This weekend
Third Thursday: Come see the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in a different light, with extended hours on third Thursdays. From March through September, soak up nature till 9 p.m. in the garden. Each month’s “Third Thursday” is a bit different from the next and sure to be fun. For August’s event, Anne Fiore is back at the garden to dance and immerse attendees in Latin culture, tonight. Purchase food from an onsite food truck and enjoy beer and wine from the garden’s cash bar.
Movies by the Lake: Bring chairs and blankets to Aberdeen Lake Park in Aberdeen, North Carolina for a free movie! Come see “SING” at 8:15 p.m., Friday. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Sandhills purple heart dinner: The Sandhills Purple Heart Dinner will honor Purple Heart recipients and their Families, Gold Star Mothers and the Families of those Killed in Action Saturday, at the Crown Expo Center, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will also be a special recognition of World War II veterans.
Back to School Bash: Hosted by Fascinate-U Children’s Museum in downtown Fayetteville, Saturday, the Back to School Bash will feature princesses, businesses mascots, live animals, art experiments, art activities, teacher and parent resources, games, giveaways and more. It is an experience Families don’t want to miss. The cost is $4 for children and $3 for adults.
Tribute to ABBA: Vision 4 Moore presents Dancing Dream, an ABBA tribute band, at Pinecrest High School, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $35 and are available at www.vision4moore.com. Vision 4 Moore was founded in December, 2015 by Robert A. Baillie and is committed to helping those who help others. V4M partners with Moore County, North Carolina nonprofit organizations to produce and organize events, as well as promote awareness of their cause. The net proceeds from these events benefit their partners. Profits from our 2017 events are equally shared with Caring Hearts For Kids Of Moore, Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills and The MIRA Foundation, USA.
Upcoming Events
No Sun, More Fun: Join Cape Fear Botanical Garden on Monday, from noon to 5 p.m. to view the solar eclipse. Fayetteville is only in the path for a partial solar eclipse but we will be able to see about 90 percent of the eclipse. The food truck Authentique Cafe will be onsite for snacks at 1 p.m. and viewing glasses will be available for purchase for $2 each in the garden gift shop, limited supply, first come, first served. Families can enjoy lawn games and the beautiful garden backdrop as they witness a natural phenomenon. Free for garden members and regular daily admission applies for nonmembers.
Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating women’s right to vote, the Fort Bragg Women’s Equality Day event will take place at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy’s Clark Auditorium, Aug. 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
History hike: Join Carvers Creek State Park for a three mile hike, Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. Participants will walk and explore the millpond, silos, pavilion and other historical farm buildings not yet open to the public. There is no need to sign up to this event. Bring a bottle of water, a camera (if you like taking pictures) and walking shoes! Please meet in front of the park office for this event.
Rick’s PLace Fun day: Visit Rick’s Place in Fayetteville Aug. 26 and test out their new kids’ zip line and Family games. They will have water kickball, snow cones, a dunk tank and more fun. Families should bring a towel and wear clothes that can get wet. Please RSVP at www.rhfnow.org/currentevents so they will know how much lunch to provide.
Military Police Ball: The 16th Military Police Brigade will host the Annual Fort Bragg Military Police Regimental Ball, Sept. 8, at the Iron Mike Conference Center. The goal of the event is to build esprit de corps within the Fort Bragg Military Police community, provide an opportunity to socialize for Military Police Soldiers, Families and friends and to partake in drill and ceremony along with military customs. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-bragg-annual-military-police-regimental-ball-8sep2017-tickets-35795865397.

Statewide events

This weekend
Outdoor Movie: Big-screen movie magic under the stars has been a cherished North Carolina Museum of Art experience for over 20 years. They present recent Oscar winners, timeless classics and Family favorites. This month’s featured film is “Moonlight.” The film will be shown Friday at the Museum Park Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for non-members and free for members.
NATURAL SELECTIONS: Join North Carolina brewers at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina for their fourth annual Natural Selections event, Friday. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. There will also be hands-on science of beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers.
Free carriage rides: Visit downtown Smithfield, North Carolina from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, for free carriage rides through the downtown area. Carriage rides begin at the corner of Third and Market streets, and are first come, first served.
Movie Night: Smith’s Nursery and Produce Farm in Benson, North Carolina will show “The Lego Batman Movie” Friday, around 8:30 p.m.(when it gets dark enough to start the movie). Admission is free. Families should bring their own chairs or blankets for sitting. Their ice cream stand will be open during the event.
African Giants: Come celebrate the North Carolina Zoo’s African Giants: elephants, rhinos and giraffes and learn about their enormous creature features, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The zoo is located in Asheboro, North Carolina. This event is included with zoo admission. Visit www.nczoo.org/events for more information.
Upcoming Events
Downtown Beats and Eats: Chet Nichols and The Repeat Offenders and The Balter Brothers will kick off the first concert in the Downtown Beats and Eats series in Wilson, North Carolina, Aug. 26. The concerts are free. Be sure to bring a chair and/or blanket. No coolers please. Doors will open to the public at noon at 217 Brew Works, with the main event entrance on South Street. The music will kick off at 1 p.m. and feature music, beer and wine, food truck vendors and various games and activities. With reentry permitted, concert goers can also enjoy dining and shopping in historic downtown Wilson.
International Block Party: Visit Raleigh, North Carolina on Aug. 26 for a free trip around the world. Food, desserts, bazaars, dances and live bands from around the world in downtown Raleigh. Come see a vibrant and affluent downtown. Travel the world without flying or driving ... just walking.