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Local Events Calendar and Listings for September 6th, 2017

Calendar of Events for 2017

• 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

Carolina Beach - Citizen’s Recognition Program, Walk of Fame

The Citizen’s Recognition Program is now accepting nominations for a monument on the Walk of Fame.  Nominees must have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through their outstanding leadership and service.  Nominations should demonstrate how the nominee has been influential in advancing the economic and social development of Carolina Beach as a residential community and beach resort.
Financial donations are greatly appreciated as the Project is responsible for the cost of each monument.
Deadline for this year’s nominations is October 15, 2017. Submit nominations by application form which can be picked up at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach.
Applications should be submitted to Darlene Bright, FPHPS, P.O. Box 623, Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information about the committee call Darlene Bright. 910-228-3424.

Wilmington Symphony’s Opening Night to feature 14 year old cellist, Ifetayo Ali-Landing

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome the youthful energy of cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing to the opening night stage on September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm at Wilson Center. She will perform Édouard Lalo’s tuneful Cello Concerto in D minor. The concert will conclude with Ravel’s spectacular orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Ms. Ali-Landing will also be in residency throughout the week, performing in area schools and youth centers.
Ifetayo is the Junior Division 1st Place Laureate of the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition and performed as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Now 14, she began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4.
Ifetayo was honored at the Friends of the IPO (Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra) Rising Stars Showcase in 2013 at age 10, when she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. To date, this video has over 48,000 YouTube views and over 8 million Facebook views. To read more about this wonderful performer visit http://www.sphinxmusic.org/bio-ifetayo-ali/
Tickets are available by calling 910-362-7999. Subscriptions renewals are available now, and new subscriptions go on sale June 2. Single tickets will go on sale in August.

Girl Scouts Helps Girls Scout Out Their Passions
Provide Leadership Opportunities to All Girls

[RALEIGH, NC] — As an adult, some of our most memorable moments are from times when we felt thrilled, proud, accomplished, and confident during our childhood. Those memories might include the first point you scored during a basketball game, the time you placed first during a competition, or that time you were recognized for your great accomplishments. These memories helped build you into the person you are today by instilling courage, confidence, and character. According to Girl Scouts Chief Girl Expert, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, “Out-of-school experiences help girls develop real skills like teamwork and perseverance—skills that she’ll need to do well in school and throughout her life.” And Girl Scouts is here to help!
Offering hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills, Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. Girl Scouts is a great option for girls wanting to explore new interests. With its data-backed, time-­tested programs, Girl Scouts is designed to meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best.
When a girl joins Girl Scouts, she’ll discover new interests and passions, engage in new challenges, and take action to change the world – all while making memories and friendships for a life time.
“My favorite part of being a Girl Scout is all of the cool new places I get to explore. As a Girl Scout, I've learned how to work with people better,” said Girl Scout Kayla Bell. “I think other girls should join Girl Scouts because it teaches life skills that can help with a lot of different things.”
It’s not just the Girl Scouts who take pride in the Girl Scout programming and Leadership Experience, it’s the parents too!
“In Girl Scouts every girl can experience success,” said Girl Scout volunteer and parent, Kristin Vickery. “Girls Scouts affords girls leadership opportunities and experiences that will serve them well as adults.”  
Girl Scouts provides many options for girls looking to scout out their passions, including helpful tips and tricks for parents looking to set them up for success.
Explore Your Options: There is so much for girls to get involved with at Girl Scouts. Whether it’s becoming a business leader while selling Girl Scout Cookies, taking on new challenges and adventures during a camping trip, or breaking down gender barriers when it comes to STEM. Girl Scouts offers amazing opportunities for girls to explore.  
Ask these questions: What does your girl like? Is she an adventurer seeker? Is she entrepreneur? Is she looking to make a change in the world? By asking yourself questions, it can make a difference when helping her discover her interests. Keep her interested: If you’re girl isn’t into an activity or program maybe she isn’t being challenged enough or perhaps it’s just not the right match. Tell her you are proud of her for trying something new and help her recognize her unique interests.
While girls may be exposed to these different subjects at school, in other youth programs, or even on her own, at Girl Scouts she’ll experience them in a unique way that puts her on a path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. And because Girl Scouts is girl-led, girls decide what they’ll do, together.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Troops are forming in now for girls K-12. To learn more how to claim her spot, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.
We're Girl Scouts of the USA - We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org
About Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is largest girl-led leadership development program in central and eastern North Carolina, reaching over 26,000 girls and 9,000 adult volunteer across 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. Girl Scouts helps develop leaders of tomorrow by empowering girls to take on bold challenges, discover their passions and strengths, and explore programming like STEM, entrepreneurship, environmental leadership, take-action projects, and global citizenship. Today’s Girl Scouts learn to lead with courage, confidence, and character to make their communities and the world a better place. The council's administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Goldsboro, Fayetteville, and Wilmington. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call (800) 284-4475.

The Island of Lights have unveiled their much-anticipated Christmas Card and Ornament for 2017

The Island of Lights have unveiled their much-anticipated Christmas Card and Ornament for 2017.  This year’s theme for the card and ornament is the “Heron”, a popular resident to our North Carolina coast.  The ornaments are hand-painted and numbered by the artist.   These beautiful ornaments make the perfect addition to any Christmas collection or a nice souvenir of your wonderful coastal vacation.  The Christmas Card and Ornament will now be available at the following retailers around Pleasure Island:  Carolina Beach Jewelers, the Checkered Church, Christmas Shop, Island Tackle, Jeanne’s Jewels, Touche, The Trading Post and, also the studios of Mary Trowbridge and Charlie McGee at The ArtWorks TM on Willard Street in Wilmington.   The cards are $10 per package of 10 and the ornaments are $15 each.  Raffle Tickets for the original painting are available now at the Checkered Church for $1 per ticket, $5 for 6 tickets or $10 for an arm’s length.   There are ONLY 350 of the numbered ornaments available, so don’t wait until the last minute.  The ornaments sell out early every year. Every year, the IOL commissions an artist to paint a picture to be used for the Island of Lights’ Christmas card.  The framed original painting by Tip Top Frame is then raffled off on New Year’s Eve at midnight.  This year, Mary Trowbridge created the painting of the heron which is used for the 2017 Christmas card.  Mary has been drawing and painting all her life, but a few classes in watercolor in the 1990s made her focus on a true love. . . the surprising actions of the watercolor medium. Mary’s subjects include portraits of people, animals, landscape, still life, floral and abstract.  Mary has taught watercolor classes for many years because she loves to encourage the artistic skills of her students.  Mary lives in Wilmington, NC, and has found a wonderful art home in her studio in The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington, where you will find her hard at work at her craft. Starting in 2016, Theresa “Charlie” McGee was selected as the featured artist who hand-paints the Christmas ornaments for Island of Lights each year.  This is Charlie’s second year and she did not disappoint.  Charlie is a certified instructor of Acrylic, W-Oils, Clay and many other programs with Donna Dewberry.  Acrylics is her favorite medium, but she enjoys working with all mediums.  Charlie has been teaching at AC Moore since 2008, where she shares her knowledge with her students.  For the last four years Charlie has also been a resident artist at The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington.  Her studio is a place for her to create and exhibit her work. Island of Lights is a non-profit organization that was created to promote tourism on Pleasure Island during the off-season.  For more than 25 years, they have made Pleasure Island one of the top spots to visit during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve.  Throughout the year, IOL puts on many activities the whole family can enjoy.  In addition to the Lighting of the Lake with Santa Claus, Christmas Parade, Flotilla, Tour of Homes and New Year’s Celebrations, the Island of Lights hold their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon which displays the fashionable clothing you can purchase in local shops on Pleasure Island. The Island of Lights’ members volunteer their time to organize the many great events throughout the holidays to make Pleasure Island a special destination during the winter months.  Please come join the fun at our meeting held the first Tuesday of every month in the Carolina Beach Library.  
We would love to see you there.  Any questions concerning the Island of Lights Painting, Christmas Cards or Christmas Ornaments, please contact Dianna Williams @ 910-398-8720.           

Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market countinues through October 7th

The Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market was established to provide a location for local growers, producers, artisans and crafters to sell their goods directly to the consumers, to encourage and promote the use of locally grown and produced products and to enhance the quality of life in Carolina Beach.
Join us Saturdays, May 27, 2017 through October 7, 2017 for an abundant selection of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, dairy products, wines, meats, baked goods and natural soaps while listening to live music at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market. Our vendors offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced plants, vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, dog cookies, and baked goods. Additionally, we offer a selection of fine arts and crafts on a rotating basis! As the season progresses, you will find ever-changing farm products and more, so visit often to enjoy seasonable fresh produce.
Located on the shores of the lake, the market is open Saturdays, 8:00am – 1:00pm. Spend some time at our “island style” market and help to support local farmers and the local economy while ensuring you’re purchasing the safest and freshest foods available. For updates follow the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Facebook or visit http://carolinabeachfarmersmarket.com

Annual Island Day Set for Sunday, September 24th at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

Please mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Island Day celebration. The event will be held Sunday, September 24th from 1pm to 5pm at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. Island Day is a cooperative effort between the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative, and the Town Staff, Elected Officials, and Volunteers of both Carolina and Kure Beach. Island Day is a celebration that brings together residents of Pleasure Island for a day of “old fashioned” fun with picnicking, family friendly activities and games, music, hands-on educational opportunities, and time to visit with friends and neighbors. Bring a cooler with sandwiches, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages, or grab a hot dog from the Carolina and Kure Beach Fire Departments. Sit on your blankets, relax and enjoy!
This event could not function without the support and participation of our local non-profits, businesses, and individuals! We are currently accepting applications at Kure
Beach Town Hall from anyone interested in participating in this year’s event. If you are interested in volunteering or participating, please contact Nikki Keely at Kure Beach Town Hall by calling (910) 458-8216 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications can also be found at www.townofkurebeach.org. Thank you in advance for helping make the 8th Annual Island Day a huge success! http://www.townofkurebeach.org

5th Annual Holiday Craft Show - American Legion Post 129 to be held October 28th

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding its 5th Holiday Craft Show on October 28, 2017, at the American Legion Post 129 Pavilion Building on Carolina Beach.  The address is 1500 Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach (behind the Food Lion).  Hours for the craft show will be 9 to 4. Come on out and get an early start on your holiday shopping with a wide variety of items from local crafters/artisans.  
For directions or questions call 910-458-9155.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site announces off Season Operating Hours, New Telephone Number

KURE BEACH, NC¬—Beginning September 5, 2017, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will resume off-season operating hours of 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
The site is closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays recognized by the state.
In addition, the site’s outdated analog phone system has been updated with a new fiber optic network, which resulted in a new phone number. According to site manager Jim Steele, the state historic site can now be reached by calling 910-251-7340.
Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive naval bombardments, the fort fell to a Union assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the Lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade.
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 on the NCDNCR, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

24 years of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

PLEASURE ISLAND, NC - TWENTY-FOUR years of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.
 Now entering its 24th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind.
 It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier". October 14th and 15th join'Mud' Morganfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Nick Moss Band, Carolyn Wonderland & Randall Bramblett Band the weekend of non-stop musical talent offers performances on two stages. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.
Tickets will be limited...Get them quick,
This event will SELL OUT 910-458-8434. Gates Follow the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival on Facebook for exciting updates about the band lineup, seafood vendors, and more!

5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Seeking Teams

This is the 5th annual event in Sunny Carolina Beach right on the Atlantic Ocean, New Hanover County, North Carolina!  Please join the Island Men this September for this two day event of activities, scheduled for September 15th and 16th. Racing will be on a 300m race course along the shores of the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin, a protected area of water lined with beach homes, condos, and marinas.
Community teams will be racing along with a few club teams from around the region.
This event brings together sports, health and wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community. Proceeds from this event will go directly to benefit Step Up for Soldiers and their programs providing volunteer services for renovations, recreation and recognition for recently disabled Veterans.  Learn more about the beneficiary. Gather a group of friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers to form a team and get out on the water.  A dragon boat is a colorful 45-foot long watercraft that resembles a canoe. It's manned by a crew of 20, plus a steersman at the stern of the boat, and a drummer/pace setter sitting in the bow.
Teams are encouraged to signup 22-25 members to cover any absences on race day.

Boogie in the Park September 17th with “Port City Shakedown”

KURE BEACH, NC - Port City Shakedown will be playing your favorite Motown, Soul, Rock, Top 40 and Dance hits at Kure Beach’s next Boogie in the Park to be held Sunday, September 17th.
From 5:00pm until 9:00pm grab a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes for some free family-friendly entertainment at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park.
The free concert series is held every 1st and 3rd Sunday through October and are weather permitting. Upcoming concerts are as follows:
October 1st, “Rivermist” and the final concert October 15 with “Sonic Spectrum.”
For more information visit www.townofkurebeach.org