Vietnam Veterans Memorial Run

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Run

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation will host the seventh annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Run on Sept. 28, starting from New River Harley Davidson at 2394 Wilmington Hwy. in Jacksonville. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m., and kickstands will go up at noon. The price is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Events include a 50/50 raffle, a car and bike show, door prizes and a silent auction. Music will include artists such as Chris Lynch, Freeway, Gene Gregory and Dixie Driver.

For more event information or for sponsor and vendor information, contact Pat Walker via email at or call 910-545-9333.


Cause For The Paws

The second annual Cause For The Paws Bike Ride and Dice Run will be held Oct. 20 at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill, 1019 Old Folkstone Road in Sneads Ferry. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kickstands are up at noon. Dice Run is $20 and includes barbecue plate and two raffle tickets. Riders are $5. Cars are also welcome. The event includes auctions, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and puppy kissing booths. Barbecue plates will begin selling to the public at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by The Barstool Drifters from 2 to 4 p.m. and Boe Edens and Dixie Driver from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit OC-PAW (Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare) For more information or to donate, contact Donna Plowman at or 910-340-0455.


Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina has special events scheduled for October.

Two Hidden Battleship tours will be held Oct. 12: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The four-hour behind-the-scenes tour consists of small groups with guides. The tour is limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. Tour is $50 or $45 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Registration and payment are due by Oct. 10. Call 910-251-5797 for reservations.

Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash will be held Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Trick or Treat aboard the battleship and enjoy carnival festivities with popcorn, tattoos, caricature drawings and bounce house. Admission is $5 per person. Kids 2 and under are free. Some activities are weather dependent.

For information on the ship, visit


Souper Supper

Hampsteadís Womenís Club, WARM and the Hampstead Kiwanis Club will host a Community Souper Supper Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hampstead Womenís Club building, 14435 US Hwy. 17.

The menu will include a wide variety of homemade soups, bread, salad and a sundae bar. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at the Hampstead Thrift Store, 14435 Hwy. 17. Tickets are $6 per adult; $5 per child ages 4-12. At the door, tickets will be $7 per adult and $6 per child.  Tickets will also be available from Kiwanis Club members, at WARM offices at the Hampstead United Methodist Church and womenís club members. Proceeds will be divided between WARM and Hampstead Kiwanis Club.

For more information, call the Hampstead Womenís Club at 910-270-9510.


Stop Hunger Now Project

Join with Faith Harbor UMC in participating in the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event.  The meal packaging program allows nutritious meals to be used in crisis situations, orphanages and developing countries around the world.

This yearís event will take place at Faith Harbor UMC on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to prepare the meals. Children can participate.  

Faith Harbor is now offering an 8 a.m. Sunday Morning Communion Worship Service. This service features a short homily and is approximately 30 minutes in length. The community is also invited to attend the 9:20 a.m. Service.  Both services are held in the church sanctuary.

Bible studies and small groups are now being formed.  Information on the course offerings can be found at  Childrenís programs including music ministries follow the 9:20 worship service. Faith Harbor UMC has a trained nursery worker on staff during Sunday school classes and workshops.

The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in Surf City. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit


Tango classes

Professional tango instructor Kent Boseman will host Argentine tango lessons on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Surf City Community Center Gymnasium.

Argentine tango is both a genre of music and dance invented at the turn of the century in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Argentine tango, there is no basic step; the couple relies on an intense awareness of each otherís movements and energy, which allows them to move in unison with each other and the music.

Boseman, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, has been teaching dance for a decade. While he specializes in Argentine Tango, he has also taught waltz, fox-trot and salsa. 

Cost is $20 per couple per session. Participants who are not already members of Surf City Community Center add an additional $5 daily guest fee per person to attend each class.

For more information, contact Boseman at 910-523-1667 or or visit his website at


Pitching clinic

Topsail Lady Piratesí Softball fundraising group The Cove presents world class pitcher and instructor Bill Hillhouse Pitching Clinics Nov. 1 through 3 at Topsail High School

The Nov. 1 clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Topsail Auditorium for parents and coaches. Cost is $25 for coaches. Parents are free with paid clinic fee.

The Nov. 2 sessions are two-hour clinics for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16/18U in the THS gym. Cost is  $50.

Nov. 3 is reserved for private one-hour lessons with Hillhouse in the THS gym. Only clinic participants can schedule private lessons. 

Register at

For more information on the clinics, email Coach Passwaters at

For information on Hillhouse, visit



Forever Fit Fitness Center in Sneads Ferry is having a Zumbathon event (Party In Pink) to raise money for the Susan G Komen foundation.

The Zumba fundraiser will be held Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $10 in advance at the fitness center and $15 at the door cash only. All proceeds go to breast cancer research. 


Paddle 4 Troops

The second annual Paddle 4 Troops will be held this month in Surf City.

There will be board and paddle demonstrations, beginner clinics and races at the event, which will be held Sept. 28 at Sears Landing Grill and Boat Docks.

Races for beginners (1 mile) and advanced short (3 miles) and advanced distance (7.5 miles) are open to all paddling vessels. Event entry is $25 and includes event jersey and pig picking. Proceeds benefit Hope for the Warriors.

For information or to register, contact Dwight Torres and 910-340-7310.


Barbecue chicken fundraiser

The Topsail Island Moose Lodge will host a barbecue chicken fundraiser on Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the lodge, located at 13175 Hwy. 50 in Holly Ridge. Plates are $7 and include barbecue chicken, slaw, corn on the cob and hushpuppies. Free delivery for 20 or more plates. For information or tickets, call 910-329-3541 or 910-619-7178.


TBA registration

Topsail Basketball Association has opened registration for the 2013-14 season.

Early, online registration at is encouraged as space is limited.

The registration deadline is Oct. 15.

For those unable to register online, there will be on-site registration opportunities on Oct. 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Library.


CPR training

Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church will sponsor a CPR/AED American Heart Association training/certification class on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 for Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church members and $40 for all others.  Enrollment will be limited to class size.  For information or to sign up, call 910-327-6477 or email seashell@embarqmail. 


Game Day

All women in the community are invited to spend a few hours of fun and games at Topsail Presbyterian Church.  The Presbyterian Women of Topsail Presbyterian will hold their annual Game Day on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring the game of your choice.  Lunch will be included in the $10 ticket price.  The church is located at 16249 Highway 17 North in Hampstead.  For information or tickets, call the church at 910-270-2312.


State Foosball Championships

The 2013 39th annual North Carolina State Foosball Championships will be held in Wilmington Oct. 4 through 6 at Break Time Billiards Sports Bar and Grill, located at 127 South College Road.  More than $2,500 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs in the nationís oldest and longest running state foosball event. A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to support the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, which works with youth in the Wilmington area from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. 


Fall wellness classes

Surf City Community Center will host more classes this fall within an expanded Wellness department.

nHot Yoga will be offered Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on Fridays at 9 a.m.

nPilates will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays

nH.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training ) is a new half-hour high intensity class starting on Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

nSpinning will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m.

Most regular fitness classes are $5, with an additional $5 required from non-members.

Eight-week boot camp will be offered from 6 to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $80 members, $95 non-members. Drop-ins are welcome.

Additional offerings include Yoga, Taekwondo, Zumba, Dance, Tai Chi, Tumbling and Kids in Shape. Information is at, on the Community Center Facebook page, via e-mail at or by calling 910-328-4887.


Fall sports

The Surf City Community Center welcomes a new tennis pro: Mark Lane, coach at East Duplin High School. He will offer one-hour group sessions for youths in two different age groups ó ages 6-11 at 8:30 a.m. and ages 12-17 at 9:30 am on Saturdays through Oct. 19. Adults (18+) will also have their own program: Cardio Tennis at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. 

Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis for $12 per session. Registration is available through, and Lane is available for private lessons upon request. His contact information is available through the Community Center office.

Open Adult Sports for ages 16 and up are also restarting the first week of September.  Indoor Soccer will be on Tuesday nights, Adult Basketball on Thursdays and Adult Volleyball on Fridays, all starting at 6 p.m.  Open Play programs are free to Community Center members and town employees. All others pay a yearly fee of $25 or single night guest fee of $5.

For more information, e-mail, call 910-328-4887 or look for updates on Facebook at ďSurf City Athletics.Ē


Battleship North Carolina hours

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

Through May 26, the battleship will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas Day when the Ship opens at noon.

The Battleship North Carolina, located on the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington, is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the ship, sales in the Shipís Store, donations and investments. For information, visit or follow them at and



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; 304-640-0529 (cell) or 910-254-4870 (office).


VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge

VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge has upcoming events planned.

nThe post will host the 2013 Fall Open Golf Tournament on Oct. 18 at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. Entry is $50 per person or $180 a foursome w/cash payouts for first, second and third place. Price includes dinner at the VFW post, range balls, cart and green fees. Show time is noon followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Pick up entry forms at the VFW. Hole sponsorships are $50. Entry and hole sponsorships are due by Oct. 11. Mail entry info to: P.O. Box 2306, Surf City, NC 28445. For information, contact Curly at 336-337-1998 or

nThe annual turkey shoots will begin Oct. 19 and continue through the second week in December. The name of the winner of each round will be placed into a drawing at the end of the season for a new gun.

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 8 p.m. daily with extended hours for nonprofits needing meeting space.

For more information, call 910-329-1881.


Caregiver support group

Family members, friends and caregivers of patients with Alzheimerís 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.


The Big Read

Cape Fear Museum is one of 77 organizations selected to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read project in the Cape Fear region. The $16,000 grant will be used to provide 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 OíBrien. Activities related to the book will be offered from November to February.

The Big Read Greater Wilmington also coincides with Cape Fear Museum opening 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 Iraq and Afghanistan.

For information, visit


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. Sundays 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

Surf City Community 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

For more information, to register or inquire about teaching a new class, call 910-328-4887, email or visit


Masterís Touch Resale Store

Help support community outreach to those in need by shopping at Masterís 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 noon at Madisonís Restaurant, located on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry.



The Dixon Elementary 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 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



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 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.



Stump Sound No. 733 Masonic Lodge in Sneads Ferry meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Members meet at 6:30 for a meal, and Lodge begins at 7:30 for qualified Masons.

The Lodge is located at 151 Charles Creek Road, Sneads Ferry. The mailing address is PO Box 543, 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 Sneads Ferry Community Center, located at 126 Park Lane off 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 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at Lakeside Drive and N.C. 172. For more information, contact Harvey Hoopes at 910-327-0069 or


New River Garden Club

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

The Hampstead Detachment 1321 of Marine Corps League meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Topsail Senior Center located 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 1:15 to 3 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Building on 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


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 Hampstead Community Building, 14435 Highway 17. Membership applications are available at the Hampstead Thrift Shop.