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The Daily News will be hosting a series of focus groups in Jacksonville on June 5, and invite you to take part in one of three sessions scheduled for that day: from 8 to 9:30 a.m., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All three sessions will be held at the Commerce Center, located at 1099 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville. Participants will receive a gift bag that contains a $10 gift card to an area merchant, and food will be served.

For information or to sign up, call 910-219-8409 or email Please include a phone number where you can be reached and which session youd prefer to be a part of.


Summer camps

CapeFearMuseumsummer camps let children ages 5 to 10 take part in hands-on exploration of the history and science of the Lower Cape Fear region. The week-long camps include a new full-day campCape Fear Explorers and three half day camps. Campers receive a summer camp T-shirt. Each week of camp concludes with a special closing event for families where campers share what they learned through song, skit, or activity.

Camps include:

         Young Engineers: June 17 to 21 from 9 noonfor ages 9 and 10. Design, construct, test structures and explore natures architecture using technology and imagination to figure out different types of design challenges. Registration closes June 3. Cost is $75 members; $95 non-members.

         Science Masters: June 24 to 28 from 9 noonfor ages 7 and 8. Explore all of science:  Travel into outer space, experiment with light and shadows, tinker with the physics of toys, and create crazy concoctions. Registration closes June 10. Cost is $75 members; $95 non-members.

         Dinos and More July 8-12 from 9 noonfor ages 5 and 6. Learn about the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that lived in the Lower Cape Fear. Hunt and dig for fossils and investigate the modern relatives of prehistoric creatures as you meet some real reptiles. Registration closes June 24. Cost is $75 members; $95 non-members.

         CapeFearExplorers: Aug. 5-9 from 9 4 p.m.for ages 7 to 10. Explore historic artifacts and participate in science experiments at the base laboratory for part of the day. Then explore a different destination each day to learn of the history and science in Lower Cape Fear area. Registration closes July 22. Cost is $165 members; $185 non-members.

To register, download a printable form at or call 910-798-4386.


Battleship North Carolina

Volunteer experts bring the Battleship North Carolina and World War I to life during engaging events planned for June. Those events include:

         Museum Ships Weekend: June 1 and 2. The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club will operate on board the Battleship North Carolina as one of 63 ships participating worldwide in the Museum Ships Weekend.  On this annual event, HAM radio operators will communicate and transmit via voice using the Ships original radio equipment.  Two modern stations will be operating through the ship's original cabling and antennas on 40 and 20 meter SSB (voice communications). There is also a potential for CW operation (Morse code) on 40 or 20 meters using the ship's original TDM-4 and TDE transmitters and RBC receivers. Free with Battleship admission.

         Battleship 101 and The Legacy Series: Armored Cruiser North Carolinaand the Great War. June 8 from 9 4 p.m.(Legacy) and from 10 3 p.m.(101). During Battleship 101 visitors may enjoy talking to volunteers stationed throughout the ship ready to discuss daily shipboard life including gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley and engineering areas.  The second U.S.ship named North Carolina, the ACR12 made naval aviation history on Nov. 5, 1915, as the first ship to catapult launch an aircraft while underway. 

For information, visit or follow them on or


Centre of Redemption fundraiser

The community is invited to attend an evening of fellowship, food and entertainment at the Hampstead Womens Center on June 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the dinner, catered by Engleses Italian Restaurant, are $17 and help the Topsail Presbyterian Church raise money for the local Centre of Redemption, which provides services for female survivors of sex trafficking.  The agencys brochure notes that North Carolinais ranked in the top 10 worst states for sex trafficking in the U.S., and the average age for a trafficked victim is 12 to 14 years old.

Tickets are available from the church office, 16249 U.S. 17. Tickets are also available at the Hampstead Thrift Store, located at 14435 U.S. Hwy17, or by contacting Vicky at 910-270-2312.


Seeing Stars in Dixie

Sneads Ferry Community Theatre brings southern-style humor in Ron Osbornes dramatic comedy "Seeing Stars in Dixie to the Sneads Ferry stage. Competition for a small role in a movie filming in Natchez, Miss., in the 1950s brings out the best and worst in the plays memorable characters. 

Show Dates are June 7, 8, 9 and June 13, 14, 16. Times are 8 p.m. curtain on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday Matinees at 3 p.m.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are sold day of show at the door. Reservations for parties of 10 or more can be made by calling the box office at 910-327-2798.

Special events include:

         Teacher and Active Duty Military Appreciation Night: free with ID:  June 6 at 8 p.m.

         Wine and Cheese Reception: June 7 at 7:15 p.m.

         Play with Our Dogs and Picture Yourself: June 13 at 6:30 p.m.: two hotdogs, chips and a drink are $2 plus photo op with a celebrity lookalike

The theater is located inside the SneadsFerryCommunity Centerat 126 Park Lane. For information, visit


Icehawks tryouts

Two separate sets of tryouts are planned for the Wilmington Icehawks competitive travel hockey program.

The Coastal Carolina Hockey Association will be holding tryouts for a 16U Midget A or AA Team (to be decided after tryouts) and a 18U Midget Independent A Team on May 29 from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Players with the birth years of 1997 and up will try out for the 16U team and players with the birth years of 1995 and 96 will try out for the 18U team.

Tryouts for Squirt and Peewee Travel Teams will be held on June 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Players with the birth years of 2003 and up will try out for the Squirt Team while players with the birth years of 2001 and 2002 will try out for the Peewee Team.

Tryouts, which will be held at the Wilmington Ice House, cost approximately $10 to $15 per person and will be held at the. If you need further information please email Rich Brouwer


Summer Craft Fair

The Hampstead Womens Club is accepting applications from vendors for the Summer Craft Fair.

Crafters, bakers, artists, and nonprofit organizations are welcomed at the craft fair, scheduled for July 6 from 8 1 p.m.

Vendor booth space is $10 for a 5-foot round table, $15 for an 8-foot rectangular table or $20 for a 14-foot table. Chairs are provided free of charge. Exterior spots for food trucks or outdoor vendors are also available, but outdoor vendors must supply their own tables.

The craft fair will be hosted by the Hampstead Womens Club at the Hampstead Womens ClubCommunityBuilding, 14435 U.S. Hwy17. Admission to shoppers is free.

The Hampstead Womens 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.

For more information call 910-270-9549 or e-mail


Summer camps

SurfCityParksand Recreation has a full slate of theme-related summer camps for children ages 6 to 9 years old. Camps run from 9 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost of each camp is $150 and all camps are listed online with availability continuously updated; only 12 campers per camp, so many are already close to capacity.  Register online at

Camps will include weekly trips to the pool and field trips to various area attractions.

Several outside providers will be offering special summer activities at SurfCityCommunity Centerincluding three week-long Lego Camps, two Lego workshops and Tumbling Camp for beginners and intermediate skill levels. SurfCityParksand Recreation will also be offering a series of sports camps which are listed through the link on the town website. 

Summer camps include:

June 10 to 14: Wild, Wild, West Get your boots and cowboy hat ready for adventure.

June 17 to 21: On Broadway The curtain raises with the excitement and magic of theater including a red carpet performance.

June 24 to 28: Comic-Con & Super Heroes Become your favorite superhero; build a costume and fly off to Jungle Rapids for more adventure.

July 8 to 12: Space Adventures Blast off to other worlds with a Star Wars theme that includes a visit to the KinstonPlanetarium & ScienceMuseum.

July 15 to 19: Wet & Wild Learn cool things about ocean life in a water-filled week including visits to the beach and pool.

July 22 to 26: Inventors Week Let your imagination run wild with creativity; explore robotics and Legos and venture to CapeFearScience & HistoryMuseum.

July 29 to Aug. 2: Ahoy There, Matey Search for treasure and visit the good ship Raven and Missiles & MoreMuseum.

Aug. 5 to 9: Hot Wheels Roll in for a week on wheels including activities with skateboards, bikes and scooters. Head over to Jelly Beans for skating fun.

Aug. 12 to 16: Clue Grab your magnifying glass and thinking cap and solve mysteries like a detective. Visit with the Surf City Police Department.

Aug. 19 to 23: Art Explorers Express your creativity, create new masterpieces and end the week with an art show.

For information, e-mail


Kitchen time

Kids can dice and chop their way to good health, good food and fun at Kitchen Time.

Kitchen Time is offering Healthy Heroes 2, a six-week class for ages 6 to 9. It will meet at SurfCityCommunity Centeron Thursdays from 3:15to 5:15p.m.June 13 to July 25. Explore the fun and exciting world of fruits and vegetables; sing, play and read stories about healthy eating; and make fun snacks.

Cost is $85 for community center members and $100 for non-members.

Classes are limited to 10 children per class.

For information, contact Sue at 704-778-1123 or visit


Chicken dinner fundraiser

FirstUnitedMethodistChurchof Sneads Ferry is getting ready for its monthly chicken dinner fundraiser. Dinners will be served on May 30 from 5to 6:30 the church, which is located on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry. Dinner includes fried chicken, a selection of vegetable trimmings and homemade desserts.

Diners are asked to contribute a per-plate donation, which will help pay off the mortgage on the chapel. For information, call 910-327-4011.


Free flag replacement

For the seventh year, Goin Postal Hampstead has purchased more than 100 3-by-5 foot American flags and will give them away free to anyone who brings in an old, faded, or tattered American flag.

Free flags are available through Labor Day while supplies last.

Goin Postal Hampstead is located at 16717 Highway 17 N in the OakTreeCenter.

For more information, call 910-270-6184 or email


Gospel sings

Chapel by the Bay (located in Lanier's Campground, Surf City) has started its seasonal Saturday night gospel sings. The sings begin at 7 p.m. Upcoming performers include Touch of Grace from Harkers Island on May 25.

Christian Fun Day is planned for May 25 starting with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., followed by games, activities and lunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the Youth Summer Camp. The WOW (Women of the Word) ladies will be having a Bake Sale starting at 10 a.m.  Benefits raised will go into the ladies outreach fund.


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 years 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.


Photo exhibit

Cape Fear Museums 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


SurfCityCommunity 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 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The current class schedule is available online at 

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


VFW Post 9983 HollyRidge

VFW 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.



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 Js Helping Hand

Mama Js helps people in need by providing them with food, clothing, household goods and baby items like diapers, wipes, formula and clothing. Mama Js also helps people who are struggling with everyday issues and welcomes them to come in and talk. Call Mama Js at 910-327-1302 for an updated list of specifics that are needed. Mama Js 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 clubs 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.


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