This weekend

Paradise Lost: Enjoy Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s presentation of “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, today through Saturday, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. This play is directed by Jessica Osnoe, with music direction by Jacob French, in a new experiential, promenade adaptation. An epic battle between good and evil has just concluded. Satan, seeking revenge, sets his sights on a newly created world. He is determined to make man fall, whatever the cost. This play will be performed in repertory with Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw. Tickets start at $8. For more information, visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com.

Lt. Dan Band: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are making their way to Fort Bragg’s Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center for a free concert, Saturday. The band covers everything from Springsteen to Linkin Park, from Aretha to Hendrix. There is something for everyone and each show highlights the musical diversity of the band, as well as the passion and energy each member brings to the stage. Whether they are performing for troops overseas or a local club crowd, the goal is to have fun and rock the house. This event is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests. Although this is a free event, tickets are required and will be available at Leisure Travel Services in the Mini Mall. Maximum of four tickets per DoD Family.

13th Annual Mother Daughter Tea: Presented by the Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg, Sunday, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Room in downtown Fayetteville. Come with girlfriends, moms or granddaughters for a formal tea party, complete with scones, tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, brewed teas and pink lemonade. Dress up with hat and gloves — even complete Victorian outfits are welcome but not required. Attendees can also participate in a fashion show after the tea. A prize will be awarded for the best ensemble. All attendees will receive complimentary gifts. Visit www.facebook.com/ASYMCAFortBraggNC for more information.

Upcoming events

Fourth Annual Writer’s Workshop: The fourth annual Writers’ Workshop returns to Cumberland County’s North Regional Branch Library, March 4 through 12, with two weekends of learning and networking for aspiring authors. This conference boasts three separate programs over two weekends. On March 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the library will host a mini-conference with a faculty of seven authors who will present concurrent sessions on a variety of topics of interest to writers of fiction and poetry. The workshop on March 5 will be a film deconstruction of “Shutter Island,” from 2 to 5 p.m.

Luke Bryan: The country superstar will perform his Kill the Lights tour with Brett Eldredge, March 10, 7 p.m., at the Crown Coliseum. Tickets start at $49.50 and are limited to four per person. For more information, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/luke-bryan.

Fences: See the play that inspired the movie. Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Department of Fine Arts presents August Wilson’s iconic stage play, “Fences,” at Pope Theatre on March 11, at 7 p.m., and March 12, at 2 p.m. Light snacks will be available to purchase. This event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

March Preschool Pals: Parents of preschoolers, on March 14, at 10 a.m., the Museum of the Cape Fear will host Preschool Pals. Preschool Pals will celebrate women’s history month with a look at aviator Amelia Earhart and North Carolina native Dolley Madison. Children will participate in a variety of activities, including making a craft and listening to a story.

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo: The expo, held March 17 to 19 at the Crown Complex Arena, is a Family event that features wildlife art, decoy displays, hunting and fishing projects, decoy carving demonstrations, hand-crafted duck and turkey calls, jewelry, RVs and much more. The event also features kid-friendly interactive activities such as raptor displays and an archery range. Patrons can expect to meet a wide variety of fascinating and uniquely beautiful wildlife such as snakes, bobcats and wolves from the Newell Farms Moon Shadow Rescue Wolves. For tickets and more information, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/cape-fear-wildlife-expo.

Statewide Events:

This weekend

Earthquakes in our backyard: Why do earthquakes occur in the southeastern United States? The answer may be below the surface of the Earth. One tool that is used to peek at the subsurface is tomography, which is pretty similar in principal to the X-ray that you get at the doctor’s office. In this case, waves from distant earthquakes are used instead of X-rays. Come learn about the fascinating world of earthquakes right here in the Southeast at Science Saturday, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org.

Home and garden Exp0: Do you know the latest trends in home building and remodeling? Want to learn from the best in field? Then come out to the Moore County Home Builder’s Association Spring Home and Garden Expo at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Friday through Sunday. The event will bring together some of the best, state-of-the-art builders, products and services in North Carolina. See the latest technology in building trends and get inspired while learning about the new building techniques through daily demonstrations, informative booths and green technology. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass. For more information, contact MCHBA at 944-2992 or check out the website at www.MCHBA.com.

Mill heritage and Local History Tour: Discover historic Yates Mill in Raleigh, North Carolina — a place of business, community and exciting local history. On Sunday, visitors can watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for senior ages 60 years and older, $3 children aged 7 to 16 years old and children ages 6 years old and younger are free. Preregistration is encouraged. Visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/wakeparks/Activity_Search/mill-heritage-and-local-history-tour/1538 for tickets.

Upcoming Events

Chamber Music Concert: Come out March 10, at 7 p.m., as Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco perform classical guitar music in the Great Room at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The internationally recognized duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James will perform a mix of Italian and French repertoire of the early 19th century by A. Diabelli, M. Giuliani, A. Lhoyer and G. Rossini. Combining an historically informed approach with world-class musicianship, they play exclusively on authentic 19th century guitars including the terz guitar, an instrument unique to the early Roman era.

Star Families — Time Machine in the Sky: The deeper you look into space, the farther back in time you see. Experience the scale of our universe, and find out if you have a “birthday star” visible from North Carolina, March 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Star Families is a special planetarium program designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This special program is also good for Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other groups focused on group learning. For more information, visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org.