This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Community Arts Festival
The Holly Springs Community Arts Festival starts with free classes through Saturday at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St.
A food truck rodeo and a vendor and artist showcase will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the cultural center, featuring Stuft, Big C Waffle and Olio and Aceto.
A gala fundraiser will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Cultural Center, 919-567-4000 or etix.com. Gala tickets are $20 at the door.
A complete schedule of festival events is online: hollyspringsartscouncil.org/arts-festival.
Dr. Laura Varga will give a presentation on acupuncture and other types of alternative medicine at 3:30 p.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
Cary’s neighborhood meeting on new rezoning applications is at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. Another meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
The Holly Springs Community Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. hollyspringsband.net.
Valentine’s Day reading
The Holly Springs Writers Guild hosts local authors for a Valentine’s Day event at 7 p.m. at Niche Wine Bar, 109 Main St., Holly Springs.
Thrift 2 Gift’s story time for families, which previously started at 10:30 a.m., is now at 11 a.m. Thursdays at 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
Public comment session
A drop-in public comment session on the Morrisville-Carpenter Road improvement project is 4-7 p.m. at Town Council Chambers, 100 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville. Those who attend can meet staff and give their thoughts on the project.
The plans include widening the road to four lanes, adding curbs and sidewalk and replacing culverts at Indian Creek. More information on this and last year’s project is online: bit.ly/1OMZVJ2.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary shows movies for $5 each at 122 E. Chatham St.
▪ “Moonstruck” at 7 p.m. and “Serendipity” at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
▪ Short films from filmSPARK 2015 at 7 p.m. and “Kissing Jessica Stein” at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
▪ “An Affair to Remember” at 7 p.m. and “Sleepless in Seattle” at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Eva Perry Regional Library hosts Teen Scene for sixth- through 10th-grade students at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Artwork with henna will be from 7-8 p.m.
Family Fun Night
Holly Springs’ Family Fun Night is 6-8 p.m. at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road. Bring a chair and a picnic. If it rains, the event will move to the conference room.
The opening reception for “Dispatch from Vick-Benson Farm: A Visual Communiqué from the Family Farm” by Robert Cassanova is 6-8 p.m. at the Bond Park Community Center, 801 High House Road. The exhibition will be open until Monday, Feb. 29.
The Holly Springs Readers Theater Troupe’s “Twain: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” is at 7 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets are $5. bit.ly/1QbNtmr.
Cary Invasion benefit basketball game
The Cary Invasion will play the Cary Police Department, Friday, Feb. 6, for the fourth annual game to benefit Dorcas Ministries. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, with the game starting at 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the cost of tickets. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. caryinvasion.com
▪ 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.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Wake County offers Family-to-Family classes for friends and family members of adults with mental illnesses. A six-week course will meet 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, starting on Feb. 6, in Cary.
Experts on mental health will discuss the signs, symptoms and misconceptions about mental illness from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hindu Society of North Carolina’s Mini Hall, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. The panel will feature licensed clinical social worker Anju Verma and psychiatrists Dr. Dhipthi Mulligan and Dr. Savita Upadhaya. Contact Renu Jain at email@example.com or 919-468-4318 for information.
Movie at the library
The Eva Perry Regional Library shows the Sherlock Holmes movie “The Woman in Green” at 1:30 p.m. at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
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.
Freedmen’s Bureau Project
John Farnsworth will talk about the Family Search organization’s work indexing records for genealogists from 2-4 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
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