The U.S. Veterans Corps and Lenovo’s Toys for Lil’ Troops holiday toy drive organizers are trying to break the Guinness World Record for the most toys donated in 24 hours from 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday at Building 1, 1009 Think Place, Morrisville.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater will show holiday movies in December at 122 E. Chatham St. All tickets are $5. thecarytheater.com.
▪ “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday.
▪ “Elf” at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Fine Arts League of Cary’s 2015 Annual Member Exhibition and “Functional Art Pottery” by Kenneth Neilsen open with receptions from 2-4 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. The Fine Arts League of Cary exhibition is in the first and second floor galleries and Neilsen’s pottery is in the lobby display case.
Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade
The Christmas Parade through downtown Fuquay-Varina is 3-4 p.m.
Tree lighting at Crossroads
Crossroads Plaza’s annual tree lighting event is 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the shopping center’s food court area. The shopping center is at 213 Crossroads Blvd., Cary. The Victorian Carolers will sing from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Santa and his reindeer pay a visit from 5-6:30 p.m. bit.ly/1PAexOF.
There will be a toy drive to benefit Zach’s Toy Chest, which brings toys to kids receiving treatment for cancer in local hospitals. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected.
Holly Jolly Jog
The Holly Jolly Jog will raise money for the local Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, a Cary-based nonprofit that grants wishes to adult cancer patients, from 4-9 p.m. at Southern Village in Chapel Hill. The event includes a one-mile dash, 5k run, auction, tree lighting, music and food. fillyourbucketlistfoundation.org.
Triangle Family Services’ 13th Gingerbread Benefit is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. For details and tickets, go to bit.ly/1RtVFhZ.
The Cary Community Choir’s 45th annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” is at 7:30 p.m. at Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian, 200 West High Drive, Cary. Admission is free. carycommunitychoir.org.
A free class for ages 4-6 to learn about nature with experiments and games is 10-11:30 a.m. at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs. Registration is required: 919-557-2496.
Transit plan meeting
Learn about the Recommended Transit Plan for Wake County from 4-8 p.m. in the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
There will be examples of bus rapid transit features, maps and timelines for the count’s recommended bus network. Wake County and local transportation agencies’ representatives will explain the plan and answer questions.
540 Public meeting
The N.C. Department of Transportation will have a meeting for Complete 540 from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road.
This won’t be a formal hearing, but residents will learn more about plans to extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh.
A formal hearing is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wake Tech Community College in the Student Services Building, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, Room 213/214. ncdot.gov/complete540.
The Holly Springs Community Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. hollyspringsband.net.
Thrift 2 Gift’s story time for families is 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays at 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council’s third annual Art Extravaganza runs from Thursday through Sunday at 405 Broad St. There will be a crafters’ market, entertainment, exhibitions and a kids’ craft corner. Pictures with Santa will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Jewish Cultural Festival
Cary’s Jewish Cultural Festival is 5-7 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. There will be food trucks, vendors, music and crafts for kids. Donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be accepted.
Program preview and coloring
A winter program preview with the West Regional Library and a coloring session for adults is 5-7 p.m. at 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
Holiday Potluck Celebration
The Holiday Potluck Celebration for ages 55 and older is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Bring a dish to share. To join in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift worth $5 to $10. 919-469-4081.
Holly Springs Main Street Christmas
Holly Springs’ Main Street Christmas is 6-8 p.m. downtown. The annual tree lighting will be at 8 p.m. on the Cultural Center lawn at 300 W. Ballentine St.
Santa will visit Town Hall until 7:30 p.m. at 128 S. Main St. There will be hayrides down Ballentine Street, crafts and stories with Mrs. Claus at the Cultural Center. The Holly Springs High School Concert Choir will perform at Town Hall.
For details and more Main Street Christmas events, go to bit.ly/1YgC88z.
▪ 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.
Happy Holly Days parade
The Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade in downtown Holly Springs will be 11 a.m. to noon.
Wreaths Across America
Boy Scout Troop 213 will honor current and former service members with a Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon at Hillcrest Cemetery in Cary. If you are using a GPS, use the address 608 Page St.
Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade
The annual parade in downtown Cary is from 2-4 p.m. The parade has a new route because of road construction. It will start at East Chatham Street at the roundabout and end at the West Chatham Street roundabout. More detailed information will be available closer to the parade. caryjaycees.org.
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.
Rockin’ Reindeer Hop
The Rockin’ Reindeer Hop for teenagers and adults with disabilities, ages 14 and older, is 7-9:30 p.m. at the Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. Admission is $5 in cash.
Any participant who needs close assistance or supervision must bring a chaperone. Admission is free for chaperones.
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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.