Here are a few ideas for this beautiful and hopefully rain-free weekend
-5th annual Party in the Park is May 17-18 at Ernest Freeman Town Park, 192 Euclid St. in Stedman. Entertainment includes includes Southern Express on May 17. Various bands play throughout the day on May 18. Saturday night, the legendary Tams perform. Food trucks, a video-game truck, balloon time, face-painting, bouncy houses, vendors and more. Hours are May 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. and May 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 910-624-7193.
-Follicles of Freedom presents the 8th annual Pig Pickin’ for Autism on May 18 at Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson.
-The Derby Run Saturday at 7 a.m. at Terry Sanford High School, 2301 Fort Bragg Road. The 5k and 10k runs through historic Haymount raising money for the Child Advocacy Center, Cy’s World Foundation and the Justin Richard Lopes Memorial Scholarship fund.
-The Lafayette Doll and Toy Club will host its annual doll and toy show and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kiwanis Recreation Center, 352 Devers St. The show will include an ‘evaluation clinic’ from noon to 1 p.m. where guests can find out if their dolls can be restrung or repaired. For more info, call 910-916-8532.
-The 12th Annual Field of Honor will kick-off with an opening ceremony at 10am on Saturday, May 18, 2019, and will remain up until Thursday, June 27, 2019. The event is free to the public and will be located on the parade grounds of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum at 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301. Hundreds of flags will fly on the parade grounds of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Each flag comes with its own story and displays a tag identifying both the person who sponsored the flag and the flag honoree. Flags honoring soldiers and veterans, will be at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum downtown May 18 through June 22. For more info, go to asomf.org.
-Wild About Woodpeckers: May 18, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Journey to Weymouth Woods to look for red cockaded woodpeckers and five other species of woodpeckers, then have lunch at an area restaurant. Take van from Clark Park or travel on your own. Cost is $5 per person, adults and mature children age 8 and older; bring a snack, water, hiking shoes and money for lunch. Register at 910-433-1579.
-The 6th annual Cole Humphrey Memorial Run/Walk is May 18 at 8 a.m. at Cape Fear High School, 4762 Clinton Road. Register at Runsignup.com. Proceeds support the Cole Humphrey Memorial Endowment Fund and Carolina Donor Services. For more information, go to facebook. com/colehumphreyrun.
The 82nd Airborne Division’s annual All American Week celebration is scheduled May 20 – 23.
-5/20 – All American Week begins May 20 with a Division run starting at 6:30 am, featuring more than 18,000 Paratroopers, running along Longstreet Road.
-5/22 – The Division memorial ceremony is scheduled for the morning of May 22 to pay tribute to our fallen Paratroopers and Gold Star Families.
-5/23 – The finale of All American Week includes an airborne operation with Paratroopers and aircraft from the past and present conducting missions onto Sicily Drop Zone
-Cumberland County Department of Public Health’s Baby Store, located on the second floor of the Public Health Center at 1235 Ramsey Street Health Department will open to clients May 21. The Baby Store is an incentive-based, prenatal health promotion program that aims to create healthy moms and healthy babies. Health Department clients can earn “baby bucks” by attending their prenatal care appointments and participating in health education programs such as smoking cessation, childbirth, parenting and breastfeeding classes. Baby Store hours will be Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Basic Weather and Forecasting for Boaters: May 21-22, 6 p.m., at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, 7489 Raeford Road. Taught by the Fayetteville Sail & Power Squadron. Course is free, materials cost $15. Seating is limited. Register at ncwildlife.org/Learning/ Education-Centers/Pechmann or call 910-868-5003.