1. Attend a play
The New Bern Civic Theatre, 414 Pollock St., will present “Gem of the Ocean” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 to 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26. For ticket information, call 252-633-0567 or email kristofer@newberncivictheatre.org.

2. Host a watch party
The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday. Tune in at 7 p.m. on ABC to see your favorite stars. Try hosting a party with tips from the official Oscars site such as decorating your walls with movie posters of past Best Picture winners. Play games such as Oscars Bingo (punchbowl.com/p/printable-oscar-bingo) or for more tips visit: oscar.go.com

3.  Oh, go places
Families are invited to attend the 6th annual Suess Mania, held in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, on Feb. 25 at Clyde Erwin Elementary School, 323 New River Drive in Jacksonville. The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes cupcake decorating, face painting, Seuss-themed arts and crafts and more. A $2.50 meal deal will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the Clyde Erwin Community Pantry. 

4. Watch the best pictures
If hosting an Oscar party seems like too much work, hold a movie night instead with your family and friends. You could watch some of this year’s Academy Awards Best Picture nominees, or check out past winners. This year’s Best Picture nominees are “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.”

5. Watch others
Now in theaters is “Collide” a PG-13 film about an American backpacker who unwittingly becomes a driver for a ring of drug smugglers; the family friendly “Rock Dog” the PG story of a Tibetan Mastiff who leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician; and “Get Out” a rated R horror-thriller (described by critics as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives”) about a young African-American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

6. Attend Mardi Gras
Carteret County Parks & Recreation is hosting a Mardi Gras Party Feb. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fort Benjamin Park Recreation Center, 100 McQueen Ave., in Newport. The event is open to those 18 and up. There will be music and refreshments. Admission is $30 per couple or $20 per person; $10 extra at door. For more information or tickets, call 252-808 3301.

7. Get your final fix
This weekend is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and the last weekend to pick up a box this year. If you haven’t gotten your cookie fix yet, locate them by zip code and find out more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program by visiting girlscoutcookies.org.

8. Celebrate Black History Month
Onslow County Public Library celebrates Black History Month at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 with a special performance by the Georgetown Alumni Choir at the Main Library.

9. Watch the Daytona 500
The race is on! Tune in for the Daytona 500 at 2 p.m. Eastern time Sunday on Fox. Two-time Daytona winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the favorites who also include defending Daytona champion Denny Hamlin, two-time Daytona champion and seven-time Sprint Cup winner Jimmie Johnson, and last year’s Sprint Cup runners-up Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

10. Show off
Jacksonville Recreation and Park will hold open auditions from noon to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Jack Amyette Recreation Center for the Jacksonville’s Got Talent portion of the upcoming Jacksonville Jamboree. Open to individuals or groups who sing, dance, stomp, cheer, act and more. For more information, call 910-938-5312.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JACKSONVILLE
AARP offers free income tax preparation to seniors and low/moderate income taxpayers at the following locations now through April 13: Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Onslow Senior Services on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CAMP LEJEUNE
The Women Marines Association Tarheel Chapter hosts an anniversary celebration at noon March 3 at Paradise Point Officers’ Club aboard Camp Lejeune. the event will celebrate 74 years of women in the Marine Corps. RSVP by Feb. 25 at 910-346-8644 or call nc1@womenmarines.org.
JACKSONVILLE
Griefshare support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Baptist Church, 1985 Gum Branch Road, for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 910-455-2700 to register.
EMERALD ISLE
Enjoy a free family-friendly movie each week during Friday Free Flicks at the Emerald Isle Recreation Center. Showings are free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink are available for $1. For information, call 252-354-6350.
SWANSBORO
TOPS NC 370 Swansboro meets every Monday at the Family Life Center located at the First Baptist Church, 614 Corbett Ave. in Swansboro. Weigh-in begins at 10:00 am and meeting follows.
JACKSONVILLE
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 16 offers Bingo every Friday at 301 Roosevelt Road. For more information, call 910-455-3400.
SWANSBORO
The Swansboro Shrine Club will meet Friday at the Swansboro Shrine Club, 72 Hammocks Beach Road.
JACKSONVILLE
Jacksonville Recreation and Parks hosts Mystery Movie Night at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Jack Amyette Recreation Center, 1825 South Drive. Enjoy a family friendly movie inside on the big screen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bring your blanket or chairs. Showing is free. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.
SNEADS FERRY
Sneads Ferry Community Interfaith Association hosts its annual Black History Celebration “Living Through the Struggle” at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Little Zion AME Zion Church in Sneads Ferry with guest speaker Bernadine Earls.
CAMP LEJEUNE
Retired Military Breakfast will be held on Feb. 25 at the Ball Center aboard Camp Lejeune. Social hour at 7 a.m. with breakfast at 8 a.m. Open to all retirees, active, reserve, veterans and community friends. For more information, call 910-353-4937.
GREENVILLE
The DownEast ALS Support Group/ Greenville Area ALS Resource-Support Group (for Lou Gehrig’s disease) will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Dickinson Avenue Public House, 703 Dickinson Avenue, in Greenville. Food and special speakers will be featured. For more information, contact Phyllis Hazel at phazel@alsnc.org or call 877-257-7491 ext. 709.
JACKSONVILLE
Abundant Life Christian Academy Gospel Showcase will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at 1518 Gum Branch Road. Doors open at 4 p.m. Door prizes. For more information, call 910-937-6679.
SWANSBORO
Seaside Lodge No. 429 will hold a Stated Communication at 7:30 pm on Monday February 27. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.
CARTERET COUNTY
Carteret County Public Library continues its Let’s Talk About It book discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 on “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott. Join speaker Billy Yeargin of Duke University with Explorations of Faith in Literature.
CARTERET COUNTY
Carteret County Health Department will offer discounted rabies vaccines for dogs and cats during the month of February. Participating veterinarians will offer both one-year and three-year vaccine for $7 through Feb. 28. For more information, call 252-728-8585.
JACKSONVILLE
River of Life Church, 1940 Gum Branch Road, hosts Prayer for the Nation the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month to pray for local, state and national leadership. Next meeting will be Feb. 28; March 14 and 28; April 11 and 25; May 9 and 23; and June 9 and 23. For more information, call 910-382-0750.
CARTERET COUNTY
Carteret County Health Department will offer discounted rabies vaccines for dogs and cats during the month of February. Participating veterinarians will offer both one-year and three-year vaccine for $7 through Feb. 28. For more information, call 252-728-8585.
EMERALD ISLE
Town of Emerald Isle hosts its annual Summer Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. March 1 at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center, 7500 Emerald Drive, for high school students, college students, retirees, and anyone else looking for a seasonal job or long term employment. For more information, call 252-354-6350.
JACKSONVILLE
The Have a Heart Wildlife Gala will be held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. March 4 at Equine Country USA, 1259 McAllister Road, in Jacksonville. Event will include dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $60 or $100 for couples. For more information, call 910-326-6432 or visit possumwoodacres.org
SURF CITY
The Annual Women’s Expo will be held at the Surf City Community Center on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, visit SurfCityParksandRec.com or call 910-328-2898.
JACKSONVILLE
Advance tickets are available for this year’s Father-Daughter Dance “ A King and his Princess” presented by Aspire Reaching Beyond the Obvious held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 4 at Infant of Prague, Parish Hall. Open to ages 5 to 18 years. Tickets are $20 per couple/$5 for additional child. For more information, call 910-381-5398.
CARTERET COUNTY
Carteret Writers offers its annual writing contest open to all writers ages 18 years and older. The five categories are Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Writing for Children (For adults who write for children). Entries must be in English, submitted by mail, and must be unpublished at the time of submission. Submission deadline is March 8. For more information or contest forms, visit carteretwriters.org or email questions to carteretwriters@gmail.com.
JACKSONVILLE
The New River Sail and Power Squadron will be offering a Safe Boating Course
March 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Surgeon City Education Building, 4 Court St., Jacksonville. Class size is limited. For more information, contact Carl Gable at 910-327-1276 or Buddy Wilson at 910-340-0485.
JACKSONVILLE
The Jacksonville 6th annual Coin Show will be held March 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Econo Lodge Conference Center, located at 701 N. Marine Blvd. in Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE
Mt. Zion’s annual flea market and bake sale will be held March 11 and 18 from 7 a.m. to noon. Ham biscuits and coffee will be available for breakfast. Homemade cakes will be for sale, as will a great selection of flea market items at 367 Cedar Fork Road in Beulaville.
SURF CITY
Elizabeth Ann Digital Strategy will present the Surf City Fine Art Exhibit: “Uncommonly Parsing the Coastal Experience!” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at the Surf City Welcome Center. There is an open call to artists. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.