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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.

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