Fishing for something to do with your children?

A free children’s fishing tournament for ages 5-16 is scheduled for July 4, with fishing from 8to 11:30 a.m.and the awards ceremony at noon. Lunch will be provided to all the registered youth, and there will be games.


Children’s fishing tournament



Fishing for something to do with your children?



A free children’s fishing tournament for ages 5-16 is scheduled for July 4, with fishing from 8to 11:30 a.m.and the awards ceremony at noon. Lunch will be provided to all the registered youth, and there will be games.



 



ArtExposure



The 2nd Friday Opening Reception at ArtExposure will be held June 14 from 6to 8 p.m.



The show, "Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse and Create,"  features artists' unique creations using recycled and found items. The public is invited to the show, which includes an interactive table with items that artists and the public can use to create a one of a kind creation. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 for prizes that include pottery, jewelry, paintings and more. Paddles for People will also be featuring several paddles painted by local artists that will be available for purchase in a silent auction to benefit community resident fighting cancer.



Summer Camps for Children start the last week in June.  Six weekly four-day camps will be offered. For information on the camps, go to the "Classes for Children" page on artexposure50.com.



ArtExposure is located at 22527 Hwy. 17N. For information, call 910-330-4077



 



Woodmen Youth Camp



Registration is open for Woodmen Youth Summer Camp for children ages 8 to 15. Cost for the five day-four night camp is $60 plus the purchase of a Woodmen of the World insurance product and includes activities such as swimming, archery, basketball, putt-putt, volleyball, campfire activities, arts and crafts and more. Facilities include 10 cabins with 28 beds in each; a dining hall; a Junior Olympic size swimming pool with a 60-foot water slide; a two-and-a-half-acre lake with Tarzan swing, canoes and paddle boats; full-court gym; assembly hall; archery range; outdoor basketball court; and a soccer field.



For more information about the camp, contact Travis Horrell at 910-270-9353.



 



Swansboro Downtown Market 



The Downtown Market in Swansboro features unique hand-made arts and crafts from local vendors. The market runs from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.on Wednesdays and Saturdays through September at the Pavilion in Olde Town Squarein the heart of the downtown historic district. For more information, contact SwansboroParksand Recreation at 910-326-2600.



 



Adult sports leagues



SurfCityParks& Recreation is hosting July/August leagues in adult basketball and co-ed softball.



Adult Basketball will return to Thursday night games beginning July 11 in the Surf City Community Center gym, with games beginning no earlier than 6 p.m. Teams may register for $400 or individuals for $50. Returning teams get a $50 discount. Players must be at least 16 years old.



Co-Ed Adult Softball begins July 10 with play on Monday and Wednesday nights. Teams may sign up for $400 or individual players for $40. Returning teams qualify for a $50 team discount. The minimum age is 16.



Teams must supply their own uniforms or they can purchase game shirts at a discounted price through Parks & Recreation.



Registration is available at townofsurfcity.com. For more information, contact Athletics Supervisor Steve Unger at 910-328-4887, ext. 204, or athletics@townofsurfcity.com



 



Vacation bible school



The Topsail Presbyterian Church in Hampstead invites children ages 3 to high school to attend this year’s VacationBibleSchool. VBS will be held from 5:30 8:30 p.m.June 17 through June 21.  This year’s theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.”  Each night’s program will include food, music, stories, crafts, and games. Registration is open through June 17.  For more information, contact Christy Neeley at neeleytpc@bellsouth.net.



 



The Law of Love



The women’s ministry at ScottsHillBaptistChurchwill offer a six-week video study of Deuteronomy by Bible teacher Beth Moore.



The study will begin July 8 at 6:30 p.m.in the Choir Room at ScottsHillBaptistChurch. The six-week study is open to women in the community. Attendees do not have to be members of ScottsHillBaptistChurchto participate, but do need to register before July 1.



The study is free but the accompanying workbook is $10. The listening guide provides additional study features, information and weekly study readings.



To register or for more information, call 910-686-9885.



 



Volunteers-In-Parks Meeting



Learn what goes on behind the scenes at a National Park by becoming an official NPS Volunteer. Moores Creek National Battlefield will host a Volunteers-In-Parks Meeting June 22 at 10 a.m.in Patriots Hall. VIP’s are used in all aspects of the National Park Service, from giving guided tours to helping remove invasive plants in the park. Different areas of need include living history personnel, filmmakers, craft demonstrators, photographers, interpreters and more.



Moores Creek National Battlefield is located at 40 Patriots Hall Drivein Currie. For information, call 910-283-5591 or visit nps.gov/mocr or facebook.com/moorescreeknps.



 



Vendors sought



The Town of Holly Ridge is looking for vendors for its 4th of July Celebration.



Arts and crafts, as well as food vendors, are welcome.



Vendor applications are available online at townofhollyridge.net.



For more information, call 910-329-7081.



 



Faith Harbor UMC



FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchwill offer SonWestRoundupVacationBibleSchoolin the evenings from June 24 to 28. The week includes activities, food and worship stories with a Western theme.



FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchis holding its summer beach service. The Communion Worship Service is held at the Roland Avenue Crossover in SurfCityat 8 a.m.Services are also held in the church sanctuary at 9:20am.



FaithHarboralso offers traditional Sunday school classes for all ages including young adult, Monday Morning Bible Study and youth group programs. VacationBibleSchoolwill be held June 24 through 27.  Faith Harbor UMC has a trained nursery worker on staff during Sunday school classes and workshops



FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchinvites the community to worship and celebrate every Sunday. The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in SurfCity. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit faithharborumc.org.



 



‘Pillage in the Village’



“Come Pillage in the Village” is the whimsical motto of the summer plunder days craft market being held this summer in downtown TopsailBeach. The craft market will take place every Thursday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.through August. It is located at the start of the downtown district on the corner of S Anderson Blvdand Davis Ave. Significant rain will cancel the Thursday market. Any interested local crafter may contact Dottie at 910-541-0274.



 



Movie and concert schedules



SurfCity’s Parks and Recreation Department has released its “Movies in the Park” and “Concerts in the Park” schedules.  All movies and concerts and will be held at SoundsideParknext to the swingbridge.  In case of inclement weather, they will be moved to SurfCityCommunity Centeroff J.H. Batts Roadon the mainland. Admission is free.



nAll “Movies in the Park” begin at sundown.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Upcoming showings include:



June 21: The Lorax (PG)



July 5: Rise of the Guardians (PG)



July 19: Thunderstruck (PG)



Aug. 2: The Pirates: Band of Misfits (PG)



Aug. 16: Here Comes The Boom (PG)



Aug. 30: Escape From Planet Earth (PG)



nConcerts in the Park run from 6to 8 p.m.The July 3 concert will be followed with fireworks at 9 p.m.



June 28: The Other Guys (acoustic/classic rock)



July 3: Mark Roberts and Breeze (beach)



July 6: The Clams (eclectic)



July 26: LynnHargrove & Friends (bluegrass)



Aug. 9: E.S.P. (reggae)



Aug. 31: The Meteor Men (surf, originals)



Sept. 6: Mako (beach, boogie, blues)



For more information, visit townofsurfcity.com or call 910-328-4887.



 



Summer camps



CapeFearMuseumsummer camps let children ages 5 to 10 take part in hands-on exploration of the history and science of the Lower Cape Fear region. The week-long camps include a new full-day camp—Cape Fear Explorers — and three half day camps. Campers receive a summer camp T-shirt. Each week of camp concludes with a special closing event for families where campers share what they learned through song, skit, or activity.



Camps include:



nYoung Engineers: June 17 to 21 from 9 a.m.to noonfor ages 9 and 10. Design, construct, test structures and explore nature’s architecture using technology and imagination to figure out different types of design challenges. Registration closes June 3. Cost is $75 members; $95 non-members.



nScience Masters: June 24 to 28 from 9 a.m.to noonfor ages 7 and 8. Explore all of science:  Travel into outer space, experiment with light and shadows, tinker with the physics of toys, and create crazy concoctions. Registration closes June 10. Cost is $75 members; $95 non-members.



nDinos and More July 8-12 from 9 a.m.to noonfor ages 5 and 6. Learn about the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that lived in the Lower Cape Fear. Hunt and dig for fossils and investigate the modern relatives of prehistoric creatures as you meet some real reptiles. Registration closes June 24. Cost is $75 members; $95 non-members.



nCape Fear Explorers: Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.for ages 7 to 10. Explore historic artifacts and participate in science experiments at the “base laboratory” for part of the day. Then explore a different destination each day to learn of the history and science in Lower Cape Fear area. Registration closes July 22. Cost is $165 members; $185 non-members.



To register, download a printable form at capefearmuseum.com or call 910-798-4386.



 



Centre of Redemption fundraiser



The community is invited to attend an evening of fellowship, food and entertainment at the Hampstead Women’s Center on June 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the dinner, catered by Engleses Italian Restaurant, are $17 and help the Topsail Presbyterian Church raise money for the local Centre of Redemption, which provides services for female survivors of sex trafficking.  The agency’s brochure notes that North Carolinais ranked in the top 10 worst states for sex trafficking in the U.S., and the average age for a trafficked victim is 12 to 14 years old.



Tickets are available from the church office, 16249 U.S. 17. Tickets are also available at the Hampstead Thrift Store, located at 14435 U.S. Hwy17, or by contacting Vicky at 910-270-2312.



 



‘Seeing Stars in Dixie’



Sneads Ferry Community Theatre brings southern-style humor in Ron Osborne’s dramatic comedy "Seeing Stars in Dixie” to the Sneads Ferry stage. Competition for a small role in a movie filming in Natchez, Miss., in the 1950s brings out the best and worst in the play’s memorable characters. 



Remaining show dates are June 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.and June 16 at 3 p.m.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are sold day of show at the door. Reservations for parties of 10 or more can be made by calling the box office at 910-327-2798.



Special events include:



nPlay with Our Dogs and Picture Yourself: June 13 at 6:30 p.m.: two hotdogs, chips and a drink are $2 plus photo op with a celebrity lookalike



The theater is located inside the SneadsFerryCommunity Centerat 126 Park Lane. For information, visit sneadferrycommunitytheatre.com.



 



Summer Craft Fair



The Hampstead Women’s Club is accepting applications from vendors for the Summer Craft Fair.



Crafters, bakers, artists, and nonprofit organizations are welcomed at the craft fair, scheduled for July 6 from 8 a.m.to 1 p.m.



Vendor booth space is $10 for a 5-foot round table, $15 for an 8-foot rectangular table or $20 for a 14-foot table. Chairs are provided free of charge. Exterior spots for food trucks or outdoor vendors are also available, but outdoor vendors must supply their own tables.



The craft fair will be hosted by the Hampstead Women’s Club at the Hampstead Women’s ClubCommunityBuilding, 14435 U.S. Hwy17. Admission to shoppers is free.



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.



For more information call 910-270-9549 or e-mail hampcommbld@gmail.com.



 



Summer camps



SurfCityParksand Recreation has a full slate of theme-related summer camps for children ages 6 to 9 years old. Camps run from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost of each camp is $150 and all camps are listed online with availability continuously updated; only 12 campers per camp, so many are already close to capacity.  Register online at townofsurfcity.com.



Camps will include weekly trips to the pool and field trips to various area attractions.



Several outside providers will be offering special summer activities at SurfCityCommunity Centerincluding three week-long Lego Camps, two Lego workshops and Tumbling Camp for beginners and intermediate skill levels. SurfCityParksand Recreation will also be offering a series of sports camps which are listed through the link on the town website. 



Summer camps include:



June 17 to 21: “On Broadway” — The curtain raises with the excitement and magic of theater including a red carpet performance.



June 24 to 28: “Comic-Con & Super Heroes” — Become your favorite superhero; build a costume and fly off to Jungle Rapids for more adventure.



July 8 to 12: “Space Adventures” — Blast off to other worlds with a Star Wars theme that includes a visit to the KinstonPlanetarium & ScienceMuseum.



July 15 to 19: “Wet & Wild” — Learn cool things about ocean life in a water-filled week including visits to the beach and pool.



July 22 to 26: “Inventors Week” — Let your imagination run wild with creativity; explore robotics and Legos and venture to CapeFearScience & HistoryMuseum.



July 29 to Aug. 2: “Ahoy There, Matey” — Search for treasure and visit the good ship Raven and Missiles & MoreMuseum.



Aug. 5 to 9: “Hot Wheels” — Roll in for a week on wheels including activities with skateboards, bikes and scooters. Head over to Jelly Beans for skating fun.



Aug. 12 to 16: “Clue” — Grab your magnifying glass and thinking cap and solve mysteries like a detective. Visit with the Surf City Police Department.



Aug. 19 to 23: “Art Explorers” — Express your creativity, create new masterpieces and end the week with an art show.



For information, e-mail parksandrec@townofsurfcity.com.



 



Free flag replacement



For the seventh year, Goin’ 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.



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



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



 



Paddles for People



Paddles for People is now up and running with more than 10 businesses displaying paddles designed and decorated by local artists. Paddles for People helps with living expenses for those who have no health insurance. All proceeds this year will go to Wanda Scott, a local cancer victim.



Businesses who donated paddles this year are Surf City Guns and Ammo, East Coast Sports, Herring’s, and Thomas Tackle and Seafood. Artists who donated their time and talent are Barbara Leiss, Sherry Thurston, Mark Lempke, Diane Kersey, Cathy Jaxon and Patti Blacknight. 



Paddles are on display at East Coast Sports, Mia’s Gifts, Starfish Gifts, Thomas Tackle and Seafood, The Mermaids Purse, Gilligan’s, Herrings, Surf City Gifts and Surfside Apparel.



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. For more information, contact Carol at 910-467-7967. 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 capefearmuseum.com.



 



SurfCityCommunity Center



Surf City Community Center is open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.



The current class schedule is available online at townofsurfcity.com 



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 8 p.m.daily with extended hours for nonprofits 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 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.



 



The Friends of the Library



The Friends of the Library in Hampstead 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.