Community Notes: Jan. 19

January 17, 2014 

Residents of the Glenaire Continuing Care Retirement Community in Cary raised $5,000 – double their $2,500 goal – for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger-relief agency based in Raleigh. On Jan. 11, a team of 100 Glenaire residents and staff worked with Stop Hunger Now to put together the 20,000 meals they funded.

COURTESY OF GLENAIRE CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Donations needed

Raleigh-based Morrison Outreach Ministry is seeking donations of men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, purses, baby clothes and household goods. The ministry will pick up donations. For more information or to make a donation, call 919-521-6346.

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.

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.

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. USA Table Tennis membership is required. For details, go to www.carygames.com or email fitandable@nc.rr.com.

Literary trivia

A What the Dickens? Literary Trivia 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.

‘Keeping the Past Alive’

Textile conservator Paige Myers will give a free presentation, “Keeping the Past Alive,” on caring for heirloom textiles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.

Book Bites

Book Bites will feature new books by first-time authors at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8505.

Trail Treks: Groundhogs

Learn about groundhogs at the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, starting at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. The program costs $5 per family or $3 per person. Register at least two days in advance; to register, call 919-387-4342, fill out and return a registration form at www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

Social Security planning

Wake County Public Libraries and Perry’s Retirement and Insurance Services will offer an information session on enrolling for Social Security benefits 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.

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.

Dreamfest

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

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.

Daddy-Daughter Dance

The Cary Ballet Conservatory will host a Daddy-Daughter Dance for dads and their daughters ages 3-12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3791 NW Cary Parkway. There will be refreshments, door prizes and photography. Registration costs $30 per pair and $10 for each additional child. To register, call 919-481-6509.

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.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Bird watchers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the annual four-day Great Backyard Bird Count from Friday, Feb. 14, to Monday, Feb. 17, by counting birds and reporting results to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

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.

Early Morning Bird Walk

Identify and count birds in the Early Morning Bird Walk at the American Tobacco Trail from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, starting in the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Bring binoculars, or borrow binoculars provided by staff. Register for free at least two days in advance; to register, call 919-387-4342, fill out and return a registration form at www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

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.

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:

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

• March: Animal health and protection

• April: Financial health: insurance, financial/estate planning and real estate

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.

American Tobacco Trail History Hike

Learn about the almost 200-year history of the American Tobacco Trail from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on a hike beginning in the White Oak parking area, 1305 White Oak Church Road, Apex. Registration, which is required at least two days in advance, costs $5 per family or $3 per person. To register, call 919-387-4342, fill out and return a registration form at www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

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.

Trail Treks: Hibernation

Learn about hibernating animals at the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, starting in the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. Registration, which is required at least two days in advance, costs $5 per family or $3 per person. To register, call 919-387-4342, fill out and return a registration form at www.wakegov.com/parks/att, or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

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