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Local Events Listings for March 15th, 2017

Calendar of Events for 2017

• March 4 - 6th Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-232-5554)
• March 18 - 13th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo-Tide Run (910-547-3820)
• March 25 - Public Safety Day (910-458-2540)
• April 1 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• CANCELED EVENT: April 8 - 21st Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
• April 23  - RESCHEDULED 23rd Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• April 28 & 29 - Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration (910-458-8216)
• May 7 – Oct 15 - Boogie in the Park Concert Series at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park 1st and 3rd Sundays (910-458-8216)
• May 12 - 19th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910-612-3407)
• May 20 - Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival (610-909-7643)
• May 20 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• May 20 - 21 - 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 27 – Oct 7 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• June 13 – Aug 22 - Tuesday Family Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 24 – Aug 30 - Wednesday Night Bingo at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 26 – Sept 1 - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 26 - Sept 1 - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434) May 28 - Sept 3 Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June 3 - 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 9 – Aug 25 - FREE Summer Concerts At Fort Fisher 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 12 – Aug 28 - Turtle Talk at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Monday (910-458-8216)
• June 13 – Aug 29 - Kure Beach Market every Tuesday (910-458-8216)
• June 14 – Aug 30 - Story Time by the Sea at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Wednesday (910-458-8216)
• June 24 - Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon (910-620-6405)
• June 29 – Aug 17 - Up and Active! at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Thursday (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 7, 8, 9 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• Aug 19 - Kure Beach Annual Community Center BBQ Fundraiser (910-458-8216)
• Sept 9 - 5th Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 9 - 10th CBPD Bike Rodeo (910-338-7811)
• Sept 15 & 16 - 5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• Sept 30 - 5th Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Beach Walk (910-386-2093)
• Oct 14 & 15 - 24th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 21 - 9th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 15 - Carolina Beach Marathon and Half Marathon (919-889-3438) Oct 20, 21, 22 11th Annual Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 28 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 18 & 25 - Kure Beach Holiday Market (910-458-8216)
• Nov 24 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 24, 25/Dec 2, 9, 16 - 9th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 1 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-2977)
• Dec 2 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-386-8081)
• Dec 8, 9, 10 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-458-8216)
• Dec 9 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• Dec 31  - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown & Fireworks Held In Carolina Beach
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

CBPD & KBPD Public Safety Day March 25th

Carolina Beach & Kure Beach Police Departments are partnering together to host a FREE community event for the whole family to enjoy.  
Public Safety Day will be Saturday, March 25th from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach.  Local police, fire and ems agencies will be on hand with displays. There will also be federal law enforcement agencies from New Hanover County, Military branches, demonstrations and hands on fun for kids of all ages. There will also be a free shred truck available to purge old documents from Local Government Federal Credit Union!

23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blue & Jazz Festival
on April 23rd

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - We are very excited to announce the revised line-up for the 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival originally scheduled for October 8th and 9th that had to be rescheduled for Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC  due to Hurricane Matthew.  We are beyond thrilled to offer 12 of the original 14 bands including the phenominal Jonny Lang and the dynamic Samantha Fish.
Headlining on the rescheduled Festival will be the phenominal Jonny Lang who released his first album Lie To Me at the age of 16, some 19 years ago.  Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.  
He has five albums that charted in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and is a Grammy Award winner for Turn Around in 2007.  
Jonny is currently touring in support of his new album Fight For My Soul. Opening for Mr. Lang, we will be having a potential EPIC occasion – we are bringing Pleasure Island the dynamic Samantha Fish out of Kansas City with her staggering vocal emotions and aching guitar riffs.  Influenced by her musical heroes, such as Tom Petty, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Sheryl Crow, Samantha brings her amazing blend of Americana Root Music “which has little trouble vocalizing her sadness, anger and pain – and doing so in a bewitchingly seraphic timbre” (Guitar Girl Magazine).
In addition, Kara Grainger (from Sydney, Australia) will be returning for an encore performance,  offering tasteful blues and slide guitar combined with soulful vocals who will leave you wanting more.  Also returning from 2015, is David Gerald, born in rural Mississippi and raised in R & B-rich Detroit, bringing his sweet blends of Delta Blues with Motor City Blues.  
We are very excited to bring the Luxuriant Sedans, the brand new band from the fertile musical stomping grounds of the North Carolina Piedment, once you’ve gone Luxuriant, there is no turning back. Check out the official, revised and confirmed schedule for our rescheduled 23rd Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival:
Blues Stage – Sunday, April 23, 2017: 11:30 – 12:50 Snake Malone & The Black Cat Bone; 1:10 – 2:30 Luxuriant Sedans; 2:50 – 4:10 David Gerald; 4:30 – 5:50 Kara Grainger    ; 6:30 – 8:00 Samatha Fish; 9:00 Jonny Lang
Jazz Stage – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017: 12:00 – 1:10 Lynne & The Wave; 1:30 – 2:40 Nelson & the Rock-a-fellas; 3:00 – 4:10 Nita B & Her Soiree; 4:30 – 5:40 Max Levy and the Hawaiin Shirts; 6:00 – 7:10 Nina Repeta; 7:30 – 8:40 Benny Hill Trio            
In addition to all of the blues and jazz groups on two stages during the Festival, we have for families, the amazing FREE Kidzone with magicians, face-painting, educational exhibits, inflatables, laser tag and much more.  
Shop at the many and varied vendors and (adults) can have a little wine or a beer as well.  No coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a day of music and seafood on the coast.  
To purchase tickets or for more information call (910) 458-8434, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you have already purchased tickets, just hold onto them and we will see you in April 2017!  On a serious note, we are disappointed (along with everyone involved) that we were unable to have our Festival on the original date, but Mother Nature by way of Hurricane Matthew gave us no choice.  We had to go to an elongated day due to the availability of the venue and Jonny Lang’s schedule.  
Due to prior commitments and time constraints, we sincerely apologize to Urban Hill and Gate City Divas for having to remove them from the schedule.  
I hope that you will have the opportunity to see them in the future either on Pleasure Island or at another venue.  
Let’s all take a minute and say a prayer for all the people who have been so adversely affected by this recent disaster. For more information call (910) 458-8434, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND LUNCHEON

Join the Friends of the Hibernians when they present their annual St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Wilmington on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  The parade steps off at 11AM.
Following the parade, the Hibernians will host a corned beef and cabbage luncheon at the Riverside Hilton.  Featured will be Irish music and dancing, and for those of you who bought raffle tickets for the trip to Ireland, the winner will be announced at the luncheon.  Also, the Marines who marched in the parade will be honored.
Tickets are $27 pp and must be purchased ahead of time.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Note that the price of your ticket helps to defray the cost of providing lunch for the Marines. For further info, contact Jim Quinn, 686-5151 or Steve McEnaney 686-5498.

Parrot Heads Meet and Bowl on March 19

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads  will hold their monthly meeting and social on Sunday, March 19 at Cardinal Lanes in Wilmington. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. and the bowling social begins at 6:30 p.m. The club celebrates the island lifestyle and the music of Jimmy Buffett, while also giving back to local non profits through fund raising and volunteer activities. In 2016, Pleasure Island Parrot Heads donated more than $6,700 to local charities and provided more than 1,400 volunteer hours in the community.  If you'd like to join this month's meeting or social, please RSVP by contacting Bill Davis, club president, at 910-392-2663 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Violinist Kevin Lawrence to the Wilson Center Stage

WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Symphony’s 2016-17 Masterworks Series continues on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 pm with “Operatic Orchestra” featuring violinist Kevin Lawrence. Praised for his "vibrant intensity," (The Times, London) and playing "supremely convincing in its vitality," (Cleveland Plain Dealer) violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Chair of the String Department at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which recognized him with its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.Mr. Lawrence will perform Antonin Dvořák’s tuneful Violin Concerto. Also on the program is a selection of iconic orchestral preludes, interludes, and dances from the world of opera, including Richard Strauss’s exotic Dance of the Seven Veils. Single tickets are $25-$35 (plus CFCC fees and NC sales tax) for adults and $10 (plus CFCC fees and NC sales tax) for students. For tickets call Ticket Central at 910-362-7999 or order online at www.WilmingtonSymphony.org  The 2016-17 concert season is generously sponsored REEDS Jewelers, and River Bluffs Community. The “Operatic Orchestra” concert is sponsored by The Davis Community.

PI Chamber Beach Music Festival June 3rd

 Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.
On Saturday, June 3rd, ‘shaggers’ of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South.  All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast.  The gates will open at 10:00 am with the first band hitting the stage at 11:00 am.  This year’s line-up: 11:00 - 12:30 - Black Water Rythm & Blues Band; 1:00 – 2:30 Band of Oz; 3:00 – 4:30 Jim Quick and Coastline
This annual, fun filled event is one of the longest running Beach Music festivals in the United States.  Tickets to the 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate (cash only).  Advance tickets will be  available through EVENTBRITE on-line (credit only).  Beginning May 1st, tickets will be available at  the Pleasure Island Chamber, Island Tackle & Hardware, Siver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach (cash/check only).  This annual fun-in-the-sun extravaganza brings together a multi-generational family crowd that lets the music flow like the crashing of the waves where you can shag a little, boogie a little and smile a lot.  Help make history at the 32nd Annual get together with your toes in the sand of famous Carolina Beach, where Beach Music originated and shaggin’ was born. Join our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/carolinabeachmusicfestival) to keep up with the latest breaking news.  Be sure to bring your own chairs, towels and SPF50 as well as your coolers (YES, coolers are allowed and welcome).  Please no glass, no pets, and no refunds.  Bring an Anhauser Busch product (no glass please) and register to win some Budweiser Swag..  
The folks at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Fear Shag Club, Budweiser and the Town of Carolina Beach welcome Beach Music lovers from all over on the first Saturday in June.  Come have a great day of fun in the sun, but remember to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.  See you down front and center…

Park Day Volunteers Needed at Fort Fisher Saturday, April 1st

KURE BEACH--As part of Civil War Trust Park Day 2017, individual and group volunteers are needed Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 to 12 noon to help beautify and preserve Fort Fisher State Historic Site, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, which once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River.
Civil War Trust Park Day brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine. Volunteers aged 10 and up, of all ability levels, are encouraged to participate in activities ranging from light sanding and painting to cleaning up yard debris. Many activities are appropriate for groups such as scout troops, service clubs, and church youth groups. Registered volunteers will be treated to a free lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit group which supports the site. All volunteers are asked to register in advance by calling (910) 458-5538 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Basic tools and gloves will be provided and sunscreen is encouraged.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.   The site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

Free Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide will soon begin preparing and electronically filing Federal and NC state income taxes for 2016.  All services are free of charge.  Trained and IRS certified volunteers will answer your questions, prepare your personal tax returns, and electronically file them. AARP Tax-Aide and VITA are free nationwide services that provide high quality income tax assistance and free federal and state tax preparation, including electronic filing. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of these free services. Volunteers are certified to prepare most common personal income taxes.  They are not permitted to prepare returns for businesses with employees or losses, complicated investment reporting, and certain other complicated tax matters.
Taxpayers need to bring the following items: 1. Picture ID, address and local phone number.  New this year: Both spouses must come to the tax center with photo ID, but they may come at different times. 2. Social Security cards and Date of Birth for self, spouse and all dependents. 3. Wage statements (W-2’s and 1099’s) from all employers for the year. 4. Retirement, Social Security, and/or Railroad Retirement statements. 5. Interest, dividend, and final brokerage statements. 6. Charitable contributions, medical expenses and real estate property taxes you paid in 2016.
(For those who itemize) 7. To have the Affordable Care Act portion of your return completed, you may need to have some specific documentation on 2016 health care coverage for you, your spouse and dependents.  If you, your spouse and dependents were covered all of 2016 by Medicare, Medicaid, employer provided health insurance or health insurance you purchased from an insurance provider, you will not need any additional documentation.
If you, your spouse or any dependent purchased health insurance on the “Marketplace/Exchange” run by the state or federal government, then you will need additional documentation. At a minimum, you must have Form 1095-A issued by the “Marketplace/Exchange” showing the specific months you, your spouse and dependents were covered by health insurance. Your Form 1095-A should be in the mail to you by January 31.  If you were not covered by health insurance for some or all of 2016 you may be required to make a “Shared Responsibility Payment” with your tax return. 8.
You are encouraged to bring your 2015 tax returns, which may be required to accurately complete your 2016 return. 9. A copy of your Power of Attorney if you are filing on behalf of another person. 10. Any other tax document related to 2016.
The times, dates, and locations of the services:
VITA Town of Carolina Beach, 300 Cape Fear Blvd., (Old Library) Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Tax preparation will begin Monday February 1 and run through April 18. Carolina Beach is the only VITA site in New Hanover County with Saturday hours. Monday – Thursday:      12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. VITA New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 Tax preparation will begin Monday February 1 and run through April 18. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 – 4:00; Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 – 6:00 No appointments. AARP Tax-Aide, New Hanover County Main Library, 201 Chestnut St, Wilmington NC.   February 1 to April 18; 9:30 – 1:30; Monday through Friday.  No appointments. AARP Tax-Aide, Pender County, Topsail Senior Center, 15909 US Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC.  Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM beginning Monday, February 1 and continuing through April 18.  No appointments
For additional AARP Tax-Aide sites in North and South Carolina call this toll free number 1-888-227-7669. A website is available for year round assistance at www.aarp.org/taxaide

Crawl for Paws May 20th

Save the date for the 4th Annual Crawl for Paws to be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017! Crawl for Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting various animal causes in the Cape Fear region. All proceeds raised stay here in the local community.
Start time, pub route and the new t-shirt are being finalized so check the Gazette for future updates! Crawl for Paws was begun in the Spring of 2014 to initially raise money to help fund the purchase of ballistic vests for the Carolina Beach police dogs.
The first Crawl was such a success, that we expanded our reach to help support other local animal causes. The 3rd Annual Crawl held in May 2016 raised over $10,000.  Thanks to all who came Crawling with us and a special thanks to our 2016 Crawl for Paws sponsors!

March Meeting Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

March monthly meeting on Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  
This month John Moseley will present his talk “Medal of Honor Recipients of the Lower Cape Fear.” By the summer of 1861, the US Congress created the only award to recognize the acts of bravery by Union enlisted Navy, Marine Corps, and Army personnel during the Civil War. By war’s end, this award would be issued to 1,523 members of the Federal Army and Navy.  
Between June 1864 and January 1865, seventy-two sailors, soldiers and Marines awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at Fort Fisher. During the Civil War the US Marine Corps were awarded 17 Medals of Honor.  The struggle on the beach in front of Fort Fisher witnessed 6 of those Marine Medals of Honor. In addition, 35% of the recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions at Fort Fisher were foreign nationals.
Today, the Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President, in the name of the Congress, to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and courage at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty. In its history, 19 North Carolinians have been recognized for their actions with the Medal of Honor. New Hanover County recognizes four citizens of our Nation’s highest award.
John Moseley is the Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. He received his undergraduate degree in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, in 1989. He then spent the next decade and a half working in the for-profit and non-profit business world. During the 1990s, he spent large amounts of time researching North Carolina’s role in the American Revolution and 18th century medical and dental history.
He began working at Fort Fisher in 2011 and is currently in charge of the educational programming for the State Historic Site. Since the summer of  2012, he has been the historian with “Tasting History” where he leads a walking tour of Carolina Beach focusing on the history of Federal Point and sampling local restaurants. Currently, he continues working on Fort Fisher’s Medal of Honor recipients and the role of Fort Fisher during World War 2.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s Events Calendar Winter/Spring 2017

• Monday, January 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. Program:  Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum will talk about WWI in Wilmington as well as how it has been memorialized in our area. We will be doing a WWI exhibit in the Spring of 2017 and this will be our kickoff.
• Monday, February 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm. Program: Kemp Burdett, Cape Fear River Keeper will talk to us about his work to protect the water quality and ecosystem of the Cape Fear River.
• Saturday March 18, 2017: Historian Chris Fonvielle will lead his annual walk along the rements of the Sugar Loaf Line of Defense.  Pre-registration is required. Call 910-458-0502. A donation of $10.00 is requested.
• Monday, March 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  John Moseley of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site returns to talk on US Medal of Honor Winners from the Lower Cape Fear area.
• Monday, April 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. Program: Have you ever seen an old picture or post card of a Carolina Beach building and wondered where it was located or what is there today?  Elaine Henson will show businesses and buildings from long ago and what is there now, and in some cases, what was there in between.
• Monday,  May 15, 2017:  7:30-9:00. Program: John Batchelor, author of the cookbook Chefs of the Coast will talk to us about his research in compiling the book and how North Carolina’s coastal cuisine is unique.
• Monday, June 19, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Potluck Picnic: The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members.
All programs are FREE and open to the general public They are held at the Federal Point History Center,  1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.) Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.