Thanks, Operation Topcat

Thanks, Operation Topcat

Operation Topcat would like to thank all the businesses and sponsors who supported its Halloween Party Fundraiser.

Thanks go out to the following restaurants: Lo-re-Leis, Engelese's, EMR Wings, Dominos, Rick's, Madison's, Cajun Belle and Batsonís Galley for their support. Gift donations were provided by: Surfside Florist, Beachin Kitchen, Herrings, Johnson Drugs , The Turtle Factory, Surfside Gift Shop, Beach Furniture Outfitters, Bumblebees, Surfside Sportswear, Through the Looking Glass and D's Interior.

Additional support was provided by Linda's Family Affair, Simply Clean Services, AJ Fiore Tax Service and especially to Cindy, Patti and Lara from Day 7. The group is particularly grateful to John at North Shore Country Club for donating the facilities for the party and a golf package for four.


Volunteer nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Governorís Volunteer Service Award.

The awards program, created by the office of the governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolinaís dedicated volunteers. Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid director of volunteers to be recognized. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governorís Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

Nomination forms are available in Pender County at the following locations:

nPender Adult Services, 901 S. Walker St. 

nBurgaw, Burgaw Library 103 S. Cowan St.

nHampstead, Hampstead Library, 75 Library Drive.

To receive an online nomination form, contact Kay Warner at 910-259-9119, ext. 324.

Return completed forms no later than Nov. 27 to: Kay Warner, 901 S. Walker St, PO Box 1251, Burgaw, NC 28425.


Winter adult sports

It is not too early to begin signing up for winter adult sports at Surf City Parks & Recreation.  Adult Basketball is back for its second winter season as is Adult Indoor Soccer (futsal). 

Tuesday practices begin for adult basketball on Nov. 5, open to Community Center members, basketball pass-holders and registered players. Practices will start at 6:30 pm and go for two hours. Teams may once again register for only $400 or just $50 for free agents.  An eight -game season will begin Thursday, January 9 which will be culminated by a post-season tournament the first week of March. Both men and women 16 and older are welcome to sign up.

Indoor soccer practices move to Thursday nights on Nov. 7 (also 6:30 Ė 8:30 pm) prior to Sunday night play beginning Jan. 5. All games and practices will be played according to futsal court soccer rules. The cost for registering a team is $250 (minimum 7 players, maximum 12). Free agent signups are $40.

All registration is done online at and participants can pay by credit card, check or cash. For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail


Turkey Trot

Registration is now open for the Hampstead Kiwanis Park Turkey trot 8K, two-mile fun run and kids sprint for ages 9 and under, to be held Nov. 23.

Runners who register prior to Nov. 1 enjoy discounted fees and are guaranteed a T-shirt from the race.

Registration is available online at or in person at either the Pre-Race pasta dinner on Nov. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Community Building or on race day at Kiwanis Park from 7 to 8:30 a.m. All proceeds directly benefit the park.

For more information, visit 


Baptist homecoming

Sneads Ferry OFW Baptist church will celebrate homecoming Nov. 3 at the 11 a.m. service with dinner following. Revival services will be held Nov 4 through 8 with the Rev. Mitchell Parker speaking nightly at 7. The church is located at 127 Fulchers Landing Road.


Candy buy-back

Surf City Dental participates in its third annual Halloween Candy Buy Back. Candy will be collected Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Dr. Parr will pay $1 per pound up to 10 pounds.

Surf City Dental welcomes additional candy donations until Nov. 7. All donations will be shipped along with dental hygiene kits to overseas troops on Nov. 8  

For more information, contact Surf City Dental at 910-329-0298.


Masters Men choral group

The Masterís Men choral group will perform at Faith Harbor UMC on Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The Master's Men is a male a cappella ensemble dedicated to providing inspirational music.  Arrangements include hymns, spirituals, gospel and other musical styles in four, five, and six-part harmony for unaccompanied male voices.

Faith Harbor is holding a craft gair on Dec. 7. The community is invited to attend and get a jump start on holiday shopping.

Bible studies and small groups are now being formed. 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 with services at 8 and 9:20 a.m.  For more information, call 910-328-4422, visit or like them on Facebook.


Try Hockey for Free Day

Wilmington Icehawks and the Wilmington Icehouse invite kids to participate in Try Hockey for Free Day on Nov. 2. 

Boys and girls ages 4 to 9 are invited to The Wilmington Icehouse on Nov. 2  from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for a Try Hockey for Free clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.

To register, visit or contact Richard Brouwer at 910-228-0310.


Bible study

There will be a non-denominational Bible Study and Prayer Meeting on Nov. 19 at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores) at 7 p.m.  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. Visit the website at Snacks, cake, and coffee provided. RSVP by Nov. 12 by calling 910-741-0489 or emailing 


Turkey shoot

Turkey Creek Fire Rescue will host a turkey shoot Nov. 14 through 16 and 21 through 23 starting a 6 each evening at 473 Old Folkstone Road, in the field across from Tar Landing Road.

The family friendly event includes raffles, barbecue sandwiches, chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and more. Proceeds benefit the local volunteer fire department.

For information, call 910-327-7221.


Medicare enrollment

Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plan program offers plan members the ability to make changes in their coverage each year during the annual election period. This yearís annual election period continues through Dec. 7. 

Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes and limited resources may be eligible for Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program to reduce or eliminate the monthly premium, annual deductible, and to reduce prescription co-payments.  SHIIP volunteers can help determine eligibility and help with the application process.

SHIIP volunteers can provide unbiased information and comparisons of the 2014 Medicare Part D prescription coverage options and the Medicare Advantage Plans. To schedule an appointment in the Burgaw area, call Pender Adult Services at 910-259-9119, ext. 324, and for the Hampstead/Topsail area call the Topsail Senior Center, 910-270-0708.


Candidate meet and greet

Meet & Greet the "write-in" candidates for the Town of Holly Ridge Town Council Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. on U.S. 17 (beside the fire department)


Library offers science class

The Hampstead Branch library will offer Zoom with Fetch, an hour long group activity.

The program will be held Wednesdays at 4 p.m. now through Dec. 18. 

Based on ideas from the popular PBS science programs Zoom and Fetch, the activities are designed for children and their adults, using available materials to take a basic approach to science experimentation.

Some experiments involve building, measurement and noise making devices.  Instructions and materials are provided free of charge.

For more information, call 910-259-1234 or 910-270-4603 or visit the library website at .


Flu shots

Flu shots will be available at the Pender County Health Department, located at 803 S. Walker St. in Burgaw, weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. until the vaccine is no longer available. They will be available at the Hampstead location, 18676 U.S. Highway 17, from noon to 4 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday until the vaccine is no longer available.

Bring your insurance cards. The vaccine is free for uninsured children ages 6 months to 18 years. Cost is $30 for self-pay.                                        

For additional information, call Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.


Topsail Parents Night Out

Drop the kids off at the Topsail High School gym and enjoy an evening out on select Fridays.

Topsail Parents Night Out will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.

Cost is $15 ($10 for siblings).

Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome and will enjoy games and activities facilitated by the Topsail High School softball players.


Coping with Grief

Continuum Home Care & Hospice will host Coping with Grief and loss, a series of free workshops to provide education, information and support to those who are dealing with grief. Sessions include:

Getting Through the Holidays ó Nov. 5

Where Do We Go From Here? ó Nov. 12

All sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 16717 US Highway 17, Suite 206, in Hampstead.

For more information, call 910-270-9212


Turkey Trot

The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead will hold its sixth annual Turkey Trot 8K Run, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk and Kidsí Sprint on Nov. 23 starting at 8 a.m. 

T-shirts will bear the winning artwork from a contest among local elementary school students.

For information about the races, visit


Mermaid's Purse classes

The Mermaid's Purse is now offering classes in tai chi, healing art, writing and belly dancing at 114 N. Topsail Drive in Surf City. No membership is required to participate. For information, call 910-467-7967.


Tango classes

Professional tango instructor Kent Boseman will host Argentine tango lessons on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Surf City Community Center Gymnasium.

Cost is $20 per couple per session. Participants who are not already members of Surf City Community Center add an additional $5 daily guest fee per person to attend each class.

For more information, contact Boseman at 910-523-1667 or or visit his website at


Pitching clinic

Topsail Lady Piratesí Softball fundraising group The Cove presents world class pitcher and instructor Bill Hillhouse Pitching Clinics Nov. 1 through 3 at Topsail High School

The Nov. 1 clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Topsail Auditorium for parents and coaches. Cost is $25 for coaches. Parents are free with paid clinic fee.

The Nov. 2 sessions are two-hour clinics for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16/18U in the THS gym. Cost is $50.

Nov. 3 is reserved for private one-hour lessons with Hillhouse in the THS gym. Only clinic participants can schedule private lessons. 

Register at

For more information on the clinics, email Coach Passwaters at

For information on Hillhouse, visit


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

nH.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training) on Saturdays 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.

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.


Fall sports

Open Adult Sports at the Surf City Community Center include Indoor Soccer on Tuesday nights, Adult Basketball on Thursdays and Adult Volleyball on Fridays, all starting at 6 p.m. Open Play programs are free to center members and town employees. All others pay a yearly fee of $25 or single night guest fee of $5.

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


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 Ship 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 Shipís Store, donations and investments. For information, visit or follow them at and


VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge

VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge annual turkey shoots 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 Alzheimerís 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 OíBrien. 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


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


Masterís Touch Resale Store

Help support community outreach to those in need by shopping at Masterís 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.


Faith Harbor UMC

Faith Harbor is now offering an 8 a.m. Sunday Morning Communion Worship Service. This service features a short homily and is approximately 30 minutes in length. The community is also invited to attend the 9:20 a.m. Service.  Both services are held in the church sanctuary.

Bible studies and small groups are now being formed.  Information on the course offerings can be found at  Childrenís programs including music ministries follow the 9:20 worship service. Faith Harbor UMC has a trained nursery worker on staff during Sunday school classes and workshops.

The church is located on the mainland side of the swing bridge in Surf City. For more information, call 910-328-4422 or visit


Sneads Ferry Rotary Club

The Sneads Ferry Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at Madisonís 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 Jís Helping Hand

Mama Jís helps people in need by providing them with food, clothing, household goods and baby items like diapers, wipes, formula and clothing. Mama Jís also helps people who are struggling with everyday issues and welcomes them to come in and talk. Call Mama Jís at 910-327-1302 for an updated list of specifics that are needed. Mama Jís Helping Hand is located at 2205 Hwy. 172 in Sneads Ferry. For more information, email



The Baby FAST program in Pender County ó designed to strengthen family relationships; build connections with families, schools, churches and the community; improve babiesí development and well-being; and reduce in-home stress ó is seeking assistance. For more information and to help, contact Melanie Gatton at or 910-777-8244.



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 clubís 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 Womenís Club

The Hampstead Womenís 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.