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  • Fall Plant Sale 
    The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association is having a fall plant sale Sept.12 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Hampstead United Methodist Church, 15395 Hwy. 17 in Hampstead.
    There will be an ample selection of deer resistant, salt tolerant, pollinator species, shrubs, Japanese maples and ďhomegrownĒ favorites by the Pender County Master Gardeners on hand, and a variety of bulbs for fall planting may be ordered as well.
    The ďAsk a Master GardenerĒ tent will be staffed with Master Gardeners to answer questions. Proceeds fund the programís school outreach in Pender County schools, Speakerís Bureau, Ask a Master Gardener booths and various community workshops.
    For more information, call 910-259-1238.
     
    Women Connect
    Women Connect, the areaís only networking group for women, will meet Aug. 12 at noon at Christopherís Restaurant at Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead. RSVP to the Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce office at 910-329-4446 or info@topsailchamber.org. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-chamber members. Visitors are welcome. 
     
    Aquarium program
    The Pender Public Libraries will host a North Carolina Aquarium outreach program on Aug. 13. The Wild Wetlands program will include a reading from the book Deep in the Swamp then present some of the animals in the story native to this area. The program will be offered at 11 a.m. at the Hampstead Branch on Library Drive and 3 p.m. in Burgaw at 103 S. Cowan St. 
    The programs are suitable for children age 4-12 accompanied by their adults and are presented free of charge with the support of the Friends of the Library groups at each location. Early arrival is encouraged, space is limited and there is no pre-registration for these programs. For more information, call 910-259-1234 or 910-270-4603 or visit the library.
     
    Fashion show
    An upcoming fundraising fashion show with silent auction will help support the Methodist Home for Children. Join the Faith Harbor United Methodist Women for a morning of fun, fashion, food and fellowship on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Faith Harbor United Methodist Church, 14210 Hwy. 50/210 in Surf City. Tickets are $10 which includes admission to the fashion show and silent auction, light refreshments and door prizes. Models will be wearing repurposed discoveries from thrift shops, yard sales, estate sales and back-of-the-closet finds. To model or for tickets, contact Bonnie at 540-621-3645 or Jill at 910-270-6333.    
    Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  
     
    Blood drive
    A blood drive will be held Aug. 11 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Hampstead Methodist Church, located at 15395 Hwy. 17 in Hampstead, about one mile north of the Food Lion shopping center. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code Hampstead.
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    Friends of the Library
    New members are sought for The Hampstead Branch Friends of the Library Board. All are welcome; however, the nonprofit is particularly interested in those with experience or interest in social media. The board meets on the first Friday of the month from September through June. Its main purpose is to raise funds to support the Topsail Township Library and to be a program resource. For more information, stop by the Hampstead Branch.
     
    Surfing contest
    Joey Grantís third annual Surfing to Stop MS Charity Surf Competition will be held at 7 a.m. Aug. 9 and 10 at North Topsail Beach Access No. 2. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/266469090226271.
     
    King Mackerel Tournament
    The 23rd annual Sneads Ferry Rotary King Mackerel Tournament will be held Aug. 15 and 16. For information, visit sneadsferrykmt.com, email kmtdirector@sneadsferryrotary.com or call 910-330-0915.
     
    Gun Safety Camps
    Surf City Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Gun Safety Camp for youths ages 9-14. from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 to 15. 
    The camp is being offered in cooperation with Surf City Guns & Ammo, local law enforcement personnel and certified NRA instructors Rachelle and Jeff Trout.  
    Classroom sessions at the Surf City Community Center will review the basic of pistol and rifle safety through a series of hands-on demonstrations and presentations. On the final day, participants will go to an outdoor range where they will test their knowledge and safe use of a Ruger 10/22.
    The cost is $125 for all materials including ammunition for the range. Register at townofsurfcity.com. An additional waiver will need to be signed by parents and/or guardians to allow their children to go to the gun range. A limit of 12 registrations will be accepted. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail parksandrec@townofsurfcity.com.
     
    Pender County Open Golf Tournament 
    Olde Point Golf and Country Club in Hampstead is hosting the inaugural Pender County Open Golf Tournament on Sept. 20.  The event is open to all legal residents from Pender, Onslow or New Hanover counties. You must have a GHIN handicap, or a verifiable handicap from another recognized handicapping service. USGA rules will govern play. The Pender County Champion title will be awarded to the player with the lowest gross score in three divisions: Men, Women and Senior (65+ yrs). Low net prizes in each division will also be awarded. Applications are available in the Pro Shop and at other locations in the community. For more information, visit oldepointgolf.com or call 910-270-2403. All proceeds will be donated to the N.C. Spot Festival for distribution to Hampstead area schools and the volunteer fire department.
     
    Page 3 of 8 - Rice Festival
    Palnning is underway for the first North Carolina Rice Festival to celebrate the regionís 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, childrenís 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 ncricefestival.com; or email ncricefestival@gmail.com.
     
    Bible study  
    There will be a non-denominational bible study and prayer meeting on Aug. 26 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 Aug. 19 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing mtnebo@hotamil.com. For more information, visit beholdinghisglory.com.
     
    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 thehollyridgesampler@gmail.com by Sept. 10. For more information, visit thehollyridgesampl.wix.com/sampler.
     
    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. 
    Page 4 of 8 - For more information, call 910-259-1234 or 910-270-4603 or visit the library website at library.pendercountync.gov.
                                                                                                      
    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
    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 townofsurfcity.com and will remain open until Sept. 30. Proceeds will benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation, prettyinpinkfoundation.org. 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 collectorís 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 attownofsurfcity.com.
     
    Craft market
    ĎCome Pillage in the Village.í 
    Topsail Islandís 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.
    Page 5 of 8 - 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. 
     
    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:
    Aug 9: His Redeemed of Emerald Isle
    Aug 16: The Brownís 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: Servantís 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 ďThe Western Adventure.Ē
    The church is located at 216 Michigan Ave. in Surf City. For more information, call 910-328-6252 or visit chapelbythebay.com.
     
    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.
     
    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.
    Page 6 of 8 - 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 faithharborumc.org 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 ncalpost167.org.
     
    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.
     
    Surf City Community Center
    Page 7 of 8 - 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.
     
    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.
     
    CHEW!
    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 kim.nelson@onslow.k12.nc.us
     
    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 jeanette0621@yahoo.com.
     
    Baby FAST
    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 mgatton@taffinc.org or 910-777-8244.
     
    Masons
    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.
    Page 8 of 8 - 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 harveyhoopes@gmail.com.
     
    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 clubís 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.
     
    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. 
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