1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
The Angry Ginger Irish Pub is hosting its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Friday’s fun starts at 2 p.m. with live music, pipe and drum corps, Irish River dancers, outdoor beer garden, vendor booths, games, prizes and more. The pub is located at 1202 Gum Branch Road. For information, call 910-333-9198 or visit angrygingeririshpub.com.
2. Plant a tree
Volunteers are needed for the Onslow Community Outreach Services Center Arbor Day Project on March 17 at 1210 Hargett St. “Adopt an Island on Arbor Day” will celebrate the environment by encouraging individuals and groups to plant and care for trees. The Outreach is seeking groups and individuals to sponsor 20 parking lot islands. Fish dinners will be sold during the project to benefit the Onslow Soup Kitchen. For more information, call 910-455-5733.
3. Read to Rover
Students in grades kindergarten through 8th can improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a READ (Reading Education Assistance Dog) trained dog from Love on a Leash. Reservations are required. Call 910-455-7350 to sign up for a 15-minute reading time from 2 to 4 p.m. March 18 at the main library in Jacksonville.
4. Support budding artists
The Heart Gallery youth art and talent showcase will be held March 18 at Council for the Arts, 826 New Bridge St., in Jacksonville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission by donation. For more information, visit soulsocietync.org.
5. Pig out on oysters
Swansboro Rotary Club’s 38th annual Oyster Roast and Pig-Out will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. March 18 at the Swansboro Rotary Civic Center. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Children 15 or younger can purchase tickets at the door for $20. Performing live will be Machine Gun from Wilmington. Bring an oyster knife and a glove. In addition to oysters, the menu includes roasted pig, fried fish, clam chowder, hot dogs with chili, cole slaw, hush puppies, condiments and a variety of beverages. For more information, email Brandon Staton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252 424-8404.
6. Find bargains
Onslow Senior Services hosts a spring indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon March 18 at Onslow Multipurpose Complex, 4024 Richlands Hwy. Seniors 55 and above, senior clubs and organizations are invited to reserve a table for $5. For more information, call 910-989-3008.
7. Crown a queen
The Miss Relay for Life Pageant “Wish Upon A Cure” will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White Oak High School. The “FUNdraiser” is designed to encourage youth in the community to get involved with the American Cancer Society and to select representatives who will be involved with team fundraisers, the holiday parade and the main Relay Event.
The 2017 Adoption First Comedy Show featuring Jenn Snyder will be held March 17 at 9 p.m. at Sywanyk’s Scarlet and Gold Nightclub, 222 Henderson Drive in Jacksonville. All proceeds benefit Adoption First Animal Rescue. For information or tickets, visit adoption-first.org.
9. Catch a flick
In theaters this weekend is the much awaited live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney fairytale “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson as Belle and rated PG; “The Belko Experiment” a rated R thriller about a twisted social experiment about 80 employees trapped in a deadly game of kill or be killed; and the R-rated drama T2 Trainspotting a sequel in which after 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends.
10. Embrace March Madness
If you have a big sports fan in the house, you might not see him or her too much this weekend — March Madness kicks into gear Thursday, and there are a plethora of games scheduled through the weekend. First-round games are Thursday and Friday, and the second round takes place Saturday and Sunday. For schedules, brackets and more, check out www.ncaa.com.
11. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Friday is St. Patrick’s Day, so this whole weekend will be about celebrating it. If you’re a beer fan, head to your favorite pub (an Irish-themed one works well, of course) for some Guinness or Harp or another Irish favorite. You can also try some Irish food, or make your own at home. An easy dinner would be corned beef and cabbage and champ. Many towns hold parades and other special events for St. Patrick’s Day, so check the newspaper for listings.
12. Go meatless
You might not want to give up meat entirely, but why not try it for a day? Monday is the first day of Spring and you can celebrate it by making it a Meatless Monday for Great American Meatout. To find out how many animals a plant-based diet can save, check out the
13. Eat chocolate
What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate mixed with caramel! Sunday, March 19 is National Chocolate Caramel Day and to celebrate make your favorite chocolate and caramel cookie, candy bar or cupcake. Wondering who came up with the combination? It’s said that Milton Hershey began his career at a caramel company and was looking for ways to improve caramel candy. His first product was a chocolate-covered caramel.