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

Truly a Miracle! The Miracle League of the Triangle

Story by Lindsey Chester, photos courtesy of the Miracle League

Cary, NC- The Miracle League of the Triangle has been helping kids with disabilities enjoy the game of baseball for 5 years. They provide a service not just for those youngsters, but for all the volunteers in the organization who come together to make the league possible. Read more

Real Estate: Open Houses This Weekend In Cary

Cary, NC – This week, we feature 4 homes in prestigious Cary neighborhoods – Weycroft, Preston Village, MacGregor West and Silverton. All are represented by Fonville Morisey Preston on High House Road in Cary. 

This week’s homes are open on Sunday Oct 2 from 2-4 pm and range in price from $399,900- $675,000. Contact Lindsey Chester to find out how to get your open house published on CaryCitizen.

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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

Salute Our Troops Raises $2.5 Million for USO

Cary, NC- At a ceremony held Sept 15, Kangaroo CEO Terry Marks presented a check to the USO for $2.5 million. The amount far surpassed the company’s wildest expectations. Read more

A Short Drive from Cary: Chapel Hill Rose Garden

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – Just a short drive from Cary is the wonderful world of Chapel Hill. More like its own republic than a town, some say. Just recently, I discovered the most wonderful rose garden tucked in a park far away from the hubbub of Franklin Street. Read more

CNN/Money: Morrisville’s Muddy Dog Coffee a Winner

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photos courtesy of Muddy Dog. 

Morrisville, NC – Thanks to longtime reader Jackie Holcombe for pointing out that Muddy Dog Coffee in Morrisville was just named one of the top 17 small roasters in the U.S by CNN/Money. Read more

Environment: Walk-Friendly Cary

Story & Photo by Hal Goodtree

Cary, NC – Thanks to our friend Don Frantz for sharing the news that Cary has been designated a Walk-Friendly Community.

Walk-Friendly Communities (WFC)

The WFC is a national organization that accredits communities which encourage pedestrian traffic. That is, walking.

Cary is one of only three communities in North Carolina that have earned the certification (the other two are Charlotte and Davidson).

Cary was credited with having a walk-friendly community including:

  • Town of Cary staff resources devoted to encouraging pedestrian traffic
  • 60 miles of trails and green ways, with another 190 miles in the planning stage
  • Downtown Streetscape Project
  • Land Development Ordinance that supports the creation of a highly connected transportation system
  • $1 million annual sidewalk request program

Celebrate with a Walk

Celebrate Cary’s newest designation with a walk in one our our many Parks or download the Cary Bike/Hike map.