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There’s a lot going on this week. Here’s your cheat sheet of can’t-miss events around town.

NC Courage celebration

Skip happy hour. Instead, “bend it like Beckham,” and celebrate the N.C. Courage and a summer of women’s soccer at Union Station Plaza. Look for giveaways, autographs, music, games and entertainment, plus food for purchase. Everyone’s totally gonna be there (Morgan Street Food Hall, Crank Arm Brewing, The Pit and more) to celebrate the official local launch of Women’s International Champions Cup, plus defending the Women’s ICC and NWSL champs, NC Courage as they go off to prep for this summer’s Women’s World Cup. Winning! Union Station Plaza, Raleigh. April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. nccourage.com/news_article/show/1011577

’Cuegrass Festival

Cue the excitement. The Pit’s perennial pork paradise is back with a jampacked day of deliriously delicious ’cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass. And you can pig out (get it?) for a good cause. Proceeds go to SAFEchild, Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies and Cub Scout Troop 325. So, really, do it for the kids. 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh. April 20, noon-6 p.m. $10 suggested entrance donation. cuegrass.com

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The annual ’Cuegrass Festival returns to downtown Raleigh this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Empire Eats. Photo courtesy of Empire Eats.

‘Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical’

Spend a night in ’90s nostalgia with the theatrical retelling of the classic cult film made famous by decade darlings Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Gellar: “Cruel Intentions.” The sultry, seductive, dramatic thriller about the manipulative world of elite Manhattan prep-school step-siblings determined to get their way promises a sexy, devious, fun night to the tunes of your fave ’90s mixtape with songs like “Foolish Games,” Just a Girl,” “Kiss Me,” “Bittersweet Symphony” and more. Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham. April 24, 7:30 p.m. From $29. dpacnc.com/events/detail/cruel-intentions-the-90s-musical

French Market and Seafood Festival

The French Market and Bourbon Street descend upon Lafayette Village. Take in live music by The Paul Bomar Trio as you stroll through the complex and try your hand at Fortune Telling & Strolling Magic with Captain Jim, aerial performances, face painting, hula hoop performance (and class), caricature art and more. And, of course, don’t miss the tasty Nawlins treats (crawfish, shrimp, etc.). Lafayette Village, Raleigh. April 20, noon-4 p.m. Free. lafayettevillageraleigh.com/seafoodfestival/

Wellness Wednesdays

Self-care is the kale of 2019, and what better place to feed your soul some fitness than at Midtown Park with the return of the free spring Wellness Wednesdays series, encouraging you to “get your fit on” by promo-ing whole-body wellness via a rotating range of of-the-moment fab fitness opps. This week, get in on the Orangetheory Fitness craze. Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, Raleigh. April 24, weekly through June 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. visitnorthhills.com/signature-events/wellness-wednesdays/

Walk to Defeat ALS

Lace up for a good cause when the Walk to Defeat ALS comes to town and the Triangle marches together toward treatment and, ultimately, a cure for ALS. Participation directly impacts people with ALS and their families on a local level via education, support groups and advocacy. If unable to walk, consider volunteering or donating. Halifax Mall, Raleigh. April 20, 8:30 a.m. check-in. Free to walk; fundraising and donating benefits The ALS Association. web.alsa.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=13547

Dino Egg Hunt ’19

If you’re raising Ross Gellar’s mini-me, you’re gonna want to bring that budding paleontologist to the N.C. Museum of Life and Science where they can unearth colorful dinosaur eggs before exploring the Dinosaur Trail filled with activities like putting together dino skeletons, excavating fossils and taking prehistoric selfies — natch. Have a ROARing good time, y’all. 433 Murray Ave., Durham. April 19-21, times vary. Dino egg hunt participant $7, accompanying adult $2. lifeandscience.org/default.aspx?p=138288&evtid=1373695:4/19/2019

Family Field Day and Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate 20 years of the Durham Farmers Market with special guest Chan Little of “The 360 Approach” for a family-friendly field day of games, fun and prizes on the lawn. Bonus, free reusable canvas tote bags will be given in honor of Earth Day for you to bring and fill weekly to aid the market in its goal toward becoming zero-waste. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. April 20, 9-11 a.m. Free. facebook.com/events/2230079550641621/

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