This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Fiesta for Education
The Fiesta for Education fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park at Green Hope Elementary School Park, 2750 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The event will feature food, music, cultural displays, games, sports and a raffle. All proceeds go directly to scholarships for students of Latino backgrounds. jpa-us.org or facebook.com/jovenesparaayudar
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Community Chain Reaction
The Forge Initiative hosts the Community Chain Reaction from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. The theme for the event is “Space, The Not-So Final Frontier.”
Teams of 26 members will collaborate to build contraptions to be linked together in a giant chain reaction. Free for spectators; $5 donation requested. theforgedowntown.org
Cary Public Safety Day
The Town of Cary Police Department hosts Public Safety Day, formerly known as Cary Night Out, from noon to 3 p.m. on Chatham Street, from Academy Street to Harrison Avenue, in downtown Cary. The event will feature children’s activities, K9 demonstrations, food trucks, and police and fire vehicles. Chatham Street will be closed from Academy to Harrison Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers should use Adams and West Park streets. Participants are encouraged to park at Town Hall Campus and throughout downtown Cary. For information: 919-469-4324, bit.ly/1W3vunW.
Hooray for Herps
Harris Lake County Park presents Hooray for Herps from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Cypress Shelter at the park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. The program will focus on the differences between reptiles and amphibians, or “herps.” For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5 per family or $3 per person. Registration required: bit.ly/1YF8gC1.
Movie at The Cary
“The Towering Inferno” shows at 2 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Cost: $5. thecarytheater.com
Tigers on Parade
Decorated sculptures of Bengal tigers will be placed at various locations in downtown Fuquay-Varina in the annual Tigers on Parade event through Saturday, Nov. 5. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association encourages spreading “Tiger love” on social media - use #fvdowntown and #fvroar. The tigers will be auctioned off during the town’s Chili Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, on Depot Street. bit.ly/1qPx2UZ
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will show the film “Chicken Little,” rated G, at 10 a.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Bring your own snacks. thehalle.org
Carolina Puppet Theater presents “The Gingerbread Man” at 11 a.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets are $5 per person, free for children under a year old. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1TuO4Pj.
Rough Cuts Review
The Cary theater kicks off its Rough Cuts Review series at 7 p.m. with an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers. The series allows local filmmakers to show rough cuts of works in progress and discuss the films afterward. Free tickets may be picked up at The Cary theater box office one hour before the screenings. thecarytheater.com
Christine McDonald demonstrates how to use breathing, positive thinking and simple movements to relieve stress from 7-8 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration requested: 919-463-8500 or wakegov.com./libraries.
Holly Springs seniors can play bingo from 1-3 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road. Bingo cards cost $1 and there will be cash prizes of up to $10.
‘Different Ways of Thinking’
Eva Perry Regional Library screens a film on the ways animals think at 2 p.m. at the library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The film is part of the library’s TED Talks series. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
An open house to discuss potential development in downtown Fuquay-Varina is 5-7 p.m. at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. The drop-in event is the first in a series of sessions planned to gather public input on the future of downtown. For information: bit.ly/21APjm9.
Story time for families is 11 a.m. Thursdays at Thrift 2 Gift, 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
Cary lunch concerts
Chris Overstreet, a classic rock musician, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cary downtown lunch concert. Free concerts will be held every Thursday in May on the lawn of the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham St. Picnic tables are provided.
Learning at the Library
The drop-in program for preschool and elementary school children is from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. Reading with a buddy and learning activities are featured. For more information, email Linda Winkler at email@example.com.
Pizza and a Movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will show the film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” rated PG, at 6 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Pizza, bottled water, fruit and dessert is included. Cost: $5; $2 for ages 2 and younger. To purchase tickets: bit.ly/1XjknGM. thehalle.org
Band of Oz
The Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina free concert series features Band of Oz from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. Hip Pocket is the featured group for Thursday, June 16. bit.ly/26xnoHx
Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer will teach dances for all ages from 7-9 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Live, old-time string band music will be provided by local musicians for the dances, which will feature Square, Circle, Appalachian and other traditional styles. No experience or partner required. Cost: $5 per family or $2 per person at the door.
The Triangle Film Community presents the film “Fever Dreams” at 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. A discussion of the film will follow. Free tickets may be picked up at The Cary theater box office one hour before the screenings. thecarytheater.com
Teen Scene features programs for students in grades 6-10 from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. This week’s program is Angry Birds Fanfest.
Upcoming programs are: Fear Factor, May 26; Get in the Game and Read, June 2; Giant Candyland, June 9; Art Night, June 16; Teen Tech Night, June 23; and Chocolate Olympics, June 30.
For more information and to register, email Linda Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TED Talk film
West Regional Library screens the film “What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?” at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The film is part of the library’s TED Talks series. Registration is requested: 919-463-8500 or wakegov.com./libraries.
The Green Hope High School band is selling car wash tickets for $18. Tickets can be purchased from band members or email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets expire Thursday, May 19.
A community blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Four Oaks Bank, 201 W. Center St., Holly Springs. For more information and to register: bit.ly/1XjiKJ7, 919-567-3888.
WakeMed Healthworks is hosting two free classes for adults ages 45 and older at Cambridge Village, 10000 Cambridge Village Loop, Apex. Your Heart Matters: The Benefits of Exercise is at 11 a.m. and a Tai Chi class is at noon. To register, call: 919-355-5833. CambridgeVillageofApex.com
Luminaria at Relay for Life
The Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society is 5 p.m. to midnight at Salamanders Field at the North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs.
A special luminaria and Hope Torch ceremony to honor cancer victims and survivors is at 9 p.m. Costs for the luminaria tribute bags and Hope Torches range from $10 to $50. To purchase bags and register for the relay, go to relayforlife.org/southwakenc or call 919-302-4557.
Frankie Yankovic Day
The 21st annual Frankie Yankovic Day free outdoor polka concert is from 7-9 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. The Polka Plus Band will perform a musical tribute to the late Yankovic. Participants are asked to bring a chair. For information: 919-460-4963.
Cary Town Band concert
The free concert by the Cary Town Band will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Charity Yard Sale
The third annual Charity Yard Sale to benefit SafeChild starts at 7 a.m. at N.C. 55 and Mason Street, Apex.
Relay for Life
The Cary, Apex and Morrisville Relay for Life begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 8 a.m. Sunday, May 22, at Mills Park Middle School, 441 Mills Park Drive, Cary.
A special luminaria and Hope Torch ceremony to honor cancer victims and survivors is at sunset at Davis Drive Park, 1610 Davis Drive, Apex. Costs for the luminaria tribute bags and Hope Torches range from $10 to $50. To purchase bags and register for the relay, go to camrelay.org.
▪ 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 two locations: 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary, and the UNC Wellness Center, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary. wwfm
▪ 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 8 a.m. to noon in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 121 N. Main St. growers-market.com
Rider skills class
Bike Safe NC hosts Rider Skills Day for motorcyclists from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Apex Police Department, 205 Saunders St. The free event includes both classroom-based advice and on-road ride-outs. To register: bit.ly/1T29bfV.
Wheels on Academy
The fifth annual car show is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Academy Street and the Town Hall campus in downtown Cary. The event features cars of yesteryear, modern hotrods, exotic cars, music and food. Rain or shine. bit.ly/1LvO5zE
The Kids Bike Rodeo is 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the new Holly Springs Police Station, 750 Holly Springs Road. The Holly Springs Rotary Club and the Holly Springs Police Department are co-hosting the event for children ages 3-15.
A skill-building obstacle course will be featured. Riders also can have their bikes inspected and adjusted for free. Participants should bring their bikes, helmets and any other safety gear, such as knee and elbow pads. An injury waiver form signed by a parent is required. For more information: bit.ly/1OlM0aH, 919 552-7110.
The Trailblaze Challenge 24.8-mile fundraising hike for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which is based in Morrisville, is along Sauratown Trail in Stokes and Surry counties. eastnc.wish.org
Spring into Summer
The Spring into Summer Craft and Vendor Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arbor Creek, 200 Commons Drive, Holly Springs. bit.ly/1SXqqkc
The seventh annual Longleaf Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Learn about the life of the longleaf pine tree through music, live animal exhibits, games, crafts, wagon rides and more.
The new exhibit, “The Greatest Naval Stores Show on Earth,” will feature live demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. on how the trees have been used to produce tar, pitch and turpentine. Parking is available at the parking field; a free shuttle will be provided. Guided tours also are available; advance registration required. For more information and to register for the tours: bit.ly/1WnkbXV.
Fest in the West
The Fest in the West festival will be from noon to 6 p.m. at Parkside Town Commons, 7119 O’Kelly Chapel Road, Cary. Arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and contests will be featured. The rain date is Sunday, May 22. festinthewest.com
‘Rock Your World’
The benefit concert is from 6-11 p.m. at Rally Point Sport Grill, 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary. Nantucket, Band of Brothers, Kyle Scobie and Kaylin Roberson are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $20. rockyourworldraleigh.com
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