Area Events Listings for April 8th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• April 11 - 19th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
• April 18 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 19 - 5th Annual 5K Holland Hustle (910-297-9522)
• April 25-26 - Easter Seal Ride (910-323-1926)
• May 14 - 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament
 (910-279-7474)
• May 16 - Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
• May 16-17 - 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
 (910-392-0306)
• May 16–Oct 3 - Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• May 17 - Double Sprint Marathon (910-620-6405)
• May 26 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 27 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 30 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• June - Aug - Fireworks every Thursday Night on the Beach (910-458-8434)
• June - Aug - Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – Aug - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday
 (910-458-8434)
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 6 - 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival
(910-458-8434)
• June 9–Aug 25 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• June 14 - Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
• July 10-12 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 8-9 - EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament
 (910-332-8755)
• Sept 12 - 3rd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 18-19 - 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2979)
• Sept 26 - 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Walk (910-458-9453)
• Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Half Marathon (919-889-3438)
• Oct 11&12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 16-18 - 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 17 - 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 24     - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 27 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 27-28, Dec 5,12,19 - 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 4 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
• Dec 5 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
    • Dec 11, 12, 13 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• Dec 12 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5006)
 • Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve Countdown/Fireworks
 Carolina Beach  
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

19th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
Chowder Tastes better than Azaleas

Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at the Carolina Beach Lake.
The Chowder Cook Off is all about delicious food, good music and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event. Chefs from southeast North Carolina’s finest restaurants will prepare the region’s best seafood chowder recipes. Folks can sample a taste of Cape Fear during this friendly chowder competition held at Carolina Beach Lake Park in Carolina Beach. Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face painting, a giant inflatable slide, laser tag and more. And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family. The gates open at 11:30 am and winners will be announced around 5:30..
During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by Mark Roberts Band and chowder-tasting (and voting) between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant. Your job is to bring the family and your discerning palate to sample and vote on your favorite chowder. So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party. Gates open at 11:30 and admission is only $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE.
This year we have a number of contestants with three returning restaurants along with four new entries:
Gibby’s Dock & Dine
Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant
Saint’s Cove Beach Bar & Grill
SeaWitch Café’ & Tiki Bar
Shelby Jeans on the Boardwalk
The Shack at Dockside
Two Kousins Sports Bar
Chowder is served on a first-come, first-served basis – so come early!
REMEMBER _ Chowder tastes better than Azaleas!!
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته..

Novelists Daniel Norris and Billy Beasley to Speak this Month

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society welcomes two local novelists to their April 20th meeting.  Daniel Norris, well known to our local literary community as an author and publisher of numerous non-fiction books has written his first novel, Cape Fear Blackwater Deep. Carolina Beach native Billy Beasley, will also speak about his novel, The River Hideaway. The meeting begins at 7:30 at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach and is open to the general public. Both author’s books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.
The River Hideaway by Billy Beasley is set in 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the country, is embedded in racial turmoil. Two boys on the brink of manhood— Bret Marin and Clarence (Money) Wilkins—forge an unlikely friendship that alters the course of their lives forever. Bret and Money find their friendship tested by the racially charged times, by the cruel demands of an overbearing father, and ultimately by an allure that develops between Bret and Money’s sister, Teke.
1121-A North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. Adjacent to the Carolina Beach Town Hall. Use Town Hall parking lot south of Town Hall main entrance.

Kure Beach Street Festival Returns April 25

Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at the Carolina Beach Lake.
The Chowder Cook Off is all about delicious food, good music and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event. Chefs from southeast North Carolina’s finest restaurants will prepare the region’s best seafood chowder recipes. Folks can sample a taste of Cape Fear during this friendly chowder competition held at Carolina Beach Lake Park in Carolina Beach. Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face painting, a giant inflatable slide, laser tag and more. And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family. The gates open at 11:30 am and winners will be announced around 5:30..
During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by Mark Roberts Band and chowder-tasting (and voting) between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant. Your job is to bring the family and your discerning palate to sample and vote on your favorite chowder. So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party. Gates open at 11:30 and admission is only $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. This year we have a number of contestants with three returning restaurants along with four new entries: Gibby’s Dock & Dine, Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant, Saint’s Cove Beach Bar & Grill, SeaWitch Café’ & Tiki Bar, Shelby Jeans on the Boardwalk, The Shack at Dockside, Two Kousins Sports Bar. Chowder is served on a first-come, first-served basis – so come early! REMEMBER _ Chowder tastes better than Azaleas!! For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته. .

2015 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, April 11, 25 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then, assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older.  Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Sundays, April 12, 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, April 12, 26 at 1:15 p.m., Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR -  Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. - Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
FOR CHILDREN
/PARENTS
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. – Fun with Froggy Friends, Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. – Arbor Adventures - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Parents pay admission only. Pre-Registration Required.
OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
• SALT MARSH EXPLORATION - Sundays, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. - Hike the salt marsh trail and view first-hand the activities of marsh-dwelling animals and the variety of plants found in this rich environment. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to get wet and muddy. For ages 7 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $18 for ages 13 and older, $16 for ages 7-12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25 at 9 a.m. This three-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members.
General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher 

“2015 North Carolina Open Foosball Championships”
Event: to Benefit the Brigade Boys & Girls Club April 17th & 18th

Wilmington, NC--- April 17th and 18th are the dates set for the 2015 North Carolina Open Foosball Championships, to be held at BreakTime Billiards Sports Bar and Grill, 127 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. For tournament info please call 336-325-3183 or visit our website at www.bonziniusa.com.
“We are extremely excited to add an additional Bonzini™ U.S.A. Foosball Tour stop to the Wilmington, NC area,” said Cribbs Inc. president Alan Cribbs. The 2015 North Carolina Open Foosball Championship event host site is BreakTime Billiards Sports Bar and Grill located at 127 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. We will have many members from the U.S. Bonzini Foosball Team competing in this event which should put on a great show for all.
Since 2001, Bonzini™ U.S.A. foosball tour events have raised over $185,000.00 in contributions through Bonzini™ U.S.A. Foosball Tour events. We have a dedicated player base which continues to support the Bonzini™ U.S.A. Tour events. Since 2003, Bonzini ™ U.S.A. has supported the local Brigade Boys & Girls Club, which has been in the forefront of youth development in the Wilmington area for 118 years, working with youth from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances.
Bonzini™ U.S.A. Foosball Tour events continue to gain national recognition for their efforts in creating a tournament atmosphere that is professionally operated to entertain players and spectators alike. This event will attract some of the best foosball players along the East coast. The tournament room will be located in BreakTime Billiards Sports Bar and Grill and will offer maximum viewing advantages to all spectators. Support from local media, Southland Amusements & Vending, Inc., BreakTime Billiards, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, Texas Pete, and many other local businesses make this event possible. Any company or organization wishing to contribute to this event through table sponsorship can contact Alan Cribbs, President of Cribbs Inc., and Bonzini™ U.S.A. at 336-325-3183 or visit our website at http://www.bonziniusa.com. Come out and see why Bonzini™ U.S.A. is the leader in tournament promotions that give back to the community.
Cribbs Inc., dba Bonzini™ U.S.A. is the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of the Bonzini table-soccer product line. Headquartered in Pinnacle, NC, Bonzini™ U.S.A. specializes in high end table-soccer equipment sales along with customized corporate table designs and market targeted foosball tournament events. Bonzini™ U.S.A. cliental list include Coca Cola, NIKE, Alltel, Mahou Beer, Cartoon Network, United Front Games, Playboy, 3M,and the L.A. Galaxy. www.bonziniusa.com.

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 2015 FREE Sunday Night Summer Movies at The Lake

The weather is getting warmer, the plans are being made…The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the generous support of the Town of Carolina Beach, proudly announce this years selection for the FREE Sunday Night Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake.  As always, we have selected Family-friendly movies for the enjoyment of all of our residents and tourists alike.  
Our FREE Movie season runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend for a total of 16 selections for your enjoyment. We kick off the season with Disney’s PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE (PG-2014) on May 24th, followed by everyone’s favorite kid detective MATILDA (PG-1996) on May 31st.  The hilarious adventures of Disney’s ALEXANDERAND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (2014-PG) will be on June 7th followed on June 14th by the adorable PADDINGTON (G-2014).  On June 21st, we are very proud to present the highly anticipated ANNIE (PG13 – 2014) the remake of a classic.  On June 28th, we will present the original WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG 1971) followed by our Independence Day weekend selection DOLPHIN TALE 2 (PG 2014).  Halfway through our summer season on July 12th, we present the Academy Award nominated INTO THE WOODS (PG 2014) followed by the hilarious sequel CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG 2013) on July 19th.  For our tenth selection of the season, we offer the latest edition of  Night at the Museum-Secret of Tomb (PG 2014) on July 26th followed by he Academy Award nominated The Box Trolls (PG 2014) on August 2nd.  For all of our dog lovers, we offer up the classic Beethoven (PG 1992) on August 9th followed by the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film - Disney’s Big Hero 6 (PG 2014) on August 16th.  For all our pirate lovers, we will present the almost classic Hook (PG 1991) on August 23rd This year’s Classic Night on August 30th will feature the 1962’s hilarious misadventure of a tourist family MR. Hobbs takes a Vacation.  We closeout the season on  Labor Day Weekend (September 6th) with Disney’s highly anticipated update of Ella and her Prince in Cinderella (PG 2014). We are happy to offer popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more for sale at the movies - and all for a reasonable price!  You're welcome to bring your own food and beverages as well.  
Directions: Once you cross Snow's Cut Bridge the Carolina Beach Lake is approximately 1 1/4 miles on your right  Movies start at dusk (around 8:45). Movies are subject to change and are weather permitting.

Double your Pleasure on Pleasure Island with the 22nd Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival

Kure Beach, NC – The air is crisp, the nights are cool and the sky is blue – Welcome to Pleasure Island in the Fall. And there is no better way to bring in Autumn than to attend the 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 10th & 11th.
This years’ Festival brings a beavy of unique talent to the twenty-one year history of this great Festival. Again, we are bringing you DOUBLE HEADLINERS - International renowned artists will headliners on Saturday and Sunday.
First up is the legendary DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS on Saturday night, October 10th. With 6 Grammy Awards and a 2011 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dr. John will bring his unique fusion of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and classic funk to the shores of Pleasure Island. Best known for his hit “Right Place Wrong Time”, the gravely voiced American singer-songwriter and pianist is known to combine blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie-woogie and rock & roll.
The original Dr. John was a voodoo practitioner from New Orleans (by way of Haiti) who was known as a medicinal and spiritual healer. Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack adopted this persona in the early 60’s along with a Mardi Gras inspired theatrical stage show complete with elaborate costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Dr. John has recorded with The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Derek Trucks and many others.
Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 11th, the “Queen of the Blues” - SHEMEKIA COPELAND will return to the Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival by popular demand following her drop dead performance at last year’s showl. Shemekia is a two-time Grammy nominee who has opened for The Rolling Stones, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B. B. King and Eric Clapton, performed at the White House and is the daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland. With roots in North Carolina, Harlem, Chicago and Texas, Shemekia is a force to be reckoned with her huge, blast-furnace voice and in today’s Blues musical scene.
In support of the outstanding talent offered up by DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS and SHEMEKIA COPELAND, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for DR. JOHN will be KARA GRAINGER – Kara is an Australlian currently living in LA who is an undeniably strong vocalist, fiery slide guitarist and a heartfelt songwriter. Kara has traveled the world with her unique style and has opened for Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang (to name a few).
 Opening for SHEMEKIA COPELAND, we are very excited to bring you the red-hot Texas rockin’ blues of SMOKIN’ JOE KUBEK AND BNOIS KING who have been thrilling music fans for over 20 years with their raucous roadhouse blues, fiery guitar licks and soulful vocals.
This unique duo has shared the stage with legendary artsists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddie King and B.B. King.
Tickets are just $50.00 in advance for a two-day pass or can be purchased at the door for $60.00 for Saturday (DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS play Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (SHEMEKIA COPELAND is the Sunday closer).
Kids 12 and under are free. We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style weekend. See you there!
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته..

Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws will be held on May 16

The Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws will be held on Saturday May 16, 2015.  Crawl for Paws is a charitable pub crawl that was started in 2014 to raise money for local animal causes.  In 2014, the Crawl raised almost $7,000 that was distributed to the Carolina Beach Police Department K-9 Unit, Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) and Friends of Felines.  The Spring 2015 Crawl will start at 4pm at the Silver Dollar.  Other pub stops on the Crawl include The Fat Pelican, Seawitch, Beach Bumz, Olde Salty’s, Loretta’s Surfside, and Shelby Jean’s.
Although there is no registration fee to participate in the Crawl, you will need to purchase a Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws t-shirts.  The t-shirts are $25 and are on sale now at the Silver Dollar or through the website at  www.crawlforpaws.com .  If you purchase the t-shirt via the website, you can elect to pick it up the day of the Crawl or for an additional charge to cover postage, the t-shirt will be shipped to you.  There may be some t-shirts available for sale the day of the Crawl.  However, for the last two events, the t-shirts were sold out.  Best to get your t-shirt now!   Although the t-shirts are the primary means we raise money, we will also have various raffles and pub crawl games.  We are planning on having live music for the start of the Crawl.  Visit our website or www.facebook.com/crawlforpaws for more information.  Mark the date and plan on joining the Crawl! Follow the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/453997228089510/

Cape Fear Volunteer Center In Need of Immediate Support

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is in need of donations of time, money and supplies for their Big Buddy Program.  
The Big Buddy Program and its volunteers make a significant contribution to the youth of our community by improving themselves personally, in their homes, in school and their future in our community.  Many of these children were "at risk".  After our mentoring program, most leave the program to become positive community members and the new citizens of the Cape Fear region. Currently, there are more than 200 youth participants in the Big Buddy Program from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. If you decide to become a contributor to our the Big Buddy Program you will be recognized on our social media sites, in our e newsletter, you will receive recognition at the more than twenty events we hold each year, and in the many releases we provide to the media. The Cape Fear Volunteer Center works to recruit and train the volunteers who have served as mentors, motivators, role models and guides for 45 years and have helped over 2,300 children.  To continue this history of success your support is vitally important.  We need funding to support programming for Big and Little Buddies, to provide resources that our Case Managers can distribute as needed and provide professional services.  You can be among the many who consider a gift or ongoing contribution to the Cape Fear Volunteer Center on behalf of the Big Buddy program. If you have services or supplies we can use please consider contributing them as well.
 Finally, we would appreciate your support in recruiting Big Buddy volunteers from among your staff, and would gladly provide a presentation to your staff or organization.   Also, if you know of any children who can benefit from our program, let us know.  Additional information and forms to apply to become either a Big Buddy or Little Buddy are available on our website, www.capefearvolunteercenter.org. For additional information about the Big Buddy program, or to provide further details, please call Annie Anthony, Cape Fear Volunteer Center Director 910-392-8180 or عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.  or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

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