Community Notes: Feb. 5

February 3, 2014 

Daddy-Daughter Dance at Graceful Expressions

Graceful Expressions Dance Education will host its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for dads with daughters ages 4-16 from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 312 W. Chatham St., Cary. Tickets cost $28 per pair and $10 for each additional sibling. For details, go to www.gracefuldance.com.

Cary’s 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.

Winter Dodgeball Rumble

Nonprofit group Fit & Able Productions will host a Winter Dodgeball Rumble with registration and warmup at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Cary Academy gym, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. Register for $20 by Friday, Feb. 7. For more information, go to www.CaryGames.com.

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.

eBooks at public libraries

Learn to find eBooks in a drop-in session with librarians at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For details, call 919-463-8500.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mother Nature

Kids and families will make Valentine treats for birds, make cards and learn about animals from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. To register, call 919-662-2850.

‘African-American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina’

Historians, musicians and authors of “African-American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina” will lead a discussion and jazz, gospel and popular music performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Disaster preparedness class

The town of Cary and Cary’s Community Emergency Response Team will host a free course on disaster preparedness from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23, at Cary Fire Station #7, 6900 Carpenter Fire Station Road. Register by Monday, Feb. 10. For details, call 919-462-3825 or search for “CERT” at www.townofcary.org.

Romance book recommendations

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

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. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Romance writers panel

Nine North Carolinian romance authors will talk about their newest books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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.

Contemporary Book Group

The Contemporary Book Group will discuss “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road.

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.

Decadent Desserts

The Cary Senior Center Ballroom will host a Valentine’s Day celebration for ages 55 and older with desserts from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration was due Jan. 31.

‘Cat in the Hat’ visits Barnes & Noble

“Cat in the Hat” will visit kids at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. The event will feature story time.

Valentine’s Day Family Social

Dragonfly Health and Fitness will host a Valentine’s Day Family Social from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at 121 Quantum St., Holly Springs. There will be a DJ and dancing, chocolate fountain and desserts, childcare, kids’ activities and a raffle for free gym membership. Admission is free but limited to the first 50 people who RSVP by calling 919-762-0316 or emailing marni@dragonflyhealthfitness.com.

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.

Boxing for Fitness and Social

Fit & Able Productions’ Cary Games program will feature Boxing for Fitness and Social from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at TITLE Boxing, 2046 Renaissance Park Place, Cary. There will be two 45-minute boxing classes starting at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. There will be discounts on TITLE Boxing merchandise and membership enrollment fees. Bring your own clothes and athletic gear. Registration costs $20 at bit.ly/1aMYNVq.

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.

African-American Celebration

The town of Cary and The Ujima Group will host the 16th annual African-American Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. For details, call 919-460-4963.

‘27 Views of Raleigh’ discussion

Grayson Haver Currin, Tina Haver Currin and Amanda Lamb, contributors to “27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose and Poetry,” will talk about their writing at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 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:

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

• March: Animal health and protection

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

Social media for small businesses

SCORE representatives will talk about how small businesses can use social media 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.

Fly In to Serve Others

Local pilots will join others from across the country to participate in the 14th Bahamas Habitat Fly In to Serve Others, bringing water and supplies and volunteering for four days in the Bahamas, Haiti and Mexico. Bahamas Habitat is a service organization that supports people in the Bahamas, Haiti and Mexico with disaster relief, medical, economic and housing services. For details or to join Fly In to Serve Others, go to www.bahamashabitat.org.

African American Book Group

Alicia Perry will talk with the African American Book Group about her new book, “The Prolific Life of Gloria Jean Stone,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

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.

Barry Saunders at Barnes & Noble

Barry Saunders of The News & Observer will read “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine, a book about the Underground Railroad, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. All ages are welcome.

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.

Natural Reads

Harris Lake County Park’s adult nature book club will meet to talk about “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. To register, call 919-387-4342 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.

Salute to Senior Service

Home Instead Senior Care of Raleigh will accept nominations for the Salute to Senior Service volunteer contest until March 1. Nominees must be age 65 and older who volunteer for at least 15 hours a month. State and national contest winners will be announced in April. For details, go to www.SalutetoSeniorService.com.

Pegasus Relays Track Meet

Fit & Able Productions will host the Pegasus Relays Track Meet starting at noon Saturday, March 8, at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. There will be races and field events including shot put, discus, triple jump and long jump. There will also be a pizza box relay, 50-yard dash, three-legged dash and tug of war. Registration costs $20 before Saturday, Feb. 8; $25 from Sunday, Feb. 9, to Friday, March 7; $35 the day of the event. For details, go to fitandable.net/ai1ec_event/track-field. To register, go to bit.ly/MFfdV3.

Information for entrepreneurs

Wake County Public Libraries and SCORE will offer information sessions on starting your own business. A session in Apex will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 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. Thursday, March 13, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. To register, call 919-463-8505.

Trail Treks: Salamanders

Learn about salamanders at the American Tobacco Trail from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 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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