This weekend

Live after 5: The Village of Pinehurst welcomes the return of The Legacy Motown Revue to James W. Tufts Memorial Park in Pinehurst, North Carolina on Friday for the first Live after 5 of the year. “The Legacy” takes listeners back to the days of The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, The Temptations and many more legendary icons. Food trucks will be on-site with a great selection of sandwiches and desserts. Beer, wine, water and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed; however, outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. This is a great free event that the entire Family is sure to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Scramble: The Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation will host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and a free Easter Egg Scramble in the Reflection Garden at the ASOM in downtown Fayetteville, Saturday. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 3 to 12 and free for children under 2 with a paying adult. The Easter Egg Scramble begins at 9:30 a.m. Children will participate in the scramble based on their age group. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 a print while waiting, or for an additional $10, people can receive a digital copy by email to share online. For reservations, call 643-2778 or make reservations at the ASOM gift shop in person or online at

4th Annual Free Easter Funday: Family and friends are invited to the 4th Annual Free Easter Funday, Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m. This is a wonderful time for children and Families to enjoy Easter egg hunts, face painting, Easter-themed games and crafts, food, live music and more. The event will take place at Depot Park in downtown Sanford, North Carolina.

12th Annual Clenny Creek Day: Hosted by the Moore County Historical Association with Events for the whole Family to enjoy, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John Bryant House in Carthage, North Carolina. There will be kids activities, raffle, live music, vendors, historical reenactors and food.

Easter Brunch: Fort Bragg’s Iron Mike Conference Center will host an Easter brunch Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch is open to the public. The cost is: adults: $19.95; children ages 6 to 11: $9.95; and children ages 5 and under: free. Call 907-2582 for more information.

Upcoming events

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Auction: Furniture, tools, antiques, electronics, and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation property will be sold to the highest bidder during an auction April 20, 10:30 a.m., at Building 2-2814 Jackson Street. Interested buyers may preview items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of the auction and 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the sale. A 10 percent buyer’s fee will be charged. The auction is open to the public and accepts cash, money orders, credit cards, and certified personal checks.

Star Party in the Garden: Come out to Cape Fear Botanical Garden and gaze at the stars, April 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be scheduled and continuous activities to pique the interest of all levels of astronomers. This is a great date night or Family event. Attendees can meet local astronomy enthusiasts who will help them explore the night sky. This event is part of a state-wide celebration of science: North Carolina Science Festival. Please bring a flashlight. General Admission taken at the door. Free for garden members. RSVP appreciated to

As you like lit: Sweet Tea Shakespeare invites members of the military to a special night of Shakespeare and shenanigans with a performance of “As You Like LIT” April 22 from 7:15 to 10 p.m. at Fort Bragg’s Sports USA. The play is a unique take on Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It,” and includes live music under the direction of Jacob French, drinking games, audience participation, and “Monologue Mad Libs,” in which familiar soliloquies receive a new twist. Department of Defense ID card holders may reserve tickets at 672-1724 for a $2 discount.

7th Annual Celebration of the Military Child: Come out to Pinehurst Arboretum in Pinehurst, North Carolina April 22, from noon to 3 p.m. for this free event. Activities include a cookout, pony rides, a video game trailer, bounce house, traveling magician and more. Don’t miss a special performance by the 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus at 1:30 p.m. For questions, call 295-2817 or visit

Statewide Events

This weekend

2nd Annual Down East BBQ Festival: The 2nd annual Down East BBQ Competition at Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield, North Carolina promises to be better than the inaugural event where 23 teams competed. Come hang out Friday night starting at 5 p.m. and get your senses all fired up as the teams fire up their pits. Saturday is the judging and attendees can purchase a tasting ticket to try as many barbecues as they can handle, beginning at 2 p.m.

Sea Turtles and you: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville, North Carolina invites Families to “Meet Me at the Museum: Saturday Explorations,” a free science and nature program offered the third Saturday of every month. This month, the museum welcomes Amy Eldredge, Coastal Educator for the Bald Head Island Conservancy. Eldredge will present her program, “Sea Turtles & You: How to Protect Them, No Matter Where You Live,” Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Learn how the Bald Head Island Conservancy’s nationally recognized Sea Turtle Protection Program has evolved over time and how they use the latest techniques to protect these majestic and endangered creatures. Discover how simple changes in lifestyle can make a positive impact in their environment.

Junior Ranger Day: Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie, North Carolina will host its annual Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to check in at the Visitor Center when they arrive. The Junior Ranger Program is a fun way to explore the park. Although the program is designed for children ages 5 to 13, everyone is welcome to participate. There are three different booklets depending on the age of the participant. Completing the program allows Junior Rangers to earn a pencil, bookmark and patch. Most importantly, the process concludes with taking the Junior Ranger pledge and earning their Moores Creek Junior Ranger badge.

Upcoming Events

Art and crafts: The 9th Annual Hillsborough Art and Crafts Show in Hillsborough, North Carolina is a juried show offering original art and quality handcrafted items of dozens of area artisans, April 22. Organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council, the show also features food, beer, wine, ice cream and music during the day. Admission is free. Visit

Strawberry festival: The Cleveland Strawberry Festival in Clayton, North Carolina is April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is an all-day celebration for the community focused on Family fun and entertainment including a classic car show, face painting, activities for the kids, lots of food, and of course, strawberries from local farms across the county. For questions, email or call 919-773-8448.

Wine and food festival: The Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival in Cary, North Carolina is April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Great Grapes! has grown to be the Triangle’s premier casual wine festival with hundreds of wines available. Visit