Surf City Parks & 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 townofsurfcity.com. The cost is $95 per person, and all participants receive a camp T-shirt. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Aloud campaign
Pender County Public Libraries have joined with 800 partners across the county in support of the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign.
Pender County is one of the first public libraries in North Carolina to support the effort and joins co-partner University of North Carolina System in seeking to touch the lives of children from birth to age 8 under its message: Read Aloud 15 Minutes: Every Child - Every Parent - Every Day.
Committing fifteen minutes each day to reading aloud provides the foundation for more children to begin kindergarten ready to learn.
For more information visit the library, its website at youseemore.com/Penderpl or readaloud.org.
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 portal.ncdenr.org.
For more information call 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632.
Palnning is underway for the 1st annual North Carolina Rice Festival to celebrate the region’s rice growing history with our 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.
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 15 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
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 July 15 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit beholdinghisglory.com.
Ron Relay Memorial Ride
Rolling Thunder Chapter NC-5 is holding its annual Ron Relay Memorial Ride on July 12 at New River Harley Davidson. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 a.m. Fee is $20 per bike and $5 for passengers. All proceeds will go to the POW/MIA issues and veterans. For more information, visit rollingthundernc5.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will contact you.
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.
The Friends of the Sneads Ferry Library will hold a book sale July 10 through 12. July 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. is members’ preview, and the sale will be open to the public on July 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. and July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book donations are being accepted at the Sneads Ferry Branch Library up until the date of the sale. All proceeds directly benefit the library. For more information, call 910-327-6471.
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 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 is back on Topsail Island. 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.
Forever Fit Fitness Center is offerring summer programs for children ages 3 and up during the summer months. A Princess camp for ages 3 and up will be offered in July, with the focus on ballet and tap and crafts for two hours each day Monday through Friday. Gymnastics camp in July will also be Monday through Friday offering one-hour classes for ages 3 and up. New this year will be a Creative Movement class for ages 2 and 3, and My Favorite Doll will teach ages 3 and up ballet moves with a doll they bring to class.
For more information including dates, times and cost, contact Gloria Davis at 910-389-9235.
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.
‘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.
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.
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 15-18, collage; 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 artexposure50.com.
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 12: The Crusaders of Erwin
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 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 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.