Community Notes: Feb. 16

February 14, 2014 

Nature Nuts: Chorus of Frogs

Kids ages 3-5 and their parents can learn about frogs from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Activities cost $11 for Cary residents and $14 for non-residents. To sign up, call 919-387-5980.

Red Carpet Rendezvous

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving will host its annual Red Carpet Rendezvous from 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Tickets cost $75 at www.volunteercaregiving.org/RCRtickets.

North Carolina Air Force Association meeting

The Tarheel Chapter of the Air Force Association will host the Air Force Association’s North Carolina chapters’ spring quarterly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. There will be a tour of the winery and free lunch for members. For details or to make reservations, call Joyce Feuerstein at 919-362-7800.

Tails and Trails: Campfire Stories

Families are invited to share stories at the campfire from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. The event costs $20 per family for Cary residents and $28 per family for non-residents. To sign up, call 919-387-5980.

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 $25 by 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, or $30 the day of the tournament. For more information, go to www.CaryGames.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.

Superintendent’s Direct Line

The final Superintendent’s Direct Line meeting with Wake County schools Superintendent Jim Merrill will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Employees, parents and community members can begin signing up to speak for three minutes each at 4 p.m. Employees will speak from 4:30-6 p.m. Parents and community members will speak from 6:30-8 p.m.

Blood drive

Four Oaks Bank will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 201 W. Center St., Holly Springs. Drop in or sign up for an appointment at www.mysignup.com/fouroaks

SAT 10 Question Challenge

Students can practice for the SAT at an hour-long session with Kaplan Test Prep at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

Keeping the Past Alive

Paige Myers, a textile conservator at the North Carolina Museum of History, will present Keeping the Past Alive, a discussion about taking care of heirloom textiles, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.

Book Bites

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

Budget planning

West Regional Library will host a class on using Microsoft Excel and online budget planning resources at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500.

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.

Hypnotherapy discussion

Hypnotist Stephanie Levine will talk about hypnotherapy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Senior Activity Fair

Cambridge Village will host a Senior Activity Fair from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at 951 S. Hughes St., Apex. Seniors are invited to learn about local clubs, activities and volunteer groups. The event will feature live entertainment, food and door prizes. For details, call 919-363-2080.

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 65 and older and 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.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Historic Interpretations will host its fourth annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at The Parish Center of Cary, 804 High House Road. There will be a three-course meal, live music, auction, costume contest and indoor parade. Tickets cost $45 at www.mardigrasmasqueradeball.com/HOME.html.

Parent Chat sessions

Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher hosts Parent Chat sessions in which parents can talk with him about school issues.

Here’s the upcoming schedule:

• 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, 307 N. Academy St.

• 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Caribou Coffee, 109 SW Maynard Road, Cary.

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 $25 until 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.

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:

• March: Animal health and protection

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

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.

Salamander Search

Learn about salamanders and look for eggs and larvae during 2014, the year of the salamander according to Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the American Tobacco Trail 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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