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
▪ Curious Creatures: Insects (ages 5-8): 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 1.
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▪ 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.
▪ Eco-Adventure Camps: Nature Explorers (ages 5-6): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Aug. 12. Cost: $76 residents; $96 nonresidents.
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
Take a Kid to the Ballgame
Area Rotarians are seeking sponsors for its annual Take a Kid to the Ballgame event at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The event is the first Bulls game for many children. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets, call Xavier Wortham at 919-690-2750 or email@example.com. rotary7710.org
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.
Lake Crabtree Park
Upcoming family 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.
▪ Going Batty (ages 5 and older): 8-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Turtle Talk (all ages): 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Cost: $1 per person.
▪ Birding with Vernon (all ages): 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Free; no registration required.
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.
Fish for free from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7 and 21, 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.
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.
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.
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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