Events On Post

This week:

Chess Club: Chess Club meets at Throckmorton Library every 2nd and 4th Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginners to experts are welcome! Test your skills in competition and learn to play the game of strategy. Open to the public.

After Work Wednesdays: Come unwind from a day at the office at Sports USA, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy .75 ¢ wings, free pool and Singing in the Shower Karaoke. This event is open to everyone.

Upcoming:

Workshop Hiking the Appalachian Trail Part I: Have you ever thought about hiking the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or AT? Local experienced trail section hiker, Ron Jackson will share information that will get you started. This event is open to the public and will be held at Throckmorton Library, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Lock and Load Laser Tag: Two great events, one fun-filled day! Lock and Load brings laser tag to Sports USA! Family Laser Tag runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Challenge your friends and family during the Family Laser Tag. Hide behind the obstacles and try to score points for your team. This event is open to everyone ages 5 and above. Adults only Laser Tag runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Obstacles are added, the sun has gone down and the battle begins. Grab your friends and see who has the best laser tag skills. This event is open to 18 and older only. The event will be held March 31, call Sports USA at 907-0739, for more information. Open to the public.

Events Around Post

This week:

“Bridge the Gap” Community Social: The City of Fayetteville will “bridge the gap” with its first-ever Community Social on Thursday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the E.E. Smith High School auditorium. The event will be unique for local government, as it will feature exciting activities for youth and give all attendees an opportunity to interact with city, county and state elected officials and local government staff. Activities will include hip-hop yoga, bounce houses, a drum circle, cornhole, bowling and other family-friendly fun. Discussions with youth, focusing on issues that young people face, will be coordinated. Food will be provided to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Community topics will include the new baseball stadium, Civil War Museum and History Center, Parks and Recreation Bond, Prince Charles Hotel and the Murchison Road/Filter Plant Drive/Washington Drive site

Dr. Seuss Parade And Family Fun Day: Take the Family out to the second annual Dr. Seuss Parade in Spring Lake for a day full of fun and excitement as the birthday of Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat are celebrated. The parade will start at the new bridge over Bragg Boulevard, at the gateway into Spring Lake, and will march down Main Street. The festivities will continue at the end of Main Street, in an area blocked off to traffic, with games, food vendors, photo booth and much more fun. Admission is free and will be held Saturday on Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 797-9568 to learn more and join in the fun.

Hugs and Kisses Consignment Sale: Hugs & Kisses is a family owned and family run children’s consignment sale that has been running for nine years, right here in Cumberland County. The sale will be held at the Crown Expo Center and will be open on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday items will be 50 percent off and the event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Upcoming:

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo: The expo is a family event that features wildlife art, decoy displays, hunting and fishing projects, decoy carving demonstrations, hand-crafted duck and turkey calls, jewelry, RV’s and much more. The event also features kid-friendly interactive activities such as raptor displays and an archery range. Patrons can expect to meet a wide variety of fascinating and uniquely beautiful wildlife such as snakes and bobcats. The mission of the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation is to cultivate stewardship of the great outdoors through education and hunting and fishing excursions that will connect men, women and children to the importance of conservation so as to become investors in our natural resources. The event will be held at the Crown Complex March 16 to 18. For tickets and more information visit http://www.crowncomplexnc.com/events.

Pine needle Basket Making: Learn about long-leaf pine ecosystems while learning basic basket weaving skills with instructor Pat Cheadle, at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pat uses mostly natural materials (apart from nylon thread) and has spent time in the Choctaw Indian Nation, teaching how to make quilts and baskets. Participants will make a small, functional pine needle basket during this class. All materials provided. Please bring a thimble if you have one, and a bagged lunch. Those who would like to attend can register at https://form.jotform.com/80164997090969, pre-registration is required.

Statewide Events

This week:

Cape Fear Beer and Wine Festival: The festival focuses on 60-plus American craft microbreweries, wineries and distilleries with over 150 beers, wines and liquors being offered. Also featured are a D.J., live music, silent auction, special one off cask selection from select breweries around the state and other fun things to do. Responsible and educated consumption and admiration for the art of brewing is the core of this festival. Come sip and enjoy this unique craft experience. Attendees must be at least 21 and have valid photo ID VIP admission costs $50, general admission costs $35 and admission for designated drivers is $15. The event will be held Saturday at the Wilmington, North Carolina Convention Center. VIP entry will be noon to 5 p.m. and general admission will be from 1 to 5 p.m.

Carolina Ballet’s Boléro: Before embarking on a tour of North America, composer Maurice Ravel agreed to write a Spanish-influenced ballet score for Ida Rubinstein, the Russian dancer and actress, After abandoning his idea for an adaptation, he began an original composition based on the lone, now famous, Boléro theme. Over the course of five months, he worked on his idea, repeating the theme and gradually increasing the orchestration over the relentless snare drum. Principal guest choreographer, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, returns to the Carolina Ballet to present an all-new ballet set to Ravel’s legendary composition. Come experience the emotional crescendo of the Carolina Ballet world premiere. The performance will run from today to March 25, at the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC. Visit, https://www.carolinaballet.com/program/bolero, for more information.

Biltmore House Titanic Movie Costumes Exhibit: The stylish fashions and luxurious travels of the Vanderbilts launch at Biltmore with a stunning new exhibition, “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie.” Dazzling costumes from the iconic film—representing the extensive wardrobes required by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s—will be displayed in the grand rooms of Biltmore House. This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. More than 45 film costumes evoke the lifestyle of the era, when voyages on the great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered high society and luxury on ships known as “Floating Palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the finest fashions of the time, from strolling the promenade deck to attending elegant formal dinners. And, just like in Titanic, the days at sea fostered friendships and romances, including Vanderbilt’s courtship of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser. Learn more about the Vanderbilts’ extensive travels while marveling at the exquisite detail meticulously recreated for these award-winning fashions. The exhibit can be viewed today to May 13. To buy tickets, visit http://www.biltmore.com/events/glamour-on-board-fashion-from-titanic-the-movie-1.

Upcoming Events:

Charlotte Goes Green For St. Patrick’s Day Festival: The 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be held on March 17. This is Charlotte’s largest parade featuring Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Celtic vendors, children’s amusements and plenty of food and beverages. Admission is free and the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Orchid Festival: Go to the N.C. Arboretum, Asheville, NC, to step into a lush, tropical world at the Asheville Orchid Festival. Hundreds of orchids will fill the Education Center of the Arboretum in this show, which is one of the largest in the southeast. See dazzling colors, exotic scents and hints of an ancient world in carefully crafted displays. A full slate of experts is scheduled to present at the event, offering a daily repotting clinic, guided tours and a variety of lectures. It’s presented by the Western North Carolina Orchid Society, March 24 to 25.