Three Things to Know
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Here are three things to know for Saturday, Dec. 31

1. College Football Playoffs: Today. Semifinal games have Michigan playing TCU at 4 p.m. in the Fiesta Bowl and top-seeded Georgia playing Ohio State at 8 p.m. in the Peach Bowl. Both games will be televised on ESPN. The winners played Jan. 9 in Inglewood, California, for the national championship.

2. First Day Hike: Sunday, 2 p.m., Jones Lake State Park, 4117 NC 242 North, Elizabethtown. Join a park ranger and start the new year learning about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Information: 910-588-4550. (READ MORE)

3. Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Cool Safe Climate Controlled Storage, 1202 Swanzy Street, Elizabethtown, adjacent to Bladen Builders Supply.