1. Catch a movie
The big movies opening this week are “Murder on the Orient Express” PG-13 with an all-star ensemble (including Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer) and based on the popular Agatha Christie novel about 13 stranded strangers and one man’s race to solve a murder before the murderer strikes again; “Daddy’s Home 2″ rated PG-13, in this sequel to 2015 hit, step-dad Brad and bio-dad Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays; and the comedic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” rated R and starring Frances McDormand as a mother who personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.
2. Honor veterans
Saturday is Veterans Day, and events will be held around town. But in Onslow County, honoring those who serve is already underway. The Disabled American Veterans will hold its annual ceremony at 11 a.m. today at 300 Sherwood Road in Jacksonville. Holly Ridge will hold its Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Liberty Fountain behind the town's Community Center. Meanwhile in Carteret County, the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Morehead City. You could also catch national events on TV or online. Or volunteer to help veterans and their families in your community; find those opportunities via https://www.nationalservice.gov/focus-areas/veterans-and-military-families
3. Make Origami
World Origami Days will end on Saturday (Japan’s Origami Day). Lillian Oppenheimer founded the first origami group in America and she wanted the world to share in the magic of origami. Visit https://origamiusa.org/diagrams/ to find diagrams on how to create an turkey, sailboat, baby elephant and much more out of folded paper.
4. Write a book
Did you know that the bestselling books “Water for Elephants” and “The Night Circus” started as National Write a Book in a Month projects? NanoWriMonth takes place every November and participants in this annual, Internet-based creative writing project attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. It’s never too late to start, sign up at https://nanowrimo.org/sign_up and try getting a couple thousand words down this weekend.
5. Watch football
And don’t forget about football this weekend! College and NFL seasons are heating up, and plenty of games are on tap this weekend. Check online or your TV listings for game times.
6. Golf for a cause
The 2nd annual Drive Out Childhood Hunger Golf Tournament to benefit United Way's Children Healthy Eating on Weekends (CHEW) Porgram. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Light breakfast will be served and lunch will be catered by Outback Steakhouse. Visit Chew4kids.com to register.
7. Receive a blessing
Sandy Run Missionary Baptist Church will hold its Harvest of Blessings annual giveaway Saturday. The church will be giving away items for men, women, children and teenagers. Children must be present to receive a coat. The giveaway will be held at Onslow Christmas Cheer Building, 1210 Hargett Street in Jacksonville.
8. Stroll for Stripes
Help raise awareness of Neuroendocrine Tumors by wearing your best zebra attire and going for a walk around Jacksonville Commons. The stroll will begin at 9 a.m. at Jacksonville Commons Senior Center.
9. Shop by candlelight
Downtown Swansboro will become a winter wonderland from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday as merchants host their annual Swansboro by Candlelight. Luminaries will line the streets and shop windows will display whimsical scenes. Live entertainment at Olde Towne Square, wine tasting at Bake, Bottle and Brew. For more information, call 910-326-1174.