Cool for Wake
Cool for Wake provides fans and air conditioners to Wake County residents in need during extremely hot weather. The program is collecting donations of new or like-new fans or money. Send or bring donations to the Community Resources Office of the Wake County Human Services Swinburne Building, 220 Swinburne St., Raleigh.
Nature Nuts: Crickets and Katydids
Stevens Nature Center will host activities for children ages 3-5 and their parents from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. To register for $11 for Cary residents and $14 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.
Adult Nature Workshop: Bring on the Bats
Stevens Nature Center will host a nature workshop for ages 18 and older from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. To register for $18 for Cary residents and $25 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.
Family Feature: Wonderful Wetlands
Crowder District Park will host a wetland-building science experiment and other activities from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. Registration is required. To register for $5 per family, call 919-662-2850.
Healthy Homes Series
Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Healthy Homes Series will feature a discussion on healthy teens and young adults from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, in the Maple Room of the Bond Park Community Center at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. For details, email email@example.com.
A Grant Seekers Workshop for the Morrisville Community Fund and Cary Community Foundation will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, 307 N. Academy St. Members of nonprofits will learn where to find grants, how to prepare and how to apply online. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore a Story
Bass Lake Park will host a free story time and nature exploration program for chilren ages 3-5 from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. An adult must accompany each child. Registration is required. To register, call 919-557-2496.
The Cary Creative (Reuse) Center will present the Bohemian Bash from 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Cypress Manor at Cary, 1040 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, an art show and auctions. Tickets cost $30 each or $50 for a pair. For details and tickets, go to carycreativecenter.org or www.bohemianbash.com.
African-American Book Group
The African-American Book Group will meet to discuss “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” by Edward Kelsey Moore at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Morrisville will host an open house for people interested in joining the Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, Citizen Budget Performance Assessment Panel, Community Appearance Committee, Public Safety Advisory Committee and Environmental and Recycling Committee at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. For details, go to www.townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=289.
Auction for the Animals
The 14th annual Auction for the Animals fundraiser for Second Chance Pet Adoptions will be from 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. There will be live and silent auctions of more than 200 items, a wine pull and raffle, dinner and music. Tickets cost $75 each or $700 for a table of 10. For details, go to www.auctionfortheanimals.com.
Football Food Drive
Cary Coaching Precision will host the Football Food Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary. The organization will collect donations for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and host a football camp for ages 5-17. Lunch will be provided at the camp. Registration costs $40. For details, go to www.carycoaching.com.
BikeSafe N.C. Rider Skills Day
Holly Springs will host BikeSafe N.C. Rider Skills Day for motorcycle users, starting at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at 128 S. Main St. For details and registration, go to bit.ly/TpjVZH.
Comic book artist Chrystin Garland will talk about her artwork and give drawing tips at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Hugh Murphy will talk about his art and his book “T-Rex Trying and Trying” at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Barnes & Noble.
Wet down ceremony
The Morrisville Fire Department will host a wet down ceremony for a new fire truck from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Fire department staff will hose down the new apparatus, and participants will dry it off. The department encourages children to wear swimsuits and slip-resistant shoes to participate. There will also be cotton candy, drinks and tours of the fire truck.
Nature Lab: Life Under a Log
Harris Lake County Park will host activities for children ages 6-12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Kids will learn about decomposers and their role in nature. Registration for this drop-off program costs $8 per child. Bring lunch and a water bottle and meet in the Cypress Shelter. To register, call 919-387-4342 or email email@example.com.
‘Batman’ 75th anniversary
Barnes & Noble will host trivia, drawings for prizes, a costume contest and other events from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Come dressed as your favorite “Batman” character.
Trail Treks: You ‘Otter’ Know
American Tobacco Trail County Park will host story time, games and a craft for kids and families to learn about otters from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex. Meet at the New Hill parking area. To register for $5 per family, call 919-387-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ursula Vernon will sign two new books in her “DragonBreath” series for young readers at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Barnes & Noble will host activities and story time with “What Do You Do With an Idea” for ages 4-8 at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
‘Ghost Train to New Orleans’
Mur Lafferty will discuss and sign her novel, “Ghost Train to New Orleans,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Prevent Blindness Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic
The 23rd annual Prevent Blindness Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic will be from Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 3, at MacGregor Downs Country Club, 430 St. Andrews Lane, Cary. The event will raise money for Prevent Blindness North Carolina. Registration to be an event patron and attend the Patron Party costs $40. Registration for the tournament costs $100 per team. For details or registration, call 800-543-7839 or go to nc.preventblindness.org.
Barnes & Noble will host “Frozen” activities and crafts at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
National Pancreas Foundation fundraiser
The National Pancreas Foundation, which is starting a new chapter in North Carolina, will host a fundraiser for research from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Buffaloe Lanes, 151 High House Road, Cary. Registration costs $25. For details and registration, go to bit.ly/SWdTj2.
The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host Melon Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary. There will be samples, recipes, cooking demonstrations from Herons Restaurant and kids’ activities. For details, go to westernwakefarmersmarket.org.