A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Walk to School
Northwoods Elementary hosts Walk to School Day at 8:15 a.m. at Godbold Park, 2050 NW Maynard Road, Cary. All ages, strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will walk from the park to the school.
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The community event also kicks off the school’s participation in the Safe Routes to School program. Northwoods is one of five schools in Wake County chosen for the program. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d5lszo, bit.ly/2cQLUM6.
Explore North Carolina history at the program Fabled, Fearless and (In)Famous: The Femmes of North Carolina History from 7-8:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free; registration requested. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
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 concludes its season with a concert by Acoustic Manner 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.
Movie at Halle
The Halle Cultural Arts Center presents a free movie for teens and adults at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 919- 249-1120 for the movie title. For more information, go to bit.ly/2cRhXM7.
Live at Lunch
Cary’s fall Live at Lunch series of free concerts features a performance of jazz music by the Ariel Pocock Duo 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.
Robert H. Edmunds Jr., senior associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, is the guest speaker at the meeting of the Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Visitors welcome. Check-in and social time is 11:30 a.m.; lunch is at noon. Cost: $20. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is noon to 4:30 p.m. at Clinipace Worldwide Morrisville, 3800 Paramount Parkway.
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
Faith-based support groups for people living with mental illness and their families and friends meet from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Curry Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union St., Cary. Childcare provided. The You Are Not Alone groups meet the first and third Thursdays of the month. For more information, call 919-481-4715 or email email@example.com.
The Cary theater shows “Miss Sharon Jones!” at 7 p.m. and “Wild Canaries” at 9 p.m. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
The Cary theater shows “Wild Canaries” at 7 p.m. and “Miss Sharon Jones!” at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
Pedal for Peds
The Pedal for Peds Bike Ride is 8 a.m. to noon beginning at UNC Cary Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane. The ride will cover distances up to 50 miles on the American Tobacco Trail and is a fundraiser for athe UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. For more information, go to pedalforpeds.com.
APPLESeeds Preschool holds its Mom2Mom sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 7300 Sunset Lake Road, Fuquay-Varina. Local vendors and gently used baby and children’s clothing and toys will be featured. Admission: $2 suggested donation. For more information, call 603-661-4954.
The Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fuquay business district. Music, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, entertainment and children’s activities will be featured. The Landshark Band performs a pre-festival concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Varina business district. For more information, go to celebratefv.com.
Fire Safety Day
The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department holds its annual Fire Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Target in Park West Village, 3001 Market Center Drive, Morrisville. The event will feature children’s activities, a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog and free hot dogs and snow cones from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Green Hope Fine Arts Boosters hold a mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the commons area at Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Proceeds will benefit the school’s Fine Arts department. bit.ly/2d3GIrA, bit.ly/2cRX7NQ
Haunting at Harris
The 14th annual Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends is 1-6 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Free; no registration required. The event will feature an interactive wagon ride, games, obstacle course, story times and more. Costumes welcome. Tickets required for the wagon ride; free, on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. Parking will be available in the day-use area near the shelters. For more information, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG.
The Spooky Walk and Trunk or Treat fundraiser is 6-10 p.m. at Lufkin Road Middle School, 1002 Lufkin Road, Apex. Admission: $5; unlimited pass for $10. Food trucks will be on site. The event is a benefit for the school’s Athletic Boosters and Healthful Living Department. For more information, go to bit.ly/2des5Cq.
▪ 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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Cary and Morrisville will conduct the first joint activation test of the ReadyWake reverse 911 system, which will be used to issue boil water notices and other emergency safety information to residents and businesses.
People are asked to register by Oct. 5, before the test is scheduled to take place Oct. 6. The ReadyWake system will be used to notify residents, business owners and employees in both the Wake and Chatham county portions of Cary and Morrisville as well as Cary utility customers in Cary, Morrisville and RTP.
Go to readywake.com to enter the preferred nofication address and contact information. An email address is required to enroll online. The registration page works best in Internet Explorer browser.
Those without an email address can download a registration form at townofcary.org to bring to Cary Town Hall. Search “Ready Cary” or call 919-469-4007.
The Town of Cary said only 50 percent of homes in Cary and Morrisville are registered for the reverse 911 system.