1. Teen Library After Dark
The Richlands Branch Library, 299 N. Wilmington Street in Richlands, is hosting Teen Library After Dark from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. This month’s program includes a Chopped Competition. For more information, call 910-324-5321.
2. Salute 2 Service Car, Bike and Truck Show
3MC Car Club is hosting Salute 2 Service Car, Bike and Truck Show at 2043 Lejeune Blvd. in Jacksonville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A rain or shine event, registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m. Registration fees are $15 for bikes and $20 for cars and trucks. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and awards are given at 3:30 p.m. DJ T.K.P. will be present as well as food vendors La Cocina De Noemi and Urban Street Eats.
3. ECHSA Involvement Day
Jack Amyette Park in Jacksonville will host ECHSA Family and Community Involvement day with food, vendors, music, games, activities, community resources, a basketball tournament and the park’s splash pad. Community Involvement Day will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission at Jack Amyette Park, 1825 South Drive. For more information, call 910-347-2151.
4. Ocean City Jazz Festival
North Topsail Beach will host two nights of great jazz music during Ocean City Jazz Festival. In its 8th year, the festival will host top name in jazz next to beautiful beaches and balmy nights. Celebrated at the Ocean City Beach Community, 2649 Island Drive, the festival is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $35 a day or $60 for Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 910-459-9263.
5. Celebrate your independence
Since the Fourth of July is on a Tuesday this year, most Independence Day celebrations are starting this weekend. There should be plenty of festivals, parades, food events and the like taking place. Check out the paper for listings of when fireworks shows begin in your area
6. Plan a picnic
If you want a non-holiday excuse to get out of the house this weekend, we suggest you plan a picnic. If you need a menu suggestion, you can’t go wrong with grilled hot dogs and ice cream (among other delights) – July is National Grilling Month, National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month.
7. Catch a movie
This week’s big movies are “Despicable Me 3,” a PG film, starring Steve Carrell as the voice of both brothers, and “The House” rated R and starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as parents who start an illegal casino in their basement after spending their daughter’s college fund; and acclaimed director Edgar Wright’s R-rated crime thriller “Baby Driver” about a young getaway driver who finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
8. Watch sports
The Wimbledon championships are already underway (you can watch them on ESPN) while the Tour de France starts rolling on Saturday. If you have a cable, you can watch the Tour de France live on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network but you’ll have to get up early as the broadcast starts around 7:30 AM ET.
9. Tell a joke
It’s International Joke Day on Saturday so tell one of your favorites or try this easy one: What did the green grape say to the purple grape? “Oh my God, breathe!” For more ideas, checkout #InternationalJokeDay on social media sites like Twitter.