Cary News: Community

Daybook: Oct. 26-29

Artwork by Candy Carver is included in the exhibit “FREEDOM: The Experiment,” featuring works by five artists at the Cary Visual Art Gallery in downtown Cary. An opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
Artwork by Candy Carver is included in the exhibit “FREEDOM: The Experiment,” featuring works by five artists at the Cary Visual Art Gallery in downtown Cary. An opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Courtesy Cary Visual Art

A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.

Wednesday

Veterans Luncheon

Registration for Cary’s annual Veterans Luncheon is due. The annual event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. Free. For more information, call 919-469-4081 or go to bit.ly/2dZNShg.

Writing program

Learn more about writing short stories from 7-8 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive. Author Eryk Pruitt will discuss “Keeping It Short: Short Fiction Mechanics.” Registration required; call 919-463-8500 or go to bit.ly/1qCRI2x.

Blood donations

Blood can 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

Thursday

Senior Afternoon

The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., continues its Senior Afternoon Series with a screening of the film “Therapy for a Vampire” at 2 p.m. The event features discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.

Chorus performs

The Cary High School chorus performs at 7 p.m., at the school, 638 Walnut St. Cost: $5 adults, $2 students. For more information and tickets, go to caryhsperformingarts.com.

Barbecue fundraiser

The Apex nonprofit Friends of Guatemala holds a day-long fundraiser at City BBQ, 1305 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Live music in the evening. Proceeds will benefit a community school in Guatemala City. For more information: friendsofguatemala.com.

MiSciFi Festival films

The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows three films from the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. “The Brain Hack” and “Ni 28 - Strate 1” will be shown at 7 p.m.; “Chrysalis” will screen at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per session. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.

Friday

Wine Walk

The last fall Wine Walk for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Waverly Place shopping center, 2001 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Sampling glasses are $10; wine samples and special promotions will be available at participating merchants. A raffle will be held. waverlycary.com

Saturday

HollyFest

Holly Springs’ annual HollyFest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave. The event will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children’s activities, games, a business expo, a martial arts kick-a-thon fundraiser and a display of fire trucks and police vehicles. Free admission. bit.ly/2e0T8TA

Spiders, campfire

Learn about spiders at the Super Spiders program from 10-11:30 a.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. Cost: $1 per person; for all ages. Later in the day, come back to the park for the Sunset Campfire from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $1 per person; for all ages. Registration required for both programs; go to bit.ly/1YF8gC1. 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG

Canine Contest

The fourth annual Canine Contest is 1-3 p.m. at Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex. The event will feature contests for the best dog tricks and the coolest canine costume. Free; no registration required. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d9ixoY. bit.ly/2dYTZRB

‘Wonder Emporium’

The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens the film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” at 3 p.m. Cost: $5. For more information, call 919-462-2055 or go to thecarytheater.com.

Farmers markets

▪ 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.ag

Send calendar items two weeks in advance to carynews@newsobserver.com.

Final Friday

The Cary Art Loop’s monthly Final Friday art walk showcases arts and culture from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Food trucks and live performances will be featured at select events. For more information, go to caryartloop.org.

Receptions:

▪ 6-8 p.m., Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. “Fabulous Fakes” by the Fine Arts League of Cary.

▪ 6-8 p.m., Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. “Rhythm of the Sea” by Eileen Williams, “Venture” by Sterling Steven and “New Works” by the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild.

▪ 6-9 p.m., Cary Gallery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St. “Places in Mind,” featuring paintings by Ann Howe and Barbara Rohde and ceramics by Sherry Nicholson.

▪ 6-9 p.m., Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. Cary Photographic Artists’ ninth annual Open Juried Photography Exhibition.

▪ 6-9 p.m., Cary Visual Art, 122 E. Chatham St., second floor. “FREEDOM: The Experiment,” featuring works by five artists.

▪ 6-9 p.m., Studio 180 Salon, 312 W. Chatham St., Suite 204. Works by Hoop & Stick.

▪ 6-9 p.m., Village Art Circle, 200 S. Academy St., Suite 130. “Carolina on My Mind,” the gallery’s third annual juried art show.

▪ 6-9 p.m., Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, Waverly Place shopping center. Art of Errol Engelbrecht and Beth Carrington Brown.

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