1. Catch a movie
The big movie opening this weekend is “It” the latest R-rated adaptation of the infamous Stephen King novel about a group of bullied kids banding together to battle a monster who hunts children; if you’re looking for something sweet instead of scary, check out “Home Again” a comedic drama starring Reese Witherspoon as a single mother who returns to her hometown of Los Angeles and lets three young guys to move in with her and her family.
2. Celebrate grandparents
Sunday is Grandparents Day, a day to celebrate the grandparents in your life. If they live nearby, go for a visit and spend some quality time with them. If they’re far away, make a special card for them and plan a special Skype call on Sunday. Hammocks Beach State Park, 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, is hosting a Grandparents Day Hike on Sept. 10, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Join a park ranger to celebrate Grandparents Day with a short hike through the woods. You will get an opportunity to 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. The park has a limited supply of binoculars to use. Bring your own binoculars if you have them.
3. Eat a waffle
This weekend wraps up National Waffle Week. If you haven’t eaten any waffles this week, what are you waiting for? Make some at home and/or go out for some, just make sure to celebrate this wonderful food.
4. Honor Star Trek
Trekkies rejoice! Friday is the birthday of “Star Trek.” The show debuted on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966. Check around to see if any comics stores or other places around town are doing anything special, or organize your own party.
5. Catch a game
There are a lot of good sports games this weekend, so get out those TV listings and start planning. There is college football, NFL, MLB, soccer, NASCAR and more.
6. Paddle under the moon
The full moon paddle at The Boro Restaurant & Bar, 109 N Front St, Swansboro, is slated or 7 p.m. Sept. 8. The group will paddle around historic downtown Swansboro and stop on a sandbar with a view of the moon. Cost is $30 with rental or $15 if you bring your own boat.
7. Enjoy some family fun
Movie in the Park is slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Jacksonville Commons Senior Center, 100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville. This week's movie is Beauty and the Beast. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.jacksonvillenc.gov/recreation, or call 910-938-5312.
8. Enjoy the theater
Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" at Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry. Shows are Sept. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Friday and Saturday shows are 8 p.m. while Sunday matinees are 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students with proper ID. Cash only.
9. Boots on the Run
Boots on the Run 5K kicks off at the Jacksonville USO, 9 Tallman Street in Jacksonville, at 9 a.m. Sept. 9. The race includes a memorial mile, honoring the fallen since the War on Terror began Sept. 11, 2001. If you can't run it in person, there's also a virtual option. Registration is $30. Visit runtheeast.com for more.
10. Prepare for Irma
Though it may not be fun, be sure to prepare for Hurricane Irma. Have a family communication plan ready, get your supplies, get your yard furniture and decor inside and have an evacuation plan. Check for alerts from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center. GateHouse Media is providing free digital access to its news sites in North Carolina, including JDNews.com, during Irma's duration.