Community Notes: Dec. 18

December 16, 2013 

Girl Scout cadettes of troop 1021 in Fuquay-Varina spent a weekend camping at Carolina Beach State Park in November. They cleaned the coastline, kayaked on the Cape Fear River and searched for fossils. Pictured here, from left: Jackie Fortunato, Grayce Mosier, Heaven Moon, Stephanie Walker, Tori McKay, Emma Thompson, Amber DiPaolo, Gracie Norfleet and Ivy Breivogel.

COURTESY OF KIM BREIVOGEL

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.

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.

Winter hayride

A winter hayride with a game of “I Spy” will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, starting at the Loblolly Shelter at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. The event costs $5 per family or $3 per person. To register, call 919-387-4342.

Fuquay-Varina Library story time

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

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 www.fuquay-varina.org/community-information/fuquay-varina-library.html.

Cruise planning

Wake County Public Libraries will host a discussion about planning cruises with Imagine Travel & Design at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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 fitandable.net/ai1ec_event/hot-chocolate-run-5k1-mile or email fitandable@nc.rr.com.

Books for a good mood

Wake County Public Libraries will host a series of drop-in sessions on books to lift your mood. A session will be from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100. Another will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

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 www.carygames.com or email fitandable@nc.rr.com.

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 fitandable@nc.rr.com. Here’s the upcoming schedule of topics:

• January: Home security

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

• March: Animal health and protection

Craft It!

Wake County Public Libraries’ Craft It! program for ages 16 and older will meet to make photo magnets at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another session will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100. Bring photos or cards to turn into magnets.

Social Security planning

Wake County Public Libraries and Perry’s Retirement and Insurance Services will offer information sessions on enrolling for Social Security benefits. A session will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another session will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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