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: 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.
▪ Young Ecologists Camps: Backyard Naturalist (ages 8-12): 1-4 p.m. Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29. Cost: $76 residents; $96 nonresidents.
▪ Adult Nature Programs: Summer Nature at Bond Park (ages 16 and older): 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Bond Park in Cary. Cost: $6 residents; $8 nonresidents.
▪ Family Programs: Family Night Out in Nature (all ages with a caregiver): 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Cost: $16 resident; $20 nonresident.
▪ 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.
Cary Unity Walk
Registration is under way for the first Cary Unity Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The walk will begin in downtown Cary and travel to Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive. Afterward, the Unity Festival, featuring mile, 5K and 10K runs, entertainment and vendors, will be held at the park. The event will benefit area nonprofits. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29W0F2W.
Trains and ice cream
New Hope Valley Railway presents Diesel, Steam & Ice Cream beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the rail yard, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill. The event will feature train rides and free ice cream with the purchase of a train ticket. Cost is $14 for adults, $13 for adults 60 and older, $12 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under age 2. For tickets, go to TriangleTrain.com.
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.
Dance lessons for veterans
Soldiers Who Salsa and the Franklin-Sloan VFW Post 7383 in Cary are hosting free dance lessons for Triangle-area military veterans from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the VFW Post, 522 Reedy Creek Road. Singles and couples welcome. Ballroom, Latin and line dancing will be featured. No prior dance experience needed. For more information, call 919-539-3797, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit caryvfw7383.org.
Chatham Street Chowdown
The Chatham Street Chowdown is 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31. The food truck rodeo, which also features live music and beer and wine vendors, will be held on East Chatham Street. More than 25 vendors are scheduled to be on site. Rain or shine. The Whiskey Runners and the EG Peters Band will perform.
For more information and a lineup of participating food trucks, go to bit.ly/1lk1v7Q.
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.
Lake Crabtree Park
Upcoming programs at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Advance registration required for most. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
▪ 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.
Fish for free from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Park staff will provide bait and basic instruction. Catch and release only. Bring equipment or borrow from the park. For all ages; 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: bit.ly/29z1M7o.
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. Advance 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, and 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
Apex Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services presents Bingo Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. For persons with special needs ages 16 and older. Cost: $5. To register, call 919-249-3507 or go to apexnc.org/peakconnect.
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.
Physical therapy class
Back in Action Physical Therapy will teach a free class on the prevention and treatment of neck, shoulder and back pain at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs. Another class is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 11. For more information: bit.ly/1YQgBmu.
Hot Dog Hoe Down
The Cary Senior Center’s annual Hot Dog Hoe Down is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. For ages 55 and older. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish. Registration required by Sunday, Aug. 7. For more information and to register, call 919-469-4081 or visit bit.ly/2a5B1sd, code 93914.
Motorcyclists can have their riding skills assessed during the free BikeSafe NC Class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Apex Police Department, 205 S. Saunders St. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/28XWu6P.
The Wild Animal Encounters with Dan the Animal Man program features wild and exotic animals from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families. For more information, call 919-387-2100 or go to bit.ly/1X3XOVU.
In Cary, the program is from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. Registration required. For more information and to register, call 919-463-8500 or go to bit.ly/2a5aYTN.
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
S’more Fun with Mom
Cary’s S’more Fun with Mom program for mothers and sons features a scavenger hunt, storytelling and s’mores from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Kiwanis Shelter at Bond Park. For children ages 4-10. Cost: $23 per parent and child; $12 for an additional child. Advance registration required; go to classweb.townofcary.org.
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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