1. Find yourself
The new exhibit “You are Here” at the Onslow County Museum will focus on the evolution of travel from the sea to the skies throughout Onslow County’s history. Artifacts on display will showcase various modes of transportation including on of Henry Ford’s Model Ts and a large, wooden luggage cart one used for carrying baggage between rail lines. The grand opening reception and Family Free Day will be hosted on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 301 South Wilmington St. in Richlands. For more information, call 910-324-5008.
It’s time for the area’s conference wrestling tournaments. The Coastal 3-A and East Central 2-A Conference will hold their one-day league events Saturday, beginning about 9 a.m. and running until the finals, which likely will start about the middle of the afternoon. The Coastal Conference tournament is at Swansboro High School while the ECC is at Northside High School.
3. March for Life
Knights of Columbus Council 3574 hosts its annual March for Life event at 1 p.m. Jan. 28. The march will begin at Jacksonville City Hall and end at Infant of Prague Catholic Church. Forty-four crosses will be placed on the church lawn followed by an ecumenical prayer service. Refreshments will be served in the church following the ceremony.
4. Slurp an oyster
Tryon Palace in New Bern hosts its annual WinterFeast community oyster roast fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 on Jan. 27 at the North Carolina History Center. Tickets are $45, proceeds benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation. For more information, call 252-639-3524 or visit TryonPalace.org.
5. Explore Jones Island
Join a park ranger on a boat ride over to one of Hammocks Beach State Park’s unique and scenic island, Jones Island, on Sunday, Jan. 29. Participants will explore the island and the surrounding waters discussing about the wildlife and ecosystems of the unique island as well as its cultural history influences. Space is limited. To register, call 910-326-4881.
6. Check out the big screen
In theaters this weekend is “A Dog’s Purpose,” rated PG, which is based on the acclaimed novel about a dog looking to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners; “Gold” rated R and starring a 50-pounds-overweight Matthew McConaughey as a prospector desperate for a lucky break who sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia; and the latest in the popular zombie-video-game-to-film franchise “Resident Evil: The Last Chapter” rated R is taking place after Alice (Milla Jovovich) finds herself to be the only survivor of humanity’s final stand against the undead.
7. Find a solution
Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day so break out a jigsaw, crossword or maze. There are tons of fun ways children and adults can celebrate this special day. Puzzle play is a great way to develop dexterity, hand-eye coordination and motor skills, and recent studies show that solving puzzles every day can reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, improve cognitive function and ward off memory loss.
8. Yuck it up
There’s no rule against comedy in the cubicle. Friday, Jan. 27, is National Fun at Work Day. It’s a great reminder of the value of laughter and camaraderie in the workplace. You may do serious work, but you can still have fun. Decorate your workspace, prank a colleague, share a joke or plan a themed office celebration such as an ice cream sundae party.
9. See stars shine
On Saturday, during the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton will present the Life Achievement Award to actor, comedian, writer, producer and all-round entertainment maverick Lily Tomlin. Tune in to see her and other stars be recognized for outstanding work in film and television. The ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 29.
10. Go pro
On Saturday, if you can’t bear to take break from football until Feb. 5th’s Super Bowl LI, you can tune in to the The 2017 Pro Bowl. It’s the National Football League’s all-star game for the 2016 season and it will be televised on ESPN starting at 8 p.m. ET.