Hometown Spirit Award
Cary will accept nominations for the Hometown Spirit Award through Monday, Sept. 8. Nominees must be 21 or older and preserve, promote or act on small-town values. For details, call 919-469-4011 or go to www.townofcary.org.
Historic Preservation Commission
Cary residents interested in historical, cultural and architectural preservation can apply to serve on the Cary Town Council’s new Historic Preservation Commission through Wednesday, Aug. 27. Commission members will work on preservation policies and decisions. Applicants should have demonstrated interest or experience in history, architecture or related subjects like planning, archaeology and landscape architecture. For details or an application, go to www.townofcary.org.
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Nature Nuts: Praying Mantis
Stevens Nature Center staff will host nature discovery activities for children ages 3-5 and parents from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. To register for $11 for Cary residents or $14 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.
Family program at Hemlock Bluffs
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve will host families as they search for snakes, lizards, frogs and more from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. To register for $16 for Cary residents or $20 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.
Plunge, Pedal and Plod
Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Plunge, Pedal and Plod will begin with check-in at 6 a.m. and a triathlon from 7-10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Triangle Aquatic Center, 275 Convention Drive, Cary. Registration costs $60 per person and $90 per relay team through 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, when online registration closes. Registration the day of the triathlon costs $70 per person and $100 per relay team. One-day USA Triathlon membership costs $10 for ages 17 and younger and $12 for ages 18 and older. For details and registration, go to www.sportoften.com.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be from 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at The Bridge Community Church, 6010 McCrimmon Parkway, Morrisville. Donors must be 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.
Barnes & Noble will host story time for kids with “Peanut Butter & Cupcake” by Terry Border at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross will be from 3:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Apex Martial Arts School KiDoKwan, 2171 N. Salem St. Donors must be 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market night
Little Hen Restaurant will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market night at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at 5160 Sunset Lake Road, Apex. Part of the proceeds will benefit the farmers market.
A forum for candidates for the N.C. House of Representatives, Senate and the Wake County Sheriff will be from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina. The forum is sponsored by the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs chambers of commerce.
Cary Scavenger Hunt
The fifth annual Cary Scavenger Hunt will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Registration for a team of four costs $49. For details and registration, go to caryscavengerhunt.com.
A forum for candidates for the Wake County Board of Commissioners will be from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. The forum is sponsored by the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs chambers of commerce.
Patriot Challenge 5K
The Patriot Challenge 5K, hosted by Orion International, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The race will raise money for Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots and Warrior Hike. Registration costs $30 through Sunday, Aug. 31, $35 through Thursday, Sept. 18, and $35 the day of the race. For details, go to www.veteranlowtohighchallenge.com/5k/raleigh-cary.
Face painting and balloons
Kids are invited to Southern Home Crafts Store for free face painting and twisted balloons by Lynne Fischer from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at 111 N. Salem St., Apex.
Race for Our Heroes 5K
The Amberly neighborhood and Carolina Preserve at Amberly’s Race for Our Heroes 5K will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1075 Residents Club Drive, Cary. The race will raise money for Operation: Coming Home, a local charity that builds homes for veterans.
Registration for the one-mile race for ages 12 and younger costs $5. Registration for the 5K for recreational runners costs $25 through Friday, Sept. 19, and $30 the day of the race. Registration for the 5K for competitive runners costs $30 through Friday, Sept. 19, and $35 the day of the race. For details and registration, go to fitandable.net/event/amberly-race-for-our-heroes-5k.
Amanda Wall-Corey Haddon Memorial Walk
The fourth annual Amanda Wall-Corey Haddon Memorial Walk to raise money for the Melanoma Research Foundation will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Apex United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St., Apex. Registration costs $25 and is free for ages 5 and younger. For details and registration, go to www.amanda-corey.com.
Dragon Boat Festival
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host a Dragon Boat Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. There will be food, performances and a dragon boat race by local club and community teams. For details, go to www.boothamphitheatre.com.
The annual Downtown Bounty festival will be Saturday, Sept. 27, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. There will be music, vendors and activities for families. There will be a Local Chef Competition and a Brunswick Stew Cook-Off with cash prizes. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
The second annual Fuquay-Varina Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, starting at South Park, 900 S. Main St. Registration the day of the walk begins at 1 p.m. The walk will raise money for the North Carolina chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For details and registration, go to bit.ly/1mD72ng or www.facebook.com/AFSPWALKFV.
Applebee’s Kids Helping Kids Triathlon
The Applebee’s Kids Helping Kids Triathlon to raise money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research will be Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Triangle Aquatic Center, 275 Convention Drive, Cary. Registration is open to ages 7-12 for $30 in advance or $40 the day of the race at kidshelpingkidstri.racesonline.com. One-day USA Triathlon membership costs $10.
Run Dig Rodeo
Hope Chapel of Apex’s annual Run Dig Rodeo races in Halloween costumes will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. There will be food trucks. Proceeds from race registration and shirt sales will support the event and Hope Chapel’s community programs.
Registration for the one-mile fun run costs $10. Fun-run registration for a competitive runner and family of four is free for the competitive runner, $20 for four recreational runners and $5 for each additional runner. Registration for a dog costs $5.
Registration for the recreational run costs $25 through Wednesday, Oct. 1, $30 through Friday, Oct. 24, and $35 the day of the race. Registration for the competitive 5K costs $30 through Wednesday, Oct. 1, $35 through Friday, Oct. 24, and $40 the day of the race. For details and registration, go to fitandable.net/event/run-dig-rodeo-5k-1-mile.