This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
‘Star Wars’ Fest
West Regional Library will host a “Star Wars” Fest from 2-4:30 p.m. at the library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Crafts, books and activities for all ages will be featured. Registration is requested: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1qCRI2x.
The Joy Recorder Ensemble performs at 2 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens movies for $5 each. thecarytheater.com
▪ “The Great Debaters” at 2 p.m.
Triangle Youth String Orchestra
The Triangle Youth String Orchestra and Triangle Youth String Sinfonia perform at 3 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students in grades K-12. philharmonic-association.org
Concerts for a Cause
A concert fundraiser for WCPE-FM classical radio station will be at 4 p.m. at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Drive, Cary. The Cary High School Concert Chorus, Cary Presbyterian Chancel Choir, Cary Town Band, Kirk of Kildaire Chancel Choir and Triangle Community Orchestra will perform. Donations will be accepted. Childcare provided for children 5 and under; call three days in advance to reserve a space. 919-467-4944, kirkofkildaire.org
Artist Terry Isaac will be at Ashley’s Art Gallery, 701 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina, from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be live music and refreshments and a raffle to win a canvas by Isaac. Proceeds will go to the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club, which plans to buy a sculpture for the town. The drawing is at 5:30 p.m. Call 919-744-4274 for raffle tickets.
Transit plan review
Wake County residents can review and comment on the recommended county transit plan from 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 2, in Room 182 of the Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina. The meeting is part of a public comment period that runs through May 18. The full plan can be found online at waketransit.com.
The Eva Perry Regional Library hosts a discussion of “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom at 7 p.m. at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100
AARP of Cary
The Cary Chapter of the AARP will meet at 12:15 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place. The program will feature a dulcimer concert and discussion. For information, call 919-467-1424.
Holly Springs seniors can play bingo from 1-3 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road. Bingo cards cost $1 and there will be cash prizes of up to $10.
Hob Nob Jazz Series
The Hob Nob Jazz Series kicks off at Koka Booth Amphitheatre with a performance by saxophonist Marcus Anderson at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Packages for all 5 series performances are $20. Concerts begin at 5:45 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Parking is free. Tickets are at Booth Amphitheatre, 800-514-3849, or boothamphitheatre.com.
Film on food waste
“Just Eat It,” a documentary film about food waste, screens at 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Free tickets at the door. A panel discussion will follow. thecarytheater.com
Story time for families is 11 a.m. Thursdays at Thrift 2 Gift, 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
Cary lunch concerts
Cary’s downtown lunch concert series continues from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free concerts will be every Thursday in April and May on the lawn of the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary. Picnic tables are provided. My Cousin Skinny, an acoustic duo, is the featured act.
Talk with school board member
Drop in for a Parent Chat about education with Wake County School Board member Bill Fletcher from 1-2 p.m. at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, 307 N. Acadmy St. bit.ly/1rf3wbN
Wake County residents can review and comment on the recommended county transit plan from 4-7 p.m. in the Summit Room of the Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. The meeting is part of a public comment period that runs through May 18. The full plan can be found online at waketransit.com.
Teen Scene, for students in grades 6-10, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with activities from 7-8 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100
The financial seminar is at 7 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Topics include how to earn more income and how to become properly protected, debt free and financially independent. Registration is recommended: 919-463-8500 or wakegov.com./libraries.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens movies for $5 each. thecarytheater.com.
▪ “Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla” at 7 p.m.
▪ “The Great Debaters” at 9:15 p.m.
Apex United Methodist Church will hold its 24th annual barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 100 S. Hughes St. The cost is $10 per plate, dine in or take out. Proceeds will be used for various mission projects of the church including the Western Wake Crisis Ministry, Appalachian Service Project, Habitat for Humanity and Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Cary Visual Art will host the fundraiser CVA Collects from 5-8 p.m. at Fidelity Square in downtown Cary. Tickets are $25 for the all-you-can-eat barbecue. Art exhibits will be featured during the event, which celebrates the group’s 20-year support of visual arts in Cary. Tickets: bit.ly/1VIMYoQ. caryvisualart.org
Step back in time with the annual Oldies Drive-In from 5-9 p.m. at White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. The event is a fundraiser for the church’s Youth Ministry programs. Entrance fee is $3 per vehicle. Classic cars and music from the 50s, 60s and 70s will be featured in the church parking lot. “Elvis” also is expected to stop by. Food, including hamburgers and milkshakes, will be available for purchase from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Morrisville outdoor movies
Morrisville’s Movies in the Park series is 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway, on Field No. 1. The film “Minions” will be screened at 7:30 p.m., or when it gets dark. There will be bounce houses, music and games. Admission is free, but food trucks will be on site. In case of rain, the film will be shown Saturday, May 7.
Peak City Sound performs at 7 p.m. at the Depot in downtown Apex. The group will perform classic and contemporary hits. apexpeakfest.com
The Raleigh Flute Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Drive, Raleigh. Pieces to be performed include music from Appalachia; a medley of Carpathian folk tunes; and works by Debussy, Schubert and Joplin. Donations will benefit Avent West Children’s Mentoring Program, wbpresbyterian.com/outreachministries. raleighflutechoir.org
‘En Plein Air’
The third annual “En Plein Air: Paint the Town Paint Day” competition is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Cary. Visitors can watch artwork being created and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Rain date is Saturday, May 14. Artwork will be on display in participating downtown businesses through early June and will be sold at a silent arts auction and gala on Friday, June 10. townofcary.org
▪ 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<code_dp>.ag
▪ 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 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 Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina is open 8 a.m. to noon in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 121 N. Main St. growers-market.com
▪ The Waverly Place Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Waverly Place at the intersection of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Roads, Cary. bit.ly/1SgOIjn.
The seventh annual Herbfest is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. The event will feature herbs, crafts, garden products, food, children’s activities and a silent auction. Butterfly releases are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. friendsofpagewalker.org
The 36th annual Apex PeakFest is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Salem Street in downtown Apex. Arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment, music and information booths will be featured. apexpeakfest.com
The band and choral boosters at Apex Friendship High School are holding a mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school, 7801 Humie Olive Road. Proceeds will benefit the schools’ band and choral programs. For more information: bit.ly/1VCbFDm.
Food in Jars
The program on preparing traditional fermented, canned and preserved foods at home is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Registration is requested: 919-387-2100.
‘Star Wars’ at library
The Eva Perry Regional Library’s “Star Wars” Fest is from noon to 2:45 p.m. at 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The animated movie “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will be shown at noon, followed by crafts, activities, books and trivia. Registration is required: 919-387-2100.
Kids Appreciation Day
The annual family event is from 2-4:30 p.m. at Sugg Farm Park, Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs. Various children’s activities, information booths and vendors will be featured. The fundraiser supports Kiwanis youth projects. hollyspringskiwanis.org
Send calendar items two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.