The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its next performance.
Six women and two or three men are needed for Mama Won’t Fly, a race-against-the-clock family comedy. Auditions will be held April 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at the Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane.
For More information, contact director John M. Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-409-9318, or visit sneadsferrycommunitytheatre.com.
The Historical Society of Topsail Island will hold its Scholarship Awards Luncheon on April 10 at the Assembly Building on Channel Boulevard in Topsail Beach. The four winning students will present their entry projects. The luncheon is $12; $10 for those over age 70.
For more information or reservations, contact Susie Braun at 973-518-2425 or at email@example.com on or before April 2.
Dixon High School Project Graduation 2014 presents its first craft fair and community yard sale on April 5 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dixon Middle School Gym. Proceeds benefit the 2014 Project Graduation at Dixon High School.
The Town of Topsail Beach is planning to install paddling trails in the marshes of Topsail Island. On May 3 there will be a public meeting at 820 South Anderson Blvd. from11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be three trail presentations regarding how to use the area resources for these trails. Public input is sought and welcomed.
For more information, call 910-328-5841.
Candidate meet and greet
Pender Democrats will hold its first “Meet and Greet” reception featuring the Pender County Democratic slate for 2014 elections from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Surf City Welcome Center, 102 North Shore Drive in Surf City.
All candidates will give a brief presentation with a question and answer period and brief reception to follow.
The following Democratic candidates are all expected to attend: District 7 U.S. House - Jonathan Barfield, N.C. House District 16 – Steve Unger, N.C. House District 8 – Danny Hefner, Pender Commissioner District 1 – Chris Medlin, Pender Commissioner District 2 – Charles Tippitt, Pender Commissioner District 3 – Eugene Meadows, Pender Clerk of Court – Susan Lunsford and Pender Sheriff Scott Lawson.
Two Pender School Board candidates running in non-partisan races will also be on hand: F.D. Rivenbark – District 1 and Demetrice Keith – District 4.
All are welcome to attend, regardless of party affiliation.
Backyard composting class
The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Speakers’ Bureau presents Backyard Composting. Presented by Pender Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Maureen Spataro, this free class will be held April 1 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Pender County Public Library in Hampstead. Registration is not required.
‘Zone 8 Garden by the Month’ gardening planners will be available to purchase for $9. Written by Pender Extension Master Gardeners, this month-by-month guide covers all you need to do to keep your lawn, garden and landscape up to date.
For more information, call at 910-259-1235.
Surf City Parks and Recreation s is seeking temporary part-time help to assist with activities. For more information and an application, visit townofsurfcity.com.
Liberty Fest vendors
The Town of Holly Ridge is currently looking for vendors of all sorts 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.
Hampstead Garden Club will host a fashion show to support its scholarship funds.
The fashion show will be held April 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Christopher’s Restaurant at Olde Point Country Club. Fashions will be by Talbot’s from Mayfaire Shopping Center Admission is $20.
Advance ticket purchases are suggested as the event sold out last year.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lois Berlin at 910-270-4300 or Karen Saari at 910-270-8562.
Rose Society meeting
The guest speaker at an upcoming meeting of the Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society will showcase how roses make wonderful companions to the area’s azaleas and camellias.
Matt Hunter of the Azalea Society of America, Cape Fear Chapter, will speak on how to integrate these plants in gardens on April 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum, located at 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. For more information, call Carol Noble at 910-259-5845 or visit wcfrs.blogspot.com.
Blessing of the fleet
Harbour Village Yacht Club at Olde Point annual Blessing of the Fleet will take place on April 5.
Boaters wishing to take part may assemble outside the Harbour Village Marina, Hampstead, at 10 a.m. then proceed south on the waterway where they will join with boaters from HVYC where the blessing will take place. Boaters should monitor channel No. 68. All boaters are welcome.
For more information, contact Vice-Commodore David Rockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folkstone OFWB Church
Folkstone OFWB Church located at 133 Old Folkstone Road (at the U.S. 17 end) will be hosting a Ladies Retreat April 4 and 5. Registration is $40 and includes meals, tote and entertainment. For information or a registration form, go to folkstonechurch.com.
Folkstone OFWB Church will be hosting “Crystal Coast Camp Meeting” April 6 through 10. Morning services begin at 10 a.m. (no Monday a.m. service), and evening services begin at 7:00 p.m. with special guest preachers and singers, food and fellowship. For more information or the brochure, go to folkstonechurch.com.
Turtle volunteer training
Training classes for Topsail Turtle Project volunteers have been scheduled for April 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. and April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Training will be held at the Surf City Welcome Center (next to Daddy Mac’s.) Project volunteers walk a short section of beach (about one mile) one or more days a week beginning May 1 and continuing through the end of August. Under the direction of an area coordinator volunteers patrol set sections of the shoreline (finishing no later than 7:30 a.m.) looking for turtle tracks and signs of a nesting. Everybody is welcome, even those not sure they can commit to a day each week since there is always a need for subs and for volunteers to work into the hatching season sitting with nests at night. For more information contact Director of Beach Operations Terry Meyer at email@example.com.
Pender County is partnering with a number of local organizations to conduct a Community Health Assessment.
Surveyors will be conducting randomly selected door-to-door surveys to get resident’s opinions on the most pressing health needs in the community. Surveyors will be in Pender County communities through March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be identified by a name badge.
For more information, contact the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230 or visit health.pendercountync.gov.
Surf City Parks & Recreation will offer Intermediate Cheerleading for coed participants with prior experience in a cheer program. Instruction for ages 9 to 15 will run on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Surf City Community Center April 10 to May 15. The program is part of the Surf City Stars cheerleading program. The cost is $60 for six weeks of classes. Those who register will also receive a program shirt and an outside performance may be scheduled. The registration limit is 30 participants. Register at townofsurfcity.com. Onsite registration is also available at Surf City Community Center For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herb & Garden Fair
Poplar Grove Plantation’s Herb & Garden Fair will be held March 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic site, located at 10200 US Hwy 17, Scotts Hill.
Pender Humane Society’s 5th annual “FORE Our Furry Friends” Golf Tournament will be held April 26 at Castle Bay Country Club.
For additional information, email ForOurFurryFriends@gmail.com.
NRA First Steps Shotgun Orientation: Firearm instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training will be held April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This class is the NRA’s shotgun orientation program for beginners and new purchasers and includes shooting lessons. Cost is $65. Ammo, protective eye and ear wear are required. Space is limited. Call 910-328-4499 to reserve a seat.
The Sneads Ferry Community Council is seeking volunteers to assist in events planned throughout the year.
Help is needed with the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, held Aug. 9 and 10; bingo; community theater; 5K Shrimp Scamper; Neighbors helping Neighbors; community dinners; and Winterfest
For more information or to volunter, email email@example.com.
Hops of Spring Beer Festival
The Hops of Spring Beer Festival will move to a new location this year.
The festival, scheduled for April 26, will be held on 23 acres at 25488 US Hwy. 17 in Surf City after outgrowing its former site on Topsail Island.
Nationally recognized patriotic rock band Madison Rising will perform with local favorite Annandale Heights opening.
The Hops of Spring Beer Festival, an event by the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce, features more than 20 breweries, and a myriad of food and shopping vendors.
Pre-sale tickets are available online through e-tixs.com and the Chamber’s website. Tickets are $25 for the entire day, April 26, noon to 7 p.m. Admission tickets include concerts and brews. Admission the day of the festival is $35 per person.
For more information, go to Facebook/HopsofSpringBeerFestival or topsailchamber.org, or call the Chamber at 910-329-4446.
The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area, continuing its long standing commitment to the young people of Onslow and Pender counties, has four scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each available for graduating seniors at Dixon and Topsail High Schools. Two of the four scholarships have the requirement that the applicant be a member in good standing of the school’s Key Club.
Additionally, the club has available a fifth scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for a graduating senior who is the child or grandchild of a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area. North Carolina residency is not a requirement for the applicant.
Information and applications for the scholarships can be obtained by contacting the guidance counselors at Dixon High School or Topsail High School.
Cape Fear Chorale
Cape Fear Chorale presents Handel’s Israel in Egypt, an oratorio for soloists, orchestra and double choir conducted by Jerry Cribbs, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Minnie Evans Arts Center, located on the campus of Ashley High School. There will be a 3:40 p.m. preconcert talk by Dr. Michael Daugherty
Admission is free; donations will be accepted. For more information, visit capefearchorale.org.
AARP volunteers are now preparing and electronically filing federal and North Carolina state income taxes for 2013 free of charge. Trained and IRS certified volunteers from the services will be available at the Hampstead Library from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and at the Topsail Senior Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to answer questions and prepare and file personal tax returns. The free services are first-come, first-served.
Taxpayers should bring picture ID and Social Security card along with all financial, tax and wage statements for 2013.
Kiwanis golf tournament
The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area is accepting team registrations for its 2014 golf tournament. The golf tournament will be held May 3 at North Shore Country Club, on N.C. 210 in Sneads Ferry. Tee time is 8:30 a.m., and the format will be Captain’s Choice.
Kiwanis is anticipating a sell-out event, so golfers are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to register. Entry fees are $75 per individual and $300 for each team of four. Tournament business sponsorships are $250. Proceeds are used on club projects that benefit youth in the greater Topsail area.
For more information or to register, contact Rick Benton at 910-604-3835 or Randy Cox at 910-777-2707 .
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.
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.
Diana Vincent of Hampstead is the winner of the Ocean City Jazz Festival Poster Contest. Her work will be available for sale at the festival, and poster sales will be annouced soon. The Ocean City Jazz Festival is 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
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.
The food pantry, now located across the street at 14210 Hwy 50, is open Sunday nights after meal. Tuesday distribution times are 11 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2 p.m. based on last name.
The church also helps support the MUNCH backpack program at four local schools. For information, call 910-616-8897
To get involved, contact Dawn Ellis at 910-616-8897 or 910-264-9509.
The church will be holding a fundraiser yard sale on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pantry location.
The Harbor Thrift Store is located on N.C. 210 near the Swing Bridge. Hours of operation are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.