A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Learn how to find out more about your family history from 2-3 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Kay Tillotson with the N.C. Government and Heritage Library will present an introduction to genealogy research. Registration requested. bit.ly/1Us9hOQ
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Help park staff with projects at Citizen Science from 3-5 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Free. 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
Morrisville holds a Transportation Forum from 6-8 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. Open to the public. N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson is scheduled to speak. For more information: bit.ly/2dP57QJ.
Best-selling author Dr. Damon Tweedy signs his book “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. 919-467-3866.
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows “Therapy for a Vampire” at 7 p.m. and the classic horror film “The Bride of Frankenstein” at 9 p.m. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
N.C. Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam discusses the legislative process at 7 a.m. at the October meeting of the Cary Page Rotary Club at Woodland Terrace, 300 Kildaire Woods Drive. Visitors welcome. To RSVP, go to bit.ly/2c88G6f.
The Halloween Hike is 6-7:30 p.m. on the American Tobacco Trail in Apex. For all ages. Costumes welcome. Cost: $1 person. Participants will meet at the New Hill Parking Area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, and then explore the trail by moonlight. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer will teach dances for all ages from 7-9 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Live, old-time string band music will be provided by local musicians for the dances, which will feature Square, Circle, Appalachian and other traditional styles. No experience or partner required. Cost: $5 per family or $2 per person at the door. bit.ly/1TSQ4p0.
Love Heals run/walk
The Love Heals 5K Run/Walk is 3 p.m. at Rally Point Sport Grill, Harrison Square, 1837 N. Harrison Ave., Cary. Fundraiser for InterAct. For more information, go to bit.ly/2dbJlF0.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Weichert Realtors Triangle Homes Cary, 1408 Boulderstone Way.
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
Bike with an officer
The Morrisville Police Bike Patrol Squad holds Ride with an Officer from 10 a.m. to noon on the back parking lot of the police station, 260 Town Hall Drive. The event will focus on safe riding practices and will include a ride on Indian Creek Greenway and an obstacle course. Free. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2dGpOyr.
A Fall Festival is 10 a.m. to noon at Westhigh Church, 590 Westhigh St., Cary. The event will feature children’s activities, games, bounce houses and more.
The Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club Fall Garden Party fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ballentine-Spence House, 109 E. Spring St., downtown Fuquay-Varina. The event will feature tea, scones, sandwiches, desserts, a gift basket auction, raffle and a hat contest. Advance tickets are $20; $25 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at Mad Hatter, Shoppes on Main, David Anthony’s, Something You, Yellow House and the Garden Hut. To purchase tickets online, go to bit.ly/2chVSFI.
Cary Fall Festival
The Downtown Cary Fall Festival is noon to 9 p.m. at Bond Brothers Beer Co., 202 E. Cedar St. Chapel Hill rockers Southern Culture on the Skids perform from 6-7:30 p.m. The event also will feature food trucks, a beer garden, art vendors, human foosball and pottery and blacksmithing demonstrations. The event is organized by the Town of Cary, the Heart of Cary Association and Bond Brothers.
Food trucks scheduled to be on site are The Humble Pig, Fetch Hot Dog Co., Chirba Chirba, The Tot Spot, Tacolandia and Fuzzy’s Empanadas. Guest breweries include Neuse River Brewing Co., Carolina Brewing Co. and Lynwood Brewing Concern. For more information and to purchase drink tickets in advance, go to bit.ly/2ek1qVx.
Costume Dance Party
A Costume Dance Party is 1-2:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Cost: $1 per person. The event will feature refreshments, an art activity, dancing and costume awards. For ages 5-12 with a caregiver. For more information, call 919-469-4069. bit.ly/2d0Mhq9
The Pumpkin Carving Wagon Ride is 1-3 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Cost: $1 per person; for all ages. Participants meet at the Longleaf Shelter for a wagon ride and then carve a Halloween pumpkin. Registration required; go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
Children in the Arts
The Celebration of Children in the Arts is 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Cary Ballet Conservatory, 3791 NW Cary Parkway. The free event will feature arts and crafts, student artwork, entertainment, Fairy Hair Flare and more. For more information, call 919-481-6509 or go to caryballet.com.
The annual Creepy Crabtree Halloween celebration is 2-6 p.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Free; no registration required. Costumes welcome. Scavenger hunts, crafts and games will be featured. For more information, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
Jukebox Saturday Night
The Peak City Singers present Jukebox Saturday Night from 3-5 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Free; tickets required. Tickets available at the Halle or the Apex Community Center. For more information, go to bit.ly/2e45bfb.
Taste of the South
Sara Foster, owner of Foster’s Market in Durham and author of “Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen,” discusses her cookbook and recipes from 3-4 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration requested; call 919-387-2100 or go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ.
▪ 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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Early voting starts Thursday, Oct. 20 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 5, at Cary’s Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. The center is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays from 1-5 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All voters are encouraged to use the first two floors of the parking garage.
Cary residents living in Chatham County who want to vote early can go to four locations in Chatham County, including Chatham County’s Board of Elections Office, starting on Oct. 20. Hours vary per site.