Koka Booth Amphitheatre seeks volunteers
Apply to serve as a volunteer to promote Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, help guests or drive courtesy shuttles by 5 p.m. Friday, April 4. There is a required orientation session, and volunteers must work on at least four events during the amphitheater’s season from April through October. For details or to apply, call 919-462-2025 or go to www.boothamphitheatre.com.
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 www.wakeupandread.org.
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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 www.beerandbacon.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.caryems.org.
‘American Girl’ Club
Barnes & Noble’s “American Girl” Club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Kids will talk about the “American Girl” novels and the character Julie.
Safe Kids Day
Kids and families will learn about safety with games and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Super Target parking lot, 1201 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, Apex. Safe Kids Day will cover safe driving and water, gun, fire and sports safety. There will be bike checks by mechanics, helmet fittings, fire extinguisher demonstrations and tours of emergency vehicles. For details, go to www.safekidswakecounty.org.
Crowder District Park’s 15th annual free Frog Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex. There will be crafts, games, live music and food trucks. Free parking and shuttles will be at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex. For details, go to bit.ly/1pfvdsN.
Saturday for Kids
Barnes & Noble’s Saturday for Kids will feature “The Pigeon Needs a Bath” by Mo Willems at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Running Over Cancer
The Ravenscroft School’s running club will host the second annual Running Over Cancer 5K walk and run at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at WakeMed Soccer Park, 940 E. Chatham St., Cary. The event will raise money for the American Cancer Society. Registration, including a shirt, prizes, food and water, costs $30. For details and registration, go to www.runningovercancer.com.
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 email@example.com. For details, go to www.ata-nc.org/p/spring-2014-cooking-classes.
Lisa Carter will talk about her new book, “Beneath a Navajo Moon,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Contemporary Book Group
The Contemporary Book Group will talk about “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
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.
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 www.uncorkthefun.com.
Barnes & Noble will host a “Little Critter” costume visit and story time at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
‘What’s Great About You’
Janet Bauer will teach parents and teachers to recognize students’ talents with her book, “What’s Great About You,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:
• April: Financial health: insurance, financial/estate planning and real estate
• May: Emergency preparedness
Writing discussion with Carrie Knowles
Carrie Knowles will talk about writing short fiction and her new book, “Ashoan’s Rug,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
African-American Book Group
The African-American Book Group will talk about “Becoming Dad” by Leon Pitts Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Barnes & Noble will host “It’s An Orange Aardvark” story time and activity for kids at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
N.P. Simpson at Barnes & Noble
N.P. Simpson will talk about “B.O.Q.,” her new novel, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
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 www.caringcommunityfoundation.org/breakfast-in-bed-race.
Saturday for Kids
Barnes & Noble’s Saturday for Kids at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
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 email@example.com.
Nearly New consignment sale
The Nearly New kids’ clothes and more consignment sale will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at High House Crossing, 2791 N.C. 55, Cary. Admission is free. For details, go to www.nearlynewkidsclothes.com.
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.
Morrisville CERT Basic Training Class
The Morrisville Community Emergency Response Team will hold a Basic Training Class for residents who want to get involved in the program. Class sessions are from 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Fire Station #1, 200 Town Hall Drive. For details or registration, contact Shandy Padgett at 919-463-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.horseandbuddy.org/gala.htm.
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 www.purplecloth5k.com. 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 sportoften.com.