1. Catch a movie
The new movies in theaters are: “Jigsaw” the R-rated eighth installment in the “Saw” franchise, set over a decade after the death of the eponymous Jigsaw killer as police investigate a string of new murders that fit his modus operandi; “Suburbicon ” an R-rated crime comedy directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon as a husband and father who must navigate his idyllic town’s dark underbelly; “Thank You for Your Service” rated R about a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life; and “All I See Is You” a R-rated film about a blind woman (Blake Lively) and how her relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight.
2. Make a difference
Saturday is Make A Difference Day, the annual day of lending a hand and making a positive impact on your community. Check the newspaper for ideas, or call your favorite charity to see how you can help out this day. More info available at makeadifferenceday.com.
3. Get spooked
Halloween is on Tuesday, making this weekend the prime time to get to a haunted house. There are also trunk or treats being held throughout the area including at New River Harley Davidson and Richlands High School on Saturday, and at Discovery International Church on Sunday.
4. Celebrate astronomy
Astronomy Day is not until Tuesday but you can get a head start this weekend. According to http://www.astroleague.org, “Astronomy Day is a grassroots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the general population. … Astronomy clubs, science museums, observatories, universities, planetariums, laboratories, libraries, and nature centers host special events and activities to acquaint their population with local astronomical resources and facilities.”
5. Grab a beer
Did you know that beer is the third most popular beverage in the world? Take a trip to a local brewery in your area to drink a cold one in celebration of American Beer Day on Friday. Or throw a tasting party and have every guest bring a six-pack of their favorite American brew.
6. Run for a cause
The Souper Fun Run will kick off Friday’s Oktoberfest festivities at 5 p.m. at Riverwalk Crossing Park, 421 Court Street. Loosen your lederhosen and get ready for Onslow Oktoberfest’s 5K SOUPer Fun Run in downtown Jacksonville. You’ll be cruising through our quaint downtown area, passing lovely homes and the New River. There will be a water stop at Wilson Bay Park, approximate half way point. The race starts and ends at Riverwalk Park, where Onslow Oktoberfest will be underway. There will be music, bratwurst, beer, and more. All proceeds from this race go to the Onslow Community Outreach Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen is a vital resource towards helping Onlsow County become a healthy, food secure community. Programs offered include lunch meals, mobile food pantry, monthly food bank, and support to Church food pantries. Come join us in supporting a great cause. Costumes are encouraged. Strollers are allowed on course. Registration fee is $ 10 with 10 canned good items or $ 25.
7. Roast a treat
Join the Halloweenie Roast and Tales of Olde Swansboro at Town of Swansboro, 601 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro, on Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Swansboro Parks and Recreation will host its 6th Annual Halloweenie Roast on October 27, 5:30 p.m. Join us for Halloween activities, food, and spooktacular fun! Come dressed in your wackiest, scariest, or most creative costume for the costume contest.
8. Get ink
Grim Tattoo will host a Tattoo Howl-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the shop, 201 F Country Club Rd, Jacksonville. Grim Tattoos LLC and Unleashed Dog Training will be teaming up to host a charity tattoo event. There will be a flash sheet with 2×2 tattoos that you will be able to pick from for $ 50 each. The flash sheet will be representing the disabilities and animals. Food and raffles will also be present. Half of the proceeds from the tattoo sales will go to individuals who need help paying for service dogs, while all of the proceeds from the raffle sales will go to straight to those in need. The service dogs and their handlers will be there to answer any questions. So come out and have some fun by getting a new tattoo for a cause.
9. Celebrate Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest continues Saturday at Riverwalk Park, 421 Court Street. The findal day of the Onslow Community Outreach fundraiser includes the Foothills Oompah Band playing 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the Last Man Standing and Miss Oktoberfest Pageant from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot closing out performances on stage.