Community Notes: Jan. 29

January 27, 2014 

Camryn Ward made Valentine's Day cards to send to veterans at Eva Perry Regional Library last year. Visitors at Wake County Public Libraries are invited to make Valentine’s Day cards for veterans at craft tables through Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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Citizens Police Academy

Cary’s Citizens Police Academy for residents 18 and older will meet from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 12 through April 30, at the Cary Police Department, 120 Wilkinson Ave. Participants will learn about criminal and constitutional law, patrol, investigations, youth services, drunk-driving detection and domestic violence, and take a trip to the firing range used by Cary police.

The program is required for anyone joining Cary’s Citizens Assisting Police Team.

Apply by Friday, Jan. 31. For an application, go to the Cary Police Department, call 919-380-4218 or email mike.smith@townofcary.org. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.

Daddy-Daughter Dance at Graceful Expressions

Graceful Expressions Dance Education will host its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for dads with daughters ages 4-16 from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 312 W. Chatham St., Cary. Tickets cost $28 per pair and $10 for each additional sibling. For details, go to www.gracefuldance.com.

African-American history book recommendations

Librarians will recommend books on African-American history in drop-in sessions during Black History Month at Wake County Public Libraries. A session in Cary will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. For more information, call 919-463-8500. A session in Apex will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. For details, call 919-387-2100.

eBooks at public libraries

Learn to find eBooks in drop-in sessions with librarians. A session will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

Romance book recommendations

Librarians will recommend books on love and romance at drop-in meetings in February. A session in Cary will be from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. For details, call 919-463-8500. A session in Apex will be from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. For details, call 919-387-2100.

Financial management with SCORE

SCORE representatives will give information on financial management for small businesses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Cary’s Daddy-Daughter Dance

Cary’s annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for dads and their daughters ages 4-12 will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration costs $17 for Cary residents and $22 for non-residents. Tickets must be bought in advance. For details, call 919-462-3970 or go to www.townofcary.org.

Winter Dodgeball Rumble

Nonprofit group Fit & Able Productions will host a Winter Dodgeball Rumble with registration and warmup at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Cary Academy gym, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. Register for $20 by Friday, Feb. 7. For more information, go to www.CaryGames.com.

Starry Nights

Learn about stars and enjoy hot chocolate at the American Tobacco Trail’s Starry Nights from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, starting in the White Oak parking area, 1306 White Oak Church Road, Apex. Bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight. The class costs $5 for families or $3 for individuals. To register, call 919-387-4342 at least two days before the program.

American Girl Club

Barnes & Noble’s American Girl Club will meet to talk about the series of books and the character Addy with special guests from Stagville State Historic Site in Durham at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Valentine’s Day story time

Barnes & Noble will host kids’ activities and story time with “Love Monster” by Rachel Bright at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Hands on Learning

Barnes & Noble’s Saturday for Kids Hands on Learning craft activity will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Frances Mayes at Whisk

Frances Mayes, author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” will talk about food and Tuscany at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at kitchen supply store Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Suite 214, Cary. There will be tasting samples from the “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.”

Dreamfest

The town of Cary will recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Dreamfest events through Saturday, Feb. 8. For details, go to bit.ly/19aRV3i or Facebook at www.facebook.com/MLKDreamfest.

The African American History Train Tour will be from 11:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro. Meet at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center to take a train to the museum from the Cary Depot. Buy train tickets in advance. Museum admission costs $8 for seniors and students or $10 for adults. To join the tour, call 919-460-4963.

Daddy-Daughter Dance

The Cary Ballet Conservatory will host a Daddy-Daughter Dance for dads and their daughters ages 3-12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3791 NW Cary Parkway. There will be refreshments, door prizes and photography. Registration costs $30 per pair and $10 for each additional child. To register, call 919-481-6509.

‘African-American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina’

Historians, musicians and authors of “African-American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina” will lead a discussion and jazz, gospel and popular music performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Disaster preparedness class

The town of Cary and Cary’s Community Emergency Response Team will host a free course on disaster preparedness from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23, at Cary Fire Station #7, 6900 Carpenter Fire Station Road. Register by Monday, Feb. 10. For details, call 919-462-3825 or search for “CERT” at www.townofcary.org.

SAT 10 Question Challenge

Students can practice for the SAT at hour-long sessions with Kaplan Test Prep at Wake County Public Libraries. A session in Apex will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A session in Cary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Romance writers panel

Nine North Carolinian romance authors will talk about their newest books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Budget planning

Wake County Public Libraries will host classes on using Microsoft Excel and online budget planning resources. A class in Apex will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A class in Cary will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Indoor composting

City of Raleigh Community Education Specialist Bianca Howard will lead a class on indoor composting with microbes or worms from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. She will teach another class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Contemporary Book Group

The Contemporary Book Group will discuss “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Bird watchers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the annual four-day Great Backyard Bird Count from Friday, Feb. 14, to Monday, Feb. 17, by counting birds and reporting results to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

Craft It!

Make recycled tote bags out of mylar bags (often used for coffee, snacks or pet food) in February’s Craft It! classes. Each class is for ages 16 and older and takes about an hour and a half. A class in Apex will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A class in Cary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Decadent Desserts

The Cary Senior Center Ballroom will host a Valentine’s Day celebration for ages 55 and older with desserts from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at 120 Maury Odell Place. Register by Friday, Jan. 31, for $7 per person at bit.ly/Ksf99L.

‘Cat in the Hat’ visits Barnes & Noble

“Cat in the Hat” will visit kids at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. The event will feature story time.

Early Morning Bird Walk

Identify and count birds in the Early Morning Bird Walk at the American Tobacco Trail from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, starting in the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Bring binoculars, or borrow binoculars provided by staff. Register for free at least two days in advance; to register, call 919-387-4342, fill out and return a registration form at www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

Literary trivia

West Regional Library will host a What the Dickens? literary trivia game at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Eva Perry Regional Library will host another game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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 fitandable@nc.rr.com. Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:

• February: Seniors’ health, fitness and well-being

• March: Animal health and protection

• April: Financial health: insurance, financial/estate planning and real estate

Social media for small businesses

SCORE representatives will talk about how small businesses can use social media at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

African American Book Group

Alicia Perry will talk with the African American Book Group about her new book, “The Prolific Life of Gloria Jean Stone,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Hypnotherapy discussions

Hypnotist Stephanie Levine will talk about hypnotherapy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another discussion will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Barry Saunders at Barnes & Noble

Barry Saunders of The News & Observer will read “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine, a book about the Underground Railroad, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. All ages are welcome.

American Tobacco Trail History Hike

Learn about the almost 200-year history of the American Tobacco Trail from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on a hike beginning in the White Oak parking area, 1305 White Oak Church 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 www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

Book Bites

February’s Book Bites meetings will feature African-American authors. A meeting in Cary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500. A meeting in Apex will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Trail Treks: Hibernation

Learn about hibernating animals at the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 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 www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

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