Christmas Eve services
nHoly Trinity Episcopal Church, Hampstead, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 24. A selection of choral music will precede the 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 107 Deerfield Drive behind Port City Java on U.S. 17. For information, call 910-270-4221.
nFaith Harbor UMC Christmas Eve worship will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 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.
Carolina Girls Outdoor School
The Carolina Girls Outdoor School will be a series of hands-on seminars for women on March 15 during the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo in Wilmington at the Wilmington Convention Center.
Instruction will meet the needs of hunters and fisherwomen ranging from novice to advanced. Cost is $125 per person with one additional member at $75.
For more information call 843-902-6532, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit capefearwildlifeexpo.com.
3v3 MLK Day Basketball Tournament
The all-day East Coast Sports 3v3 MLK Day Basketball Tournament will be held Jan. 20. Co-presented by Offshore Sports and Surf City Parks & Recreation and sponsored by East Coast Sports of Surf City, the event features teams in four different age divisions.
Cost is $12 per player and teams may have three to five players. U-12 plays at 8:30 followed by U-15 at noon, U-18 at 3:30 p.m. and adults at 7 p.m. in the Surf City Community Center gymnasium.
Register online at townofsurfcity.com. Pre-payment is required. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hammerheads season tickets
Season tickets to the Wilmington Hammerheads have gone on sale to the public for the 2014 USL PRO regular season. Season tickets can be purchased online at wilmingtonhammerheads.com/tickets.php. Tickets can be redeemed following a full schedule announcement of match dates and locations in 2014.
For information, call 910-777-2111 or email email@example.com.
Food for a Year Project
The Sneads Ferry Rotary Club is currently selling raffle tickets for its "Food for a Year" project to raise $9,000 in scholarships for Dixon High School students. Final ticket sales and the drawing will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Sneads Ferry Food Lion, at the intersection of N.C. 210 and Old Folkstone Road in Sneads Ferry. Rookie Davis will be there from 2 to 3 p.m. to sign autographs. The grand prize winner will receive 52, $100 Food Lion gift certificates. Eleven secondary prize winners will receive a meal or food item provided by local restaurants and businesses once a month for each month in 2014.
For more information, visit sneadsferryrotary.com.
Volleyball skills clinic
Surf City Parks and Recreation will host a two-part Surf City Holiday Volleyball Skills Clinic on Dec. 20 and 27. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 night through Dec. 22. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 non-profits 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.
Give a loving pet a home.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.