Southwest Wake: Community

Community Notes: March 16

Free CPR classes

The Morrisville Fire Rescue Department offers free CPR and automatic external defibrillator certification classes for Morrisville residents from 7-10 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Classes start in March and will not be held in November or December. For details or to sign up, email Include your name, address, phone number and preferred class date.

Triangle Paws 5K

The Triangle Paws 5K Run/Walk will start with a run at 1:30 p.m. and a walk at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. The event will raise money for Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers to provide service dogs to children with health issues such as diabetes, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and autism spectrum disorders. The entry fee is $25 through Saturday, March 15, $30 after that and $35 the day of the race. For details, go to

Salamander Search

Learn about salamanders and look for eggs and larvae during 2014, the year of the salamander according to Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the American Tobacco Trail starting in the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Registration, which is required at least two days in advance, costs $5 per family or $3 per person. To register, call 919-387-4342, fill out and return a registration form at, or email

Cooking with Little Hands

The Turkish House will host Cooking with Little Hands, a cooking class for ages 5-15, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at 303 E. Durham Road, suite F, Cary. Kids will make chick peas with tomato sauce, white rice, lentil kofte and chocolate croissants. The class costs $10 per person. To register, call 919-219-2516 or email For details, go to

Cookbook discussion and tasting

Andrea Weigl will talk about and sign her new book, “Pickles and Preserves,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. There will be samples of the book’s recipes.

Wines Around the World

Morrisville Rotary will host the sixth annual Wines Around the World at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Perimeter Studio and Conference Center, 110 Perimeter Park Drive, suite 118, Morrisville. Tickets cost $40 each or $75 per pair at A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Miracle League of the Triangle.

WAKE Up and Read

The Kraft Family YMCA will collect kids’ books for the WAKE Up and Read book drive through Saturday, March 29, at 8921 Holly Springs Road, Apex. WAKE Up and Read’s goal is to help Wake County students develop reading skills for their grade level by third grade. Donate new and gently used books for ages 12 and younger. For more information about the book drive, go to

Apex Nature Park

The grand opening of Apex Nature Park will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at 2600 Evans Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 10 a.m. There will be food, live music by The Folsom Prison Gang, disc golf and tennis demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring chairs or picnic blankets. For details, go to

Food truck rodeo

The Cary Creative Center’s food truck rodeo fundraiser, part of the center’s C3 Raise the Roof Campaign to move to a new location, will be Saturday, March 29, at 115 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. A community yard sale will be from 7-10 a.m. The food truck rodeo with Blue Sky Dining, Sarge’s Chef on Wheels, La Farm Bakery and Barone Meatball Compay will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be kids’ activities and a sale in the center’s store.

Beer and Bacon Festival

A festival featuring 75 craft beers and 15 restaurants and their bacon dishes will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. VIP tickets, for admission from noon to 6 p.m., restaurant tasting stations, extra beer and wine samplings and access to the VIP deck, cost $69. Regular tickets for admission from 2-6 p.m. cost $35 in advance, $45 the day of the festival. “Designated driver” tickets are available for a discount. For details, go to

Citizens’ Academy

Cary Area Medical Emergency Services will host Citizens’ Academy classes at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 3 to April 27. Cary Area EMS staff will give hands-on lessons, CPR lessons and tours of an emergency room and 911 communication center. For an application or details, contact Steven Cohen at 919-380-6909 or,

Turkish Cooking: Meze Night

Learn to make sesame rounds, poached eggs, Turkish tabuli, hummus, feta cheese balls and sambali at Turkish Cooking: Meze Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Road, suite F, Cary. To register for $25, call 919-219-2516 or email For details, go to

Shred Day

Apex will offer free paper shredding from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the truck of shredded documents is full, on Saturday, April 12, in the Town Hall parking lot, 73 Hunter St. Only documents with personal, identifying information will be shredded, such as bills or old checks. Each person can bring up to three small bags or boxes of paper.

Easter egg hunt in Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay-Varina’s free annual Easter egg hunt will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at South Park, 900 S. Main St.

Downtown Candy Hop

Kids can meet the Easter Bunny and collect candy from stores from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in downtown Fuquay-Varina.

Great Grapes!

Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Great Grapes! wine and food festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. VIP tickets cost $39 in advance and $49 the day of the festival. Regular admission costs $26 in advance and $32 the day of the festival. “Designated driver” tickets cost $20. For details, go to

Sequins and Spurs Gala

The ninth annual Sequins and Spurs Gala fundraiser for nonprofit Horse and Buddy will be Friday, May 2, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $100 at

Healthy Homes Series

Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Healthy Homes Series will include discussions on the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Maple Room of the Bond Park Community Center at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. For details, email Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:

Breakfast in Bed Race

The Caring Community Foundation’s Breakfast in Bed Race to raise money for local cancer patients will be Saturday, April 26, on Academy Street in Cary. Pits open at 6:30 a.m., the bed parade is at 8:30 a.m., and races start at 9 a.m. Five-person teams will design, build and race beds. There will also be kids’ activities, music and local food trucks. Team registration costs $130; teams are encouraged to get donations. For details, go to

Fashion for Food

The second annual Fashion for Food fashion show and luncheon fundraiser for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunrise United Methodist Church, 5420 Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs. Tickets cost $25, and all of the money from ticket prices will be given to the Food Cupboard. For more information, contact Mary at 919-285-9191 or

National Day of Prayer

Fuquay-Varina will host a National Day of Prayer service at noon Thursday, May 1, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road.

Purple Cloth 5K and Kid’s Dash

The third annual Purple Cloth 5K and Kid’s Dash, organized by Genesis United Methodist Church in Cary to raise money for the community-service programs of Dorcas Ministries, will be on Saturday, May 3, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Last year’s three-mile run for all ages raised $3,500. There will be a bounce house for kids, food, awards, a raffle and an award for the best purple outfit.

For details, go to Registration for the 5K costs $25; the Kid’s Dash costs $5. Register in person at Genesis United Methodist Church, 850 High House Road, Cary. To register online, search for “purple cloth” at