First Baptist Church will host a nonpartisan forum for local political candidates at 1 p.m. at 105 N. West St., Fuquay-Varina.
Explore the Greenways
All ages and skill levels are invited to explore Cary’s greenways on weekends in April. An event will be from 2-3 p.m. at Mills Park Middle School, 441 Mills Park Drive, Cary. Registration is required. To register, go to bit.ly/1hy6LP3. For details, go to www.fitandable.net.
Running Over Cancer
The Ravenscroft School’s running club will host the second annual Running Over Cancer 5K walk and run at 2:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park, 940 E. Chatham St., Cary. The event will raise money for the American Cancer Society. Registration, including a shirt, prizes, food and water, costs $30. For details and registration, go to www.runningovercancer.com.
Open house on Apex land use plans
Apex will host an open house on proposed amendments to the 2030 Land Use Map from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the third floor of Town Hall, 73 Hunter St. For details, go to www.apexnc.org.
Public hearing on Fuquay-Varina bonds
Fuquay-Varina will host a public hearing to consider allowing more time to issue bonds approved during a 2007 referendum at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 401 Old Honeycutt Road. For details, go to www.fuquay-varina.org.
Toddler Story Time
Barnes & Noble will host story time for toddlers at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Cary Downtown Farmers Market
The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open from 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays at 135 W. Chatham St. For details, go to www.caryfarmersmarket.com.
Green Level West Road workshop
Cary residents can share suggestions, ideas and questions on plans to widen Green Level West Road in a drop-in session from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 8, 408 Mills Park Drive, Cary. For information on the project, go to bit.ly/1m3ZtXA.
Lisa Carter will talk about her new book, “Beneath a Navajo Moon,” at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Preschool Story Time
Barnes & Noble will host story time for preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Holly Springs Community Band open rehearsal
Anyone is invited to listen to the Holly Springs Community Band rehearse from 7-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. For more information, go to www.hollyspringsband.net.
Zoning map open house
Morrisville will host an open house on the draft Unified Development Ordinance Zoning Map from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 100 Town Hall Drive. For details, go to www.townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=634.
Contemporary Book Group
The Contemporary Book Group will talk about “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Cary will host a free BikeSafeNC program for licensed motorcyclists from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cary Police Department, 120 Wilkinson Ave. Registration is required. For details and registration, go to www.bikesafenc.com
En Plein Air Paint-Off
The third annual En Plein Air Paint-Off will be from 2:30-7 p.m. during Art After Dark in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Artists will paint the local landscape.
Holly Springs will host a Bingo night for families from 7-9 p.m. at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road. Cards cost $1, and all money from card sales will be given out as prizes. Anyone under 18 must come with an adult. For details, call 919-557-2496 or go to www.hollyspringsnc.us.
Spring for the Arts
Downtown Fuquay-Varina galleries, artists, businesses and organizations will host art events and activities from 5-9 p.m. For details, go to www.fuquayvarinaartscouncil.wildapricot.org.
Family dance night
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will host family dance night from 7-9 p.m. at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. There will be live music and square dancing. Admission costs $2 per person or $5 per family. For details, go to www.thehalle.org.
Cary Town Band concert
The Cary Town Band will play a free concert, “Dancing Around the World,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. For details, go to www.carytownband.org.
Holly Springs Community Band spring concert
The Holly Springs Community Band spring concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Admission is free, but ticket reservations are required. Donations for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard will be collected. To reserve tickets, call 919-567-4000. For information about the band, go to www.hollyspringsband.net.
Easter egg hunts and celebrations• The Holly Springs Spring Fling will be at Sugg Farm Park on Grigsby Avenue. There will be a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon. Register for a spot for $5 by Tuesday, April 8. Kids’ activities will start at 10 a.m. The Easter egg hunt for ages 8 and younger will begin at noon. For details or yard sale registration, call Julie Tew at 919-557-9603. For details, go to www.hollyspringsnc.us.
• Apex will host an Easter egg hunt from 10-11 a.m. on the Town Hall Campus on Hunter Street. Bring a basket.
• Cary will host an Easter egg hunt for ages 10 and younger at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for ages 3 and younger, 10:20 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. for ages 4 to 6 and 10:40 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. for ages 7 to 10 at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Flow Circus will give magic shows after the egg hunts at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Sertoma Amphitheatre. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
• Fuquay-Varina will host an Easter egg hunt from 10-11 a.m. at South Park, 900 S. Main St.
Farmers markets• The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 135 W. Chatham St. For details, go to www.caryfarmersmarket.com.
• The Western Wake Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at 1225 Morrisville-Carpenter Road, Cary. For details, go to www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
• The Apex Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 220 N. Salem St., Apex. For details, go to www.apexfarmersmarket.com.
Neighborhood yard sale
The Shepherd’s Vineyard neighborhood of Apex will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon. In case of bad weather, the event will be Saturday, April 19. For details, go to www.shepherdsvineyard.us.
Breakfast with the Bunny
The Cary Teen Council will host Breakfast with the Bunny before Cary’s Easter egg hunt from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Kiwanis Shelter at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. Tickets must be bought in advance for $4 for ages 10 and older, $3 for ages 3 to 9 and free for kids under 2 at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. Ages 9 and younger must come with a parent. For details, call 919-460-4965.
Apex will offer free paper shredding from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the truck of shredded documents is full, at the Apex Police Department, 205 Saunders St. Only documents with personal, identifying information will be shredded, such as bills or old checks. Each person can bring up to three small bags or boxes of paper.
Spring Litter Sweep
Volunteer for Cary’s Spring Litter Sweep from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at sites in Cary. Tools are provided. To register for a shift, call 919-469-4301. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
The Bookmarked! reading and music celebration will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cary Performance Green on the corner of Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road. The event, which will feature readers, musicians, games and arts activities, will raise money for Dorcas Ministries, Lucy Daniels Center and Cary Creative Center. For details, go to www.lucydanielscenter.org.
Morrisville will host its annual Green Day of document shredding, recycling, seed planting and environmental education from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Town Hall Drive. For details, go to www.townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=708.
Invasive Species Awareness Week
Learn about controlling and preventing invasive plant species from 10 a.m. to noon at Lake Crabtree County Park’s celebration of N.C. Invasive Species Awareness Week at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Volunteers will clean up the park’s invasive species from 1-3 p.m. Both programs for ages 12 and older require registration. To register, call 919-460-3355.
Holly Springs Reader’s Theater Troupe auditions
The Holly Springs Reader’s Theater Troupe will host auditions for its production of two short stories, “Lost at C” and “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories,” from noon to 4 p.m. in the Carolina Room of the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. For details, call 919-567-4000.
Barnes & Noble will host a “Little Critter” costume visit and story time at 2 p.m. at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival
The annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival with winners of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition will be from 2-9 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. There will be poetry readings, a reception and poets from around the world. For details, go to www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org.
‘What’s Great About You’
Janet Bauer will teach parents and teachers to recognize students’ talents with her book, “What’s Great About You,” at 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary.
Benefit for InterAct
A benefit concert for InterAct, a nonprofit that helps victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, will be from 3-11 p.m. at Waverly Place Commons on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. Admission is free. VIP tickets cost $100. For more information and the list of performers, go to www.nclocalmusic.com/2014-benefit-for-interact.