Leadership Apex accepting applications
The Apex Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Leadership Apex program, an eight-week course that aims to develop community leaders.
The program is open to chamber members and their employees. The cost is $500, and enrollment is limited to 25 people. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. To apply, go to www.apexchamber.com or call 919-362-6456.
National Dog Day contests
Celebrate National Dog Day with a contest for the best dog tricks in Wake County from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. Contests will include youth and adult categories for people and dogs. For details, call 919-622-2850.
Holly Springs will host a Lake Dipping program for kids ages 3 and up from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Park Road, Holly Springs. Children will learn about the animals of Bass Lake. Adults must accompany their children. Registration is required. Call 919-557-2496.
Book discussion at Barnes & Noble
Katharine Ashe will discuss her new historical romance novel, I Married the Duke: The Prince Catchers, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Jobs for Life
Dorcas Ministries will present Jobs for Life, a free eight-week program that teaches skills for finding jobs. Classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, to Thursday, Nov. 14, at 187 High House Road, Cary. The application deadline is Aug. 30. To apply, call 919-469-9861, ext. 201, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday for Kids
Saturday for Kids at Barnes & Noble will provide hands-on learning activities for kids ages 3 to 7 at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at 760 SE Maynard Road.
The Fuquay-Varina Garden Club will host its tour of gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets can be bought at David Anthonys, Ashleys Art Gallery and The Garden Hut, or online at eventbrite.com/event/7072133943. For more information about the club, go to fuquayvarinagardenclub.weebly.com.
Carys Hometown Spirit Award nominations
Cary residents can nominate others for the Hometown Spirit Award, which recognizes citizens who promote small-town community values, until Sunday, Sept. 8. Nomination forms and instructions are at www.townofcary.org.
Walk for Wishes event
Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina is hosting Walk for Wishes events to raise money to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The local 5K walk is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary.
Registration is free and begins at noon the day of the event. To register, visit eastnc.wish.org.
Local authors at Eva Perry Regional Library
Local authors will discuss the areas influence on their work at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherds Vineyard Drive, Apex. The program will feature Carolyn Booth, Bill Floyd, Peggy Payne, Tamara Ward and Barbara C. White. To register, call 919-387-2100.
West Regional Library will host a bingo-like trivia game for adult readers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 4000 W. Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration is requested. Call 919-463-8500.
Run Your Heart Out 5K
A 5K to support the Childrens Organ Transplant Association in honor of Lucas Santos, a Cary High School student who received a heart transplant in November, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary.
Registration and more information is online at www.runtheeast.com/calendardetail.php?id=216.
The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association will present the third Downtown Bounty celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The free event in the historic Varina downtown shopping district celebrates fresh local food and community spirit. There will be music, vendors and family activities. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
All Things Bluegrass
Jan Johansson will tell the story of bluegrass music at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the West Regional Library, 4000 W. Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
Bluegrass in North Carolina
Tommy Edwards will discuss the history of bluegrass music in North Carolina at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherds Vineyard Drive, Apex.
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