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‘Art is love, and love is art’: Young people gather to paint, celebrate community

In downtown Fayetteville on Friday night, a group of about 30 met in a room above a barbershop to celebrate Black History Month — a time when many reflect on how Black people have contributed to and made this country what it is today.

Library’s Storytelling Festival moves to ‘Rhythm of a Story’

Music has always played a major role in my life. I grew up listening to music, singing in choirs and dancing to all kinds of beats. One of my favorite artists was Michael Jackson, who captivated me with his unique voice, smooth dance moves and the ability to tell stories through music and movement.

Sword fighting, quick costume changes and breakneck-speed jokes are in store for audiences of Gilbert Theater’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).”

Coming out of the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for a chance to socialize again. The Cumberland County Public Library offers programs that allow people with a common “thread” to hang out and do something they all enjoy. Both Bordeaux Branch Library and Hope Mills Branch Library provide monthly opportunities for social activities with just a needle and thread.

The county library will hold a book sale on Feb. 20 and Feb. 24-26. Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library will host a sale for library members only on Feb. 20. On Feb. 24-26, sales will be open to the public, according to a news release.

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church is the subject of a Black History Month exhibit at the Fayetteville History Museum for the month of February. St. Joseph’s is the oldest African American Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, according to the museum.

St. Ann Catholic Church in downtown Fayetteville will host a blood drive Saturday. The drive will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 357 N. Cool Spring St.

This spring, Cumberland County Public Library will take part in North Carolina Reads. This annual series features five books that explore issues of racial, social and gender equality as well as the history and culture of North Carolina.

“Direct From Sweden: The Music of ABBA” will bring “Mama Mia” to the Crown Theatre on Saturday night. The show, part of the 87th season of the Community Concerts series, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the theater at 1960 Coliseum Drive. Tickets range from $38 to $78, according to the Crown Complex website.

Valentine’s Day is coming quickly. Here are some ways to treat your sweetheart:

The past few years have been difficult for everyone, including the young children in our communities. Children who have just entered formal education or are about to begin school face unprecedented obstacles in socializing and structure because of recent global events that made social distancing the norm.

“Matilda the Musical,” which has been growing in fame and popularity since it debuted in London’s Cambridge Theatre in 2010, has come to Fayetteville. Matilda and her powerful intellect …

“Bees Are Amazing” is the title of a workshop planned by Cumberland County Cooperative Extension in a return of its Better Living Series for 2023, according to a news release. The …

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform a choral work based on Psalm 100 at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann St.

The city's second annual New Year’s Eve event featured headliner Tony! Toni! Tone! at Festival Park. Night Circus: A District New Year’s Eve Spectacular also included carnival …

A new grant program sponsored by the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County is channeling funding to cultural agencies that promote diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion outreach, …

The best gift ever: A library card

The next time you are looking for the perfect gift, stop by your nearest Cumberland County Public Library branch and pick up a gift appropriate for all ages that keeps giving all year long: Get a Cumberland County Public Library card.

Downtown Fayetteville is in the swing of things for the holiday season. A new public art exhibit features eight red metal frames shaped like houses to downtown sidewalks, each with a single-seat …

The historic Dr. E.E. Smith House will be open for Christmas tours this week in what organizers hope will become an annual celebration, according to a city news release.

CARY — For seven holiday seasons, the town of Cary has given residents and out-of-town visitors alike one of the most enchanting and memorable festivals imaginable. The annual Chinese Lantern Festival in Koka Booth Amphitheatre just off Regency Parkway brings in thousands of spectators from throughout North Carolina. This year, the festival opened Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 8.

Christmas carols, classical music and jazz will enhance your holiday spirit as the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents three performances beginning Friday.

Leave the cooking to someone else

For many of us, two things inevitably happen over the holidays. Family or friends visit from out of town, and your home’s chief cook and bottle washer could really use a break away from the kitchen. Where do you go? We asked some Fayetteville food lovers, including a couple of restaurant owners, for their suggestions. Here’s what they had to say.

The hills are coming alive as the Gilbert Theater brings a classic musical to the local stage. Traditionally, Gilbert Theater has produced a Christmas-themed production to close out the year. “The Sound of Music” promises to delight audiences with a large cast and familiar musical numbers.

Award-winning rhythm and blues trio Tony! Toni! Toné! will help usher in the new year during the city’s New Year’s Eve party at Festival Park. The group will headline the …

Audiences can see a special showing of Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway play “The Odd Couple'' for a limited time at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. You don’t want to miss this special …

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