Operation Topcat Halloween Party
Operation Topcat is celebrating its third annual Halloween party at North Shore Country Club on Oct. 26 starting at 5 p.m. There will be food, auctions, DJ Jez and a cash bar. Admission is $10 and costumes are optional.
The party helps support Operation Topcat, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community and homeless/abandoned cats through its trap/neuter/release program. It is an all-volunteer group that offers adoptions, education on feral colonies and T/N/R. OTC is totally funded through donations and fundraisers. Volunteers, donations and foster homes are currently being sought.
For information, visit operationtopcat.com
Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plan program offers plan members the ability to make changes in their coverage each year during the annual election period. This year’s annual election period continues through Dec. 7.
Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes and limited resources may be eligible for Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program to reduce or eliminate the monthly premium, annual deductible, and to reduce prescription co-payments. SHIIP volunteers can help determine eligibility and help with the application process.
SHIIP volunteers can provide unbiased information and comparisons of the 2014 Medicare Part D prescription coverage options and the Medicare Advantage Plans. To schedule an appointment in the Burgaw area, call Pender Adult Services at 910-259-9119, ext. 324, and for the Hampstead/Topsail area call the Topsail Senior Center, 910-270-0708.
Candidate meet and greet
Meet & Greet the "write-in" candidates for the Town of Holly Ridge Town Council Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. on U.S. 17 (beside the fire department)
Community Appreciation Day
The Town of Holly Ridge Fire Department will host its first annual Community Appreciation Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Holly Ridge Fire Department station on U.S. 17. Enjoy hot dogs, soft drinks and kids’ activities during the event. Residents are invited to meet the local firefighters and help show support for the department.
Trunk or treat event
Faith Harbor UMC will hold its Annual Trunk or Treat Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.
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.
Fire department fundraiser
Gallagher's Sports Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser to support the Town of Surf City Auxiliary Fire Department.
Visit Gallagher's, located at 614 North New River Dive, Surf City, on Oct. 22 when the fire fighters will help serve customers and a portion of the evenings proceeds will go to the community.
Door prizes and live music will be part of the festivities that begin at 6 p.m.
For more information, email Peter Sloan at Gallaghersgm13@yahoo.com
Fall volleyball league
The Surf City Parks and Recreation will host an additional 8-week, co-ed Fall Adult Volleyball League on Monday nights.
League play runs from Oct. 28 through Dec. 16. The regular adult league runs through January and February.
Cost is $300 for a team (minimum 7 players) or $50 per individual.
Up to 10 players may register on a team. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
Matches will be played from 6 to 9 p.m., and teams will play three games per night using modified USVBA rules in the Surf City Community center gymnasium.
Sign up at townofsurfcity.com.
For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 http://library.pendercountync.gov/Penderpl.
Pender County Health Department has a seasonal flu clinic on 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. 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.
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 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
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 at 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.
Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash will be held Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Battleship North Carolina
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.