A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville and Holly Springs.
Triangle Chili Challenge
The Triangle Chili Challenge is noon to 4 p.m. on West Chatham Street in downtown Cary. Free admission. The contest is being held in conjunction with the monthly Downtown Cary Food and Flea market. Live music, local beer, food and more than 50 arts and crafts vendors will be featured. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. bit.ly/2fjJOXO, bit.ly/2fk5u8x
West Chatham Street will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Harrison Avenue and Academy Street. Both Harrison Avenue and Academy Street will remain open. Heavy pedestrian traffic is also expected; drivers are encouraged to use caution in the area.
‘Taste of Cherry’
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Gone But Not Forgotten series with a screening of “Taste of Cherry” at 2 p.m. Cost: $5. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Youth String Orchestra
The Triangle Youth String Orchestra performs at 4 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets: $5 adults, $2 children. bit.ly/2dfznoH
The Cultural Connections program at Eva Perry Regional Library presents “Apex History from the Great Fire of 1911 Through the Roarin’ Twenties” at 7 p.m. at the library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. Registration requested. 919-387-2100, bit.ly/28JmtKu
Tuesday Morning Movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center screens the movie “Angry Birds’ at 10 a.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Free. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Bring snacks and a blanket. bit.ly/2cyCPMz
Children’s film series
Bring the kids to Film Day - Fun Day, The Cary theater’s special morning film showings on select Tuesdays. The series continues with a screening of “Free Birds” at 10 a.m. Cost: $1. Recommended for ages 3-7. bit.ly/28Jn6Jw
Later, the theater presents Rough Cuts Review at 7 p.m. The series is an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers. A discussion follows. Free tickets may be picked up at The Cary theater box office, 122 E. Chatham St., one hour before the screenings. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
‘Bar Plays 2.0’
The Cary Playwrights Forum presents “Bar Plays 2.0,” a series of short plays, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at Fortnight Brewing Co., 1006 SW Maynard Road, Cary. No tickets or reservations; suggested $10 donation. Food truck on site. bit.ly/2e0DKqx
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 2:30-7 p.m. at Cary Presbyterian Church, 614 Griffis St.
Blood also 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
Coffee with a Cop
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department holds Coffee with a Cop from 9-11 a.m. at Windsor Point Retirement Community, 1221 Broad St. Free. bit.ly/2esdYa0
Molly on Mysteries
Join mystery and crime book reviewer Molly Weston to learn about new novels and authors at 2 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, downtown Cary. 919-460-4963, bit.ly/2eftkRv
Pizza and a movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center shows the film “Ice Age: Collision Course” at 6 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost: $5, $2 for ages 2 and younger. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Pizza, bottled water, fruit and dessert included. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
Best of FilmSPARK
The Triangle Film Community presents the Best of FilmSPARK 2016 at 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Free. Tickets available at the door one hour before screenings. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
The Cary Woman’s Club sponsors the Note in the Pocket Mobile Volunteering Program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, 110 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Participants will help sort and prepare clothing to be donated to needy Wake County children. Cost: $14, includes a box lunch. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Christmas tree lighting ceremony is 5:30 p.m. at Waverly Place shopping center, Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Live music, visits with Santa, entertainment and more will be featured.
Saturday, Waverly holds its Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature horse and carriage rides, train rides, food tastings, music and more. Toy donations will be accepted for the Johnson Subaru Fill-the-Trunk Toy Drive. waverlycary.com
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the films “The Man Who Wasn’t There” at 7 p.m. and “No Country for Old Men” at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
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
Gifting Tree Project
Applications for Cary’s fifth annual Gifting Tree Project, a Christmas tree decorating contest, are due. Cost: $25. For the contest, families, organizations, causes or schools can decorate trees that will be displayed on Academy Street. People can vote for their favorite tree. The group with the winning entry will have a donation made in its name to a nonprofit of its choice. 919-469-4061, bit.ly/1GWZMCJ
Cary celebrates America Recycles Day with a free paper shred event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garmon Operations Center, 400 James Jackson Ave. Three-box limit for on-site destruction and recycling. Proof of Cary residency required. bit.ly/1WPDhkX
▪ The annual Holiday Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. Free admission. 919-469-4081, townofcary.org
▪ The Green Hope Fine Arts Boosters’ Mistletoe Market fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. bit.ly/2cwuHqW
SuperFun Saturday is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. Apex. The free event features arts and crafts activities for children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
▪ 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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▪ Jenks Road in Cary will be closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, from McQueens Drive to Wimberly Road. The closure is due to a Colonial Gas Pipeline project. Drivers are asked to detour using Kelly Road and U.S. 64 or Green Level Church Road, Green Level West Road or Wimberly Road. bit.ly/2fknRYg
▪ A section of Green Level West Road in Apex is closed until Friday, Nov. 18, to repair damage caused by floodwater from Hurricane Matthew. The damage is between White Oak Church Road and Green Level Church Road. A detour uses Green Level West Road, White Oak Church Road, Morrisville Parkway and Green Level Church Road. bit.ly/1yRkKYT