Topsail Beach birthday


Topsail Beach birthday



TopsailBeach, incorporated in 1963, will celebrate its 50th birthday from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 in front of the AssemblyBuildingon Channel Boulevard.



Events include:



5 - 8:15 p.m.: Beer, wine, soft drinks, water and merchandise will be on sale



5 - 7:30 p.m.: BBQ by Bill’s Barbecue of Wilson, $7 per plate (tickets are available in advance at Town Hall)



5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Music by the Fantastic Shakers



8:30 p.m.: Fireworks by Zambelli



Pets, coolers, backpacks and large bags are prohibited.



 



Seniors of the Sahara



Sneads Ferry Community Theatre newest performance is a magical romantic comedy.



Show dates for “Seniors of the Sahara” by Barbara Pease Weber are Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.and Sept. 22 and 29 at 3 p.m.A special Active Duty Military Appreciation Night performance, which is free with military ID, will be held Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.



Seniors of the Saharatells the story of Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jerseyschool teacher who brings home more than just souvenirs from a trip Israel: a geriatric genie with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8.            



A wine and cheese reception will be held Sept. 20 at 7:15 p.m.



Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. For reservations for parties of 10 or more, call the box office at 910-327-2798. The theater is located inside the SneadsFerryCommunity Center, 126 Park Lane



For information, visit sneadferrycommunitytheatre.com



 



Battleship North Carolinahours



The Battleship North Carolina operation schedule will change to a fall/winter schedule.



From Sept. 3 through May 26, the battleship will be open daily from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.except Christmas Day when the Sship opens at noon.



The Battleship North Carolina, located on the Cape Fear Riveracross from downtown Wilmington, is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. For information, visit battleshipnc.com or follow them at Facebook.com/or and Twitter.com/battleshipnc.



 



Bible study



There will be a non-denominational Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m.Sept. 23 at 232 Everett Drive(in ChadwickShores). 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 17 Sept. 17 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing mtnebo@hotamil.com. 



 



Blessing of the Animals



Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church will follow the long-standing tradition of hosting a “Blessing of the Animals.”



Church members, friends and neighbors are invited to bring their animals for the blessing, which will be held Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church Serenity Garden, located at 776 Highway 210 in Sneads Ferry (across from Dixon Elementary School).



 



Humane Society fundraiser



The Pender County Humane Society will host a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the organization.



The eat-in or take-out dinner, homemade by PCHS volunteers, will be available Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the HampsteadCommunityBuilding, located at 14435 US Hwy.17. Tickets are $8.00 per ticket or $15 for two. For tickets in Hampstead, contact Bernie at 910-270-9240; Ronnie at 910-270-3044 or Denise at 910-270-9581. For tickets in Wilmington, contact Gloria at 910-799-5401 or Norma at 910-512-3123 or normat1@charter.net (put "Spaghetti Dinner" in your subject line). For tickets in Burgaw, contact Deb at 910-604-1973.



For information, visit facebook.com/PenderCountyHumaneSociety.



 



PenderCountyDay of Hope



Grab your toolbox and join one of WARM’s rebuild teams.



Help make desperately needed safety repairs for elderly, disabled and other low-income families during the Pender County Day of Hope, which will be held Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m.to 4 p.m.



Prior construction skills are helpful but not required.



 Rebuild sites are scattered throughout PenderCounty; addresses will be given to registered volunteers. Registration is free, but donations are accepted



Register by Sept. 5. For information or to register, call 910-821-1130, stop by WARM at 103 Old Whitemarsh Roadin Hampstead, email info@warmnc.orgor visit WARMnc.org.



 



Building dedication



Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Churchwill kick off its Sunday School for the fall and dedicate the new Education Wing during worship. 



The celebration with food and fellowship is scheduled for Sept. 8 at the church, located at 776 Highway 210 in Sneads Ferry (across from DixonElementary School).



 



Volunteers



American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Pender County Relay For Life planning committee. For information or to volunteer, contact Tiffany Beavers  at tiffany.beavers@cancer.org; 304-640-0529 (cell) or 910-254-4870 (office).



 



Tint Sprint



Topsail Young Life will host the upcoming Tint Sprint 5k.



The 5k Color Fun Run will be held Sept. 14 in SurfCity. All of the proceeds benefit Topsail Young Life, a local student outreach ministry. For information or to register, visit topsailyltintsprint.com.



 



Kitchen Time



Where are kids who love to cook?  At Kitchen Time After School Cooking Classes.



Learn to cook and taste new foods from different world cuisines starting Aug. 29. Students ages 6 to 10 will learn traditions and cultures from Italy, China, the Middle East, Latin America, Franceand England. Classes are held at SurfCityCommunity Centeron Thursdays from 3:30to 5:30 p.m. 



For more information, contact Sue Murphy at 704-778-1123 or go to kitchentimenc.webs.com for more info. 



 



VFW Post 9983 HollyRidge



VFW Post 9983 HollyRidgehas upcoming events planned.



Concealed carry and advanced handgun training will be held Sept. 14 and 28. For class information and registration go to patriottac.com.



The Ladies Auxiliary will have a yard sale on Aug. 31st from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m.at "Bogie's" aka "Sonny's" at 756 E. Ocean Hwy.in HollyRidge. Donations would be appreciated and can be dropped off at the VFW POST in HollyRidge, or call Fran at 910-329-7771 for pickup.



The Mens Auxiliary would like to invite anyone who is eligible to join the auxiliary. For information, stop by the post or call Jim at 910-443-0267.



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.



 



‘Save 2nd Base’ fundraiser



The Brass Pelican is hosting its sixth annual “Save 2nd Base” fundraiser.



The “Save 2nd Base” breast cancer fundraiser will be held Sept. 1 at the Brass Pelican to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation and the Reel Housewives of Topsail Island. There will be  barbecue plates, carwash, raffles, auction, cornhole, DJ Phil and more. Live music performances will include Plan B duo, Gene Gregory and Kristie, Barstool Drifters, Colton, Soul to Sea and possible surprise guests.



The Brass Pelican is located on N.C. 210 in SurfCity.



For more information or to volunteer/participate in any of the events, call the Brass Pelican at 910-328-4373



 



Chicken dinner



SneadsFerryUnitedMethodistChurchwill host a Chicken Dinner from 5to 6:30 p.m.on Aug. 29.



 



Autumn with Topsail volunteers



Serena Hibbard is looking for a co-chair and volunteers to assist with the upcoming children’s activities in the AssemblyBuildingduring Autumn with Topsail 2013. The co-chair will be assisting Serena in coordinating activities for the event. Volunteers will be assisting in shifts during the days of the event at craft stations. The dates of Autumn with Topsail are Oct. 19 and 20 from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m.Contact Serena at hibbardserena@yahoo.com or 919-702-9160 if interested.



 



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.



For more information, contact Ann LaReau at 910-470-2378.



 



Outdoor yoga



Full Moon Yoga is planned for residents and visitors to SurfCity’s beach strand.



The session will take place just before sundown on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.Meet at Roland Avenue Beach Access. The cost is $10. Non-members of SurfCityCommunity Centerpay an additional $5 guest fee.



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.



 



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.



 



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 9:20 a.m.



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” during the summer plunder days craft market held in downtown TopsailBeach. The craft market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.through August at the start of the downtown district on the corner of S. Anderson Boulevardand Davis Avenue. 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:



Aug. 30: Escape From Planet Earth (PG)



nConcerts in the Park run from 6to 8 p.m.



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



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



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



 



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.



 



Gospel sings



Chapel by the Bay (located in Lanier’s Campground, SurfCity) has started its seasonal Saturday night gospel sings. The sings begin at 7 p.m.Upcoming performers include Touch of Grace from HarkersIslandon 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.



 



Historical Society of TopsailIsland



??? will be the guest speaker at the ??? meeting of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. He will present a program on ????.



A meal catered by the Beach Shop and Grill will begin at 11:30 a.m.at a cost of $10. Reservations for lunch must be made by ??? by contacting Jane Combs at 910-328-2327 or edwin.combs@charter.net. The meeting will begin after lunch at the AssemblyBuildingin TopsailBeach; visitors as well as society members are welcome.



 



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.



 



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.



 



Master's Touch Resale Store



Help support community outreach to those in need by shopping at Master's Touch Resale Store, an interdenominational resale store located at 1056 Highway 210, Unit 3, in Sneads Ferry. Items for sale include gently used and some new items. All proceeds support the ministry of helping others. The store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.Donations are accepted during regular hours.



 



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.