Events around post:

This weekend
Foreign Film Festival: Methodist University is showing Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno), Friday. The story takes place in Spain in the summer of 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War. In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Francoist army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in Hendricks Science Complex room 122. The film will be played in Spanish with English subtitles. For more information, contact Dr. Cristina Francescon at francesc@methodist.edu or 630-7082.

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, Saturday. 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 Marksmen will be facing off against the Mississippi RiverKings at the Crown Coliseum; it is sure to be a pawsome game. The game starts at 6 p.m. Visit marksmenhockey.com for ticket information.

Upcoming Events


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.

Annual garden planning & seed swap gathering: Break out of “cabin fever” mode and come get inspired to plan and grow something this year! As always, this event is open to all who are interested in meeting and networking with other local gardeners. We will swap seeds, garden hacks and stories! Bring seeds (and envelopes to share them) and other garden related items to swap or give away. Or just come as you are and learn something new. The event will be held LeClaire’s General Store Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.

SPORTS U.S.A. Valentine’s Day Market: Get your last minute Valentines gifts. Treat yourself! Crafts, specialty items, art and more will be available for purchase. Food and beverage will be on sale throughout the event. This event is free and open to everyone. Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Sports U.S.A. Indoor space $50 — includes table and 2 chairs, Outdoor space $75 — must provide your own tent. Market will be open Feb. 11, 12 to 5 p.m.

Spouse Reset Resiliency Program: Spouse Reset is a two-day resiliency program focused on giving spouses the hands-on training and tools to better cope with the pressures and challenges associated with the military lifestyle. Topics include resiliency, post-traumatic stress, stress management, non-conventional therapies, humor, peer to peer coaching, mentoring, suicide and substance abuse prevention, traumatic brain injury/concussion care, team building, nutrition and health, financial literacy, domestic violence prevention, parenting and couples communication and community engagement. The service member is an integral part of Spouse Reset and invited to participate for both days. Breakfast, lunch will be served. Childcare is provided. Please register today, space is limited! The event is being held at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Jan. 27 to 28. https://goo.gl/athGbb.

Statewide events

This weekend
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 Saturday. Come shop over 60 vintage and handmade vendors in a beautiful brewery. Enjoy beer by the glass and food trucks throughout the day. Admission is free and the event runs from 12 to 5 p.m., located at Trophy Brewing, Maywood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603

Last Chance for WinterLights: Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide. This is the last weekend the lights will be on display. Visit on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. For info or details, call 252-473-3234.


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. A Non-seafood option and a vegetarian option will also be available. 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.

The Chocolate Festival: The Chocolate Festival will be held the weekend of Feb. 3 in Morehead City, North Carolina. The festival features chocolate vendors galore, a chocolate pudding contest, a 5k run, a BBQ cook off, chocolate spa and more. There will be chocolate cakes, tortes, bars, ice creams, chocolate cookbooks, chocolate wine, samplings and much more. Events will be held Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit carolinachocolatefestival.com for more information.