Morrisville Community Garden Autumn Food Cook-Off

Story by Matt Young. Photo by Downing Street.

Morrisville, NC – Morrisville Community Garden on Church Street in Morrisville is going to be hosting its first cook-off, with a seasonal theme.

If your cooking inspiration arrives with the cooler weather this contest may be for you! Read more

Weekend Calendar: October 14-16

Cary, NC – The Cary Weekend Calendar of Events is always an eclectic mix. This week is no different with performances of School House Rock, corn mazes and skateboard contest. Do we live in an interesting town, or what? Read more

Events: Scary Stuff for the Spooky Season

Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Michael B.

Cary, NC – I’m really just a big kid. I love Halloween. I love candy. I can carve a mean Jack-o-lantern. My front yard looks like a graveyard.

And I am one of the only “adults” in my neighborhood that still dresses up every year. Read more

A Short Drive From Cary: NC Drag Racing Reunion

 

Photos from East Coast Drag Times

Cary, NC – A short drive from Cary is the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame Weekend in Henderson. All of you car fans should mark your calendars and head over there next weekend.

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Events: Big Thursday

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Just a bref reminder of two big events on Thursday Downtown. Read more

Waverly Place Oktoberfest

Cary, NC – Break out your lederhosen for Oktoberfest at Waverly Place on Saturday, 10/15. Read more

Events: World Sight Day in Cary

Story from staff reports. Photo by Rosalyn.

Cary, NC – 670 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. You can help by getting your eyes examined on Thursday, October 13, 2011 – World Sight Day. Read more

Theater: Once Upon A Mattress Impresses


Photo courtesy Cary Players

Review by Lindsey Chester. Photo above courtesy of the Cary Players. All other photos by  Casey Toth.

Cary, NC- The Cary Players have outdone themselves with “Once Upon A Mattress”, their first production as residents of the new Cary Arts Center. Read more

Habitat For Humanity ReStore and Dorcas Ministries Celebrate Grand Opening

Story and photo by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – Dorcas Ministries and Wake Habitat for Humanity ReStore, two well known service organizations in Wake County, will be celebrating a Grand Opening together. This Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the pair of non-profits take up residence at Cary Plaza, 187 High House Road.

Dorcas Ministries

The Dorcas Thrift Shop and Ministries provide emergency financial assistance by paying rent and electric bills for those in need.  The Thrift Shop has a food pantry and nutrition services, offers child care assistance, literacy scholarships, and job hunting assistance. And all these services are provided for low-income and needy families right here in Cary.

The revenue generated by the Thrift Shop provides 85% of all the income needed to keep services available to folks in crisis. The Dorcas Thrift Shop generates an annual revenue of almost $600,000 which is reinvested into the neediest members of our community.

 “The Dorcas Shop was outgrowing its space in 2008 when the board of directors embarked on a feasibility study and decided to look for a larger property, with the vision to eventually create a non-profit center,” said Howard Manning, Executive Director of Dorcas Ministries, of the bold move.

At the new Cary Plaza Center, the Thrift Shop retail space will double. Within the first year of occupancy, Dorcas forecasts a 25% increase in sales revenue bringing the annual income from the shop to $750,000.

The New Cary Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Habitat Wake ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials from companies and individuals to sell at discounted prices. The ReStore generates revenue to build new Habitat homes in Wake County.

“In late winter, the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Executive Director, Kevin Campbell, began conversations with us about the possibility of opening a Habitat ReStore in Cary. The fit was perfect,” said Manning, noting that sometimes people drop off items at Dorcas that are more fitting for Habitat and vice versa.  “Now folks will have one-stop drop-off and one-stop shopping.”

The ReStore accepts donations of usable and structurally-sound building materials.  All donations are tax-deductible.

The Grand Opening Activities

The Grand Opening, a public event, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting. During the Grand Opening Celebration, guests who drop off items for resale at either store will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

The Dorcas Shop is accepting the following donations:

  • Clothing & shoes for for all ages
  • Small household appliances like lamps, clocks, toasters & coffee makers
  • Housewares like dishes, glasses, pots & pans, flatware, & serving pieces
  • Furniture like sofas, chairs, tables, bookcases and dressers & bed-frames
  • Craft items like fabric, yarn, sewing patterns
  • Linens such as sheets, blankets, curtains
  • Toys, Jewelry & Holiday items

The Habitat ReStore accepts new and used items including:

  • Appliances (less than 5 years old)
  • New & gently used non-upholstered furniture
  • Non-brassy light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Bath vanity cabinets, pedestal sinks & bath fixtures
  • Kitchen cabinets (less than 10 years old)
  • Complete vinyl windows
  • Exterior doors
  • Architectural items like vintage doors, fireplace mantles, antique hardware
  • New HVAC equipment

Other Activities Include:

  • Fifth Third Bank will be on-hand to check your credit score and teach you how to improve your credit rating.
  • The Cary Fire Department will be teaching fire safety education
  • Plenty of shopping!
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Food
  • Face painting
  • Entertainment
  • And raffle prizes!

Visit the Non-Profit Page

For links to more than 40 Cary service non-profits, visit the CaryCitizen Non-Profits Page.

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Events on CaryCitizen are sponsored in part by Great Harvest Bread on Maynard Road in Cary.

School House Rocks!

Story by Lindsey Chester

Cary, NC – If you grew up in the early 70’s you probably remember educational cartoons like “Conjunction Junction”and “A Noun is Person Place or Thing” on  ABC’s Saturday morning lineup. These shorts were produced as “School House Rock”.  Next month Applause! Cary’s Youth Theatre group is bringing the stage version to the Cary Arts Center Oct 14-16.  Read more