1. Catch a movie
The big movies opening this week are “Logan Lucky” PG-13 starring Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum about siblings (Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver) who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race; and “The Trip to Spain,” the third in a series of films in which comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as fictionalised versions of themselves on a restaurant tour this time in Spain.
2. Eat a potato
Whether it’s chips, fries, mashed or boiled, enjoy potatoes your favorite way on Saturday for National Potato Day. Perhaps try them prepared in a new way such as in latkes (potato pancakes) or with an unusual topping such as caramelized onions and mushrooms.
3. Go shopping
School is right around the corner, so if you have school-age kids, this is the perfect weekend for some back-to-school shopping. You can try to find some deals at a thrift shop, or head to your favorite store. Have a game plan in mind so you and your kids aren’t just running around aimlessly.
4. Drink some lemonade
Sunday is National Lemonade Day so go out and enjoy this refreshing drink especially if it’s a hot day. Lemonade is best when it’s made from freshly squeezed lemons but if all you have on hand is some mix try adding in a few mint leaves or lemon slices to fancy it up.
In sports, this weekend we have the Little League Baseball World Series (Aug. 17-27), always a big hit. Also in action are Major League Baseball, NASCAR and Major League Soccer. Check the newspaper for schedules.
6. Movie in the park
Grab the family and head to the park to watch a movie. Star Wars Force Awakens is slated to play at sunset Aug. 18 at Jacksonville Commons Senior Center, 100 Recreation Lane, with family fun beginning at 7 p.m. Concessions are available for purchase. Rain Location: Jacksonville Commons Rec Center. Sing is slated to take over the big screen at Soundside Park, 517 Roland. Ave in Surf City, at 8 p.m. Friday. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase. Inclement weather location: Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Drive.
7. Show and a cause
Murder Mystery is being shown in Holly Ridge this weekend to raise money for the Holly Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. The comedy fundraiser has shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Holly Ridge Community Center. Tickets are $16 for VIP and $12 for regular seating. Call 910-265-6581 for more information.
8. Enjoy the park
Family park days are back with the Paddle and Play Block Party. The party is slated for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at Kerr Street Recreation Center. There will be outdoor games, food, music, kayak/SUP rentals and fishing with the N.C. Wildlife Fish for Fun program. Those who donate school supplies for the United Way Stuff the Bus program will receive $5 off kayak rentals. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.jacksonvillenc.gov/recreation, or call 910-938-5312.
9. Celebrate community
Maysville is holding their inaugural summer festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 708 Foy Ave. In addition to a spelling bee and academic challenges for students, the festival will have food vendors, bands, and a basketball tournament. The festival is open for all and proceeds will benefit Maysville schools.