Soccer ref course

Soccer ref course

Surf City Community Center will host an introductory (Grade 08) soccer referee training class for 2014 on Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Participants must be at least 14 years old, and upon completion of the course they will be eligible to referee any USSF-affiliated soccer match for which they are qualified, including those sanctioned by North Carolina Youth Soccer and U.S. Club Soccer. 

Registration must be done in advance and a number of online modules completed before the classroom sessions.  Registration information for the course (which includes USSF 2014 registration) can be found at Pre-payment by credit card is required, with special summer/fall rates and an additional discount available for those 16 and under.

Laptop computers are suggested, but not required, for the course. For more information, including course description and directions, call 910-328-4887 or contact instructor Steve Unger at 910-228-8679.


Vacation bible school

Lifewalk Church will host vacation bible school for ages 1 to 10 in August.

Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God will be held Aug. 7 through 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Holly Ridge Community Center.

There will be bible lesson, crafts, games, recreation and snacks.

To register, call 910-797-1533 or email


Concealed carry classes

Concealed carry classes will be held on Aug. 3 and 17. For information or to register, go to


Hurricane information

An information session on topics related to hurricanes and how to prepare for them will be held July 29 at 6 p.m. at Lorelei’s Pub & Grill, located at 1019 Old Folkstone Road in Sneads Ferry

Topics include the difference in tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes; hazards of tropical weather; sources of tropical weather information; preparations before the hurricane season and during a hurricane watch/warning; stocking your home to stay/riding out the storm; evacuation planning checklist/evacuating; and storm aftermath.

For information, contact Debbie Shinskie at 910-327-0579 or Harold Corzine at 910-327-0229. 


Vacation Bible School

Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church will host an upcoming session of vacation bible school.

Join the church Aug. 6 through 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for “Jammin’ With Jesus” for students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

The church is located on N.C. 210 in Sneads Ferry.

For information, call 910-327-0166 or email Attendees are asked to email to reserve a spot in the seating-limited session.


Sand sculptures

Learn the sand sculpture tips and techniques to build arches and stairways in a one-hour class beginning at 9 a.m. July 27 at North Topsail Beach Access No. 2. Participants receive a starter kit. Fee is $2. Pre-register at 910-347-5332. For information, visit


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.


Outdoor yoga

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

n Sunrise Yoga is continuing every Wednesday morning, with 5:45 a.m. starting times in July and 6:15 a.m. in August. Bring sheets or large towels instead of mats. The cost is $10, and the class meets at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in Surf City.

n Full Moon Yoga will take place just before sundown on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Meet at Roland Avenue Beach Access. The cost is $10.

n Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga is being taught Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. at On Shore Sports in Fishing Village on the Causeway. The cost is $35, or $20 if you bring your own paddleboard

Non-members of Surf City Community Center pay 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.


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 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 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



Bingo continues on Thursdays through Aug. 15 at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., in Topsail Beach.

Games are open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 followed 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 Historic Assembly Building. All workers are volunteers.

For information, call 910-328-4282.

Faith Harbor UMC

Faith Harbor United Methodist Church is holding its summer beach service. The Communion Worship Service is held at the Roland Avenue Crossover in Surf City at 8 a.m. Services are also held in the church sanctuary at 9:20 a.m.

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

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. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit


‘Pillage in the Village’

“Come Pillage in the Village” during the summer plunder days craft market held in downtown Topsail Beach. The craft market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August at the start of the downtown district on the corner of S Anderson Boulevard and Davis Avnuee. Significant rain will cancel the Thursday market. Any interested local crafter may contact Dottie at 910-541-0274.


Movie and concert schedules

Surf City’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 Soundside Park next to the swingbridge. In case of inclement weather, they will be moved to Surf City Community Center off J.H. Batts Road on the mainland. Admission is free.

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

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

Aug. 16: Here Comes The Boom (PG)

Aug. 30: Escape From Planet Earth (PG)

n Concerts in the Park run from 6 to 8 p.m.

July 26: Lynn Hargrove & 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

Surf City Parks and Recreation has a full slate of theme-related summer camps for children ages 6 to 9 years old. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 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 Surf City Community Center including three week-long Lego Camps, two Lego workshops and Tumbling Camp for beginners and intermediate skill levels. Surf City Parks and Recreation will also be offering a series of sports camps which are listed through the link on the town website.

Summer camps include:

July 29 to Aug. 2: “Ahoy There, Matey” — Search for treasure and visit the good ship Raven and Missiles & More Museum.

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 Oak Tree Center.

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.


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.