Community Notes: Nov. 27

November 25, 2013 

Robin Edgar will lead free holiday reminiscence workshops in December in Cary. Participants will write about their memories of people or events that are important to them, and learn to celebrate their good memories with personal rituals. For details about Edgar and the reminiscence programs, go to


Liberty Home Care & Hospice seeks volunteers

Liberty Homes Care & Hospice is looking for volunteers during November, Hospice Awareness Month. Hospice volunteers act as companions to support patients and their families. For details, go to

Angel Tree

Donate Christmas gifts for kids by taking a tag from the Angel Tree and returning with unwrapped gifts by Monday, Dec. 9, in Holly Springs Town Hall, 128 S. Main St. Each tag lists a child’s age and gender. The New Horizons Christmas Store volunteers will pick up gifts Dec. 9.

Be a Santa to a Senior

Give gifts to local seniors who are alone or in need during the holidays with Be a Santa to a Senior. Take an ornament, listing a gift suggestion, from one of the program’s trees in Cary, Holly Springs or Morrisville. A gift-wrapping party will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. For details and tree locations, go to

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.

Hanukkah story time

Barnes & Noble will celebrate Hanukkah with stories and activities with the Jewish Community Center of Raleigh-Cary at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Grinch Day

The Grinch Day celebration at Barnes & Noble will include guests, story time, activities and giveaways at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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.

Affordable Care Act information

The League of Women Voters of Wake County, Wake County Public Libraries, CapitalCare Collaborative and Legal Aid of N.C. are offering information sessions about the new health care law, how to apply and how to find help.

A session in Apex will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100.

A session in Cary will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500.

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

Christmas on Salem Street

Celebrate the season with Christmas on Salem Street in Apex,

• Friday, Dec. 6: Caroling at the downtown depot will start at 5 p.m. The official Christmas tree lighting with Mayor Keith Weatherly will be at 5:30 p.m. Sleigh, carriage and train rides with Santa will be 6-9 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 7: The annual Apex Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be 7-11 a.m. in the fire station at 210 N. Salem St. Pictures with Santa will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. The annual Apex Rotary Christmas Parade will start at 5 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 8: The Apex Historical Society will give its annual home tour 1-5 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids; tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids the day of the tour. For details and information about buying tickets, go to

For more information, go to

Arbolito de la Esperanza

The Arbolito de la Esperanza (Tree of Hope) lighting with a traditional Latin celebration, potluck dinner and live music will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in room A of the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. For details, go to

‘The Polar Express’ reading

Making a Difference Children’s Theatre from Raleigh Charter High School will read “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

American Girl Club

Barnes & Noble’s American Girl Club will talk about “Holiday Celebrations” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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

Holiday guitar show

Music students of the Suzuki Guitar Kids of Meredith will play holiday music at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Ballet at Barnes & Noble

Dancers of the Carolina Youth Ballet will perform dances from “The Nutcracker” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Child ID cards

Wake County Public Libraries and the New York Life Insurance Company will offer free identification cards for kids 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2250.

Another session will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8505.

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.

Bill Leslie performance

Bill Leslie will perform songs from “Scotland Grace of the Wind,” his new CD, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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.

‘Downton Abbey’ holiday party

Barnes & Noble will host a “Downton Abbey” holiday party at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Come in costume for tea and a trivia contest with the Daughters of the British Empire in N.C.

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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