Casablanca at the Beach

Casablanca at the Beach

The exotic glamour of Rick’s Cafe comes to the greater Topsail area as the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates Casablanca at the Beach, a new twist on the Chamber’s annual TAG Party. 

The evening, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, entertainment by The Notorious Clam Slammers and opportunities to win cash prizes in a reverse raffle. Tickets are $50 per person.

Purchase a ticket today from any chamber board member or from the chamber office. Or email th to reserve a ticket.

For more information, call 910-329-4446.


Preteen vaccination week

The Pender County Health Department is promoting the statewide Preteen Vaccine Week, Feb. 9 through 15, to remind families about recommended immunizations for 11-and 12-year olds.

A focus of Preteen Vaccine Week 2014 is increasing immunization against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Despite its effectiveness against HPV infections that can lead to cervical cancer and other cancers in both sexes, HPV vaccination rates remain low. Health professionals are also urging parents to have their preteen children vaccinated with the whooping cough booster shot, Tdap. Other immunizations recommended for preteens include the meningococcal vaccine, and a second chickenpox shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older are also recommended to receive an annual flu vaccine. 

For more information, call or visit the Pender County Health Department: 803 South Walker St., Burgaw, or 910-259-1230.


Tax help

AARP volunteers are now preparing and electronically filing federal and North Carolkina state income taxes for 2013 free of charge. Trained and IRS certified volunteers from the services will be available at the Hampstead Library from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and at the Topsail Senior Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to answer questions and prepare and file personal tax returns. The free services are first-come, first-served.

Taxpayers should bring picture ID and Social Security card along with all financial, tax and wage statements for 2013.


Sneads Ferry baseball

Sneads Ferry baseball league looking for 8 to 10-year-old players to play 10u travel ball.  Tryouts are Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at Dixon Middle School. For more information, email


Poetry reading

The Surf City Community Center’s Readers Theatre Class will present a collection of love poems at an upcoming reading.

The group will host Heart Beat: Love Poems through the Ages poetry readings at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Surf City Community Center game room. Guests will hear famous as well as lesser known love poems while sipping on coffee and hot chocolate in a beatnik cafe-style setting during the free reading.  Audience members are encouraged to participate by reciting or reading their own favorite love poems. For more information, call 910-328-4887. 


Kiwanis golf tournament

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area golf tournament will be held May 3 at North Shore Country Club, on NC 210 in Sneads Ferry. Tee time is 8:30 a.m., and the format will be Captain’s Choice.

Kiwanis is anticipating a sell-out event, so golfers are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to register.Entry fees are $75 per individual and $300 for each team of four.  Tournament business sponsorships are $250.  

For more information or to register, contact Rick Benton at 910-604-3835 or Randy Cox at 910-777-2707 .


Winter boot camp

Spots are still available for “Boot Camp For Everyone,”  held from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thrusdays through March 27 at Surf City Community Center.  The session is $80 for members or $95 for non-members. Walk-ins are welcome at $5 per class (members) or $10 (non-members) space permitting.

A “Boot Camp Annual Membership” is $25 or a Senior Exercise Pass for ages 55+ is also $25 for any physical wellness activity. Participants must still pay for the session cost.

Just Keep Moving exercise program for active older adults features beginning Zumba on Fridays, gentle yoga on Mondays, seated fitness on Tuesdays and senior spinning on Thursdays, all from 10 to 11 am. 

Participants should reserve a spot for all classes by calling 910-328-4887.  

A new 6 p.m. Tuesday night yoga class is also being offered. 

For more information, e-mail or call 910-328-4887 during business hours.


Heart walk

Registration continues for the Feb. 15 “5K Walk to Beat Heart Disease” hosted by Surf City Parks & Recreation and Eldercare. The $20 registration fee includes a shirt for this untimed event, and proceeds go to American Heart Association.

Door prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the event and refreshments will be available. Register in advance at or on the day of the event at the race site. To be guaranteed a shirt, registration should be in by Feb. 8.  For more information call 910-328-4887 or e-mail 


Historical Society

Join the Historical Society of Topsail Island for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Assembly Building. 

Jim Barber, coordinator of the Bird Island Stewards, will share a presentation about the history of Bird Island, an undeveloped barrier island located between Sunset Beach and Little River Inlet, and the location of The Kindred Spirit Mailbox, a mailbox with a notebook inside for any and all visitors to the island to find and sign.

The luncheon costs $12 per person or $10 for attendees 70 years and older. 

Register for the lunch by calling Susie Braun at 973-518-2425 or by emailing on or by Feb. 5.


Harlem Ambassadors

The Harlem Ambassadors Basketball team will take on the Topsail Fury team, comprised of local celebrities and officials, during an upcoming game to support local organizations. 

The game will be held March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Topsail High School gym and includes Harlem-­style comedy basketball featuring high- flying slam dunks, games with kids and comedic action. There will be an autographs session with the Harlem Ambassadors after the game.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for youth. Proceeds support Kiwanis of Hampstead youth programs and Topsail High School Athletic Boosters. 

For information or tickets, go to


Pizza fundraiser

Emily’s Encouragers and Max’s Pizza invite the community to the annual pizza buffet on March 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Max’s Pizza. This year, 100 percent of the donations will go to Meagan Raynor to assist with her medical bills. Meagan has been diagnosed with classic hodgkin’s lymphoma and is currently having chemo treatments. Max’s Pizza donates all pizzas, soft drinks and coffee/tea; and all employees donate their time to the event.  Emily’s Encouragers team continues in memory of 6-year-old Emily Grace Hollis, who lost her fight with anaplastic medulloblastoma in april 2008 after an 18-month battle.  


Comedy show

Enjoy a good laugh? 

The Port City Comedy Troupe is making its way north to return to Surf City’s Commodore Room.

The troupe will perform at the Commodore Room on Feb. 15. There is a $5 cover; doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Port City Comedy, bios on comedians and other area shows, visit


Firearms instruction classes

Surf City Guns and Ammo will host the NRA’s shotgun orientation program for beginners and new purchasers. 

NRA First Steps Shotgun Orientation: Firearm instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training will be held Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $65.  Ammo, protective eye and ear wear are required. Space is limited. Call 910-328-4499 to reserve a seat.


Horse shelter

Pender County Animal Shelter is seeking community support to build a facility to help the abused and mistreated horses of Pender County.

The initial cost for the Pender County Horse Shelter Project is $25,000, which will build the facility, purchase a trailer and start a medical fund for abused horses. One-hundred percent of donations directed to the horse shelter will go to the project.

Donations can be sent to Pender County Animal Shelter Horse Fund; 803 South Walker St.; Burgaw, NC 28425. Be sure to write “Horse Fund” in the memo line.

For information on the Pender County Animal Shelter Equine Facility or the animal shelter itself, visit •r call 910-259-1484.


Blood pressure screening

Pender County Health Department offers free blood pressure screenings.

The screenings will be held at Topsail Senior Center on the third Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Pender Adult Services on the fourth Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Pender County Health Department also offers free blood pressure checks Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High blood pressure can occur in the young or old, so it is important to have your blood pressure checked periodically no matter what your age. For more information, call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.


VFW Post 9983 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit service organization for men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in combat areas. 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 special events. The hall is available for rental and catering is available, special consideration for non-profits needing meeting space.

For more information, call 910-329-1881.


Carolina Girls Outdoor School

The Carolina Girls Outdoor School will be a series of hands-on seminars for women on March 15 during the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo in Wilmington at the Wilmington Convention Center. 

Cost is $125 per person with one additional member at $75.  This includes a three-day admission to the expo, a catered lunch, a T-shirt, a goody bag and door prize drawing for fishing and hunting outdoors trip.  

Instruction will meet the needs of hunters and fisherwomen ranging from novice to advanced.  

For more information on the school call 843-902-6532, email or or visit


Cocktails with Mimi 

The Sneads Ferry Community Theater’s upcoming production is the comedic Cocktails With Mimi by Mary Chase. Performance dates are Feb. 28 and March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. Fridays and Saturday showings are at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinées starting at 3 p.m.  

Active Duty Military Appreciation Night, which features free admission with ID, is Feb. 27. Wine and cheese receptions are Feb. 28 and March 7 at 7:15 p.m.

Admission at the door is $10 for adults or $5 for studentswith ID.

Reservations for parties of 10 or more can be made by calling 910-327-2798.

The theater is located inside the Sneads Ferry Community Center at 126 Park Lane. For information, visit


Jazz festival

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

For more information, visit or email


Faith Harbor UMC

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

Share the Table is a free community meal offered to anyone who is hungry or lonely. There are no eligibility requirements, and meals are free. Families and individuals are welcome. Doors open on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., and serving begins at 6 and ends at 7. Volunteers are welcome. Call 910-328-4422 for more information.

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.


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


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.


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 


Animal adoptions

Give a loving pet a home.

Pender County Animal Shelter Adoptions are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

The adoption fee for dogs is $60 and includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper/parvo & kennel cough vaccines, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment.  The $40 adoption fee for cats  includes spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment.  Microchips are $15 with a lifetime enrollment.

Pender Animal Shelter is located at 3280 New Savannah Road in Burgaw. Call 910-259-1484 for more information or directions.


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


Baby FAST 

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. 



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.


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


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.