Kitchen Time

Kitchen Time

Where are kids who love to cook?  At Kitchen Time After School Cooking Classes.

Learn to cook and taste new foods from different world cuisines starting Aug. 29. Students ages 6 to 10 will learn traditions and cultures from Italy, China, the Middle East, Latin America, Franceand England. Classes are held at SurfCityCommunity Centeron Thursdays from 3:30to 5:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Sue Murphy at 704-778-1123 or go to for more info. 


VFW Post 9983 HollyRidge

VFW Post 9983 HollyRidgehas upcoming events planned.

Concealed carry and advanced handgun training will be held Sept. 14 and 28. For class information and registration go to

The Ladies Auxiliary will have a yard sale on Aug. 31st from 8 2 "Bogie's" aka "Sonny's" at 756 E. Ocean HollyRidge. Donations would be appreciated and can be dropped off at the VFW POST in HollyRidge, or call Fran at 910-329-7771 for pickup.

The Mens Auxiliary would like to invite anyone who is eligible to join the auxiliary. For information, stop by the post or call Jim at 910-443-0267.

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.


‘Save 2nd Base’ fundraiser

The Brass Pelican is hosting its sixth annual “Save 2nd Base” fundraiser.

“Save 2nd Base” will be held Sept. 1 at the Brass Pelican to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation and the Reel Housewives of Topsail Island and includes food, raffles, auctions, car wash, music and more.

The Brass Pelican is also hosting an event in conjunction with “Save 2nd Base.”  On Aug. 24, The Brass Pelican is holding the second annual “Miss” Brass Pelican beauty pageant, a womanless beauty pageant that also benefits “Save 2nd Base.”

The Brass Pelican would like to send a special thanks to inmates Annette, Cheryl, Jimmy, Patrice, Ray Ray, Rick, Terry and Tony, as well as to Sheriff Matt Bowlin and Island Taxi Padi Wagon Driver Rex. Together with the community, you all helped raise $3,400 on Aug. 17 to help Save 2nd Base. 

For more information or to volunteer/participate in any of the events, call the Brass Pelican at 910-328-4373


CMN benefit

SurfCityFood Lion is planning a day of fun to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

The benefit festival, to help support the CMN Children’s Hospital, will be held at SurfCityParkon Aug. 24 from 11 5 p.m.There will be a karaoke contest, food vendors, face painting, bounce house and more.                     


Chicken dinner

SneadsFerryUnitedMethodistChurchwill host a Chicken Dinner from 5to 6:30 p.m.on Aug. 29.


Firearm instruction

SurfCityGuns & Ammo will be hosting upcoming firearm instruction.

NRA FIRST (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) Steps Pistol Orientation will be held Aug. 24 from 2to 6 p.m.The class is the NRA’s pistol orientation program for beginners and new purchasers, and includes sitting and standing shooting lessons. Cost is $55.  Ammo and protective eye and ear wear are required. Call 910-328-4499 to reserve a seat.


Autumn with Topsail volunteers

Serena Hibbard is looking for a co-chair and volunteers to assist with the upcoming children’s activities in the AssemblyBuildingduring Autumn with Topsail 2013. The co-chair will be assisting Serena in coordinating activities for the event. Volunteers will be assisting in shifts during the days of the event at craft stations. The dates of Autumn with Topsail are Oct. 19 and 20 from 11 4 p.m.Contact Serena at or 919-702-9160 if interested.


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

Outdoor yoga classes are planned for residents and visitors to SurfCity’s beach strand this summer.

nSunrise Yoga is continuing every Wednesday morning in August at 6:15 a.m.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 Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.Meet at Roland Avenue Beach Access. The cost is $10.

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.


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


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 9:20 a.m.

FaithHarboralso 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

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” during the summer plunder days craft market held in downtown TopsailBeach. The craft market takes place every Thursday from 10 4 p.m.through August at the start of the downtown district on the corner of S Anderson Boulevardand Davis Avnuee. 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:

Aug. 30: Escape From Planet Earth (PG)

nConcerts in the Park run from 6to 8 p.m.

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

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

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


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


Gospel sings

Chapel by the Bay (located in Lanier’s Campground, SurfCity) has started its seasonal Saturday night gospel sings. The sings begin at 7 p.m.Upcoming performers include Touch of Grace from HarkersIslandon 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.



Six weekly four-day Summer Camps for Children at ArtExposure 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.


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.