Community Notes: Jan. 5

January 3, 2014 

Educator and author Janet Bauer will talk about and sign her new book for kids, “What’s Great About You,” from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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Cary accepts volunteer award nominations

The town of Cary will accept nominations for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Awards until Friday, Jan. 17. For details, search for “PRCR Volunteer Awards” at www.townofcary.org.

Make-A-Wish collects airline miles

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina is collecting donated airline miles through the Wishes in Flight program. Each year, the group grants the wishes of nearly 200 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Most of these wishes require air travel. For details, go to eastnc.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles.

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.

Kids’ activities at 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.

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.

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.

New Year, New You

At New Year, New You, librarians will recommend books for New Year’s resolutions. 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.

Discussion on writing

Local authors will talk about writing books for kids and teens at Wake County Public Libraries. Rysa Walker will talk about writing for young adults at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100. Carol Crane will talk about writing nonfiction and picture books at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

N.C. author panel

Local authors will talk about their books at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Lynn Setzer, author of “Tar Heel History on Foot,” Trish Foxwell, author of “A Visitor’s Guide to the Literary South,” and Georgann Eubanks, author of “Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina” will speak.

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.

African American Book Group

The African American Book Group will meet to talk about “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northrup at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Newcomers are welcome.

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.”

Murder mystery party

Historical landmark curator Anna Campbell will host a free murder mystery party from 5:45-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Ballentine-Spence House, 109 E. Spring St., Fuquay-Varina. To RSVP, go to www.ballentinespencehouse.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

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. Sunday, Jan. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

Valentines for veterans

Visitors at Wake County Public Libraries are invited to make Valentine’s Day cards for veterans from Tuesday, Jan. 21, through Tuesday, Feb. 4, at craft tables in the libraries. Cards will be delivered to Veterans’ Services of Wake County and distributed by Valentine’s Day. For more information, email nicole.lambert@wakegov.com.

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.

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. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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.

Starry Nights

Learn about stars and enjoy hot chocolate at the American Tobacco Trail’s Starry Nights from 6-8 p.m. Fridays, 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.

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Cary’s annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for dads and their daughters ages 4-12 will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration costs $17 for Cary residents and $22 for non-residents. Tickets must be bought in advance. For details, call 919-462-3970 or go to www.townofcary.org.

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