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  • Safety and self-defense class for women will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15 at Heritage Place, 901 S. Walker St., Burgaw. Chief Bill King with the Burgaw Police Department will lead the class, which will include basic safety tips and simple self-defense techniques. The sessions are free, but reservations are requested at 910-259-9119 (press 0).
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    Self-defense class
    Safety and self-defense class for women will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15 at Heritage Place, 901 S. Walker St., Burgaw. Chief Bill King with the Burgaw Police Department will lead the class, which will include basic safety tips and simple self-defense techniques. The sessions are free, but reservations are requested at 910-259-9119 (press 0).
     
    HOPS of Spring Beer Festival
    The Topsail Chamber will hosts its third annual HOPS of Spring Beer Festival from noon to 6 p.m. April 27 at the corner of Roland and New River in downtown Surf City, on Topsail Island. Entry is $25 per person and includes free samples of 12 craft brewers, live music featuring Plan B, Annandale Heights and Dangers of Stereo.
    A 5K and 10K run will be April 26. Register at active.com (keyword: HOPS).
    The event benefits the Topsail Chamber and Hope for the Warriors.
    For lodging, call Topsail Chamber at 910-329-4446, or visit discovertopsail.com.
     
    Golf tournament
    Pender County Humane Society FORE Our Furry Friends Golf Tournament will be April 27 at Castle Bay Country Club, Hampstead.
    Registration and a light breakfast at 8 a.m., shotgun at 9 a.m. The format is captain's choice. Individual registration is $75 or $300 for a team of four.
    An awards luncheon with presentation of prizes and the drawing of raffles.
    Register at golfdigestplanner.com/22918-PCHSgolf/ or email ForOurFurryFriends@gmail.com. For sponsor information, call John at 910-547-9117. Golfers, call Judith at 910-270-2473.
    Proceeds will provide for the animals care and shelter as they wait at the Pender County Humane Society.
     
    Paddles for People
    Paddles for People is passing out paddles to local artists for decoration and the designed paddles should be on display mid-May at Topsail-area shops.
    Paddles for People seeks to help those who have no health insurance and are facing catastrophic illness or disability. Last year, Robin Crouch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, received more than $1,200 to help with expenses. This year’s proceeds will benefit another cancer victim, Wanda Scott.
    The paddles on display will be auctioned. To bid, simply write down your name and amount of bid, and the highest bidder will receive the paddle at the end of the month. For more information, contact Carol at 910-467-7967 or Dorothy at Surf City Guns and Ammo.
     
    Choral auditions
    Cape Fear Chorale auditions for the fall season open April 22. Adult singers in all voice parts are welcome to audition. Previous choral experience and the ability to read music will be helpful.  Monday evening rehearsals begin in Aug. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. The group will celebrate its 15th anniversary concert Nov. 24. To schedule an audition, go to info@capefearchorale.org.
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    Photo exhibit
    Cape Fear Museum’s newest exhibit Impressions of the Lower Cape Fear remains on view until Oct. 27.
    This photographic journey features more than 100 printed and digital works taken by members of the Cape Fear Camera Club of the rich and diverse habitats of the Cape Fear region.
    Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, located at 814 Market St. in Wilmington, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. For more information, visit capefearmuseum.com.
     
    Topsail Kiwanis Classic
    The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area is tying up the few remaining loose ends for its 2013 golf tournament, slated for May 4 at North Shore Country Club, on NC 210 in Sneads Ferry. Tee time is 8:30 a.m., and the format will be Captain’s Choice.
    This year’s outing marks the 27th year for the Topsail Kiwanis Classic. The proceeds are used on behalf of club projects that benefit youth in the greater Topsail area. Kiwanis continues to seek sponsors and participants for the tournament.
    Tournament business sponsorships are being offered at $250. In return for sponsorships, sponsors receive recognition in all tournament advertising and promotion, as well as special advertising signage at one of the course tees.
    Golfer 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.
     
    Gun lessons
    Two gun courses are scheduled for later this month.
    ·         NRA beginner's Handgun class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20. Cost is $55 per person and includes seated and standing shooting lessons. Space is limited. 
    ·         NC Conceal and Carry Class will be held April 20. The one-day class costs $80. Reservations are required.
    Protective eye and ear wear are required for both classes. For information on equipment rental/ammo availability and reservations for either class, call Surf City Guns & Ammo at 910-328-4499.
     
    Cape Fear Chorale performance
    Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, will present REQUIEM by Franz von Suppè in concert with orchestra at 4 p.m. April 21at Roland-Grise Middle School Auditorium, 4412 Lake Ave., Wilmington. Cribbs will present a pre-concert talk at 3:35 p.m.
    There is no admission charge. Donations will be accepted.
    Page 3 of 9 - For additional information about the Cape Fear Chorale and future programs, visit capefearchorale.org. 
     
    Auditions
    The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open auditions for the dramatic comedy Seeing Stars in Dixie.
    Auditions will be a cold reading at 7 p.m. on April 11 at the Sneads Ferry Community Center. 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.
    Page 4 of 9 - 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.
    ·         The 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.
    ·         Karaoke Nite on April 27 features DJ and performer Billy Heath. Music starts about 5 p.m.
    Page 5 of 9 - 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.
     
    Turtle volunteer training
    Training for volunteers interested in joining the Topsail Turtle Project as beach walkers will be held 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:
    ·         Alexander Sprunt House, built 1929-1930, 1615 Chestnut St.
    ·         Emerson-KenanMansion, built 1907, 1705 Market St.
    ·         Freeman-Peters House, built 1912, 1805 Perry Ave.
    ·         Triyonis House, c. 1922, 2010 Creecy Ave.
    ·         J. E. Gilliard House, built 1914, 2009 Wrightsville Ave.
    ·         Temple of Israel, NC’s Oldest Synagogue, built 1875, 1 South 4th St.
    ·         William A. French House, c. 1871, 107 South 4th St.
    ·         Donald MacRae House, built 1901, 25 South 3rd St.
    ·         Cumming-Duls House, built 1871,120 Nun St.
    ·         J.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).
    Page 6 of 9 - 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.
    ·         Adult Tap Dance (beginner): Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.
    ·         Advanced Bridge: Monday, noon to 4 p.m.
    ·         Alcoholics Anonymous: Sunday 10 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday noon to 1 p.m.
    ·         Basketball (open play, ages 18 and older): Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    ·         Beginning Bridge: Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.
    ·         Cape Fear Community College GED Course: Monday and Thursday 5:50 to 9 p.m. Free. Call 910-362-7349 to register.
    ·         Cheer Tumbling (ages 9 and up): Monday, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
    ·         Cycling Plus: Monday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    ·         Kettle BellClass: Saturday, 8:15 to 9: 15 a.m.
    ·         Lego Club (ages 5 to 10): Friday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    Page 7 of 9 - ·         Personal training: flexible schedule. Call 910-548-2964 or email christina_lewis@hotmail.com
    ·         Pi-Yo: Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
    ·         Power Yoga: Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m.
    ·         Preschool Playtime: Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
    ·         Quilting: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    ·         Readers’ Theater (ages 12 to adult): Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.
    ·         Scrabble: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    ·         Soccer (open play ages 16 and older): Tuesday, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.
    ·         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.
    ·         Strengthening & Conditioning: Thursday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    ·         Tae kwon do: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    ·         Tai Chi: Tuesday, 7 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon
    ·         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.
    ·         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.
    ·         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.
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    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.
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    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.
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