1. Honor veterans

The 21st annual Veterans Day parade is taking place Saturday. More than 150 people, and a few dogs, are set to participate. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Coastal Carolina Community College and end at Brynn Marr Shopping Center. Western Boulevard will close from University Drive to N.C. 24 around 9 a.m. for the parade.

2. Decorate for Thanksgiving

If you haven’t taken down the Halloween decorations, this is the weekend to do it. And then start decorating for Thanksgiving! You can have kids make turkeys using their hand prints, or collect leaves to make special projects. Get creative!

3. Attend a car and truck show

Dixon High School Project Graduation Committee will host a Car & Truck Show Fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6 from noon to 4 p.m located at 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry. The event includes a raffle, 50/50, award trophies, and DJ VOX 1. There is a $20 entry fee. For more information, visit dixonprojectgraduation17.com or call 252-764-1112.

4. Attend state high school soccer playoffs

Eight area teams made the the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys’ soccer playoffs, with four having home games Saturday in the first round. At 5 p.m., White Oak plays host to Burlington Williams, which is coached by former Viking player Jeremy Krist, while Swansboro entertains Union Pines. At 6 p.m., Dixon takes on Midway and East Duplin tangles with St. Pauls in Beulaville. For entire schedule for area teams see the sports section. Tickets are $6.

5. Participate in a 5k

Run, walk or stroll during the Shrimp Scamper 5k Color Blast to support the Dixon High School senior class. Take a walk around the scenic waterfront of Sneads Ferry while getting blasted by color stations! Pets and children are welcome to participate. The Saturday event will be held at the Sneads Ferry Community Center located at 126 Park Lane and kick off at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $25, however the price will increase to $35 closer to event.

6. Celebrate Autumn

Join Onslow County Parks and Recreation for a free Fall Senior Fun Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located Onslow Pines Park. The event features food, shuffleboard, horse shoes, and corn hole games! Prizes will also be available. For more information call 910-347-5332 or visit onslowcountync.gov/parks. 

7. Watch a new movie

The big movies opening this week are “Doctor Strange,” Marvel’s latest PG-13 action-adventure starring Benedict Cumberbatch as an ex-neurosurgeon who is drawn into the world of the mystic arts; ‘90s toy nostalgia takes the form of the 3D animated musical buddy comedy “Trolls”; and the Mel Gibson directed, “Hacksaw Ridge,” rated R, stars Andrew Garfield as a WWII medic who, despite refusing to kill people, becomes the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

8. Observe Daylight Savings

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, when time “falls back.” Make a game out of finding and changing the clocks as well as smoke alarm batteries in your house.

9. Kids’ Night In, Parents’ Night Out

Join Swansboro Parks and Recreation for an evening of fun and creative crafts, games and activities in the “Kids’ Night In, Parents’ Night Out” program series. Located at 830 Main St., the event includes creative crafts, games, dinner and more. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child. For more information, visit swansboro.recdesk.com or call 910-326-2600.

10. Educate the family on elections

Election Day is Tuesday, and you can get the whole family excited by reading some books or seeing some TV shows or movies about elections. Go online and print out your sample ballot and talk over the issues, candidates and importance of voting with older children and teens.

11. Enjoy the community

The 9th annual Community Appreciation Day will be Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at William Frost Park in Maysville. The event includes food, snow cones, live music, inflatables, door prizes, and more. The Liberty Soar Slam Dunk Team will also make an appearance. The event is free and open to the public.