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Grammy-winning soul singer Maxwell will perform at the Crown Coliseum on Oct. 20,, according to a news release. Tickets for the show are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Summer reading fun for everyone

Two of my favorite ways to think of reading are different, yet similar. Reading can be a form of escapism, allowing you to get away from your current reality and create a connection with the characters. Reading also allows indirect experiences that create understanding and compassion for others.

Lighten up

With swimsuit season in full swing, we once again feel the urge to lighten up. Thankfully, the local pickings for healthy fare have recently gained options.

The East Regional Library at 4809 Clinton Road will be closed through June 9 while flooring is installed, according to a news release. The branch of the Cumberland County Public Library System will reopen June 10.

"Wheel of Fortune" is coming to Fayetteville, but Pat and Vanna are not. Fans of the longtime TV game show will get the chance to see “Wheel of Fortune Live” at the Crown Theatre this fall.

Robert C. “Bob” Pinson has been named the new president and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County. Pinson has been the interim president of the Arts Council for three years. Before that, he was director of operations for nine years, according to a news release.

A new digital archive will feature interviews with students of Fayetteville Technical Community College and Fayetteville State University who visited Selma, Alabama.

Vacation planning starts at the library

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start planning your family vacation. Whether you're heading to the beach, the mountains or somewhere in between, Cumberland County Public Library has plenty of resources to help you plan the perfect trip.

The Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775: Fact or fable?

On May 20, 1775, 248 years ago today, a group of militia leaders meeting in Mecklenburg County received word of the revolutionary battles at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. They were so outraged that they promptly composed a document condemning the British. The militiamen declared Mecklenburg County free and independent a full year before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

The joint is jumpin’ with “Jelly’s Last Jam” at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, featuring gorgeous choreography, soaring voices and heart-stopping moments as the story of Jelly Roll Morton, the self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, dazzles the stage.

The public is invited  to a 5k run/walk on Friday in downtown Fayetteville to benefit the North Carolina Special Olympics, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.

The Fayetteville Fire Department is partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide to host a Child Passenger Safety Check from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Target parking lot at 2056 Skibo Road.

A team of military veterans skilled in woodworking has partnered with the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County to host the Falcon Children’s Home Woodshop Exhibit that will be on display May 4 through 20, 2023, according to a release from the Arts Council.

A ribbon-cutting for the newest water feature at Mable C. Smith Park marked the opening of public splash pads for the season, according to a Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Rec news release.  Public pools are scheduled  to open on Memorial Day, according to the release.

Cumberland County residents are invited to help fill a  truck with donations to help students who need assistance over the summer.

Library issues challenge to youngest visitors: Read 1,000 books before kindergarten

How many books have you read this year? Parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers may find the answer is higher than they think. Families can read more than 1,000 books in three years, if they read just one book per day with a child.

Fish tales

There’s something about seafood that makes us feel like we’re at the beach even if it’s 100-plus miles away.

Grow your best tomatoes with help from the library

Spring is here, and with the threat of frost receding as the days grow longer, tomato lovers start to dream of summer. Slicing a big juicy heirloom tomato for a sandwich or snacking on sweet cherry tomatoes in between pulling weeds are the dreams of gardeners across Cumberland County as they tend their seedlings.

A meet-and-greet is scheduled for North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green on Thursday evening at City Center Gallery & Books, according to a news release. Jaki Shelton Green, who is in …

Photographs that capture the story of change in the world are on display in “Reformation: Solo Photography Exhibition & Film Screening,” an exhibit opening Saturday at the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County. The exhibit will be open through April 30 at the Arts Center, 301 Hay St., according to a news release.

Cumberland County Schools will host a “kindergarten showcase” to introduce incoming kindergarten students and their families to the elementary school environment.

Tickets are still available for CityView’s Ladies’ Night Out, an evening of food and beverages, shopping, health demonstrations, a fashion show and more. Presented by Cape Fear Valley Health, Ladies’ Night Out is now in its third year. It will bring together local businesses, self-care organizations, medical offices and others Thursday evening at The Carolina Barn in Spring Lake.

Artwork by students in kindergarten through 12th grade is featured in the annual Cross Creek Mall Student Art Show through May 1, according to a Cumberland County Schools news release.

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.

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