1. Watch a movie
The big movies opening this week are “All Saints” a PG-rated drama based on a true story starring John Corbett as a salesman-turned-pastor of a tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia; and “Leap!” an PG animated film about an orphan girl (voiced by Elle Fanning) who dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris.
2. Eat a split
Friday is National Banana Split Day, go out for a banana split (or make your own, of course) or try this easy banana split smoothie recipe: combine 2 medium ripe bananas, 1 drained (8 ounces can of crushed pineapple, 1-1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened sliced strawberries. Blend until smooth and top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries. Turn it into a milkshake by subbing half the milk with ice cream. Yum!
3. Celebrate Fido
Saturday is National Dog Day, recognizing the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and appreciating the dog you have, who brings you smiles every day. Volunteer at your local dog shelter or treat your pooch to an extra long walk today. Find more ways to celebrate at nationaldogday.com.
4. Enjoy summer
Most schools are about to kick off the new year, so take this weekend to celebrate the end of summer. Go swimming, go on a picnic, get some ice cream - just do something summery and say goodbye to another great season in the sun.
5. Prepare for football
Get ready for football. The college football season starts this weekend with the first game being played at 2:30 ET by Colorado State and Oregon State. The NFL is not far behind as its season starts the weekend after Labor Day. Make sure your fantasy teams are in good order (or hold a fantasy draft with your buddies), set up your man cave and get ready for some fun.
6. Salute heroes
Salute to Hometown Heroes will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Jacksonville Mall. There will be games for the children and special drawings for military families to win prizes.
7. Enjoy a free concert
There are two opportunities to catch a free concert Friday night. Prime Time Band will perform at Riverwalk Park, 421 Court Street in Jacksonville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Turnbridge Band will perform at Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave. in Surf City, from 7 to 10 p.m.
8. Go to the 5th quarter
First Baptist Church, 100 Rand Street in Richlands, will host First Fifth Quarter from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. after the Richlands vs. White Oak Game Friday.
9. Blast off
Back to School Blast Off at Mac Daddy's, 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive in Cape Carteret, on Aug. 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bounce House, Popcorn Station, Face Painting, Family Friendly Vendors, Sign-ups for Mac’s Juniors League, Fun Prizes and more for kids.
10. Be social
Surf City Baptist is hosting an ice cream social and bounce house at The Gathering at Surf City Baptist, 304 Wilmington Ave, Surf City, on Aug. 27, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Students and their families are welcome.