Holly Springs Little Library
The Holly Springs Rotary Club opens its new Little Library Community Outreach Project after 8:30 a.m. Free books will be available at the libraries at the W.E. Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs; and the Holly Springs Baptist Church, 304 Raleigh St., Holly Springs. Books may be dropped off for the libraries at the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, Holly Springs Fidelity Bank and Holly Springs Eye Associates.
Umstead Park photo exhibit
“Capturing the Essence of Umstead State Park” exhibition: Photos of the park will be on display at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary from Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Saturday, Nov. 15. An artist reception is Friday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina is open from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, 121 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. growers-market.org.
A reception for artist Orr Ambrose is 6-8 p.m. at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary.
The Holly Springs Community Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. hollyspringsband.net.
Pickin’ in the Pines
The bluegrass and country music series is every Wednesday in September from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. boothamphitheatre.com.
Live at Lunch
The free Live at Lunch concert series is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fidelity Bank Plaza at 100 W. Chatham St., Cary. Concerts will be every Thursday through Oct. 9. townofcary.org.
Fuquay-Varina candidate debate
The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce hosts a candidate forum from 7-9 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Windsor Point Retirement Community, 1221 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina. fuquay-varina.com
‘The Birds’ and ‘Strangers on a Train’
The Cary theater will show movies chosen by retiring Town Manager Ben Shivar. “The Birds” is at 7 p.m. and “Strangers on a Train” is at 9:30 p.m. Thursday for $5 each at 122 E. Chatham St. “North by Northwest” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, also for $5.
Umstead Park discussion
The program, Stories in Stone: A Look Back at Umstead’s Past, is at 7:30 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. It will feature memories from the community that once existed on land now occupied by the park. The talk is part of the Friends of Page-Walker Historic Preservation Series.
The Fine Arts League of Cary will host artist B.K.S. Varma from Bangalore, India, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. He will demonstrate creating art in a short period of time in front of audiences. Membership is not required to attend.
Art gallery 10th anniversary party
The Cary Gallery of Artists’ 10th anniversary Party is 6-9 p.m. at 200 S. Academy St., suite 120. The gallery’s party features jazz music by Greg Miller and Friends, an opening exhibit and artwork and crafts by dozens of local artists.
Pop-up jewelry shop
Cary Visual Art will host a pop-up jewelry shop with works by Kendra Scott from 4-7 p.m. at the Guess-Ogle Home, 215 S. Academy St., Cary. Some proceeds will go towards Cary Visual Art programs. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. kendrascott.com.
The free concert series will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, through Sept. 25, in the gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. The last concert of the series is Craicdown. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not. Call 919-460-4963 for weather updates.
▪ 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 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UNC Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary. wwfm.ag.
▪ The Apex Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 220 N. Salem St., Apex. apexfarmersmarket.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 Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 121 N. Main St. growers-market.org.
▪ The Waverly Place Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Waverly Place at the intersection of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Roads, Cary. waverlyfm.com.
Good Dude 5k
Dude Solutions’ Good Dude 5k fundraiser for Triangle Brown Bag Ministries starts at 8:30 a.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Registration costs $40 ($30 for ages 12 and younger). bit.ly/1iwU8Mm.
Umstead Park hike
A tour of Umstead Park’s origins is 9 to 11 a.m. at the park. Meet at the park’s North Harrison Avenue entrance at 2000 N. Harrison Ave. Call 919-571-4170 or go to umsteadcoalition.org for details.
Sculpture Scavenger Hunt
The Sculpture Scavenger Hunt for kids with Cary Visual Art and Natural Math will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Cary Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St., Cary. The event incorporates math activities with public art. RSVP: email@example.com.
Operation Medicine Drop
The Town of Cary will host Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so residents can properly dispose of unwanted or unusued prescription, over-the-counter and expired medications. Dropoff locations are Cary Fire Station #3, 1807 Kildaire Farm Road; Cary Fire Station #8, 408 Mills Park Drive; Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place; and Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut St. ncsafekids.org or search “Operation Medicine Drop” at townofcary.org or call 919-460-4917.
The Cary Gallery of Artists will host Anne Chellar for a watercolor painting demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 200 S. Academy St., suite 120.
Brew ‘n’ Choo theater performance
New Hope Valley Railway will host a live theater performance in the railyard on Saturday. The Apex Community Theatre will perform “Murder on the Disorient Express.” Audience members will take part in solving the mystery. The event will raise money to help the railroad maintain and repair a steam engine. The railyard will be open from 1-10 p.m. There also will be food, beer and wine and train rides at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary at TriangleTrain.com.
Bluegrass Jam Sessions
The Holly Springs Cultural Center’s Bluegrass Jam Sessions for all ages and skill levels are 2-4 p.m. Saturdays at 300 W. Ballentine St. Bring an instrument and music to share or play along.
BBQ, Blues and Brews
The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association’s BBQ, Blues and Brews fundraiser is 3-8 p.m. on Broad Street in the Varina district. There will be a barbecue cookoff with prizes. Admission is free and tickets are sold for tastings. Shuttles are available. A live auction for three of the Bengal Tigers on Parade is at 5 p.m. in the town parking lot. Half of the proceeds go to the downtown association with the other half going to a charity. fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
5k Mash and Dash
STOMP the Monster N.C.’s second annual 5k Mash and Dash is at 4:30 p.m. at Waverly Place. There will be a 5k run and walk, kids’ dash, costume contest, food, music and entertainment. Registration for the 5k costs $35 and the kids’ dash costs $5. stompthemonsternc.org.
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▪ Eva Perry Regional Library hosts stories for babies at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Stories for toddlers start at 10:30 a.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Stories for preschoolers are at 2:30 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Stories for families begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. 919-387-2100.
▪ Barnes & Noble hosts story time for toddlers at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and for preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
▪ The West Regional Library’s story time for babies is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 24 at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. 919-463-8500.
Early voting for Cary and Raleigh elections opens at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 3. Voters may go to the Wake County Board of Elections Office, 337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh on varying times during that time period.
The Herb C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, will be open to voters 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30 through Friday, Oct. 2, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3.
Go to www.wakegov.com/elections for details.