 10-10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Cost: $2 per child.
▪ Eco-Track: Reptiles and Amphibians (ages 6-11): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Cost: $28 per child.
▪ Kids Discover Nature: Signs of Nature (ages 2-6): 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Aug. 15. Cost: $4 per child.
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
The Knights of Columbus and Rex Blood Services will host a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the church hall at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. Walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment, sign up at KofC12119.com. To donate, participants must have a photo ID, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are not taking antibiotics. For more information, email Tom Fornabaio at Fornabaio@gmail.com.
Learn about the American Tobacco Trail during a guided hike from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The hike will start at the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. For ages 6-11. Cost: $12 per child. Registration required. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu
Derek Davis 5K
The Derek Davis Memorial 5K Run begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Holly Ridge Elementary, 900 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs. The run/walk event is a fundraiser for the Derek Davis Memorial Foundation, which provides college scholarships to high school cross-country runners. Cost: $30 by Aug. 17; $35 day of the race. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29MW8OE.
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.
Tobacco Road Marathon
Registration is under way for the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon scheduled for March 19, 2017, on the American Tobacco Trail. The event is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Rails to Trails Conservancy and Wake County Parks and Recreation. For information on costs and to register, go to tobaccoroadmarathon.com.
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