Community Notes: Dec. 15

December 13, 2013 

Triangle Dairy Queen and the Cary Police Department’s You’ve Been Caught Campaign will give awards and tokens for a free mini Dairy Queen Blizzard to kids ages 10 and younger who follow the law, practice safety and encourage others to stay safe. Kids who earn the award will be recognized at a Celebrate Safety festival this spring. For details and restaurant locations, 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.

Military Missions in Action seeks donations

Military Missions in Action is raising money to give $250 gift cards for the holidays to 30 families. To donate a gift card or check, send or bring it to Military Missions in Action, 411B North Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. Make checks payable to Military Missions in Action with “Rescue Christmas” in the memo line.

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.

Kids’ activities at the Fuquay-Varina Library

The Fuquay-Varina Library will host activities for kids in kindergarten to fifth-grade at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in January at 133 S. Fuquay Ave. A special “Totally Gross!” class will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. For details, go to

Fuquay-Varina Library story time

The Fuquay-Varina Library will host story time in January at 133 S. Fuquay Ave. Story time for moms and babies will be at 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Story time for ages 1-3 will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and for ages 3-5 at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Family story time for ages 3-5 and caregivers will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Forever in Our Hearts benefit

The Forever in Our Hearts benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Hog Heaven Motocross Arena, 5760 Percy Strickland Road, Godwin. There will be live music, food, raffles, auctions, family activities, carriage rides, motocross and more. The last hour of the benefit will be for anyone who has lost a loved one, with sky lanterns, candle lighting and prayer.

The benefit will raise money for families of teens and young adults who were in a car accident on Nov. 10. Austin Ferrell, Shane Garner and Casey Edens died in the accident. Autumn Zimmer and Marina Troyano survived with injuries. The event’s organizers are raising money to help all of their families.

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. Dogs can join the run for $5, and the money will be donated to the Wake County SPCA. Go to or email

Cary Games Table Tennis Tournament

Fit & Able Productions’ Table Tennis Tournament, the first of the new Cary Games sports competitions, will begin with registration and a warm-up at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cary Senior Center at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration is open to youth, juniors, adults, novices, families and teams, for $30 until Saturday, Jan. 11, and $35 starting Sunday, Jan. 12. USA Table Tennis membership is required. For details, go to or email

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:

• January: Home security

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

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