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Snakes of North Carolina Presentation: On Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Pender County Extension Service Auditorium, 801 S. Walker St, in Burgaw, NC, the NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Speakers Bureau will have a Snakes of North Carolina Presentation. Bring your lunch and learn. Do you spend time outdoors and wonder if there are snakes hiding in the mulch, under bushes, or behind trees? Do you know what to do if you encounter a snake? Are you curious to know if the snake is dangerous? Do you know what to do if you are bit? If you have questions, we have someone with all the answers! Presented by North Carolina State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, Pender County, Sherry Kittrell join us for Snakes of North Carolina. Sherry is an experienced Environmental Educator and Antivenin Specialist and her seminar will focus on venomous snake identification, tips to avoid encounters, how to keep snakes out of your birdhouses, and what to do if a snake bites you. The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau is an outreach program of the Pender County Center of NC Cooperative Extension. We provide timely, research-based, and practical gardening information to the residents of Pender County and local community organizations. Presentations are informal, using a variety of teaching methods; questions and group discussions are always welcome. For more information about this presentation, please contact Tim Mathews, Local Foods/Horticultural Agent at 910-259-1235.

3rd Annual Dean's Dream: Fish for a Cure Inshore Fishing Tournament to be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 with Sears Landing in Surf City as headquarters for the event. Captain's meeting to take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Weigh-in begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Raffle tickets for a kayak, inshore charter fishing trip, and a Yeti cooler are on sale now. During the weekend of the fishing event, a live and silent auction offer a variety of items from area sponsors. Proceeds are given to UNC Comprehensive Cancer Center and Melanoma Research Foundation to help in the funding of research as the effort to find a cure continues. For more information, please visit our web site www.deansdreamfish.org

Tea Party with author, Diane Chamberlain: Saturday, Nov. 4 at noon at Quarter Moon Books & Gifts. Diane will be discussing her new novel, The Stolen Marriage Tickets are $35. Includes a book and refreshments catered by The Beach Shop & Grill. For more information, please call (910) 328-4969.


Taste and See Fall Picnic: All Saints Catholic Church welcomes the community as their guests to the Taste and See Fall Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 14 with 5 p.m. Mass and a Pizza Party and Sunday, Oct. 15 with 10 a.m. Mass and hamburgers, hot dogs and sides. Come join us for family fun! The event is located at the All Saints Hampstead Campus located at 18737 US Highway 17 North. Contact: 910-270-1477 or www.AllSaintsCCNC.org


Operation Topcat Halloween Party: Operation Topcat is celebrating its Seventh Annual Halloween Party at North Shore Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 28 2017 from 6 p.m. to whenever. Come enjoy great food, fun auctions, and cash bar. Admission is $15 or 2 for $25 and costumes are optional.

Operation Topcat is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community and homeless/abandoned cats through our Trap/Neuter/Release and adoption programs. We are an all volunteer group that offers adoptions, education on feral colonies and T/N/R. OTC is totally funded through donations and fundraisers; 100 percent of all monies is used for the care and welfare of the cats. For information about our work please contact us at www.operationtopcat.com. We are in need of volunteers, donations and loving foster homes.

Be a "COOL CAT" and join us on October 28 at North Shore Country Club.

Low Country Boil: Hampstead United Methodist Church’s Men’s Club will be having a Low Country Boil (shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes) on Saturday, November 4th. The cost is $10 per person. For non-seafood lovers, we will also offer Brunswick Stew. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. We will be serving from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. For tickets or more information please contact the church at (910) 270-4648. The address is 15395 US-17 N, Hampstead, NC 28443, the “Pumpkin Patch Church.”

Town of Holly Ridge Halloween Egg Haunt: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. For Children up to 12 years old. Three different hunt groups based on age. Bring your flashlight.


Chicken dinner canceled: First United Methodist Church of Sneads Ferry would like to thank everyone who attended our fried chicken dinners over the last 19 years. They are being discontinued.

8th Annual Sneads Ferry Cartacula: Halloween golf Cart Parade. Oct. 21, 2017. Parade starts 5:30 p.m. at New River Marina, along Peru Rd to Fulchers Landing, ending at Blackbeards Waterfront Bar and Restaurant. Fun, Food, Prizes, 50/50 raffle, Music, Dancing. Tickets available at New River Marina on Oct. 21,2017, at 5 p.m. Contact Ray or Carol at 910-330-3003 or 910-833-2205


Divorce Ministry: Find help, discover hope and experience healing together. Every 4th Monday 6:30 p.m. The Gathering fellowship hall. Males and females are welcome. Question? emial: Rick Helms - rhelmsharnett@gmail.com, 304 Wilmington Ave., Surf City.


Community Fest: Hampstead United Methodist Church's annual Community Fest will be on Oct. 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds are for our Building Fund and ASP (our youth's project) will receive Pumpkin Patch proceeds. Come, stay, eat, and enjoy our Fall Festival with no admission fees or parking fees (Donations are always greatly appreciated). Please bring donations of non-perishables for our Leap of Faith Food Pantry.


Paws for Reading Program at the Hampstead Branch Library: Held weekly on Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Children sign up for a 15 minute private session to read to Pepsi, a certified therapy dog, and Miss Barbara, her handler. They may bring a favorite book or choose something at the library. Pepsi passes no judgement so the child doesn't feel any stress or anxiety that may be present in a more formal setting. While the canines for reading program is designed to help improve reading skills studies have shown that it can also lead to emotional and social benefits. Increased confidence, a sense of pride and improved communication skills are just a few. For more information call (910) 270-4603. We'd be happy to go into more detail about the program. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Hampstead Lions Club & Belk Charity Sale: Saturday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 10 a.m. - In store only pre-sale Oct. 23 - Nov. 3. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance and used in pre-sale. For tickets call Val at (910) 231-6003 or Elaine (201) 704-5604


Taste and See Fall Picnic. All Saints Catholic Church welcomes the community as their guests to the Taste and See Fall Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 14 with 5 p.m. Mass and a pizza party and Sunday, Oct. 15 with 10 a.m. Mass and hamburgers, hot dogs and sides. The event is located at the All Saints Hampstead Campus located at 18737 US Highway 17 North. Contact: 910-270-1477 or www.AllSaintsCCNC.org


Pumpkin Patch: Hampstead UMC's annual Pumpkin Patch is open. Come and choose your pumpkin from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.. The profits we receive go to The Navajo Tribes who provide the pumpkins, Missions of the Youth (this year Hurricane Mathew victims), Hampstead UMC and mission trips our youth are doing We have all sizes of pumpkins, and gourds.


Thrift Store: Faith Harbor United Methodist Women invite you to shop at Harbor Thrift Store Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location is 15254 Hwy. 50 in Surf City. For information call 910-328-7467. Donations accepted by appointment only. No TVs, computers, light fixtures, adult clothing. Proceeds benefit women, children and youth.


Van ministry: Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church has a van ministry that will pick you and or your child up for Sunday school and worship services on Sunday mornings with breakfast provided upon arrival. For more information or pick up call before Friday evening (910) 581-8578


Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church: Servants call anniversay sing with next chapter Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Homecoming services with the Nortons and Pastor Gary Leeoctober Oct. 8 at 10 a.


6th Annual Cause for the Paws Benefit Bike and Dice Run: OCPAW (Onslow County Partners For Animal Welfare, Inc.) Please come and support our fundraiser to support our programs of low cost spay/neuter vouchers, feral cat (trap/neuter/release), re-homing programs for lost and abandoned animals and our guardian angel service dog program. Sunday, Oct. 1. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Angry Ginger Irish Pub, 1202 Gum Branch Road. BBQ plates $6.99 eat in or take out curb service noon.


Emergence Center of Integrative Health: The center offers donation-based classes that include Integrative Yoga call 910-358-4027 for more information.


Fall Author's Dinner: Reserve your seat now for the Topsail Township Friends of the Library Fall Author's Dinner featuring Dr. Mike Maccalupo, being held October 12, 6 p.m. at NINETEEN Restaurant in the Olde Point Country Club, Hampstead, NC. Deadline October 1, 2017. The cost is $30 (Cash bar available) Sign up at the library, call the library at (910) 270-4603 or call Mary Ann at (910) 270-2866.


Hampstead Lions Club Pancake Breakfast: Please mark your calendar on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 for a pancake breakfast given by Hampstead Lions Club. The lions club breakfast will be held at Highway 55, Rt. 17 Hampstead from 8 to 10 a.m. for $5 per person. All you can eat ( pancakes, bacon, coffee, milk, orange juice). For advance tickets call: Val at 910-231-6003 or Elaine at 201-704-5604. Tickets will also be sold at the door.


Flea & Craft Market: The American Legion Post 167 will hold a flea and craft market at 16660 Highway US 17, Hampstead, Oct. 7. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon and the indoor setup is $15 with one Table 7 a.m. Call or Text Brad at 585-305-7490 email: brad@ncalpost167.org or bmfdlf@gmail.com.


Spay/ Neuter Program: Dr. Robert Sheegog of the Onslow Animal Hospital in Jacksonville is supporting the nonprofit Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare Inc. (OCPAW) PawsAbility Spay/Neuter program. Sheegog has volunteered to perform four dog or cat spay/neuter procedures every month at a deep discount to Onslow County residents who qualify. Registration for appointments are made through an application available online at oc-paw.com. For information or to help with the effort, call 910-745-7930 or email ocpaw@yahoo.com. The PawsAbility Spay/Neuter Program is supported by the annual fundraiser " The Cause for the Paws" which helps to provide assistance for lost and abandoned animals. The program is supported by 16 vets in the Onslow County area.


WoodmenLife Chapter 1483: meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Topsail Senior Center, 20959 Hwy. 17, Hampstead, 910-270-9353. A meal is always served. Members and guests welcome.


Barlow Vista Baptist: Sunday morning worship, 11 a.m; Sunday morning Bible study for youth, adult and children, 9:45 a.m. ‘The Church on the Hill,’ 22340 Hwy. 17, Hampstead, 910-329-3761. Pastor is Dr. Bill Guthrie. Minister of Outreach is the Rev. Travis Horrell. All are welcome. Come as you are.


Autumn with Topsail: 29th annual Autumn with Topsail Festival 21 and 22 October on the grounds of the Historical Society of Topsail Island located in Topsail Beach, NC. The festival features a juried Artist and Craft Court; exciting live musical entertainment, a variety of food, beer and wine offerings a silent auction plus games and rides for children and much more! NO PETS. Live music this year includes: Band of OZ, Carolina Band and North Tower Band. All proceeds from the festival go towards maintaining the Historic Assembly Building. For additional information please visit www.autumnwithtopsail.com


Missiles and More Museum: Open Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Free. Information at 910-328-8663, 910-328-2488 or missilesandmoremuseum.org.


Bible study programs: “After School Kids” Bible-study program. Every Monday from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. for elementary kids; “eTeen” for middle school and high school students every Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Blake’s Chapel, Sloop Point Road in Hampstead. Information at 910-233-8310 or askhampstead@gmail.com.


VFW: VFW Post 9983 canteen. Daily from 3 to 8 p.m. 188 Hines Stump Sound Church Road, Holly Ridge. Information at 910-329-1881. The nonprofit service organization is for men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in combat areas. The hall is available for rental and catering is available.


Wellness classes: Surf City Recreation wellness classes. Daily. Surf City Community Center. Cost varies. Information at surfcityparksandrec.com, 910-328-4887 or wellness@townofsurfcity.com.


Bingo: Castle Bay bingo. Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. July through September Castle Bay pool house. Information from Roxana Hegarty at 240-252-0885.


Garden club: Hampstead Garden Club. Third Monday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Topsail Presbyterian Church. Information at 910-270-2580 or 910-270-1005.


All Saints Catholic Church, Hampstead: Masses Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Confessions Saturdays at 4 p.m. 18737 U.S. Hwy. 17. 910-270-1477 or allsaintsccnc.org.


All Saints Catholic Church, Surf City: Masses Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m., 420 North Topsail Drive. 910-270-1477 or allsaintsccnc.org.


Food pantry: 4 C’s Food Pantry; Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon; Jones Plaza, 15200 US Highway 17. The nonprofit Christian Community Caring Center pantry, which serves everyone in Eastern Pender County, is funded solely by donations. To make a monetary donation, send checks to 4 C’s Food Pantry, P.O. Box 805, Hampstead, NC 28443. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations of food may be dropped off anytime the Pantry is open.


Onslow County Senior Services: Onslow County Senior Services Sneads Ferry Center, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 242 Sneads Ferry Road


Spay/neuter program: Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare low-cost spay/neuter programs. Information at oc-paw.com, 910-745-7930 or ocpaw@yahoo.com. The nonprofit offers assistance to Onslow residents as an animal welfare liaison, through the spay/neuter program in cooperation with 16 Onslow County veterinarians and can help with lost/abandoned animals or the need to re-home a pet.


Covered by Grace: Information at 910-389-3126 or hollis267963@bellsouth.net. Linda Hollis started the program after the April 18, 2008, death of her granddaughter, Emily Grace Hollis and is seeking others to get involved. Emily had brain cancer and spent 20 months at Duke undergoing treatment. She now makes blankets, throws, caps and more to be delivered to Duke Children’s Hospital has Covered by Grace labels to attach that include contact information and 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”


Knights of Columbus: The Knights Of Columbus Harry “Hap” J. Hansen 111 Council 12281 meetings, second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., The American Legion Hall, 16660 U.S. 17 in Hampstead. Information at 910-741-8007 or 757-450-7034. New members are always welcome.


American Legion Post 167: meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 16660 U.S. 17N, Hampstead. Information at ncalpost167.org. All active duty and veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp and Coast Guard are welcome.


Chapel by the Bay: Sunday services 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday School at 9:10 a.m. Located in Lanier’s Campground, 216 Michigan Ave. in Surf City. Information at pastor@chapelbythebay.com or chapelbythebay.com.


Pender County Animal Shelter: adoptions are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; 3280 New Savannah Road in Burgaw. Information or directions at 910-259-1484. Adoption fee for dogs includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper/parvo and kennel cough vaccines, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment. Adoption fee for cats includes spay/neuter, rabies and FVRCP, deworming and 30-day flea/tick treatment.


Blood pressure screening: Pender County Health Department blood pressure screenings 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. Free. Information at 910-259-1230. The Pender County Health Department also offers free blood pressure checks Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Sneads Ferry Lions Club: meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Madisons Steak and Seafood Restaurant on N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry. Visitors are welcome.


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. Information at 910-470-2378. Caregivers will have the opportunity to meet other people facing the same circumstances, discuss challenges and receive support.


Master’s Touch Resale Store: interdenominational resale store, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 Donations are accepted during regular hours.


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


CHEW!: 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 Katie Rogers, school social worker, at 910-388-5480 or katie.rogers@onslow.k12.nc.us.


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 mgatton@taffinc.org or 910-777-8244.


Stump Sound No. 733 Masonic Lodge: meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 for a meal, followed by Lodge at 7:30 for qualified Masons, 151 Charles Creek Road, Sneads Ferry. Information at 910-938-0930.


Boy Scout Troop 937: meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at Lakeside Drive and N.C. 172 in Sneads Ferry. Information at 910-327-0069 or harveyhoopes@gmail.com.


Hampstead Detachment 1321 of Marine Corps League: meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Topsail Senior Center located next to Pender Pines Nursery. New members, both Marines and FMF Navy corpsmen, are welcome.


Hampstead Women’s Club: meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Hampstead Community Building, 14435 U.S. 17. General membership applications are available at the Hampstead Thrift Shop.