ONE: It’s the single most popular cheese in the world! …And yet, you may not know all the uses and nuances of this wildly popular dairy product. Thankfully, it’s Port Plums & Newburyport Olive Oil to the rescue with a super-informative Cheese Academy: Cheddar 101 class on Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets while they last!
TWO: It’s a popular tradition around Halloween, but honestly, is there ever an inappropriate time to screen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show“? Chelmsford Center for the Arts is bringing the delightfully bizarre ’70s musical roaring back on Friday at 11 p.m. — just don’t forget to arm yourself with plenty of confetti and toilet paper!
THREE: Few things offer a tastier way to start your weekend than a stack of delicious pancakes covered in real maple syrup — especially when they’re cooked up by the food experts at Verrill Farm. No reservations are required to join them for a delicious Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
FOUR: A pair of plunges into the icy February water might not sound like the best way to spend your weekend, but it’s all for a great cause: both the high school and regular Penguin Plunges (on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., respectively) raise money for Special Olympics New Hampshire. Don’t forget to register ahead of time!
FIVE: Get a double dose of country and comedy at Blue Ocean Music Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m., when Yee-Haws + Ha-Ha’s! brings comedian Paul D’Angelo and singer-songwriter Lexi James together for one show.
SIX: If jumping in icy water isn’t your preferred method of freezing your limbs off to raise money for a good cause, fret not: the Frigid Fiver 5 Mile Road Race (beginning Sunday at 11 a.m.) and Non-Competitive Fun Walk (kicking off the same day at 10:45 a.m.) have you covered. Starting at Michael’s Harborside, the race will offer cash prizes to the top finishers in each category and both events will end with a party featuring live music.
SEVEN: Get a head start on Valentine’s Day by heading to Mill No. 5 for Love Buzz IV on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Two floors of vintage, handmade and artisanal gifts will be available courtesy of the Mill’s vendors, so pick up a little something for that special someone. Oh, and if you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day this year, feel free to drop by and treat yourself to a gift. You deserve it!
EIGHT: Have fun storming the castle with The Luna Theater as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of Rob Reiner’s eminently quotable “The Princess Bride,” based on the William Goldman novel of the same name. Reiner’s charming, hilarious version was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry last year, so check out one of the Luna’s reshowings at 2, 5 or 8 p.m. on Sunday.