This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Senior Appreciation Day
Cary’s Senior Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tennis Park at 2727 Louis Stephens Drive.
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A talk about the book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple is at 10 a.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100.
A discussion of the book “Blackman’s Coffin” by Mark de Castrique is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. 919-463-8500
Hob Nob Jazz Series
The Atomic Rhythm All Stars perform at 5:45 p.m. as part of the Hob Nob Jazz Series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Free parking. Tickets are at Booth Amphitheatre, 800-514-3849, or boothamphitheatre.com.
Different Ways of Thinking
West Regional Library screens a film on the ways animals think at 7 p.m. at the library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The film is part of the TED Talks series. Registration is recommended: 919-463-8500 or wakegov.com./libraries.
Story time for families is 11 a.m. Thursdays at Thrift 2 Gift, 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
Cary lunch concerts
The Hank Smith Duo, a bluegrass group, is the featured act from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cary downtown lunch concert. Free concerts will be held every Thursday in May on the lawn of the Ivey-Ellington House, 135 W. Chatham St. Picnic tables are provided.
Community blood drive
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 12119 and Rex Blood Services will host a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. To register: kofc12119.com. Walk-ins are welcome.
Learning at the Library
The drop-in program for preschool and elementary school children is from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. Reading with a buddy and learning activities are featured. For more information, email Linda Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esprit de She
The Gildan Esprit de She 5K and 10K begins at 4:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The women’s event is a fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Triangle. To register: bit.ly/1W3MwlT, boothamphitheatre.com.
The Morrisville Rotary Club hosts Wines Around the World from 6-8:30 p.m. at RDU General Aviation Terminal. The event features music, wine, beer, food and a raffle. Tickets for the fundraiser, which supports local and international charities, are $35 per person. For more information and tickets: winesaroundtheworld.org.
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Physical therapy classes
Back in Action Physical Therapy will teach a free class on the prevention and treatment of neck, shoulder and back pain at 6:30 p.m. at Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs. Other classes are scheduled for June 16, July 14 and Aug. 11. For more information: bit.ly/1YQgBmu.
TED Talk film
The Eva Perry Regional Library screens the film “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The film is part of the library’s TED Talk series. A discussion will follow. For more information: 919-387-2100.
Teen Scene for grades 6-10 celebrates Free Comic Book Day and Get Caught Reading Month from 7-8 p.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. For more information: 919-387-2100.
The Green Hope High School band is selling car wash tickets for $18. Tickets can be purchased from band members or email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets expire Thursday, May 19.
Special Olympics fundraiser
The Cops on Top fundraiser for N.C. Special Olympics is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Apex Chick-Fil-A, 1110 Beaver Creek Commons Drive. Apex police officers will spend time on the restaurant’s roof and ask for donations. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. 919-249-3467
The Eva Perry Regional Library hosts Book Blast, a book discussion for second- and third-grade students, from 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. The featured book is “Grasshopper Magic” by Lynne Jonell. Registration requested: bit.ly/1Us9hOQ, 919-387-2100.
“Sasquatch Escape” by Suzanne Selfors will be discussed during Book Blast from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The event is for second- and third-grade students. Registration is requested: 919-463-8500 or wakegov.com./libraries.
Art After Dark
The local art market is scheduled from 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/24vIP9K
Movies by Moonlight
The Movies by Moonlight film series opens with a screening of “Rio 2,” rated G, at 8:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Cost is $5; children 12 and under are admitted free. Gates open at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair. Picnics are allowed. A portion of proceeds benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital.
Purple Cloth 5K
The Purple Cloth 5K fundraiser for Dorcas Ministries, hosted by Genesis United Methodist Church of Cary, begins at 8 a.m. at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. For more information: purplecloth5k.com.
▪ 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 Cary Senior Center plant exchange is at 9:15 a.m. at 120 Maury O’Dell Place. Plant drop-off is 8:30-9 a.m. and the exchange starts at 9:15 a.m. Registration is required. bit.ly/23oDSA4
Heritage Day in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museums of Fuquay-Varina, Ashworth Historic Park, 121-131 S. Fuquay Ave. The living history event features museum tours and demonstrations on making tar, making lace, cooking over an open fire, quilting and tobacco auctioneering. bit.ly/26xnoHx
The dedication of the memorial for victims of crashes involving American Eagle Flights 3378 and 3379 is 10 a.m. at Carpenter Park, 1580 Morrisville Carpenter Road. A reception will follow at Good Hope Baptist Church, 6628 Good Hope Church Road, Cary. The memorial is about one mile from where Flight 3379 crashed on Dec. 13, 1994. Flight 3378 crashed on Feb. 19, 1988. RSVP: 404-881-2895 or email@example.com.
Fairy Garden class
A free Fairy Garden class is at 11 a.m. at The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. Registration is required: 919-552-0590, NelsasGardenHut.com.
Ritmo Latino Festival
The Ritmo Latino Festival is from noon to 6:30 p.m. on the Cary Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St. The event will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, music and entertainment. Before the festival, a soccer clinic for children will be held from 11 a.m. to noon; registration for the clinic is at 10:30 a.m. diamanteinc.org
Learning with Legos
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can practice planning, problem-solving and teamwork using Legos from 1-2 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. No registration; drop-ins welcome. For more information: 919-463-8500 or wakegov.com./libraries.
Colored Pencil Society
The Colored Pencil Society of Raleigh/Durham Chapter 114 meets from 1-3 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Visitors are welcome.
Morrisville’s SpringFest is from 4-9 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Drive. Games, performances, children’s activities and food trucks will be featured. bit.ly/249nAOu
Spring Sertoma Series
The series, in partnership with PineCone, presents the bluegrass band Mile Twelve at 5 p.m. at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. bit.ly/1fEabFy
Dinner on Depot Street
The dining and dancing fundraiser is 6 to 11 p.m. on Depot Street in the historic shopping district of Fuquay-Varina. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from the event go to Fuquay-Varina Downtown, the nonprofit that administers the N.C. Main Street Program.
Tigers on Parade
Bengal tigers will prowl the streets of downtown Fuquay-Varina through Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsors and artists will unveil their decorated tiger sculptures at the Dinner on Depot event. Beginning Monday, May 16, the tigers will be stationed at various downtown locations. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association encourages spreading “Tiger love” on social media - use #fvdowntown and #fvroar. The tigers will be auctioned off during the town’s Chili Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, on Depot Street. bit.ly/1qPx2UZ
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Masters of Disaster
The Cary theater presents Masters of Disaster, a series of films dedicated to confirming that things really can go from bad to worse. Cost: $5 each. The theater is at 122 E. Chatham St. For more information: thecarytheater.com.
▪ “The Poseidon Adventure” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12
▪ “The Andromeda Strain” at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, May 12
▪ ”Meteor” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13
▪ ”The Swarm” at 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 13
▪ ”Airport” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14
▪ ”Avalanche” at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14
▪ ”The Towering Inferno” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15