RALEIGH, N.C. — The Crape Myrtle Festival invites the community to “walk the red carpet” when it holds its Oscar viewing party on Feb. 22, 8 p.m., at Mission Valley Cinema, 2109 Avent Ferry Rd. #124.

Attendees, who are encouraged to dress to impress, will be able to watch a digital screening of the 87th Annual Academy Awards, while enjoying photo ops, food and local brews.

A $10 contribution to Crape Myrtle will be accepted at the door.

info: crapemyrtlefest.org.

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