1. Bake some cookies

A holiday cookie contest will be held at Piggly Wiggly, 2960 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, on Oct. 7, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Got a great cookie recipe? One worth $500? A gift card in that amount — along with bragging rights — will go to the top winner in the My Onslow Holiday Cookie Contest. Second place gets a $300 card, and a $100 card will go to 3rd. To enter, bring 6 fresh baked cookies along with a printed copy of the recipe to the Piggly Wiggly between noon and 2 p.m. Oct.7. Top entries will be featured in the Holiday edition of My Onslow Magazine. Questions? Email Chris.Segal@JDNews.com.

2. Explore space

It is World Space Week and the theme this year is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.” According to WSW’s official website, the theme serves to inspire by putting the spotlight on “space missions exploring deep space like New Horizons; concrete space projects that facilitate the exploration of new worlds such as Lockheed’s Orion Crew Vehicle, and big goals such as the Space X mission to Mars.” Celebrate it by visiting your local observatory or try building your own model spacecraft from a small juice box, construction paper and other supplies. Directions are available at spaceplace.nasa.gov/build-a-spacecraft/en/

3. Read a book

Sunday is the start of Teen Read Week and this year the theme ’Unleash Your Story.” The week was created to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. So encourage your teen and others to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more at their local library. More information available at teenreadweek.ning.com

4. Enjoy a pierogi

Sunday is National Pierogi Day, a day to celebrate and eat pierogis. Make your own or eat some from a restaurant, just make sure to celebrate this delicious food!

5. Watch a game

It’s another good sports weekend: MLB playoffs, NASCAR’s Chase, NFL and college football, MLS soccer and more are taking place. Check your TV guide for more information.

6. Celebrate the bicyclists

Swansboro will host a Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast Ride Celebration from 12 to 4 p.m. at Puglese Pavilion. Come for beers and stay to welcome all the bikes. Swansboro is the finish line for a state-wide ride and Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be hosting a welcome reception in and around Olde Towne Square and Saltwater Grill. There will be a beer garden, music, and lots of fun with plenty of new faces. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. Swansboro Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks during the welcome celebration on Oct. 7. Please contact Brittany Shipp for more information: bshipp@ci.swansboro.nc.us or 910-326-2600.

7. Adopt a pet

Stevenson Toyota will host a pet adoption event at its store, 3124 New Bern Hwy, Jacksonville, on Oct. 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Together with the Onslow County Animal Services and the Stevenson Family, Stevenson Toyota helps to find homes for thousands of animals in Onslow County each year. Bring home a furry friend during this awesome event! Stevenson Toyota will cover the costs of the adoption. View adoptable pets at: http://www.onslowcountync.gov/animalservices/.

8.  Catch a movie

The big movies opening this week are “Blade Runner 2049” rated R with Harrison Ford returning to his original 1982 role as Rick Deckard and Ryan Gosling as a young blade runner trying to track him down; the animated, PG rated “My Little Pony: The Movie” is sure to be a hit among kids as well as “bronies” and “pegasisters” (adult fans of the “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” TV series); and Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in the PG-13 rated “The Mountain Between Us” as strangers who survive a plane crash and must survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain.

9. Go on a hike

An autumn nature hike will be held at Hammocks Beach State Park, 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, on Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Explore the park's new property, discovering sights and sounds while taking in the fresh air. You never know what types of wildlife you may get a glimpse at. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at visitor center.