A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex. In Cary, a blood drive is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Biologics, 11800 Weston Parkway.
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Blood also may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150: Mondays, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. redcrossblood.org, 800-733-2767
The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 121 N. Main St., and at the Hook and Cleaver’s 409 Broad St. location from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. growers-market.com
Pickin’ in the Pines
The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series continues with a concert by the Garrett Newton Band with the String Peddlers at 5:45 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics and leashed pets allowed; no alcohol. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Bring lawn chairs. Free parking on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/29BlvCN.
Lake Crabtree Park
The family program Nature at Night is 7-8:30 p.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. The park’s Big Sweep cleanup event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1. Free; advance registration required. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
Live at Lunch
Cary’s fall Live at Lunch series of free concerts features a performance of pop, country and rock music by Dave and Rory from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fidelity Plaza, 100 W. Chatham St. The concerts continue through Oct. 13. Downtown restaurants feature lunch specials or bring your own lunch. Picnic tables available. For more information, go to bit.ly/1bjjVnj.
The Cary theater continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “The Lobster” at 2 p.m. The event features discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors.
Later, the theater shows “Indignation” at 7 p.m. and “The Lobster” at 9:15 p.m. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
Area candidates for the Wake County Board of Education will speak and answer questions during a candidates forum at 7 p.m. at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Drive, Cary. A voter registration drive begins at 6:30 p.m. Free. Registration requested; go to wakeupwakecounty.org.
Peachy Keen clothing boutique in Cary and nonprofit Headbands of Hope host the Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Carnival at 7 p.m. at the store, 250 Grande Heights Drive, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center. The event is a fundraiser for Duke Children’s Hospital and the Headbands of Hope Prom. Tickets range from $20-$40. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2bEPpKO.
Learn more about the elusive coyote at a free family program from 3-4 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
The Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is 5-8 p.m. at Waverly Place shopping center, 2001 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Sampling glasses are $10; wine samples and special promotions will be available at participating merchants. A raffle will be held. waverlycary.com
The SIP With Us fundraiser is 6:30-0:30 p.m. at the Mayton Inn, 301 S. Academy St., Cary. The Support Inclusion in Preschool event is a benefit for the White Plains United Methodist Church Children’s Center. Live music, local food and beer pairings, a clothing boutique and silent auction will be featured. Tickets are $65 a person; go to bit.ly/2d5FFYH. For more information, call 919-469-2217.
Movies at The Cary
“The Lobster” shows at 7 p.m. and “Indignation” screens at 9:30 p.m. at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
The Holly Springs Community Band performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Free. bit.ly/2cfI44v
Citizen advisory boards
The Town of Morrisville is seeking members for its citizen advisory boards. All town advisory boards and committees are accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 30. For more information and an application, go to townofmorrisville.org/committees. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movies in the Park
Morrisville’s Movies in the Park fall series continues with a showing of “The Jungle Book,” rated PG, at dusk on Field 1 at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Food trucks will be on site. Bounce houses and music will be featured before the movie begins. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bil6Hq.
Fall Litter Sweep
The Town of Cary hosts its Fall Litter Sweep from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at various locations throughout town. Volunteers will pick up litter from streets, trails, parks and neighborhoods. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. To register, email Sarah Justice at email@example.com. For more information, go to bit.ly/1LtNL4g.
The annual free flu shot clinic is 8 a.m. to noon, or until the vaccine runs out, at Cary Area Emergency Medical Services, 107 Medcon Court. For ages 4 and older. Participants are asked to bring food bank donations. caryems.org
Birding with Vernon
Discover different types of birds and their habitats during the Birding with Vernon program from 8:30-10 a.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Free; no registration required. All ages. bit.ly/29z1M7o
Morrisville hosts a ribbon-cutting celebration at 10 a.m. for the new Northwest Park, 998 Parkside Valley Drive. Refreshments will be served. For more information: bit.ly/2crDJIZ.
Bass Lake Day
The annual Bass Lake Day nature and environmental education festival is 2-6 p.m. at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. The event will feature live music, interactive exhibits, live animals, arts and crafts, games and more. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cAvGHr.
The Green Hope High School Fall Festival is 2-6 p.m. at the school, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. The event is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Boosters and the Athletic Booster Club. It will feature athletic clinics, performances, raffles, food and more. Admission: $5 at the door.
“Indignation” screens at 7 p.m. at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. At 9:30 p.m., Bela Lugosi stars in the classic horror film “Dracula.” Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
▪ The Apex Farmers Market is open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 220 N. Salem St., Apex. apexfarmersmarket.com
▪ The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 135 W. Chatham St. caryfarmersmarket.com
▪ The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina has moved to the Raleigh Street Parking Lot, 101 Raleigh St. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon. The Wednesday locations remain the same. growers-market.com
▪ The Holly Springs Farmers Market is open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs. 919-567-4040, hollyspringsnc.us
▪ The Western Wake Farmers’ Market is open 8 a.m. to noon at two locations: 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary, and the UNC Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary. wwfm.ag
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The Cary Art Loop’s monthly Final Friday art walk showcases arts and culture in the Cary area on Friday, Sept. 30. Food trucks and live performances are featured at select events. For information, go to caryartloop.org.
▪ 5:30-7:30 p.m., Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Road. Exhibit “Portraits From My Country” by Can Dickerson. Artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m.
▪ 6-8 p.m., Page-Walker Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. Exhibits “Visual Rhythms of Art, Science & Religion” by Robert Cassanova; “Time and Place” by Mark Stephenson; and “Home-Grown: The Surprising Elegance of Gourds” by Martha Danek.
▪ 6-8 p.m., Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road. “Carolina Seascapes” by Bruce Tarkington.
▪ 6-8 p.m., Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Annual student artwork exhibit.
▪ 6-8 p.m., Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. “Moments in Nature, the Master Inspirer” by Subha Raghu.
▪ 6-8 p.m., Town Hall Gallery, 316 N. Academy St. “Living Long Lives” by Chris Adamczyk.
▪ 6-9 p.m., Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. Gallery’s 11th anniversary party and opening of exhibits by Ana Sumner and Lynn Patton.
▪ 6-9 p.m., Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. Cary Photographic Artists’ ninth annual Juried Photography Exhibition.
▪ 6-9 p.m., Village Art Circle, 200 S Academy S., Suite 130. “Komorebi,” featuring paintings by Susan LaMantia, Jillian Goldberg and Constance Pappalardo.
▪ 6-9 p.m., Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, in Waverly Place shopping center. Reception and auction of works by group artists.
▪ 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cary Visual Art gallery at The Cary News, second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Artist’s reception for “Threading Colors” by Nora Phillips.
Whose art is in our gallery?
Nora Phillips’ “Threading Colors” is the newest exhibit on display at the Cary Visual Art Gallery at The Cary News. Phillips is a painter and fiber artist who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She says on her website that she seeks to preserve her Argentinean roots and culture in whatever medium she uses. “I have always been interested in the use of art as a medium for channeling emotions or communicating ideas. In the creative process, I try to incorporate the significance of the work with the material I am working with, whether it be fabric or wood,” she says in her artist statement.
She has exhibited her work at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the City of Raleigh Museum and the Greenville Museum of Art as well as in Triangle galleries and in private art collections.
A reception for Phillips is Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the gallery, which is on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The gallery is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m.