This weekend

Book Sale: Visit Throckmorton Library today, 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. for the inaugural Throckmorton Library Book Sale. Items come from the library’s donated items section and include books of all kinds, DVDs, CDs and video games. Many items are like-new quality. Prices range from under $1 to $5. Cash only. Proceeds benefit library programs and learning tools for children. For more information, call 396-2665 or visit

A Comic Evening: Enjoy a night of comedy for the whole Family, Friday, at The Hannah Center at The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Performers include “Comic Ventriloquist” Steve Brogan and comedian Caleb Elliott. All seats are general admission and tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. For more information, visit

The Carolina Philharmonic: The grandest season finale to date features Broadway Star Catherine Brunell (Les Mis, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins, Something Rotten!), in some favorite Broadway tunes, Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Owens Auditorium in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Concertgoers will get a panoramic tour of several of America’s most celebrated moments from the silver screen and popular culture, showing off the grandeur and virtuosity of the Philharmonic, from Gershwin and Copland to John Williams. It will be a salute to America that no one will want to miss.

Mother’s Day Brunch: Families are invited to a Mother’s Day Brunch at Iron Mike Conference Center, Sunday. Brunch will be served in the Lafayette Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for children ages 5 and under.

Military Appreciation at Pinehurst: Throughout the month of May, the Spa at Pinehurst in Pinehurst, North Carolina will celebrate Military Appreciation month by welcoming active-duty service members and their spouses to the spa for a discounted day of pampering. They can enjoy four of the spa’s most popular services at a special rates. The signature Pinehurst Massage and Pinehurst Facial, both 50-minute treatments, will be $85 each. The Pinehurst Pedicure and Pinehurst Manicure will be $50 and $40, respectively. For more information, call 235-8320.

Upcoming events

Dive-In Theater: Watch a movie while swimming or stay on the deck at Tolson Indoor Pool, May 19, at 8 p.m. This month’s featured movie is Sing. The event is $4 for military ID cardholders and $6 for their guests. For more information, visit

Frame To Table: This event is a culinary trip around the world, offering creative foods and wines inspired by great films at SkyView on Hay in Downtown Fayetteville, Friday, at 7 p.m. At The Godfather table, sample a variety of delectable Italian bites. Then, travel to Casablanca for mouthwatering Morrocan cuisine, and on to Greece for goodies at My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at

Aberdeen Spring Spree: The Town of Aberdeen, North Carolina will host the 6th Annual Spring Spree at the Crossroads Festival May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Historic Downtown Aberdeen. The festival is open and free to the public for a fun and enjoyable afternoon (and evening!) with Family-friendly entertainment, food, music, arts and crafts.

Paw Patrol Live: PAW Patrol is on a roll with the first-ever live tour at the Crown Theater May 23, with shows at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. It’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue. Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and the newest pup, Everest, to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.

Military Appreciation Music Festival: Join the Veterans Golf Association, May 25, at Dormie Club in West End, North Carolina as they honor the military with a music festival to kick off the start of Memorial Day weekend. All attendees will enjoy a free concert featuring Colt Ford and special guests, including The Bandit Flight Team, Rob West, DJ Irie, The Greg Finger Band and NFL cheerleaders. Free Parking to all attendees. VIP Parking for valid military ID holders. Gates open at 7 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are permitted. Open to all ages. Food trucks on site.

Statewide events

This weekend

Columbus’ Ships: Friday, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Wilmington, North Carolina. The ships will be docked at Port City Marina until May 21. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Longleaf Film Festival: The festival celebrates year three with two days of film, fun, and community at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday. This free-to-attend festival explores historical and contemporary stories from around the world and our own backyard through narrative and documentary films. Sixty Official Selection films will screen. Other events include workshops, the awards presentation, and an inaugural public “Wrap Party” at the festival’s conclusion Saturday. As always, free fresh-popped popcorn will be available, along with other concessions and a selection of festival T-shirts.

Nashville Blooming Festival: The Nashville Blooming Festival in Nashville, North Carolina, is a downtown community celebration that showcases the area’s top artists and musical acts, Friday and Saturday. The two-day extravaganza features a parade filled with floats and marchers as well as performances from original and tribute country, funk and rock bands. There’s also the crowning of the Mom of the Year, a Nashville talent competition and a carnival.

Bugfest South: Join the fun of all things “buggy” and get to know the six-legged neighbors at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, North Carolina’s BugFest South, held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy entertaining displays, exhibits and activities — both inside and outside the museum. Visitors can bring out their inner bug by competing in the Arthropod Olympics, cheering on Madagascar Hissing Roaches at the Roachingham 500 and learning all about the insects that make up three quarters of all animals on Earth at the Arthropod Zoo.

Upcoming Events

The Sails Original Music Series: Live music under the sails on the Square in Hickory, North Carolina, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.. Bring a chair or blanket, relax and enjoy the music with friends and Family. There are many great restaurants downtown for dinner before the music starts, or bring a picnic. Either way, it will be an enjoyable night to remember with sounds from jazz favorites Miss Tess and the Talkbacks.

North Carolina Potato Festival: Northeast North Carolina’s largest festival will return again to downtown Elizabeth City, North Carolina May 19. Bring the whole Family for food, arts and crafts, contests, live entertainment plus a Midway full of games and large amusement rides. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

A Night of Big Band Music: Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton, North Carolina welcomes back the Glenn Miller Orchestra, a favorite touring big band from last year, May 19. The band is a perfect complement the setting of the historic theater that first opened in 1928 — just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed. The world famous GMO, with its unique jazz sound, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. For tickets or more information, visit