This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Ratha Yatra festivities
The Ratha Yatra Festival of Chariots and Festival of India ceremonies begin with a chariot procession at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Town Hall Drive and Treybrooke Drive to Church Street Park, 5800 Cricket Pitch Way, Morrisville. After the parade, a festival showcasing the spiritual culture of India will be held at the park. The festival will feature a free vegetarian lunch, vendors, dancing, children’s activities, floats, traditional costumes and Vedic rituals, music and theater. For more information, go to rathayatranc.com.
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Cary Food and Flea
The Downtown Cary Food and Flea market is open from noon to 4 p.m. in Ashworth Village, at the corner of Academy and Chatham streets. The event features local food, art, crafts and live music. For details, go to dtcfoodandflea.com, bit.ly/213dQiN.
‘Beach Blanket Bingo’
It’s a beach party with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens “Beach Blanket Bingo” at 2 p.m. Cost: $5. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
The Lung Transplant Foundation’s annual Fred Krenrich Golf Classic fundraiser begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost: $150 per golfer. For more information, go to lungtransplantfoundation.org.
Bridge players meet from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, 820 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. New players welcome. 919-552-1430
Professional organizer Nancy Haworth will discuss ways to monitor time and improve productivity from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. For more information and to register: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
Ready to start a business? Learn the basics at the free Business Plan Basics program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ.
Teen Scene features programs for students in grades 6-10 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. This week’s program is Chocolate Olympics. Registration required: 919-463-8500, bit.ly/1TGAywa.
Miracle League baseball game
The fundraiser All-Star Game between the Holly Springs Salamanders and the Advance Players Academy of the Miracle League is at 7 p.m. at the North Main Athletic Complex, 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs. The event also will feature a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, a race around the bases and more. Proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of the Triangle and Holly Springs Civitan. Tickets: $5. bit.ly/1FFCBrR
Children’s film series
Bring the kids to Film Day - Fun Day, The Cary theater’s special morning film showings on select Tuesdays in July. Films begin at 10 a.m. and cost $1. The series continues with a showing of “Best of the Fest: Kid Flix 1” on Tuesday, July 12. Recommended for ages 3-7. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Jn6Jw.
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. and at the Hook and Cleaver’s 409 Broad St. location from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. growers-market.com
The Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill will test sirens at full volume between 10 and 11 a.m. The test may be performed more than once.
Wind Down Wednesdays
Spare Change 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.
Lawn 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.
Apex Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services presents Bingo Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. For persons with special needs ages 16 and older. Cost: $5. To register, call 919-249-3507 or go to apexnc.org/peakconnect. The next Bingo Night will be Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Author and editor Alice Osborn presents “Write It: Marketing Your Written Work” from 7-8 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. Registration recommended. bit.ly/1TGAywa
Pizza and a movie
The Halle Cultural Arts Center will show a family-friendly movie at 6 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Cost: $5; $2 for ages 2 and younger. Pizza, bottled water, fruit and a cookie are included. For more information: 919-249-1120, thehalle.org.
Physical therapy class
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. Another class is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 11. For more information: bit.ly/1YQgBmu.
‘Hologram for the King’
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows the film “A Hologram for the King” at 7 p.m. “17th annual Animation Show of Shows” screens at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
A blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at WakeMed Cary, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road.
Blood also may be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150, Cary: 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
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
Movies by Moonlight
The Movies by Moonlight film series will show “Pitch Perfect,” rated PG-13, 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. A portion of proceeds will benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital. 919-462-2025, bit.ly/1TTOVKl.
Zach’s Toy Chest
The nonprofit organization Zach’s Toy Chest, based in Holly Springs, is hosting a Summer’s Eve with Santa for pediatric cancer survivors and children currently in treatment and their families at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.
On Monday, Aug. 29, the group is hosting the Bill Medlin Golf Tournament fundraiser at Devils Ridge Golf Club, 5107 Linksland Drive, Holly Springs.
For more information about either event and to help sponsor the golf tournament, call Holly Schwab at 702-439-9394 or visit zachstoychest.org.
Motorcyclists can have their riding skills assessed during the free Bike Safe N.C. Class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Apex Police Department, 205 S. Saunders St. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/28XWu6P.
SuperFun Saturday is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. Apex. The free event features arts and crafts activities for children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., shows “17th Annual Animation Show of Shows” at 7 p.m. The film “Hello My Name is Doris” screens at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Movie in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series will show the film “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” rated PG-13, at dusk at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Picnics allowed; no pets or alcohol. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information: bit.ly/24h0m3r.
▪ 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. Starting Saturday, July 16, it will move to the Raleigh Street Parking Lot, 101 Raleigh St. The Wednesday locations will remain the same. growers-market.com
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