New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe is coming to Topsail.
Monroe will be at Quarter Moon Books at 708 S. Anderson Blvd. in Topsail Beach on June 27 at 6 p.m. to discuss her new book, The Summer Wind, and sign copies.
The Summer Wind, set for release this month, follows the best-selling first installment of the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy The Summer Girls. The second novel continues the complex relationships of three estranged sisters who come together at their grandmother’s request to her summer home on Sullivan’s Island, Sout Carolina.
Monroe began writing The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy after learning that half of the resident dolphins in South Carolina and Florida are sick or contaminated. The current plight of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin became the backdrop of the trilogy.
For more information, visit MaryAliceMonroe.com.
Community Yard Sale
A community wide yard sale is scheduled for June 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 107 Deerfield Drive in Hampstead (behind Port City Java). The event will feature lots of household items, books, some furniture and a wide variety of crafting materials, such as fabric, yarn, buttons, etc. Cash and carry only. Organized by the Episcopal Church Women, all funds will be earmarked for outreach activities at the church. Refreshments will be available for sale that day as well.
Just a few bikes remain for Surf City Parks and Recreation Spin-A-Thon for the local Multiple Sclerosis Foundation to be held June 16 at the Surf City Community Center. The Spin-A-Thon is divided into two segments: 8:30 am to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. with various instructors from the Surf City Spinning program.
Those who participate for at least 30-minute segments can make a donation of their choice. A minimum $10 donation enters a raffle for an oceanfront beach house weekend, and $25 gets an entry in another raffle for a full week. All instructors are donating their time and all funds collected goes to directly to the MS Foundation.
To sign up to ride, call the Surf City Community Center at 910-328-4887 and the front desk will tell you what time slots remain.
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.
Moonrise Yoga for the full moon is also being offered. The first one is set for 8:30 p.m. June 13; meet at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in Surf City. Cost is $10 for the one-hour class. Call 910-328-4887 in advance to reserve a spot.
Bingo is back on Topsail Island. Bingo begins on June 19 and continues on Thursdays though Aug. 14 (with the exception of July 3) 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.
Meet and greet
The Meet and Greet series continues for Democratic candidates in Pender County with a 7 p.m. event on June 19 at the Willard Outreach Center, 9955 NC Highway 11.
The complete Democrat slate is expected to be on hand. All candidates will give brief presentations with a question and answer period to follow.
The Meet and Greet is open to the general public and light refreshments will be served. Voter registration applications will also be available.
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.
Most Improved Local Health Department
Pender County Health Department has been awarded “Most Improved Local Health Department” by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
The department was nominated for the award by Vivian Mears, RN, BSN, with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Mears points to improvements in the timeliness of disease investigation and reporting at the county level, policy and procedure development and revisions since their original publication in 2011, regularly scheduled Epidemiology Team meetings, and the creation of a nurse supervisor position to work with the director of nursing and communicable disease nurse to create a more productive program, as some of the reasons why she nominated Pender County Health Department.
The Pender County Health Department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230 for more information.
A major road race for area runners is now on the fall calendar with the Two Town Half Marathon set to make its debut on Oct. 11. The point-to-point race takes place on a newly certified flat course designed for excellent times 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: June 24-27, painting; July 8-11, print making; July 15-18, collage; July 22-25, sculpture; and July 29-Aug. 1, crafts.
ArtExposure is located at 22527 Highway 17 in Hampstead. For more information or to register, call 910-330-4077 or visit artexposure50.com.
Mama Won’t Fly
Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents Mama Won’t Fly, Jones, Hope and Wooten’s race-against-the-clock comedy. The clock begins when Savannah agrees to get her feisty mother from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country when the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced.
Show dates are June 13 through 15. Fridays and Saturdays the curtain is at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are 3 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will be held June 13 at 7:15 p.m. Father’s Day weekend special includes a local business coupon book free with paid admission.
Tickets are $10 adults; $5 students with ID. All tickets are sold day-of at the theater, located inside the Sneads Ferry Community Center at 126 Park Lane. Reservations for parties of 10 or more can be made by calling 910-327-2798.
For more information, visit sneadsferrycommunitytheatre.com.
There will be a non-denominational bible study and prayer meeting on June 24 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 June 17 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit beholdinghisglory.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:
June 14: Four In Christ of New Bern
June 21: King’s Grace of Jacksonville
June 28: Steadfast Quartet of Windsor
July 5: The Carroll’s of Roanoke Rapids
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.
Witherspoon Rose Culture representative David Strickland will be the guest speaker at the June meeting of the Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society. He will speak on “Everything Roses” and answer attendee’s questions on growing roses in the coastal area. The meeting will be held June 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum, located at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. For more information, contact Carol Noble at 910-259-5845 or visit wcfrs.blogspot.com or the group’s Facebook page.
Liberty Fest vendors
The Town of Holly Ridge is currently looking for vendors for its 4th of July Liberty Fest and Fireworks. This year’s Liberty Fest areas of opportunities include food, arts and craft and retail vendors; music; face painting; balloon animals; children’s activities; nonprofit booths; community group booths and pony rides. The town also welcomes ideas of activities and attractions for consideration.
Applications to be a vendor can be obtained at townofhollyridge.net or in person at the Town Hall located at 212 N. Dyson St.
For more information, call 910-329-7081.
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.
Give a loving Pet a home! 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 & kennel cough vaccines, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment. The adoption fee for cats includes spay/neuter, rabies & 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.
The Ocean City Jazz Festival will be held in North Topsail Beach on the July 4 weekend.
For more information, including the 2014 festival lineup, visit oceancityjazzfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Harbor UMC
Faith Harbor United Methodist Church is hosting Jungle in the Safari Vacation Bible School June 23 through 27 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Children ages 3 to 5th grade are invited to attend this adventure at the church. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or 910-328-9844.
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 email@example.com or visit townofsurfcity.com.
Pender County Animal Shelter Adoptions are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
The adoption fee for dogs is $60 and includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper/parvo & kennel cough vaccines, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment. The $40 adoption fee for cats includes spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment. Microchips are $15 with a lifetime enrollment.
Pender Animal Shelter is located at 3280 New Savannah Road in Burgaw. Call 910-259-1484 for more information or directions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 club’s fundraiser for a scholarship to a deserving student at Dixon High). For more information, contact Ida MacNamara at 910-327-0718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.