1. Make a point
Cape Fear Fencing Association offers an eight-week beginner fencing class beginning Jan. 6 at Wallace Creek Fitness Center aboard Camp Lejeune. All fencing equipment provided. Cost is $40 plus a $10 membership to USA Fencing. For more information or to register, call 910-450-7651.
2. Donate blood
The American Red Cross has scheduled the following blood drives for Jan. 6: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Onslow Memorial Hospital education building, 317 Western Blvd. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 3606 Country Club Road in Morehead City.
3. Check out the Underworld
It’s not a big weekend for new movies, but there is one that might be worth checking out: ”Underworld: Blood Wars,” an R-rated action-horror film and the fifth in the “Underworld” franchise. In it, Kate Beckinsale returns in as Selene and tries to end the war between the werewolves and vampires.
4. Showcase your talent
Jacksonville Recreation and Parks will be holding Jacksonville Jamboree Got Talent Show auditions from noon to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Jacksonville Youth Center, 804 New Bridge St. Pre-register at 910-938-5312.
5. Have a little less conversation
Sunday is the birthday of Elvis Presley, so put on your blue suede shoes and celebrate the King, who was born Jan. 8, 1935. We suggest heading to a bar and playing only Elvis songs on the jukebox, or hold your own Elvis party.
6. Learn about birds of prey
Goose Creek State Park in Washington hosts a nature program “Birds of Prey” held at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the visitor center. Learn about the habits and adaptations of native birds of prey from bald eagles to screech owls. For more information, call 252-923-2191.
7. Lace up
January is National Skating Month, so take advantage of the cold weather and head to an ice rink (Wilmington Ice House, wilmingtonice.com, is the closest permanent rink). U.S. Figure Skating sponsors the month and has information on its website about skating clubs and more, so if you’re unsure of where to go, check out usfigureskating.org.
8. Learn about local history
The Historical Society of Topsail Island will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Guest speaker will be James McDaid Kapetsky on “Eagles Island and the Lower Cape Fear/Brunswick River Marsh.” Cost of lunch is $13. RSVP by Jan. 8 at 910-389-8776 or at email@example.com.
9. Mail a letter
Jan. 8 is the start of Universal Letter-Writing Week, so if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied this weekend, take part in this themed week. And do it the old-fashioned way — there’s something special about getting a letter in the mail as opposed to an email or text. Try writing letters expressing gratitude for friendships, gifts or acts of generosity.
10. Watch the game
This is a big weekend for football — the NFL playoffs kick off on Saturday with two games, and two more are on tap for Sunday. And the College Football Playoff National Championship is on Monday night (pitting Clemson vs. Alabama). Go to nfl.com and bcsfootball.org for more information.