This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
The Plunge Pedal & Plod triathlon begins at 8 a.m. at Triangle Aquatic Center, 275 Convention Drive, at Cary Towne Center. The fundraiser for area fitness programs features four races and relays for all age and skill levels. For more information, go to bit.ly/1eABTmz.
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The movie “Suffragette” screens at 2 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Cost: $5. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
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Children’s film series
Bring the kids to Film Day - Fun Day, The Cary theater’s special morning film showings on select Tuesdays. The series continues with a screening of the film “The Peanuts Movie” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Cost $1. Recommended for ages 3-7. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw.
Tuesday Morning Movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex, shows a family-friendly movie at 10 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Free. This week’s movie is “Charlotte’s Web.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Bring snacks and a blanket. For more information: 919-249-1120, thehalle.org.
Teen Scene fall programs for students in grades 6-10 begin at 6:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For more information and to register to attend: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1Ue9fFk.
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
Register to vote, ask questions, get information on polling stations or pick up a sample ballot from 2-5 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Wake County Board of Elections staff will be at the library. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to bit.ly/1X3XOVU.
The Town of Cary is seeking public input on proposed updates to the town’s Standard Specifications and Details, which are design requirements for streets, water systems, and sewer and storm drainage systems to ensure safety and reliability of services. A public meeting is 5-7 p.m. at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bvKwkt.
Pickin’ in the Pines
The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Series continues with a concert by Swift Creek 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.
Fish for free from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Park staff will provide bait and basic instruction. Catch and release only. Bring equipment or borrow from the park. For all ages; 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: bit.ly/29z1M7o.
Youth Video Project
The Cary Youth Video Project Premiere and Retrospective Celebration is 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Four new films will be shown. The event, which includes a reception, marks 20 years of student documentary filmmaking. Free. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
Movie at Halle
The Halle Cultural Arts Center presents a free movie for teens and adults at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. The movie “Me Before You,” rated PG-13, will be shown. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bGaDUD.
The Veterans Benefits Action Center is Thursday, Sept. 8, to Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. The event, for veterans and their families, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, and Friday, Sept. 9, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
Veterans Service Officers and VA healthcare and claims representatives will be available to assistant participants. The VA will accept claims-related documents for processing; provide status updates; answer questions about appeals, benefits or healthcare; and provide information about services. For more information, email email@example.com. bit.ly/2bT6a1y
9/11 Day of Service
Registration is due for the Town of Cary’s 9/11 Day of Service from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Fire Station 3, 1807 Kildare Farm Road. Volunteers will construct a raised vegetable garden for firefighters. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by 5 p.m.; email Sarah Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: 919-469-4301, bit.ly/2bUXHw0.
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina free fall concert series kicks off with a performance by Love Tribe at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St. No pets or coolers. For more information and a list of upcoming concerts, go to bit.ly/2aWe117.
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.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “The Congressman” at 7 p.m. The movie “The Tenth Man” shows at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
Take part in a technology-driven treasure hunt from 3-4:30 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. GPS coordinates will be used to track down hidden caches. GPS units provided; personal devices or smartphones with geocache apps allowed. Cost: $1 per person. For ages 6 and up; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG
Art After Dark
The monthly art market is 5-9 p.m. at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St., downtown Fuquay-Varina. The event features arts and crafts, live music and children’s activities. bit.ly/2bGd0a2, bit.ly/24vIP9K
The 35th annual Greek Festival is 5-10 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Food, music and entertainment will be featured. The festival continues through Sunday, Sept. 11. Admission fees are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children ages 13-18, free for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. For more information, go to raleighgreekfestival.com.
Sultry screen siren Sophia Loren stars in a series of films on select nights in September at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The series, in honor of Loren’s birthday on Sept. 20, opens Friday, Sept. 9, with the epic “Legend of the Lost” at 7 p.m. “The Voyage” screens at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
Also showing at The Cary: “The Congressman” at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2051, thecarytheater.com
The Friday Flicks on the Field series continues with a showing of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 8:30 p.m. at Salamanders Stadium at North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs. Seating will be 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 are: “Back to the Future,” Sept. 16, and “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 14. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anSYBb.
Movies at Bradford
The Summer Movies on the Green series concludes its season with a free screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 8:30 p.m. outside the Bradford Apartments, 21035 Bradford Green Square, Cary. Bring a chair and snacks.
The Tunnel to Towers 5K run and walk, honoring first responders and all lives lost on 9/11, is 5:30-10 p.m. beginning at Research Triangle Park: The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Durham. New York City firefighter Stephen Siller lost his life after strapping on gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. The event is a fundraiser for Building for America’s Bravest program. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2aMcp7l.
The cook-off at the Apex Farmers Market is all about squash this year. The annual contest and End of Summer celebration is Saturday, Sept. 10. Live music, children’s activities and more will be featured. The market, 220 N. Salem St., is open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 15. For more information and to enter the contest, go to bit.ly/2bDBhgO. apexfarmersmarket.com
The 75th North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The event will feature arts and crafts vendors and workshops. Admission: $2 adults; free for children 16 and under. For more information, go to ncgourdsociety.org/festival.
The dedication of the new Jack Smith Park, 9725 Penny Road, Cary, is 10 a.m. The park features a sprayground, dog park, playground, climbing boulder, greenway trails and picnic shelters. For more information, go to bit.ly/2c0l4mB.
A barbecue scholarship fundraiser for Fuquay-Varina High School agricultural students is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road. Cost: $10 a plate. A silent auction also will be held. Sponsored by the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club, the Garden Hut and Hook & Cleaver. nelsasgardenhut.com
9/11 survivor Michael Hingson, who is blind and escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog, will speak on “Labrador Lessons from a Canine Hero” from 1:30-3 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.
Hingson also will speak from 4-5:30 p.m. on “Turning the Tales on Terrorism: Lessons from the Twin Towers.” Free; registration requested. Hingson also is the author of the best-selling book, “Thunder Dog.” Registration requested: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
The Triangle Orchid Society holds an orchid auction from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Beech Shelter at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Plant preview begins at noon; participants may bring a covered dish and join society members for lunch. For more information, go to triangleorchidsociety.org.
National Public Radio station WUNC celebrates its 40th anniversary from 2-6 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event will feature live music, food trucks and children’s activities. Chatham County Line and the Red Clay Ramblers are scheduled to perform. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets, picnics or coolers allowed. Admission: $20. For more information, go to bit.ly/2aUShQ0.
Harry Potter party
Costumes are welcome at the Harry Potter party from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. For children in kindergarten to fifth grade. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2bj53qQ.
Pay It Forward
The Caring Community Foundation holds its 15th Reunion Pay It Forward fundraising party from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Noah’s, 5180 Paramount Parkway, Morrisville. The event will feature food, music, games, raffles, auctions and more. Proceeds will help provide financial assistance to cancer patients in need in the Triangle. bit.ly/2aQr02s
Music in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series presents a concert by the Old Ceremony of Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 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 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.