A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Zombies and Jane Austin
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a zany take on Jane Austin’s classic tale, at 2 p.m. Cost: $5. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
Fashion show fundraiser
A fall fashion show is 4:30 p.m. at the Pink Magnolia Boutique, 1205 Parkside Main St, Cary, in the Parkside Town Commons shopping center. Free admission. A percentage of sales will go to the 1 in 9 breast cancer foundation. lovepinkmagnolia.com
Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain will sign and read from her book “Pretending to Dance” at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Winston Clubhouse at SearStone retirement community, 17001 SearStone Drive, Cary. dianechamberlain.com, searstone.com
Short story programs
Learn more about writing short stories from 7-8 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Libarary, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Author Eryk Pruitt will discuss “Finding the Story in a Short Story.” Registration required; call 919-387-2100 or go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ.
In Cary, Pruitt will discuss “Keeping It Short: Short Fiction Mechanics” from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. Registration required; call 919-463-8500 or go to bit.ly/1qCRI2x.
Blood can 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 Friends of the Page-Walker hold the program More Mysteries and Secrets: Exploring Cary Area Cemeteries at 7:30 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. Free. For more information, call 919-460-4963 or go to friendsofpagewalker.org.
Registration for Cary’s annual Veterans Luncheon is due. The annual event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. Free. For more information, call 919-469-4081 or go to bit.ly/2dZNShg.
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “Therapy for a Vampire” at 2 p.m. The event features discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
The Cary High School chorus performs at 7 p.m., at the school, 638 Walnut St. Cost: $5 adults, $2 students. For more information and tickets, go to caryhsperformingarts.com.
The Apex nonprofit Friends of Guatemala holds a day-long fundraiser at City BBQ, 1305 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Live music in the evening. Proceeds will benefit a community school in Guatemala City. For more information: friendsofguatemala.com.
MiSciFi Festival films
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows three films from the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. “The Brain Hack” and “Ni 28 - Strate 1” will be shown at 7 p.m.; “Chrysalis” will screen at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per session. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
The last fall Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 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 Cary Art Loop’s monthly Final Friday art walk showcases arts and culture in the Cary area from 6-9 p.m. Food trucks and live performances will be featured at select events. For more information, go to caryartloop.org.
Holly Springs’ annual HollyFest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave. The event will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children’s activities, games, a business expo, a martial arts kick-a-thon fundraiser and a display of fire trucks and police vehicles. Free admission. bit.ly/2e0T8TA
Learn about spiders at the Super Spiders program from 10-11:30 a.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Cost: $1 per person; for all ages. Later in the day, come back to the park for the Sunset Campfire from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $1 per person; for all ages. Registration required for both programs; go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
The fourth annual Canine Contest is 1-3 p.m. at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. The event will feature contests for the best dog tricks and the coolest canine costume. Free; no registration required. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d9ixoY. bit.ly/2dYTZRB
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens the film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” at 3 p.m. Cost: $5. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
▪ The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 135 W. Chatham St. caryfarmersmarket.com
▪ 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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