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TORONTO, ON - JULY 01: People canoe in Lake Ontario as beachgoers enjoy the last light of the day during Canada Day, on July 1, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Canada Day commemorates the July 1, 1867 formation of Canada from three distinct colonies. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

May I share a few of the many things going on in our area this weekend?

-“Strike at the Wind’’: July 11-13, 8 p.m., Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center, 638 Terry Sanford Road, Maxton. The outdoor drama returns to its roots. Tickets are $5, available at Givens Performing Arts Center box office, UNCPembroke. For more information, call 910-521-6361.

-Plant Appreciation Walking Group: July 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Clark Park, 631 Sherman Drive. Meet other plant lovers as you walk the trails. Adults and mature children age 12 and older. Free. Call to register. 910-433-1579

-Night Hike and Marshmallow Roast: July 12, 8:30 to 10 p.m., Clark Park. Explore the night forest and look for creatures big and small; roast marshmallows at the fire pit. $2 per person; pre-registration required. 910-433-1579

-African World Peace Festival: The 5th annual AfricanWorld Peace Festival is Friday through Sunday in downtown Fayetteville.  The 3

Toronto, July 01, 2019 (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

day event will feature dance performances, cultural exhibitions, music, storytelling and more. Hours are Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A 5k Peace run/walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. For more information, go to africanpeacefestival. org.

-Fayetteville Rose Society: Frank and Rita Van Lenten are the guest speakers Saturday for the meeting of the Fayetteville Rose Society. The topic will be “Roses 101.’’ The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in room 101 at LaFayette Hall at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

-Wildlings-Great Snakes: July 13, 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods. Ages 6-10 years celebrate N.C. State Parks’ Year of the Snake by learning about some super slithery serpents. 910-692-2167

-Glenn Miller Orchestra: July 13, 7 p.m., Crown Theatre. The legendary orchestra performs timeless classics. Go to for more information.

-Songwriting Class for Kids: July 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Campbell House, Southern Pines. Walk through a long leaf pine forest, then create a song based on your observations, led by professional song writer Abby Dowd. For ages 8-13. Preregistration and payment of $25 fee is required. Call 910-692-2787 or email

-Life of a Pine: July 14, 3 p.m., Weymouth Woods. Learn about the history of our state tree, the long leaf pine. 910-692-2167

-Arsenal Tours: July 16, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The Museum of the Cape Fear at 801 Arsenal Ave. is offering tours of the Fayetteville Arsenal site to the public. The site is slated to be the location for the N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center. Tours are free; meet in the museum lobby a few minutes before tour time. For more info, call 910-500-4240.

-Nature Story Time: July 16, 1 p.m., Clark Park. Ages 6 and under with an adult enjoy a story and make a craft. Topic is ‘crabs.’ Free; register by calling 910-433-1579.

-A Day of Poetry: July 17, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Robeson Community College, Building 14. N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green leads a workshop, ‘Building Community Through Art and Writing.’ At 1 p.m., she presents a reading of her works. Workshop seats are limited, register by email to or call 910-272-3362.

-National Night Out: On Aug. 6, the Fayetteville Police Department will join several Community Watch groups in the city for National Night Out, an outreach that seeks to build safer and better neighborhoods through community involvement. The Police Department is asking groups to register their event with the department by going to or using the ‘FayPD” mobile app, clicking on the NNO logo, and filling out the electronic form. An interactive map is on the department’s website to help residents locate a nigh out event near them.

-TIX ON SALE: Taco Festival: Tickets are on sale for the Fayetteville Taco Festival, scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Crown Complex. The festival will feature a number of taco vendors as well as other events, including a dog beauty pageant and a hot chili-pepper eating contest.  Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 888-257-6208, at the Crown box office or at Leisure Travel Services on Fort Bragg.

-Animal Feedings: Saturdays, 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive. For all ages; free.

-Storytime at Secret Pond: Saturday, 10 a.m., Carvers Creek State Park. Join a librarian and a park ranger to learn about snakes; hear a story then walk to the pond. For more information, call 910-436-4681.

-Wildlings — Hide and Seek: Saturday, 10 a.m., Weymouth Woods. Ages 6-10 learn about camouflage and test wildlife spotting skills on a half-mile scavenger hunt. Call 910-692-2167 for more information.

-Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest: 4803 Sweet Home Church Road, Elizabethtown. The only N.C. educational state forest in the coastal plain features workshops, classes, exhibits, trails and picnic facilities. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays by reservation. Call 910-588-4161.

-North Carolina Veterans Park: 300 Bragg Blvd., adjacent to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The park has memorials, sculptures, a fountain and a visitors center with exhibits. 910-433-1547 or

-Fairmont Border Belt Farmers Museum: 101 Thompson St. Located in the town’s historic train depot, the museum has displays on the tobacco, cotton and railroad industries. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 910-740-8645, 910-740-0277

-Lumber River State Park: Paddling, fishing, camping, picnicking along a designated wild and scenic river. Two points of access are Princess Ann, 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum and Chalk Banks, 26040 Wagram Road, Wagram. Park rangers offer interpretive programs. 910-628-4564 or

-House in the Horseshoe: 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. The Revolutionary War era house was the site of a skirmish between Whigs and Tories in 1781. The site features the house and other historic structures, exhibits, a gift shop and a picnic area. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 010-947-2051

-Bentonville Battlefield: 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Tour the battlefield and the historic Harper House. Walking trails give visitors greater access to the site of the battle. The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. 910-594-0789

-Heritage Square: The Sandford House, Oval Ballroom and Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House make up the museum grounds called Heritage Square. It is open for tours on an appointment basis. All three buildings are on the National Register for Historical Properties. Call 910483-6009 to schedule a tour.