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.
Hurricane tracker Mark Sudduth will visit several Onslow County Public Library branches this week to share his experience as a professional storm chaser.
According to information from the library, he will share his stories, data, and equipment at the Sneads Ferry Branch on June 5 at 7 p.m., Richlands Branch on June 7 at 11 a.m., the Main Library in Jacksonville on June 7 at 2 p.m., and at the Swansboro Branch on June 12 at 7 p.m.
Sudduth owns Hurricane Maps Enterprises and has worked with media outlets and several local, state and federal agencies to produce hurricane education projects. Sudduth, who holds a degree in geography from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, is the founder of H.I.R.T. (Hurricane Intercept Research Team) and runs HurricaneTrack.com
For more information, call 910-455-7350 or visit onslowcountync.gov/library.
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 6 through 8 and 13 through 15. Fridays and Saturdays the curtain is at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are 3 p.m. Active-duty get in free with ID on June 5. Wine and cheese receptions will be held June 6 and 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 email@example.com. 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 7: The Harmony Boys of Mount Olive
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.
Boy Scout Troop 235 will host a blueberry pancake breakfast on June 7 at Hampstead United Methodist Church. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. and includes three blueberry pancakes, two link sausages, OJ/coffee. Cost is $5 per person and helps send local Scouts to summer camp. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Jeff or Nathan Trout at 910-270-9547.
Cape Fear BBQ Festival
The 1st annual Cape Fear BBQ Festival will be held June 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old River Farms, 8711 Old River Road in Burgaw. There will be a barbecue cook-off, an antique truck and tractor display, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, plants and flowers, a children’s entertainment zone and lots of Southern barbecue. Entertainment includes the Imitations playing a variety of beach, soul and rock and roll; Nate Gordon performing bluegrass; and Greatly Blest singing Southern gospel music.
Gate entry fee is $5 per car, truck or buggy load.
For more information, visit capefearbbqfestival.com or call 910-795-0292 or 843-902-6532.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Faith Harbor UMC
Faith Harbor United Methodist Church is celebrating Pentecost in the Park on June 8 at 10 a.m. The community is invited to come listen to a brass jazz quartet, bring a picnic and enjoy fellowship. The event will be held at Soundside Park in Surf City.
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.
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.
Qigong class for cancer survivors
Surf City Parks & Recreation is hosting a Qigong class for cancer survivors on Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Avenue Beach Access off of South Shore Drive in Surf City. Qigong consists of slow flowing movements, coordinated with deep breathing and meditative focus to balance the flow, called Qi in Chinese, meaning “life energy leading to overall well-being.”
Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing that encourage and allow movement. In case of inclement weather, Qigong will be moved to the Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Drive. The final class will be June 13. These is no charge for the classes, but participants are asked to sign up in advance at Surf City Community Center or contact SCP&R Wellness Coordinator Linda Carlsen at 910-328-4887 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.