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Live music, cold beer and cute goats? All else is irrelevant. Clockwise from left: promo shots from McKenzies Mill and The Band Punch; a Paradox Farm goat wearing a hat.

FRIDAY

Park it at Live After Five
5:30 p.m. — The Pinehurst series returns after taking a break during summer’s hottest months. Enjoy the 10-degree difference. Local three-piece, Moonlight Shiners, opens for The Band Punch, a Top-40 party band from Raleigh. Free.

Take a Moonlit Hike
7:45 p.m. — Let a ranger lead you and kids on a hike through Weymouth Woods after dark. Bring bug spray, or be dinner. Free.

SATURDAY

Visit an Ostrich Farm
9 a.m. — Misty Morning Ranch, the ostrich farm in Robbins you read a little about in a previous issue, will host a Misty Morning Mercado with goods from area artisans (including hand-painted ostrich eggs). With the chance to feed ostriches — and eat ostrich tacos from One Nine Drive — your kids will get a front-row seat to the circle of life.

Taste Unlimited Brews on Tap
2 p.m. — Get a taste of 24 breweries — and local band McKenzies Mill — during the second annual Pours in the Pines, at Weymouth Center for the Arts. This event is not kid or dog friendly, but service animals are welcome. Ticketsrange from $15-$150.
Related: Did you miss McKenzies Mill, or just need more from the local favorite? They’re playing an encore gig at O’Donnells Saturday night.

Have Some Cheese With Your Wine
4-6 p.m. — Paradox Farm hosts Black Rock Vineyards for a pairing class. Tickets include a souvenir glass, a front-row seat to a bonfire, and the chance to play with goats. Triple win. $25 single/$35 couple.
Related: Pinecrest’s FFA is hosting two classes of goat yoga on Sept. 23, as a fundraiser for the MIRA Foundation. One class is already full, so register now for $15. What the hell is goat yoga? This should help.

Partake in a Four-Course Feast 
6-9 p.m. — Third-generation farmer (and NC State professor) Jonathan Godfrey will lead you on a sunset stroll through the fields and vineyards at Olde Carthage Farm (the only organic berry farm and vineyard in Moore County), before serving up a farm-fresh, four-course meal and cocktails. $75.
Chefs include Mike Howell and Kim Freigo, owners of Aroma Café & Catering in Carthage; Sonia Middleton, a Columbia native specializing in Traditional Latin Cuisine, of Whispering Pines; and baker and pastry chef Gary Clark owner of G. Charles Bakery, Southern Pines.

SATURDAY

Find Your Niche 
2-4 p.m. — Connect with organizations that need your special set of skills during a community volunteer fair hosted by Southern Pines Public Library. There will also be treats and door prizes. Free.

Ring in the New Week
6:45 p.m. — Big Band Chaise Lounge performs at The Rooster’s Wife. Cocktails on tap. Kids and service animals are welcome, pets are not. $20.

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