Southwest Wake: Community

Community Notes: April 16

Volunteers packed more than 11,000 meals at a Stop Hunger Now event sponsored by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club on April 6 at Dreamsports Center in Apex. More than 140 volunteers participated.
Volunteers packed more than 11,000 meals at a Stop Hunger Now event sponsored by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club on April 6 at Dreamsports Center in Apex. More than 140 volunteers participated. COURTESY OF ELISA ROELS

Veterans Vendor Fair

The Cary VFW Ladies Auxiliary is looking for artists and crafters to participate in the Veterans Vendor Fair on Saturday, July 12. For details, email

Rex Healthcare seeks golf tournament volunteers

Volunteer at this year’s Rex Hospital Open from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, May 25, at Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive, Raleigh. The event will require more than 500 volunteers. For details, contact volunteer coordinator Patty Nogle at 937-478-0101 or or go to

Story time

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

Litter Sweep

Groups of volunteers will clean up around Morrisville on Saturday, April 26. Trash bags, safety vests, gloves, suggested routes and refreshments will be provided. For details, go to To get involved, call 919-463-6194 or email Shannan Campbell at

Neighborhood yard sale

The Windward Pointe neighborhood of Holly Springs will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, along Cayman Avenue and its side streets. For information about the neighborhood, go to

Migration Walk

North Carolina Museum of Nature Sciences junior curator Lucas Bobay will lead a walk from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, starting in the Longleaf Shelter at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Learn about birds migrating north. Bring a water bottle, walking shoes and binoculars. To register, call 919-387-4342 or email

Spring Daze

Cary’s 21st Annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. There will be arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and activities for kids. In a special Earth Day Lane area of the festival, all ages will learn about caring for the environment. For details, go to

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

Explore the Greenways

All ages and skill levels can explore Cary’s greenways from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Thomas Brooks Park, 9008 Green Level Church Road, Cary. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to For details, go to

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

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

Relay for Life barbecue fundraiser

The Fuquay-Varina Relay for Life team will host its barbecue fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. Barbecue lunch costs $8. To pre-order for $8 per pound and free delivery with an order of 10 or more, call Teresa at 919-567-3907 or email

Rock Your World

RallyPoint Sport Grill will host the Rock Your World benefit concert from 6-11 p.m. Friday, May 2, at 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary. The free concert with Sidewinder, Band of Brothers and Davis Messina Band will raise money for the Hope For Haiti Foundation and Dew4Him Ministries. For details, go to

Sequins and Spurs Gala

The ninth annual Sequins and Spurs Gala fundraiser for nonprofit Horse and Buddy will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Grand Ballroom at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $100 at

Holly Springs Farmers Market

The Holly Springs Farmers Market grand opening for the new season will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in downtown Holly Springs.

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

Celebrate Cary

A celebration of Cary’s community will be from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. There will be live music, free activities for kids and athletic events. Admission is free. This event is organized by the town of Cary, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, the Cary Community Foundation and Fit & Able Productions.


The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel will host the fifth annual Herbfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Vendors will sell food, gardening supplies and cooking supplies. There will be a silent auction, information about gardening from the Wake County Extension master gardeners and kids’ activities with Cary Teen Council volunteers. Butterflies will be released at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, go to

Roaring Twenties Benefit Party

UnVined Wine Bar will host the Roaring Twenties Benefit Party from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. There will be live jazz music, hors d’oeuvres, drawings and more. Tickets cost $30. The event will raise money for the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina. For details, go to

Spring Craft Fair

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market’s Spring Craft Fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10, at 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary. The regular market will be open and the event will feature local artisans and crafters. For more information, go to

Teen Day Fuquay

Fuquay-Varina police will host Teen Day Fuquay from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, 820 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. Teenage drivers will learn about driving safely with food, prizes, live music and a chance to test their skills. For details, go to

Compost bin sale

The town of Cary will offer compost bins for $45 to residents through Thursday, May 15, at The town will also host free workshops that include tours of the Compost Education Center, a guide book and three bags of compost. Here’s the schedule of workshops:

• 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 8.

• 11 a.m. to noon and 3-4 p.m. Friday, May 9.

• 8-9 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

For details and registration, go to