Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Hampstead for breakfast.

He will visit with good little boys and girls on Dec. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hampstead Womenís Club building, 14435 Hwy. 17. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Hampstead Womenís Club and the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $5 each. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free with a parentís ticket. Tickets are available from the Hampstead Thrift Store, 14435 US Hwy. 17, or from the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce at 13775 Hwy 50 in Surf City.

For more information call the Hampstead Womenís Club at 910-270-9510 or the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-329-4446.


Hammerheads clinic

The Wilmington Hammerheads professional soccer team will host a special Indoor Skills Clinic at the Surf City Community Building on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Professional players will be on hand for this event and the focus will be on intermediate and advanced skills training. The indoor clinic is open to any athlete from 6 to 16 years of age regardless of skill level. An autograph session will be held at the conclusion of the event. 

The Hammerheads will also be awarding T-shirts and various items as door prizes including complimentary tickets to the Hammerheads 2014 home opener. The cost is $35 per player and athletes can register for the clinic online at The clinic is limited to the first 30 registered participants. 

Following the Hammerheads Skills Clinic, the gym will be open for indoor soccer free play to any youths 16 and under from noon until 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.  Sign-ups are now taking place for indoor soccer (futsal) at Surf City Community center with youth divisions playing Saturday afternoons and adult divisions on Sunday nights. Players and coaches should register through

For more information, call 910-328-4887 or e-mail


Jingle Bell Ball

Tickets are currently on sale for the premiere event on Topsail Island.

The 8th annual Jingle Bell Ball will be held Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Topsail Island Assembly Building.

Dressy attire is requested for the evening of dinner, dancing and cocktails to benefit the Historical Society of Topsail Island. A cash bar will be available.

Individual tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Michael Nelson at 910-547-8312. Reserved sponsor tables seats are $75 each and available through Marcia Hamilton 910-358-1298


Dinner dance fundraiser

Topsail High School Athletic Boosters will host a dinner and dance with a reverse raffle to help support the schoolís athletic programs.

The event will be held Dec. 7 with cocktails and dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the raffle drawing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $100 each and include dinner for two catered by Middle of the Island, live entertainment from Jewell Entertainment and a shot at the $5,000 grand prize or one of the additional prizes up for grabs.

Money raised supports THS athletic programs.

For more information or tickets, contact Rhonda Schwarz at 910-612-4256.


Christmas tea

Women in the community are invited to attend the annual Christmas Tea at Topsail Presbyterian Church in Hampstead.

The tea is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Topsail Presbyterian Church, 16249 Highway 17 North.  This yearís tea, sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of TPC, is a fundraiser for the Four Cís Food Pantry. The Four Cís, Christian Community Caring Center, provides food for hundreds of local families in need.

For reservations, call 910-270-2312.


Canned food drive

A Surf City club is hosting two events to help make Christmas brighter for local families.

The Brass Pelican, located on N.C. 210 between mile markers 10 and 11, will host its annual canned food drive on Nov. 22. Monica Jane will perform an acoustic set, and cover charge is a non-perishable food donation.

The club will host its annual toy drive on Dec. 14. Donations of new or gently used toys are currently being accepted.

For more information, call 910-328-4373.


Soccer referee course

Surf City Community Center will host an introductory level USSF soccer referee course for 2014 on Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with online modules to be completed in advance. Participants will need to be 14 or older to be fully certified for game play and receive assignments.

The cost is $75 for participants 16 and under and $95 for all others. Sign up through, which also includes referee registration for the 2014 season.  The main instructor will be Surf City Parks and Recreation Athletics Supervisor Steve Unger who also has taught referee courses in Wilmington, Jacksonville and the Outer Banks.

For more information, contact Unger at,, 910-328-4887 or 910-228-8679.


Call for artists

The Ocean City Jazz Festival announces its 1st annual Poster Contest. Rules and entry forms are available at  Return completed forms and entries no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 to or PO Box 1207, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.

The Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in North Topsail Beach on the July 4th weekend. 

For more information, visit or email


Craft show

The Hampstead Womenís Club will host a holiday-themed craft fair Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hampstead Womenís Club Building, 14435 U.S. Hwy. 17.

The craft fair will feature artisans and crafters selling handmade stockings, baked goods, jewelry, handbags, home dťcor and more.

Admission is free.

The Hampstead Womenís Club will offer coffee, sodas, hotdogs, coney dogs, and chips for sale in the newly remodeled OíHare Room.

For more information, call at 910-270-9549 or e-mail Visit the Hampstead Womenís Club online at


Holly Day

The Town of Holly Ridge has a new holiday event lined up.

The inaugural Holly Day is scheduled for Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event will include Santa, hot chocolate, Polar Express train rides and live entertainment, according to the event flier.

For more information, visit or or call 910-347-5332 or 910-329-7081.


Benefit softball tournament

A coed softball tournament will help a local woman pay for her cancer treatment.

Swinging for a Cure will be held Dec. 7 at Olsen Park in Wilmington. Entry fee is $175 per team (seven-man, three-women minimum). Tournament will follow NSA rules, using sanctioned balls and bats. Tournament T-shirts will also be on sale.

Proceeds help Cheryl Baker pay medical expenses related to treatment for stage 4 small cell carcinoma.

Deadline to register is Dec. 1. For more information or to sign up, contact Jess Livengood at 910-880-1583 or



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.


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.

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 


Faith Harbor UMC

Faith Harbor is holding a craft fair on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local vendors and craftsman will be featuring items for purchase, and baked goods will also be for sale.

The Childrenís Christmas Program will be held on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

Faith Harbor UMC will perform their Christmas Cantata on Dec. 15 at the 9:20 a.m. worship service. The performance will feature choral selections with guest musicians.

Christmas Eve worship will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Celebrate Recovery invites the community to join together every Friday night to find freedom from lifeís hurts, hang-ups and habits. Meals are served at 6 p.m. followed by worship and group gatherings.

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.


Turkey shoot

Turkey Creek Fire Rescue will host a turkey shoot Nov. 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.


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 .


Topsail Parents Night Out

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

Topsail Parents Night Out will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on 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.


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.

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. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m.

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

Four-week boot camp will be offered from 6 to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $40 members, $65 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.


Battleship North Carolina hours

The Battleship North Carolina is operating on its 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 is located on the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington. 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 the Cape Fear Museum traveling exhibition Mail Call, open through Jan. 20. Mail Call tells the story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. active duty military and their families with valid identification will be admitted free of charge to the exhibit.

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.


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.