The next meeting for the Woodmen of the World Lodge 1483 is July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Topsail Senior Center, 20959, Hwy 17 North in Hampstead.

Woodmen meeting

The next meeting for the Woodmen of the World Lodge 1483 is July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Topsail Senior Center, 20959, Hwy 17 North in Hampstead.

For more information, call Travis L Horrell at 910-270-9353.


VBS Coming soon to Holly Ridge, NC


Vacation Bible School

Liberty Baptist Church will host Bible stories, crafts, games, puppets, snacks, and prizes during Vacation Bible School. Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to attend the activities from July 22-26, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 910-329-0201.


VFW to host concession stand at fireworks

VFW post 9983 will man the concession stand at Holly Ridge park for the fireworks on July 4th. Hot dogs, burgers, snacks and cold drinks will be available. Stop and get a bite and enjoy the day. The concession stand will open at 3 p.m.. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m.


Bible study, prayer meeting

There will be a non-denominational Bible study and prayer meeting on July 23 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores) at 7 p.m. The 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. Please RSVP by July 18 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing


Pender EMS

The Onslow County Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved two franchises for ambulance services.

Pender Volunteer EMS & Rescue will provide primary 911 paramedic services in the Onslow County portion of Surf City. The department has an EMS station located in Surf City on the Pender County side and requests for service within Surf City are routed through Pender County’s 911 Center, according to information presented to the Board of Commissioners.

The group and DBA Pender Transport Services will also provide non-emergency basic life support level transport services within Onslow County as a whole when requested by Onslow County EMS.

Both franchises were approved June 17 following public hearings on each franchise.


Outdoor yoga

A full slate of outdoor yoga classes will greet residents and visitors to SurfCity’s beach strand this summer.

nSunrise Yoga is continuing every Wednesday morning, with 5:30 a.m.starting times in June, 5:45 in July and 6:15in August. Participants are asked to bring sheets or large towels instead of mats. The cost is $10, and the class meets at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in SurfCity.

nFull Moon Yoga will take place just before sundown on July 22 at 7:30 p.m.and on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.The group will meet at Roland Avenue Beach Access. The cost is $10.

nStand Up Paddleboard Yoga or SUPis being taught on Saturdays beginning June 29 at 11 a.m.Other classes will be July 20 and Aug. 17 at 9 a.m.The location is at On Shore Sports in FishingVillageon the Causeway. The cost is $35 or $20 if you bring your own paddleboard

nKayak Yoga will be taught on July 7 at 9 a.m.going out from On Shore Sports. The cost is $40 or $20 if you bring your own kayak.

Non-members of SurfCityCommunity Centerpay an additional $5 guest fee for these programs. Membership information may be obtained and reservations made by calling 910-328-4887 or e-mailing Classes will only take place if a minimum sign up in advance and are scheduled weather permitting.



Chapel By The Bay is gearing up for its Vacation Bible School Program.

The church, located in Lanier’s Campground at 216 Michigan HollyRidge, will host VBS July 14 to 18 nightly from 5 to 8. This year’s theme is "The Great Bible Adventure."


The Big Read

CapeFearMuseumis one of 77 organizations selected to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read project in the CapeFearregion. The $16,000 grant will be used to provide unique 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 CapeFearMuseumopening 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 Iraqand Afghanistan.

For information, visit


Independence Day celebrations

TopsailIslandand its neighboring towns are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day. Here are some area celebrations planned:

Town of SurfCity

nJuly 3: Concert 6 to 9 p.m., Fireworks at 9 p.m., SoundsidePark, next to the SwingBridge.

nJuly 5: Rise of the Guardians Movie in the Park, begins at dark, SoundsidePark, next to the SwingBridge.

nJuly 6: The Clams Concert in the Park, 6 to 8 p.m., SoundsidePark, next to the SwingBridge.

Town of HollyRidge

nJuly 4th: 4th of July Liberty Fest begins at 3 p.m. in Holly Ridge Park and features music, concessions, games and more capped off by a huge fireworks display at dark. Admission is free. Inflatables are $1 per bounce or $5 for the whole afternoon per child. Coolers, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Free and handicapped parking will be available.



Bingo is back on TopsailIsland.

Bingo continues on Thursdays through Aug. 15 (with the exception of July 4) at the AssemblyBuilding, 720 Channel Blvd., in TopsailBeach.

Games are open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30followed by Regular Bingo at 7 p.m.Snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Smoking is not permitted.

Proceeds are used to maintain the building and grounds of the HistoricAssemblyBuilding. All workers are volunteers.

For information, call 910-328-4282.


Children’s fishing tournament

Fishing for something to do with your children?

A free children’s fishing tournament for ages 5-16 is scheduled for July 4 at the Surf City Pier, with fishing from 8to 11:30 a.m.and the awards ceremony at noon. Lunch will be provided to all the registered youth, and there will be games.

Entry forms are available at



ArtExposure Summer Camps for Children start the last week in June. Six weekly four-day camps will be offered. For information on the camps, go to the "Classes for Children" page on

ArtExposure is located at 22527 Hwy. 17N. For information, call 910-330-4077


Woodmen Youth Camp

Registration is open for Woodmen Youth Summer Camp for children ages 8 to 15. Cost for the five day-four night camp is $60 plus the purchase of a Woodmen of the World insurance product and includes activities such as swimming, archery, basketball, putt-putt, volleyball, campfire activities, arts and crafts and more. Facilities include 10 cabins with 28 beds in each; a dining hall; a Junior Olympic size swimming pool with a 60-foot water slide; a two-and-a-half-acre lake with Tarzan swing, canoes and paddle boats; full-court gym; assembly hall; archery range; outdoor basketball court; and a soccer field.

For more information about the camp, contact Travis Horrell at 910-270-9353.


Swansboro Downtown Market

The Downtown Market in Swansboro features unique hand-made arts and crafts from local vendors. The market runs from 10 2 p.m.on Wednesdays and Saturdays through September at the Pavilion in Olde Town Squarein the heart of the downtown historic district. For more information, contact SwansboroParksand Recreation at 910-326-2600.


Adult sports leagues

SurfCityParks& Recreation is hosting July/August leagues in adult basketball and co-ed softball.

Adult Basketball will return to Thursday night games beginning July 11 in the Surf City Community Center gym, with games beginning no earlier than 6 p.m. Teams may register for $400 or individuals for $50. Returning teams get a $50 discount. Players must be at least 16 years old.

Co-Ed Adult Softball begins July 10 with play on Monday and Wednesday nights. Teams may sign up for $400 or individual players for $40. Returning teams qualify for a $50 team discount. The minimum age is 16.

Teams must supply their own uniforms or they can purchase game shirts at a discounted price through Parks & Recreation.

Registration is available at For more information, contact Athletics Supervisor Steve Unger at 910-328-4887, ext. 204, or


The Law of Love

The women’s ministry at ScottsHillBaptistChurchwill offer a six-week video study of Deuteronomy by Bible teacher Beth Moore.

The study will begin July 8 at 6:30 the Choir Room at ScottsHillBaptistChurch. The six-week study is open to women in the community. Attendees do not have to be members of ScottsHillBaptistChurchto participate, but do need to register before July 1.

The study is free but the accompanying workbook is $10. The listening guide provides additional study features, information and weekly study readings.

To register or for more information, call 910-686-9885.


Vendors sought

The Town of Holly Ridge is looking for vendors for its 4th of July Celebration.

Arts and crafts, as well as food vendors, are welcome.

Vendor applications are available online at

For more information, call 910-329-7081.


Faith Harbor UMC

FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchis holding its summer beach service. The Communion Worship Service is held at the Roland Avenue Crossover in SurfCityat 8 a.m.Services are also held in the church sanctuary at 9:20am.

FaithHarboralso offers traditional Sunday school classes for all ages including young adult, Monday Morning Bible Study and youth group programs. Faith Harbor UMChas a trained nursery worker on staff during Sunday school classes and workshops

FaithHarborUnitedMethodistChurchinvites the community to worship and celebrate every Sunday. The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in SurfCity. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit


‘Pillage in the Village’

“Come Pillage in the Village” is the whimsical motto of the summer plunder days craft market being held this summer in downtown TopsailBeach. The craft market will take place every Thursday from 10 4 p.m.through August. It is located at the start of the downtown district on the corner of S Anderson Blvdand Davis Ave. Significant rain will cancel the Thursday market. Any interested local crafter may contact Dottie at 910-541-0274.


Movie and concert schedules

SurfCity’s Parks and Recreation Department has released its “Movies in the Park” and “Concerts in the Park” schedules. All movies and concerts and will be held at SoundsideParknext to the swingbridge. In case of inclement weather, they will be moved to SurfCityCommunity Centeroff J.H. Batts Roadon the mainland. Admission is free.

nAll “Movies in the Park” begin at sundown. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Upcoming showings include:

July 5: Rise of the Guardians (PG)

July 19: Thunderstruck (PG)

Aug. 2: The Pirates: Band of Misfits (PG)

Aug. 16: Here Comes The Boom (PG)

Aug. 30: Escape From Planet Earth (PG)

nConcerts in the Park run from 6to 8 p.m.The July 3 concert will be followed with fireworks at 9 p.m.

June 28: The Other Guys (acoustic/classic rock)

July 3: Mark Roberts and Breeze (beach)

July 6: The Clams (eclectic)

July 26: LynnHargrove & Friends (bluegrass)

Aug. 9: E.S.P. (reggae)

Aug. 31: The Meteor Men (surf, originals)

Sept. 6: Mako (beach, boogie, blues)

For more information, visit or call 910-328-4887.


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 camp—Cape 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.

Remaining camps include:

nDinos 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.

nCape Fear Explorers: 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.


Summer Craft Fair

The Hampstead Women’s 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 Women’s Club at the Hampstead Women’s ClubCommunityBuilding, 14435 U.S. Hwy17. Admission to shoppers is free.

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.

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:

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


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


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


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 1 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


Sneads Ferry Rotary Club

The Sneads Ferry Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noonat Madison’s Restaurant, located on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry.


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 8 p.m.daily with extended hours for nonprofits 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 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 FASTprogram 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.


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 6:30for 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.