CaryCitizen http://carycitizen.com Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:05:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 Holiday Gifts for The Gardener http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/2014-holiday-gifts-gardener/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/2014-holiday-gifts-gardener/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:05:49 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62595 Here are some gifts for the gardener that will give good reason to be joyful while cooped up during the dark of winter.

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Cary, NC — The yard may be laying dormant, but the gardener is planning the next season. We found some gifts that will give that special green-thumbed person reason to be joyful while cooped up inside.

2014 Holiday Gifts for The Gardener

These special gifts will extend the growing season and lay plans for Spring.

pretty ceramic cache pots coupled with a bright indoor plant will warm a gardeners heart in winter

Pretty ceramic cache pots coupled with a bright indoor plant will warm a gardener’s heart in winter

Cyclamen blooms during the winter and provides a welcome shot of color on dreary days

Cyclamen blooms during the winter and provides a welcome shot of color on dreary days

Cache Pots

When you can’t garden outdoors, bring the garden indoors. Start with some beautiful ceramic pots and add a bright winter flowering indoor plant like cyclamen to warm up the dark days of winter. The pots shown above run from $12- $20, and the cyclamen pictured is $14.

Remember not to over water! These low commitment gifts are a perfect one-size-fits-all for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The flowering plant can remain in its original pot and be switched out after the blooms fade.

Terrariums have gotten an update with fairy furniture

Terrariums have gotten an update with fairy furniture

Terrariums

Part decor and part living plant experiment, terrariums have gained popularity lately–along with the trend of “fairy gardens” that add whimsical personality. Pick a large decorative glass container, add some soil and moss, and then pick out smaller indoor plants.

To make it a fairy garden, add in miniature furnishings to create a scene that can be a pretty distraction on a living room table. For $10, the Garden Supply Company can help you put it all together, practically guaranteeing your success.

Nannodome makes a neat system for indoor growing

Nanodome makes a neat system for indoor growing

Germinating

Many gardeners set up seeds to germinate indoors during the winter months so that they can be planted outdoors after the last frost in prepared raised beds. For that special someone, there are an array of tools that take the guess-work out of indoor growing.

Because the winter can create dimly lit, drafty spaces that may be cool at night, it is often difficult to germinate seeds successfully. With the following growing tools, the gardener can have well established seedlings ready in time for spring.

This mat ensures even temperatures when seeds are germinating.

This mat ensures even temperatures when seeds are germinating.

The Seedling Heat Mat keeps temperatures optimally warm for $99.99.

Plants need quality light. A quality grow light can run at about $50 and can be attached to a frame that hovers above your growing area. Starter kits with a stand, growing tray and light run at about $60 from the Nanodome company.

Indoor Growing- Hydroponics

If you want to grow lettuce or other greens indoors year-round, a hydroponic system makes the process easy, not messy.

This tray includes a soil-less growing medium, and you have the option of adding fertilizer. Again, an indoor grow light is required to ensure that the plants receive the sufficient number of quality light hours, which won’t be possible indoors during the winter.

Pictured here are some lettuce and parsley plants for that winter salad.

Hydroponic growing goes mainstream with this system for indoor soil-less growing

Hydroponic growing goes mainstream with this system for indoor soil-less growing

Watering Tool

The Plant Nanny is a globe that you fill with water, invert, and place in a potted plant’s soil. It is both decorative and functional. Whether you travel often or are just forgetful, this handy tool can keep the plants watered indoors and out. There are two sizes: the 12 oz small is $22, and the large 24 oz runs at $33.

The plant Nanny waters your plants while you are away

The plant Nanny waters your plants while you are away

Treat a Friend–Or Yourself

Any of these innovative gardening tools would be welcome gifts to the gardener. Maybe you will purchase them for yourself with your “Christmas money.”  Either way, let us know of any other tools that you have seen that would be welcome gifts in your gardening arsenal.

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Recipes: Apples and Cranberries http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/recipes-apples-cranberries/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/recipes-apples-cranberries/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:13:39 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62509 This is the second in our series of Thanksgiving 2014 Recipes. Today's installment focuses on recipes you can make with help from the kids.

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Cary, NC — This is the second in our series of Thanksgiving 2014 Recipes. Today’s installment focuses on recipes you can make with help from the kids.

3 Days of Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanks to The Matthews House of Cary, who shared their recipes with us, you can try something new this year.  The ingredients for today’s recipes are items you may already have on hand, and the preparation is simple and straight forward.

If you have school-aged children, you can keep them busy helping in the kitchen peeling apples, stirring a pot, and mixing ingredients together. They will be proud they had a hand in helping put the feast together.

Simple Spiced Cranberry Sauce

I generally make the simplest cranberry sauce recipe there is. You know, the one printed on the bag of cranberries. My family prefers whole berry sauce, and while it’s better than the stuff that comes out of a can, our standard lacks imagination.

I plan to try this recipe, which uses maple syrup in place of all the sugar and adds the kick of a fresh orange. The prep time is the same as my current recipe, and I have all the ingredients in my pantry already. It may become a new family staple at our holiday table.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups raw cranberries
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • Juice from one orange
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Rinse and clean berries well. Transfer to a large saucepan.
  2. Add the syrup, orange juice, spices, and ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
  3. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and boil gently until the berries pop, about 10 minutes

Chill for 1 hour before serving

Apple Crisp

Are you nervous about your pie making skills? Haven’t rolled out a crust since last year’s disastrous pumpkin pie? Why not try a crisp that is so simple that the kids can help assemble it? You can make it the night before. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream when you serve it, and everyone will be happy.

Filling:

  • 3 medium apples
  • 3/4 t nutmeg
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 c sugar

Topping:

  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c butter

Directions:

  1. Place the apples in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Mix the sugar and spices.
  3. Sprinkle over the apples.
  4. Mix the topping. Crumble over apples.
  5. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.
  6. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Movie Review: Dumb & Dumber 2 http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/movie-review-dumb-dumber-2/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/20/movie-review-dumb-dumber-2/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:37:41 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62479 Dumb and Dumber 2 would never be as good as the first film, but it still made me laugh, and I was grateful to take another trip with these goofballs.

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Cary, NC — It took two decades, but the sequel to Dumb and Dumber has finally arrived. It’s a rarity for any sequel to ever live up to its predecessor, but even more so for comedy. So while it was a foregone conclusion that Dumb and Dumber To would never be as good as the first film, it still made me laugh throughout, and I was more than grateful to take another trip with these goofballs.

Dumber 2: Not Just a Cash Grab

I was 8 years old in 1994, the year Jim Carrey broke out with Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask. So it’s safe to say that I grew up adoring the man. The last few years haven’t been as successful for Carrey, but even with a few duds (and also a few great smaller films like I Love You, Phillip Morris), I still can’t help but love the comedian. I find myself hopeful anytime he returns to comedy.

Sure, it might seem like an easy cash grab to do a sequel to one of your most successful films–especially when you need a hit. But with the original duo and with returning writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Dumb and Dumber To seems to come from a genuine interest in returning to these characters, which helps keep the movie from feeling like everyone was just trying to catch a quick and easy payday.

Carrey And Daniels Still Just As Funny

Of course, it helps that the movie is also pretty funny. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels slip back into their roles as Lloyd and Harry like no time passed whatsoever. Like in the original, Carrey’s rubber faced persona earns most of the big laughs, and I must admit that it was especially joyful to see one of my favorite comedic actors be so silly again.

But I’m most impressed with Jeff Daniels. Daniels’ career post Dumb and Dumber has mostly been filled with strong dramatic work with projects like The Newsroom and George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. Obviously, it’s not surprising that Daniels can be funny, but here he just seems so eager to do anything for a laugh, whether it’s rolling down a hill or showing more of his butt crack than anyone wants to see. It’s an absurd performance from a great actor.

Familiar Jokes

Even with the nostalgia factor, it’s hard to deny that for every joke that lands in Dumb and Dumber To, there’s at least one or two that doesn’t–a worse average than its predecessor. Part of the problem, I think, is that the original seemed to take place in the real world. A lot of the comedy from the first film came from how normal, everyday people reacted to these two real life cartoon characters. In the sequel, though, everyone seems to be just as dumb as the lead characters, which takes a lot of the fun out of things.

There’s also an over-reliance on jokes from the first movie, which is one of the most common mistakes of comedy sequels. It’s especially annoying since earlier this year another comedy sequel, 22 Jump Street, brilliantly made fun of other comedy sequels for being too scared to stray from a proven formula.

Worth Seeing As Long As You Liked Original

Still, I found myself laughing during Dumb and Dumber To more often than not. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still make for a good team, and while the movie couldn’t top its predecessor, it felt good to be laughing at these two guys again. If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll find plenty to like here.

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Weekend: Tar Heel Tales, Tree Lighting, and Concerts Galore! http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/19/weekend-tar-heel-tales-tree-lighting-concerts-galore/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/19/weekend-tar-heel-tales-tree-lighting-concerts-galore/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:03:28 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62640 There are a few great events this weekend in Cary that are not to be missed, including a Christmas tree lighting and several concerts--such as Ellis Paul's Cary debut!

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Cary, NC — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the CaryCitizen Calendar isn’t quite as full as usual. Still, there are a few great events this weekend in Cary that are not to be missed, including a Christmas tree lighting and several concerts–such as Ellis Paul’s Cary debut!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Six original short plays and music performances will be at The Cary Theater this weekend on both Friday (7:30 pm) and Saturday (2 and 7:30 pm). Tickets for these Tar Heel Tales are $15 and are available for purchase through etix.

Don’t miss the Waverly Place Tree Lighting at 6 pm on Friday. Be sure to check out CaryCitizen’s 2014 Holiday Event Guide for a complete list of holiday happenings in Cary.

There will also be a Neuse Riverkeeper Benefit Concert at Rally Point Sport Grill from 8-10 pm. The concert, featuring the acclaimed Pierce Pettis, is free, but anyone who makes a donation will be entered into a raffle drawing.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Triangle Youth String Orchestras will be holding a children’s concert from 3-4 pm at the Cary Arts Center. Learn about string orchestra music by seeing young people talk about and play the music they love.

The Cary Invasion, Cary’s minor league basketball team, will be playing against the Raleigh Revolt at Herb Young Community Center from 7-9 pm on Saturday. Gates open at 6 pm, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Ellis Paulfamous folk singer/songwriter, will be performing at the Cary Arts Center from 8-9 pm. Don’t forget to also check out his Songwriting Workshop, held before the show at 1 pm. Tickets for both events can be purchased online.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

Educational fun awaits at the 19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, held on Saturday from 11 am-4 pm at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. There will be artists, dancers, performers, crafts, activities, and more–all free.

The museum is also opening a new exhibit called Starring North Carolina! The exhibit, which opens on Saturday, is the first major exhibition about North Carolina’s role in the film industry.

A Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk will take place in Durham from 7:30-9 pm on Saturday. The family-friendly 1.5 mile walking tour is for adults and children 8+, and it will combine local ghost stories, folklore, and local history at seven different ghost and paranormal sites. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

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Story by Jessica Patrick. The Calendar of Events is edited by Lindsey Chester.

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CaryCitizen Weekend Update is sponsored in part by Thai Spices & Sushi, located in Preston Corners.

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2 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/19/2-thanksgiving-side-dishes-recipes/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/19/2-thanksgiving-side-dishes-recipes/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:07:31 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62502 This year, we have a few new and interesting Thanksgiving recipes to share from our good friends at The Matthews House.

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Cary, NC — With Thanksgiving just around the corner (next week!), we’ll be publishing three days of Thanksgiving recipes, courtesy of The Matthews House in Cary, that are twists on tradition. Today, we cover two recipes for side dishes – Harvest Butternut Squash Soup and Pomegranate Apple Kale Salad.

Recipe: Harvest Butternut Squash Soup

With the cold weather we are experiencing, wouldn’t it be nice to start off with a hearty soup? This soup will bring the taste of fall into your home and will be great as a light starter. Make the soup the night before so that all you need to do when guests arrive is heat it up and ladle it into bowls.

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 2 ea Granny Smith Apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 T Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt for final finish

Directions:

  1. Saute onions and apples in the butter until soft. Add squash, chicken stock, water and oldbay seasoning
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer
  3. When squash is soft, remove soup from heat and let cool to room temperature
  4. When soup is cooled, place in blender or food processor and puree
  5. Return soup to a pot and add heavy cream. Heat slowly until hot and salt or additional oldbay to taste. Bring to a low boil and serve.

Recipe: Pomegranate-Apple Kale Salad

My daughters love pomegranates, which are plentiful in area supermarkets starting in the late fall. I’m not sure if they will eat the kale, but I know that it is chock full of vitamins. This light salad is a good prelude to the heavy, starchy dishes that make up most Thanksgiving meals.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pecans
  • 8 ounces kale (1 large bunch)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 medium Fuji apple
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Toss pecans with olive oil and sea salt. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread the pecans on a baking tray. Toast them until lightly golden and fragrant, about 5 to 10 minutes, tossing them once or twice to make sure they bake evenly. Remove the tray from the oven and set them aside to cool.
  2. Rinse the kale and sprinkle with sea salt and massage the leaves. Slice kale into ribbons (with or without stems).
  3. Transfer to a large salad bowl, and top with coarsely chopped pecans, sliced apple, and pomegranate seeds. Crumble the goat cheese over top.
  4. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey, and salt and pepper. Pour over the salad, and toss until evenly coated.

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Win $10,000 in Morrisville Chamber Raffle http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/19/win-10000-morrisville-chamber-raffle/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/19/win-10000-morrisville-chamber-raffle/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:23:15 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62436 Who couldn't use some extra cash this time of year? Buy a reverse raffle ticket from the Morrisville Chamber and you could win $10,000!

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Morrisville, NC — Who couldn’t use some extra cash this time of year? Buy a reverse raffle ticket from the Morrisville Chamber and you could win $10,000!

The Raffle

Every year the raffle winner is chosen at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday party, which takes place this year on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Chef’s Academy. Raffle tickets cost $100 a piece and only 300 are for sale. Pretty good odds, I’d say!

The Great Recession was a game changer for many businesses and organizations, and the Morrisville Chamber felt that its role should be broader than just serving the dues-paying members of the organization. So, in 2013, the Chamber launched the Morrisville Innovation Foundation to accomplish its community-focused mission. The foundation’s goals include:
  • Growing community leaders with Leadership Morrisville
  • Fostering entrepreneurship with Morrisville Start Up
  • Creating a sense of place with the East Meets West festival
  • Attracting jobs and investment through economic development marketing

Proceeds from the Reverse Raffle go to support the Morrisville Innovation Foundation, and the raffle is considered a charitable contribution.

Buy your ticket.

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2014 Cary Holiday Event Guide http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/18/2014-cary-holiday-event-guide/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/18/2014-cary-holiday-event-guide/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:06:44 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62107 It's great to stay in and snuggle by the fireplace, but be sure to check out these holiday events happening in Cary throughout November and December.

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Cary, NC — It’s great to stay in and snuggle by the fireplace, but be sure to check out these holiday events happening in Cary throughout November and December.

2014 Cary Holiday Event Guide

Our 2014 Cary Holiday Guide lists Cary holiday happenings by date so that you can follow along and have your choice of celebrations throughout the whole season.

This year, the festivities start early–before Thanksgiving, in fact!

Friday, November 21

Waverly Place Tree Lighting 
6-8:30 pm at Waverly Place

Witness the lighting of the Waverly Place Christmas tree and so much more. In addition to Waverly’s usual dining and shopping amenities, this event will feature a toy drive, live music, and a visit with Santa and his elves.

Monday, November 24

Letters to Santa: Santa’s Mailbox
Town Hall through December 12

Starting today, children can drop off their letters to Santa at Cary Town Hall to receive a letter back from the jolly ole’ guy himself. Just be sure to drop them off by the December 12 deadline–Santa gets busier and busier as Christmas approaches. Call (919) 469-4061 for more info

Wednesday, December 3

The Gifting Tree Project: Decorating Day
1-4 pm, Academy Street, Downtown Cary

Local families, businesses, and groups are encouraged to apply to participate in this charitable decorating contest by November 26. For a $25 entry fee, groups will get their own tree to decorate. The trees will be displayed downtown all season, and a donation will be made to the charity of the winner’s choice. Call (919) 469-4061 for more info

Thursday, December 4

Meet the Grinch
4 pm at Barnes & Noble of Cary

The Grinch himself, in full makeup, will be at the bookstore to visit with kids tell them a classic tale about how to be extra good in the weeks before Christmas.

It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play
7:30 pm marks the first night of performances by the Cary Players
The Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue

The Cary Players will perform this beloved holiday classic as a live 1940s radio broadcast through December 8. Additional showtimes: Dec 5 at 7:30 pm, Dec 6 at 3 and 8 pm, Dec 7 at 3 pm, and Dec 8 at 7:30 pm

Friday, December 5

Buon Natale! Italian Holiday Feast
6:30-8:30 pm at Whisk in Waverly Place

This class celebrates the culinary traditions, customs and rituals practiced by Italians during the Christmas holidays. A fun and romantic date night dinner will be paired with Italian wines. The class is $69; Register online and view their other holiday events.

Arbolito de la Esperanza: Tree of Hope Lighting 
6:30 pm at the Herb Young Community Center

Come experience the lighting of the Arborio, which represents rays of hope for Latino children. Afterward, enjoy a pot-luck dinner with typical Latino foods. Visit www.diamanteinc.org or call (919) 460-4963 for more information.

Holiday Tree Lighting
6:30 pm at Morrisville Town Hall

Start the season with a celebration of holiday spirit! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at Town Hall as a children’s choir performs, all before the main feature–the lighting of the tree.

Saturday, December 6

Heart of the Holidays 4th Annual Gingerbread House Competition
Individuals of all ages can enter this competition by November 26 to have their house included in the December 6 judging. Winners will be on display at The Cary Arts Center throughout December. (919) 469-4061

Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at Garden Supply Co.
9-10 am, 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary

Enjoy a light breakfast as Mrs. Claus reads some of her favorite stories. Stay for a while and learn all about birds (10 am) and make a bird feeder for your home. Register for these events by calling (919) 460-7747. The event repeats at the same time on the next two Saturdays.

Holiday Shoppe at Cary Academy Campus
10 am-4 pm, 1500 N Harrison Avenue

Shop till you drop with creative gifts, specialty items, and delicious foods from over 100 vendors. Purchases benefit the academy’s scholarship programs and community outreach.

Santa’s Workshop at Herb Young (10 and under)
10 am-12:30 pm at Herbert C. Young Community Center

Cary Teen Council’s holiday celebration will include craft stations, visits with Santa, and a canned food drive.

Ole Time Winter Festival by the Heart of Cary
10 am-4 pm, Downtown Cary

Citizens can enjoy arts and crafts, entertainment, food, activities, Santa visits, and more.

A Christmas Carol at Graceful Expressions Dance

3:30 and 4:15 at Graceful Expressions Dance Studio in Chocolate Smiles Village

Drop by Graceful Expressions after the winter festival to enjoy hot cider and crafts while watching A Christmas Carol performances.

Morrisville Christmas Parade and Craft Fair
11 am-2 pm along Town Hall Drive

After the parade, Cedar Fork Community Center will be turned into a Holiday Craft Fair winter wonderland from 12- 2 pm, where local vendors will showcase their goods for purchase and Santa will be present for photo opportunities! Popular area food trucks will be present in the parking lot to provide their delicious, specialty cuisine for purchase.

Page-Walker Holiday Open House
4-6 pm at Page-Walker Arts and History Center

Old-fashioned Christmas fun awaits! Take a tour through the decorated 1868 historic hotel and learn about Victorian holiday traditions while listening to carols.

Holiday Films at The Cary Theater

122 East Chatham St, Downtown Cary, Call for more info (919) 469-4061

The Muppets Christmas Carol: 10 am
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 7:30 and 9:30 pm

Official Town of Cary Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 pm at Town Hall Campus

Bring a blanket and your loved ones to welcome the season with live entertainment and the lighting of the beautiful 30-foot cedar tree.

Sunday, December 7

Cary Community Choir presents Handel’s Messiah
7:30 p.m. at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church

Come and enjoy the Hallelujah Tradition! Visit the choir website for more information. The event is free, but a freewill offering will be taken at the door.

Tuesday, December 9

Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle (RTOOT)
7:30 at the Cary Arts Center

Thursday, December 11

RTP General Assembly Chorus presents Songs of the Season
7:30 pm at the Cary Arts Center

Enjoy a collection of your favorite holiday music featuring the 2014 Carolinas District Quartet Champion, and from Winston Salem, the female a cappella ensemble Downtown Sound. Tickets are $10-$15 and can be purchased at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849).

Friday, December 12

Holiday Potluck Celebration (ages 55+)
11:30 am-2 pm at the Cary Senior Center

A potluck lunch, fellowship, and special entertainment await you. Bring a dish to share and a wrapped gift for the exchange! For more information, call (919) 469-4081.

Magical Winter Lights at Park West Village
Nightly shows start at 6-8 pm at Park West Village Shopping Center

Shows will run nightly every 15 minutes with real falling snow! On the weekends there will be free train rides, carolers, hot chocolate, and story time with Santa in the theatre lobby. Nightly shows run until December 21.

Outdoor Christmas Party at Mosaic Church
6-9 pm at Mosaic Church of Cary

Sledding, bounce houses, homemade desserts, and 5 tons of snow await you at this free event for the entire community.

Triangle Wind Ensemble presents “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
7:30-8:30 pm at the Cary Arts Center

TWE’s annual winter concert includes both traditional and up-to-date music to brighten spirits and warm hearts during the holiday season. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. For more, visit the website.

Cary Town Band presents “Winterfest”
7:30-8:30 pm at the Cary Senior Center

Enjoy this free sixth annual musical celebration of the holiday season. There’ll be carol sing-alongs and music to celebrate your favorite holiday festivities–Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, and of course, a “Sleigh Ride.”

Saturday, December 13

Concert Singers of Cary present Holiday Pops
1-2 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at the Cary Arts Center

Nurture your holiday spirit with an afternoon of your favorite tunes, both new and old. Tickets are $20 for adults and students of all ages are free.

Cary Christmas Parade sponsored by the Cary Jaycees
2-3 pm in Downtown Cary

The joyful celebration starts on Chatham Street and moves through Cary with bands, mascots, local businesses, community groups, and churches.

The Nutcracker presented by International Ballet Academy
2 pm and 7 pm at Cary Academy

This annual show will feature excerpts from the beloved ballet The Nutcracker, thrilling audiences of all ages. From the littlest angels to the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancers will add a magical touch to your holiday season. Tickets range from $10-$15, call the IBA at (919) 303-7200 to reserve.

Sunday, December 14

Raleigh Boy Choir’s Winter Concert
4-6 pm at Page-Walker Arts & History Center

Choir members, ages 7 to 14, will bring you an afternoon of wonderful chorale music. Presented by the Friends of Page-Walker.

Rally Point Christmas Party
7-11 pm at Rally Point Sport Grill, 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary

Join the fun and enjoy great food at Rally Point’s Christmas Party–and remember that the grill will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas days for those whose prefer to dine out on the holidays.

Friday, December 19

A Very Cary Christmas presented by Cary Ballet
7-8 pm at the Cary Arts Center

Cary Ballet Company and The 3D Project combine to give a night of holiday dance performances. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. These can be purchased through etix, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or at the Cary Arts Center Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Additional shows:
Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 20

A Mini Very Cary Christmas presented by the Town of Cary
10 am at the Cary Arts Center

This one hour show includes a ballet demonstration and excerpts from the show. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through etix or at the Cary Arts Center box office.

Monday, December 22

Jewish Cultural Festival- presented by the Town of Cary
4:40-9:00 pm at the Cary Arts Center

The Town of Cary celebrates Hanukkah on the 7th night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us on the 7th night of Hanukkah to celebrate Jewish culture in Cary! Enjoy traditional Jewish foods, crafts, hands-on activities for the whole family, entertainment, and educational programs. The event kicks off with the lighting of a nine-foot menorah! For more call (919) 460-4963.

Tuesday, December 30

Cary Kwanzaa Celebration
11 am-5 pm at the Cary Arts Center

Cary Kwanzaa is a free, communal, cultural celebration that honors African- American people and their heritage. During Kwanzaa, guests are invited to ponder the Nguzu Saba, or seven powerful principles derived from African heritage. Co-sponsored by The Ujima Group, Inc. and the Town of Cary.

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Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Deb West.

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Holiday coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Waverly Place, Heart of Cary Association, RallyPoint Sport Grill, Cary Ballet Conservatory and Blue Sky Pilates.

 

Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle’s Holiday concert? Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30pm at the Cary Arts Center

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Harold’s Blog: Hearings and Discussions http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/17/harolds-blog-hearings-discussions/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/17/harolds-blog-hearings-discussions/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:15:58 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62503 The first quasi-judicial public hearing was whether to allow Wake County to develop a 321,000-square-foot high school, called Green Level High.

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Cary, NC – This week was busy despite having a day off for a town holiday.

Monday

Important Issues

Monday I met with the town manager to discuss several issues.

First, we discussed January’s retreat in Charlotte and how to keep costs low. Transportation will be provided by NCDOT Rail without cost to the town.

Next, we discussed my thoughts on whether council would appoint a replacement for Mayor Pro-Tem Adcock’s vacant seat or wait until the election next November. At this time I believe council is leaning towards waiting.

We also discussed next fall’s Lazy Daze location which might be on town hall campus and on a small portion of Academy Street. This new temporary location will be necessary since the usual location on Academy Street will be undergoing new water, sewer, and streetscape changes.

Our last topic was about Google fiber. Both of us anticipate that Google will select Cary in December since all talks are continuing and everything looks positive. If this happens, Google will hire several contractors to install the fiber throughout town with an aggressive 12 to 18 month timeframe.

This will mean a lot of dug up yards and a lot of complaints (I have actually complained in the past about my yard being dug up multiple times by communications contractors). In addition, we will need to consider hiring extra inspectors to handle the volume of permits that will be required to complete this installation. Staff is investigating all these possibilities and we will know more soon.

Boy Scout Interview

Later Monday I met with Boy Scout Addison Young who interviewed me for his Citizenship in Community Badge. He asked questions about my vision, biggest accomplishments, biggest problems, etc. We had a good talk and it lasted about 45 minutes.

Tuesday

Tuesday was Veteran’s Day which is a recognized holiday for the Town of Cary. So I was fortunate to have the night off. A big salute to all veterans who served and are serving our country. Thank God for you and all you do!

Wednesday

Time at Davis Drive Elementary

Wednesday I had the pleasure of speaking to the entire 3rd grade class at Davis Drive Elementary. Each classroom had elected mayors, and I met with them privately before meeting with the entire 3rd grade class. The toughest question I got from the mayors was, “Who is your favorite political person?”

Since I am not really a big fan of any particular political figure, that caught me by surprise. Then I remembered my good friend Gale Adcock who was just elected to the NC House. She is, by far, my favorite political figure. I spent about 15 minutes with the mayors, and then we headed to the assembly of all 3rd graders. I talked about my roles and duties and then answered a few dozen questions. It was a lot of fun, and I hope I get invited back to do this again.

Morrisville-Cary Joint Issues Committee Meeting

Wednesday night I traveled to Morrisville to participate in the Morrisville-Cary Joint Issues Committee meeting. There were several updates that included:

  • The Cary Parkway sidewalk project from the CVS to Sheldon Drive. This is in Morrisville and NCDOT approved this month. It should be under construction in March.
  • The McCrimmon Extension Project is 14.3 miles from Highway 54 to Aviation. Construction should begin in May and last until 2018. It will open up 400 acres of undeveloped land for Morrisville.
  • Morrisville’s Sports Complex will have 2 hockey rinks and will be the practice space for the Carolina Hurricanes. It will seat about 1250 people and will have volleyball and gymnastics space. It will be on 20 to 25 acres on the Morrisville Parkway Extension.
  • The Greenways from Crabtree Creek to the American Tobacco Trail is about 10 miles long and goes through sections of Morrisville and Cary. All but two Cary sections, totaling less than 3 miles, will be completed by 2017.
  • Louis Stephens Road goes through Cary, Morrisville, and Wake County jurisdictions. The incomplete part is all Morrisville or Morrisville’s ETJ. They are trying to get state funding for the remaining sections.

The meeting concluded in about an hour. The next meeting will be in Cary and held at a date to be determined in February.

Thursday

Dorcas Ministries Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thursday morning I attended the annual Thanksgiving breakfast fundraiser by Dorcas Ministries. There were over 350 people in attendance. Dorcas ministries provided assistance to over 13,000 people last year. Some of the ways they provide assistance is through their food pantry, crisis ministry, education scholarships, childcare, job training center, and park fee assistance.

Most of us are blessed in Cary, and I believe many would be shocked to find out how many are in need. So if you can find it in your hearts please help Dorcas with clothing, donations, and volunteer hours. Cary is blessed to have this organization serving people of our town and surrounding areas.

Three Quasi-judicial Hearings 

Thursday the council held three quasi-judicial hearings. Quasi-judicial hearings are for special use permits, certain subdivision and site plan applications and for certain other applications. During a quasi-judicial hearing, the Hearing Body must hold an evidentiary hearing and make its decision based on the written and oral evidence presented.

Unlike legislative decisions (like rezonings), a quasi-judicial decision must be based solely on the evidence presented and cannot be based on opinions of members of the Hearing Body. Put differently, a quasi-judicial decision is one that requires the Hearing Body to find facts and exercise discretion when applying the standards of an ordinance to a specific situation.

Green Level High School

The first quasi-judicial public hearing was whether to allow Wake County to develop a 321,000-square-foot high school, called Green Level High, with modifications to location of parking, connectivity to adjacent parcels, removal and replacement of champion trees, and architectural standards. In presentation and deliberation the council agreed on distributed parking, separate entrances for buses, staff, and students, and no connectivity to the future town park since the town hasn’t designed how to cross a stream.

The council also agreed on permitting more metal siding than brick on the back side of the school which would require less steel support structure allowing for a higher, 4 story building, with larger windows. And the council allowed the removal and replacement of 7 trees since the trees or their root systems were in the footprint of the school or in the footprint of the road. The hearing took almost an hour.

304 Townhomes

The second quasi-judicial public hearing was to approve a sketch site and subdivision plan to develop approximately 304 townhomes, 126 detached dwellings, and a private neighborhood amenity center on an approximately 100-acre assemblage of land at I-540 and Highway 55.

This was the project that was approved a couple of months ago in an area that is designated to be high intensity by the land use plan. Our discussion focused mostly on roads, and ability of these roads to allow emergency equipment. Council approved the site plan after about an hour.

Parkside Commons Railroad Crossing

The last quasi-judicial public hearing was a request by Parkside Commons to allow a modification to the traffic mitigation timing for Phase 2, specifically, the CSX Railroad crossing at O’Kelly Chapel Road. Basically, they wanted to build parcels without the at-grade crossing that is delayed because of CSX Railroad.

In deliberation staff pointed out that the current road mitigations were performing much better than expected and that these additional parcels would not create an issue. Council approved this request after about 30 minutes.

Saturday

Saturday morning was spent visiting a former first lady of Cary who is recovering from surgery.

Saturday evening I was the chief guest at the Heritage India Association of NC’s children’s day. I gave remarks and was privileged to see a few performances. Our children are the leaders of tomorrow and it is very important that they are involved in events like this so that they can build leadership skills, confidence, and the ability to socialize. I hope that more events like this will be held in the future.

Safest Cities in America

In accolades this week Cary was named the 3rd safest city in the nation by Wall Street dot com. In their comments they noted Cary had 69 violent crimes per 100,000 people, 9th lowest number of murders, 4th lowest poverty rate, and the 10th highest number of citizens with a high school diploma. Read the entire report.

Emails from Citizens

Emails from citizens this week included a concern about Cary’s homeless population, a concern from the Fryars Gate neighborhood about their builder Lennar, a concern about an HVAC inspection, and comments about AT&T’s position regarding net neutrality.

Get in Touch

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, November 23rd. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to Harold.Weinbrecht@townofcary.org and email personal comments to augustanat@mindspring.com.

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From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo with Addison Young courtesy of Mayor Weinbrecht.

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Pictures from Truck Day http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/17/pictures-truck-day-2/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/17/pictures-truck-day-2/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:24:58 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62500 Bright Horizons hosted their annual Triangle Truck Day on November 15, 2014 to raise money for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. The interactive day provided "truckloads" of fun for families and taught children the importance of helping others.

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Cary, NC — Bright Horizons hosted their annual Triangle Truck Day on November 15, 2014 to raise money for the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. The interactive day provided “truckloads” of fun for families and taught children the importance of helping others. 

Enjoy these photos taken by photographer and CaryCitizen contributor Dave Gill.

Bright Horizons Triangle Truck Day 2014

Two year old Colton Crawford of Fuquay-Vaina waits for his turn above all the others

Two year old Colton Crawford of Fuquay-Varina waits for his turn above all the others to explore several different work trucks from across the country.

Justin and Colon smile as they leave the Concrete Supply mixing truck.

Justin and Colton Crawford smile as they leave the Concrete Supply mixing truck.

Ryan and five year old Lucas Welch took part in the Bright Horizons Truck Day by exploring the Concrete Supply mixing truck cab.

Ryan and five year old Lucas Welch took part in the Bright Horizons Truck Day by exploring the Concrete Supply mixing truck cab.

Two year old James Sung dances with delight while meeting Cary Firemen Craig McDowell and Colton (New Guy) Barringer. (The chief jokingly asks for Colton to be called "New Guy" as part of a "fireman hazing thing."

Two year old James Sung dances with delight while meeting Cary Firemen Craig McDowell and Colton “New Guy” Barringer (as part of a “fireman hazing thing,” the chief jokingly asks for Colton to be called “New Guy”).

Three year old Cael Maley takes a moment to smile while behind the wheel of the Concrete Supply mixing truck.

Three year old Cael Maley takes a moment to smile while behind the wheel of the Concrete Supply mixing truck.

Three year old Coi Reynolds of Durham takes time behind the wheel of the Concrete Supply mixing truck while her father, Sheldon, watches.

Three year old Coi Reynolds of Durham takes time behind the wheel of the Concrete Supply mixing truck while her father, Sheldon, watches.

Tina Gillmeister, her nine month old Nathan, and Kristan Jones with his nine month old daughter Caralyn all take a moment before exploring more work trucks at New Horizons on Saturday.  According to New Horizon media director, said the school hosted more than 950 during the three hour event.

Tina Gillmeister and her nine month old Nathan take a moment before exploring more work trucks with Kristen Jones and his nine month old daughter Carolyn.

950 People

The event, without a doubt, was a huge success. According to Bright Horizons, the school hosted more than 950 people during the three hour event.

10,000 Homeless Children. Each Month.

Proceeds from the event went entirely to the Bright Horizons Foundation, a nonprofit started by the school to support and create “bright” or warm, safe, and enriching spaces for children in homeless shelters and other agencies.

The organization helps more than 10,000 homeless children each month.

If you missed Truck Day, be sure to check out the event–and support the great cause–next year!

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2014 Triangle Truck Day photos by Dave Gill photography.

 

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Temps Set to Plunge in Cary http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/17/temps-set-plunge-cary/ http://carycitizen.com/2014/11/17/temps-set-plunge-cary/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:26:25 +0000 http://carycitizen.com/?p=62527 "18 degrees? Seriously?" asked my wife. Yep. Wednesday morning may see a low of 18°F.

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Cary, NC — “18 degrees? Seriously?” asked my spouse. Yep. Wednesday morning may see a low of 18°F here in Cary.

No Snow, But Plenty of Cold

The first hard freeze of the year took our summer coleus, impatiens and mums last week. This week, we’ll have more unseasonably cold weather as an Arctic blast sweeps across the country.

AccuWeather predicts a high of 39° in Cary on Tuesday. Wednesday is not much better with a high of 42°. Both days may see overnight temps dipping below 20°F.

No snow in the forecast. The big rain on Monday is sweeping in the cold dry air from the Midwest.

Record Setting?

The average temp for Tuesday is 63° – 40°. That’s means our high temp tomorrow may be less than the average low for the this date.

The record low for 11/18 and 11/19 (Tuesday and Wednesday) is 21°. The Wednesday record was set in 1903.

Stay warm out there on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Map from AccuWeather.

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