Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored – April 29, 30 & May 1

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So many choices!  Here is a wide variety of Things To Do coming up this weekend in Eastern North Carolina!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mudcats Star Wars Promotions

April 29-30, 2016, the Carolina Mudcats baseball games are Star Wars themed — there will be Star Wars themed Mudcats jerseys and an appearance by the 501st Legion Carolina Garrison. A Star Wars Jersey Auction is planned April 29, 2016, benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC. Then, for the April 30, 2016, game, there will be a “Star Wars Lightsaber Giveaway” at Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39, Zebulon NC. For tickets, call 919.269.2287, use Mudcats ticketing online, or walk-up on game day.

Knightdale Drama

Knightdale Repertory Theatre and ITS Troupe 7149 are presenting “Fame! the Musical” at the Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, in Knightdale NC.
A performance is scheduled for April 29, 2016,  7-9:30pm. Adult tickets are $10; student tickets $8; and teachers and under 5 are free. Tickets available via the school website.

Air Show at Cherry Point

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will host the 2016 air show “Celebrating 75 Years” April 29, April 30, and May 1, 2016. The air show is being held at the air station, located aboard the east coast’s premiere Marine Corps jet base, located in Havelock NC.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chicken Plate Sale

April 30, 2016, starting at 11am and running until plates are gone.

The fee for the BBQ plate is $8.  Plates taken to-go include a half-chicken, potatoes, coleslaw, bread, and cake.  Dine-in, and receive free beverages too.

The holder of the chicken BBQ plate sale is Bunn Baptist Church, located at 205 East Jewett Avenue, in Bunn NC. Contact the church at 919.496.5337 or visit

2016 Springfest and Plant Sale

This Nash County event is April 30, 2016, 10am-4pm. It is organized by, and being held at, the Country Doctor Museum, 6642 Peele Road, in Bailey NC.

More details on the Springfest and Plant Sale activities may be found here:

TAIP Lab Scratch Night

Scheduled for April 30, 2016, this acting lab is scheduled to start at 7:30pm, at Barton College’s Kennedy Family Theatre, 200 Atlantic Christian College Drive NE, in Wilson NC.

More on this “Total Artist In Production” event is online at

Garden Plant Giveaway

April 30, 2016, Zebulon’s own Grow And Share is holding a giveaway starting at 10am until plants are gone. This giveaway is at the Raleigh Rescue Mission Retail Store, 4700 Capital Boulevard, in Raleigh NC. More on their 2016 giveaways is at

Prom for Special Populations

Pay It Forward Civitan Club and the city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation department are partnering on a prom for special populations — for high school juniors and seniors, as well as adults. The Prom is on April 30, 2016, 6-9pm, at the Rocky Mount Shrine Club, located at 320 Airport Road, in Rocky Mount. More details are here:

Zebulon Shred-A-Thon

Zebulon United Methodist Church is hosting a Shred-A-Thon on April 30, 2016, 8-11am at 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. More information at

Community Recycling Day

Zebulon Public Works is holding this event on April 30, 2016, from 9am to noon, at the Town of Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC.  They are accepting household items which cannot be discarded in the landfill for proper disposal – paint, pesticides/herbicides, motor oil, antifreeze, electronics, fluorescent lamps, tires off the rim, appliances, batteries, and televisions. Please enter the driveway from Arendell Avenue and exit on Judd Street. For more details, call 919.269.5285.

Health Fair

Chi Rho Omega Chapter is partnering with Zebulon Baptist Church and Rex Healthcare to sponsor the Fourth Annual Health Fair.  This event serves to promote health awareness in the Zebulon area by providing education and disease prevention resources.  Several community vendors and healthcare providers will be available providing education, screenings and assessments in all aspects of health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle improvements.  This event is FREE and open to the public. It is on April 30, 2016, 9am-1pm, at Zebulon Baptist Church, 400 N. Arendell Avenue, in Zebulon NC. A flyer is online here.

Fair Housing Month Workshop-Steps to Homeownership

Scheduled for April 30, 2016, 9am-noon, at the City of Wilson Operations Center, 1800 Herring Ave E, in Wilson NC. This free workshop teaches the steps to prepare for homeownership. Pre-Registration is required — call 252.399.2308. More details available from the Human Relations Office.

Healthy Kids Day

The Healthy Kids Day® is all about building on the “WOW” factor inside every kid…whoever they are and wherever they’re from. it is April 30, 2016, 11am-1pm. So come for a day of creative, challenging, smart, healthy fun and watch the “WOW” in your kid take off. Join the HEALTHY fun at Deans Farm Market. There will be a Bounce House, Obstacle Course, Storytelling by Cat in the Hat, Raffles, Giveaways, and Strawberry Samples. This FREE event is open to the public at Deans Farm Market, 4231 NC-42 W, Wilson NC. Visit for more details.

Spring Birds of Battle Park

Join Imperial Centre for a free bird walk at Battle Park as week look for signs of migratory birds such as flycatchers, thrushes, warblers and tanagers. This event is April 30, 2016, 7-10am. Meet at the Battle Park boat ramp parking lot, Rocky Mount NC.

The local nesting birds will be present and should be easily found in late April. You will have the opportunity to learn about current protection efforts concerning our fine feathered friends as they wing their way each migration season. Bring binoculars, or check a pair out from Braswell Library.  Ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Open to teens, college students, adults, and seniors. Call 252.972.1266 or visit

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy foods, puppet show, fire truck tours, arts and crafts, face painting, vendors, freebies, and more for children and teens. Contact Alyssa Matthews at 252.972.9622 or via email. This event is April 30, 2016, 10am-1pm, at the Harrison Family YMCA, 1000 Independence Drive, in Rocky Mount NC. For more information, visit

Master Gardener Plant Sale

The annual spring plant sale is April 30, 2016, 8am-noon. It is at the Nash County Arboretum, 1006 Eastern Avenue, in Nashville NC.  The Master Gardeners plan to have annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs for sale. There will also be several educational events, a silent auction, and a raffle too. Funds raised go to the Nash County Arboretum.  A little more information is on


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Freeman Round House Concert

Scheduled for May 1, 2016, 6:30-8pm, at Freeman Round House Museum, 1202 Nash Street E, Wilson NC. The event offers live music, Two of A Kind. More information on the museum may be found at


Coming Soon

Popcorn and a Movie

The Nash County Senior Center is showing the film, Imitation of Life (1959), on May 27, 2016, at 2pm in Room 112 (103 North Alston Street, Nashville NC). There is no cost for the film; popcorn is 25 cents a bag. Pre-register to ensure adequate seating and refreshments: 252.459.7681.

About the film, from the Senior Center programs brochure: “Lana Turner stars as a single white mother who dreams of being on Broadway. She has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a widowed, black mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora’s daughter, Suzie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora’s thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Suzie, while Annie’s lightskinned daughter, Sarah Jane, struggles with her African-American identity. (PG, Drama, Romance)”

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