This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
African-American Film Festival
The Cary theater’s African-American Film Festival concludes today with a screening of “Dear White People” at 2 p.m. at 122 E. Chatham St. Admission is $5. thecarytheater.com.
Meet the Mystery Authors
North Carolina mystery authors Carla Buckley, Judy Hogan and Michael Mayo speak at the Eva Perry Regional Library at 2 p.m. at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive.
Fit & Able Productions’ Sole Mates 5k and 10k races will raise money for Read & Feed at 3 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. Runners can participate individually or with a partner. fitandable.net/event/sole_mates_2016.
Registration for the 5k or 10K costs $30. The kids’ event is $10 and admission for kids in strollers is $5.
BREW welcome event
The Cary theater welcomes BREW at The Cary, a new coffee shop and bar on the first floor of the venue, with a celebration 7-8 p.m. at 122 E. Chatham St. A free screening of “Barista,” a documentary about the National Barista Championship, follows.
The Holly Springs Community Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. hollyspringsband.net.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center screens “Everest” at 7:30 p.m. at 237 N. Salem St., Apex.
Compost Giveaway Workshops
Cary’s Compost Giveaway Workshops are Thursday through Saturday.
The classes are only open to Cary residents. They include three free bags of compost, two guide books and 30 minutes of teaching by an expert. Sign up online: bit.ly/1NSyRdB.
Thrift 2 Gift’s story time for families is at 11 a.m. Thursdays at 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
Laura Cerrano of Feng Shui Manhattan will talk about improving your home or business space at 7 p.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
VocalMotion, a show choir, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Cary Academy’s Berger Hall, 1500 N. Harrison Ave.
An open dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Admission is free and donations will be collected for Hope Reins. hopereinsraleigh.org.
The Prom Shoppe at Apex United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St., will provide free prom dresses and accessories from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 12. There are no prerequisites to shop. facebook.com/AUMCPromShoppe.
Artistic Expressions hosts a reception for new gallery artists Brianna Joines, Linda Cromwell, Kristen McCann, Christine Morris and Jason Williams from 6-9 p.m. at 118 Raleigh St., Fuquay-Varina.
Their work includes acrylics, watercolor, colored pencil, jewelry and mixed media. artisticexpressionsfv.com.
‘Spring Gala Showcase’
Cary Ballet Company and The 3D Project’s “Spring Gala Showcase” performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
A one-hour ballet program and discussion with Joan Zamora of Joffrey Ballet will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cary Arts Center. 919-481-6509.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center’s Discovery Series of performances is at 7:30 p.m. one Friday each month through spring at 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $5.
“Place Match: The City Doctor’s Guide to Finding Where You Belong” with Dr. Katherine Loflin will be March 11.
▪ 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 Eva Perry Regional Library shows the documentary “American Cinema: Film Noir” at noon at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. 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.
Anna’s Angels gala
Anna’s Angels’ annual gala is at 6:30 p.m. at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary.
The gala will raise money for the nonprofit’s support of Down syndrome research. Tickets are $115. annas-angels.org.
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Weather permitting, as part of the Town of Cary’s work to improve Walnut Street at US 1/64 overpass, from February 29-March 4 between 9 a.m-3:30 p.m., drivers can expect delays in the Walnut Street, Buck Jones Road and US 1/64 corridor. Two lanes of eastbound Walnut Street from Kingston Ridge Road to Piney Plains Road will be closed to allow crews working on behalf of the Town to install storm drainage.
Signage will be in place to alert traffic; motorists are advised to use caution, reduce speed in the work zone and follow marked detours. Motorists can expect these and other lane closures and shifts to occur intermittently throughout the project, which is estimated to be complete in fall 2016; motorists use alternate travel routes throughout the project.
Wake County’s annual WAKE Up and Read book drive continues until Saturday, March 12. The drive’s goal is 110,000 books.
Donate new or gently used books for students in Wake County Public School System elementary schools from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Cary Towne Center. wakeupandread.org.