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With lots of events going on, here’s Dr. Weekend to help

-2/14
-Valentine’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Feb. 14, Crown Complex Ballroom. Cocktail hour, open bar and three-course gourmet dinner, and an interactive murder mystery. Seating is limited; tickets on sale at 888-257-6208, CapeFearTix.com or the Crown box office.

-2/14
-Cumberland County Animal Control is hosting a Valentine’s pet toy drive to benefit the dogs in the shelter. Dogs will be given the opportunity to select a toy Feb. 14, and cats will be randomly given toys appropriate to their age and size. The public can help by donating pet toys.  Anyone who would like to donate can mail or drop off items at the shelter at 4704 Corporation Dr., Fayetteville, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The deadline for donations is Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be made to the Animal Enrichment Fund at licensepet.com/cumberlandcountyncdonate.  Suggested toys include durable rubber dog toys, rope toys, and cat toys.  For more information about adopting a pet from the Animal Control Shelter, call 910-321-6852 or to see all the animals available for adoption, visit http://bit.ly/CCAdoptablePets.

-2/14
-The Texas Tenors: Tenor Marcus Collins promises love will be in the air when the trio plays the Crown Theatre on Feb. 14.  The group, also including John Hagen and J.C. Fisher, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Community Concerts lineup.  The trio came to fame on “America’s Got Talent” and has since performed a blend of Broadway, opera and country throughout the world.  Tickets for the show are $20 to $65. Call 910-438-4100 or go to crowncomplexnc.com.

-2/14
-Vegas Night: Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd., will host “Viva Las Vegas Valentine’s Casino Bash” from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Call 910-486-0221, Ext. 45, or go to capefearbg.org.

-2/14
-Mystery Dinner: The Iron Mike Conference Center, 2658 Reilly Road on Fort Bragg, will host “A Dance With Death: A 1950s Sock Hop Gone Sour” from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dinner while trying to solve a death on the dance floor. $40 per person. Call 910-907-2582 or check Facebook.

-2/15
-For those who want to learn how to increase their blueberry harvest and the size of their berries are invited to attend the Benchmarks for Big, Bountiful Blueberries class. The class is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at O.P. Owens Agriculture Center, located at 455 Caton Road in Lumberton. Attendees will learn the best practices for their blueberries regarding soil pH, fertilizer requirements, pruning practices, and variety selection for the Robeson County area. For more information or to register, contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticulture agent, at 910-671-3276 or mack_johnson@ncsu.edu.

-2/15
-Fatal Vision 50 Years Later: Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m., Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville. A review of the Jeffrey MacDonald case and the February 1970 murders of his family on Fort Bragg.

-2/15
-Carolina Uncork’d: More than 100 Carolina wineries, breweries, choco-latiers, cheesemakers and bakers are expected at the Carolina UnCork’d Wine Cheese and Crafts Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Crown Expo Center.  General admission advance tickets are $35. VIP tickets, including early entry, a swag bag, limitless samples and giveaways, are $50. Designated driver nondrinking admission is $15.  Call 910-438-4100 or go to crowncomplexnc.com.

-2/15
-Heart ’n’ Soul: Valentine’s Day will have a jazz flavor at the Arts Council of Moore County’s annual Heart ’n’ Soul of Jazz concert Feb. 15.  The concert at the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort will feature Grammy-nominated singer Jazzmeia Horn.  Tickets are $65 for general reserved seating and $75 for VIP seating. They are available at the Arts Council offices at the Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave. in Southern Pines; by phone at 910-692-2787; or online at TicketMeSandhills.com.

-2/15
-USED BOOK SALE: The Headquarters Cumberland County Public Library, 300 Maiden Lane, will host a used book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Credit and debit cards are accepted with a $10 minimum purchase. Call 483-7727, Ext. 1304.

-Through 2/16
-“Almost, Maine”: Feb. 7-16, Encore Center, 106 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets $15-$20. For more information, call910-725-0603.

-Through 2/16
-Shrek: The Musical at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre
-Dates: January 24, 2020 – February 16, 2020
-Location: Cape Fear Regional Theatre, 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC 28305
-Ticket Prices: $19-$32
-For more information, call (910) 323-4233.

-2/16
-“The Wizard of Oz”: 2:30-6 p.m. Feb. 16, 315 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton. Come prepared to sing a song from the show. For questions, email Jonathan@carolinaciviccenter.com.

-2/18
-Public Invited To Dental Education Program
-To celebrate February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Cumberland County Department of Public Health will present a free dental education program “Get a Gold Medal Smile” in February to help parents and children get started and continue with proper dental care.
-Get a Gold Medal Smile will provide information about when children should have their first dental visit and the importance of regular dental examinations. Other topics covered will include preventing early childhood tooth decay, the change from baby teeth to permanent teeth, proper brushing, stopping and preventing thumb sucking, dental sealants, choosing the right mouth protector for active children and adolescents, and tobacco prevention examinations.
-The program will be held in the third-floor auditorium of the Health Department, located at 1235 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. You do not need an appointment.
-You can drop by during these times and participate in the Get a Gold Medal Smile program:
•Thursday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•Thursday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Thursday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-For more information, call 910-433-3890.
-Dental care is available to children, teens, adults and seniors at the Health Department through a partnership with Stedman-Wade Health Services, Inc. Dental Clinic services are available Thursday only from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 910-483-6694 or go to
https://www.swhs-nc.org/dental-care.

-2/18
-Siberian State Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Givens Performing Arts Center, UNC-Pembroke. From Krasnoyarsk, Russia. For more information, call 910-521-6361 or gpac@uncp.edu/.

-3/11 Citizens Academy Public Services Day
-The next Fayetteville Citizens Academy class is being held on Wednesday, March 11, with a focus on several divisions of the City’s Public Services Department, including Traffic Services, Street Maintenance, Stormwater and for the first time, Solid Waste. Academy participants will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, view equipment, tour facilities and meet the personnel tasked with serving the community.
-Applicants must be City of Fayetteville residents, or work in Fayetteville city limits. The class size is limited to 25 residents. Class begins at 8:15 a.m. and will conclude at or before 5 p.m.
-To apply, log onto www.fayettevillenc.gov/citizensacademy, scroll to the bottom of the page, complete the fillable form online. You can also download and fill out the application, and email it to CorpComm@ci.fay.nc.us. Include “Citizens Academy Application” in the email subject line. The submission window for this session closes March 2, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance by close of business on Friday, March 6.

-County Citizens’ Academy Accepting Applications for 3/24/2020
-Cumberland County is accepting applications for the 2020 Citizens’ Academy running March 24 – May 5. The academy is a free six-session program held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at various county government locations. The academy will not meet on April 14.
-The academy is open to any resident of Cumberland County. The academy includes visits and interactive learning at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse, the Crown Complex, Ann Street Landfill and other locations.
-The County encourages local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders and residents with an interest in learning about the role of county government to register. It’s a free and fun way to engage in the work of your county.
-Class size is limited and participants are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required.
-The application is available online at co.cumberland.nc.us. Click on the “Residents” button and find Citizens’ Academy. For information, please call 910-321-6579 or email jsoles@co.cumberland.nc.us.

-Volunteer Opportunity: The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center at 7489 Raeford Road has several volunteer opportunities available for those with knowledge of fishing and boating. A background check is required. For more information, call 910-868-5003 or go to ncwildlife.org/ Learning/Education-Centers/Pechmann.

-County Offering Flu Shots
-Get your flu shot from the Cumberland County Public Health Department.
-Vaccinations are free for uninsured children ages 6 months to 18.
-Prices vary for other patients depending on the type of flu vaccine you get.
-Walk-ins are welcome, but patients are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time so they can complete their registration paperwork. The Health Department is at 1235 Ramsey St.
-The vaccinations are available at the following hours:
-8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
-8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
-8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

-Work The 2020 Elections
-The Cumberland County Board of Elections is hiring several hundred people to work the polls in the 2020 elections. To apply, visit the Cumberland County Board of Elections at 227 Fountainhead Lane in Fayetteville between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. People with questions are asked to call the elections office at 910-678-7733.

-Volunteers Needed
-USO of North Carolina: Volunteers are needed for the center and for event support in the Soldier Support Center, Warrior Transition Battalion, and at Fayetteville Regional Airport. Register online at volunteers.uso.org.

-Tickets on Sale
-“Won’t you ride along with me?” Following the hugely successful “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day” tour that traveled to more than 50 neighborhoods in 2019, Daniel Tiger and all his friends from the beloved Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS television series are hopping back aboard Trolley for DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: NEIGHBOR DAY coming to the Crown Theatre on Saturday, April 25.
-Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at CapeFearTix.com, by phone at (888) 257-6208, in-person at the Crown Complex Box Office or at Leisure Travel Services on Fort Bragg. A limited number of VIP tickets that include a post-show photo with Daniel Tiger will also be available.

-2/20 & 27th
-A four-part course on how to manage woodlands is being offered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The course is a regional program offered to landowners. The classes are free and scheduled for Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 in O.P. Owens Auditorium at the Cooperative Extension’s Robeson County Center located at 433 Caton Road in Lumberton. Each class is to start at 7pm and end at 8:30 p.m. On Feb. 6 the topic is how to manage woodlands in order to grow healthy forests and produce revenue. The Feb.
13 class is about understanding the financial aspects of woodlands management. On Feb. 20 landowners will learn how selling trees for lumber is not the only revenue source provided by woodlands. And on Feb. 27 landowners will learn how to ensure their land
becomes a woodlands legacy that remains in the family. For more information or to register for the course, contact Mack Johnson by email at mack_johnson@ncsu.edu or by calling 910-671-3276.

-2/21-23
-Carolina Spring Home Expo: Tickets are on sale for the Carolina Spring Home Expo, Feb. 21-23 at the Crown Expo Center. Purchase online at CapeFearTix.com, by phone at 888-257-6208, and in person at the Crown Complex Box Office & Leisure Travel Services located on Fort Bragg.

-2/22
-The Fayetteville State University Planetarium will present the program “Be a Lunatic” on Feb. 8. The full moon will be observed after the show, weather permitting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Exploratorium will be open before and after the program. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 910-672-1926 or email jkabbes@uncfsu.edu.

-2/22
-Monster X Tour: Feb. 22, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Crown Coliseum. Two big monster truck shows; pit parties at noon and 6 p.m. Tickets available at CapeFearTix.com, (888) 257-6208, in-person at the Crown Complex Box Office or at Leisure Travel Services on Fort Bragg.

-2/22
-Singer-Songwriters in the Round: 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines. Four professional songwriters perform. Tickets $15-$20. sunrisetheater.com.

-Through 2/23
-“Every Song Tells a Story”: Feb. 6-23 at Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Jason Petty re-creates country, pop and folk favorites and tells the story behind each song. For more information, go to templeshows.com or 919-774-4155

-2/27
-Cumberland-Hoke Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
-The first public meeting to discuss the Cumberland-Hoke Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan has been set for Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the E.E. Miller Recreation Center located at 1347 Rim Road in Fayetteville.
-The counties of Cumberland and Hoke, in coordination with their participating municipal jurisdictions, are updating a regional hazard mitigation plan that covers the two-county area. The Cumberland Hoke Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires, and winter weather. At the meeting, we invite the community to participate by sharing thoughts and comments about the Cumberland-Hoke Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
-If you have questions regarding the public meeting, please contact Emergency Management Planner Garry Crumpler at gcrumpler@co.cumberland.nc.us, Cumberland County Emergency Management Coordinator Hendrix Valenzuela at hvalenzuela@co.cumberland.nc.us or Hoke County Emergency Management Coordinator Charles Jacobs at cjacobs@hokecounty.org.

-2/28
-Fourth Friday in Historic Downtown Fayetteville
-Dates are: 2/28/2020, 3/27/2020, 4/24/2020, 5/22/2020, 6/26/2020, 7/24/2020, 8/28/2020, 9/25/2020, 10/23/2020
-Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
-Price: Free
-For more information, call (910) 222-1089

-2/29
-Better Health fundraiser: Tickets are on sale for An Evening at Casino Royale, a fundraiser for Better Health. The event is scheduled for Feb. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Carolina Barn at McCormick Farms, 7765 McCormick Bridge Road, Spring Lake. There will be a casino, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets are $75. For more information, call 910-483-7534.

-2/29
-Pre-K application event: The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County Inc. will host NC Pre-K Application Day for the 2020-21 school year on Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cumberland County Health Department, 1235 Ramsey Street in Fayetteville. Parents and guardians will be guided through a step-bystep application process that includes application assistance, determination of eligibility and information on placement as well as other community programs for families with young children.

-3/1
-Save the date!! March 1st the Renaissance Day Spa on Purdue Drive in Fayetteville is hosting a spa day for Mighty Maddox!! Maddox is just 6 years old and the son of favorite team member Leslie and was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. The tumor was found to be malignant. He’ll be starting chemo soon. 100% of proceeds raised will be donated to Maddox to help his family with hospital bills!

-3/1
-Bridal Expo: A bridal expo is planned for March 1 at the Iron Mike Conference Center. Interested vendors may call 910-907-1945 or 910-907-2582 for information.

-3/1 – 3/31
-The 10th annual Storytelling Festival will take place March 1 – 31, 2020. This is a free, countywide festival that features regional folklore, marionettes, puppet shows and crafts at all library locations. Library programs will also take place at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, Cape Fear Botanical Garden and Cross Creek Mall.
-Headliner performers include:
•Gordon James, Caldecott Honor award-winning artist.
•Kelly Starling Lyons, author and national advocate for diversity in children’s literature.
•Patrick McDonald, cartoon artist/teaching artist.
•Vanessa Brantley Newton, author and 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work.
-For more information about these programs and other library services, please visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us, call (910) 483-7727.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-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.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-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.

-TFN (Saturdays)
-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.

-TFN
-Volunteers needed: The Museum of the Cape Fear is seeking volunteers to help with daily operations, from front desk receptionists to giving tours. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. It will allow those who are interested to learn more about being a volunteer. Those who plan to attend should sign up by calling 910-500-4243 or emailing Leisagreathouse@ncdcr.gov.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-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.

-TFN
-Clark Park: 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville. Animals, trails, programs & camping. For more information, call 910-433-1579.

-TFN
-Lake Rim Park: 2214 Tar Kiln Drive, Fayetteville. Trails, canoeing, kayaking, sandbox & programs. For more information, call 910-433-1018.

-TFN
-Mazarick Park: 1400 Belvedere Ave., Fayetteville. Picnic shelter, playground, tennis court, boating, fishing and trails. For more information, call 910-433-1575.

-TFN
-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.