Community Notes

June 15, 2013 

Ben Whipker and Maria Hunter Mackie of Wake Robotics display the 3-D printer they made at the Cary Community Library's summer kick-off program, "Dig Into Robotics" on June 6.


Group seeks historic Cary photos

The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel are looking for historic photos of Cary.

The group is asking for the public’s help as it conducts research for a photographic history book. Images should depict Cary’s history in the areas of education, transportation, community celebrations and local landmarks.Submitted photos will be scanned and returned. For details, call 919-460-4963 or email

Dorcas Ministries seeks volunteers

Dorcas Ministries is seeking volunteers, especially from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 187 High House Road, Cary. Volunteer openings include areas such as pricing, metal recycling and holiday/seasonal duties. For details, visit

Current volunteers who would like to add an afternoon shift should contact Ellen Frazier at 919-469-9861, ext. 101 or

Fourth of July events


•  The Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and Cary Town Band will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road.

•  The annual Independence Day Olde Time Celebration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road. Events include a fishing tournament, a bike, trike, stroller and wagon parade, and family contests.

•  An Independence Day celebration will be from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. The Cary Town Band and the N.C. Symphony will perform. The event will feature boats from the Capital Model Boat Club, family contests, children’s activities and a ferris wheel. Bring blankets and chairs.


•  Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Bring chairs, blankets, drinks and snacks. Glass containers, coolers and alcohol are not allowed.

•  The annual Independence Day pancake breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Advance tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children; prices increase by $2 the day of the breakfast. Tickets are limited. For details, visit


•  The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4, in downtown Apex. Events include kids’ activities and games, a bike, wagon and scooter parade, and a fire department “splash down.”


•  An Independence Day celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at South Park, 820 S. Main St. There will be vendors, music, free inflatable rides and fireworks.

Holly Springs

•  The annual Independence Day celebration will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave. Events include musical entertainment, vendors, children’s activities and family games. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

‘Run for Liberty’ 5K and fun run

Del Bianco Prosthetics and Orthotics will present “Run for Liberty,” a 5K and one-mile fun run, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run; amputees can race for free. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in various gender, age and amputee categories. Proceeds will be donated to the Amputee Coalition.

For details, visit To register, visit

Literacy Council tutor training workshop

The Literacy Council of Wake County will host a tutor-training workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 15, 17, 22 and 24 at 916 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. Tutors must attend all four sessions to complete the workshop. Literacy Council tutors are asked to commit to 1.5-hour sessions twice a week for at least six consecutive months.

To register, contact Adult Education Program Manager Kathleen Griffin at 919-787-5559 or visit the “Tutor” tab at

Soles4Souls shoe charity drive

The Goddard School in Holly Springs is hosting a charity drive for Soles4Souls Inc. throughout June. Gently worn shoes and donations can be dropped off at the school, 801 Earp St., Holly Springs. Shoes and donations will be shipped to those in need. For details, visit

Diaper drive for babies in need

Through Father’s Day on June 16, the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at WakeMed Cary Hospital and the Diaper Train, a nonprofit diaper bank, is hosting a diaper and wipes drive for low-income families in Wake County.

Diapers in any size, pull-ups and baby wipes will be collected in bins located in the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace lobby, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road.

Pollinator Festival

Lake Crabtree will host its first Pollinator Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. There will be games, crafts, guest speakers and activities celebrating pollinators. For details, call 919-662-2850.

Triangle Aquatic Center free programs

The Triangle Aquatic Center is partnering with Fit & Able Productions and the town of Cary to provide free aquatics programming for Cary residents from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays, July 14 and Aug. 11, at 275 Convention Drive, Cary. Programs include water safety, Aqua Fit classes and free family swim.

Pre-registration is required. Call 919-459-4045, ext. 229, or email For details, visit

Scoops for Troops

The town of Cary and the USO of North Carolina will honor the military with the first Scoops for Troops event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Academy Street in downtown Cary. There will be a donation station, ice cream eating contest, ice cream churn-off, next best flavor contest, music, games, children’s activities and more.

For details, call 919-469-4061 or search “Scoops for Troops” at

Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival

Cary will hold its annual Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets range from $25 to $65. The event will feature more than 40 bourbons and 60 beers for tasting, as well as live entertainment.

For tickets, call 919-462-2025 or visit or

V Foundation seeks volunteers for golf tournament

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is seeking volunteers to donate their time to the 20th annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic to be held Aug. 23-25 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. Proceeds from the golf classic will benefit the Jimmy V Cancer Therapeutic Training program at N.C. State University, which encourages young scientist to pursue careers in cancer research through a hands-on educational approach.

Volunteer applications can be submitted online or through the mail. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteer positions most needed are marshals, transportation and standard bearers.

To sign up, visit or send an application to: JVCGC, 130 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 102, Cary, NC 27511. For questions, call 919-369-9061.

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