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Cape Fear Regional Theatre opened its season with “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a show with London origins and an award-winning Broadway pedigree. The production opened Friday night. On Saturday night, it played before a sold-out audience.

Five reasons why you need a library card

September is Library Card Signup Month, and if you have a library card you are in the majority of Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, 61% of Americans 16 and older have a library card. That’s an impressive number, but we library workers are overachievers. We want it to be 100%.

Fayetteville Technical Community College will host a free public performance of “Indivisible,” a dramatic look at the causes of violence and division in American history by playwright, scholar and FTCC communications instructor Sonny Kelly.

The city of Fayetteville will host a block party to celebrate winning the All-America City Award from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday on the Festival Park promenade, behind the Festival Plaza building at 225 Ray Ave., according to a news release.

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers' annual beer festival, Pecktoberfest, returns to Segra Stadium for the fifth year on from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30. More than 20 breweries with more than 40 cold beer samples are confirmed to participate, a news release said.

Cumberland County Cooperative Extension will present a beginners beekeeping course with the first class on Sept. 28.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s new season opens this week. For a preview and a closer look at the theater's operation, CityView spoke with marketing director Ashley Owen and managing director Ella Wrenn. Find out more at www.cfrt.org.

With the recent catastrophic fires in Lahaina, Hawaii, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers has created a ticket link for the Sept. 6 game through which $5 for each ticket sold will be donated to help with relief efforts, according to a news release.

Ready, set, learn for students @ the library

With a new school year starting last week, parents and students may be wondering what more they can do to ensure academic success. Cumberland County Public Library is here to help you and your child reach academic goals and fulfill needs for the 2023-24 school year.

Tennis, football standouts recognized as Athletes of the Week

A tennis star at Gray’s Creek and a football tackler with 3 sacks earn weekly honors.

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers will kick off the last homestand of 2023 on Tuesday, Sept. 5, with the third annual Strike Out Suicide Night, with the goal of bringing resources to fans and promoting …

The return of Librari-Con

In 2007, Cumberland County Public Library hosted its first Librari-Con, a mini-convention celebrating anime, comic books and science fiction. The library was one of the first in the country to present an anime mini-convention.

A lecture about the life and influence of Fayetteville's namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette, will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 in the multipurpose room of the Tony Rand Student Center at Fayetteville Technical Community College, according to a news release.

Fayetteville Cumberland Parks and Recreation pools and some splash pads will operate with adjusted schedules beginning Monday as traditional schools return to the classroom, according to a release.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare theater company has been awarded a $45,000 grant to support its 2023-24 performance season.

Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library will host book sales beginning Monday. The Monday sale, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m., is for Friends of the Library members only, according to a news release.

Ready, set, learn at the library

As the first day of the new school year quickly approaches, parents and students may be wondering what more they can do to ensure academic success this school year. The  Cumberland County Public Library is here to help you and your child reach academic goals and fulfill needs for the 2023-24 school year.

The history and life stories of Black builders and architects in North Carolina are subjects of a traveling exhibit coming to the Museum of the Cape Fear beginning Sept. 6. The museum, at 801 Arsenal Ave., will host Preservation North Carolina’s traveling exhibit “We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects and Builders in North Carolina.”

The Cumberland County Fair will return to the Crown Complex on Sept. 1-10. The fair will showcase the history of agricultural communities, celebrate a diversity of local arts and crafts, and provide family entertainment.

Take a look back at Cumberland County’s pine tar days

"Tar Heel" is a common nickname for North Carolina residents, but do you know the origin of the term? Tar Heel was originally an insult referring to North Carolina’s perceived backwardness and the state’s heavy involvement in the turpentine industry, where tar from the trees could easily coat the workers.

City Center Gallery & Books will host a book signing by Steve DeVane, a reporter and editor at the Fayetteville Observer for more than 10 years. His book is titled “Your Midlife: The Playbook for Your Second Half.”

Cliffdale Ukulele Club promises musical fun

Get into music in a fun and easy way by learning to play the ukulele. Cumberland County Public Library is excited to launch the Cliffdale Ukulele Club. The group will meet at the Cliffdale Regional Library, 6882 Cliffdale Road, on the second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. beginning Sept. 9.

Latin music, jazz and a North Carolina composer are part of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Fine Arts Series, which recently won a $5,000 grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County.

The third annual I Love My Community Cookout and Giveaway is scheduled for Aug. 19 at the Murchison Road Food Truck Park, according to a news release. 

Library engages community members where they live

In early June, the Cumberland County Public Library’s community engagement division launched “Operation Raid Fayetteville.” The goal of the campaign is to reach out to people in underserved and rural areas of the county and inform them of the library’s many free programs and resources.

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