1. Bright Ideas grants: Teachers may apply for grants from South River Electric Membership Corp., which expects to award $50,000 for classroom projects and materials through the Bright Ideas Grant Program. Teachers from K-12 public schools can apply for as much as $2,500. The application deadline is Sept. 19. Teachers who submit an application by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 are eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card. Find out more at ncbrightideas.com.

2. Hawaiian Nights: Spring Lake Outpost is hosting the event Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. It includes a sunset paddle down the river followed by a pig roast, limbo contest, raffle giveaways and other activities. The price is $20 for food and beer only; $50 for a kayak/canoe rental and food and beer; $30 for those who bring their own boat for the river trip and food and beer. Spring Lake Outpost is at 1530 N. Bragg Blvd. For more information, go to Facebook.

3. A Star-Spangled Kind of Day: Celebrate Independence Day early at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. The event is Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and includes the band Open Road playing classic rock cover tunes from 1 to 4 p.m., bounce houses, lawn games, crafts and more. Food trucks Boss Ross Dogs, 507 Empanadas and Bubba & Finn’s Tropical Treats are scheduled to be there as well. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 6. Garden members and children 5 and under are free. This is a rain or shine event. The garden is at 536 N. Eastern Blvd.

We want to hear from you: Please submit your events in writing at least 10 days in advance. Email calendar@fayobserver.com or fax details to 486-3545. For questions, call 486-3500.