This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
The LexisNexis Ironman 70.3 Raleigh triathlon begins at 7 a.m. at Jordan Lake. A bike race and run will follow throughout Chatham and Wake counties. The event will end at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh.
For more information, including spectator viewing areas, race routes and road closures, go to bit.ly/1Y2wV5z.
Horse Hugs fundraiser
Horse Hugs, a miniature horse visitation and rescue, is holding an open house fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. at 3813 Sparrow Pond Lane, Raleigh. Tickets at the door are $10 per person, $35 per family. Canceled if raining.
Craft and vendor fair
The International Travel Girl Scout troop for North Carolina Coastal Pines is hosting a craft and vendor fair from 1-5 p.m. at the Apex Chamber of Commerce building, 220 N. Salem St. More than 30 vendors will be featured.
Wake County Public Libraries is hosting special family events from 1:30-4 p.m. at area regional libraries to launch its annual summer reading program.
Children’s activities, performances and more will be featured at the libraries: Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex, 919-387-2100, and West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary, 919-463-8500. The reading program, for all ages, runs through July 31. bit.ly/1Xcqxd3
Sundays with Truffaut
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., kicks off its Sundays with Truffaut series with a showing of the film “Jules and Jim” at 2 p.m. The legendary François Truffaut directs the movie, which is considered among the best films ever made. Cost: $5. thecarytheater.com
Kids Together party
The special needs-accessible Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park celebrates its birthday with a free party from 3-5 p.m. at the picnic shelter at the park, 111 Thurston Drive, Cary. Children’s activities and a parade with Katal the KT Dragon will be featured. Refreshments will be served. For more information: bit.ly/1WY2mNA.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center kicks off the summer season with a week-long series of free family-friendly films at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-10, at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Bring snacks and a blanket. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
The movie “Ice Age,” rated PG, will be shown Monday. Other films in the series are: “Frozen,” Tuesday, June 7; “Pirate Fairy,” Wednesday, June 8; “The Good Dinosaur,” Thursday, June 9; and “Paddington,” Friday, June 10. 919-249-1120, bit.ly/1WURaTe
Children’s film series
Bring the kids to Film Day - Fun Day, The Cary theater’s special morning film showings on select Tuesdays in June and July. All films begin at 10 a.m. and cost $1. “Toy Story” kicks off the series this week. For more information, go to thecarytheater.com/special-series.
Teen Scene features programs for students in grades 6-10 from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. This week’s program is Candy Sushi. To register: bit.ly/1TGAywa, 919-463-8500.
‘Little Red Hen’
The Carolina Puppet Theatre will present “The Little Red Hen” at 11 a.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Cost is $5 per person; free for children under a year old. An additional presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1qF6Uf8.
Thank You Lunch
Registration is due for the First Responders Thank You Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Noah’s Event Venue of Morrisville, 5180 Paramount Parkway. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the 200 Club of Wake County, which provides financial assistance to families of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The event is being sponsored by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $30 per employee of member firms and family members of first responders; $45 for nonmembers. For more information and to register: bit.ly/1qLDKev.
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. growers-market.com
Hob Nob Jazz Series
La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet will perform at 5:45 p.m. in the season’s final concert 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.
Wind Down Wednesdays
The Band of Oz performs from 6-9 p.m. as part of the Wind Down Wednesdays free outdoor concert series at Waverly Place shopping center, 575 New Waverly Place, Cary. The series runs through July 27.
Chairs and well-behaved dogs are welcome. There is a toddler playground and splash pad. Outside alcohol, glass containers and coolers are prohibited. For more information and a lineup of performers, go to bit.ly/1TKrq9V.
N.C. sports history
Luke DeCock, sports columnist for The News & Observer, will discuss the state’s sports history from 7-8:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration is requested. To register: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1Ue9fFk.
Story time for families is 11 a.m. Thursdays at Thrift 2 Gift, 1402 E. Williams St., Apex.
The Cary theater is showing movies at 2 p.m. on select Thursdays in June and July as part of its Summer Series for Seniors. The screenings begin this week with the film “Hockney.” The event features special discounted tickets for seniors. Cost: $5; $4 for seniors. For more information, go to thecarytheater.com/special-series.
‘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 email@example.com.
Teen Scene features programs for students in grades 6-10 from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. This week’s program is Giant Candyland.
Upcoming programs are: Art Night, June 16; Teen Tech Night, June 23; and Chocolate Olympics, June 30. For more information and to register, email Linda Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens movies for $5 each. thecarytheater.com
▪ “Born to be Blue” at 7 p.m.
▪ “Hockney” at 9:15 p.m.
Music at the library
The Lost Nomads will perform a selection of international music from 7-8 p.m. at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. 919-387-2100
Movies by Moonlight
The Movies by Moonlight film series will show “Kung Fu Panda 3,” rated PG, at 8:30 p.m. (dusk) at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Cost is $5; children 12 and under are admitted free.
Gates open at 7 p.m. Special children’s activities will be featured. Bring a blanket or chair. No pets. Picnics are allowed, including beer and wine. The Baozi dumpling food truck will be on site. A portion of proceeds will benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital. 919-462-2025, bit.ly/1X8AlVz.
Art After Dark
The monthly art market is 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
Art auction, gala
The annual “En Plein Air” art auction and gala fundraiser is from 6-9 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Original works of art completed during the “En Plein Air” painting event in May will be on display for participants to bid on during the evening’s silent auction. Free live music and dancing will be featured from 7-8:30 p.m.
Refreshments and light fare will be provided by Enrigo’s Italian Bistro. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. For more information: bit.ly/1Rl3QdQ.
Summer at the Springs
Holly Springs’ Summer at the Springs free outdoor concert series hosts BellaTrix, a four-piece version of the band BaileysComet, from 6:30-9 p.m. on the lawn of the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Bring chairs or a blanket. Food trucks will be on site. hollyspringsnc.us
Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer will teach dances for all ages from 7-9 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Live, old-time string band music will be provided by local musicians for the dances, which will feature Square, Circle, Appalachian and other traditional styles. No experience or partner required. Cost: $5 per family or $2 per person at the door. bit.ly/1TSQ4p0
Starlight Concert Series
The Starlight Concert Series presents the group Craicdown at 7 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. The trio will perform acoustic roots music with a rock-inspired flair. Free. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. No alcoholic beverages or pets. For information: 919-460-4963, bit.ly/1iPPWjS.
Movies at Bradford
The Summer Movies on the Green series shows free films at 8:30 p.m. (dusk) the second Friday of the month through September outside the Bradford Apartments, 21035 Bradford Green Square, Cary. “Finding Nemo,” rated G, will be shown this week. Bring a chair and snacks.
Upcoming films: July 8, “Minions;” Aug. 12, “Inside Out;” and Sept. 9, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Registration ends Friday, June 10, for the guided Nature Photography Hike Sunday, June 12, at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. The hike, in honor of National Nature Photography Day, is from 9:30-11 a.m. and is for ages 12 and older. All photography skill levels may attend. Bring any camera - even a cell phone. For more information: bit.ly/24h9ZiI.
Charity Yard Sale
The Apex Police Department’s third annual Charity Yard Sale to benefit SafeChild, rescheduled from June 4, starts at 7 a.m. at the corner of N.C. 55 and Mason Street, Apex.
Race for the Cure
The 20th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure begins at 7:30 a.m. at The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park. The event, which raises funds and awareness for breast health programs, also will feature live music, a cancer survivor celebration, games and food trucks. To register or learn more, visit komennctc.org.
The Holly Springs Police Department is hosting a rabies clinic for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave. Vaccinations are $5, cash only.
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.
Harris Lake County Park hosts the Way Back When Wagon Ride from 2-3:30 p.m. at the park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. The event will feature a historical tour of the park. Cost: $5 per family or $3 per person. Registration required by Thursday, June 9: bit.ly/1sXqFAx.
The Honey Dewdrops
The husband and wife duo The Honey Dewdrops bring their take on Americana music to Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Free. Rain location: Kiwanis Shelter at Bond Park. 919-469-4061, bit.ly/1TOfdD4, bit.ly/1fEabFy
Movie in the park
The Apex Movie and Movies in the Park Series will screen a family-friendly movie at dusk at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Call 919-249-1120 for the movie title. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
The film “Hockney,” a documentary on the famed artist, will screen at 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The theater also will show “Born to be Blue” at 9:15 p.m. Cost: $5 each. thecarytheater.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.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
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