The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.
Athens Drive High School
• Cake Decorating for Beginners I: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27.
• Pathway Driver Improvement Clinic - Eight-Hour Clinic: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 22-25, $95.
• Excel Introduction for Teachers: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 15, $85.
• Spy Escape and Evasion: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, $597.
• Pastry 101: 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, $40.
• Teen: Gourmet Cooking: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, $40.
• Kife Skills I: 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, $40.
• 21 Things You Don’t Know About Buying Real Estate That Are Costing You Big $$$: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, $89.
• Teen: Knife Skills: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, $35.
• Guitar Made Fun and Easy: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 13-Nov. 3, $65.
• Pathway Drive Improvement Clinic - 16-Hour Clinic: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 13-Nov. 5, $199.
• Personal Computer & Windows Introduction: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 11, $85.
• Terminology & Anatomy for Coders: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 18, $140.
• Teen: Who’s a Chocoholic: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, $35.
Reedy Creek Middle School
• The Counselor and The Dad: Get a College Education Through College Athletics: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, $35.
• Basic Conversational Spanish I: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 18, $125.
Cary High School students are scholarship semifinalists
Caleb Alexander and Priscilla Van Dyke of Cary High School are National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists. Katelyn Adkison, Shayna Feldstein, William Lake and Deborah Lalush are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Local students earn scholarships
Local students earned scholarships from the Autobell Scholarship Program. They are Elliott Clayton of Holly Springs, Justin Eisner of Cary, Brian Hughes of Apex, Andre Payne of Cary, Timothy Phelps of Cary and Matthew Pierce of Apex.
Voice of Democracy Program
VFW’s Voice of Democracy Program, an audio-essay competition for scholarships, will accept submissions from students in grades nine through 12. The theme is “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.” For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athens Drive High School Marching Band BBQ
The Athens Drive High School Marching Band BBQ will raise money for the school band from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Swift Creek Community Center, 6221 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh. Plates of barbecue pork, fried chicken, hush puppies, potatoes and coleslaw cost $8. Desserts cost $1. Delivery to places near the community center is available for orders of six plates or more. For details or orders, contact Laura Ashford at 919-971-8732 or BBQ@athensdriveband.com or go to www.athensdriveband.com.
Morrisville Elementary School’s fall festival will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at 1519 Morrisville Parkway. There will be games, activities and food trucks with vegan and gluten-free options available. Admission is free for adults. Admission costs $15 in advance or $17 at the door for children in kindergarten or older, and $4 in advance or $5 at the door for children in preschool or younger. For tickets, go to www.morrisvilleyearround.org.
Panther Creek Invitational
The seventh annual Panther Creek Invitational Marching Band Competition is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary. Gates will open at 2 p.m., the first band will perform at 4 p.m., and trophies will be awarded at 10 p.m. High school marching bands from the Triangle and around the state will perform. Admission costs $10, $5 for ages 4-10 and 65 and older, free for children younger than 4. For details, go to bit.ly/1xU1qj8.
Green Hope technology drive
Green Hope High School’s technology drive, organized by students Jasper Brindis and Griffin College, will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 30. Computers, monitors, speakers, keyboards, other parts and celphones can be donated in the front office of Green Hope High School, Panther Creek High School or Apex High School. For details, go to ghhstechdrive.webs.com.
Young Composers Competition
The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition will accept submissions through Wednesday, Oct. 15. The competition will be open to North Carolina high school students who are 18 or younger. The competition will target professionally focused composers with professional composition teachers or mentors, but all submissions will be considered. The winning composition will be performed by the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and will be included in a CD. For details, go to www.gsyo.org.
Photo essay competition
The Cary Photographic Artists will sponsor a photo essay competition for Wake County students in ninth through 12th grade. Cash prizes range from $50 to $150, and the competition will end with an exhibit. For details, go to bit.ly/1kTh4U4.
To enter, choose one of four themes: “America to Me,” “Home Town Pride,” “Student Life” or “Our Natural World.” Send four images for your theme and a paragraph relating your photography to the theme to email@example.com by Thursday, Jan. 15.