This week’s day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.
Music in the library
Pianist Charles Wolf performs a selection of popular music from 2-3 p.m. at Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. Free. bit.ly/1Us9hOQ
‘City of Gold’
The film “City of Gold” screens at 2 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The documentary profiles Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Cost: $5. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
Harry Potter parties
Celebrate Harry Potter books at parties from 3-4 p.m. at both the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex, and West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. The events will feature various Harry Potter-themed activities. Free. For ages 6-10. Registration either required or recommended. For Apex, go to bit.ly/1Us9hOQ. For Cary, go to bit.ly/1TGAywa.
Dance lessons for veterans
Soldiers Who Salsa and the Franklin-Sloan VFW Post 7383 in Cary are hosting free dance lessons for Triangle-area military veterans from 3-4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post, 522 Reedy Creek Road. Singles and couples welcome. Ballroom, Latin and line dancing will be featured. No prior dance experience needed. For more information, call 919-539-3797, email email@example.com or visit caryvfw7383.org.
Chatham Street Chowdown
The Chatham Street Chowdown is 5-9:30 p.m. The food truck rodeo, which also features live music and beer and wine vendors, will be held on East Chatham Street. More than 25 vendors are scheduled to be on site. Rain or shine. The Whiskey Runners and the EG Peters Band will perform.
For more information and a lineup of participating food trucks, go to bit.ly/1lk1v7Q.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is from 2-6:30 p.m. at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary.
Blood also may 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
‘The Green Mermaid’
The Carolina Puppet Theatre presents “The Green Mermaid” 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. For more information and tickets: bit.ly/1TZWfYg.
Imagine Cary open house
Imagine Cary holds an open house on the draft 2040 Cary Community Plan from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. Town staff members and the planning team will be available to answer questions. Public input is welcome. For more information, go to bit.ly/29P2mMY.
National Night Out
The Morrisville Police Department is hosting a National Night Out celebration from 6-9 p.m. outside the Target store at Park West Shopping Center, 3001 Market Center Drive. The event will feature McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog, police and fire vehicles, children’s activities and more. Rain date is Tuesday, Aug. 9.
The Cary Community Foundation and the Morrisville Community Fund are accepting grant applications through noon from nonprofit organizations in each town that serve general charitable needs. For information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.
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
Fish for free from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Park staff will provide bait and basic instruction. Catch and release only. Bring equipment or borrow from the park. For all ages; 16 and older must have a valid N.C. fishing license. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required: bit.ly/29z1M7o.
Movie at Halle
The Halle Cultural Arts Center screens the movie “Brooklyn,” rated PG-13, for teens and adults at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to bit.ly/2a5FCuE.
North Carolina State Auditor Chuck Stuber is the guest speaker at the Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake meeting at Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon; cost is $20. The club meets the first Thursday of each month. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. rwcsw.org
Olympics at The Cary
Watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics on the big screen at The Cary theater beginning at 7 p.m. Free admission at the door. Other Olympic screenings are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 21. For more information: 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com.
‘Birding with Vernon’
Discover different types of birds and their habitats during the “Birding with Vernon” program from 8:30-10 a.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. Free; no registration required. All ages. For more information, go to bit.ly/29z1M7o.
ComForCare Home Care hosts a screening of “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” at 10 a.m. at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. The award-winning documentary shows how music can transform the lives of people with dementia.
The event also will feature vendor exhibits before the film, a discussion after the showing and lunch. Free. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Registration required. To register, go to joyfulmemories.com or call the ComForCare Home Care Raleigh office at 919-647-9150.
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
Music in the park
The Apex Music and Movies in the Park Series presents a concert by reggae musician Étú-Bmik at 7 p.m. 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 Apex Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 220 N. Salem St., Apex. apexfarmersmarket.com
▪ The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 135 W. Chatham St. caryfarmersmarket.com
▪ The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina has moved to the Raleigh Street Parking Lot, 101 Raleigh St. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon. The Wednesday locations remain the same. growers-market.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 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
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