1. Catch the last ‘First Episode’
Sneads Ferry Community Theatre wraps up its production of Radio Suspense Theatre “The First Episode” this weekend with shows Sept. 23-24 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry. Tickets are sold cash only at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students with their ID. There will be a free wine and cheese reception on Sept. 23 at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 910-389-8776 or visit SneadsFerryCommunityTheatre.com.
2. Get artistically social
Seaside Arts Council is hosting an Art Show, Social and Sale Sept. 25 from 3-5 p.m. at The Trading Post Restaurant, 8302 Emerald Drive in Emerald Isle. For more information, visit SeasideArtsCouncil.com.
3. Catch up on sports
It’s another big sports weekend, so get out those TV listings and start planning. The menu features college football, NFL, MLB, soccer, NASCAR’s Chase and more.
4. Enjoy coffee and cars
Beauty and the Beast is hosting Cars & Coffee on Sept. 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. at 2043 Lejeune Blvd. in Jacksonville. The event is a gathering for enthusiasts and their cars. There will also be raffles. For more information, visit the Cars & Coffee Jacksonville, NC group on Facebook.
5. See a new movie
The big movies opening this weekend are “Storks,” an animated PG movie in which storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages but when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby; and “The Magnificent Seven,” a PG-13 western film starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in which seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.
6. Read Banned Books
Banned Books Week begins Sunday. Head to your local library for more information, or Google books that are commonly banned (“Harry Potter” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” for example). Check out some banned books as well and expand your mind.
7. Listen to your favorite piano songs
September is National Piano Month, a holiday started in 1991 by the National Piano Foundation. The piano is widely employed in classical, jazz, traditional and popular music, so celebrate by signing up for lessons or making a playlist of your favorite piano songs such as Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”
8. See America’s Cup Schooner
America’s Cup Schooner is set to sail into Wrightsville Beach Sept. 23-26 at Carolina Yacht Club, 401 S. Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach. Dockside tours are free. For more information, visit CarolinaYachtClub.org.