Community Notes: Jan. 12

January 10, 2014 

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.

NC Agritourism Networking Association conference

The NC Agritourism Networking Association will host its eighth annual conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary Jan. 16-17. The event will feature workshops, guest speakers and tours of three area farms and a vineyard.

Registration costs $75 for ANA members and $85 for nonmembers, $40 for Extension staff and $50 for five and 10-year ANA members. For details, go to www.ncagr.gov/agritourism or contact Martha Glass at 1-855-517-1617 or martha@msglass-consulting.com.

The association, which has more than 250 members, represents pick-your-own operations, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Christmas-tree farms and more.

Dreamfest

The town of Cary will recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Dreamfest from Friday, Jan. 17, to Saturday, Feb. 8. For details, go to bit.ly/19aRV3i or Facebook at www.facebook.com/MLKDreamfest.

The Day of Service volunteer work sessions will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Middle Creek Community Center, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave. Volunteers will clean up the area around the community center. Registration is required. Volunteers 15 or younger must have adult supervision. For details or registration, call 919-469-4301 or email sarah.justice@townofcary.org.

The Dream of Democracy March will be in downtown Raleigh from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Round-trip transportation to the march will start at 10 a.m. at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. Reservations are required. Call 919-460-4963.

The African American History Train Tour will be from 11:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro. Meet at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center to take a train to the museum from the Cary Depot. Buy train tickets in advance. Museum admission costs $8 for seniors and students or $10 for adults. To join the tour, call 919-460-4963.

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.

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

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.

Literary trivia

What the Dickens? Literary Trivia games will start again at local libraries. A game will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

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.

African-American history book recommendations

Librarians will recommend books on African-American history in drop-in sessions during Black History Month at Wake County Public Libraries. A session in Cary will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. For more information, call 919-463-8500. A session in Apex will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. For details, call 919-387-2100.

eBooks at public libraries

Learn to find eBooks in drop-in sessions with librarians. A session will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For details, call 919-387-2100. Another session will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

Romance book recommendations

Librarians will recommend books on love and romance at drop-in meetings in February. A session in Cary will be from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 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, Feb. 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. For details, call 919-387-2100.

Financial management with SCORE

SCORE representatives will give information on financial management for small businesses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

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.

SAT 10 Question Challenge

Students can practice for the SAT at hour-long sessions with Kaplan Test Prep at Wake County Public Libraries. A session in Apex will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A session in Cary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Budget planning

Wake County Public Libraries will host classes on using Microsoft Excel and online budget planning resources. A class in Apex will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A class in Cary will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Indoor composting

City of Raleigh Community Education Specialist Bianca Howard will lead a class on indoor composting with microbes or worms from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. She will teach another class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Craft It!

Make recycled tote bags out of mylar bags (often used for coffee, snacks or pet food) in February’s Craft It! classes. Each class is for ages 16 and older and takes about an hour and a half. A class in Apex will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100. A class in Cary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Literary trivia

West Regional Library will host a What the Dickens? literary trivia game at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Eva Perry Regional Library will host another game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Hypnotherapy discussions

Hypnotist Stephanie Levine will talk about hypnotherapy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Another discussion will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Book Bites

February’s Book Bites meetings will feature African-American authors. A meeting in Cary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8500. A meeting in Apex will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. To register, call 919-387-2100.

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