Democrat meet and greet
U.S. Congressional candidates Marshall Adame and Jonathan Barfield are headlining the meet and greet reception hosted by Pender Democrats.
The reception is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 20 at the Hampstead Community Building (Hampstead Women’s Club) .
Adame, from Jacksonville is challenging Republican incumbent Walter Jones Jr. Barfield, from Wilmington, is a New Hanover County commissioner running for the seat being vacated with Congressman Mike McIntyre’s pending retirement.
Other Democratic candidates scheduled to attend include Ernie Ward of Brunswick County, who is running for the N.C. Senate 9th District seat; Steve Unger of Hampstead, who is running for the 16th District N.C. House seat; Pender commissioner candidates Chris Medlin in District 1, Charles Tippitt in District 2 and Eugene Meadows in District 3; Susan Lunsford who is running for Pender clerk of court; and Pender Sheriff candidate Scott Lawson. All candidates will give brief presentations with a question and answer period to follow.
The Hampstead Community Building (Hampstead Women’s Club) is located at 14435 U.S. Highway 17 North, just south of the N.C. 210 downtown intersection. The meet and greet is open to the general public, and light refreshments will be served. Voter registration applications will also be available.
The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Small Business Administration and SCORE to present a one-hour how-to workshop on how to create your own App.
The ‘There’s an App for That’ workshop will meet at the Surf City Welcome Center on May 20 at 9 a.m. The one-hour session is free to Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce members and $10 per person for non-members. Credit cards are accepted over the phone.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reserve your space by calling 910-329-4446 or emailing email@example.com.
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.
Surf City Parks & Recreation has more than 40 summer camps available for summer.
Summer Fun Camps are for children ages 6-9 and cost $125. Starting June 10 they include: “Wild Wild, West,” “The Art of Broadway,” “Superhero Academy,” “We Dig Dinosaurs,” “Wet & Wild,” Gizmos, Gadgets & Whirligigs,” “Pirates & Mermaids,” “CSI,” and “Eco-Explorers.”
A total of 22 sports camps so far, bring a wide variety of offerings, from Hammerheads Soccer (June 16) to fishing, basketball, volleyball, tennis and even gun safety. For the second year water-sports based camps are on tap including four entirely devoted to surfing. Prices vary according to the program offered and equipment necessary. Ages range from 6 to 14 depending on the camp.
Through community partners another 10 activity camps are offered, including Kitchen Time, dance, tumbling and Lego.
All camps have roster limits and many are expected to quickly fill. Parents may both register and pay online using major credit cards or a pay-by-check option at townofsurfcity.com. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on sports camps can also be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com.
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 & 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.
Beach Bash and Classic Car Show
Food and craft venders are sought for the upcoming Surf City Beach Bash and Classic Car Show, scheduled for May 31 at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge.
The Surf City Beach Bash Beach Music & Car Show Charity Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the lodge
For more information, call 252-560-6983
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.
Pender County Animal Shelter is seeking community support to build a facility to help the abused and mistreated horses of Pender County.
The initial cost for the Pender County Horse Shelter Project is $25,000, which will build the facility, purchase a trailer and start a medical fund for abused horses. One-hundred percent of donations directed to the horse shelter will go to the project.
Donations can be sent to Pender County Animal Shelter Horse Fund; 803 South Walker St.; Burgaw, NC 28425. Be sure to write “Horse Fund” in the memo line.
For information on the Pender County Animal Shelter Equine Facility or the animal shelter itself, visit pendercountync.gov or 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.
Battleship North Carolina hours
The Battleship North Carolina is operating on its fall/winter schedule.
Through May 26, the battleship will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas Day when the ship opens at noon. The Battleship North Carolina is located on the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington. For information, visit battleshipnc.com or follow them at Facebook.com/or and Twitter.com/battleshipnc.
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.
Patriot Training & Consulting LLC will be conducting an NRA-Certified Pistol Class on May 17 and a Concealed Carry Weapons Training Course on Jun 14 at the post. For information or registration, contact Chris Robinson at 910-545-7761 or visit PatriotTAC.com.
There will be a Female Personal Protection Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 18. For information, contact “Nick K” at 910-467-1254.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Hampstead American Legion Post 167 will have a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Hampstead Village gazebo on May 24 at 11 a.m.. The guest speaker will be Surf City Mayor Zander Guy. The public is invited.
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.