This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Tobacco Road Marathon and Half-Marathon
The Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Half Marathon start at 8 a.m. at Thomas Brooks Park at 9008 Green Level Church Road, Cary. Spectators and runners who have not yet secured a parking spot at Thomas Brooks Park should park at the NetApp office building at 7301 Kit Creek Road and plan to take a shuttle bus to the event. Shuttles will leave from the corner of Kit Creek Road and Louis Stephens Drive.
While most of the event is on the trail, motorists should be cautious when traveling around Thomas Brooks Park, the American Tobacco Trail, Morrisville Parkway and Green Level Church Road. Police will be directing traffic. The course closes at 3 p.m. tobaccoroadmarathon.com.
Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Downtown Cary Food & Flea’s market with artists, crafts, vintage, music and food trucks is noon to 4 p.m. at 111 W. Chatham St.
The Cary shows “Grandma” at 2 p.m. at 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets are $5.
‘The Thin Man’
The Eva Perry Regional Library screens “The Thin Man” and hosts a discussion at 2 p.m. at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
VocalMotion, a show choir, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cary Academy’s Berger Hall, 1500 N. Harrison Ave.
Admission is free and donations will be collected for Hope Reins. hopereinsraleigh.org.
TED Talk “You Can Grow New Brain Cells” by Sandrine Thuret will be shown at 2:30 p.m. and followed by a discussion at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration is requested. 919-463-8500.
See Spot Read
Kids can practice reading to a therapy dog at 3 p.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex.
Eva Perry Regional Library’s librarians will recommend books for Women’s History Month from 3-4 p.m. Monday at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive.
Recommendations for recent graduates looking for their first professional jobs will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Carolina Puppet Theatre
Carolina Puppet Theatre’s “The Story of the Three Little Pigs” show is at 11 a.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Admission is $5.
Wake County’s Solid Waste Management Division gives free, hour-long tours of the South Wake Landfill at 6160 Old Smithfield Road, Apex. Sign up online: bit.ly/21KjlYr.
The Eva Perry Regional Library story time for adults features mystery and crime stories at 2 p.m. at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
The Holly Springs Community Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. hollyspringsband.net.
A forum on the film industry in North Carolina will be at 7 p.m. at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. RSVP online: bit.ly/1VnEf8t.
Cary’s annual health fair for ages 55 and older is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Registration is required. bit.ly/1mT9eNT.
‘Tortoise Vs. Hare’
The Cary will screen the animated movie “Tortoise Vs. Hare - The Rematch of the Century” for $3 at 10 a.m. at 122 E. Chatham St.
Thrift 2 Gift’s story time for families is at 11 a.m. Thursdays at 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
A workshop on financing for small businesses for entrepreneurs is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration is requested. 919-463-8500.
Seminar and yoga class
Cambridge Village of Apex hosts a seminar with Dr. Laurie Leach on brain health and aging at 11 a.m. Friday. A free yoga class will be at noon on the same day at 10000 Cambridge Village Loop.
An Aqua class will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.
Ages 16 and older make art deco boxes at Craft It! at 10:30 a.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.
Founders Day in Apex is all day Saturday, downtown.
The annual Apex Kiwanis 5K & Play races will start at 8:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m at Town Hall, 73 Hunter St. Registration for adults is $30 for the 5K, $25 for the one-mile fun run and $5 for the kids’ 200-yard race. Registration is $25 for the 5K, $20 for the one-mile race and $5 for the 200-yard run for students under 18. apexkiwanis.org/Page/26424.
▪ 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 Holly Springs Farmers Market’s Winter Market is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday in the Holly Springs Cultural Center at 300 W. Ballentine St.
In Fuquay-Varina’s Big Sweep Campaign, volunteers will clean up waterways from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Supplies will be provided for each group. Register in advance at bit.ly/1X7m2wr.
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.
Together We Are Stronger
Together We Are Stronger, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s conference for African-Americans with multiple sclerosis and their families, is 3-8:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary.
The conference includes vendors, a panel, a question-and-answer session and breakout sessions for people with multiple sclerosis and for family and friends. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Registration for $5 is required by Thursday, March 17. bit.ly/1VC8JDF.
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▪ Holly Springs’ egg hunt, yard sale and festivities will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave.
▪ Cary’s Breakfast with the Bunny is 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Bond Park, 801 High House Road. Tickets are required (919-460-4965).
▪ Cary’s Easter Egg Hunt for kids under 10 follows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, with magic shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at Bond Park. Bring your own basket. There will be a special section for ages 5 and younger.
▪ Fuquay-Varina’s Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and younger is 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at 900 S. Main St. Kids should bring their own baskets. The Downtown Candy Hop follows from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
▪ Morrisville’s Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway, and begins by opening the field to ages 2-4. Egg hunts for ages 5-6 start at 10:30 a.m. and ages 7-8 at 11 a.m.
▪ Cary’s fifth annual Easter Eggstravaganza for children, 12 and younger, who have special needs or disabilities is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Bond Park. Bring your own Easter basket. To register, call 919-462-3970 or go to bit.ly/1U7VWKp.
▪ Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed on Friday, March 25.
▪ For church events and services, see Faith Notes at carynews.com in the “Community” section.