Events around post

This weekend
Graffiti Lettering Class: Join Alter Egos Gallery and Studio for their first ever hands-on graffiti class. The evening class will cover different types of graffiti hand styles, and how to create them. Alter Ego will provide the markers, paper and guidance. Just bring an open mind and a willingness to make a few mistakes along the way. Mistakes make the best art anyway! The class will be held Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10, visit goo.gl/CFW28B to register.
Clash of the Barriers: The Battle of the Coral Sea: An Australian naval exhibit, Clash of the Carriers: the Battle of the Coral Sea, is currently on display at the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The three-banner display and dramatic new video documentary presentation highlight the four days in May 1942 when three navies, four aircraft carriers, 255 aircraft and 76 ships fought a battle that changed naval warfare forever. The exhibit is on loan from the Australian National Maritime Museum, with the ASOM being the second stop on its tour of the United States. The exhibit will remain on display at ASOM through Feb. 4.
Amateur Photography Hike: Enjoy taking pictures of nature, scenery, and old farm buildings? If so, then head out to Carvers Creek State Park, Spring Lake, Friday, and join Ranger Fields on a scenic walk of Long Valley Farm. The group will tour the old farmstead, learning about the history of the land and encountering unique Sandhills species of the area. Feel free to bring binoculars and a bottle of water, as the group will be covering two to three miles of trail. Meet in front of the Welcome Center. Program will be cancelled if it rains or if other weather conditions make the program unsuitable; if in doubt, call the park’s main office at 436-4681. Hike begins at 2 p.m. Visit https://www.ncparks.gov/carvers-creek-state-park/events-and-programs/amateur-photography-hike-4, for additional information.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: Join in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life at this annual downtown parade, which will proceed from Person Street to Hay Street, ending on Winslow Avenue. The Grand Marshall will be North Carolina Representative Elmer Floyd. Arrive early to secure your spot along the route. The parade is Saturday and begins at noon.
Upcoming Events
Marksmen Hockey pooch party: Experience all the action at a professional minor-league hockey game while enjoying great food and drinks with family, friends and your best canine pal. The Fayetteville Marksmen are hosting a pooch party, Jan. 20. Bring your dog to the game and enjoy $1 Hot Dogs. Marksmen caps will be given to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. The Fayetteville Marksmen will be playing at the Crown Coliseum. The game starts at 6 p.m. Visit marksmenhockey.com for ticket information.
Riverdance 20th Anniversary: The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance — The 20th Anniversary World Tour at the Crown Complex, Jan. 30. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.
Seussical The Musical: Cape Fear Regional Theater brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. These colorful characters will transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Oh, the thinks we will think! The show will be open from Feb. 1 to 25. Call 323-4233 for show times or visit www.cfrt.org for more information.

Statewide events

This weekend
Let’S Get Wild! S’mores & More: Enjoy an evening walk, a campfire and a rare chance to see the Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Durham, North Carolina after dark, Saturday. As it starts to get dusky, you’ll walk a mile long loop learning about some of the many nocturnal animals that call Horton Grove Nature Preserve home. Then as the sun sets, help make a campfire, and toast some marshmallows for s’mores. S’mores supplies are provided. Please bring your own flashlight or headlamp, if you have one, and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. The event runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is free, pre-registration is required. Call (919) 908-0054 for more information or visit www.triangleland.org to register.
Food Foraging Adventure: Ready to go WILD? Join us “off the eaten path” as we uncover the Garden of Eden all around us: edible greens, berries, mushrooms, flowers, nuts, roots ... We never know what we might find. We’ll meet 10 to 20 wild foods, focusing on the ones you might find in your own woods or backyard, Saturday. Then you get to eat what you’ve found! Outings are suitable for all ages and abilities. Tickets can be purchased at notastelikehome.org. The experience takes three hours and is held at secret locations 15 to 45 minutes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Upcoming Events
Oyster Roast: Sylvan Heights Bird Park is hosting its second annual Oyster Roast fundraiser! Cooler weather means oyster season in Eastern North Carolina. Tickets include shrimp, oysters, slaw, hush puppies, beer, wine and entertainment. We will also have a non-seafood option and a vegetarian option. This event will raise funds to support the park’s mission of conservation and education. Did you know that the staff use ground up oyster shells to feed nesting birds? The shells provide critical calcium to nesting shore birds and waterfowl. So come eat oysters and help the birds, Jan. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Visit shwpark.com for mor information.
Raleigh Winter Pop-Up Market: Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina’s original vintage market, offering vintage collectors and art lovers a great place to shop and sip inside and outside of Trophy Brewing, will be held on Jan. 20. Come shop over 60 vintage and handmade vendors in a beautiful brewery. Enjoy beer by the glass and food trucks will be there all day. Free admission. Hours: 12 to 5 p.m., located at Trophy Brewing, Maywood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603.
and free. Registration is not required.