First United Methodist Church of Sneads Ferry is getting ready for its monthly chicken dinner fundraiser. Dinners will be served on May 30 from 5to 6:30 p.m.at the church, which is located on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry. Dinner includes fried chicken, a selection of vegetable trimmings and homemade desserts.


 



Chicken dinner fundraiser



First United Methodist Church of Sneads Ferry is getting ready for its monthly chicken dinner fundraiser. Dinners will be served on May 30 from 5to 6:30 p.m.at the church, which is located on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry. Dinner includes fried chicken, a selection of vegetable trimmings and homemade desserts.



Diners are asked to contribute a per-plate donation, which will help pay off the mortgage on the chapel. For information, call 910-327-4011.



 



Free flag replacement



For the seventh year, Goiní Postal Hampstead has purchased more than 100 3-by-5 foot American flags and will give them away free to anyone who brings in an old, faded, or tattered American flag.



Free flags are available through Labor Day while supplies last.



Goiní Postal Hampstead is located at 16717 Highway 17 N in the OakTreeCenter.



For more information, call 910-270-6184 or email hampstead@goinpostal.com.



 



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 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 ďRun for Kimberly,Ē 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 its-go-time.com. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. Email Gwen at gwendeininger@gmail.com



 



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.



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 Cityís 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.



Prior baseball or T-ball experience is not required. Register at townofsurfcity.com.



 



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 yearís 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 Museumís 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 residentsí free day is the first Sunday of each month. For more information, visit capefearmuseum.com.



 



Surf City Parks and Recreation



All classes and programs 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 and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 6 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.



n Art techniques (ages 11 to 18): Saturday, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.



n Basketball (open play, ages 18 and up): 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 Lego Club (ages 5 to 10): Friday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.



n Personal training: Christina Lewis, 910-548-2964 or christina_lewis@hotmail.com; Sara Cooper, 443-695-0460 or scooper1126@gmail.com



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



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



n Readersí 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 up): Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



n Spinning: Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Friday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.



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



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



n Tai Chi (intermediate): Tuesday, 7 to 8 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 to 7 p.m.; (Vinyasa flow) Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.



n Zumba: Tuesday, 6:45 to 7:45 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.



 



VFW Post 9983 HollyRidge



VFW 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.



 



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 Jís Helping Hand



Mama Jís helps people in need by providing them with food, clothing, household goods and baby items like diapers, wipes, formula and clothing. Mama Jís also helps people who are struggling with everyday issues and welcomes them to come in and talk. Call Mama Jís at 910-327-1302 for an updated list of specifics that are needed. Mama Jís 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 ó designed to strengthen family relationships; build connections with families, schools, churches and the community; improve babiesí development and well-being; and reduce in-home stress ó 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 clubís 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 Womenís Club



The Hampstead Womenís 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.