Community Notes: Nov. 18

November 18, 2013 

Cash for Christmas

Shoppers in downtown Fuquay-Varina have a chance to win a $500 gift certificate in Downtown Dollars from the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association. Register in any downtown business by Dec. 11. For details, go to

Flu clinics

Weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics will be 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. Appointments can also be scheduled. For details or an appointment, call 919-557-2501.

Fuquay-Varina Fire Department food drive

The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department will collect donations of cash and nonperishable food for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank until Monday, Dec. 16, at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. Donations will also be accepted at fire stations at 301 S. Fuquay Ave. and 5617 Hilltop Road, Fuquay-Varina, and at 2474 Bud Lipscomb Road, Willow Spring.

‘How big is the universe?’

Members of the Raleigh Astronomy Club will lead discussions about the scale and size of the universe at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

‘27 Views of Raleigh’

“27 Views of Raleigh” contributors G.D. Gearino, Bridgette A. Lacy, Amanda Lamb and Andrea Weigl will read their entries at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Cary’s Community Christmas Tree

Schools, nonprofits and other groups are invited to make ornaments that show their group’s purpose for Cary’s Community Christmas Tree. For details, call Cary’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at 919-469-4061. Bring ornaments by Monday, Nov. 25, to Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St., Cary.

Thanksgiving Day Hike

The Thanksgiving Day Hike around Lake Johnson for people who are alone on the holiday will start at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, in the Athens Drive Community Library parking lot on Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh. For details, go to

Holly Daze Shoppe

Downtown Cary’s pop-up shop will sell handcrafted gifts 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, Dec. 2-21, at 120 E. Chatham St. New artists’ work will be featured each week.

Fuquay-Varina Christmas tree lighting and sleigh ride

Fuquay-Varina’s annual Christmas tree lighting and sleigh rides will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, along South Main Street. The sleigh ride starts at TR Ashworth’s, 120 S. Main St. For details, go to

Ole Time Winter Festival

The Heart of Cary Association’s 10th annual Ole Time Winter Festival will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Chatham Street in Cary. There will be artwork and gifts for sale, music and dance performances, ornament making and Santa. For details, go to

Reminiscence workshops

Robin Edgar will lead free holiday reminiscence workshops sponsored by the nonprofit Akula Foundation in December in Cary. Here’s the schedule:

• 2:15-3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Sunrise of Cary, 1206 W. Chatham St.

• 12:45-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Chatham Creek Rest Home, 809 W. Chatham St.

• 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Spring Arbor, 901 Spring Arbor Court.

• 2-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Carolina House of Cary, 111 Macarthur Drive.

For details about Edgar and the reminiscence programs, go to

Letters to Santa

Kids can send a letter to Santa through the Santa Mailbox in Cary Town Hall until Friday, Dec. 13, at 316 N. Academy St. Include your child’s name and address for Santa to write back.

Winter scavenger hunt

A scavenger hunt for kids and families will be 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, starting at the New Hill parking area of the American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Cost is $5 per family or $3 per individual. To register, call 919-387-2117.

Healthy Homes Series

Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Healthy Homes Series will include discussions on the third Tuesday of each month 9:30-11 a.m. in the Maple Room of the Bond Park Community Center at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. For more information, email Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:

• December: Holiday health, fitness and safety

• January: Home security

• February: Seniors’ health, fitness and well-being

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