1. Sample what Holly Ridge has to offer
The Holly Ridge Sampler will be held Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holly Ridge Fire Dept. on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge. For more information, visit Facebook.com/TheHollyRidgeSampler.
2. Sculpt something
Celebrate National Play-Doh Day on Friday by sculpting your favorite animal out of the popular modeling clay. Did you know that Play-Doh was first sold as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s? The original off-white colored formula — composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil — easily removed soot and dirt when rolled on walls.
3. Catch the first episode
The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents “Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode by Steve Cleberg.” Show dates are Sept. 16-18 and Sept. 23-25. For more information, call director Sue Ferber at 910-319-0377.
4. Watch your favorite sport
It’s another big sports weekend, so get out those TV listings and start planning your TV time. NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup is at 2:30 ET on Sunday. Other sports on TV this weekend include college football, NFL, MLB, soccer and more.
5. Chalk the park
Jacksonville Recreation & Parks is hosting “Chalk the Park” on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Commons Recreation Center. The event includes activities and demonstrations from local artists using sidewalk chalk. There will also be a Sidewalk Chalk Contest. For more information, visit JacksonvilleNC.gov.
6. Watch a new movie
The big movies opening this weekend are “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” an R-rated romantic comedy about the befuddled mom-to-be trying to figure out who is the father of her baby; “Snowden,” a R-rated bio-thriller about NSA government contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of classified documents exposing illegal spying activities; and “Wild Oats,” a PG-13 comedy-drama starring Jessica Lange and Shirley Maclaine about a recent widow who becomes a fugitive after mistakenly receiving a life insurance check for $5,000,000 instead of $50,000.
7. Test drive a car
A fundraiser for Dixon Elementary is being held Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sanders Ford in Jacksonville. Each test drive raises $20 for the school, up to $6,000. The event also includes cornhole, facepainting and snacks. For more information, visit Facebook.com/SandersFordInc.
8. Tune in to the Emmy’s
The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are Sunday, and this year Jimmy Kimmel is hosting. The fun starts at 7 p.m. EST on ABC. For a list of nominees, the latest news and more, go to the official site at emmys.com.
9. Buy a book
Onslow County Public Library is holding its September used book sale through Sept. 17 at the main library, 58 Doris Ave. E in Jacksonville. The public sale is from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, visit Facebook.com/JacksonvilleFriendsoftheLibrary.
10. Clean your town
Clean Up the World Weekend takes place from Friday to Sunday. This is an annual event designed to get people to clean up their towns and to help the environment. Check the official website cleanuptheworld.org/en/ to find a local litter pickup event or for tips on how to plan your own.