Join Cape Fear Museum and other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities on April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington.


 



Star Party



Join Cape Fear Museum and other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities on April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington.



At this free event, visitors can go on a laser-guided constellation tour; get up close views of galaxies, nebulas, and more through telescopes; meet local astronomers and educators and get celestial identification tips; build your own planisphere and learn how to use it to locate stars and constellations; step inside Starlab for a mini night-sky orientation; and many more star-themed activities.



The Statewide Star Party is funded through NC Space Grant and organized by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Participating organizations and institutions across the state will be hosting sky-watching parties to help people discover the wonders of their night skies.



 In addition to this Star Party at Airlie Gardens, star gazing opportunities are available at Carolina Beach State Park. For information on their Star Party and activities, contact the park at 910-458-8206.



 



Blood drive



The American Red Cross will be accepting donations of blood at Hampstead United Methodist Church, U.S. 17 in Hampstead on April 8 from 1:30 to 6 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code “Hampstead” or zip code 28443.  Walk-ins are welcome.



 



Greater Hampstead Business Raffle



The first Greater Hampstead Business Raffle was held March 23 at Goin’ Postal Hampstead, and more than $400 was raised to help our “No Kill Rescue Shelter,”Pender County Humane Society. More than two dozen businesses contributed prizes that were raffled off in the successful fundraiser.



A second raffle is planned for the weekend before Memorial Day.



For more information or business that want to donate, contact Goin’ Postal Hampstead at 910-270-6184 or hampstead@goinpostal.com.



 



Auditions



The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open auditions for the dramatic comedy Seeing Stars in Dixie.



Auditions will be cold readings at 7 p.m. on April 9 and 11, 2013 at the Sneads Ferry Community One man and four women are needed for the May 31 and June 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 performances. Ages for the characters are 50s for the man and 59; 35 to 50; 25 to 35 and 30 to 50 for the women.



For information, contact director Tania Gonzalez at 910-934-0208 or vgonzalez@ec.rr.com.



 



Textile talk



Patricia Ewer, a professional textile conservator, worked on three significant Civil War-era artifacts from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection: a 34-star U.S. flag, a Confederate 2nd National flag and Confederate Major-General William Henry Chase Whiting’s dress uniform.



Visitors to Cape Fear Museum can see the results of her work in the Fragments of War exhibition, which will close on May 5. Hear from Ewer herself during Textile Talk, showcasing the importance of conservation, at 7 pm on April 18. Learn how conservators preserve delicate artifacts; explore the processes of conserving items, from vacuuming and wet cleaning to backing and patching; and understand why conservation is key to preserving artifacts for future generations.



Textile Talk is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 910-798-4362.



For information, visit capefearmuseum.com.



 



S-CAP workshop



N.C. Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Mike Yoder, NC State University Extension Disaster Education Network state coordinator, is conducting a two-day workshop, Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness, April 23-24 at Pender County Cooperative Extension Center, 801 S. Walker St, Burgaw. The workshop begins with registration at 8 a.m. April 23, program at 9 a.m. Workshop ends at 5 p.m. both days. The cost is $30 per person.



The S-CAP workshop is geared for those who can assist in the enhancement of the local agricultural emergency operations plan. Individuals such as local emergency planning personnel, extension educators, public health personnel, first responders, elected officials, veterinarians, agricultural producers, and volunteer organization representatives are invited. Workshop participants will work together in teams to develop the portion of their plan that deals with agriculture, natural resources, pets and related issues. They will also work on standard operating guidelines and resource lists required for response to an agricultural emergency.



Interested individuals can contact Mark Seitz at 910-259-1235 or Mark_Seitz@ncsu.edu. The deadline for registration is April 15. Those needing special accommodations for disabilities should call at least seven days in advance.



 



Training orientation



LowerCapeFear Hospice & LifeCareCenter presents a training orientation for new volunteers in PenderCounty, northern NewHanoverCounty, and the Wallace area from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.April 22, 24 and 26 at its PenderCountyoffice, 209A U.S. 117 N, Burgaw.



The orientation gives an in-depth overview of agency programs, services and philosophy; discusses volunteer opportunities; and highlights end-of-life care issues and concerns. Training materials and dinner will be provided.



For more information or to register, contact Tracy Register at 910-796-7981 or tracy.register@lcfh.org.



 



Labyrinth Lawn Party



The public is invited to the Lawn Party planned for April 11 from 10 a.m.to noonat the outdoor labyrinth in Hampstead. Enjoy punch and cookies, garden talk and a walk in the labyrinth.  The labyrinth is located in Hampstead, beside HampsteadUnitedMethodistChurch. Look for the live oaks at 15395 Hwy. 17N, next to Farm Bureau Ins. Co. 



The party will be held in the SpiritCenternearby, in case of rain.



 



Master Gardener Plant Sale



The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Association’s annual Plant Sale will be held April 11 from 2to 6 p.m., April 12 from 8:30 a.m.to 6 p.m.and April 13 from 8:30 a.m.to noon. The sale features annuals, perennials, vegetables, ornamental trees, herbs, shrubs and more, including expert advice from Pender County Extension Master Gardeners. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day on April 12. A free composting class is scheduled for April 13 at 10 a.m.Proceeds from the sale benefit Pender County Cooperative Extension’s educational programs and teaching gardens. Cash, check and credit/debit cards will be accepted. For more information, call 910-259-1235.



 



Spring luncheon



Walk the Red Carpet with the Topsail Twp Friends of the Hampstead Library on April 22 at the SurfCityWelcomeCenter.



Tickets to the annual spring luncheon are $20 and include a southern buffet and guest speakers including the Star-News’ Ben Steelman sharing “Wilm on Film” info and Joe Gallison, who is very active in the local theater after a career that included roles in feature films, including PT 109 and Portrait of a Mobster, and on Days of our Lives as Dr. Neil Curtis.



For information, contact the Hampstead Library at 910-270-4603 or Maggie at 910-270-2115.



 



VFW Post 9983 HollyRidge



VFW Post 9983 HollyRidgehas events scheduled throughout April.



nThere will be a Concealed Carry Class on April 6. For information or to register, go to patriottac.com.



nThe post will host its second annual Golf Tournament on April 12 at Old Point Golf and Country Club in Hampstead. Fees of $45 per person or $175 for a foursome in the captain’s choice style tournament includes lunch at the golf course and a beef steakout dinner at the VFW. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. Show time is 11 a.m.with a shotgun start at noon. For information or to sign up, contact Joe at 973-229-3204 or jfaney@earthlink.net.



nKaraoke Nite on April 27 features DJ and performer Billy Heath. Music starts about 5 p.m.



Post 9983 is located at 188 Hines Stump Sound Church Road, one mile north of HollyRidgeat the flags. The canteen is open from 3to 8pmdaily with extended hours for non-profits needing meeting space.



For more information, call 910-329-1881.



 



Hampstead Women’s Club scholarships



TopsailHigh Schoolseniors may apply for the college scholarships from the Hampstead Women’s Club. Applications are available from the high school guidance office, and the deadline for returning applications to the guidance office is April 24. Interviews will be conducted by the Hampstead Women’s Club scholarship committee starting May 2.



For more information, contact Carolyn Taylor at 910-547-2142.



 



Historical Society of TopsailIsland



??? will be the guest speaker at the ??? meeting of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. He will present a program on ????.



A meal catered by the Beach Shop and Grill will begin at 11:30 a.m.at a cost of $10. Reservations for lunch must be made by ??? by contacting Jane Combs at 910-328-2327 or edwin.combs@charter.net. The meeting will begin after lunch at the AssemblyBuildingin TopsailBeach; visitors as well as society members are welcome.



 



Youth instructional volleyball



Kim Warrick will be directing the Instructional Volleyball program for Surf City Parks & Recreation in a six-week program.



The course, for players ages 9 to 14 who will be trying out later for their school team, will run each Monday from April 8 to May 20 from 6to 8 p.m.in the SurfCityCommunity Centergymnasium. Registration is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $50. Register online at townofsurfcity.com or in the Parks & Recreation office at 201 Community Center Drive.



For more information call 910-328-4887 or e-mail athletics@townofsurfcity.com



 



Turtle volunteer training



Two training sessions for volunteers interested in joining the Topsail Turtle Project (have been scheduled. Training will be held for beach walkers on April 9 from 1to 3 p.m.and on April 17 from 6:30to 8:30 p.m.at the SurfCityWelcomeCenter, 102 N. Shore Drive. If you’re able to commit to walking an assigned section of beach on one or more days each week from May 1 through Aug. 31, plan on attending one of these sessions. For more information contact Terry Meyer at 910-470-2880 or topsailseaturtle@aol.com.



 



Azalea Festival Home Tour



Nine homes and one historic synagogue will be part of the 2013 Azalea Festival Home Tour.



Sites on this year’s tour, which will be held April 13 from 1to 6 p.m.and April 14 from 1to 5 p.m., reflect the variety of architectural styles of homes and religious buildings in four of Historic Wilmington’s National Register Districts.



Locations are:



nAlexander Sprunt House, built 1929-1930, 1615 Chestnut St.



nEmerson-KenanMansion, built 1907, 1705 Market St.



nFreeman-Peters House, built 1912, 1805 Perry Ave.



nTriyonis House, c. 1922, 2010 Creecy Ave.



nJ. E. Gilliard House, built 1914, 2009 Wrightsville Ave.



nTemple of Israel, NC’s Oldest Synagogue, built 1875, 1 South 4th St.



nWilliam A. French House, c. 1871, 107 South 4th St.



nDonald MacRae House, built 1901, 25 South 3rd St.



nCumming-Duls House, built 1871,120 Nun St.



nJ.W.BrooksBuilding, built 1920, 18 South Water St., Suite 10



Tickets can be purchased on tour dates at all locations for $30. Historic Wilmington Foundation members can purchase tickets for $15. Advance tickets are $25 and available at the Azalea Festival Office, 5725 Oleander Drive; Historic Wilmington Foundation office at 2011 Market St.; and Wilmington area Harris Teeter stores ($2 off with a VIC card).



For information, visit historicwilmington.org or call 910-762-2511.



 



Yard sale



Operation Topcat is seeking donations for its annual yard sale.



The sale will be held on April 20 at the Mini Storage on the Green on U.S. 17 from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.The rain date will be April 21.



To donate, call Cookie at 910-200-0612 or Suzy at 910-526-4775 for arrangements. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and 100 percent of all funds are used for the medical care for stray and feral cats in our area.



For more information, email otopcatnc@aol.com.



 



Kiwanis golf tournament



The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area is teeing up its 2013 golf tournament.



The tournament will be held on May 4 at North Shore Country Club, on N.C. 210 in Sneads Ferry. Tee time is 8:30 a.m., and the format will be Captain’s Choice.



This year’s tournament is the 27th year of the Topsail Kiwanis classic, which supports club projects that benefit youth in the greater Topsail area.



Tournament business sponsorships are $250. Entry fees are $75 per individual and $300 for each team of four.



For information, contact Rick Benton at 910-604-3835 or Randy Cox at 910-328-6728.



 



Surf City Parks and Recreation



All classes and events take place at Surf City Community Center, unless otherwise noted, at 201 Community Center Drive (off J.H. Batts Rd. on the mainland). Center hours are Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.



n Adult Tap Dance (beginner): Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.



n Advanced Bridge: Monday, noon to 4 p.m.



n Alcoholics Anonymous: Sunday 10 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday noon to 1 p.m.



n Basketball (open play, ages 18 and older): Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



n Beginning Bridge: Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.



n Cape Fear Community College GED Course: Monday and Thursday 5:50 to 9 p.m. Free. Call 910-362-7349 to register.



n Cheer Tumbling (ages 9 and up): Monday, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.



n Computers for Beginners: May 17 to June 21 on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost $70; $5 for ages 65 and up. Call 910-228-8949 to register.



n Cycling Plus: Monday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.



n Having fun with computers: May 17 to June 21 on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.. Cost $70; $5 for ages 65 and up. Call 910-228-8949 to register.



nKettle BellClass: Saturday, 8:15 to 9: 15 a.m.



n Lego Club (ages 5 to 10): Friday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.



nOpen Senior Basketball (ages 55 and up): Mondays, 10 a.m.



nOpen Adult Indoor Soccer: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



nOpen Adult Basketball: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



nOpen Adult Volleyball: Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m.



n Personal training: flexible schedule. Call 910-548-2964 or email christina_lewis@hotmail.com



nPi-Yo: Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.



n Power Yoga: Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m.



n Preschool Playtime: Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.



n Quilting: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



n Readers’ Theater (ages 12 and up): Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.



n Scrabble: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.



n Soccer (open play ages 16 and up): Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



n Spinning: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Friday, 6 to 7 p.m.



nSpecial Seniors Group: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 to 3 p.m.



n Strengthening & Conditioning: Thursday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.



n Tae kwon do: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.



n Tai Chi: Tuesday, 7 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon



n Tumbling: (ages 3 to 5) Monday, 3:30 to 4 p.m.; (ages 6 to 8) Monday, 4 to 4:30 p.m.; (beginner) Wednesday, 3:30 to 4 p.m.; (advanced) Wednesday, 4 to 4:45 p.m.



n Yoga: (gentle) Sunday, 10 to 11 a.m.; Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.; (Vinyasa flow) Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.



n Zumba: Tuesday, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.



For more information, to register or inquire about teaching a new class, call 910-328-4887, email parksandrec@townofsurfcity.com or visit townofsurfcity.com.



 



CHEW!



The DixonElementary CHEW! (Children Healthy Eating on Weekends) Program assists children in the community by providing backpacks filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare meals throughout the weekend. CHEW! needs donations to stock and maintain a supply of non-perishable food items that will provide nutrition for approximately 40 students each weekend. For more information or to donate, contact Kim Nelson, school social worker, at 910-327-2392 or kim.nelson@onslow.k12.nc.us



 



Mama J’s Helping Hand



Mama J’s helps people in need by providing them with food, clothing, household goods and baby items like diapers, wipes, formula and clothing. Mama J’s also helps people who are struggling with everyday issues and welcomes them to come in and talk. Call Mama J’s at 910-327-1302 for an updated list of specifics that are needed. Mama J’s Helping Hand is located at 2205 Hwy. 172 in Sneads Ferry. For more information, email jeanette0621@yahoo.com.



 



Baby FAST



The Baby FAST program in Pender County — designed to strengthen family relationships; build connections with families, schools, churches and the community; improve babies’ development and well-being; and reduce in-home stress — is seeking assistance. For more information and to help, contact Melanie Gatton at mgatton@taffinc.org or 910-777-8244.



 



Science fun at the Library



Elementary students are invited to Zoom with Fetch @ your library for weekly hands-on science activities. The hour-long group activity is facilitated by Terri Strong in Hampstead on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.Ann Mendenhall oversees the Burgaw session at 4 p.m.on Thursdays.



The activities, which are tested beforehand, encourage teamwork, group discussion and exploration. Books on each topic are recommended during the sessions. Written instructions and materials are provided free of charge. For more information, call 910-259-1234, 910-270-4603 or visit one of the branches.



 



The Friends of the Library



The Friends of the Library in Hampstead has board openings and welcomes any visitors to come and see what the organization is about at its monthly meetings, held on the first Friday of each month. For more information, call 910-270-4603.



 



Masons



Stump Sound No. 733 Masonic Lodge in Sneads Ferry meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.



Members meet at 6:30for a meal, and Lodge begins at 7:30for qualified Masons.



The Lodge is located at 151 Charles Creek Road, Sneads Ferry. The mailing address is PO Box543, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.



For information, contact lodge secretary Bob McLaughlin at 910-938-0930.



 



Sneads Ferry Bingo



Come play bingo on Monday nights at the SneadsFerryCommunity Center, located at 126 Park Laneoff of Sneads Ferry Road. Building opens at 5:30 p.m.Early Birds start at 7 p.m., Regular games follow with a $300 payout progressive game, 50/50 Bonanza game and ends with a Jackpot game, which pays according to attendance. Smoke-free, refreshments available, free coffee. Proceeds support the community through the Sneads Ferry Community Council. For more information, call 910-327-3335 or sfoffice@netscope.com.



 



Boy Scout Troop 937



Boy Scout Troop 937 in Sneads Ferry meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m.at FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, located at Lakeside Driveand N.C. 172. For more information, contact Harvey Hoopes at 910-327-0069 or harveyhoopes@gmail.com.



 



New RiverGardenClub



New River Garden Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month. Membership is open to all who would like to share a love of gardening, community service and conservation. For more information, contact Tommi Allen at 912-660-5274 or tallen@coastalpermits.com



 



Hampstead Marine Corps League



The Hampstead Detachment 1321 of Marine Corps League meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.at the TopsailSeniorCenterlocated next to Pender Pines Nursery. New members, both Marines and FMF Navy corpsman, are welcome.



 



Sneads Ferry Extension



The Sneads Ferry Extension and Community Association meets the third Thursday of the month from 1:15to 3 p.m.at the SeniorCitizensBuildingon N.C. 172. Learn about various issues for the community and well-being, do some crafts, work the concession stand at Sneads Ferry Monday Night Bingo (the club’s fundraiser for a scholarship to a deserving student at Dixon High). For more information, contact Ida MacNamara at 910-327-0718 or idamac1@embarqmail.com.



 



Sneads Ferry Beautification Committee



Sneads Ferry Beautification Committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.through May at the New River Plantation Clubhouse in Sneads Ferry (off N.C. 172). The objective is to continue to beautify Sneads Ferry. Currently the group maintains several plant beds and the banners throughout the community. New members, volunteers and guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Claire Wunder at 910-327-2435.



 



Hampstead Women’s Club



The Hampstead Women’s Club is a nonprofit organization that donates thousands of dollars annually to area schools and other worthwhile organizations. This is made possible through the members who volunteer daily to process donated goods and sell them at the Hampstead Thrift Shop. General meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.at the HampsteadCommunityBuilding, 14435 Highway 17. Membership applications are available at the Hampstead Thrift Shop.



 



Faith Harbor UMC



Celebrate Recovery invites the community to join together every Saturday night for a meal, worship and small group ministry. Meals are served at 6 p.m.followed by worship and group gatherings. FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchinvites the community to worship and celebrate every Sunday. The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in SurfCitywith services at 8 a.m.and 9:20 a.m.For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit faithharborumc.org.