Events around post

This weekend
Riverdance 20th Anniversary: The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance- The 20th Anniversary World Tour at the Crown Complex, Tuesday. 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, Sunday, from 2 to 4 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, Saturday to Sunday.

Upcoming Events
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 spaces cost $50 and includes a table and two chairs. Outdoor space costs $75 and you must provide your own tent. Market will be open Feb. 11, 12 to 5 p.m.

Evening of Prohibition: It may be called an Evening of Prohibition but the menu of events includes a liquor-tasting, a casino, great food and music. The event will benefit Better Health, a nonprofit group that seeks to provide for unmet healthcare needs in Cumberland County through assistance, referral and education. The event will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens on Feb. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. For information, check

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 for more information.

Statewide events

This weekend
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, Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Visit for mor information.

Blowing Rock Winterfest: The 20th Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest, Thursday to Sunday, and enjoy the fun side of winter. Events include the icy Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, WinterFeast, WinterPaws Dog Show, WinterFashion Show, ice carving, Winter Beer Garden and more. Visit for tickets and information.

Upcoming Events
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 Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

Groundhog Day Celebration: Greta the Groundhog waits all year for a chance to predict whether spring will come early or not. You and your Family are invited to come up to the Animal Discovery Den at the Chimney Rock State Park, Feb. 2, to see if the resident woodchuck sees her shadow. Following her prediction, you can take part in a Family-friendly activity and guided hike along the Great Woodland Adventure Trail, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Vistit for more information.