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From Cary to Carrboro, your family can enjoy free or discounted films this summer — many of which are shown under the summer night sky.

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APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series 
2600 Evans Road
919-249-1120
Free outdoor concert and movie series at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre. All movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and picnic dinner, but leave pets and alcohol at home. 

Free Wednesday Night Movies 
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Bring your date, your teenager or your friends for a free movie just for teenagers and adults. The first Wednesday of every month at Halle Cultural Arts Center.  

Pizza and a Movie
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
Spend a fun-filled evening viewing a film in the Halle Cultural Arts Center's cozy theater. Tables and chairs are set up to accommodate 80 for this special event. Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while watching the movie. Bottled water, fruit and a dessert is included. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. 2016 dates: May 19, June 23, July 14 and Aug. 18. Tickets are $2-$5.

Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12
1441 Beaver Creek Commons
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14.  

Summer Week-Long Free Morning Movies
237 N. Salem St. 
919-249-1120
A whole week worth of family-friendly movies at Halle Cultural Arts Center. Bring your own snacks. Held between June and August. 

BENSON

Movie Night in the Grove
400 E. Main St. 
919-894-5117
The Town of Benson offers a free movie night on the first and third Friday of every month. Movies are held outdoors at the Downtown Singing Grove, weather permitting, and begin at sunset. 

CARRBORO

Free Friday Night Flicks
100 N. Greensboro St.
919-918-7385
A family movie will be shown at the Century Center on select Fridays. Doors open at 6 p.m. Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present to be admitted. All ages are admitted; no registration is required. 

CARY

Movies by Moonlight
8003 Regency Pwky
919-462-2025
Outdoor movies at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre are shown on select Thursdays and Fridays until Aug. 19. Free for children 12 and younger and $5 for general admission. Bring picnics as well as blankets or chairs. Movies start at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) and the gates open at 7 p.m. A portion of the profits benefit WakeMed Children's Hospital. Purchase tickets at the amphitheater box office.  

The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
919-462-2051
The Cary Downtown Theater offers independent, documentary, and classic films. All movie tickets are $3 to $5. See the website for showings and ratings. 

Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal Crossroads Stadium 20 & IMAX
501 Caitboo Ave.
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14. 

CHAPEL HILL

Movies Under the Stars
150 E. Rosemary St.
Outdoor movies are shown on top of the Wallace Parking Deck on select Thursdays from June 9 until Aug. 18. Free admission and free popcorn. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.  

Outdoor Movies on the Green
620 Market St. 
919-969-8049
Movies start at dusk and are $5 per person. Screenings are most Fridays and Saturdays and start in May and continue through September. Movie selections and times are on the Lumina's website. No glass bottles or pets allowed on the Green. 

Summer Kids Series
620 Market St.
919-969-8049
PG-rated movies are shown every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 21 to Aug. 10 at The Lumina. Purchase an 8-movie season pass for $10. Parents/chaperones are admitted free but must be accompanied by a child. 

Varsity Theater
123 E. Franklin St.
919-967-8665
$4 movies year round. Visit the Varsity's online schedule to view what is currently playing.

DURHAM

Rock the Park
502 Foster St. 
919-560-4355
This free movie series takes place from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 20 at Durham Central Park. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcohol allowed. 

2016 Free Summer Kids Movie Series
1058 W. Club Blvd. 
919-286-1001
Free movies for 10 weeks in the summer at Stadium 10 at Northgate Mall. Shows start at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 14 through Aug. 18. 

GARNER

Friday Family Flick and Camping 
921 Buffaloe Road
919-661-6982
Free movies screened on select Fridays at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park. There is also an overnight camping option ($12/family for town residents; $16/family for nonresidents). Registration for camping is required; no registration necessary for the movie. 

Summer Movie Express 2016
Regal White Oak Stadium 14
1205 Timber Drive East
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14. 

KNIGHTDALE

Spring into Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series
810 North First Avenue 
Free and open to the public. Make sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs. The series will be at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater April 8, May 13, June 10 and 24. Movies begin at dusk. 

MORRISVILLE

Morrisville Movies
1520 Morrisville Parkway 
Free movies will be shown at Field #1 at Morrisville Community Park. Come early to get a good spot and enjoy dinner from local food trucks (bring cash!). Movies are family-friendly and begin at dark. Enjoy bounce houses and music at 5:30 p.m. before the movie begins. 

Poppy's Summer Movie Magic
3400 Village Market Place 
919-653-0122
The summer schedule includes kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 14-Aug. 25 at Park West 14. All shows start at 10 a.m. and admission is $1. Adult admission is free! Doors open at 9 a.m., plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

RALEIGH

North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Films 
2110 Blue Ridge Road
919-839-6262
Enjoy an outdoor movie series on the lawn in HD format. Picnics are welcome. Parents please note: many screenings are family-friendly, but there are a few R-rated titles each season. Prices vary for music/movie combos. 

Carmike Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Road
919-828-8007
Tickets are $2.40 year round. Check movie times on the Carmike webpage.

Movies in the Garden
301 Pogue St. 
Free outdoor movies in the Stephenson Amphitheatre next to the Raleigh Rose Garden on six Sundays in July and August. Gates open and pre-show activity begins at 8:00 p.m. and movies starts at 9:00 p.m. Food and concessions available. 

N.C. State Campus
Corner of Cates Avenue and Dan Allen Drive
919-515-5168
Movies are shown at the campus cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center. (Not all movies are family-friendly.) Most summer films are free but some may cost $3 for general admission. No cards accepted, cash only. Concessions are available for purchase with cash. 

Mission Valley Theatre Summer Kid Show Movies
2109-124 Avent Ferry Road
919-834-2233
Movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-Aug. 10. Admission is $1.50 in advance or $2.25 day of show. Parent/chaperone admitted free! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. $2.50 popcorn and drink special available. 

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
6609 Falls of Neuse Road
919-847-0326
Family matinee shows for $3.25 before 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Purchase tickets with cash only. Call the movie line at 919-847-0326

Six Forks Station Summer Kid Show Movies
9500 Forum Drive
919-846-3904
Movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-Aug. 10. Admission is $8.50 for eight movies or $2.25 each. Parent/chaperone admitted free! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. $2.50 popcorn and drink special available. Season tickets may be purchased at the Six Forks box office. 

PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
400 Fayetteville St.
Free outdoor movies begin at sundown (about 8:15 p.m.) every Friday from May 27-July 1 at the City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh. This year’s theme is #flashbackfriday, so bring the kids, grab some dinner, and enjoy your favorite throwback films! Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., movies begin at dusk. 

Summer Movie Express 2016 (2 locations)
Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14, 8611 Brier Creek Pwky
Regal North Hills Stadium 14, 4150 Main at North Hills St. 
This series runs for nine weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $1. Showings begin June 14. 

ROXBORO

Summer Film Fest Movie Series
5050 Durham Road
336-598-5050 
See kid-friendly movies every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Palace Pointe, June 15-Aug. 17. $5 admission includes the movie, popcorn and a soda. Buy a season pass for all 10 dates for $25. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

SMITHFIELD

Smithfield Cinemas 2016 Summer Kid Shows
175 S. Equity Drive 
919-934-2198
Enjoy G- and PG-rated movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. June 14-Aug. 25 for $2.50 admission, which includes the movie, a drink and popcorn.  

Howell Theater Dollar Days of Summer
141 South Third Street
919-938-1201
The Howell Theater is a vintage theater (circa 1935) that offers $1 movies at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer starting June 14, and $3 matinees all year long Monday through Friday before 6 p.m.

WAKEFIELD

Summer Movies 2016 at Wakefield Cinemas
10600 Common Oak Drive
919-453-2746
A specially selected series of family films on 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 21-Aug. 10. Two movies to choose from each day with free admission. 

WAKE FOREST

Flix4Kids
405 S. Brooks St. 
919-435-9428
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts G and PG movies on the second Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. Movies are free and open to the public, and concessions are available for purchase. 

ZEBULON

Family Movie Night
301 S. Arendell Ave. 
919-823-0432
Second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Zebulon Community Center. Children must have a parent/guardian present. Free movie and popcorn for all ages! 

Movie in the Park
401 S. Arendell Ave.
Second annual Movie in the Park at Zebulon Community Park on June 3 at 8:30 p.m. Concession stand available. Bring your chairs and blanket to join as the outfield becomes a movie theatre with a giant 40 foot scrren. 

 

This article was originally written in 2014 and updated May 17, 2016 by Megan Finke

 

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July 2016

Take part in a family-friendly bike ride through Durham, Chatham and Orange counties to benefit Schoolhouse of Wonder. Register online.

Cost: Fees vary. Children under 12 ride free

Where:
New Hope Church Trailhead Park
2500 New Hope Church Rd
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: Schoolhouse of Wonder
Telephone: (919) 477-2116
Contact Name: Andrea Mastrobuono
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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the...

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Help Crayons2Calculators kick off its month-long Fill That Bus school supply drive. Enjoy an evening of dinner and music featuring Bo Lankenau and Terry Wiley.  Take a donation of school...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Note Grill
709 Washington St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Crayons2Calculators
Contact Name: Julie Marshall
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Enjoy a great movie and pre-show activities. Take lawn chairs and blankets. Pack a dinner or enjoy good eats from the local food trucks. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: Raleigh Little Theatre
Telephone: 919-821-4579
Contact Name: Charles Phaneuf
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Take the family to a drop-in creative workshop. Create cyanotypes inspired by "White Water Nash" by Burk Uzzle, from the current exhibition "Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes. Ages...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-831-6491
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Take time out to spend with your little one as you crawl, explore and bounce in a safe environment exclusively for children ages 12 mos-3 yrs. Parents play free; admission is $5 per child....

Cost: $5/child

Where:
BounceU of Apex
3419 Apex Peakway
Apex, NC  27502
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Enjoy the movie "Peanuts," a can of soda and a box of popcorn for only $5. A season pass for all ten movies is $25/person.

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd.
Roxboro, NC  27574
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Sponsor: Palace Pointe
Telephone: 336-598-5050 x114
Contact Name: Wendy Harrington
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Meet a staff member at the information desk to visit one of the museum galleries. Have a look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3 and older with adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in the Miracle Treat Day celebration. All Blizzard proceeds will benefit Duke Children’s Hospital to help ailing children in the Triangle receive the care and health treatments they...

Cost: Blizzard purchase

Where:
Dairy Queen
1008 Morrisville Carpenter Road
Morrisville , NC  27560
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Sponsor: Triangle Dairy Queen
Telephone: 910-228-9922
Contact Name: Sarah Hattman
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Search for aquatic animals. Wear old shoes and be prepared to get wet. Ages 6-9. Register online. Choose class #189056.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Johanna leads preschoolers on a storytime adventure.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Books
Telephone: 919-942-7373
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy an energetic, musical storytime with Amy Godfrey, who was a Durham County librarian for six years. Babka and challah will be served as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin JCC
1937 West Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Spend the morning searching every nook and cranny for all the interesting things at Lazy O Farm. Enjoy farm animals, a scavenger hunt, popcorn and a hayride around fields of hay, sweet potatoes and...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Lazy O Farm
3583 Packing Plant Road
Smithfield, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Lazy O Farm
Telephone: 919-934-1132
Contact Name: Tami Thompson
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Celebrate National Moth Week by helping to identify moths around Lake Crabtree. Learn about some of the many families of moths in North Carolina, and then check the park's moth...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Learn about dragonflies. Take a walk to see them flying over the pasture and big pond. Ages 6-9. Register online. Choose class #189041.

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Kids ages 5-10 take part in a jam session inspired by the energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Using Ripstix, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising,...

Cost: Free for the first class

Where:
reCharge Pilates and Barre
3515 Witherspoon Blvd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Without electricty during the 19th century, candles were one of the few sources of light. Try dipping one of your own.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy
Durham, NC  27712
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Sponsor: Historic Stagville
Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Students starting grades 1 to 8, preparing to study grade 1 math through Common Core Math I/Algebra 1, enjoy a free academic enrichment class. Gift bags, snacks and prizes included. Register by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lifetime Learning Academy
620 Holly Springs Rd.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Explore Hemlock Bluffs as the sun sets. Register online.

Cost: $16/resident, $20/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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A girl with a disfiguring scar sets out from her home to seek healing and finds her true beauty along the way. See young people shine in this powerhouse piece of theater showcasing musical styles...

Cost: $10/ages 18 and younger, $15/adults

Where:
Paul Green Theatre
150 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
View map »


Website »

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Everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes the stage this delightful adventure based on one of Disney's most popular movies. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $25-$92

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in a count-down party leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two," a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
8030 Renaissance Parkway, Ste. 855
Durham, NC  27713
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Telephone: 919-806-1930
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Take the family to enjoy a movie under the stars. Showtime is 8:30 pm. Arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Road
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Town of Wake Forest
Telephone: 919-556-7063
Contact Name: Lisa Jacobs
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Enjoy snacks and magical activities before "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I & II" is officially released at 12:01 a.m. on July 31.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Flyleaf Books
Telephone: 919-942-7373
Contact Name: Cindy Sellars
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