Vine919 holds letter signing celebration
The Vine919 held an official letter signing celebration on March 23 at Cambridge Village in Apex. Six prospect skateboarders signed a letter of commitment and joined existing team members. The skaters will officially represent the Vine919 and be recognized by the Amateur Skateboarding Commission. Keyon Cuffee, Michael Flynt, Michael Litt, Richard Shostak, Will Robertson and Oba LaTortue were inducted at the event.
Diversionary-Recreational Group Therapy volunteers needed
WakeMed Cary Hospital is recruiting individual or group partners to volunteer and provide diversionary and recreational group therapy activities for patients from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays to Fridays. Volunteers provide activities such as bingo, board games, card games, storytime, arts and crafts and other diversionary-recreational experiences in a group setting with four to five patients. To sign up, contact the WakeMed Cary Volunteer Services department at 919-350-2363 or click on “volunteering” at www.wakemed.org.
‘Explore the Greenways’ in Cary
Fit & Able Productions and the town of Cary are pairing up to “Explore the Greenways” for Fit Cary Month. The series will provide free fitness training on some of the 70 miles of paved greenways in Cary. Events include:
• Families in Motion Getting Started, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Marla Dorrel Park Pavilion and Hinshaw Greenway.
• Running and Walking Skills Clinic, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at North Cary Park picnic shelter.
• Walk with WakeMed, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Bond Park Community Center.
• Running and Walking Skills Clinic, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the box office at Koka Booth Amphitheatre and Symphony Lake Trail.
• Running and Walking Skills Clinic, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Davis Drive picnic shelter and White Oak Trail.
• Running and Walking Skills Clinic, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Mills Park parking lot and track; bring a watch.
Nâzým Hikmet Poetry Festival
The fifth annual Nâzým Hikmet Poetry Festival will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. This year’s festival will celebrate Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Guests include Fady Joudah, leading translator of Darwish’s poetry, and N.C. Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer. There will be poetry readings, panel discussions and music.
Alice Osborn will teach a poetry workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the festival, visit www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org.
The Raleigh/Durham affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will hold its third annual PurpleStride 5K Walk/Race to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer beginning with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Centennial Campus at N.C. State University, 851 Partners Way, Raleigh. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the 5K begins at 10 a.m. For information, visit www.purplestride.org/RaleighDurham.
SAT and ACT preparation
Take a combo SAT and ACT exam and get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The session includes a two hour practice test and a follow-up for feedback and coaching to improve scores. Registration is required. To register, call 919-387-2100.
Children’s day festival
The Sister Cities Association of Cary, the town of Cary and the American Turkish Association will present a children’s day festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Sertoma Amphitheatre and Kiwanis Shelter at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. The event will feature crafts, a magic show, music and dance, youth groups, snacks and the opportunity to learn about different cultures. For details, call 919-460-4963 or visit kids.ata-nc.org.
Bats for Matt fundraiser
The Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation will host its seventh annual Bats for Matt fundraiser at noon Saturday, April 20, at Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. The family event includes activities for all ages and features a high school baseball game between the Green Hope Falcons and Broughton Capitals at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. For details, visit www.mattcossamemorial.org.
Dancing for Dimes Danceathon
The Cary Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will present a Dancing for Dimes Danceathon from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Cary, 1263 Kildaire Farm Road. The event will feature door prizes, trophies, free food and a live DJ. General admission is $5 for spectators; minimum donations of $25 for participants.
The sorority is dancing to raise $1,922 to help the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality and premature births. For information, visit dancingfordimes.eventbrite.com.
Compiled by staff writer Michelle Ferencak.