The winter is over and events are in full bloom for residents of Autumnwood in Sanford, North Carolina. Let’s look at some of the area’s biggest upcoming offerings.

The second annual Downtown StreetFest & Fireworks will occur Saturday, April 14 at Steele, Wicker, Moore and Carthage streets starting at 10 a.m. The free daylong celebration will feature live music, entertainment, art, a kids’ zone, and food and beverage trucks. Fireworks will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. You can also register for the Salvation Army’s inaugural Kettle Krush 5K and Fun Run for ages 5-12 at 8 a.m. starting on Buffalo Street behind First Baptist Church and finishing at Depot Park. Through this event, the Salvation Army will raise money to bring awareness to “krush” poverty and to provide the resources that people need to become self-sufficient and productive members of our community.

Temple Theatre at 114 Carthage St. will present a tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, starting Thursday, April 19. Based on the Oscar-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of its wonderful songs plus new ones. The original Broadway was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It runs Thursdays through Sundays for four weeks, with 2 p.m. matinees Thursdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows Fridays and 7:30 p.m. shows Saturdays. Tickets range from $22-$27.

Go a little east of Sanford on Saturday, April 21 to partake in the free Broadway Our Way Festival from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at 111 N. Main St. in Broadway. It will include a “Risk the Biscuit” fun run, a street fair, classic auto and antique tractor display, the people’s choice barbecue cook-off, barbecue and other entertainment, such as kids’ activities and “jamming on Main” featuring the Band of Oz.

The 2018 Sanford Block Party will run Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This eighth annual event will have participants clean up and beautify the area around W.B. Wicker School, including sections of Price Street, Oddfellow Street, South Vance Street, Saunders Street and Dudley Avenue. Volunteers will start with breakfast, followed by a morning of landscaping, light painting and light construction where needed. After, lunch and entertainment will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Kennedy at 919-718-4657 ext. 5391 or email karen.kennedy@sanfordnc.net.

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