Pender County Health Department has scheduled seasonal flu clinic dates. Upcoming clinics will be held:
Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Topsail Senior Center
Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Topsail Beach Town Hall
Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Atkinson Town Hall
Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rocky Point Fire Department.
Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penderlea Fire Department.
Flu shots will be available at the Pender County Health Department, located at 803 S. Walker St. in Burgaw, weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 14 and continuing until the vaccine is no longer available. They will be available at the Hampstead location, 18676 U.S. Highway 17, from noon to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday until the vaccine is no longer available.
Bring your insurance cards. The vaccine is free for uninsured children ages 6 months to 18 years. Cost is $30 for self-pay.
For additional information, call Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.
Paradise Pier Reunion
Surfers will be coming together to reminisce about surfing and fishing at Paradise Pier and support one of their own.
The reunion will be held Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Surf City Welcome Center. Registration for the surf session begins at 9 a.m. The surf session is $25 and includes a T-shirt. There will also be raffle tickets, barbecue, Paradise T-shirts, Team Hemmingway T-shirts and artwork available for sale. Proceeds help cover the cost of physical therapy for Bruce Hemmingway, 54, who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.
For information, contact Elena Sosa at 818-489-7648.
Topsail Parents Night Out
Drop the kids off at the Topsail High School gym and enjoy an evening out on select Fridays.
Topsail Parents Night Out will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and 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.
An upcoming golf tournament will benefit Topsail High School baseball and softball. The tournament will be held Nov. 2 at Olde Point Golf & Country Club. The Captain’s Choice tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Four-man teams are $60 per player and include free lunch and door prizes. Hole sponsorships are $100. Registration deadline is Oct. 25.
For more information, contact Kathy at 910-620-1145.
Coping with Grief
Continuum Home Care & Hospice will host Coping with Grief and loss, a series of free workshops to provide education, information and support to those who are dealing with grief. Sessions include:
Explaining the Grief Process: Definitions Related to Grief and Loss — Oct. 22
What Helps and What Hinders Grieving — Oct. 29
Getting Through the Holidays — Nov. 5
Where Do We Go From Here? — Nov. 12
All sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 16717 US Highway 17, Suite 206, in Hampstead.
For more information, call 910-270-9212
Pender Extension Master Gardener Sandra Brown will lead an upcoming class on Propagating and Overwintering Tropicals and Houseplants.
The hands-on class, scheduled for Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Surf City Community Center, will teach attendees how to propagate new, smaller plants from cuttings or divisions taken from large or overgrown houseplants. Brown will also share tips on getting houseplants ready to bring indoors and keeping them healthy through the winter. Space is limited, and the cost is $5, which covers materials like potting soil and containers to be used by participants during the workshop to propagate some plants by cutting. Pre-register by Oct. 11 by calling Pender Cooperative Extension at 910-259-1235.
The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead will hold its sixth annual Turkey Trot 8K Run, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk and Kids’ Sprint on Nov. 23 starting at 8 a.m.
T-shirts will bear the winning artwork from a contest among local elementary school students.
For information about the races, visit kiwanisclubofhampstead.org.
There will be a non-denominational Bible Study and Prayer Meeting on Oct. 21 232 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 Oct. 16 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mermaid's Purse classes
The Mermaid's Purse is now offering classes in tai chi, healing art, writing and belly dancing at 114 N. Topsail Drive in Surf City. No membership is required to participate. For information, call 910-467-7967.
Sneads Ferry will host its third annual Halloween Cartacula.
The golf cart parade will be held Oct. 19 starting at 6 p.m. from the New River Marina (cart lineup starts at 5). The pet-friendly procession will head down Peru Road through the Escoba Bay community. Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed cart, person and pet.
For information or to register, contact Ray or Carol at 910-330-3003 or 910-833-2205.
Cause For The Paws
The second annual Cause For The Paws Bike Ride and Dice Run will be held Oct. 20 at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill, 1019 Old Folkstone Road in Sneads Ferry. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kickstands are up at noon. Dice Run is $20 and includes barbecue plate and two raffle tickets. Riders are $5. Cars are also welcome. The event includes auctions, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and puppy kissing booths. Barbecue plates will begin selling to the public at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by The Barstool Drifters from 2 to 4 p.m. and Boe Edens and Dixie Driver from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit OC-PAW (Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare) For more information or to donate, contact Donna Plowman at email@example.com or 910-340-0455.
Battleship North Carolina
The Battleship North Carolina has special events scheduled for October.
Two Hidden Battleship tours will be held Oct. 12: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The four-hour behind-the-scenes tour consists of small groups with guides. The tour is limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. Tour is $50 or $45 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Registration and payment are due by Oct. 10. Call 910-251-5797 for reservations.
Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash will be held Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Trick or Treat aboard the battleship and enjoy carnival festivities with popcorn, tattoos, caricature drawings and bounce house. Admission is $5 per person. Kids 2 and under are free. Some activities are weather dependent.
For information on the ship, visit battleshipnc.com.
Hampstead’s Women’s Club, WARM and the Hampstead Kiwanis Club will host a Community Souper Supper Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hampstead Women’s Club building, 14435 US Hwy. 17.
The menu will include a wide variety of homemade soups, bread, salad and a sundae bar. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at the Hampstead Thrift Store, 14435 Hwy. 17. Tickets are $6 per adult; $5 per child ages 4-12. At the door, tickets will be $7 per adult and $6 per child. Tickets will also be available from Kiwanis Club members, at WARM offices at the Hampstead United Methodist Church and women’s club members. Proceeds will be divided between WARM and Hampstead Kiwanis Club.
For more information, call the Hampstead Women’s Club at 910-270-9510.
Professional tango instructor Kent Boseman will host Argentine tango lessons on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Surf City Community Center Gymnasium.
Cost is $20 per couple per session. Participants who are not already members of Surf City Community Center add an additional $5 daily guest fee per person to attend each class.
For more information, contact Boseman at 910-523-1667 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at surfertango.com.
Topsail Lady Pirates’ Softball fundraising group The Cove presents world class pitcher and instructor Bill Hillhouse Pitching Clinics Nov. 1 through 3 at Topsail High School
The Nov. 1 clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Topsail Auditorium for parents and coaches. Cost is $25 for coaches. Parents are free with paid clinic fee.
The Nov. 2 sessions are two-hour clinics for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16/18U in the THS gym. Cost is $50.
Nov. 3 is reserved for private one-hour lessons with Hillhouse in the THS gym. Only clinic participants can schedule private lessons.
Register at facebook.com/groups/topsailcove.
For more information on the clinics, email Coach Passwaters at email@example.com.
For information on Hillhouse, visit houseofpitching.com.
Forever Fit Fitness Center in Sneads Ferry is having a Zumbathon event (Party In Pink) to raise money for the Susan G Komen foundation.
The Zumba fundraiser will be held Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $10 in advance at the fitness center and $15 at the door cash only. All proceeds go to breast cancer research.
Topsail Basketball Association has opened registration for the 2013-14 season.
Early, online registration at topsailbasketball.com is encouraged as space is limited. The registration deadline is Oct. 15.
For those unable to register online, there will be on-site registration opportunities on Oct. 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Library.
Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church will sponsor a CPR/AED American Heart Association training/certification class on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 for Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church members and $40 for all others. Enrollment will be limited to class size. For information or to sign up, call 910-327-6477 or email seashell@embarqmail.
State Foosball Championships
The 2013 39th annual North Carolina State Foosball Championships will be held in Wilmington Oct. 4 through 6 at Break Time Billiards Sports Bar and Grill, located at 127 South College Road. A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to support the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.
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.
nPilates will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays
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., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m.
Most regular fitness classes are $5, with an additional $5 required from non-members.
Eight-week boot camp will be offered from 6 to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $80 members, $95 non-members. Drop-ins are welcome.
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.
The Surf City Community Center welcomes a new tennis pro: Mark Lane, coach at East Duplin High School. He will offer one-hour group sessions for youths in two different age groups — ages 6-11 at 8:30 a.m. and ages 12-17 at 9:30 am on Saturdays through Oct. 19. Adults (18+) will also have their own program: Cardio Tennis at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis for $12 per session. Registration is available through townofsurfcity.com, and Lane is available for private lessons.
Open Adult Sports include Indoor Soccer on Tuesday nights, Adult Basketball on Thursdays and Adult Volleyball on Fridays, all starting at 6 p.m. Open Play programs are free to Community Center members and town employees. All others pay a yearly fee of $25 or single night guest fee of $5.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com, call 910-328-4887 or look for updates on Facebook at “Surf City Athletics.”
Battleship North Carolina hours
The Battleship North Carolina operation schedule will change to a 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, located on the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington, is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. For information, visit battleshipnc.com or follow them at Facebook.com/or and Twitter.com/battleshipnc.
American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Pender County Relay For Life planning committee. For information or to volunteer, contact Tiffany Beavers at firstname.lastname@example.org; 304-640-0529 (cell) or 910-254-4870 (office).
VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge
VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge has upcoming events planned.
nThe post will host the 2013 Fall Open Golf Tournament on Oct. 18 at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. Entry is $50 per person or $180 a foursome w/cash payouts for first, second and third place. Price includes dinner at the VFW post, range balls, cart and green fees. Show time is noon followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Pick up entry forms at the VFW. Hole sponsorships are $50. Entry and hole sponsorships are due by Oct. 11. Mail entry info to: P.O. Box 2306, Surf City, NC 28445. For information, contact Curly at 336-337-1998 or email@example.com.
nThe annual turkey shoots will begin Oct. 19 and 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 from November to February.
The Big Read Greater Wilmington also coincides with Cape Fear Museum opening a traveling exhibition, Mail Call, from Nov. 9 to Jan. 20. Mail Call tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For information, visit capefearmuseum.com.
Cape Fear Museum’s newest exhibit Impressions of the Lower Cape Fear remains on view until Oct. 27.
This photographic journey features more than 100 printed and digital works taken by members of the Cape Fear Camera Club of the rich and diverse habitats of the Cape Fear region.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, located at 814 Market St. in Wilmington, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. For more 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Faith Harbor UMC
Faith Harbor is now offering an 8 a.m. Sunday Morning Communion Worship Service. This service features a short homily and is approximately 30 minutes in length. The community is also invited to attend the 9:20 a.m. Service. Both services are held in the church sanctuary.
Bible studies and small groups are now being formed. Information on the course offerings can be found at faithharborumc.org. Children’s programs including music ministries follow the 9:20 worship service. Faith Harbor UMC has a trained nursery worker on staff during Sunday school classes and workshops.
The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in Surf City. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit faithharborumc.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 910-777-8244.
The Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library in Hampstead welcomes any visitors to come and see what the organization is about at its monthly meetings, held on the first Friday of each month. For more information, call 910-270-4603.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.