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The Crab Pot will host a live performance of The Last Ride on Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.


New River Garden Club: The New River Garden Club will be kicking off this year on Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m., at New River Plantation Club House, Sneads Ferry. Our guest speaker this month will be Jon Schwarz of Pender Pines Garden Center. Refreshments will be served. The club always welcomes new members and guests to join us. It is a great way to meet new people and to learn which plants grow best in this area.


If you are looking for a deeper walk with the LORD, sound Bible teaching, an opportunity to serve your community the Rock Fellowship of Sneads Ferry invites you to come and be a part of us. We are a group of strong Believers who love God, His word. We meet every Sunday at 11 a.m. and on Jan. 28, we will meet at 232 Everett Drive (in Chadwick Shores) at the Stahl's home at 7 p.m. for our Home Group Meetings. Do not forget to tune in to WJCV Radio 1290 AM and 98.3 FM Sundays at 9 a.m. to hear some deeper truths from either Freddy Everett or David Stahl. Please come out expecting to hear from God and looking to get involved with what the Lord is doing. Points of contact are Freddy Everett at 910-545-7918 and David Stahl at 910-382-9287 or emailing charliegolfone@outlook.com.


The Topsail Kiwanis weekly Tuesday meeting venue will be changed until further notice due to the remodeling of the Surf City Welcome Center. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, the meetings will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Southern Roots Grille, 552 East Ocean Road, Highway 50 in Holly Ridge. All are welcome. If you'd like more details, please e-mail kiwanis.topsail@gmail.com.


Meet You At The Cross is a non-denominational gathering in an outside setting for worship, fellowship and the Word of God. Bring a lawn chair. Weather permitting it will be every Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. with special music and speakers when available. Located in Hampstead behind the BoJangles off U.S. 17 S Across from Lowes.


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., at All Saints Catholic Church, 18737 US Hwy. 17 in Hampstead. Information at 910-741-8007 or 757-450-7034. New members are always welcome.


The 4 C's Food Pantry is open to provide non-perishable food items to anyone in Eastern Pender County who needs food. The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located at 15200 U.S. 17 in Hampstead. A simple form must be completed. Anyone who would like to donate food, please bring it on the days the pantry is open. Non-perishable food only. For additional information, call Jeanne Rick at 703-568-8989.


All Saints Catholic Church, 18737 U.S. 17 in Hampstead, has announced its fall hours. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. and confessions will be 4 p.m. Saturday. The Surf City branch, 420 North Topsail Drive, will reopen Memorial Day.


Harbor Thrift Store has moved. Faith Harbor United Methodist Women invite you to continue shopping at our new location, Coral Ridge Station, 1133 E. Ocean Hwy., Suite A, Holly Ridge. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information call 910-329-1336. Donations accepted by appointment only. Please no TV’s, computers, light fixtures, adult clothing. Proceeds benefit women, children and youth.


New Life Christian Church is located at 1053 E. Ocean Road in Holly Ridge and offers free transportation and breakfast for children ages 3-12 at 9:30 a.m. before Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Please call the church office to get your pick up time/location at 910-329-1100 (leave a message).


Coastal Pender Rotary Club meets every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nineteen Restaurant, Olde Point Country Club, 513 Country Club Road, Hampstead . Surf City Satellite Club meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, N.C. 50 in Surf City.


American Legion Post 167 invites sons of members to join them. For more information, call, text or email Brad Fisher at 585-305-7490 or bradf@ncalpost167.org.


Al-Anon Meeting will be held weekly at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barlow Vista Baptist Church, 22340 Highway 17, Hampstead


Hampstead Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at Topsail Presbyterian Church on U.S. 17 in Hampstead at noon. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a lion and an occasion to meet new people.


Preschool Story Time: Story Time for Preschoolers at Hampstead Library on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 910-270-4603 penderpubliclibrary.org.


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? email: Rick Helms - rhelmsharnett@gmail.com, 304 Wilmington Ave., Surf City.


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.


Faith Harbor United Methodist Women invite you to shop at Harbor Thrift Store, 1133 E. Ocean Hwy.(N.C.50), Holly Ridge. Hours of operation are Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.


For information call 910-329-1336. Donations accepted by appointment only. Please, no TV’s, 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


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


PawsAbility Spay/Neuter Program: Low-cost spay/neuter assistance is available with the help of (OCPAW),Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare, Inc. A 501(c)(3) all-volunteer non-profit which receives funding through Swansboro Derby Days, Fidelity Charitable Donations, Neuse River Golden Retriever, and private individual contributions. We can provide care through many participating veterinarians in Onslow and Pender County. However, special appreciation of acknowledgment to Dr. Martin, owner of Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital, for his invaluable support to assist us in providing care for companion animals and support for our programs. Please visit our web site oc-paw.com for applications for assistance and in-depth information about how we can help you. Call 910.745.7930 or email ocpaw@yahoo.com.


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. All are welcome. Come as you are.


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.


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.


Food pantry: 4 C’s Food Pantry; Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon; Jones Plaza, 15200 U.S. 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.


Low-Cost Spay/ Neuter program:


OCPAW (Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare, Inc), is an all-volunteer 501(c) non-profit. Helping residents spay/neuter their pets through our Paws-Ability program which provides low-cost vouchers to assist you. Sixteen local veterinarians support the program. For further information, visit our website www.oc-paw.com, call 910-745-7930 or email ocpaw@yahoo.com. An application can be submitted through our website or obtained directly at Pet Mart located on Rt 210 in Sneads Ferry. OCPAW also assists by covering expenses for lost and abandoned animals when you volunteer to be the foster until the animal finds a home. We can network through Pet-finder, Adopt-a-Pet, and other our extensive networks for placement.


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.


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.