1. Celebrate the holidays
The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Christmas Holiday Parade will kick off at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 19 at Coastal Carolina Community College. The parade will then travel down Western Boulevard toward N.C. 24, ending at Brynn Marr Shopping Center around noon. Western Boulevard will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 a.m. and will reopen after the parade ends.
2. Toys for Tots
The 6th annual Toys for Tots Car Show will be held Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. The event is located at 2043 Lejeune Blvd. in Jacksonville. Guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 and to donate $10 to enter the show. There will be more than 30 award categories. For more information, visit Facebook.com/camarosmouthjacksonville.
3. Disney dreams
Mickey Mouse’s birthday is on Friday. He was created on Nov. 18, 1928, and Walt Disney played the voice of the original cartoon character. You can watch old or newer Mickey Mouse cartoons on this day, and throw a party to celebrate. You could have attendees dress up as their favorite Disney character.
4. Playoff possibilities
Four area high school football teams earned spots in the state playoffs, which begin Friday night. Only one, however, is at home. East Duplin (10-1) plays host to Graham (5-5) in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-AA playoffs. Other area teams in the playoffs: Jacksonville (7-4) heads to Fayetteville to take on Westover (8-3), while Northside (8-3) hits the road at Randleman (8-3) and Southwest travels to Kenly to take on North Johnston (7-4). All four games kick off at 7:30 p.m.
5. Plan holiday shopping
This is the last weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday, so take some time this weekend to finish your decorations and menus, and start planning your shopping excursions using apps like Flipp and Slickdeals.
6. Horsin’ around
Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce the last Horse Sense and Survival trip of 2016. The Nov. 19 tour is led by Cape Lookout National Seashore Wildlife Biologist Sue Stuska. Participants will gain an appreciation of all that can be gleaned while watching from a distance. They will understand how to determine an appropriate position and distance for watching that doesn’t affect the horses’ natural behaviors. Spaces on the tours are limited and reservations are required. The only charge is the ferry fee: $16 for adults & $9 for children (11 and under). For more information call 252-728-2250 ext. 3001.
7. Watch a game
Plenty of sports action is on tap this weekend, with big NBA and NFL games scheduled, as well as college football matches and more.
8. Give thanks
The Community Thanksgiving Feast will be held Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. This unique old-fashioned gathering of friends, neighbors, and visitors allows participants to enjoy a sense of community while sharing a delicious meal donated by our amazing Beaufort restaurants. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.etix.com. For more information, call 252-728-5225.
9. Muggles beware
Pull out your wands and wizard hats as it’s Harry Potter time again as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens this weekend. This film is the first of five planned spin-offs and is about the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before ”The Boy Who Lived.” Other movies premiering this weekend include the R-rated thriller “Nocturnal Animals”; the inspirational biopic of boxer Vinny Pazienza “Bleed for This” and the comedic drama “Edge of Seventeen.”
10. Tis the season
Join the Town of Surf City for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Soundside Park, located at 517 Roland Avenue. There will be Christmas carols, concessions and Santa.
11. Tune in
The 2016 American Music Awards is on Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m. EST. Performers for the show include Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Drake, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.