Community Notes: Dec. 25

December 23, 2013 

More than 100 local Boy Scouts, parents and troop leaders met for the annual Award Recognition and Reception for the Crosswinds District on Dec. 5 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cary. Ed Walsh and Chuck Gay earned the Scouting Spirit Award. Kelden Everett, Greg McGrew and John Shaw earned the District Award of Merit. Front row, from left: Chris Myer, Kelden Everett, Robin Biegert, Bob Gamble and Keith Biegert. Back row: Kevin Sloop, Jerry Jester, Ed Walsh, Tyler Perkinson, Roger Lear and Ben Freeman.

COURTESY OF DR. DAVID CREECH

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.

Classes at Middle Creek Community Center

The town of Cary will offer classes for kids, teens and adults at Middle Creek Community Center in January. For details, call 919-771-1295 or go to www.townofcary.org.

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.

Starry Nights

Learn about stars and enjoy hot chocolate at the American Tobacco Trail’s Starry Nights from 6-8 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 10, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, starting in the White Oak parking area, 1306 White Oak Church Road, Apex. Bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight. Each class costs $5 for families or $3 for individuals. To register, call 919-387-4342 at least two days before the program you plan to attend.

Meet the authors

Michele Andrea Bowen, Sharon Ewell Foster, Cheris Hodges and Lisa Watson will discuss their work as African-American fiction writers at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100.

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.

SAT and ACT information

Wake County Public Libraries and Kaplan Test Prep will host information sessions on the SAT and ACT tests for students and parents. A session will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another session will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

New Year, New You

At New Year, New You, librarians will recommend books for New Year’s resolutions. A session in Cary will be from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. For details, call 919-463-8500. A session in Apex will be from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. For details, call 919-387-2100.

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.

Financial management with SCORE

SCORE representatives will give information on financial management for small businesses at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Literary trivia

What the Dickens? Literary Trivia games will start again at local libraries. A game in Apex will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A game in Cary will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Dreamfest: Women of Action Gathering

Cary will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with Dreamfest from Friday, Jan. 17, to Saturday, Feb. 8. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.

The first event is the fourth annual Women of Action Gathering from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. Dr. Gloria Ward Wright will speak.

Dreamfest: ‘An Arts Tribute to Martin’

Dance, spoken word and musical performances in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Kenneth Wormack will speak. Dr. Lonieta Aurora Thompson Cornwall, assistant professor of music at Shaw University, and her students will present “Powerful Music.”

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

Library website information

Librarians will demonstrate how to find books through the Wake County Public Libraries website from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

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.

Book Bites

Book Bites will feature new books by first-time authors. A meeting in Apex will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A meeting in Cary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8505.

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.

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.

Social media for small businesses

SCORE representatives will talk about how small businesses can use social media at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another session will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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