Community Notes: March 2

February 28, 2014 

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Learn about salamanders at the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 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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Literacy Council of Wake County

The Literacy Council of Wake County is looking for volunteer tutors for hour-and-a-half sessions twice a week for six months or more. Volunteers will work one on one with adults through the LCWC Adult Education Program. Tutors are required to participate in a training workshop; the next workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 3; Wednesday, March 5; Monday, March 10; and Wednesday, March 12, at 916 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-787-5559 or go to www.wakeliteracy.org.

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 communitycpr@townofmorrisville.org. Include your name, address, phone number and preferred class date.

Pegasus Relays Track Meet

Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions will host the Pegasus Relays Track Meet starting at noon Saturday, March 8, at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. There will be races and field events including shot put, discus, triple jump and long jump. There will also be a pizza box relay, 50-yard dash, three-legged dash and tug of war. Registration costs $25 until Friday, March 7; $35 the day of the event. For details, go to fitandable.net/ai1ec_event/track-field. To register, go to bit.ly/MFfdV3.

Discovering Nature

Children ages 4-6 will learn about nature at Bass Lake Park from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. The cost is $4 for residents or $6 for non-residents. To register, call 919-557-2496.

Information for entrepreneurs

Wake County Public Libraries and SCORE will offer information sessions on starting your own business. A session in Apex will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 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. Thursday, March 13, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8505.

Morrisville open house

Morrisville will host an open house on the drafted unified development ordinance zoning map from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Town Council chambers, 100 Town Hall Drive. For details, go to www.townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=634.

Town hall meeting with Tony Tata

Morrisville will host a town hall meeting with N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive.

Contemporary Book Group

The Contemporary Book Group will talk about “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Craft It: Decorative Flowerpots

Anyone age 16 and older can decorate flowerpots from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, March 14, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

Family Bingo

Bass Lake Park will host Bingo games from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 14, at 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cards cost $1, and there are cash prizes. For details, call 919-557-2496.

Arbor Day

Cary will host a tree-planting ceremony for Arbor Day at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. The ceremony will also commemorate Cary’s 31st year in a row as a Tree City USA Community. There will be free saplings, educational booths and crafts. For details, call 919-469-4301 or go to www.townofcary.org.

Parent Chat session

Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher will host a Parent Chat session in which parents can talk with him about school issues at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Caribou Coffee, 109 SW Maynard Road, Cary.

Book recommendations for work

At Have A Good Day at Work: There’s A Book for That, librarians will recommend books on advancing your career and handling issues at work from 6-7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

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:

• March: Animal health and protection

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

Mind mapping

Learn about mind mapping, a way to organize thoughts and information, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

Trail Treks: Salamanders

Learn about salamanders at the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 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.

African-American Book Group

The African-American Book Group will discuss “South by Southeast” by Blair Underwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

‘Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter’

Anne Clinard Barnhill, dressed in Elizabethan style, will talk about her new book, “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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 www.ncraces.com/events/the-triangle-paws-5k.

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 www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

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 www.morrisville.rotary-clubs.org. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Miracle League of the Triangle.

Sights and Sounds of Your Backyard: Birds

Greg Bryant of Citizen Science will talk about common birds in your backyard and their roles in nature from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100.

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.

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 www.uncorkthefun.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.

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