1. Check out some antique boats
The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society hosts the Antique & Classic Boat Show & Classic Car Display on May 21 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Galley Store Marine in New Bern. The event will feature boats and cars on display, as well as apparel and souvenirs for sale, boat rides, story boards, show awards and a raffle. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 252-514-8525 or visit VintageBoat.org.
2. Catch a new movie
Movies opening this week include Angry Birds (rated PG) based on the popular smartphone game, and The Nice Guys (rated R) in which a mismatched pair of 1970s private investigators team up.
3. Gaze upon the stars
Hammocks Beach State Park is holding a star gazing event on May 20 from 8-9 p.m. at the park. Explore the planets and stars through a telesope and identify celestial objects and constellations. Bring your own telescope and red-lighted flashlight if possible. The program is weather dependent, so contact the park office at 910-326-4881 for the program’s status.
4. Root for your favorite race horse
The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown is Saturday. The Preakness Stakes take place at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, and TV coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT on NBC. Will Nyquist advance on his quest of the elusive Triple Crown?
5. Run in honor of someone who has served
The I Run To Remember 5k/10k virtual race runs May 22 through June 4. Pick your own course and run whenever you want. Registration costs $35 and includes a shirt, medal, bib and more. To register, visit Active.com, keyword: I Run To Remember.
6. Help out some pets
May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives. Donate food or funds to a local animal shelter in your pet’s name or volunteer your time. Teach children about the importance of pets and show them how to properly take care of animals.
7. Raise awareness for bicycle safety
Onslow County Parks and Recreation hosts Sosa’s Bicycle Safety Awareness Ride May 22 starting at 1:30 p.m. The ride will last 14 miles and raise awareness for bicycle safety and sharing the road. The ride is free and helmets are required. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at New River Waterfront Park in Jacksonville. For more information, call 910-347-5332 or visit OnslowCountyNC.gov/parks.
8. Teach your kids swim safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14. On Saturday, National Learn to Swim Day, parents and guardians should teach children about water safety as well as the importance and benefits of learning to swim. Learn more at teachmetoswim.com/national-learn-to-swim-day.
9. Watch a fresh take on Romeo and Juliet
Debbie’s Angels Productions and the City of Jacksonville present Romeo and Juliet at Riverwalk Park May 21 from 2-6 p.m. The new take on the Shakespeare production will be set in a carnival. In addition, there will be food and vendors. Admission is free. For more information, call 910-333-6717 or visit DebbiesAngelsProductions.com.
10. Consider opening your home to a child
On any given day there are more than 400,000 children in foster care. May is National Foster Care Month, a month originally set aside to acknowledge foster parents but now includes child welfare professionals and other members of the community who help children and teens in foster care. Consider opening your home to a child in need, or find out how you can volunteer time or money to an organization that helps children in foster care by visiting.