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We have all heard the adage, "I want 'better' for my children.' With 20 years of evidence-based research, the Family Connects International program has proven to provide that “better” for children, families and communities. 

Bring a chair and blankets for the year's first Family Movie Night to support Operation Ceasefire on April 21 at Westover Recreation Center, 267 Bonanza Drive.

The city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County have partnered to host basic to intermediate computer skills classes throughout the year, according to a city news release.

A walk in the park with literacy

Can a walk in the park with a child help increase the little one’s literacy skills? The answer is yes, when the park features a StoryWalk. Cumberland County will soon have its second StoryWalk that you and the children in your life can enjoy.

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of Cumberland County's second StoryWalk.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. A.J. Tata will sign copies of his book “Total Empire” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Country Club, according to a news release.

All aboard the STEAM train!

If you love science and art, you don’t want to miss what Cumberland County Public Library has in store for the month of April. Join us at your favorite library branch for the 13th annual …

Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Fine Arts Department will present a six-show run of “Steel Magnolias” over two weekends starting Friday, according to a news release.

Buc-ee’s bonanza!

A Sheetz marries a Tractor Supply, and they give birth to two babies: Cracker Barrel and Hobby Lobby — but only the folksy home décor and casual-clothing parts of the stores.Add in …

Students of the Academy of Green Technology at Douglas Byrd High School recently led fifth-graders from District 7 Elementary School through hands-on demonstrations and experiments in sustainable and renewable energy, according to a news release from the Cumberland County Schools.

Cumberland County Extension Master Gardeners will hold its annual Plant Fair on April 15, at the extension center, 301 E. Mountain Drive.

The Art Gallery @ the Library at Fayetteville Technical Community College will host "FTCC Art Exhibition: 2023" through May 5.

Find the path to your future at the library’s Future Fair

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most of us hear that question from the time we’re old enough to talk. As kids, we tend to respond enthusiastically by naming whatever profession has piqued our interest.

Come hang out in the lounge of the newest and hottest hip-hop club in New York City at Cape Fear Regional Theatre beginning Thursday. Written by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by José Zayas, …

Author and filmmaker Kevin P. Duffus will speak about attacks by German U-boats on Allied forces during World War II off North Carolina’s coast in a lecture this week at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

What we’re reading

One of the best things about working at the Cumberland County Public Library is that you’re never at a loss when it comes to finding a good book. With a staff of more than 140 people, our reading tastes are all over the map. Take a look at what we’re reading, and you might find something that will interest you.

The Fayetteville Fire Department will celebrate Sparky’s birthday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Honeycutt Park. Activities for all ages will include story time with Sparky, a bounce house, face painting and live music.

A local  teacher received statewide honors from her peers at the 48th annual meeting of the N.C. Association for the Gifted and Talented in Winston-Salem on March 3. Cumberland County Schools teacher Sarena Myers was the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Gifted Award. 

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation, along with the Special Olympics Spring Games for Cumberland County, is seeking volunteers for the April 3 games, according to a city news release.

Downtown Fayetteville will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the "Irish You Would" bar crawl from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. Participating businesses will offer free goodies while supplies last, according to Cool Spring Downtown District.

Shortly after I moved to Fayetteville, I was near Hay Street when I heard church bells ringing out a hymn. This surprised me because I’m from New Jersey, where I had never heard bells ringing.

Wrestling is coming back to the Crown. “WWE Supershow” will return to Fayetteville at 7:30 p.m. on May 20 at the Crown Coliseum, according to a news release.

Spring is such an exciting season. We can spend more time outdoors without having to bundle up, and we can see our gardens and lawns coming back to life

Food favorites

One dish. Sometimes that’s all it takes for us to return to a particular restaurant. We crave the flavor, texture, aroma, the mere sight of that one special thing. Here are some favorites.

The Kenyon College Chamber Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann St.

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