1. Catch a movie
In theaters this weekend is the war action film “12 Strong” rated R, the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; “Den of Thieves” an R-rated crime thriller starring Gerard Butler and follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank; and the PG-rated romance “Forever My Girl” about a country star who returns home after eight years to the love he left behind.
2. Eat some popcorn
Friday is one of our favorite non-traditional holidays of the year: Popcorn Day! This is a day to celebrate popcorn. Go to the movies and get some from the concession stand; buy some and have a movie night at home; make some crafts with popcorn; make some caramel corn; or whatever you desire.
3. Celebrate cheese
According to the International Dairy Federation, there are more than 400 different types of cheese. So go out and try a new variety by visiting your local cheese shop on Saturday to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day. You could pick up a cheesemaking kit from a specialty food store and try making your own mozzarella or ricotta.
4. Give a hug
Sunday is National Hugging Day, a holiday designed to connect people. Hug your family and friends, or send an e-hug. Some places are holding events for this day, so check around and see if your town is doing something.
5. Watch the games
The Super Bowl participants will emerge this weekend. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots play at 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS, and the Minnesota Vikings face the Philadelphia Eagles at 6:40 p.m. ET on FOX. The winners get a trip to the Super Bowl, which is on Feb. 4.
6. See what resources are available
More than 20 providers will be on site at Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main St. Extension, Saturday to answer questions about what is available locally to people with special needs. The resource fair is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, call 910-326-2600.
7. Put on a black dress
The Angry Ginger in Jacksonville will be hosting a Little Black Dress Party Friday night. The party starts at 10 p.m. and will include dancing and karaoke. The pub is located at 1202 Gum Branch Road.
8. Support a family in need
A fundraiser will be held Saturday at Laniers Camp Ground, 1161 Spot Lane in Surf City, for a child diagnosed with Leukemia. June wiggins was diagnosed Dec. 12 and is the granddaughter of Linda Wiggins who manages Lanier's campground and Dale Wiggins. Plates are $7 and include BBQ chicken, potatoes, string beans or baked beans, a roll and a slice of cake. For more information or to buy tickets, call Lindsay Hatcher at 910-459-7263.
9. Spaghetti for a cause
A spaghetti fundraiser is being held in the Nine Mile Community Saturday to help raise funds for an infant's burial. The child's nephew, Capt. Austin Marshburn of Nine Mile Rescue Squad, plans to pay for the funeral and when Chief Ryan Lang learned of his plans, he decided to help. The spaghetti dinner begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nine Mile Rescue and EMS, 249 Batchelor Road, with plates for $7. For more information, call Lang at 910-358-3039.