Girls Golf Day

Olde Point Golf and Country Club in Hampstead is hosting an official LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Day on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

“These Girls Rock” is the theme of this girls-only golf clinic, open to girls ages 5 to 16 who want to learn how to play or improve their skills. All attendees will receive complimentary gifts and an ID card that will allow them to play golf for free at Olde Point Golf and Country Club throughout August when accompanied by a paying adult. Cost is $10 per girl, and pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is July 28.

To register, call 910-270-2403.


Vacation bible school

All cowboys and cowgirls ages 4 to those in eighth grade are invited to join The Gospel Trail and learn how the lost are won with Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church.

The western-themed vacation bible school will be held Aug. 5 to 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For information or to reserve a spot, email


Cheer camp

Surf City Parks and Recreation is offering  its first cheerleading camp, Camp Cheer, at Surf City Community Center July 21 through 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Led by Sneads Ferry’s Coastal Storm All Stars cheerleading coach Victoria Scott, the program is designed for girls and boys ages 8 to 14.

Both beginners and more advanced participants are welcome to attend Camp Cheer where they will work on cheer routines, choreography and various skill sets. 

The camp is limited to the first 24 who sign up. Register at The cost is $95 per person, and all participants receive a camp T-shirt. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail


Turtle advisors

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for individuals to serve on the Sea Turtle Advisory Committee.

The committee provides recommendations on reducing sea turtle interactions in commercial and recreational fisheries; reviews information on sea turtle strandings and interactions; and assists with public education.

Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints committee members for three-year terms.

Those interested in serving should submit an application to the division by July 18.

Applications are available at DMF offices or online at

For more information call 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. 


Rice Festival

Palnning is underway for the first North Carolina Rice Festival to celebrate the region’s rice growing history with presenting sponsor the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce. The festival will be held at The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, 580 River Road, on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a rice cooking contest, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, children’s entertainment zone, youth art contest and an adult beverage tent. Entertainment includes the Imitations playing a variety of beach, soul and rock & roll from 1 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and the Unknown Tongues Cajun Zydeco Music on Sept. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Entry fee is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Coolers are not permitted.

For more information, call 910-795-0292 or 843-902-6532; visit; or email



The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open autditions for The Dixie Swim Club, a Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy about friendships that last forever. Five women are needed to portray characters who age from 45 to 80 years old. Auditions will be held July 17 at 7 p.m. in the The Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane. For more information, contact director Tania Gonzalez at 910-934-0208 or, or visit


Bible study  

There will be a non-denominational bible study and prayer meeting on July 22 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores) at 7 p.m. 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 calling 910-741-0489 or emailing For more information, visit


Holly Ridge Sampler!

Do you have a business, craft, product or service that you would like your community to see, taste, experience, sample and/or buy? The Holly Ridge Sampler will be held at the Holly Ridge Fire Department on U.S. 17 on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no charge to vendors, but participants are asked to make a donation to the fire department. All donations will be used toward the purchase of a new sign. Email your name, contact number and business/product you would like to showcase to 


Lions Club

The Sneads Ferry Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Madisons Steak and Seafood Restaurant on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry. Visitors are welcome.  


Fizz, Boom Read! 

Discover the stories behind the science this summer at Hampstead Branch Library and at the library in Burgaw.  Each week, youth specialists Ann Mendenhall and Terri Strong will present books and a variety of activities specially planned to bring the wonder and excitement of reading and science to children age 2 to 12, attending with their adult caregivers.  Each week of the program features different books and activities including hands on science for elementary age children along with fun projects for everyone to take home. The program is free, and no pre-registration is required. 

For more information, call 910-259-1234 or 910-270-4603 or visit the library website at


Sunrise, moonrise yoga

Surf City Parks and Recreation is offering Sunrise Yoga classes on Wednesdays. Meet at the Roland Avenue Beach Access at 5:30 a.m. Call 910-328-4887 the day before a class to make sure the minimum number will be there. A rotating group of yoga instructors teach, and the cost is $10.



Bingo is offered on Thursdays though Aug. 14 at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 followed by Regular Bingo at 7. There are cash prizes for each game. Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Smoking is not permitted.

Proceeds are used to maintain the building and grounds of the Historic Assembly Building. All workers are volunteers. For information, call 910-328-4282. 


Half marathon

The Two Town Half Marathon is set to make its debut on Oct. 11. The point-to-point race takes place on a newly certified flat course in both Surf City and Topsail Beach.

The event begins at the new Topsail Beach Town Center and will be completed at Soundside Park in Surf City where a post-race celebration party will take place.

Registration is available through and will remain open until Sept. 30. Proceeds will benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation, The Pretty In Pink Foundation provides financial assistance and support to underinsured and uninsured North Carolinians with breast cancer.

Both Surf City and Topsail Beach are cooperating on this fall racing venture with Brunswick Timing.  The cost is $50, and all participants will receive a collector’s T-shirt, finisher medals and other goodies.  

Volunteers for the event will receive a special shirt and pre-race training. For more information or to volunteer, call Surf City Community Center at 910-328-4887 or go to the race website link


Craft market

‘Come Pillage in the Village.’ 

Topsail Island’s original craft market is now open every Thursday through August from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 802 S. Anderson Blvd. in Topsail Beach. There are more than 20 vendors selling one-of-a-kind works of art and craft items each week at the market.


Summer market

Surf City is home to a new art and farmers market.

The Surf City Summer Market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday through Labor Day. Vendors will offering art, jewelry, handmade items, produce and more at the Nelva R. Albury Park on North New River Drive, across the street from the Trailer Bar. 


Summer camps

ArtExposure has weekly summer art camps planned for ages 7 to 11. The four-day classes run from 10 a.m. to noon each day and cost $98 for each weekly session. 

Classes include: July 22-25, sculpture; and July 29-Aug. 1, crafts. Advance registration is required. 

ArtExposure is located at 22527 Highway 17 in Hampstead. For more information or to register, call 910-330-4077 or visit


Gospel sing

Chapel by the Bay, an interdenominatinal fellowship in Surf City, has a series of gospel sings planned throughout the summer. Upcoming performances, which take place on Saturdays at 7 p.m., include:

July 19: Black Creek Blue Grass of Dunn

July 26: Second Edition of New Bern

Aug 2: The Director’s Trio of Burlington

Aug 9: His Redeemed of Emerald Isle

Aug 16: The Brown’s of Wallace

Aug 23: Right Turn of Nashville

Aug 30: Steps to Glory of Richlands

Sept. 6: Living Waters of Princeton

Sept. 13: Heaven Sent Ministries of Kinston

Sept. 20: Servant’s Call of Sneads Ferry

Sept. 27: Eastman Quartet of Jacksonville

Oct. 4: Heavenly Sunrise

The church will also host vacation bible school from 5 to 8 p.m. July 6 through 9. The theme is “The Western Adventure.”

The church is located at 216 Michigan Ave. in Surf City. For more information, call 910-328-6252 or visit


Diabetes self-management

The Diabetes Self-Management Program at the Pender County Health Department is back up and running. The program provides a one-on-one educational session with a trained diabetes nurse, an interactive class and a follow-up meeting to monitor progress.

Elisabeth Weaver, RN is available to receive referrals from primary care providers. Classes are held on the last Wednesday of each month, and include information on how and when to check your blood sugars, understanding how medication works, as well as what foods you can eat and how to count carbohydrates and read food labels. Participants will learn about what makes their blood sugars go up and down, the signs and symptoms of high and low blood sugar, the acute and chronic complications of diabetes, exercise, foot care and sick day rules. The classes are accredited by the American Diabetes Association and cover all recommended components. 

For more information, contact Weaver at 910-259-1371.


Volunteers sought

The Sneads Ferry Community Council is seeking volunteers to assist with the 44th annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, held Aug. 9 and 10.

For more information or to volunter, contact festival Chairman Jennifer Marshburn at 


Animal adoptions

Pender County Animal Shelter adoptions are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The adoption fee for dogs includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper/parvo and kennel cough vaccines, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment. The adoption fee for cats includes spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment.  

Pender Animal Shelter is located at 3280 New Savannah Road in Burgaw. For more information or directions, call 910-259-1484.


Blood pressure screening

Pender County Health Department offers free blood pressure screenings.

The screenings will be held at Topsail Senior Center on the third Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Pender Adult Services on the fourth Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Pender County Health Department also offers free blood pressure checks Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.


Faith Harbor UMC

Faith Harbor United Methodist Church hosts a beach service every Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Roland Avenue Crossover in Surf City. The service features music, communion and an uplifting message during thes oceanfront worship.

With Bible study programs, small groups, Celebrate Recovery on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Share the Table Food Pantry and the Harbor Thrift Store, Faith Harbor United Methodist Church invites the community to worship and celebrate in ministry. Faith Harbor United Methodist Church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in Surf City with services at 8 and 9:20 a.m. For more information, call 910-328-4422, visit or like them on Facebook.


VFW Post 9983

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit service organization for men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in combat areas. 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 special events. The hall is available for rental and catering is available, special consideration for nonprofits needing meeting space.


Lions Club

The Hampstead Lions Club meet regularly at the Topsail Presbyterian Church on U.S. 17 in Hampstead at noon every first and third Thursday of the month. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Come see what the Lions are all about and volunteer your time to help save the eyesight of others.


American Legion

Hampstead American Legion Post 167 meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Topsail Senior Center next to Pender Pines. Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard are invited to join them. For more information, visit


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.


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


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 noon at Madison’s 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 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



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 or 910-777-8244.



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.


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

The New River Garden Club is open for membership to all who would like to share their love of gardening, community services and conservation.  Meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month September thru May. For more information, contact Becky Bunting at 815-674-2832.


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 corpsmen, 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 club’s fundraiser for a scholarship to a deserving student at Dixon High). For more information, contact Ida MacNamara at 910-327-0718 or


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