A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville and Holly Springs.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 12:30-5 p.m. at the Apex Mosque, 733 Center St.
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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
Child photo IDs
Professionally created photo IDs for children are available from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Free. No registration required. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x
The holiday wartime drama “Joyeux Noel” screens at 2 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Cost: $5. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Cat adoption event
Independent Animal Rescue holds a cat adoption event from 2-4 p.m. at Petco West Cary, 7121 O’Kelly Chapel Road, Parkside Town Commons shopping center. 919-403-2221, animalrescue.net
Last day to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department’s food drive for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at any fire station or Town Hall. fuquay-varina.org
Holiday food bags
The food pantry Christmas meal bag distribution is 3-6 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. For more information, go to bit.ly/2ghU2w1. 919-467-9394, wpumc.com
The Winter Program Preview is 5-7 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. No registration required. Coloring sheets for adults also will be available. 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x
Melissa Theil shares images and information about her recent trips to Alaska, Botswana and Mongolia at the next meeting of the Cary Photographic Artists. The group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. Free; visitors welcome. caryphotographicartists.org
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 2 p.m. The event features discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors.
Later, the theater screens “Love the Coopers” at 7 p.m. and “A Christmas Carol” at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 3-7:30 p.m. at the Kraft Family YMCA, 8921 Holly Springs Road, Apex.
Harris Lake Park
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
Pizza and a movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center shows “The Secret Life of Pets,” rated PG, at 6 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost: $5; $2 for ages 2 and younger. Pizza, bottled water, fruit and dessert are included. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title. thehalle.org
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. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
Winter farmers markets
▪ The Apex Farmers Market’s monthly Winter Market is 9-11:30 a.m. inside the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Upcoming market dates are Jan. 7, Feb. 11 and March 25. apexfarmersmarket.com, 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
▪ The Holly Springs Farmers Market’s monthly indoor Winter Market is 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Upcoming market dates are Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. bit.ly/2efeQm7
Children’s author Laurel Walther signs her book “The Bats Don’t Have a Bedtime” at 10 a.m. at All Booked Up, 104 N. Salem St., Apex.
Weekly farmers markets
▪ 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 9:30 a.m. to noon at 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary. wwfm.ag
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