Community Notes: Dec. 8

December 9, 2013 

Firebirds Morrisville, a new restaurant, celebrated its opening with the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 14 at 3200 Village Market Place Drive. For details, call 919-653-0111 or go to


Greater Life Outreach seeks donations

Greater Life Outreach, a Cary-based nonprofit, seeks donations of food, clothing, furniture, appliances, household items and more to help needy families during the holiday season. The group is especially in need of space heaters for families who do not have heat in their homes. To donate, call 919-274-2511 or 919-250-6013.

Flu clinics

Weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics will be from 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. The Garden Hut will also accept food donations at 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina.

Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department food drive

The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department will collect donations of food and personal items for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina until Friday, Dec. 20, at the fire stations at 200 Town Hall Drive and 10632 Chapel Hill Road.

Benefit for Wanda Ratliff

The Big Easy Pub will raise money for Wanda Ratliff, who was diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The benefit will be from 5-11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 231 Grande Heights Drive. There will be food and specials, games, a raffle and a silent auction. For details, go to Money raised will help rent a van with a wheelchair lift so Ratliff can visit her family for Christmas.

Winter scavenger hunt

A scavenger hunt for kids and families will be from 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.

Winter Wrap Up

Families will learn about winter weather with experiments and try pine needle tea at Crowder District Park’s Winter Wrap Up from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. The program costs $5 per family, and registration is required. To register, call 919-662-2850.

‘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.

Moonlight Meander

Explore Harris Lake County Park after dark during the full moon from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at the Loblolly Shelter, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Participants must register two days in advance. The cost is $5 per family or $3 per person. To register, call 919-387-4342. Bring a flashlight, walking shoes and water.

Child ID cards

Wake County Public Libraries and the New York Life Insurance Company will offer free identification cards for kids from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8505.

Healthy Homes Series

Cary-based nonprofit Fit & Able Productions’ Healthy Homes Series will include discussions on the third Tuesday of each month from 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 details, email Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:

• December: Holiday health, fitness and safety

• January: Home security

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

Evergreens trail trek

View local evergreen trees on a walk through the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, starting in the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. The cost is $5 per family or $3 per individual. To register, call 919-387-2117.

Hot Chocolate Run

Fit & Able Productions and the town of Cary’s Hot Chocolate Run will be Sunday, Jan. 5, on the trails at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. The “BIG Mug” 5K starts at 9 a.m.; the “Little Cup” one-mile run starts at 9:45 a.m. Enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows after the race. Registration costs $17. Go to or email

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