Southwest Wake News

School Notes: Feb. 26.

Holly Springs High School students performed in the All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival on Jan. 11 in Chapel Hill.
Holly Springs High School students performed in the All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival on Jan. 11 in Chapel Hill. COURTESY OF MICHELLE WOOD

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or

Athens Drive High School

• Enjoy Health in an Unhealthy World: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 4-May 6, $125.

• You’re on the Air ... How to Really Make It in Voice-Overs: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, $35.

• Zumba Basic Fitness: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, March 11-May 6, $65.

• Simple Web Page Design: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 13-27, $85.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• From Culture Shock to Cultural Insight: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, March 3-17, $100.

• How to Succeed in Today’s Multicultural Workplace: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 6-20, $100.

• FIT Session 1: Steps to Successful Money Management: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, $48.

Student exchange program

World Heritage Student Exchange Program is looking for host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and former Soviet Republics. Couples, single parents and families with or without children can host a teenager for the 2014-15 school year. To apply, call local area representative Erin Kalbarczyk at 919-924-4679 or 1-800-888-9040, or go to

Thales Academy students compete in chess

The Thales Academy Apex Chess Team competed in the Chess Achieves Team vs. Team Chess Tournament and won third place in the middle school and high school section and elementary section of the competition. For information about Thales Academy of Apex and other campuses, go to

Holly Springs High School volunteer meeting

Holly Springs High School parents will meet to plan the Baccalaureate Service for the class for 2014 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Chick-fil-A, 801 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs. Parents of Holly Springs High School students in all grade levels are invited. The service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Salem Baptist Church, 1821 N. Salem St., Apex. To RSVP for the planning meeting, email

Percussion and winter guard competition

Panther Creek High School will host its first indoor percussion and winter guard competition from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary. The competition will feature 45 color guard and percussion groups. Admission costs $10.

Scholastic Book Fair

Northwoods Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 3, to Thursday, March 6, at 8850 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. There will also be a family reading night from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6. For details, go to

STEM Family Night

Lincoln Heights Elementary School’s STEM Family Night will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at 307 Bridge St., Fuquay-Varina. There will be science, technology, engineering and math activities by teachers, N.C. State University engineering students and Museum of Natural Sciences junior curators. For details, go to


Green Hope High School students will perform the show “Grease” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, and Friday, March 7, and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Tickets in advance cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids at Tickets at the door cost $12 for adults, $8 for students and kids.

‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’

The Cary High School performing arts department will present “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, through Saturday, March 15, at 638 Walnut St., Cary. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students starting Saturday, March 1, at

Wake Electric scholarships

Wake Electric will accept applications from high school juniors in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties for two $1,000 scholarships until Friday, March 14, at Winners will receive the scholarship and join the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C., from June 14-20. Winners will also become eligible for more scholarships worth $2,000 to $2,500.

IMProv at Cary High School

Students will perform in competitive IMProv shows at 7 p.m. one Friday a month through May in the drama studio at Cary High School, 638 Walnut St. Shows will be March 21, April 11 and May 16. Admission is $2.

Building Future Leaders Forum

The Building Future Leaders Forum for boys in high school and their fathers or male role models will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh. For details and registration, go to