1. History lessons: Local World War II veterans recount their wartime experiences.
Four men who fought in WWII or experienced the effects of war will tell their stories at “How We Fought and Came Back Home,” a panel discussion held by the Wake Forest Historical Association. Hear about the Battle of the Bulge and the Guadalcanal Campaign or what happened to a local family when their son and brother was shot down over Germany. Retired Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court I. Beverly Lake Jr. moderates. The historical association’s current exhibit is “Wake Forest in World War II.” Free, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 414 N. Main Street, wakeforestmuseum.org.
2. Franklin County tunes: Take a trip north for a change of scenery (with easy parking!) and a night of music.
Louisburg College kicks off its annual Allen de Hart Concert Series with a visit from beach music favorites Band of Oz, which has been rocking the Southeast for decades. Buy an individual ticket or reserve tickets for a block of shows in the series. The concerts run through April with performances nearly every month. $25, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 501 N. Main St., Louisburg, jpacarts.com.
3. Child’s play: Head to a local park for Take a Child Outside Week. There may be s’mores.
Fill your calendar with events for the whole family, including an evening paddle in Lake Johnson on Wednesday, a campout at Durant Nature Park on Friday and fishing lessons at Umstead State Park on Sunday afternoon. The Durant family camp-out includes a Dutch oven dinner, a night hike and a light breakfast. Bring your own tent, or borrow one from the park. $15 youth/$20 adults, 6 p.m . Friday to 11 a.m . Saturday, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. More information and registration at raleighnc.gov/parks/news/content/CorNews/Articles/PRecTakeChildOutsideWeek.html. For Umstead events, ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/events.php.
4. Storytime: Families can catch three stages of storytelling Saturday.
The 32nd Annual Storytelling Festival is like an outdoor multiplex of the spoken word. Sponsored by Wake County libraries, the free event in Southeast Raleigh features eight storytellers spinning engaging yarns for kids and adults. There’s also live music from a band called Baron Von Rumblebuss, which is known for fun songs like “(It Wuzza) Boo-Boo” and “Flush The Toilet.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, wakegov.com/libraries
5. A dog walks into a bar: Take Fido out for a night on the town Thursday.
Dogs from around Raleigh converge on the London Bridge Pub for Pints 4 Paws. It’s a rare chance to let your pet on a barstool, though he probably shouldn’t be sipping the beer. It’s a benefit for Cause for Paws of NC with a raffle drawing and a contest for the cutest dog. John Mars Eddie will bring the music, and it’s likely someone will request the Baha Men classic “Who Let The Dogs Out?” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, London Bridge Pub, 110 E. Hargett St., pints4paws.org