Special pet-adoption event scheduled
A recent pit bull cruelty case in Pender County led to four adult dogs, two juveniles and six puppies just days old brought to the shelter by Pender County Animal Control.
The adults were emaciated and injured from fighting to survive, and the six puppies were dehydrated and starved because their mother had no milk since she was so emaciated.
Their body temperatures so low, they did not register on the thermometer. The mother, one juvenile and puppies were rushed to the vet. The juvenile and one puppy did not survive.
Their owner was charged for his crimes against the dogs, who now face the battle of finding a forever home in a county where their breed has a low adoption rate.
To help home them, the fee to adopt the dogs is $60 each and includes age appropriate vaccines, deworming, 30-day flea/treatment and their spay or neuter.
For information, call the shelter at 910-259-1484.
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 •r call 910-259-1484.
High school spring training
The Davis Battery will host a high school spring training session that includes 25 hours of skill development and prep work for upcoming season.
Training will be held Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 through Feb. 9 at Stump Sound Park and The Davis Battery (as needed). Cost is $300. The instructors will be Billy Davis, operator of Davis Battery; Rookie Davis, a N.Y. Yankee Minor League pitcher; collegiate catcher Chris Huie; and Alex Azor, a Toronto Blue Jays Minor League outfielder.
For more information or to register, Contact Billy Davis at 910-330-8298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood pressure screening
Pender County Health Department is kicking off free blood pressure screenings this month.
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. High blood pressure can occur in the young or old, so it is important to have your blood pressure checked periodically no matter what your age. For more information, call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.
VFW Post 9983 will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser. The dinner, which is served with salad and garlic bread, will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. Tickets are a $7 donation and are available from members or by calling the post at 910-327-1881 or stopping by after 3 p.m.
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.
There will be a non-denominational bible study and prayer meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores). 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. For information, visit beholdinghisglory.com. Snacks, cake, and coffee provided. RSVP by Jan. l4 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing email@example.com.
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.
Cost is $125 per person with one additional member at $75. This includes a three-day admission to the expo, a catered lunch, a T-shirt, a goody bag and door prize drawing for fishing and hunting outdoors trip.
Instruction will meet the needs of hunters and fisherwomen ranging from novice to advanced.
For more information on the school 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. All teams will play a minimum of three games. Winners will receive championship medals and championship tournament T-shirts.
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. The Wilmington Hammerheads are set to play 14 regular season home games on their pitch at Legion Stadium in 2014.
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.
Cocktails with Mimi
The Sneads Ferry Community Theater’s upcoming production is Cocktails With Mimi by Mary Chase. 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.
Faith Harbor UMC
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.
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.
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.