Learn the sand sculpture tips and techniques to build arches and stairways in a one-hour class beginning at 9 a.m.July 27 at North Topsail Beach Access No. 2. Participants receive a starter kit. Fee is $2. Pre-register at 910-347-5332. For information, visit onslowcountync.gov/parks.


Sand sculptures



Learn the sand sculpture tips and techniques to build arches and stairways in a one-hour class beginning at 9 a.m.July 27 at North Topsail Beach Access No. 2. Participants receive a starter kit. Fee is $2. Pre-register at 910-347-5332. For information, visit onslowcountync.gov/parks.



 



Caregiver support group



Family members, friends and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are invited to a family caregiver support group on the second Thursday of each month.



Caregivers will have the opportunity to meet other people facing the same circumstances, discuss challenges and receive support.



The next meeting will be held July 11 at 4 p.m.at Stonebridge at Woodbury, 2778 Country Club Drivein Hampstead.



To RSVP and for more information, contact Ann LaReau at 910-470-2378.



 



Island Jubilee



Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, 1040 S. Anderson Boulevard, will hold its Island Jubilee on July 13.  Start your day with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Assembly Building ($5) and then move over to the chapel grounds for the other activities. There will be arts and crafts, a bake sale, casserole sale, children's activities, live and silent auctions and fun for the whole family. There will be a BBQ chicken and pork combo lunch available for $8 under the big tent at the chapel.  Emma's General Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or until it sells out. 



 



Yard and bake sale



The Cove will host a benefit yard and bake sale to help support the Topsail High School softball team.



The sales will be held July 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the old Topsail High School on U.S. 17 beside Subway and Reel Pizza.



To donate or for information, email parks929@hotmail.com.



 



BugZone Vacation Bible School



Liberty Baptist Church will host Bible stories, crafts, games, puppets, snacks, and prizes during Vacation Bible School. Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to attend the activities from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 22 to 26



For more information, call 910-329-0201.



 



Bible study



There will be a non-denominational Bible study and prayer meeting at 7 p.m. on July 23 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores). The speaker will be David Stahl, an international Bible teacher, multi-book author and founder of Beholding His Glory Ministries. Pastor Dave will continue Wilderness Truths for Modern Times. Snacks, cake and coffee provided. RSVP by July 18 at 910-741-0489 or mtnebo@hotmail.com.



 



Outdoor yoga



A full slate of outdoor yoga classes will greet residents and visitors to SurfCity’s beach strand this summer.



nSunrise Yoga is continuing every Wednesday morning, with 5:45 a.m.starting times in July and 6:15 a.m.in August. Bring sheets or large towels instead of mats. The cost is $10, and the class meets at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in SurfCity.



nFull Moon Yoga will take place just before sundown on July 22 at 7:30 p.m.and on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.The group will meet at Roland Avenue Beach Access. The cost is $10.



nStand Up Paddleboard Yoga is being taught July 20 and Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.at On Shore Sports in FishingVillageon the Causeway. The cost is $35, or $20 if you bring your own paddleboard



Non-members of SurfCityCommunity Centerpay an additional $5 guest fee for these programs. Membership information may be obtained and reservations made by calling 910-328-4887 or e-mailing parksandrec@townofsurfcity.com. Classes will only take place if a minimum sign up in advance and are scheduled weather permitting.



 



VacationBibleSchool



Chapel By The Bay is gearing up for its Vacation Bible School Program.



The church, located in Lanier’s Campground at 216 Michigan Ave.in HollyRidge, will host VBS July 14 to 18 nightly from 5 to 8. This year’s theme is "The Great Bible Adventure."



 



The Big Read



CapeFearMuseumis one of 77 organizations selected to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read project in the CapeFearregion. The $16,000 grant will be used to provide unique opportunities for the community to read The Things They Carried, a collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War by Tim O’Brien. Activities related to the book will be offered from November to February.



The Big Read Greater Wilmington also coincides with CapeFearMuseumopening a traveling exhibition, Mail Call, from Nov. 9 to Jan. 20. Mail Call tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraqand Afghanistan.



For information, visit capefearmuseum.com.



 



Bingo



Bingo continues on Thursdays through Aug. 15 (with the exception of July 4) at the AssemblyBuilding, 720 Channel Blvd., in TopsailBeach.



Games are open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30followed by Regular Bingo at 7 p.m.Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Smoking is not permitted.



Proceeds are used to maintain the building and grounds of the HistoricAssemblyBuilding. All workers are volunteers.



For information, call 910-328-4282.



 



ArtExposure



Six weekly four-day Summer Camps for Children at ArtExposure 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.



 



Faith Harbor UMC



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. 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:



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.



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



CapeFearMuseumhas one summer camp remaining.



Cape Fear Explorers will be held Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.for ages 7 to 10. Campers will 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. 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. 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.



 



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:



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.



 



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.



 



Sneads Ferry Rotary Club



The Sneads Ferry Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noonat Madison’s Restaurant, located on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry.



 



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 FASTprogram 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.



 



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.