Paddle 4 Troops

Paddle 4 Troops

The second annual Paddle 4 Troops will be held this month in Surf City.

There will be board and paddle demonstrations, beginner clinics and races at the event, which will be held Sept. 28 at Sears Landing Grill and Boat Docks.

Races for beginners (1 mile) and advanced short (3 miles) and advanced distance (7.5 miles) are open to all paddling vessels. Event entry is $25 and includes event jersey and pig picking. Proceeds benefit Hope for the Warriors.

For information or to register, contact Dwight Torres and 910-340-7310.


Barbecue chicken fundraiser

The Topsail Island Moose Lodge will host a barbecue chicken fundraiser on Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the lodge, located at 13175 Hwy. 50 in Holly Ridge. Plates are $7 and include barbecue chicken, slaw, corn on the cob and hushpuppies. Free delivery for 20 or more plates. For information or tickets, call 910-329-3541 or 910-619-7178.


Surf City Dental

Surf City Dental will celebrate its grand reopening and welcome dentist Dr. Matthew Parr later this month. The ribbon cutting and open house, with hors d'oeuvres and drinks, will be held Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.


TBA registration

Topsail Basketball Association has opened registration for the 2013-14 season.

Early, online registration at is encouraged as space is limited.

The registration deadline is Oct. 15.

For those unable to register online, there will be on-site registration opportunities on Oct. 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Library.


Relay for Life kickoff

Team members, sponsors or those new to Relay For Life are invited to the Pender County Relay For Life kickoff celebration. Come sign up your team and take advantage of early bird registration only $5 at the kickoff, which will be held Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Olde Point Country Club in the banquet room in Christopher’s Restaurant. The 2013 teams, sponsors and committees will be recognized; volunteer opportunities with the 2014 committees will be available; and fundraising ideas as well as American Cancer Society and Relay for Life information and resources will be on hand.

For more information, contact Tiffany Beavers at 304-640-0529  or


Victory Baptist Church

Two young preachers will take the pulpit at Victory Baptist Church this week. Tyler McGirt, 20, (from the "fast life" to "real life" in Jesus) speaks Sept. 12; and Bobby Johnston, a 19-year-old preacher, guitarist and singer, speaks Sept. 13.

The Thomas drama team from Florida will be at the church Sept. 14, promising an evening of laughter, tears and family and spiritual challenges.

All services began at 7 p.m. Love offering will be received each service.

Victory Baptist Church is located at  205 Sound Road in Holly Ridge.


CPR training

Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church will sponsor a CPR/AED American Heart Association training/certification class on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 for Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church members and $40 for all others.  Enrollment will be limited to class size.  For information or to sign up, call 910-327-6477 or email seashell@embarqmail. 


Game Day

All women in the community are invited to spend a few hours of fun and games at Topsail Presbyterian Church.  The Presbyterian Women of Topsail Presbyterian will hold their annual Game Day on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring the game of your choice.  Lunch will be included in the $10 ticket price.  The church is located at 16249 Highway 17 North in Hampstead.  For information or tickets, call the church at 910-270-2312.



An upcoming fundraiser will help support a local woman who is recovering from heart surgery.

Dales Pub will host the fundraiser for Lil Brinson on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

Skallywags will play from to 4 p,m., and there will be food, music, 50/50 raffle and auction at the pub, located at 775 East Ocean Highway, Holly Ridge. For information, call 910-329-4213.


State Foosball Championships

The 2013 39th annual North Carolina State Foosball Championships will be held in Wilmington Oct. 4 through 6 at Break Time Billiards Sports Bar and Grill, located at 127 South College Road.  More than $2,500 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs in the nation’s oldest and longest running state foosball event. This is the 11th year Bonzini U.S.A. has held this event in the Wilmington area. A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to support the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, which has been in the forefront of youth development in the Wilmington area for 116 years, working with youth from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. 


Fall wellness classes

Surf City Community Center will host more classes this fall within an expanded Wellness department.

nHot Yoga will be offered Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on Fridays at 9 a.m.

nPilates will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 10

nH.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training ) is a new half-hour high intensity class starting on Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

nSpinning will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m.

Most regular fitness classes are $5, with an additional $5 required from non-members.

A new series of Arthritis Foundation classes begins Sept. 17 with a six-week session on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Cost is $50 for 12 classes.

Eight-week boot camp will be offered from 6 to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $80 members, $95 non-members. Drop-ins are welcome.

Additional offerings include Yoga, Taekwondo, Zumba, Dance, Tai Chi, Tumbling and Kids in Shape. Information is at, on the Community Center Facebook page, via e-mail at or by calling 910-328-4887.


Gun classes

Surf City Guns & Ammo will host two upcoming gun classes.

n The N.C. Conceal and Carry Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. Handgun, Ammo, protective eye and ear wear are required. Rentals may be available.

Space is limited.  Call 910-328-4499 to reserve a seat.

n NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation: Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training will be held Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This class is the NRA’s pistol orientation program for beginners and new purchasers and includes sitting and standing shooting lessons. Cost is $55.  Ammo, protective eye and ear wear are required. Call 910-328-4499 to reserve a seat.


Fall sports

The Surf City Community Center welcomes a new tennis pro: Mark Lane, coach at East Duplin High School. He will offer one-hour group sessions for youths in two different age groups — ages 6-11 at 8:30 a.m. and ages 12-17 at 9:30 am on Saturdays — beginning Sept. 14 and ending Oct. 19. Adults (18+) will also have their own program: Cardio Tennis at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. 

The cost is $50 for the six-week programs, and walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis for $12 per session. Registration is available through, and Lane is available for private lessons upon request. His contact information is available through the Community Center office.

Open Adult Sports for ages 16 and up are also restarting the first week of September.  Indoor Soccer will be on Tuesday nights, Adult Basketball on Thursdays and Adult Volleyball on Fridays, all starting at 6 p.m.  Open Play programs are free to Community Center members and town employees. All others pay a yearly fee of $25 or single night guest fee of $5.

Sign-ups are also continuing for 7v7 Adult Soccer which moves to Sundays, starting Sept. 8.  The cost is $40 and includes a uniform shirt.  Teams may also register for $350.

Registration also continues for Youth Soccer and Middle School Volleyball, both starting up the week after Labor Day. 

Registration is available through  

For more information, e-mail,  call 910-328-4887 or look for updates on Facebook at “Surf City Athletics.”


Medicare Primary meetings

Officials with The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer are traveling across the state to share information regarding Medicare Primary.

Staff will be introducing new healthcare options for teachers and state employees. The plans will offer Medicare Primary retirees and their dependents a chance to save on prescription costs and the ability to better track and manage their health. New options include fitness programs through SilverSneakers, as well as vision, dental, hearing and disease and case management services, according to information on the programs.

Sessions, which are open to members and their dependents or caregivers, will be held locally at:

nHoliday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach, 1706 North Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach, on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

nRiver Landing, 109 Paddle Wheel Drive in Wallace, on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.

Open enrollment for the new options will be conducted in October.

To RSVP to one of the events call 800-850-1992, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, reservations are not required.


Seniors of the Sahara

Sneads Ferry Community Theatre newest performance is a magical romantic comedy.

Show dates for “Seniors of the Sahara” by Barbara Pease Weber are Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. A special Active Duty Military Appreciation Night performance, which is free with military ID, will be held Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.

Seniors of the Sahara tells the story of Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher who brings home more than just souvenirs from a trip Israel: a geriatric genie with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8.            

A wine and cheese reception will be held Sept. 20 at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. For reservations for parties of 10 or more, call the box office at 910-327-2798. The theater is located inside the Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane

For information, visit


Battleship North Carolina hours

The Battleship North Carolina operation schedule will change to a fall/winter schedule.

Through May 26, the battleship will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas Day when the Sship opens at noon.

The Battleship North Carolina, located on the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington, is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. For information, visit or follow them at and


Bible study

There will be a non-denominational Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores). 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. RSVP by Sept. 17 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing


Pender County Day of Hope

Grab your toolbox and join one of WARM’s rebuild teams.

Help make desperately needed safety repairs for elderly, disabled and other low-income families during the Pender County Day of Hope, which will be held Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prior construction skills are helpful but not required.

Rebuild sites are scattered throughout Pender County; addresses will be given to registered volunteers. Registration is free, but donations are accepted

Register by Sept. 5. For information or to register, call 910-821-1130, stop by WARM at 103 Old Whitemarsh Road in Hampstead, email or visit



American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Pender County Relay For Life planning committee. For information or to volunteer, contact Tiffany Beavers at; 304-640-0529 (cell) or 910-254-4870 (office).


Tint Sprint

Topsail Young Life will host the upcoming Tint Sprint 5k.

The 5k Color Fun Run will be held Sept. 14 in Surf City. All of the proceeds benefit Topsail Young Life, a local student outreach ministry. For information or to register, visit


VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge

VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge has upcoming events planned.

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

nThe Men’s 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.

nThe post will host the 2013 Fall Open Golf Tournament on Oct. 18 at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. Entry is $50 per person or $180 a foursome w/cash payouts for first, second and third place. Price includes lunch at the VFW post, range balls, cart & green fees. Show time is noon followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Pick up entry forms at the VFW or call Curly at 336-337-1998. Hole sponsorships are $50. Entry and hole sponsorships are due by Oct. 11. Mail entry info to: P.O. Box 2306, Surf City NC 28445.

nEnjoy wing night on Tuesdays at the VFW starting at 4 p.m. The public is invited to eat in or take out the many varieties available.

nThe annual turkey shoots will begin Oct. 19 and continue through the second week in December. The name of the winner of each round will be placed into a drawing at the end of the season for a new gun.

VFW Post 9983 is located at 188 Hines Stump Sound Church Road, one mile north of Holly Ridge at the flags. The canteen is open from 3 to 8 p.m. daily with extended hours for nonprofits needing meeting space.

For more information, call 910-329-1881.


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.


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 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


Faith Harbor UMC

Faith Harbor United Methodist Church holds services in the church sanctuary at 9:20 a.m. on Sundays.

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


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. Sundays 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

Surf City Community 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


Master’s Touch Resale Store

Help support community outreach to those in need by shopping at Master’s Touch Resale Store, an interdenominational resale store located at 1056 Highway 210, Unit 3, in Sneads Ferry. Items for sale include gently used and some new items. All proceeds support the ministry of helping others. The store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are accepted during regular hours.


Sneads Ferry Rotary Club

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



The Dixon Elementary 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.


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 6:30 for a meal, and Lodge begins at 7:30 for qualified Masons.

The Lodge is located at 151 Charles Creek Road, Sneads Ferry. The mailing address is PO Box 543, 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 Sneads Ferry Community Center, located at 126 Park Lane off 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 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at Lakeside Drive and N.C. 172. For more information, contact Harvey Hoopes at 910-327-0069 or


New River Garden Club

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 p.m. at the Topsail Senior Center located 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 1:15 to 3 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Building on 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 a.m. at the Hampstead Community Building, 14435 Highway 17. Membership applications are available at the Hampstead Thrift Shop.