Documentary Film Screening and Book Signings: Join Maurice Renaud and Doug Stebleton at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville for a special documentary film screening and book signings, Saturday, at 11 a.m. Maurice Renaud, son of Alexandre and Simone Renaud, will sign “Sainte-Mere-Eglise: D-Day, June 6, 1944,” a book written by his father, and “Mother of Normandy,” a book about his mother. Following the book signing, at 11:30 a.m., a special showing of the documentary produced by Doug Stebleton, “The Heroes of World War II,” will be shown in the museum’s main theater. Renaud will again sign books immediately following the presentation. In addition, a special showing of “Mother Of Normandy,” also produced by Doug Stebleton, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in the theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Heroes Among us: Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Guest Conductor Dina Gilbert, Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, for the last concert of their season as they perform a concert dedicated to all military and civil servants — honoring all heroes among us. The concert will include classical and popular works dedicated to heroism, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” and the Game of Thrones Main Theme. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University. Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and military, $11 for students with an ID or children ages 6 to 18, and children 5 and under are free.
Dog Day in the Garden: Visitors can wag their tails all the way to Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Dog Day in the Garden. It is a special opportunity to bring the whole Family, dogs included, to the garden for a pawsitivley paw-some day. Families and their pups will have a belly-scratchin’ good time while learning about local dog-related vendors, shopping and enjoying samples and other canine-friendly activities to benefit the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. FAPS will provide a low-cost microchip clinic making it easier for your dog to find its way home, if ever lost. Does your pup have what it takes to be royalty? Enter the Dog of the Garden Pageant, which will sniff out the best and cutest of the canine contestants. Fetch yourself some food from local food trucks while you experience an action-packed day of demonstrations and doggie fun.
Harlem Globetrotters: The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed 2017 World Tour and are visiting the Crown Coliseum, Monday, at 7:30 p.m. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters-1.
Sound of Music Story Time and Puppet Show: Tuesday, from 10 to 10:35 a.m. at Cumberland County Headquarters Library. Enjoy a musical story time and make a musical instrument. Registration is required by calling 483-7727, extension 1351. This program is for children aged 3 to 5 years old and is part of the Cumberland County Storytelling Festival.
Truck Touch: This is the biggest event of the year at St. Andrews Academy Preschool. Truck Touch offers something for the whole Family, April 1. Start off the day with the yard sale at 7 a.m. At 10 a.m., start exploring numerous commercial and recreational vehicles, a bounce house, crafts, raffles, petting zoo, mascots and much more.
9th Annual Dancing with the Fayetteville Stars: Come out to Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, April 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. for this annual event. The gala benefits the housing program at the Center for Economic Empowerment and Development. CEED is a local nonprofit that has positively impacted Fayetteville for over 26 years. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ncceed.org/fundraiser.
Jazz and Wine Fest: The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents its second annual Jazz and Wine Fest, April 7, 6 p.m., at Festival Park. Jazz bands and a cappella groups from around the state will perform. General admission includes various beer and wine samples, as well as a souvenir glass. Various food trucks will be on site. Tickets are $25 for advanced general admission, $20 for military, $10 for non-drinking, $30 for day of general admission and $45 for a VIP package.
Movie By Moonlight: Come watch a classic movie at beautiful Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. Can you guess the Family-friendly, PG movie? Here’s a hint: watch your favorite cartoon characters team up with one of the greatest players of all time, in an “out of this world” basketball game. The movie will start at 8:30 p.m., but feel free to arrive earlier. This event is free. Event organizers will offer popcorn for attendees. American Meltdown Food Truck, Baozi Food Truck, and Captain Cookie and the Milkman Food Truck will be joining the festivities as well. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic to enjoy.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The Village of Pinehurst in Pinehurst, North Carolina will show off its Irish spirit during the 16th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade at James W. Tufts Memorial Park. Colorful parade entries, great music, dancing, and good Irish cheer are in store for all who attend. The parade was rescheduled from last week and begins at 11 a.m. sharp, Saturday. Following the parade, Families can stick around Tufts Memorial Park for entertainment, children’s activities, and food and beverages. It is free to participate in the parade; entries are being accepted from nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, churches, and Families, so decorate your golf cart, car, or float, and join us for the traditional Pinehurst celebration. Parade entry forms are available online at www.vopnc.org, or they may be picked up at Dugan’s Pub or the Pinehurst Village Hall.
North Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo: The inaugural North Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo will take place Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Lifepoint Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy great food, local bands, and fun for all ages. Sales from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina.
Blue, Brew AND Que Festival: The Blue, Brew, and Que Festival will feature some of the best bluegrass music, craft breweries, and barbecue around at Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, North Carolina. Come out for this two day event, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and April 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bands appearing at the festival include: Soggy Bottom Boys, VW Boys, Trinity River Band, Lonesome River Band, and Russell Moore and lllrd Tyme Out. For more information, visit www.duplinbluegrassfest.com.
North Carolina Azalea Festival: The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington, North Carolina’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun Family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. The event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event, which begins April 5. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina. Featured performances at this year’s festival include Jason Derulo, Duran Duran and Cole Swindell. For more information on all events, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org.
Downtown Easter Hunt: Come to downtown Sanford, North Carolina for an Easter egg hunt, April 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Bring a basket for an Easter egg trail through downtown. Participating businesses will be handing out candy and Easter eggs.