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  • VFW Post 9983 has special events planned for later this month and to kick off June.
  • VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge
    VFW Post 9983 has special events planned for later this month and to kick off June.
    Karaoke Nite, featuring DJ and performer Billy Heath, will be held May 17 beginning at 7 p.m.
    Enjoy “chicken by the side of the road” on May 18. The barbecue cookout begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 50 at the stoplight in Holly Ridge. Come by and pick up a few dinners and don't even get out of your car.
    The big event is the Freedom Isn't Free Concert on June 1. Nashville recording artist Sarah Gayle Meech will do a concert to benefit VFW Post 9983 as part of her U.S. tour 2013. A barbecue cookout will start at 3 p.m. with local recording artist Matt Bowlin opening the concert. Meech will start her show at 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, no coolers, and have a great time and support the VFW.
    VFW Post 9983 is located at 188 Hines Stump Sound Church Road, one mile north of Holly Ridge at the flags. The canteen is open from 3 to 8pm daily with extended hours for non-profits needing meeting space.
    For more information, call 910-329-1881.
    ArtExposure has a selection of upcoming events planned.
    An opening reception will be held on May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the design of the 2013 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival T-shirt. The winner will be chosen from several entries, all of which will be on display. In addition, the second "Art in Action" event will be held during the reception and again on May 11 starting at noon.
    The next show in June is “Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse and Create," which is a juried show and open to all North Carolina artists. Entry fee is $35 ($30 for members). Entry forms are available online at on the Events page. Awards will be given for first, second and third place.
    Gun classes
    Surf City Guns & Ammo has upcoming classes planned on safe gun operation.
    NRA First Steps Pistol Orientation: Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training will be held May 11 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at Surf City Guns and Ammo. The class is the NRA’s pistol orientation program for beginners and new gun owners and includes sitting and standing shooting lessons. Cost is $55. Ammo, protective eye and ear wear are required.
    Conceal and carry class will be held on May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Space is limited.
    Call 910-328-4499 to reserve a seat to either class.
    Topsail Middle School Builder's Club
    The Topsail Middle School Builders Club will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Project Eliminate (MNT / Maternal Neonatal Tetanus) on Mother's Day (May 12 at HWY 55 (formerly Andy's) in Hampstead. Tickets are $5. For information on Project Eliminate, visit
    Page 2 of 7 - Night at the Hammerheads
    Players from Surf City Soccer will come bursting from the tunnel in uniform prior to the Wilmington Hammerheads vs. L.A. Blues professional match in Legion Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on May 18. Discount tickets are available for the Hammerheads game with adult tickets $10 ($2 off regular price) and youth 12 and under $5 ($3 off).
    Discounted tickets can be purchased for any upcoming Hammerheads home game in the Surf City Community Center office or at the Athletic Field Snack Bar during Saturday games the next two weeks. Surf City Soccer will receive a portion of the ticket proceeds and these funds will be used to purchase game supplies for future seasons.
    For more information or to reserve tickets, call 910-328-4887.
    Sports camps
    Surf City will host summer sports camp for traditional sports basketball, soccer and volleyball, as well as two new non-traditional offerings: water sports and surfing.
    Surf City Surf Camp will feature top local surfing instructors affiliated with OnShore Surf Shop for youth 8-13 years old and will run from 9 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 1. Cost is $150 per camper.
    Water Sports Camp will make a splash June 24-27 with OnShore Surf Shop, Herring’s Outdoor Sports and Undertoe Surf Shop providing instruction on stand-up paddleboard, kayak and surfing for ages 8-13. Cost is $150.
    Also debuting on the camp card is Surf City Volleyball Camp from July 8 to 12. Led by Coach Kim Warrick, the camp for ages 9 to 15 is $95. Initially scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m., a morning section will be added if interest warrants.
    Offshore Sports’ Coach Bob Barlett returns with four round ball camps open to players 10 to 15 years old. Basic Basketball Skills ($145) runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 through 21 and Aug. 5 through 9. Basketball Guard Camp ($85) is July 15 through 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., and Big Man Basketball Camp ($85) from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22 through 26.
    Opening the camp season is Hammerheads Soccer Camp ($125) for ages 6 to 13. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 10 through 13. Select Hammerheads pro players will conduct coaching sessions and demonstrations from both outdoors and in the gym. Campers get a Hammerheads home game ticket.
    Surf City Soccer Camp ($95) will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 22 through 26 with Topsail High State Champion Coach Henry Contiras, Trask High School Varsity Coach Gordon Stanisic and Surf City Soccer co-founder James Hansley Jr. All players also receive a ball.
    Participants receive top level instruction and a T-shirt or jersey for each camp attended. Registration is available online at
    In addition, Surf City Parks & Recreation runs 10 additional theme-oriented camps for participants ages 6 to 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning June 10 and ending Aug. 23. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 910-328-4887.
    Page 3 of 7 - Budget workshop
    The Holly Ridge Town Council has scheduled a budget workshop for May 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holly Ridge Town Hall, 212 N. Dyson St.
    For information, contact Town Clerk Heather Reynolds at 910-329-7081.
    Gospel sings
    Chapel by the Bay (located in Lanier's Campground, Surf City) has started its seasonal Saturday night gospel sings. The sings begin at 7 p.m. Upcoming performers include the Crusaders from Erwin on May 11; Gaylon Pope and Sweetwater from Newport on May 18; and Touch of Grace from Harkers Island on May 25.
    Christian Fun Day is planned for May 25 starting with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., followed by games, activities and lunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the Youth Summer Camp. The WOW (Women of the Word) ladies will be having a Bake Sale starting at 10 a.m. Benefits raised will go into the ladies outreach fund.
    Run for Kimberly scheduled
    Fighting for Kimberly, Hamsptead, will celebrate the life of Kimberly Anne Batchelor. Family, friends and the community will gather for “Run for Kimberly,” to walk/run to honor her memory.
    A 5K run or 1.5-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. May 18 at Washington Acres, Hampstead. Group photo at 9 a.m.
    Register at Sponsors and volunteers are needed. Email Gwen at
    Caregiver's Day Out
    The sixth annual “Caregiver's Day Out Celebration” for caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients, sponsored by Pender Adult Services and the Cape Fear Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, will be May 23 at Burgaw Presbyterian Church pavilion, 200 E. Fremont St., Burgaw. Registration is 9:30 a.m. followed by the program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Speakers will be Lisa Salines-Mondello, attorney, on “Legal Stepping Stones: A Guide for Families” and Tony Pigford, physical therapist, on “Minimizing Risk: Safety and Physical Care Concerns for the Caregiver.” Rev. Dr. Ray Mendenhall will share stories and music.
    Vendors will have information from the agencies they represent.
    The event is free for caregivers and lunch will be provided.
    Preregistration is required by May 6 at 910-259-9119, ext. 0.
    For more information, call Kay Warner at 910-259-9119, ext. 324.
    T-ball and baseball
    T-ball and instructional baseball are coming to Surf City Parks & Recreation. These sports begin practice May 21 at the Surf City Community Center Athletic Fields with games to begin the first week of June. Both programs wrap up with a celebration on July 2.
    T-ball is for ages 4-7. Participants will learn field skills, baseball lore and will run the bases every game. Two weeks of practices will lead to an eight-game schedule in June. Practices and games are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
    Page 4 of 7 - Instructional baseball is geared to participants getting their first taste of the game, with age appropriate equipment and coaching sessions every week. It is for players 7 to 12 years of age. Games and practices will be on Surf City’s Little League standard diamond. Practices start May 21 and initially will be held on Mondays and Fridays. Starting in June, practices will be on Tuesday evenings with games on Thursdays.
    Coaches are needed for both T.
    Prior baseball or T-ball experience is not required. Register at
    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.
    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
    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 8 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.
    Page 5 of 7 - n Art techniques (ages 11 to 18): Saturday, 10:30 to 11:45 a.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 Cycling Plus: Monday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    nKettle BellClass: Saturday, 8:15 to 9: 15 a.m.
    nKitchen time (ages 3 to 5): Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.from April 30 to June 4. Cost $80 members/$100 non-members. Contact Sue Murphy at 704-778-1123 to register.
    n Lego Club (ages 5 to 10): Friday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    n Personal training: Christina Lewis, 910-548-2964 or; Sara Cooper, 443-695-0460 or
    n Power Yoga: Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m.
    n Quilting: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    n Readers’ Theater (ages 12 to adult): Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.
    n Scrabble: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    n Soccer (open play ages 16 and older): Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    n Spinning: Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.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, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6 to 7 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. Certified instructor sought for evening classes.
    For more information, to register or inquire about teaching a new class, call 910-328-4887, email or visit
    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
    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
    Page 6 of 7 - 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 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.
    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
    Boy Scout Troop 937
    Boy Scout Troop 937 in Sneads Ferry meets every Wednesday at 7 FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, located at Lakeside Driveand N.C. 172. For more information, contact Harvey Hoopes at 910-327-0069 or
    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
    Hampstead Marine Corps League
    Page 7 of 7 - The Hampstead Detachment 1321 of Marine Corps League meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 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 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
    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 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
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