1. Visit the sharks 

Visit Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium and participate in Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack, a program where guests can visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs April 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. During the overhead view of the Living Shipwreck, guests will get to watch the sharks being fed. Ages 5 and up. Cost is $20. For more information, call 252-247-4003.

 

 

2. Go beyond The Bridge 

Emerald Isle author Tom Fill has just released a sequel to The Bridge and will be signing copies of his new novel at Caribsea, 8921 Crew Drive, in Emerald Isle on April 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 252-424-8400.

 

 

3. Reach for the stars 

StarLab is a portable planetarium at Hammocks Beach State Park that teaches the community about the universe and the night sky on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Program is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 910-326-4881.

 

 

4. Celebrate the Earth 

Celebrate Earth Day with more than a dozen local organizations at Fort Macon State Park on April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each group will have display booths and activities. For more information, call 252-726-3775. 

 

5. Celebrate Easter 

Easter is this Sunday, and there are plenty of things to do: paint Easter eggs, get baskets ready, visit the Easter Bunny, go to church, prepare Easter dinner, etc. Or you could attend one of these local events: The Beaufort Historical Association is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt April 15 at 11 a.m. at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Open to children 7 years of age and younger. Bring a basket. For more information, call 252-728-5226. Garner Farms in Newport is hosting the 3rd annual Easter Festival April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at 173 Sam Garner Road in Newport. For more information, call 252-223-5283. Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret is celebrating Easter Sunday with Colored Pin Sunday. Roll a strike all day Easter Sunday when the head pin is colored and win a filled egg surprise. For more information, call 252-393-6565.

 

 

6. Catch a flick 

Opening in theaters this weekend is “The Fate of the Furious” rated PG-13, the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise; for kids is the animated PG film, “Spark: A Space Tail” about a teenage monkey and his friends on a mission to regain a kingdom overtaken by an evil overlord; and lastly is “Colossal,” an R-rated sci-fi comedy starring Anne Hathaway as a woman who discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to her mental breakdown

7. Do your taxes 

Saturday is Tax Day, but thankfully for procrastinators, taxes aren’t officially due until Tuesday the 18. If you need to get your taxes done this weekend and want to keep the kids busy (or want to celebrate already being done), we suggest having a money-themed game night. Our top suggestion is “Monopoly,” but there are other great games: “Payday,” “Railroad Tycoon” and many others. 

 

8. Enjoy a laugh 

Laughter has many benefits and on Friday you should reap them for International Moment of Laughter Day. Tell a few jokes or watch your favorite comedy movie or TV show. 

9. Remember the Titanic

One hundred years ago on April 15, the Titanic sank and killed 1,514 people. Many libraries and museums are holding special events to mark the anniversary, so check the newspaper for listings. And if you want to watch the popular movie, you can watch it at home or in theaters - it was re-released last week as a 3-D movie. 

10. Meet your need for speed 

Carteret County Speedway is hosting a NASCAR Green Flag party April 15. Practice will be from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by live music by Brian Mayer with special guest Roger That. Admission is $10. The season opening race is April 16.

 

 

 

Cannon Day: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m, June 18, fort Macon, 2303 East Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach. Information at 252-726-3775. Demonstrations on how different Civil War-era cannons were loaded, aimed and fired.

 

Glitter Princess Dance Camp: April 19 to May 10, 830 Main St. in Swansboro. Information at 910-326-2600 or visit swansboro.recdesk.com. Each participant will receive a tutu and dance bag. The cost is $45 for 4 weeks and classes will last 30 minutes.

 

Art show: “Uncommonly Parsing the Coastal Experience!” 6 to 9 p.m., April 20, 102 N. Shore Drive in Surf City. Fine art exhibit presented by Elizabeth Ann Digital Strategy. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

 

Friday Movie Mania: "Wildlife," 7 p.m., April 21, 830 Main St. in Swansboro. Information at 910-326-2600. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

 

Hiking and camping: April 21 - 23, Mount Rogers. Information at 910-111-2222. Hosted by Onslow County Adventure Club.

 

Trail Sweep 2017:10 a.m., April 22, Deppe Park in Hofmann Forest. Information at 910-937-1442. SAT hours available. Supplies are provided.

 

Vendor Blender in the Park: 10 a.m., April 22, 830 Main St. Ext. in Swansboro. Information at 910-326-2600. Shop with vendors from Scentsy, Perfectly Posh, Damsel in Defense, Lularoe, Pampered Chef and more.

 

Zumba in the Park: 9 a.m., April 22, 1244 Onslow Pines Road in Jacksonville. Information at 910-347-5332. Cost of the class is $5.

 

Teddy Bear Picnic: 2:30 p.m. April 22, 830 Main St. Ext. in Swansboro. Information at 910-326-2600. There will be teddy bear crafts, dancing and snacks.

 

Mud Sweat & Tears: 8 a.m., April 29, Stone Bay. Information at mccslejeune-newriver.com/grandprix/mud. Five-mile, off-road mud run course includes forest terrain, dirt paths, winding trails, fallen tree obstacles and, of course, mud.