1. Downtown road closures: The 100 block of Person Street, from the Market House to Bow Street, will be closed through 7 p.m. Sunday for the African World Peace Festival. The festival continues today and ends Sunday. Today's events include a 5k "Peace Run'' at 7 a.m. Music starts around noon, and activities continue til 10 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 7 p.m. African, Caribbean and other food will be available for purchase. Several other streets also will be closed, including parts of Hay, Green, Anderson, Burgess, Donaldson and Maxwell streets.

2. Historic carriage rides: The Cool Spring Downtown District will host “Historic Tours of Old Fayetteville by Horse and Carriage” hourly from 9 a.m. to noon today. The tour will feature the home of E.E. Smith, who was president of the teacher’s college that is now Fayetteville State University from 1883 until his death in 1933. City Historian Bruce Daws will be onsite to provide details about this historic property. Tickets are $25 per person, $20 with military ID, and $15 for children 3 to 12 years of age.

3. French boys choir: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church will host two concerts featuring the French Sparrows Boys’ choir from Paris. The choir is made up of 15 boys ages 8 to 20 years old. The concerts, which are open to the public, will be at the church on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. and on Aug. 15 at noon. Admission is free; an offering will be taken to help offset the travel expenses of the choir. The church is at 160 E. Vermont Ave., Southern Pines.

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