1. Show a sheep
NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is having Ag Day on Oct. 1 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Onslow County Farmers’ Market in Jacksonville. A rookie sheep showmanship class and show will be 9-11 a.m. Ag crafts will be available for kids 11-11:30 a.m. and at noon, there will be Horse Pie BINGO at $10 per ticket. Ag Talks will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Melissa Huffman at 910-455-5873.
2. Celebrate October
October is almost upon us, so it’s time to start decorating for Halloween! You can do it on the cheap, too — have your kids draw spooky decorations, make your own ghosts or whatever you can think of. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses and corn mazes are starting to open as well. Even though it’s not yet chilly outside, be sure to enjoy some hot apple cider to celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day on Sunday.
3. Celebrate Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week will kick off Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Lowe’s parking lot, 1255 Western Blvd. in Jacksonville. The event will have free family activities. For more information, visit JacksonvilleNC.gov.
4. Take your pooch for a walk
Grab Fido or Rover and take them for a walk on Sunday to start off National Walk Your Dog Week right. If you don’t own a dog, accompany a friend or volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter.
5. Look for the bare necessities
Swansboro Parks and Recreation is holding a free movie in downtown Swansboro. The movie, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” will be shown Sept. 30 in downtown Swansboro at Olde Town Square. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dark. Concessions are going to be available for purchase. For more information, call 910-326-2600.
6. See a new movie
The big movies opening this week are “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” a PG-13 rated fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton; “Deepwater Horizon,” a PG-13 film about the events leading up to the April 2010 explosion and worst oil spill in U.S. history; and the bank heist comedy “Masterminds,” PG-13, starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis.
7. Take your dog to the park
Onslow County Parks and Recreation is holding “Dog Day in the Park” Oct. 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Onslow Pines Park, 1244 Onslow Pines Road in Jacksonville. The event will have a photo contest (bring photo), a rabies clinic that costs $10 per dog, and microchips for $20 each. Additionally, the event will have the Dog Jog, a one mile run/walk, for a $10 fee that includes a T-shirt. For more information or to pre-register for the Dog Jog, call 347-5332 or visit OnslowCountyNC.gov/Parks.
8. Go to the N.C. Seafood Festival
The N.C. Seafood Festival will be Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at in downtown Morehead City. The event includes live entertainment, an 8k road race, sailing events, surf and pier fishing contests, a Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, SasSeas’s Island playground for children, seafood and more. For more information and a full schedule, visit NCSeafoodFestival.org or call 252-726-6273.
9. Visit The Daily News
This coming week is National Newspaper Week, and The Daily News is opening its doors on Oct. 6 to our readers for an up-close and personal tour of the Jacksonville facility, snacks and prizes. While the tours are free, space and times (2, 3 and 4 p.m.) are limited. For details and to sign up, contact Anita Perrin at 910-219-8451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Go to a car show
The Beauty and the Beast 3rd annual Fall Edition Car Show will be Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 561 Yopp Road in Jacksonville. The event helps provide access to vocational career options for the community, transitioning veterans, and wounded military. All profits will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The cost is $20 per vehicle. There will also be live entertainment from Solid Ground. For more information, email email@example.com.
11. Get down and dirty
There’ll be some fun in the mud — not to mention other obstacles such as rocks and logs — this weekend along with plenty of racing as the Terracross Championship series rolls into Northeast Creek Park. The racing is scheduled to begin at noon Saturday and continue through 5 p.m. followed by another series of races Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m., with a two-hour break for autographs for fans. Tickets are $10 general admission; 12 and under along with military with ID get in free. The races will air on CBS Sports Network Oct. 16 at 9:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.; and Oct. 30 at 9 p.m.