This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Keystone Park, 627 Davis Drive, Suite 300, Morrisville.
Blood also may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150: Mondays, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. redcrossblood.org
The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 121 N. Main St., and at the Hook and Cleaver’s 409 Broad St. location from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. growers-market.com
Help park staff remove invasive plant species during the Garden Invaders program from 4-6 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Free. For ages 8 and older; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by Tuesday, Aug. 23. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
Team up with other teens to play games and exchange Pokémon Go strategies at the Pokémon Go Fan Club meeting from 7-8 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. For students in sixth to 10th grades. Registration requested. For more information and to register, email Linda Winkler at email@example.com. bit.ly/1Us9hOQ
North Carolina Opera presents Wagner’s epic opera “Das Rheingold” at 7 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The company’s general director will discuss the plot and historical significance of the opera. To register for the event, go to bit.ly/1TGAywa.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” at 7 p.m. The movie “Genius” shows at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Cary Town Band
The Cary Town Band performs “Sister Cities in Concert” at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Free. The Markham Concert Band, from Cary’s Sister City of Markham, Ontario, Canada, will perform with the Cary band. carytownband.org
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Oakview Elementary School, 11500 Holly Springs New Hill Road, Apex, is at 8:30 a.m.
The Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund kicks off its fall series from 5-8 p.m. at Waverly Place shopping center, 2001 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. The event also will be held the last Fridays in September and October. Sampling glasses are $10; wine samples and special promotions will be available at participating merchants. A raffle will be held. waverlycary.com
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “Genius” at 7 p.m. The movie “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” shows at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
The Coworking Station, 104 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs, hosts a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Clothed in Hope. For more information, call 919-335-5739. coworkingstation.com
Roast marshmallows during the Evening Campfire program from 8-9:30 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Cost: $1 per person. For all ages; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by Wednesday, Aug. 24. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
A screening of the film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” rated PG, opens the new Friday Flicks on the Field series of free movies at 8:30 p.m. at Salamanders Stadium at North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs. Seating is in the stands; no outside food or alcohol. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Gates open at 7 p.m. Pre-movie activities benefit area nonprofits.
Upcoming movies: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Sept. 9; “Back to the Future,” Sept. 16; “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 14. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anSYBb.
Food truck rodeo
The Holly Springs Farmers Market hosts the Park-It in the Market Food Truck Rodeo from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. across the street from Town Hall in the East Center Street Public Parking Lot. Main Street will be closed. Live music and children’s activities also will be featured. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bv28Ow or bit.ly/2bkFyEY.
Motorcyclists can shore up their safety skills and have their riding skills assessed during the free BikeSafe N.C. Class from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cary Police Department, 120 Wilkinson Ave. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1ZrUiUR. 919-469-4338
The 40th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is now a two-day event. On Saturday, Aug. 27, it runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Town Hall Campus in downtown Cary. Arts and crafts, live music, food and drink vendors, entertainment and more will be featured. The festival continues from 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. 919-319-4560, bit.ly/2bCAroh
Youth football clinic
A youth football clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the gym at Cary Church of God, 107 Quade Drive. Representatives from several NFL teams will teach football techniques and drills. Free. For boys and girls ages 8-18. No registration required. Participants are asked to wear workout clothes and gym shoes.
An auction of NFL memorabilia will follow the clinic, with all proceeds benefiting the North Carolina Home for Children. For more information, go to carycog.org/events/football or email Daniel Bunce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Bugs Bunny,’ ‘Raiders’
That “wascally wabbit” is back for a screening of shorts, “Bugs Bunny Superstar,” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Free tickets at the door.
Later, the theater shows “Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” at 7 p.m. “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” shows at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.
Storytime Live is 11 a.m. at Kiddie Academy of Morrisville, 2000 Carrington Mill Blvd. The free event will feature children’s activities, refreshments, a reading of a “Curious George” story and a visit from the main character, Curious George. To register, go to kiddieacademy.com/morrisville.
The inaugural Veteran Owned Business Festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 322 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. Food trucks, live music, games and other activities will be featured. Proceeds will benefit Military Missions in Action, Heroes United and Operation 300. facebook.com/vobfest
Meet the turtle Shel Silverstein and participate in a box turtle survey during the Turtle Talk program from 2-4 p.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Cost: $1 per person Advance registration required. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
Learn about the new GeoArt project from 4:30-6 p.m. on the American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. The program, for ages 6 and older, teaches the basics of the high-tech treasure hunt before participants search for caches along the trail. GPS units provided but personal apps accepted. Cost: $1 per person. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
Music in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series presents a concert by North Carolina singer-songwriter David Childers at 7 p.m. at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
▪ 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 Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 135 W. Chatham St. caryfarmersmarket.com
▪ The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina has moved to the Raleigh Street Parking Lot, 101 Raleigh St. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon. The Wednesday locations remain the same. growers-market.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.ag
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The Cary Art Loop’s monthly Final Friday art walk showcases arts and culture in the Cary area on Friday, Aug. 26. Food trucks and live performances are featured at select events. caryartloop.org
▪ A reception for the 14th annual Senior Art Exhibition is from 3-6 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. 919-469-4081
▪ A reception is from 6-7:30 p.m. at at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., for the “Your Door to Cary” exhibit sculpture reveal. For more information, call 919-469-4069.
▪ An opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. at the Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. The exhibit features works by Judy Abrahams, Shib Sankar Basu, Robert Hoppin, Ann Howe, Sherri Leeder, Dona McNeill and Derek Unger. carygalleryofartists.org
▪ Cary Visual Art holds a reception from 6-9 p.m. in the gallery in The Cary News office on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Last day for the exhibit “The Photography of Gordon Munro.” 919-531-2821, caryvisualart.org
▪ An opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. for an exhibit by Katie Liu at Village Art Circle, 200 S Academy S., Suite 130. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com
▪ An artists’ reception is from 6-9 p.m. for an exhibit by Sertoma Park Artist members, including oil paintings by Joyce Vollmer and Jean Oakley, at Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, in Waverly Place shopping center. waverlyartistsgroup.com