Community Notes

April 20, 2013 

Wines Around the World fundraiser

The Morrisville Rotary Club will host its fifth annual Wines Around the World fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the RDU General Aviation Terminal, 1720 E. International Blvd., Raleigh. In addition to a wine tasting, there will be food, music by guitarist Chris Overstreet and a silent auction. Tickets are $35, which includes the wine tasting from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local charities. For tickets, visit

Cary to host motorcycle safety classes

Following a successful inaugural BikeSafe NC course, the town of Cary’s Traffic Safety Team will hold Rider Skills Day on a monthly basis. Open to any licensed motorcyclist and administered by qualified BikeSafe Assessors, the free eight-hour course includes riding a total of 120 miles in several environmental conditions and discussing motorcycle driving safety tips.

To participate, riders must bring their properly registered street-legal motorcycle, legal helmet and eye protection along with current driver’s license or motorcycle learner’s permit and proof of insurance.

The next class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26. To register, visit

‘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:

• Running and Walking Skills Clinic, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Davis Drive picnic shelter and White Oak Trail.

• Running and Walking Skills Clinic, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Mills Park parking lot and track; bring a watch.

Register online with class code 6868I at For details, call 919-462-3970 or email

Film documentary on health

Advocates for Health in Action and the town of Cary will present “Growing a Healthy Community: A Film & Conversation about Your Health and Your Community” featuring “The Weight of the Nation,” an HBO documentary, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Following the film, a panel of local experts will talk about the obesity crisis, the impact of food marketing on children, the health impacts of sugar-sweetened beverages and how Nashville, Tenn., is making positive changes in their community to address obesity.

The film screening is free, but tickets are required and space is limited. To reserve tickets, visit

Sequins and Spurs Gala

Horse and Buddy, a therapeutic horseback riding program in New Hill for children and young adults with special needs, will host the eighth annual Sequins and Spurs Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Prestonwood Country Club ballroom, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. The event will include dinner, live music by Capital City Groove Crew, a photo booth, a silent auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $100. Proceeds will help improve and maintain the facility and also help the Horse and Buddy program grow. For information, visit

Movie Under the Stars

The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association will host its annual outdoor movie night, Movie Under the Stars, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the old Stephens Ace Hardware parking lot in the historic Varina shopping district. Admission is $1 per person; children 2 and younger are admitted for free. Hay bales will be provided for children to sit on, but adults are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

A kid-friendly DJ will provide preshow entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. The Interact Club will sell hotdogs, popcorn and beverages. The film will begin at dusk. For details, visit


The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel will host the fourth annual Herbfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Participants can tour the Page Educational Garden, watch herb cooking demonstrations and visit local vendors selling herbs, crafts and garden products. Suzanne Tilton will hold live butterfly releases at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers from the Cary Creative Center will provide reuse materials for children to make a garden craft. There will also be a silent auction.

A pre-festival program will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3. Food and garden writers Debbie Moose and Carol Stein will host a discussion about how to cook what you grow and grow what you like to eat. A book-signing and reception will follow the program.

Tickets are $20 each. For tickets, call 800-514-3849 or visit For information, visit

Teen Day Fuquay

The Fuquay-Varina Police Department will host the third annual Teen Day Fuquay, an alcohol and distracted-driving awareness program, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center.

Youngsters ages 11 to 18 will have the chance to test their skills at the Drive Wise Course, which is designed to highlight the dangers of driving while drunk or texting. The first 300 teens to complete the course will get a free Teen Day T-shirt. The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department will also present a new crash scenario. For details, visit

Walk For Joy

Walk For Joy, a benefit walk to raise awareness about bladder cancer, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the track at Salem Middle School, 6150 Old Jenks Road, Apex. To register, visit

Kids Appreciation Day

The Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs will hold the 11th annual Kids Appreciation Day fundraiser and Terrific Kids and Teachers Award ceremony from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the football field at Holly Grove Middle School. Each child will get a free slice of pizza, yogurt and a raffle ticket. The event will feature entertainment, music, inflatable rides and local fire and police departments.

Individuals, organizations or businesses can sign up to be a vendor or sponsor. For information, call 919-457-8487 or visit

Scottish Cultural Organization of the Triangle

The Scottish Cultural Organization of the Triangle will hold a Scottish May Tea from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Annandale Center, 406 Faculty Ave., Cary. Enjoy a pot of tea along with sweet and savory treats made by SCOT bakers. The theme is Scottish jewelry, so wear or bring your favorite Scottish or Celtic jewelry. Bring your favorite teacup and saucer as well. Hats are encouraged but not required. Tickets are $10 for SCOT members, $15 for non-SCOT members. RSVP to Emily Sprague at 919-828-1269, or visit

Team in Training information session

Team In Training, the largest fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, trains participants to complete a marathon, half marathon, triathlon or 100-mile bike ride to raise funds to find a cure for blood cancers.

A community information session will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at REI, 1751 Walnut St., Cary.

Relay For Life fundraiser

The Fuquay-Varina Relay For Life will sell barbecue plates from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the parking lot at Fuquay-Varina Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. Plates are $8 and include a Johnny Jones’ barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, chips and a drink. Delivery is available for pre-orders of 10 plates or more. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. For pre-orders, contact Teresa at 919-567-3907.

Car show seeking participants

The town of Cary will host the second annual “Wheels on Academy” car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in downtown Cary. Participants are encouraged to register their vehicles before Friday, May 3. Cost is $10. Cars can also register the day of the event for $15. Winning cars will receive trophies for categories such as Best Custom, Best Foreign, Best Orphan and Best of Show. For information, call 919-469-4061 or search “Wheels on Academy” at

South Wake Relay for Life

The South Wake Relay for Life will begin at noon Saturday, May 18, at Holly Grove Middle School, 1401 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was created to raise cancer awareness. All proceeds will go to cancer research. To register, visit

SAS Helping Hearts walk-a-thon

SAS Helping Hearts will host its annual walk-a-thon at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Morrisville Community Park. In addition to the two-mile walk, the event will feature booths, music, food, a jump house, face painting, henna and a raffle drawing. All proceeds will benefit the N.C. Children’s Hospital. For details, visit

Compiled by staff writer Michelle Ferencak.

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