Community Notes: July 20

July 18, 2014 

Members of the Holly Springs Police Department recently traveled with 18 kids to Revolution Self Defense in Clayton for a martial arts and character-building workshop. Kids learned self-defense techniques from karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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Volunteer at Lazy Daze

Cary is looking for volunteers for the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Cary. Volunteers must sign up by Friday, Aug. 15, and must be at least 15 years old to work without an adult. School and community organizations are welcome. For details, call 919-462-3847, email ashley.mccall@townofcary.org or search for “Lazy Daze volunteers” at www.townofcary.org.

Family Programs: Nature Explorers

Families with children of all ages will explore and learn about nature from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register for $16 for Cary residents and $20 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.

Nature Lab: Life Under a Log

Harris Lake County Park will host activities for children ages 6-12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Kids will learn about decomposers and their role in nature. Registration for this drop-off program costs $8 per child. Bring lunch and a water bottle and meet in the Cypress Shelter. To register, call 919-387-4342 or email harris.lake@wakegov.com.

Bill Dooley Chapter Pigskin Preview

The Greater Raleigh Sports Council and Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame will host the 12th Annual Bill Dooley Chapter Pigskin Preview from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary. There will be an auction to benefit the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame – Bill Dooley Chapter Scholarship Fund for Triangle high school athletes. Tickets cost $60 each or $600 for a table. For details and tickets, go to www.raleighchamber.org.

Nature Nuts: Hummingbirds

Children ages 3-5 and their parents will learn about hummingbirds with activities at the Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve from 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 25, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register for $11 for Cary residents and $14 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.

Curiosity Club: Slip Into the Stream

Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve will host activities for children ages 5-8 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register for $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.

Junior Naturalist: Who Flies Way Up High?

Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve will host activities for children ages 5-8 and their parents from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register for $8 for Cary residents and $10 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.

Eco-Explorers: Operation: Finding Insects!

Stevens Nature Center staff will lead children ages 7-10 on explorations at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register for $12 for Cary residents and $16 for non-residents, call 919-387-5980.

Mystery authors discussion

Jamie Mason, Kathryn O’Sullivan and J.D. Rhoades will talk about their work as mystery authors and answer questions at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is required. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Story time

Barnes & Noble will host activities and story time with “What Do You Do With an Idea” for ages 4-8 at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

‘Ghost Train to New Orleans’

Mur Lafferty will discuss and sign her novel, “Ghost Train to New Orleans,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Prevent Blindness Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic

The 23rd annual Prevent Blindness Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic will be from Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 3, at MacGregor Downs Country Club, 430 St. Andrews Lane, Cary. The event will raise money for Prevent Blindness North Carolina. Registration to be an event patron and attend the Patron Party costs $40. Registration for the tournament costs $100 per team. For details or registration, call 800-543-7839 or go to nc.preventblindness.org.

‘Frozen’ Friday

Barnes & Noble will host “Frozen” activities and crafts at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

National Pancreas Foundation fundraiser

The National Pancreas Foundation, which is starting a new chapter in North Carolina, will host a fundraiser for research from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Buffaloe Lanes, 151 High House Road, Cary. Registration costs $25. For details and registration, go to bit.ly/SWdTj2.

Jazz and Gelato

SearStone’s Winston Clubhouse will host the Capital Jazz Band and serve gelato from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at 17001 SearStone Drive, Cary. Learn about SearStone’s community and meet residents. To RSVP, call 1-877-636-9769 or go to www.searstone.com/jazz.

Melon Day

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host Melon Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary. There will be samples, recipes, cooking demonstrations from Herons Restaurant and kids’ activities. For details, go to westernwakefarmersmarket.org.

Parent Chat session

Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher will host a session with parents at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Caribou Coffee, 109 SW Maynard Road, Cary.

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