This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
The celebration continues for the 25th anniversary of the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., downtown Cary. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, open gym is free for adult basketball at noon, youth basketball at 3:30 p.m. and table tennis at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 1, refreshments will be served at 11 a.m. and a free zumba session is at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 919-460-4965 or go to bit.ly/2b82o3F.
Pickin’ in the Pines
The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series kicks off with a concert by the Grass Cats at 5:45 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics and leashed pets allowed; no alcohol. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Bring lawn chairs. Free parking on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Ticket packages for all five series concerts are available for $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/29BlvCN.
Other concerts in the series are: Sept. 7, Swift Creek; Sept. 21, The Johnny Folsom 4 & Patsy Cline Tribute; Sept. 28, The Garrett Newton Band with the String Peddlers; Oct. 5, Acoustic Manner.
Wind Down Wednesdays
The Embers beach music band performs at 6 p.m. at Waverly Place shopping center, 575 New Waverly Place, Cary. Rescheduled from June. Free. Lawn chairs and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Outside alcohol, glass containers and coolers are prohibited. For more information, go to bit.ly/1TKrq9V.
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
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 3-7:30 p.m. at Kraft Family YMCA, 8921 Holly Springs Road, Apex. In Cary, a blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the North Carolina Bar Association, 8000 Weston Parkway.
Throughout September, coupons for a free haircut at Sport Clips will be emailed to blood or platelet donors.
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, 800-733-2767
Teen Scene fall programs for students in grades 6-10 begin at 7 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The programs run through Thursday, Nov. 17. For more information and to register, email Linda Winkler at email@example.com or go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ.
The Cary theater continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” at 2 p.m. The event features special discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. The next movie in the series is “Houseboat” on Thursday, Sept. 15. For more information, call 919-462-2051 or go to thecarytheater.com.
Concerts in the Park
The Embers beach music band performs at 6 p.m. at Womble Park, 1201 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs, as part of the Concerts in the Park series. Free. Food trucks and beer concessions will be on site. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bIXNEM.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “The Tenth Man” at 7 p.m. The movie “Genius” shows at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “Genius” at 7 p.m. The movie “The Tenth Man” shows at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
Birding with Vernon
Discover different types of birds and their habitats during the Birding with Vernon program from 8:30-10 a.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Free; no registration required. All ages. bit.ly/29z1M7o
Learn about the American Tobacco Trail during a leisurely stroll to the Beaver Creek Bridge from 9:30-11 a.m. The walk will start at the New Hill parking area, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex. For all ages. Cost: $1 per person. Registration required. Bring binoculars and water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/1WUKMbu.
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “The Tenth Man” at 2 p.m. Later, the movie “The Congressman” shows at 7 p.m. and “The Wrong Man” screens at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
▪ 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 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 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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Race for Home
The Carying Place’s ninth annual Labor Day Race for Home features a 10K, 5K and family-fun mile Monday, Sept. 5, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Gates open at 7 a.m.; races begin at 8 a.m. The fundraiser, which benefits homeless working families, also will feature children’s activities, music, prizes and more. Online registration is open through Sunday, Sept. 4. For more information and to register, go to thecaryingplace.org.
Town offices in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Town facilities, including community and arts centers, and Wake County public libraries also will be closed. County parks are open. All Wake County public schools are closed.
Cary’s C-Tran will operate only door-to-door Tier 1 service Monday. GoTriangle will not operate.
Regular schedules for solid waste, yard waste and recycling collection dates will be followed in Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville. The Citizen’s Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Ave., Ca ry, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. All Wake County convenience centers are open during normal hours.
In Apex and Holly Springs, solid waste and recycling collection is delayed by one day, beginning Monday. Friday customers will be collected Saturday, Sept. 10.