Historian Baylus C. Brooks will give a talk titled the “Historical Assassination of George Burrington: First Royal Governor of North Carolina” on Aug. 28 at Pender County Public Library in Burgaw. The 45-minute program will be held at 6 p.m. in the library meeting room at 103 S. Cowan St. The program is free to the public with financial support from the Friends of Pender County Library. For more information, call 910-259-1234 during business hours.
The Town of Surf City will celebrate the end of summer with the Roberts Band at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk at Soundside Park on Aug. 2. Concessions will be offered by Surf City Fire Department and Auxiliary as a fundraiser.
Weed management class
Pender Extension Master Gardener volunteer David Hull will lead a weed management class on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Pender County Library, Hampstead Branch, 75 Library Drive.
The seminar will introduce the home gardener to integrated weed management, covering prevention, mechanical and chemical methods of weed management. No registration is required.
‘Zone 8 Garden by the Month’ gardening planners will be available to purchase for $9.
For more information, call 910-259-1235.
The Surf City Food Lion is having a grand reopening on Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. Capt. Chris Medlin will be serving as the ribbon cutter.
The VFW Post 9983 ladies auxiliary is hosting all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs fundraiser on Sept. 27 at the post. Dinner includes salad, bread, coffee and tea will be served between 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are a $7 donation and are available at the post or from any auxiliary member.
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. The post is located at 188 Hines Stump Sound Church Road in Holly Ridge, one mile north of Holly Ridge on U.S. 17 and can be reached at 910-329-1881.
Parking lot sale
Faith Harbor United Methodist Church and The Thrift Store will sponsor a parking lot sale and barbecue dinner (eat in or take-out) on Aug. 30. The sale begins at 7:30 a.m. Dinners, which are $7.50 per plate and include barbecue, potato salad, coleslaw and roll, will be offered at 10 a.m. The United Methodist Youth Group will also be having a car wash fundraiser from 10 to noon to off-set expenses for annual mission trip. The church is located at 14201 N.C. 50 in Surf City. For more information, call 910-328-4422.
Adult co-ed softball
Holly Ridge is hosting fall adult co-ed softball this starting in September.
There will be a minimum of eight games, plus tournament, at Holly Ridge Softball Field at Holly Ridge Park.
Cost is $400 per Team
For more information, email email@example.com. Register Online atTownofHollyRidge.net/athletics.
The Browns in Concert
Topsail Sound RV Park, 734 Morris Landing Road in Holly Ridge, is hosting “The Browns in Concert” on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. The free concert is open to the public and will be held under the pavilion rain or shine. A love offering will be taken during the concert.
For more information, call 910-329-0500.
The Dixie Swim Club
Tania Gonzalez brings The Dixie Swim Club, a Jones, Hope, Wooten production, to the Sneads Ferry Community Theatre stage. Five college swim teammates meet one long weekend every August in the same beach cottage at North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The show focuses on four of those weekends, spanning a period of 33 years. Show Dates are Sept. 5-7 and 12-14 with an 8 p.m. curtain on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Wine and cheese receptions will be held Sept. 5 and 12 at 7:15 p.m.
The theater is located inside the Sneads Ferry Community Center at 126 Park Lane.
Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students any age with ID. To make reservations for parties of 10 or more, call the box office at 910-327-2798. For more information, visit sneadsferrycommunitytheatre.com.
The Topsail Island Association of Realtors is teeing up for its third annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Homes4NC. The tournament will be held Sept. 10 at North Shore Country Club. Tee time is 9 a.m. Fees are $75 per player or $300 per team. For more information, to register or to help sponsor the event, call 910-329-1406.
Old Point Country Club will host a Patriot Day Golf Tournament to help support the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the country club. Entry fees are $42. There will also be a putting contest from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day, as well as a golf bag raffle. A portion of the proceeds go to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of service members killed or disabled. For more information or to register, call 910-270-2403.
‘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.
The market is hosting a Carousel Center fundraiser on Aug. 21. Baskets of local crafts will be raffled off, with 100 percent of the raffle proceeds donated to the Carousel Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a child friendly environment for abused and neglected children and to support child abuse prevention efforts in Southeastern North Carolina.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook.com/topsailcrafts.
Corn Hole for a Cure
Images Salon and Spa will host Corn Hole for a Cure on Aug. 23 beginning at noon at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge, 13175 Highway 50 in Holly Ridge, to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
There will also be food, music, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, kids activities.
Tournament registration is $25. For more information or to pre-register, call 910-352-3252 or 910-620-8570
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 “homegrown” favorites by the Pender County Master Gardeners on hand, and a variety of bulbs for fall planting may be ordered as well.
The “Ask a Master Gardener” tent will be staffed with Master Gardeners to answer questions. Proceeds fund the program’s school outreach in Pender County schools, Speaker’s Bureau, Ask a Master Gardener booths and various community workshops.
For more information, call 910-259-1238.
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.
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.
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.
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 ncricefestival.com; or email email@example.com.
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 calling 910-741-0489 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com by Sept. 10. For more information, visit thehollyridgesampl.wix.com/sampler.
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.
Sunrise, moonrise yoga
Surf City Parks and Recreation is offering Sunrise Yoga classes on Wednesdays. Meet at the Roland Avenue Beach Access at 6 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.
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 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 attownofsurfcity.com.
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.
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 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 chapelbythebay.com.
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.
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 faithharborumc.org or like them on Facebook.
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.
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 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 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.