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.


Book Fair

The Topsail Twp Friends of the Hampstead Library are going to be the benefactors of a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble April 25 through 28.

Present Voucher ID No. 11088473 while shopping at any Barnes & Noble store (or online for e-book purchases through May 3) and the library will receive a percentage of the sale. The library will get twice the credits from in-store sales rather than online. 


Poetry contest

In commemoration of National Poetry Month 2013, students of the Topsail Middle School are invited to submit their own poem to the third annual Fay “Hope” Cusick Poetry Contest.  Entries for the contest are to be submitted by noon on April 29 to TMS Principal Klinglensmith’s office.  Guideline sheets with submission requirements are available at the principal or Ms. Stenerson’s offices.

Winners will be notified by May 7, and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mention, poems. The theme of the poem this year is  “The Importance and Beauty of Nature.”  The poems may be written in free verse or stanzas not to exceed 24 lines.

“It’s exciting to see young students write poetry and participate in National Poetry Month,” international poet Hope Cusick said. “The last two years of this poetry contest have had many TMS students write impressive and energetic poems. They truly have the poetic spirit.”


Marine science academy

The brand-new marine science academy at Ashley High School is holding an information session for interested students and their families.

To find out more about the academy, which is designed to give students a taste of college-level marine science work, families can attend the meeting at 6 p.m. April 22 at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, at 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane. The academy is still accepting applications for rising high school seniors for next school year.

Here’s what a press release from New Hanover County Schools had to say about the session:

“Students interested in marine science, oceanography, or the Academy, are highly encouraged to attend the Informational Meeting where UNCW and Cape Fear Community College faculty will be present to answer questions regarding courses, internships, the summer enrichment ‘Camp OCEANS’ program, and how to apply. Light refreshments will be served.”

For even more information, read my story about the academy or take a look at this brochure. You can also get in touch with Sandra Cecelski, the program director, at 910.790.2360, extension 419, or


Spirit Center Open House

Hampstead United Methodist Church and WARM will host an open house at HUMC Spirit Center and WARM on April 20 between 10 a.m. and noon and on April 21 from noon to 3 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. Visit the house between the soccer fields and the church, which now houses WARM and Spiritual Formation Ministries including Healing Prayer, Christian Counseling & Stephen Ministry, Spiritual Companionship, Healthy Living and Prayer.  Representatives will be ready to talk, and handouts are available.


HOPS of Spring Beer Festival

The Topsail Chamber will hosts its third annual HOPS of Spring Beer Festival from noon to 6 p.m. April 27 at the corner of Roland and New River in downtown Surf City, on Topsail Island. Entry is $25 per person and includes free samples of 12 craft brewers, live music featuring Plan B, Annandale Heights and Dangers of Stereo.

A 5K and 10K run will be April 26. Register at (keyword: HOPS).

The event benefits the Topsail Chamber and Hope for the Warriors.

For lodging, call Topsail Chamber at 910-329-4446, or visit


National Park Week

Moores Creek National Battlefield will host various events to celebrate National Park Week, which will be held April 20 through April 28. Events include:

n Living History Programs, April 20 – 28: Take a stroll on the mile-long walking trail through colonial encampments throughout the battlefield and into the pine forest. Visitors can also enjoy the picnic area and museum which features a timeline, exhibit, maps, artifacts and film. All events at Moores Creek National Battlefield are free to the public.

n Kayak Klean-Up, April 21: Bring your kayak/canoe, lifejackets, gloves and sunscreen to help keep Moores Creek free of debris. The Kayak Klean-Up will begin at 12:30 p.m. and last until 4 p.m.

n Junior Ranger Day, April 27: Pick up a Junior Ranger activity booklet anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the visitor center, hear stories from living historians and witness live weaponry demonstrations held on the battlefield between 10 a. m. and 3 p.m. and become a Moores Creek National Battlefield Junior Ranger. This program is for children of all ages.

Moores Creek National Battlefield is located at 40 Patriots Hall Drive in Currie. For a schedule of events, visit For more information, contact Matthew Woods 910-283-5591.


Golf tournament

Pender County Humane Society FORE Our Furry Friends Golf Tournament will be April 27 at Castle Bay Country Club, Hampstead.

Registration and a light breakfast at 8 a.m., shotgun at 9 a.m. The format is captain's choice. Individual registration is $75 or $300 for a team of four.

An awards luncheon with presentation of prizes and the drawing of raffles.

Register at or email For sponsor information, call John at 910-547-9117. Golfers, call Judith at 910-270-2473.

Proceeds will provide for the animals care and shelter as they wait at the Pender County Humane Society.


Paddles for People

Paddles for People is passing out paddles to local artists for decoration and the designed paddles should be on display mid-May at Topsail-area shops.

Paddles for People seeks to help those who have no health insurance and are facing catastrophic illness or disability. Last year, Robin Crouch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, received more than $1,200 to help with expenses. This year’s proceeds will benefit another cancer victim, Wanda Scott.

The paddles on display will be auctioned. To bid, simply write down your name and amount of bid, and the highest bidder will receive the paddle at the end of the month. For more information, contact Carol at 910-467-7967 or Dorothy at Surf City Guns and Ammo.


Choral auditions

Cape Fear Chorale auditions for the fall season open April 22. Adult singers in all voice parts are welcome to audition. Previous choral experience and the ability to read music will be helpful.  Monday evening rehearsals begin in Aug. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. The group will celebrate its 15th anniversary concert Nov. 24. To schedule an audition, go to


Photo exhibit

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. Sunday from Labor Day 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


Topsail Kiwanis Classic

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area is tying up the few remaining loose ends for its 2013 golf tournament, slated for May 4 at North Shore Country Club, on NC 210 in Sneads Ferry. Tee time is 8:30 a.m., and the format will be Captain’s Choice.

This year’s outing marks the 27th year for the Topsail Kiwanis Classic. The proceeds are used on behalf of club projects that benefit youth in the greater Topsail area. Kiwanis continues to seek sponsors and participants for the tournament.

Tournament business sponsorships are being offered at $250. In return for sponsorships, sponsors receive recognition in all tournament advertising and promotion, as well as special advertising signage at one of the course tees.

Golfer entry fees are $75 per individual and $300 for each team of four.

For information, contact Rick Benton at 910-604-3835 or Randy Cox at 910-328-6728.


Gun lessons

Two gun courses are scheduled for later this month.

n NRA beginner's Handgun class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20. Cost is $55 per person and includes seated and standing shooting lessons. Space is limited. 

n NC Conceal and Carry Class will be held April 20. The one-day class costs $80. Reservations are required.

Protective eye and ear wear are required for both classes. For information on equipment rental/ammo availability and reservations for either class, call Surf City Guns & Ammo at 910-328-4499.


Cape Fear Chorale performance

Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, will present REQUIEM by Franz von Suppè in concert with orchestra at 4 p.m. April 21at Roland-Grise Middle School Auditorium, 4412 Lake Ave., Wilmington. Cribbs will present a pre-concert talk at 3:35 p.m.

There is no admission charge. Donations will be accepted.

For additional information about the Cape Fear Chorale and future programs, visit 


Textile talk

Patricia Ewer, a professional textile conservator, worked on three significant Civil War-era artifacts from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection: a 34-star U.S. flag, a Confederate 2nd National flag and Confederate Major-General William Henry Chase Whiting’s dress uniform.

Visitors to Cape Fear Museum can see the results of her work in the Fragments of War exhibition, which will close on May 5. Hear from Ewer herself during Textile Talk, showcasing the importance of conservation, at 7 p.m. on April 18. Learn how conservators preserve delicate artifacts; explore the processes of conserving items, from vacuuming and wet cleaning to backing and patching; and understand why conservation is key to preserving artifacts for future generations.

Textile Talk is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 910-798-4362.

For information, visit


S-CAP workshop

N.C. Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Mike Yoder, NC State University Extension Disaster Education Network state coordinator, is conducting a two-day workshop, Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness, April 23-24 at Pender County Cooperative Extension Center, 801 S. Walker St, Burgaw. The workshop begins with registration at 8 a.m. April 23, program at 9 a.m. Workshop ends at 5 p.m. both days. The cost is $30 per person.

The S-CAP workshop is geared for those who can assist in the enhancement of the local agricultural emergency operations plan. Individuals such as local emergency planning personnel, extension educators, public health personnel, first responders, elected officials, veterinarians, agricultural producers, and volunteer organization representatives are invited. Workshop participants will work together in teams to develop the portion of their plan that deals with agriculture, natural resources, pets and related issues. They will also work on standard operating guidelines and resource lists required for response to an agricultural emergency.

Interested individuals can contact Mark Seitz at 910-259-1235 or The deadline for registration is April 15. Those needing special accommodations for disabilities should call at least seven days in advance.


Training orientation

LowerCapeFear Hospice & LifeCareCenter presents a training orientation for new volunteers in PenderCounty, northern NewHanoverCounty, and the Wallace area from 9 1 p.m.April 22, 24 and 26 at its PenderCountyoffice, 209A U.S. 117 N, Burgaw.

The orientation gives an in-depth overview of agency programs, services and philosophy; discusses volunteer opportunities; and highlights end-of-life care issues and concerns. Training materials and dinner will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact Tracy Register at 910-796-7981 or


Spring luncheon

Walk the Red Carpet with the Topsail Twp Friends of the Hampstead Library on April 22 at the SurfCityWelcomeCenter.

Tickets to the annual spring luncheon are $20 and include a southern buffet and guest speakers including the Star-News’ Ben Steelman sharing “Wilm on Film” info and Joe Gallison, who is very active in the local theater after a career that included roles in feature films, including PT 109 and Portrait of a Mobster, and on Days of our Lives as Dr. Neil Curtis.

For information, contact the Hampstead Library at 910-270-4603 or Maggie at 910-270-2115.


VFW Post 9983 HollyRidge

VFW Post 9983 HollyRidgewill host Karaoke Nite later this month.

Karaoke Nite on April 27 features DJ and performer Billy Heath. Music starts about 5 p.m.

Post 9983 is located at 188 Hines Stump Sound Church Road, one mile north of HollyRidgeat the flags. The canteen is open from 3to 8pmdaily with extended hours for non-profits needing meeting space.

For more information, call 910-329-1881.


Hampstead Women’s Club scholarships

TopsailHigh Schoolseniors may apply for the college scholarships from the Hampstead Women’s Club. Applications are available from the high school guidance office, and the deadline for returning applications to the guidance office is April 24. Interviews will be conducted by the Hampstead Women’s Club scholarship committee starting May 2.

For more information, contact Carolyn Taylor at 910-547-2142.


Historical Society of TopsailIsland

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A meal catered by the Beach Shop and Grill will begin at 11:30 a cost of $10. Reservations for lunch must be made by ??? by contacting Jane Combs at 910-328-2327 or The meeting will begin after lunch at the AssemblyBuildingin TopsailBeach; visitors as well as society members are welcome.


Yard sale

Operation Topcat is seeking donations for its annual yard sale.

The sale will be held on April 20 at the Mini Storage on the Green on U.S. 17 from 9 3 p.m.The rain date will be April 21.

To donate, call Cookie at 910-200-0612 or Suzy at 910-526-4775 for arrangements. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and 100 percent of all funds are used for the medical care for stray and feral cats in our area.

For more information, email


Kiwanis golf tournament

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area is teeing up its 2013 golf tournament.

The tournament will be held on May 4 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.

This year’s tournament is the 27th year of the Topsail Kiwanis classic, which supports club projects that benefit youth in the greater Topsail area.

Tournament business sponsorships are $250. Entry fees are $75 per individual and $300 for each team of four.

For information, contact Rick Benton at 910-604-3835 or Randy Cox at 910-328-6728.


Surf City Parks and Recreation

All classes and events take place at Surf City Community Center, unless otherwise noted, at 201 Community Center Drive (off J.H. Batts Rd. on the mainland). Center hours are Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

n Adult Tap Dance (beginner): Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.

n Advanced Bridge: Monday, noon to 4 p.m.

n Alcoholics Anonymous: Sunday 10 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday noon to 1 p.m.

n Art techniques (ages 11 to 18): Saturday, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

n Basketball (open play, ages 18 and older): Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

n Beginning Bridge: Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.

n Cape Fear Community College GED Course: Monday and Thursday 5:50 to 9 p.m. Free. Call 910-362-7349 to register.

n Cheer Tumbling (ages 9 and up): Monday, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

n Cycling Plus: Monday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

nKettle BellClass: Saturday, 8:15 to 9: 15 a.m.

nKitchen time (ages 3 to 5): Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.from April 30 to June 4. Cost $80 members/$100 non-members. Contact Sue Murphy at 704-778-1123 to register.

n Lego Club (ages 5 to 10): Friday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

nOpen Senior Basketball (ages 55 and up): Mondays, 10 a.m.

nOpen Adult Indoor Soccer: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

nOpen Adult Basketball: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

nOpen Adult Volleyball: Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m.

n Personal training: Christina Lewis, 910-548-2964 or; Sara Cooper, 443-695-0460 or

nPi-Yo: Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

n Power Yoga: Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m.

nPreschool Playtime: Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

n Quilting: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

n Readers’ Theater (ages 12 to adult): Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.

n Scrabble: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

n Soccer (open play ages 16 and older): Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

n Spinning: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Friday, 6 to 7 p.m.

nSpecial Seniors Group: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

n Strengthening & Conditioning: Thursday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

n Tae kwon do: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

n Tai Chi: Tuesday, 7 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon

n Tumbling: (ages 3 to 5) Monday, 3:30 to 4 p.m.; (ages 6 to 8) Monday, 4 to 4:30 p.m.; (beginner) Wednesday, 3:30 to 4 p.m.; (advanced) Wednesday, 4 to 4:45 p.m.

n Yoga: (gentle) Sunday, 10 to 11 a.m.; Monday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6 to 7 p.m.; (Vinyasa flow) Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

n Zumba: Tuesday, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Certified instructor sought for evening classes.

For more information, to register or inquire about teaching a new class, call 910-328-4887, email or visit



The DixonElementary 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


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



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 or 910-777-8244.


Science fun at the Library

Elementary students are invited to Zoom with Fetch @ your library for weekly hands-on science activities. The hour-long group activity is facilitated by Terri Strong in Hampstead on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.Ann Mendenhall oversees the Burgaw session at 4 p.m.on Thursdays.

The activities, which are tested beforehand, encourage teamwork, group discussion and exploration. Books on each topic are recommended during the sessions. Written instructions and materials are provided free of charge. For more information, call 910-259-1234, 910-270-4603 or visit one of the branches.


The Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library in Hampstead has board openings and 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 6:30for a meal, and Lodge begins at 7:30for qualified Masons.

The Lodge is located at 151 Charles Creek Road, Sneads Ferry. The mailing address is PO Box543, 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 SneadsFerryCommunity Center, located at 126 Park Laneoff 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


Boy Scout Troop 937

Boy Scout Troop 937 in Sneads Ferry meets every Wednesday at 7 FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, located at Lakeside Driveand N.C. 172. For more information, contact Harvey Hoopes at 910-327-0069 or


New RiverGardenClub

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


Hampstead Marine Corps League

The Hampstead Detachment 1321 of Marine Corps League meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 the TopsailSeniorCenterlocated 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 1:15to 3 the SeniorCitizensBuildingon 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


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 the HampsteadCommunityBuilding, 14435 Highway 17. Membership applications are available at the Hampstead Thrift Shop.


Faith Harbor UMC

Celebrate Recovery invites the community to join together every Saturday night for a meal, worship and small group ministry. Meals are served at 6 p.m.followed by worship and group gatherings. FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchinvites the community to worship and celebrate every Sunday. The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in SurfCitywith services at 8 a.m.and 9:20 a.m.For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit