Triangle Residents Volunteer, Help Those in Need - Near and Far


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You see them in schools, churches, workplaces and community centers. They might be friends, family or complete strangers. But people who care are everywhere, and their good works infectiously spread to not only the object of their efforts, but to all others whose lives they touch. Here are six stories of Triangle residents making life better for people — and animals — near and far.

Medical Missionary Trips Change North Raleigh Mom’s Life

haiti-3.jpgScarlett Stowe had never traveled outside the U.S. and didn’t even have a passport, but she agreed to join a nine-day medical mission trip to Honduras in 2008. The 43-year-old wife, mother of three and full-time senior medical information scientist at GlaxoSmithKline just knew the time was right for her to give back.

“The trip absolutely changed my life,” Stowe says, adding that she has grown emotionally and spiritually from her volunteer work. She hopes her experiences will help her raise her children to be compassionate, caring and giving.

Stowe joined her second medical relief effort after the devastating 2010 earthquake hit Haiti. Her team worked 18-hour days and saw thousands of patients. Without computers, pill bottles or labels, Stowe filled prescriptions in plastic bags and met with each patient, assisted by a Creole translator, to explain the dosage. She has since returned to Haiti to offer medical care and distribute shoes to residents of the capital city. This trip was supported by Sandalsaint, a nonprofit organization that provides shoes to Haitian residents.

Stowe says she has found a way to make a difference for others and feels this work pays her back many times over.

“The people were so grateful, and the poverty and need was so overwhelming, that it was so rewarding to me to be there helping others,” Stowe says. “I just hope I can keep my humble spirit and pass it along to my kids.”

Durham Couple Make Christmas Magic for Local Families

gift-staging-3.jpgRichard Low won’t take credit for the success of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church’s Share Your Christmas program in Durham. But the man who has been at the helm of this project for 12 years will concede that he has helped streamline the process.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church supports the Volunteer Center of Durham’s Share Your Christmas program by buying food and gifts for 30 disadvantaged families. When the packages are wrapped and delivered, more than 100 children and adults will have been able to enjoy Christmas, thanks to the generosity of the Aldersgate congregation.

Founder and president of Topsail Technologies, a Durham-based company that builds web applications, Low took over the project and then found the amount of paperwork needed to track the names, addresses, donors and gifts was overwhelming. He saw the project as an outlet for him to use his business acumen to improve the process while giving back. Over the years, Low has slowly automated the process and hopes someday to present the center with an automated process as well.

“This project plays into my natural tendencies that I use every day in my business,” he says. “It is something that I can do effectively. I see it as a bit of a hobby.”

Low and his wife, Anne, began helping out in the early ’90s by delivering the gifts. Nearly 25 years later, the two say it is a team effort. Anne spends countless hours coordinating the volunteers, wrapping packages and preparing boxes for delivery.

“It is so gratifying to know we are helping people locally,” Low says.

Visit volunteercenter.org to learn more.

ladner-usvc.jpgCary Army Veteran Gives Back to Military Community

When Andrew Ladner came up with the creed for the United States Veterans Corps, he did not have to think hard. “What a Few Can Do” has always been the driving force behind him and all the volunteers who go above and beyond in their support of those who serve our country.

Ladner, executive director of the United States Veterans Corps, says there is no request he and his team of 300 volunteers cannot fill.

“It’s very simple,” Ladner says. “We do what we say we will do, and we do it quickly.”

The Cary-based organization’s accolades and awards — which include two U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Awards and Best Community Service Event in the State for Operation: Coming Home 2009 and 2011, and eight Hero Homes they have presented to North Carolina’s wounded warriors — prove that.

Ninety percent of the work goes to support the United States Veterans Corps’ three primary operations: Toys for ‘Lil’ Troops, Rescue Me Across America and Operation: Coming Home. But the organization is about much more. Always on alert to deploy anywhere in the nation, the team has been called on for disaster relief ranging from hurricanes to snowstorms, and to provide emergency food or housing for a military family in need

While Ladner is proud of the awards the organization has earned, he’s too busy looking ahead to the next project to celebrate these victories.

“My parents raised me with the belief that community service is something I should do,” Ladner says. “It’s just the right thing.”

To find out how you can donate your time or money to the United States Veterans Corps, visit myusvc.com.

Raleigh Volunteer Presents Computers to Deserving Studentsstephenson-kramden-institute.jpg

It is hard for Jeanette Stephenson of Raleigh to remember a time when she wasn’t involved in volunteer work. Since she was a child, her parents instilled in her the importance of giving back to her community. She, in turn, has passed that same conviction on to her daughter who volunteers in her UNC-Wilmington campus community. Now retired, Stephenson puts her administrative and organizational skills to good use by volunteering to manage much of the office tasks at the Kramden Institute in Durham.

The Kramden Institute awards refurbished computers to North Carolina students who cannot afford them. Since January 2007, Jeanette has worked behind the scenes maintaining records, handling inquiries and creating award letters to free up others who concentrate on technical issues. Over the years, the Kramden Institute has awarded more than 15,000 computers to students.

“Jeanette’s dedication allows Kramden to make a huge impact in the community while keeping a small staff,” says Cari DelMariani, director of events and education at the Kramden Institute.

Stephenson’s work helps free up the “Geek Team” to accept donated computers, refurbish them and load software on to them. Computer distribution is made during monthly Award Days, during which up to 70 computers are given to students.

“I have been blessed from a very young age, and giving back to help these deserving students makes me very happy,” Stephenson says.

Her favorite part her volunteer work is when she calls families to tell them they have been awarded a computer. “The student and the parents are always so grateful to be selected, and a computer in the house means that parents can also use it to help in their job search,” she says. “Kramden is a great organization, and I plan to volunteer here as long as I live in the area.”

To find out how you can help the Kramden Institute award computers to North Carolina students, visit kramden.org.

Cary Teen Makes Community Service a Priority

varsha-gopal-1.jpgLike most teenagers, Varsha Gopal stays busy with her school work and sports, but that is where the comparison ends. This sophomore at Green Hope High School in Cary spends nearly all her free time volunteering. Since she began volunteering in seventh grade, she has amassed more than 600 hours of volunteer time.

“I don’t volunteer for the hours or for the credit; I volunteer because it makes me happy,” Gopal says. She has worked with all ages — from senior citizens at bingo events, to rising kindergarteners attending summer day camp.

Gopal primarily volunteers through the Cary Teen Council, an organization established to empower teens with the core values of leadership, accountability and service. She serves as the council’s program director on the executive board and volunteers through the Chinmaya Mission-RDU.

Gopal’s parents, Sowmya and Venkat Gopal, fully support their daughter and encourage her to use her time wisely. The teen says it can be a struggle to manage homework, tennis, symphony and volunteering, but she can think of nothing else she would rather do than “give back to the community that has done so much” for her.

Recently Gopal was selected as one of 18 students from the U.S. to travel to India for two weeks in December for a service visit as part of CORD USA, an organization committed to improving the economy and quality of life for those less fortunate in America, India and Sri Lanka. Gopal will help build basic sanitation and housing facilities in a depressed, rural area of the country. She says she is honored to have this opportunity, but knows the work will be hard and more vigorous than anything else she has done.

“I love it all so much,” Gopal says. “Volunteering just makes me feel so good about myself, and I hope to be able to continue to volunteer forever.”

For more information about the Cary Teen Council, visit caryteencouncil.com.

Chapel Hill Mom Gives Back to Developing Countries

Chesca Colleredo-Mansfield grew up as the daughter of a diplomat in Africa, where she often encountered homeless citizens whose turned-in feet had callused into awkward lumps. Years later, the mom of three learned that chescamiraclefeet.jpgclubfoot, a common birth defect that makes walking difficult and painful, could be treated cheaply and easily using a revolutionary method developed by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti at the University of Iowa in the 1950s.

“Something clicked in my head and I decided that I needed to do something about this,” Colleredo-Mansfield says. “I was fortunate to connect with some dedicated parents who had children born with clubfoot in the U.S. who shared my desire to help children in developing countries. Together we created miraclefeet.”

Five years later, miraclefeet has enrolled 6,700 children for Clubfoot treatment in Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, India, Liberia, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Philippines.

“These children will now be able to run, walk and play instead of living with the shame and poverty normally associated with being disabled in a country like Tanzania or Nicaragua,” Colleredo-Mansfield says.

Using the Ponseti method, infants who have clubfoot wear a series of full-leg casts to gradually turn out their feet. Casts are changed weekly for three to eight weeks. Before putting on the final cast, which is worn for three weeks, doctors make a small incision to the child’s Achilles tendon. Then, the child wears a special set of boots connected by a bar for a few years while sleeping to keep feet in the right position.

“While the sacrifices that my husband and our children have made to allow me to do this are significant, I believe that I am a better parent and a happier person,” says Colleredo-Mansfield, who has worked in fields ranging from investment banking to academia. “I want my kids to understand that happiness comes from doing work that matters deep inside, and not from money or prestige.”

Learn how you can help at miraclefeet.org.

img_5823.jpgHillsborough Teen Rescues Chilean Street Dog

It’s a story of love that conquers myriad obstacles, traveling across continents, past language and cultural barriers, and even species. When 16-year-old Andie McKinnon of Hillsborough laid eyes on a black lab mix in South America, something melted inside her, and the feeling was mutual.

While visiting Chile in July as an exchange student, McKinnon was walking her host family’s dog in a park close to the family’s apartment in Antofagasta when she came across two sleeping dogs. They seemed to belong to no one, so she went home and returned with some rolls, only to discover there were actually four street dogs. One, in particular, connected with her. After she fed the dogs, all of the canines returned to sleep together, except one she began to call Blue.

McKinnon’s mother, Cory Johnston, asked her if she was willing to put in the effort to adopt and bring the dog home to North Carolina. The teen said yes and started “Operation Blue,” a gofundme.com account to bring Blue here, and to raise money for Francisco Rivas’ rescue effort, which helps feed, spay and neuter street dogs in Chile. Three months later, with the help of countless strangers in Chile and America, Blue is sleeping in McKinnon’s bed and following her around her home. She plans to keep raising funds for Rivas’ dog rescue shelter and to keep promoting the plight of street dogs.

The impossible has come true for two friends who are now together forever. Love was the inspiration from the moment they first met.

“We grew such a strong bond,” McKinnon recalls. “He would follow me home every day and he would wait outside the gate ... and he would look at me with the world in his eyes and I knew he would follow me anywhere. So knowing that, I don’t see how you couldn’t do everything in your power to try to make sure he has the best life with you.”

Nancy Meredith is a blogger and freelance writer with 20-plus years of professional experience in the information technology industry. She lives in Wake Forest with her husband and their mini-dachshund, Scooter.

— This article includes contributions from Carolina Parent Web Editor Odile Fredericks. Read the entire story about the Hillsborough teen who rescued the Chilean street dog in her blog, Love Prevails: Hillsborough Teen Reunited With Chilean Street Dog

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November 2019

Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

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We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

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A full, half marathon and 5k with convenient parking and fast course right off I-40. The RDC 5k takes place on Nov. 9 and Marathon/half marathon will take place on Nov. 10. ...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Southpoint Mall and American Tobacco Trail
6910 Fayeteville Rd
Durham, NC  27713
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Comic book pop culture goes into overdrive at this festival that features new exhibits, panel discussions, workshops, cosplay and more. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $20 and up

Where:
Durham Convention Center
301 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: (919)355-2714
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Take part in a walk to deal with grief and honor those lost to suicide while raising money for local suicide prevention groups across the Triangle. Register online. 

Cost: $35

Where:
Halifax Mall, downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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Friends of Lower Haw is offering this free family outing in the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in Chatham County.  Join Board of Directors member Megan Lynch as we wander along the Haw...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lower Haw River State Natural Area
Bynum, NC  27228


Sponsor: Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area
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Leave your GPS at home and learn how to find your way using only a compass and a map. We will cover the basics of orienteering, including reading bearings, calculating your stride and more. Use...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-460-3355
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Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (60+ yrs), $3/Child (7-16yrs), Free/Child (6yrs & younger)

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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 spend the afternoon with activities to learn all about trees. Discover the parts of a tree and their functions, how trees are used in everyday life, create a craft...

Cost: $15 per girl scout; no charge for troop leaders or other accompanying adults

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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The Triangle Youth Jazz Fall Concert presents an afternoon of big band jazz selections. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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See horses compete and enjoy food trucks, children's activities and more. Admission is free; Saturday evening Grand Prix tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit Duke Children's...

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Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

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Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
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Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

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Where:
Crowder County Park
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Apex, NC  27529
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Join us Monday Nov 11th for a Full Day Rock Band Camp! This camp is best for ages 7+. NO experience necessary!! Drop off starts at 8:45am Pickup is 5:00pm Students will learn two songs and...

Cost: $70

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
958 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (60+ yrs), $3/Child (7-16yrs), Free/Child (6yrs & younger)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Nature Peekers: Owl Babies Tuesday, November 12, 10:30-11 a.m. Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What adventures will they...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Turkeys have very colorful feathers! Celebrate this Thanksgiving season with crafts all about this important bird! We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult...

Cost: For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children); FREE. Registration

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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The science of weather is called meteorology. This program investigates the basics of meteorology: what causes the weather, how meteorologists study it, and why it is important that they do!...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Ages 11-17 create old-fashioned taffy and hard candy using ingredients like caramel, marshmallow and chocolate. Register online. Choose course #127043.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Please join Admissions, Division Directors and our Head of School as they talk about Duke School’s unique program, specifically for Preschoolers (3-4 year olds) for the 2020-21 school year. A...

Cost: $0

Where:
Duke School
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Duke School
Telephone: 919-416-9420
Contact Name: Logan Blaylock

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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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November Story Time, Puppet Show and Art Activity Puppet Show Incorporated https://www.puppetshowinc.org/ presents the classic folk story Stone Soup. Activities include a story time, puppet show...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hillsborough Main Library
137 West Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Library
Telephone: 919-245-2525
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Don’t miss one of the Triangle’s most popular fundraisers, benefiting Urban Ministries of Wake County. Stone Soup Supper, presented by Bank of America, that features 15 local...

Cost: $25-$45/person

Where:
McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh, NC
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Learn the basics of Stop Motion Animation then make your own movie.  Call to register, 919-245-2532. Space is limited. Best for kids ages 8 and up. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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See horses compete and enjoy food trucks, children's activities and more. Admission is free; Saturday evening Grand Prix tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit Duke Children's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

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We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

When Possum sees the full harvest moon, he decides to throw one last party before the long winter. But everyone is too busy preparing for winter and it looks as if nobody will come to Possum's...

Cost: FREE. Registration is required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Discover all things sweet potato at the State Farmers Market. 

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
Website »

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At Read and Feed's Novel Night Gala, attendees will enjoy premier cocktails and fanciful food all while supporting Read and Feed’s efforts to give kids an appetite for reading. Tickets...

Cost: $125

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Read and Feed
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See horses compete and enjoy food trucks, children's activities and more. Admission is free; Saturday evening Grand Prix tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit Duke Children's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

We will be conducting a food drive during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get involved...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Yates Mill Associates invites you to their annual holiday sale. Browse an array of gifts including crafts handmade by talented volunteers; Yates Mill souvenir mugs, T-shirts and hats; and cookbooks...

Cost: Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (60+ yrs), $3/Child (7-16yrs), Free/Child (6yrs & younger)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Search for turkey cutouts that will be hidden throughout the park’s various trails and greenway. Each turkey “caught” can be redeemed for a special award (limit one award per...

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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November Story Time, Puppet Show and Art Activity Puppet Show Incorporated https://www.puppetshowinc.org/ presents the classic folk story Stone Soup. Activities include a story time, puppet show...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Branch Library
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Inside McDougle Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Orange County Library
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (60+ yrs), $3/Child (7-16yrs), Free/Child (6yrs & younger)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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During harvest time, farmers often helped their neighbors to get hard work done during communal gatherings such as corn shucking. Learn about this fall tradition and make a corn husk doll to take...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Usher in the holidays with a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Carolers, a visit from Santa, a dance scene from the Nutcracker, special performances from local schools, and dozens of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lafayette Village
8450 Honeycutt Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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All evening and into the night, 3000 pounds of molten iron will be poured into molds, in an exciting fiery display. Additionally, there will be Liberty Arts artists’ work for sale, scratch...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Discover what's happening as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127674.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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Join the Studio School of Durham team to sip, tinker, and create on Saturday, November 16th at 7:00pm for this FREE event!  We will provide the food, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 984-377-4502
Contact Name: Danielle Sunde
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The EWFL carries a unique experience in youth football to play in a “big game” atmosphere.  Our games begin in the afternoons on Saturday and play into the evening “under the...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Durham County Stadium
750 Stadium Dr
Durham, NC  27704
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See horses compete and enjoy food trucks, children's activities and more. Admission is free; Saturday evening Grand Prix tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit Duke Children's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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