Community Notes: Nov. 6

November 4, 2013 

Challenge Island launch

Challenge Island, a kids’ education and enrichment program, will hold a grand opening launch event from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Challenge Island will offer after-school programs, summer camps, field trips, birthday parties and more. The event is free; to RSVP, call 919-285-1597. For details, go to www.challenge-island.com/northcarolina-cary-apex/programs.

Sarah Shaber book signing and discussion

Mystery author Sarah Shaber will sign and talk about her latest book, “Louise’s Dilemma,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Holiday book recommendations

Librarians will recommend books on holiday cooking, entertaining and decorating at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Another session will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.

Veterans Day ceremony

A flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans will start at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Cary Family YMCA, 101 YMCA Drive, Cary. A reception will follow, and at noon volunteers will start the Reading of the Fallen, reading names of 1,800 veterans who have died in the line of duty.

Bruce Martindale at Barnes & Noble

On Veterans Day, author Bruce Martindale will talk about and sign his new book, “A Naval Signalman During World War II,” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Book Bites

Wake County Public Libraries will host Book Bites with discussions about “food fiction” and a recipe exchange at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another session will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Choosing a family pet

Representatives from Wake County Public Libraries and the Wake County Animal Shelter will talk about choosing the right pet for your household in a drop-in session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Information for entrepreneurs

Members of SCORE will talk about the legal aspects of starting your own business at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. They will give information on starting and staying in business at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details and registration, go to raleigh.score.org.

Contemporary Book Group

The Contemporary Book Group will meet to talk about “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road.

Bar-B-Cue fundraiser

Cary American Legion Post 67’s Bar-B-Cue fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at 8523 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. Plates of barbecue chicken or pork, string beans and potatoes cost $9. Proceeds will support programs like the High School Oratorical Contest, Boys State, Student Trooper Program and Legion Baseball. To place advance orders, call 919-481-4811.

Meet mystery novelists

Mystery authors Jane Cleland, Donna Andrews and Frankie Y. Bailey will talk in a panel discussion led by Molly Weston at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Scavenger hunt for teens

Barnes & Noble will host a scavenger hunt around the store based on “Pocket Scavenger Hunt” by Keri Smith, author of “Wreck This Journal,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Food traditions

Wake County Public Libraries will host food samplings with information about cultural food traditions. A discussion of Southern food, with Dr. John Beck, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Register at 919-387-2100.

‘A Passion for Bread’ discussion, signing and tasting

Lionel Vatinet, chef and owner of LaFarm Bakery in Cary, will talk about his book, “A Passion for Bread,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Blood drive

Cary Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive from 2:30-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at 614 Griffis St. To make an appointment, call Sally at 919-467-0203.

College planning

Brooke Daly of Advantage College Planning will give free help to students and parents applying to college at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. She will also meet with students and parents at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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