This weekend
Roller Derby: Don’t miss the last home bout for the Rogue Rollergirls of the 2017 season! Fayetteville Roller Derby hosts Columbia Quad Squad Allstars as they take on Mother State Mayhem followed by FRD Allstars taking on Columbia Quad Squads B team, Saturday, at the Crown Arena. Doors open at 4 p.m., with the first whistle at 5 p.m. Pre-sale tickets on sale now: $10 Adult, $8 Kids, kids 8 and under free. Visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/roller-derby-double-header for tickets.
FIrst Friday: Come out and enjoy this free community concert with beverages, food trucks and kids activities on the lawn and in the street by The Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Friday. This month, enjoy the sounds of the New Breed Brass Band from 5 to 8 p.m. These guys live and breathe the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. As a reminder, due to the large crowds, please leave pets at home.
Sustainable Saturdays Film Series: This month’s featured movie is “One Man’s Trash,” and will be shown at the Cameo Art House Theater, Saturday. For 34 years, Nelson Molina has worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation, developing a unique relationship to the objects that fill the garbage bags lining the streets. With a keen curatorial eye for finding treasure in household trash, Nelson has created a collection of found objects in a sanitation garage in East Harlem, which he refers to as a museum of “Treasures in the Trash.” This collection is a reflection of the community he has been serving and is perfect for a festival based in Harlem. As the film follows Nelson on his route and through his collection, he encourages us to see the things that we encounter in daily life anew.
Sunday Exchange: There is a new outdoor concert series at the Exchange Place off of in downtown Aberdeen, North Carolina. The first event is Sunday, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. This month’s concert features I Draw Slow, a band originally from Dublin, Ireland. They play a mix of bluegrass, old-time and Celtic music. Be prepared for some great local food and drink. Families should bring their own chairs and blankets.
Upcoming Events
Tween Scene: Participate in a Space Out Hovercraft and Anti-Gravity event, July 13 at 2 p.m. at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville. Travel to space in the Headquarters Spaceship! Create a hovercraft, anti-gravity in a bottle and test your space-crew leadership skills. The event is targeted for youth in grades 3 to 6.
Jurassic Quest: This is a dinosaur adventure for the whole Family, July 14 and 15, at the Crown Expo. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, dino crafts and much more.
Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Show: Help out a great cause, Family Promise, and get a jump start on Christmas shopping at this fun, annual event, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Whispering Pines Country Club in Whispering Pines, North Carolina. There will be more than 40 handcrafted vendors. Music provided by Party Tyme Entertainment and Santa will visit from 2 - 4 p.m. Admission is free but a donation of Personal Care Products is suggested for the clients of Family Promise.

Statewide Events

This weekend
Retroepics Film Festival: See “The Right Stuff,” “Mulholland Drive,” “The Great Escape,” “Stalker,” “8 1/2,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?,” “The King of Kings” and “Excalibur” during the RetroEpics Film Festival, Friday through Sunday, in Durham, North Carolina. Epic Movies are movie movies. These movies are what make Hollywood Hollywood. These movies are so big they need italic emphasis. They can’t even be described with sentences that don’t end in an exclamation mark! These are movies with grand stories that justify their three-hour running lengths, and sometimes more. Even their poster art is epic. For more information, visit www.carolinatheatre.org/films/festivals/retroepics-film-festival.
Summer Bridal Expo: Join in an afternoon full of all things weddings at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, Sunday. Meet and mingle with local vendors who are eager to help make the big day a dream come true. Meet area professionals, win prizes, and so much more. Tickets are available online at www.CarolinaWeddingGuide.com.
Sunday in the Park: This summer Families can enjoy a “Sunday in the Park” concert series in two of Raleigh, North Carolina’s most delightful parks. This weekend’s concert will take place at Fred Fletcher Park. Bring the whole Family, a picnic and a blanket, and sit back and enjoy the music of Capital Transit. The band is an energetic, four-part vocal jazz ensemble with musical accompaniment. The group is also accompanied by flute, sax, guitar, bass and hand percussion. Food trucks will also be on-site offering dinner and desserts. Please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Picnics, beer and wine are welcome!
Upcoming Events
History à la Carte: I SPY the American Revolution at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 12, from noon to 1 p.m. James Bond could take a few pointers from America’s Patriot spies. Explore how trust, treason, mistakes and love brought down an empire’s army and led farmers-turned-soldiers to victory in the battle for American independence. Register at www.NCMOH-programs.com and purchase a boxed lunch — or just bring your own. Beverages provided. For more information, call 919-807-7969.
Color of Harmony: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville in Whiteville, North Carolina presents “Color of Harmony,” a one-day special community event featuring an interactive workshop and musical performances by scholars whose work has been influenced by race, July 15. The event’s accomplished performers hope to create a sense of self-awareness by inviting the audience to think about race and celebrate diversity through song. Bring a chair or blanket. Museum lawn opens at 12:30 p.m. Music begins at 1 p.m. This is a Family-friendly event: No pets, coolers, alcohol or smoking permitted.