With Hurricane Dorian gone, let’s get out and have some fun. Here are a few ideas.
-The Cumberland County Fair reopens 5:00pm today for Military and Emergency Services Night. All Military and First Responders will receive free admission to the Cumberland County Fair in uniform or with valid ID.
Saturday 9/7 1:00 PM – CLOSE
Sunday 9/8 1:00 PM – CLOSE
-Tix On Sale
-Mannheim Steamroller: Tickets are on sale for Mannheim Steamroller. This year Chip Davis, the founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour. The show is scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Crown Theatre as part of Community Concerts. Tickets can be purchased online at CapeFearTix.com, by phone at 888-257-6208, at the Crown box office or at Leisure Travel Services on Fort Bragg.
-Thru 9/6 One-Stop Voting – One-Stop early voting for the 9th Congressional District election continues through Sept. 6. Vote at the East Regional Branch Library, 4809 Clinton Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-CHALK FEST: The Harnett County Arts Council is hosting a festival in which artists, single or in teams produce art work on the east side of Wilson Avenue in Dunn today and Saturday. Cost to enter is $15. Call 919-756-0410 or go to harnettarts.com.
-Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Registration is open for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Festival Park, 335 Ray Ave. Check-in begins at 10am. The opening ceremony starts at 10:45am. Participants will complete a 2-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. To sign up as a walker or to learn about becoming a sponsor or volunteer, go to act.alz.org/fayettevillewalk or call 800-272-3900.
-The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will hold its annual Festival of Yesteryear: Revolution on the Cape Fear on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Arsenal Park. The festival includes costumed reenactors, musical and artistic performances, military firing demonstrations and activities for kids. The birthday cake cutting for the Lafayette Society’s annual “Lafayette Birthday Celebration” will also take place. Cake and ice cream will be served at 1 p.m. while supplies last. Admission and activities are free; food trucks will be on site. For more information, go to museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov or call 910-500-4240.
-The Lafayette Trail Tour is scheduled for Saturday, starting with coffee and croissants at 8:30 a.m. at the museum of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry. Bruce Daws will discuss Fayetteville’s early history and the 1825 visit by Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution. Guests will see his carriage and have the opportunity to tour the historic Phoenix Masonic Lodge, where a light lunch will be served. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $30, or $25 for students and teachers, and may be purchased at City Center Gallery & Books or by calling 910-678-8899. For more information, go to lafayettesociety.org. The event is part of the Lafayette Birthday Celebration.
-Community Yard Sale at Myers Recreation Center (910-433-1570) Come be a part of the Community Yard Sale in the G.B. Myers Park. Participants who wish to sale must register. Bring your items to sell or just come out to shop. All unsold items must be removed from property. All Ages; Sat., Sept. 7; 9 am-noon; $8 reg. fee (fee includes one table, each additional table $5).
-Fish Cookery and Preparation Class: Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pechmann Fishing Education Enter, 7489 Raeford Road. Learn the basic skills to take your catch from stream to table. Register online at www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/ Pechmann. Participants must be age 16 or older; class size is limited. For more information call 910-868-5003.
-Happiness Yoga: Attend a Happiness Yoga seminar Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kiwanis Recreation Center, 352 Devers St. Dr. Naveed Aziz will discuss what people need to know about diabetes. The program also will include information about movement, meditation and healthy foods. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 910-867-0070.
ROCKEFELLER HOUSE TOUR: A guided tour of James Stillman Rockefeller’s former winter estate and grounds will be held at 6 p.m. at Carvers Creek State Park, 2505 Long Valley Road in Spring Lake. The tour is free, but guests must sign up ahead of time. Another tour is scheduled Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. Call 910-436-4681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-President Donald Trump will be hosting a “Keep America Great” rally on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Fayetteville Regional Airport. Event tickets are limited to two free tickets per person. For tickets and additional event information, residents should visit www.DonaldTrump.com.
-Ear Wax Screenings at Tokay Senior Fitness Center (910-433-1414) This free service is offered by a state-licensed hearing instrument specialist the second Tuesday of every other month. Participants are under no obligation to purchase any products or services, although cleaning of both ears is offered for an additional fee. Please for additional details. 55+; Tues.; Sept. 10 and Nov. 12: 8:30-10 am.
-The Blind Boys of Alabama: Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Givens Performing Arts Center, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The living legends of gospel music perform for the GPAC season opening gala. Tickets at uncp.edu/gpactickets, 910-521-6361 or the GPAC box office.
-9/12 (get tix by 9/9)
-Supper on the Grounds: Sept. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Boyd House, Weymouth Center, Southern Pines. Barbecued pork, fried chicken, sides and desserts. Live music by Momma Molasses. Hosted by Women of Weymouth. Members, $20; nonmembers, $30; available at ticketmesandhills.com through Sept. 9.
-MOAA golf tournament: The Cape Fear Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold its annual fundraising golf tournament at Baywood Golf Course on Sept. 14 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The event raises money for the chapter’s ROTC scholarship program. Active-duty service members are sponsored by chapter members and play for free. The event includes an 18-hole round of golf, snacks, prizes and a catered dinner after play. Active-duty members who would like to play should email email@example.com or call 910-797-5419 no later than Sept. 11 to receive a registration form.
-BASEBALL EXHIBIT: The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, 325 Franklin St., will host a free exhibit on baseball in Fayetteville through 2020. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 910-433-1457 or go to fcpr.us.
-POUND at Cliffdale Recreation Center (910-433-1127) Sweat, sculpt, and rock with the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the energizing, infectious, sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Pre-registration is required. Yoga mat is recommended. ID is required for Ripstix. 12+; Mon.; 6:30 pm; $35/month or $10/class.
-Girls of Grace Foundation, Inc. at Westover Recreation Center (910-433-1088) This program is dedicated to empowering every girl to be the best version of herself. Girls of Grace is to cultivate a circle of sisterhood in which at-risk teen girls can be mentored by providing a safe-haven and preparation for college, entrepreneurship and occupation. Our vision is to improve social competence, academic achievement and self-esteem while avoiding high-risk behavior to ensure each girl is awarded an equal opportunity for success.
7+, Mon.; 6:30 pm; Free.
-L.E.A.P. at Pine Forest Recreation Center (910-433-1196) The L.E.A.P. After School Program is designed for children grades K-8. We provide participants with snacks, time to study or complete homework, and an opportunity to stay active through free play.
Grades K-8; Mon.-Fri. (days school are in session); $115/month or $35/week per child.
-Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
-Zumba at Stedman Recreation Center (910-433-1440) This unique fitness program is sure to have you grooving along to Latin tunes all while getting a top notch workout. You will get hooked on this exciting hour of calorie burning, body energizing high intense program.
13+; Mon. and Thurs.; 7-8 pm; Wed.; 10:30-11:30 am; $5/class.
-The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the parks and rec center. For more information, call 910-424-4500.
-The Town of Hope Mills Appearance Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the parks and rec center at 6 p.m.
-Therapeutic Tai Chi at Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center (910-433-1000) Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese health practice and exercise art with movements performed very slowly and thoughtfully. It has often been called moving meditation because of its gentle flowing movement. The class includes meditation techniques, stretches, and warm-ups. This class is sponsored by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society and was created to benefit people with Multiple Sclerosis. Caregivers and friends are welcome. Participants do not have to be MS diagnosed to participate; other diagnoses can participate as well. 18+; Tues.; 8:30-10:30 am; Free.
-Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
-Youth Open Gym at College Lakes Recreation Center (910-433-1564) Come work on your basketball skills and play against others your age. Parent/guardian must complete a permission slip before children are able to participate. 9-17 yrs; Tues., Wed.; 10 am-1 pm; Thurs.; 1-4 pm; Free.
-Tuesday & Thursday
-Legacy Dance Program at EE Miller Recreation Center (910-433-1220) This beginning level dance class introduces young dancers to basic hip-hop and modern dance technique and choreography. In this fast pace and fun class students will use hip-hop and modern dance to develop their coordination, rhythm, flexibility and self-expression. All ages; Tues. and Thurs.; 6-7 pm; $30 a month.
-Tuesday & Friday
-Martial Arts at Smith Recreation Center (910-433-1571) Join our growing martial arts classes and learn self-defense and discipline. Our trained instructor will help you develop self-confidence, balance, control and overall physical fitness through these innovative techniques. Participants also have the opportunity to compete in local and regional
Tournaments. All ages; Tues. and Fri.; 6-8 pm; $25/month.
-Tigers Youth Group at Massey Hill Recreation Center (910-433-1569) Participants will engage in positive learning experiences to include gardening and crafts. They will engage in community service events that will promote personal development and fosters a sense of community pride. 7-17 yrs; 4th Tues. of the month; 4:30-6:30 pm; Free.
-The Hope Mills Historic Preservation Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every other month at the parks and rec center.
-Senior Aerobics at Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center (910-433-1000) A low-impact class that integrates a variety of cardio and core conditioning exercises for a balanced and invigorating workout. This class demonstrates many different levels of each move so you can pick the level that is best suited to your fitness level. The class wraps up with concentrated abdominal toning exercises.
55+; Wed.; 9-10 am; Free.
-Tumbling at J.D. Pone Recreation Center, formally Gray’s Creek Recreation Center (910-433-1015) This class gives your children the opportunity to learn the basics of tumbling, to include rolls, cart wheels, hand springs, and flexibility.
4-6 yrs; Wed.; 5:30-6:15 pm; $25/month
7-10 yrs; Wed.; 6:15-7 pm; $25/month
-Awesome Adaptive Zumba at Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center (910-433-1000) This class offers tons of fun for persons of all abilities using high energy music and Latin inspired dance movements. Each class encourages participants to ditch the typical workout and join the party! Participants can reap many benefits to include weight loss, endurance and self-confidence.
18+; Thurs.; 10:30-11:30 am; Free.
-Kids Story Time: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst. Ages 3-5 years hear a story and make a craft.
-TFN (Wednesdays & Saturdays)
-Animal Feedings: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive. For all ages; free.
-TFN (Saturdays & Evenings)
-Childbirth and Infant Care Classes: FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital’s Women & Children’s department offers classes on childbirth, infant care, breastfeeding and new siblings at various dates and times, including evenings and Saturdays. For information, registration and course dates, call 910-715-2275. Parents-to-be in the second or third trimester can register for a tour of the Women and Children’s Center by calling 800-213-3284.
-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. For more information, call 910-588-4161.
-Museums Averasboro Battlefield Museum: 3300 N.C. 82, Dunn (Exit 71 off Interstate 95). Site of the March 1865 Battle of Averasboro. The site features a museum, plus occasional re-enactments and living-history programs. 910891-5019 or averasboro.com.
-Domestic violence: The Fort Bragg Victim Advocate Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 910-322-3418. Anyone seeking assistance may remain anonymous. Nonmilitary resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233, and Cumberland County Care Center/Domestic Violence Shelter is 910-677-2532.
-Crisis assistance: Soldiers and families in need of assistance concerning suicide or potential suicide can get help from trained consultants 24 hours a day. militaryonesource.com or 800-342-9647.
-Cape Fear River Trail Golf Cart Tours at Clark Park: For seniors and persons with permanent limited physical abilities, interpretive golf cart tours along the Cape Fear River Trail are available, for individuals or groups of up to five people. Riders must be able to grasp and hold safety handles. Reservations are required several weeks in advance by calling 910-433-1579; Free.
-Senior Programs Chess Club Forming at the Senior Center (910-433-1574) Are you interested in learning how to play chess? The Fayetteville-Cumberland Senior Center has a volunteer that is willing to teach newcomers. All ability levels are welcomed. To sign up, please contact the Senior Center at 433-1574.
-North Carolina Veterans Park: 300 Bragg Blvd., adjacent to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The park has memorials, sculptures, a fountain and a visitor’s center with exhibits. For more information, call 910-433-1547 or go to ncveteranspark.org.
-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. For more information, call 910-740-8645 or 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. For more information, call 910-628-4564 or go to ncparks.gov.
-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. For more information, call 910-947-2051.
-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. For more information, call 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 910-483-6009 to schedule a tour.
-Cape Fear River Trail: The 5.3-mile paved trail for walkers, joggers and bicyclists can be accessed at Treetop Drive, Eastwood Avenue or Sherman Drive. A map is available at fcpr.us. To schedule a golf cart tour for seniors and persons with limited physical abilities, call 910-433-1579.
-Clark Park: 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville. Animals, trails, programs & camping. For more information, call 910-433-1579.
-Lake Rim Park: 2214 Tar Kiln Drive, Fayetteville. Trails, canoeing, kayaking, sandbox & programs. For more information, call 910-433-1018.
-Mazarick Park: 1400 Belvedere Ave., Fayetteville. Picnic shelter, playground, tennis court, boating, fishing and trails. For more information, call 910-433-1575.
-Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve: 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Longleaf pines, nature trails, hiking, birding, picnicking. For more information, go to ncparks.gov or call 910-691-2167.