Holiday Pops concert
The North Carolina Symphony will perform its Holiday Pops concert on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Northside High School.
Concert tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and military, and $7 for students. They can be purchased at The Daily News, located at 724 Bell Fork Road, or the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, located at 826 New Bridge St., both in Jacksonville.
New, unwrapped toys will be collected at the door for Christmas Cheer.
Children’s Christmas party
Topsail Island Moose Lodge will host a free children’s Christmas party this month.
The part will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and includes visits with Santa, as well as free food, gifts and bouncy house. The event is free and open to the public.
The Topsail Island Moose Lodge is located at 13175 N.C. Highway 50 in Holly Ridge. For information, call 910-329-3541.
Volleyball skills clinid
Surf City Parks and Recreation will host a two-part Surf City Holiday Volleyball Skills Clinic over Christmas break on Dec. 20 and 27. Head coach for this event is Lacey Van Dalen, an experienced volleyball coach and player who recently coached in the Surf City Middle School volleyball program.
Ages 8 through 11 will hit the court from 1 to 3 p.m. and those ages 12 to 16 will practice from 4 to 6 p.m. Part 1 on Dec. 20 will focus on the basics, including setting, passing and serving. Part 2 on Dec. 27 will be positional specialties: hitting, blocking, serve/receive and defense. The cost is $30 for both sessions or $20 for Part 1 or Part II separately.
Registration is through townofsurfcity.com, and each age group is restricted to 20 participants. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail email@example.com.
When night falls in December, the forest comes alive at "Enchanted Airlie" with over half a million twinkling lights illuminating a half-mile, self-guided trail.
Enchanted Airlie opens for 5 and 7 p.m. reservations each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21, with additional dates on Dec. 18 and Dec. 22. Tickets must be purchased in advance and usually sell out.
Tickets are available at AirlieGardens.org.
Proceeds benefit the preservation and improvement of New Hanover County's historic Airlie Gardens.
For more information, call 910-798-7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onslow County Animal Services will hold the pet adoption event, Home for the Holidays, on Dec. 14.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests will be able to adopt a four-legged family member at a cost of $55 for dogs, $5 for adult cats and $50 for kittens.
The shelter also will be selling pet adoption gift certificates for $100.
Folks also can bring their pet to get their photo taken with the Grinch and his dog Max for $8
Animal Services is at 244 Georgetown Road in Jacksonville.
For more information, call 910-455-0182 or visit Onslowcountync.gov/animalservices.
Dec. 1st was World Aids Day, and during the month of December, the Pender County Health Department encourages the public to take advantage of free HIV testing available all year round, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
In Pender County, there are 30 people living with AIDS, and 56 people who have tested HIV positive. Treatment for HIV infection has come a long way. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can’t cure HIV, but anti-HIV medications help people infected with HIV live longer, healthier lives and prevent the virus from multiplying and damaging the immune system. World Aids Day highlights the need for continued research to search for a cure for HIV with a purpose of “getting to Zero.”
Call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230 for free and confidential HIV testing and counseling to prevent HIV infection, as well as other STDs.
First United Methodist Church Youth will host a pancake breakfast at the church in Sneads Ferry from 7 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 7. Cost is $5 a plate, and proceeds support youth programming’s planned January ski trip. For information, contact Missy Maloney at 910-803-0252 or Rachel Waldron at 910-327-4011.
The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Hometown Christmas, a program encouraging residents to shop local this holiday season.
Businesses participating in the Hometown Christmas program are offering discounts and specials through Dec. 26.
Participating in this year’s Hometown Christmas program are Bellavie Boutique, Bumblebee, Carolina Décor & More, Finesse Pro Services, Inc., Gallagher’s Bar & Grill, The Gift Basket, Hampstead Pool, Spa & Patio, Inc., Mia’s Marketplace, Olde Point Golf & Country Club, Quarter Moon Books & Gifts, Sugar Island Bakery, The Topsail Island Trading Company, Topsail Sportswear, Inc. and Treasure Realty.
For more information, call 910-329-4446 or visit topsailchamber.org and on Facebook.
The Sneads Ferry Community Theater will hold open auditions for the upcoming production of Cocktails With Mimi by Mary Chase. The auditions will be held on Jan. 2 and 3 at the Sneads Ferry Community Center, located at 126 Park Lane. A cast of six men and six women are needed for the production. People wishing to audition should bring a small photograph of themselves to the audition.
Performance dates are Feb. 28 and March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. For more information, contact Irene King at 910-329-0077 or email email@example.com.
The Hampstead Women’s Club will host its annual Christmas Bazaar with thousands of holiday items for sale. The event will be held Dec. 5 from 1 to 7 p.m., Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hampstead Women’s Club community building, 14435 US Hwy 17 in Hampstead.
Thousands of new and used items, including Christmas trees, decorations, dishes, jewelry, clothing, and gifts, will be offered at greatly reduced prices. A bake sale and raffle are also annual highlights at the bazaar.
Admission is free. For more information call 910-270-9510.
Breakfast with Santa
The Surf City Community Center will celebrate the season with two special events.
Bring the family to a showing of Arthur Christmas at the community center at 4 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus the next weekend with Breakfast with Santa, held from 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at the community center. The event includes pancakes and sausage with choice of milk, juice or coffee and free kids’ crafts. Tickets are $5 in advance at the community center or $6 at the door. They will also be accepting non-perishable food items, new unwrapped gifts and monetary donations for the Community Holiday Assistance Program at the event.
Watercolor exhibit and sale
A free exhibit showcasing works by Southport artist Roger Tatum includes two original watercolors along with many limited edition prints now on display at Pender County Public Library in Burgaw.
In addition to the framed works, giclee prints of many additional paintings are available for purchase at the library. A portion of each sale will benefit the Friends of the Pender County Library.
The exhibit and sale remain at the library until mid-January. For more information, call 910-259-1234 or visit the library.
Church Craft Fair
The Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church, located at 776 Highway 210, will have its 6th annual Craft Fair on Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters will be there with a variety of arts and crafts, jewelry, holiday décor, baked goods, casseroles and more.
Proceeds from the Craft Fair will benefit the Jacksonville Women’s Shelter and Barium Springs Children’s Home.
Friends of Pender County Library in Burgaw is seeking donations of holiday decorations for an upcoming sale.
The benefit sale will be held at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Donations should be dropped off at the library by Dec. 6. The benefit sale features a wide selection of “gently used” decorative holiday items. Jigsaw puzzles are also for sale as a side feature. There will also be a drawing for a group of six collectible Byers Carolers. Tickets are $5 and are on sale now.
The library is located at 103 S. Cowan St., in historic downtown Burgaw; a block from the court house square, bounded by Fremont and Wilmington streets. For more information, call 910-259-1234.
There will be a non-denominational bible study and prayer meeting on Dec. 17 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores) at 7 pm. 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. You can check out our website at beholdinghisglory.com. Snacks, cake, and coffee provided. Please RSVP by December 12 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to Hampstead for breakfast.
He will visit with good little boys and girls on Dec. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hampstead Women’s Club building, 14435 Hwy. 17. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Hampstead Women’s Club and the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $5 each. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free with a parent’s ticket. Tickets are available from the Hampstead Thrift Store, 14435 US Hwy. 17, or from the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce at 13775 Hwy 50 in Surf City.
For more information call the Hampstead Women’s Club at 910-270-9510 or the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-329-4446.
The Wilmington Hammerheads professional soccer team will host a special Indoor Skills Clinic at the Surf City Community Building on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Professional players will be on hand for this event and the focus will be on intermediate and advanced skills training. The indoor clinic is open to any athlete from 6 to 16 years of age regardless of skill level. An autograph session will be held at the conclusion of the event.
The Hammerheads will also be awarding T-shirts and various items as door prizes including complimentary tickets to the Hammerheads 2014 home opener. The cost is $35 per player and athletes can register for the clinic online at townofsurfcity.com. The clinic is limited to the first 30 registered participants.
Following the Hammerheads Skills Clinic, the gym will be open for indoor soccer free play to any youths 16 and under from noon until 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Sign-ups are now taking place for indoor soccer (futsal) at Surf City Community center with youth divisions playing Saturday afternoons and adult divisions on Sunday nights. Players and coaches should register through townofsurfcity.com.
For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail email@example.com.
Jingle Bell Ball
Tickets are currently on sale for the premiere event on Topsail Island.
The 8th annual Jingle Bell Ball will be held Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Topsail Island Assembly Building.
Dressy attire is requested for the evening of dinner, dancing and cocktails to benefit the Historical Society of Topsail Island. A cash bar will be available.
Individual tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Michael Nelson at 910-547-8312. Reserved sponsor tables seats are $75 each and available through Marcia Hamilton 910-358-1298 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner dance fundraiser
Topsail High School Athletic Boosters will host a dinner and dance with a reverse raffle to help support the school’s athletic programs.
The event will be held Dec. 7 with cocktails and dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the raffle drawing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are $100 each and include dinner for two catered by Middle of the Island, live entertainment from Jewell Entertainment and a shot at the $5,000 grand prize or one of the additional prizes up for grabs.
Money raised supports THS athletic programs.
For more information or tickets, contact Rhonda Schwarz at 910-612-4256.
Women in the community are invited to attend the annual Christmas Tea at Topsail Presbyterian Church in Hampstead.
The tea is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Topsail Presbyterian Church, 16249 Highway 17 North. This year’s tea, sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of TPC, is a fundraiser for the Four C’s Food Pantry. The Four C’s, Christian Community Caring Center, provides food for hundreds of local families in need.
For reservations, call 910-270-2312.
Canned food drive
A Surf City club is hosting an event to help make Christmas brighter for local families.
The club will host its annual toy drive on Dec. 14. Donations of new or gently used toys are currently being accepted.
For more information, call 910-328-4373.
Call for artists
The Ocean City Jazz Festival announces its 1st annual Poster Contest. Rules and entry forms are available at oceancityjazzfest.com. Return completed forms and entries no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 to email@example.com or PO Box 1207, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.
The Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in North Topsail Beach on the July 4th weekend.
For more information, visit oceancityjazzfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Holly Ridge has a new holiday event lined up.
The inaugural Holly Day is scheduled for Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The event will include Santa, hot chocolate, Polar Express train rides and live entertainment, according to the event flier.
For more information, visit onslowcountync.gov/parks or townofhollyridge.net or call 910-347-5332 or 910-329-7081.
Benefit softball tournament
A coed softball tournament will help a local woman pay for her cancer treatment.
Swinging for a Cure will be held Dec. 7 at Olsen Park in Wilmington. Entry fee is $175 per team (seven-man, three-women minimum). Tournament will follow NSA rules, using sanctioned balls and bats. Tournament T-shirts will also be on sale.
Proceeds help Cheryl Baker pay medical expenses related to treatment for stage 4 small cell carcinoma.
Deadline to register is Dec. 1. For more information or to sign up, contact Jess Livengood at 910-880-1583 or email@example.com.
Faith Harbor UMC
Faith Harbor is holding a craft fair on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local vendors and craftsman will be featuring items for purchase, and baked goods will also be for sale.
Faith Harbor UMC will perform their Christmas Cantata on Dec. 15 at the 9:20 a.m. worship service. The performance will feature choral selections with guest musicians.
Christmas Eve worship will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Celebrate Recovery invites the community to join together every Friday night to find freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. Meals are served at 6 p.m. followed by worship and group gatherings.
Share the Table is a free community meal offered to anyone who is hungry or lonely. There are no eligibility requirements, and meals are free. Families and individuals are welcome. Doors open on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., and serving begins at 6 and ends at 7. Volunteers are welcome. Call 910-328-4422 for more information.
Faith Harbor United Methodist Church invites the community to worship and celebrate every Sunday. The 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.
Library offers science class
The Hampstead Branch library will offer Zoom with Fetch, an hour long group activity.
The program will be held Wednesdays at 4 p.m. now through Dec. 18.
Based on ideas from the popular PBS science programs Zoom and Fetch, the activities are designed for children and their adults, using available materials to take a basic approach to science experimentation.
Some experiments involve building, measurement and noise making devices. Instructions and materials are provided free of charge.
For more information, call 910-259-1234 or 910-270-4603 or visit the library website at library.pendercountync.gov/Penderpl .
Topsail Parents Night Out
Drop the kids off at the Topsail High School gym and enjoy an evening out on an upcoming Friday.
Topsail Parents Night Out will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 6. Cost is $15 ($10 for siblings).
Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome and will enjoy games and activities facilitated by the Topsail High School softball players.
Fall wellness classes
Surf City Community Center will host more classes this fall within an expanded Wellness department.
nHot Yoga will be offered Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on Fridays at 9 a.m.
nH.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
nSpinning will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m.
Most regular fitness classes are $5, with an additional $5 required from non-members.
Additional offerings include Yoga, Taekwondo, Zumba, Dance, Tai Chi, Tumbling and Kids in Shape. Information is at townofsurfcity.com, on the Community Center Facebook page, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 910-328-4887.
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 Holly Ridge
VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge annual turkey shoots continue through the second week in December. The name of the winner of each round will be placed into a drawing at the end of the season for a new gun.
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 nonprofits needing meeting space.
For more information, call 910-329-1881.
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.
The Big Read
Cape Fear Museum is one of 77 organizations selected to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read project in the Cape Fear region. The $16,000 grant will be used to provide opportunities for the community to read The Things They Carried, a collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War by Tim O’Brien. Activities related to the book will be offered through February.
The Big Read Greater Wilmington also coincides with the Cape Fear Museum traveling exhibition Mail Call, open through Jan. 20. Mail Call tells the story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. active duty military and their families with valid identification will be admitted free of charge to the exhibit.
For information, visit capefearmuseum.com.
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.
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.
Sneads Ferry Bingo
Come play bingo on Monday nights at the Sneads Ferry Community Center, located at 126 Park Lane off of Sneads Ferry Road. Building opens at 5:30 p.m. Early Birds start at 7 p.m., Regular games follow with a $300 payout progressive game, 50/50 Bonanza game and ends with a Jackpot game, which pays according to attendance. Smoke-free, refreshments available, free coffee. Proceeds support the community through the Sneads Ferry Community Council. For more information, call 910-327-3335 or email@example.com.
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
New River Garden Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month. Membership is open to all who would like to share a love of gardening, community service and conservation. For more information, contact Tommi Allen at 912-660-5274 or email@example.com
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 corpsman, 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.
Sneads Ferry Beautification Committee
Sneads Ferry Beautification Committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. through May at the New River Plantation Clubhouse in Sneads Ferry (off N.C. 172). The objective is to continue to beautify Sneads Ferry. Currently the group maintains several plant beds and the banners throughout the community. New members, volunteers and guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Claire Wunder at 910-327-2435.
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.