CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:17:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Guide to Donuts in Cary Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:45:52 +0000 Donuts

Cary, NC — This is a sweet guide to donuts in Cary – because why not?

A Great Time to Eat Donuts

I eat donuts very rarely – so, when I do eat them, they’re an indulgence. I thought now would be the perfect time to compile a Guide to Donuts in Cary for several reasons:

  1. I love donuts and wanted an excuse to eat them.
  2. Two new donut shops opened in Cary in the past year.
  3. Fall is the best time of the year to eat donuts (that’s just my opinion).

I’ve found some great donut shops in Cary – whether you like the denser, more cake-like donuts, gourmet donuts (think crème brûlée) or plain old light, flaky glazed donuts (like me), there’s something for everyone. Now, you have an excuse to try all of these. You’re welcome.

Guide to Donuts in Cary

Enjoy this list and let me know if I missed any of your favorites.

Baker’s Dozen Donut Shop
1307 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh
Hours: Open Daily, 6 am-7 pm

Baker’s Dozen is located in the South Hills shopping center on Buck Jones Road. Even though this shop has a Raleigh mailing address, it’s literally seconds from Cary. If you’re like me, you’ve driven past Baker’s Dozen many times without even knowing it.

The sign facing Buck Jones just reads “Donuts.”

Six donuts from Baker's Dozen.

Six donuts from Baker’s Dozen.

Inside, though, Baker’s Dozen is a whimsically-decorated, family-owned donut shop. All the donuts are freshly made in the shop each morning. You’ll find classic favorites like glazed, chocolate glazed, raspberry-filled, cream-filled, old-fashioned and more.

The shop also has blueberry cake donuts and, right now, pumpkin spice donuts. The donuts are deliciously doughy but still lightweight – this is probably my favorite place for donuts in Cary.

The store is bright and colorful with coffee available and plenty of seating. If you are craving donuts at night in Cary, this is the place to go – Baker’s Dozen is open until 7 pm.


Inside Baker’s Dozen.

RISE Biscuits & Donuts
1110 Market Center Drive, Morrisville
Hours: Open Daily 7 am-2 pm

This franchise is the newest place to find donuts in Cary. You’ll see the big, orange sign near the Chapel Hill Road/Cary Parkway intersection in Park West Village.

This is the place to go for funky, “gourmet” donuts – RISE has donut flavors like PB&J, maple bacon, oreo, chocolate chip cookie dough, salted caramel (with Cap’n Crunch cereal) and more. My favorite is the crème brûlée donut – I highly recommend trying it!


Breakfast biscuit, powered donut with chocolate pudding filling and crème brûlée donut.

This is very much a “grab and go” shop, but a few bar stools are available for people who want to eat in. “If there’s a line,” an employee told me, “you can go ahead and grab a cup of coffee while you wait.” This place is popular, but the line moves fast.

If you want some protein to accompany your donut, RISE also has great breakfast biscuits with atypical topping choices like eggplant bacon and pimento cheese with potato cakes as sides.

Duck Donuts
100 Wrenn Drive, Suite 101, Cary
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 6 am-3 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 6 am-7 pm

We wrote about Duck Donuts when they opened last year near the post office – this shop is unique in that donuts are warm and made-to-order for each customer.

When you order, you choose the glazes and toppings you want on each donut – some glaze options include cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, classic glaze, vanilla or chocolate icing, lemon icing, peanut butter icing, maple icing and strawberry icing.


Mix-and-match your favorite toppings at Duck Donuts.

Topping choices include shredded coconut, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, chopped peanuts and bacon. After you create your personalized donut, you can watch the “base donuts” move down the line as staff top them with the combinations you ordred.

You can get breakfast sandwiches, regular coffee and espresso drinks like lattes at Duck Donuts, too. There’s a fair amount of seating in the shop for people who want to eat in.

If you’re a donut fan, you’ll know what I mean when I say that Duck Donuts’ donuts are good but “heavier” than the donuts I talked about above. I could only eat two of them as opposed to the lightweight donuts that practically melt in your mouth (like Krispy Kreme).

Other Great Places for Donuts

  • Dunkin’ Donuts  several locations across Cary and Morrisville
  • Krispy Kreme in Downtown Raleigh – watching them make donuts never gets old

Doughnut or Donut?

According to Grammarist, the dictionary approved spelling for these sweet treats is doughnut. The shorter version, donut, became popular in the late 20th century when Dunkin’ Donuts made popular. Donut is used fairly often though – even by Dunkin’ Donuts competitors (and by every donut shop listed in this story for that matter).

Which spelling do you prefer? What’s your favorite place for donuts?

Comment below and let me know.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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Education: Bill Fletcher October Newsletter Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:06:30 +0000 School

Wake County, NC — Thoughts for October 2015 from Bill Fletcher, Member Wake County Board of Education.

Finally! A State Budget

Pros and cons from my point of view. 70% of teachers did not get a salary increase. The House approved 2% across the board, but the Senate prevailed with a $750 bonus that does not recur nor affect retirement benefits. Support personnel including bus drivers and clerical staff received no raise. Beginning teachers now start at $35,000 (with no planned raise for the next five years).

Funding for Teaching Assistants and Driver’s Education survived the final budget cuts.

Wake Publishes School Progress Reports

Lots of different websites publish so-called school report cards.

In my humble opinion, it is a disservice to distill the teaching and learning of 600 to 3,000 students into a single letter grade. The Wake system publishes School Progress Reports which provide a more complete look at a specific school. Take a look.

Wake to Open Five Schools in 2016

Student Assignment planning is underway.

Staff will meet with community members, explain the draft plan and listen to their feedback…as demonstrated in the soon to be released Draft 2 of the 2016 phase of a multi-year growth plan.

When Choice Undercuts Good Planning?

Consider a school so crowded that it has been “capped”, i.e. no additional students may attend even if they move into the base attendance zone. Look inside that school and you may find 20% to 50% transfer students – students who transferred into this school and out of their base school.

The transferees may leave behind an under-enrolled school and trigger assignments out of the capped school in order to remove the cap. Should this dynamic be allowed to continue? What is the proper balance between planning for growth and family choice within the public schools?

It is an important question for our community to answer.

Additional Impacts of Choice

Beyond the obvious issues of family preference, there are other impacts of Choice. Most transfer requests are granted with “parent-provided transportation.” The result is a significant increase in cars in the carpool line. One unintended consequence – the state now requires about three-quarters of a mile of carpool queuing lanes on campus. Hmmm.

Raleigh Hall of Fame Inductees

This year’s inductees included Dr. Bob Bridges and Dr. John Gilbert, two significant leaders in the history and development of our public school system.

Dr. Bridges was the first black assistant superintendent of the Raleigh City Schools and, in 1981, was named the first superintendent of the consolidated Wake County Public School System.

Dr. Gilbert, a professor at NCSU, served on the Board of Education for 16 years as an advocate for voluntary integration, the system of magnet schools and assuring equity in facilities between the urban core and suburbs. Well done gentlemen!  You deserve the recognition!

Artsplosure & Bob Rankin Inducted into Raleigh HOF

Rankin taught art in the Wake schools for 26 years.

He took students and their art into public spaces in Cameron Village and Pullen Park. Eventually, the City embraced the concept. Ramkin’s  selfless commitment has grown into the weeks-long festivals of performing and fine arts our community now enjoys. Thanks Bob!

Factoid #16

More than 49,000 students (31%) do not attend their base-assigned school.

Parent Chats

Parent chats are held on the first Thursdays and on the third Mondays of each month. They are not held on holidays.

  • 1st Thursdays: 1 pm, Cary Chamber, 315 N Academy Street
  • 3rd Mondays: 11 am, Caribou Coffee shop, 109 SW Maynard

Get in Touch || Voice Mail: 919-431-7332 || Mobile: 919-880-5301


Story by Bill Fletcher, Member Wake County Board of Education. Photo by Krzysztof Pacholak.

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Cary Diwali: Saturday at Booth Amphitheatre Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:11:20 +0000 Diwali2

Cary, NC — You won’t want to miss Cary Diwali at Booth Amphitheatre this weekend. This 15-year tradition has become one of Cary’s most distinct and recognized events for a reason.

Cary Diwali – This Weekend

Fireworks, handicrafts, cuisine and beverages, henna tattoos and striking dances by talented young performers will all make up Cary Diwali this Saturday at Booth Amphitheatre.

Hum Sub, a small non-profit organization, established Cary Diwali in 2001 as a signature event. The festival has been held in Cary since its inception, but people from all over the Triangle and beyond look forward to it each year, and the now 15 year-old festival keeps growing.

What’s Diwali?

Mamta Bisarya of Hum Sub told me more about Diwali and what we can expect this weekend.

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

This year’s theme is Mahotsav a resplendent grand celebration.


A Grand Celebration

Cary Diwali attendees come from all walks of life, cultures and traditions. This is an open event for all where people can learn about Indian art, music, dance, food and traditions while witnessing both new and old generations collaborating to celebrate India.


At Diwali, you can enjoy the display of culture in forms of dance and music and experience richness of colors as you shop for ethnic clothes and colorful bangles. You can savor some of the most delectable foods from India and take home a beautiful handicraft souvenir.

Entertainment & Food

Indian Classical and folk dances will be on the main stage with vendor stands throughout the venue. You’ll be able to try foods from different regions of India and beverages like Indian chai and mango lassi. This year, Cary Diwali is featuring Kavita Krishnamurti, a renowned and talented playback singer of Bollywood, for the evening highlight performance at 6:15 pm.

Other performers will include Shurjo Bhattacharya and Ambi Subramanium, who has been performing on stage since age seven. He is a Fusion performer, an orchestral soloist and has been hailed as the “The new king of Indian classical violin” by The Times of India.



You can also enjoy many dance performances by talented kids and adults of all ages before the night concludes with roaring, brilliant and colorful fireworks at 8:30 pm.

Event Details

Cary Diwali 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015; 10 am-9 pm
Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

The event is free. Parking will be $5.



Story contributed by Mamta Bisarya. Photos from Hum Sub.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Thai Spices & Sushi in Preston Corners.

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A Look Inside White Plains Children’s Center Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:12:36 +0000 20150922_101112

Cary, NC — Nestled inside the White Plains United Methodist Church on SE Maynard Road is a special childcare center where kids of different development stages play and learn together.

White Plains Children’s Center

Recently, I took a tour of the White Plains Children’s Center (WPCC), a non-profit childcare center that prioritizes inclusion, or the creation of an environment where children of all physical and mental abilities and socio-economic or cultural backgrounds can learn play and together.

Wendy Partin, the center’s Executive Director, gave me the grand tour. Partin, who grew up in Cary, first became involved in WPCC as the parent of a child with speech delays. Soon after, she added a birth-kindergarten licensure on to her degree in Special Education to become the center’s special education coordinator and, eventually, the director.


Wendy Partin poses for a cuddly photo with one of her “kids.”

It wasn’t just Partin’s educational background that got her involved in working with students with developmental delays, though. Partin grew up watching her sister be placed in non-challenging classes because of her Attention Deficit Disorder. “She was extremely bright, but they put her in average programs, which never made sense to me,” Partin said. “I wanted to change that.”

How It Works

At WPCC, Partin is making strides as a leader and an advocate for inclusion. The little ones at White Plains are about a 50/50 mix of children who have development delays and children who are developing typically. The center, which serves children ages 1-5, is a year-long, developmental day program, meaning that childcare is provided five full days a week all year.

The majority of the children with developmental delays have down syndrome or autism. Many were born prematurely, and some have other special needs like feeding tubes. “One of the things I love most is that you can’t look in the classroom and tell who is who,” Wendy said.


You don’t realize it, but half of these children have developmental delays.

The idea is to teach children to accept differences at an early age.

“I believe that the inclusion program is even more beneficial to the children who don’t have special needs,” Partin told me. “This program is bully-proofing – stating from the start that we are all different and that is okay.”

The White Plains Children’s Center was founded by members of the church 33 years ago who, much like Partin, believed in the importance of inclusion. “This group was very forward-thinking, because the government didn’t catch on to inclusion until 1988,” Partin told me. White Plains partnered with Wake County Public Schools in 1988 to provide special education services for pre-elementary children (ages 3-5) in their program.

“We’re not a faith-based program,” Partin said. “But we’re still very much a mission of the church. They donate this space to us.”

Small Ratios & Lots of Care

Partin told me that, at White Plains, there is an emphasis on working with the kids’ families. “Yes, we’re with these children all day, but we’re just a snapshot in their lives,” Partin said. “We always take input from our families as opposed to saying that we know what’s right.”

Parents with pre-school children of any developmental level can look into the White Plains Children’s Center. Four classes are grouped by age, but family and staff will work together to determine which class is the best fit for a child with developmental delays.

Child/teacher ratios are kept low with a maximum one teacher to six children in the whole center. The younger classes operate on a 4:1 ratio. Each class has a lead teacher and two co-teachers who are all either education-certified or who possess extensive childcare experience.

Music therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other specialists visit White Plains constantly to work with children who require special services.


A relaxing room just for naps.

The center is open and bright with special additions like relaxing rooms just for napping, two playgrounds for different age groups and, most importantly, caring staff and teachers.

The day I visited, a little boy in one of the classes wasn’t feeling well. The small teacher-to-child ratio enabled one of his teachers to spend the morning giving him one-on-one attention to make sure he was okay. All of the teachers, in fact, were showing that same care for their kids.

Visit or Learn More

As a non-profit, White Plains relies on support from the community.

Girl scouts and boy scout troops have built bridges and gardens, and additional projects are always underway. You can donate to WPCC though their current fundraiser or learn about the center online or on Facebook.


The classrooms at White Plains are colorful, bright and roomy.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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Garden: Planting Bulbs for Next Spring Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:18:54 +0000 Bulbs

Cary, NC — It’s almost time to start planting spring and summer blooming bulbs. I love planting bulbs because they’re colorful, they’re fragrant and they pop-up with no work required.

Plant Bulbs in November

Here in central North Carolina, bulb planting starts in November to the beginning of December. To ensure a great display, there are just a few rules that you should follow.

The Rules

  1. Make sure the soil temperature is below 60 degrees.
  2. Buy good-quality, large bulbs, and make sure they are plump and firm – don’t worry about loose skins or small nicks, though.
  3. Choose a site with moist, well-drained soil or even sandy soil. Most bulbs need five to six hours of direct sun each day; previous years’ bulbs need eight or more.
  4. Dig each bulb hole about three times as deep as the bulb is long – five inches for small bulbs and eight inches for large bulbs.
  5. Plant the bulb tip side up.
  6. Add bulb fertilizer or bone meal to promote good root development. The bulb should not directly touch the fertilizer. Use a soil test to get the most accurate recommendation – the Ph should be in the range of 6.0 to 7.0.
  7. Plant in groups of 12 to 25 instead of in rows.
  8. Add 2-3 inches of mulch over the area to help maintain an even soil temperature.

Know that spring bulbs bloom January to May, and summer blooming bulbs bloom June to September. This will allow you to stagger your bloom cycles for the longest color displays.

Planting Tulips?

Even though tulips are one of the most popular bulbs to plant, most cultivars don’t return the following year in our state. North Carolina State University has done some studies that show most tulip cultivars are not suited for the heat here. If you want the tulips to bloom the following year you will need to make sure you follow the cultivar recommendations closely!

Resources for Bulb Planting

Mel’s Tip of the Month

The best way to tell if soil is well drained is to dig a hole one foot deep and fill it with water. If the water is gone after 8-10 hours, it is well drained.


Melody Hughes is North Carolina State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and a real estate agent at Dunlap Lilley Properties, Inc. Photo by Tom Jutte.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road in Cary.

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2015 Guide to Halloween in Cary Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:38:50 +0000 Halloween2

Cary, NC — As the air turns chilly and the evenings become darker, Cary plays host to many events that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Our Cary Guide to Halloween is the perfect companion to help you plan the best ways to celebrate fall with family and friends. 

2015 Guide to Halloween in Cary

A hauntingly fun list of corn mazes, outdoor shows, spooky films, tours, festivals and more awaits you. For your convenience, the events below are detailed in chronological order.

Pumpkins & Corn Mazes

Check out our list of pumpkin farms and corn mazes to find the best places to find pumpkins and enjoy family-oriented agritourism (hayrides, feeding animals, corn mazes and more) in Cary. We listed three farms, because each has something different to bring to the table:

  • The Upchurch Farm has the largest variety of pumpkins you can pick yourself (with a field just for tots) and a huge corn pit to play in (like ball pits but better).
  • Phillips Farms is known for its very-scary corn maze and haunted farm for adults.
  • Green Acres is known for large, advanced corn mazes with an added trivia component.

All have great pumpkins, corn mazes, animals, hayrides and activities great for little ones.

Recurring Fall Music & Shows

6-8:30 pm – Walk of Art at Waverly
at Waverly Place, corner of Tryon Road and Kildaire Farm Road
This event is free; $10 donation to sample wine.

Each Thursday in October and November, enjoy a free show and art walk as Waverly Place becomes a visual art piece with music, dance and artistic displays. Visit shops and restaurants of Waverly as you view en plein air painters, jewelry crafters and more. A $10 donation to the Kay Yow cancer fund gets you a sampling glass for wine sampling from 6-7:30 pm.

The music schedule is as follows:

  • October 8 – Dr. Bacon
  • October 15 – The Will McBride Group
  • October 22 – Four Founders
  • October 29 – Rythymicity & Outside Soul
  • November 5 – New Reveille
  • November 12 – Youma

6-9 pm – Acoustic Nights in the District
at Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville
This event is free.

Enjoy live, free outdoor music every Friday and Saturday night through October 24, 2015. Local musicians will play from 6-9 pm on the stage in front of the movie theater.

The music schedule is as follows:

  • October 9 – Garth Robertson
  • October 10 – Tony Barnes
  • October 16 – Erin Mason
  • October 17 – Garland Mason
  • October 23 – Garth Robertson
  • October 24 – Nick Driver

Saturday, October 10, 2015

11 am-2 pm – Fall Family Fun Day
at Parkside Town Commons, 7119 O’Kelly Chapel Road, Cary
This event is free.

Near Five Guys and Brixx, there will be a free pumpkin patch for kids 10 & under, a pumpkin decoration station, bounce houses, face painting, costumed characters, games, prizes, crafts and Cary safety vehicles. Look out for great offers from stores and restaurants, too.

Thursday, October 22 – Saturday, October 24, 2015

6-10 pm – Reel-ly Scary Cary Film Series
at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Tickets are $10 on etix. 12 and under free.

The majestic trees and winding paths at Booth Amphitheatre are transformed into the perfect setting for spine-tingling chills. Patrons will thrill to some of the most scary movie classics on the big screen while moonlight and fright set the stage for a haunted house.

The price includes the movie and one visit through the haunted house. Additional visits are $2 each. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are permitted. No alcohol is permitted. Venue food and beverage stands will also be open and selling an assortment of beer, wine and snacks.

Movie Schedule (movies start at 7:30 pm):

  • October 22 – The Ring (2002) PG-13
  • October 23 – ParaNorman (2012) PG
  • October 24 – Frenzy (1971) R

Saturday, October 24, 2015

1-2:30 pm – Costume Dance Party (ages 5-12)
at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary
This event is free.

Dress up in your favorite costume for this dance party with light refreshments, an art activity, dancing and costume awards. Kids must have a caregiver with them.

2-6 pm – Downtown Harvest Festival
in Downtown Cary
Adults are free; $2 for kids ages 2 & up

The Heart of Cary Association’s annual event is an afternoon of fall fun with carnival games, corn hole, bounce houses, food and entertainment. Costumes are welcome.

2-8 pm – Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
in front of the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham Street, Cary
This event is free unless you buy a pumpkin.

Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch or bring your own to carve at various carving stations. Watch a carving instructional at 3 pm and 5 pm. Pumpkins will be lit for display at 5:30 pm and judged in a variety of categories. Halloween TV specials start outdoors at 6:45 pm.

2:30-3:30 pm – Haunted Carolina
at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary
This event is free.

Explore ghosts & haunts of North Carolina this month! Ghost-hunters and scientific explorers of the paranormal & occult Curt House from Triangle Paranormal Investigations will be visiting West Regional Library to talk about the spooky side of our state.

4-10 pm – Trick-or-Treat the Trail
at the Morrisville Community Park Fields
This event is free.

Come trick or treat from 4-7 pm on the safe and friendly 1/4 mile paved Hatcher Creek Trail. Collect goodies from costumed characters, play on the bounce houses or grab a bite to eat from local food trucks. Don’t forget to wear your costumes. Following the trail, see the family friendly movie “Hotel Transylvania” (PG) on baseball field #1 (weather permitting).

6:30-9 pm – Herbert’s Haunted House
at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Avenue, Cary
Admission is $1 a person.

The Cary Teen Council will take you on a spooky walk through their house of horrors. All ages are welcome but parental discretion is advised.

7-9 pm – Haunted Tales of Yester-Year
at the Page-Walker Hotel, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary
Tickets are $17 on etix. Seating is limited.

Spooky stories, ghostly legends and mystery dramatized by the Cary Players will send a chill up your spine! Experience macabre scenes performed in the historic rooms of the 1868 Page-Walker and enjoy apple cider and tasty autumn treats during intermission.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

3-4:30 pm – Halloween Terrariums
at Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary
Starting at $25.

Get ready to create a spooky Halloween terrarium using a container from your home or one selected from the store. Instruction and building materials such as gravel, activated charcoal, moss and dirt will be supplied. Plants, containers and spooky accessories are extra.

5-7 pm – Trunk-or-Treating
at Woodhaven Baptist Church, 4000 Kildaire Farm Road, Apex
This event is free.

The entire community is invited to the church’s fall festival. On the agenda is a free hot dog supper, festival games and trunk-or-treating from 6:30-7 pm.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

4-8 pm – Trick-or-Treat & Movie
at Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville
This event is free.

A fun-filled, safe trick-or-treat will run from 4-6 pm at Park West. Afterwards, bring your blankets and chairs to the green space in front of the movie theater for a free outdoor screening of a Halloween movie. There will be free cotton candy, a bounce house and popcorn.

Friday, October 30, 2015

2-4 pm – Witches Tea (55+)
at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary
Register in advance for $10.

Adults over 55 can enjoy a costume and tea party with friends. Reserve your spot by October 23 using course code 85546 at

7:30-9 pm – All Hallows Eve Eve
at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary
This event is free.

It’s the evening before Halloween – All Hallows Eve Eve – and the Cary Town Band will musically celebrate the waning of October and the Celtic New Year.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

9 am-1 pm – Trick-or-Treat at Waverly
corner of Tryon Road and Kildaire Farm Road
This event is free.

The 4th annual Halloween Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treat at Waverly Place starts on the Promenade with pumpkin painting and games followed by a fall fashion show and costume contest. It follows with one hour of trick-or-treating around Waverly Place.

3-5 pm – Halloween Boo-Fest
Crossroads Plaza in Cary
This event is free.

The annual Boo-Fest is filled with kid-safe family fun. Meet Princess Elsa, Spiderman and a Stormtrooper. Trick-or-treat at 60 plus stores with pedestrian-friendly, well-lit sidewalks and enjoy Halloween entertainment including face painting and balloon animals.

6-8 pm – Safe-N-Sane (Indoor Trick-or-Treating)
at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut Street, Cary
This event is free.

Regardless of the weather, dress in your coolest costume and join the mall for some indoor Halloween fun. Trick-or-Treat around the mall and enjoy storytelling and sing-alongs.

7:30-9 pm – Nosferatu & Chamber Music
at The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham Street, Cary
Tickets are $13-$15 on etix.

Nosferatu is a 1922 silent film and adaptation of Dracula. To celebrate Halloween, come and watch the creepy film accompanied by live chamber music by the Mallarme Chamber Players.

9 pm-onward – Annual Halloween Party
at Rally Point Sport Grill, 1837 N. Harrison Ave., Cary
Admission is free.

At this party, live music by Sanity Station starts at 9 pm. Costumes are highly encouraged, prizes will be given away throughout the night and the bar will introduce a new RallyPoint Selfie Booth. Folks from Miller Lite will be out with freebies as well.

Other Halloween Events in Cary?

If we missed your favorite Halloween event, leave a comment below.


Story from staff reports. Photo by shuttermonkey.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Great Harvest Bread Company, the Heart of Cary Association’s Downtown Harvest Festival, events at Waverly Place and RallyPoint Sport Grill

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Weekend: Beer, Wine & Cary Diwali Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:36:37 +0000 Diwali

Cary, NC — Let’s hope this weekend is sunny, because Cary Diwali, several beer and wine events, a skating competition, a couple shows and more are all on the calendar.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Cary Woman’s Club will meet at 9:30 am at the Page-Walker in Downtown Cary. This week, a guest speaker from Relay Foods, a food service and home delivery company, will speak. All women in the Cary, Apex, Morrisville, and Western Wake County areas are invited.

Musician Mark Wells will perform at Live at Lunch this week – see him (and try some local restaurants) in Downtown Cary from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in front of Fidelity Bank.

Try a Wine Walk at Waverly – it’s a new, weekly event that benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund on Thursdays from 6-8:30 pm until November 12, 2015. Shop and explore Waverly Place while sampling wonderful wines during an art walk. You will receive a tasting glass with a $10 donation at the Kay Yow table. Sampling will be available from 6-7:30 pm during the event.

Here’s another neat wine event at 6:30 pm – a South African Wine Social at Dean’s Seafood in Cary. Try three wines paired with hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Every Friday morning in October, join Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Road for 9:30 am Coffee & Gardening – a new topic will be discussed each week, and the fee to participate is only $5. This week, you’ll learn how to “give your entrance a pop.”

Stop by Godbold Park to see  Sk8-Cary competitions from noon-10 pm today and Saturday.

Join Rally Point for live music, food and beer and raffle prizes. It’s a party to celebrate the launch of BrewPublik, a new craft-beer delivery service.

Acoustic Nights in the District take place every Friday and Saturday until October 24 at Park West Village. Live music is from 6-9 pm in front of the movie theater.

Enjoy two shows in Downtown Cary tonight – the Triangle Brass Band will play at 8 pm at the Cary Arts Center (tickets $10) and a bluegrass trio, Jon Shain, Joe Newberry & Laurelyn Dossettwill, will also play at 8 pm inside The Cary Theater (tickets $20).

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Harvest Church of Cary is hosting a big Community Yard Sale from 8 am-1 pm.

Feeling a 5K today? Choose from the Live Fearless 5K at Prestonwood Country Club (8-11 am) or Second Chance Pet Adoptions’ Furry 5K (9 am-noon) at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Cary’s Fall Litter Sweep was re-scheduled for today. Shifts throughout town run all day.

Enjoy Indian cultural dance, music and theater, handicrafts, food and more at Cary Diwali, India’s largest and most important celebration. This event lasts all day, from 10 am-9 pm, at Booth Amphitheatre. Admission is free, but you’ll need to pay $5 for parking.

In conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, the Town of Cary’s Fire Department invites the community to participate in Safety Town in Park West Village from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday. There will be educational play areas, food and talks from fireman and town staff.

Parkside Town Commons’ Fall Family Fun Day is from 11 am-2 pm today. Check CaryCitizens 2015 Guide to Halloween for even more spook-tacular events.

Join The Cary Theater for a special fashion event from 7-10 pm. First, enjoy a talk from Justin LeBlanc, a professor and fashion designer who was born deaf. Then, at 8:15, enjoy a screening of the film Dior & I, Rated R, which brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the pressure of the industry.

The Carolina RailHawks will take on Jacksonville at 7:30 pm at WakeMed Soccer Park.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Downtown Cary Food & Flea is this weekend from noon-4 pm at Ashworth Village in Downtown Cary. You’ll find local craft beer, food trucks, artist works, music and more.

Don’t miss the Paint the Page! Reception at Page-Walker at 3 pm on Sunday to view the artwork of Cary teens and enjoy light refreshments.

Take a 3 pm Fall Container Gardening class at Garden Supply Company for $20. After class, staff will help you select plants that will make your container shine. Bring a container from home or select one there. Fee includes instruction, design assistance and soil.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

Country star LeAnn Rimes will perform at the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8 pm. Tickets start at $37.

The 2nd Friday Artwalk takes place in Carrboro and Chapel Hill from 6-9 pm on the second Friday of every month – which means it’s this Friday, October 9, 2015. It’s a great opportunity to explore the many arts venues and businesses in both towns as well as socialize with other art lovers in the community. Many of the galleries will have live music and entertainment.

Buy tickets online for the 30th International Festival of Raleigh, in Downtown Raleigh all weekend. Over 62 countries and cultural groups will be represented along with international foods and beer, two stages with non-stop performances, acrobats, bazaars, a children’s corner, dance competitions, kids’ talent shows, art contests, a folkloric fashion show and more.


The calendar of events is edited by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Hum Sub.

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Cary Election Results 2015 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 02:22:14 +0000 cary-election-results-2015

Cary, NC — Wake County Board of Elections has released preliminary results for Cary’s municipal elections.

Cary Election Results 2015

Three incumbents have been returned to Cary Town Council, according to unofficial results from Wake County Board of Elections.

Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and At-Large Council Member Lori Bush ran unopposed and garnered 95.29% and 95.67% of the votes cast respectively.

Don Frantz, the incumbent in District B, bested a field of two challengers with 60.16%.

In District D, the Council seat had been vacated by Gale Adcock who left to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly. Ken George received the most votes for this district (42.23%) in a crowded field of four. Maria Cervania, who followed him with 28% of votes, is asking for a runoff.

In Cary, if a candidate receives more than 50% of votes, he or she wins. In this election, George’s shortfall to that 50% enabled Cervania, his runner-up, to request a runoff election.

Runoff for District D

Voters who live in District D will vote in the runoff election on November 3, 2015. Early voting will be open from Wednesday, October 28 to Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Herb Young in Downtown Cary. Continue reading CaryCiitzen for updates as we near the runoff election.

Low Voter Turnout

Once again, a municipal election in an off-year (no presidential race) drew little voter interest in Wake County with only 11.01% of registered voters casting a ballot.

Get Full Results

Get the full results of Cary’s 2015 Municipal Election at Wake County Board of Elections.


Story from staff reports. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

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Money Matters: 5 Steps to Better Financial Health Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:22:35 +0000 Money Matters

Cary, NC — Nick Putnam, a Financial Advisor for First Command Financial Services, Inc., shares with us five simple steps toward better financial health.

Five Steps to Better Financial Health

Have you checked on your financial health lately? If you’re like many Americans, you’ve discovered that your finances could be in better shape.

With just five simple steps, you can be on your way to a healthier financial life.

Put Your Goals on Paper

Consider your plans for the near and long-term. Whether you’d like to go back to school, start a business, purchase a home or simply boost your emergency savings, it’s worth it to write your goals down. Having a record of your goals can make them more “real” in your mind.

Track Your Spending

Keeping tabs on every dollar you make and spend is the first step toward establishing better financial health. Whether you use free online software, choose to purchase a program or even use a notebook, tracking your spending is the only way to know exactly where your money goes.

Cut Your Credit Card Debt

Credit card debt may seem like a burden that will never completely go away, but with commitment and a little know-how, you can tackle those balances.

Contact your credit card company, and ask about a reduced interest rate and about transferring other high-interest rate balances to a lower-interest card. Then, make more than the minimum payment each month – as much as you can – and make sure your payments arrive on time. Your credit card company could charge high fees for being even a day or two late.

Save, Save, Save

If you don’t participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan or a plan for the self-employed, now may be the time to start.

Contribute at least enough to earn an employer match, if one is offered. Take a look at your emergency savings – this is the cash you keep on hand for unexpected expenses, whether that is a car repair, plumbing emergency or something similar. Set aside a small percentage of each paycheck to boost this account if you’ve had to dip into it in the past.

Trim Your Miscellaneous Expenses

In addition to mortgage or rent, insurance, groceries and utilities, you’ve probably got expenses that don’t really fit nicely into one group. These miscellaneous expenses – eating out, gifts, clothes and entertainment – can really add up. Make a commitment to cut 10, 20 or even 30 percent from your miscellaneous category and you’ll be on your way toward big savings.

Simple Adjustments Help

Just as we count on physicians to analyze our physical health and provide treatment when needed, we must also face our finances and take steps to improve our fiscal health. Keep in mind that the simplest adjustments can make a big impact on improving your financial life.


Story contributed by Nick Putnam, a Financial Advisor for First Command Financial Services, Inc. Lead photo by 401(K) 2012.

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Restaurant: Himalayan Nepali Cuisine Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:36:58 +0000 himalayan-nepali-cary-nc-7050

Cary, NC — A couple of weeks ago, we talked about a Salvadoran restaurant in Cary. Today, let’s turn our attention to a place that serves Himalayan Nepali cuisine.

Himalayan Nepali Cuisine in Cary

Himalayan Nepali Cuisine is, in fact, the name of the restaurant. It’s in the East Chatham shopping center in Cary and is visible from the street as you drive past.

What is Nepali cuisine, you ask? While Americans may find it similar to Indian cuisine, differences in ingredients, flavors and influences are evident.

Understanding Himalayan Nepali Food

Let’s look at a map to help understand Himalayan Nepali food.


Nepal is north of India, above Uttar Pradesh, Bihur and, to the east, Bangladesh. It is mountainous country, running from low hills to some of the world’s tallest mountains. The restaurant in Cary specializes in Nepali cuisine from the Himalayas, the most mountainous region of the nation.

Nepal has always been a cultural, commercial and ethnic corridor between East and West. The foods of northern India are the primary influences on Nepali cuisine. But Tibetan food also plays a strong role because of proximity and the similarity of climate.

Lentils, beans and cold-tolerant crops like buckwheat, barley and millet are typical in the Himalayas.

Himalayan Dishes

The restaurant in Cary offers a dish called Himalayan Dal Fry, made from black lentils and red beans cooked with spices.

You could also try Momo, steamed dumplings in the shape of a hat, a very popular Nepali dish.


The menu also features Himilayan Chai and Coffee, Himalayan Chow Chow Soup, Govi Manchrian and Nepali Tarkaki (fresh vegetables and spices).

Most of the other dishes on the menu will be familiar to patrons of the area’s many fine Indian restaurants – Chana Masala and Saag Paneer, Tandori, Tikka and Biryani. In a nod to the Chinese culinary influence, the restaurant offers several varieties of Chow Mein.

Table Service, Beer and Wine

The room is cozy, probably seating 30-40 patrons. The wait staff was friendly and efficient.

You can get beer and wine at Himalayan Nepali Cuisine. We split a big bottle of Flying Horse Lager.


The room was very pleasant – lively, but not too loud. Mercifully, just one small TV screen is playing softly in the background.

The prices are modest. We did dinner for two with the big beer and a mountain of leftovers for about $40.

In short, if you are a Cary foodie (you know who you are) or a fan of Indian cuisines, you should try Himalayan Nepali Cuisine in the East Chatham shopping center.

Himalayan Nepali Cuisine
746-A East Chatham Street
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: 919-466-0550


Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

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