Area Events Listings for July 29th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• May 16–Oct 3 - Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• May 26 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 27 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• 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
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 9–Aug 25 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
• August 8-9 - EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament
• 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
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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.
Next Movies Up are: 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 & 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 artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddie King and B.B. King.
In Addition to these four, there will be ten other blues and jazz groups on two stages over the two-day festival brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, along with Bryant Real Estate and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet.
The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well with the best of the best presenting their culinary wares for your enjoyment.  The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, laser tag, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more!  You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. 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. 

Summer Fun Continues Daily

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Today is CASH Bingo every Wednesday on the Boardwalk from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. In Kure Beach Wednesdays are for the kids with “Story Time by the Sea” from 10:00am until 11:30am. Join the Princess and her fairytale friends at Kure Beach's Ocean Front Park for stories, crafts and games. Don't forget your camera to get a picture taken with the Princess! Thursday enjoy “Summer Fireworks by the Sea and Music at the Gazebo” featuring the “Eastbound” from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. Friday Lynne and the Wave will perform at the Beach House located in Fort Fisher’s Air Force Recreation area from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.
Saturday start your day with something fresh at the Carolina Beach Farmers Market from 8:00am until 1:00pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.  
Beat the Heat with some History at the Fore Fisher State Historic Site for their “Beat the Heat” Lecture Series, our free lecture series in their air-conditioned theatre. Open to the public and featuring fascinating historical topics starting promptly at 2:00pm. author and historian Michael Hardy will present “North Carolina as the Last Confederate Capital.” In the waning days of the Confederacy, North Carolina was the Capital of the Confederacy. Hardy’s discussion will focus on this important, but overlooked, part of Civil War history.
Following his presentation, Mr. Hardy will be available to greet visitors and sign copies of his books.
Sunday Night’s “Free Movies at the Lake” will be THE BOX TROLLS (PG - 2014).  THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow. Organizers 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.  
Also on Sunday Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Park will host “Boogie in the Parlk” from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with the Overtyme Band.
Mondays learn all about the local nesting sea turtles with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project at “Turtle Talks” in Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Park form 7:00pm until 8:00pm. Then come back again Tuesday for their “Open Air Market” from 8:00am until 1:00pm. Tuesday head to the Boardwalk for Family Night! This ALL FREE event features bounce house, face painting, entertainment and more from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.
Special thanks to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, CB Downtown Initiative and CB Arts and Activities Committee for creating no shortage of free fun! For more information or events visit  or follow them on Facebook!

Arts and Activities this Friday with The Beachbilly Brothers

The Carolina Beach Arts and Activities are presenting the local group the Beachbilly Brothers. They will be playing this Friday, July 31, 2015, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Boardwalk Gazebo. They are also scheduled to play again Friday August 21, 2015. 
The Beachbilly Brothers are a local group led by Rick Courtney on acoustic guitar and vocals, Dan Cronin on drums, Bryan Keller on Bass and Tim Perry on Mandolin. They play a wide variety of music from Zac Brown to Rolling Stones to Johnny Cash. Most of the band also play on the Carolina Coast Church on the Boardwalk praise team where Rick is the Worship Pastor. Always a great time and great music.

Kure Beach Community Center BBQ August 15th

KURE BEACH Community Center will hold its annual BBQ Fundraiser Saturday) August 15 from 4-8 p.m. Plates are $9.00 and includes BBQ from Middle of the Island, /baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw from Big Daddy's Restaurant, as well as rolls, tea and dessert. You may eat in or take out. Come, bring a friend and join us for our annual fundraising event. Follow the Red Pig for a delicious BBQ plate, Saturday, August 16, and help support our KB Community Center (Located at 118 N. 3" Ave., behind Big Daddy’s Restaurant, Kure Beach).  

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

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 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 - Wednesdays, July 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Thursdays, July 30 at 11:15 a.m.; Fridays, July 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Saturdays, July 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, July 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Mondays, July 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Tuesdays, July 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m., Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m.; Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m.; Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 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.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Thursdays, July 30 at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays, Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27 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.
• FINS AND FAMILY TOUR - Wednesdays, July 29 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, July 31 at 2 p.m.; Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m. - A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 3 and older. Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied Fee: $25 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 8 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.
Aquarium summer camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and competent leadership. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Ages 5-6, known as Aquanauts, become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts and hands-on outdoor activities. Ages 7-9, Marine Detectives, use their investigative skills during animal programs, outdoor excursions and interactive games to better understand nature. Ages 10-12, Ocean Explorers, participate with staff in experiences outdoors and behind the scenes at the Aquarium to discover each weekly topic. Ages 13-14, Coastal Crusaders, venture farther to explore different coastal environments and learn about animal collection. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.
• ANIMAL KEEPERS -  July 27-31, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-8 - How does the Aquarium feed 2,000 animals? What does it take to keep a 235,000 gallon exhibit clean? Where do our Aquarium animals come from? Campers learn what it takes to be responsible for daily care and maintenance of aquarium animals.  By helping prepare food, clean exhibits and create animal enrichment, campers understand the work required to provide proper animal care.     Fee: $240 for ages 5-11. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• PLANET PATROL - August 3-7, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11; August 10-14, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 - We only have one planet to call home, so what can be done to protect it? Campers discover how their actions can have a positive impact on the Earth. By learning more about the wonderful animals at the Aquarium and around the world, campers will be inspired to appreciate and protect the environment. Fee: $240 for ages 5-11. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• COASTAL CRUSADERS - August 3-7, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 12-14 - How can North Carolina's aquatic environments be recreated and maintained in an Aquarium setting? By exploring natural habitats and participating in animal collection and care, campers gain a better understanding of how to investigate and preserve the environment we all share. Campers will enjoy canoeing on the Cape Fear River, surf fishing and snorkeling. Fee: $290 for ages 12-14. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SEA SPROUTS - NEW! Summer camp for four-year-olds only! August 17-21, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Age: 4 - Calling all four-year-olds! No more getting left out of the summer camp fun! This half-day camp is designed to engage and inspire young minds. Campers experience live animal encounters, hands-on activities, creative crafts and outdoor exploration in a safe learning environment. Children must be 4-years-old by August 17, 2015 to register. Fee: $120. 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. Tax is not included in admission price. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information:

AUCTION NOTICE: Cape Fear Museum is auctioning numerous objects deaccessioned from its permanent collection

814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370  or Find Them on Facebook

Cape Fear Museum is auctioning numerous objects deaccessioned from its permanent collection.  Some items do not relate to the Museum’s mission of collecting items related to history, science or cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region, while others are duplicates in poor condition.  Offered for sale is an 1860s camp bed; a set of football helmet, shoulder and hip pads from the 1930s; early 20th C. doll furniture; a North Carolina quilt made around 1860; early 20th C. clothing and more.
Day:  Saturday. August 1, 2015
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place:  Angel’s Antiques and Auctions
300 West Henry Street
Atkinson, NC  28421
Auctioneer:  Angel Mintz, NCAL 6217
Information:  910-283-3000

The Hermit of Fort Fisher Play To be held July 29th-31st & August 1st-2nd

The Hermit of Fort Fisher Play Written By: David Anthony Wright and Directed By: Steve Vernon will be Presented By: Big Dawg Productions. The Plot Summary: The play tells the true life story of “the Fort Fisher Hermit”, Robert E. Harrell. At the age of sixty-two, Harrell found himself a failure at everything in his life. Divorced and estranged from his wife and family, with numerous business ventures having soured, Harrell left his home in Shelby, NC in the summer of 1955.
Three months later he resurfaced in the marsh areas around Fort Fisher, just south of Wilmington. He eventually began living in an abandoned ammunition bunker, without utilities, income or regular source of food.
During the next seventeen years, he lived off the land and “the kindness of strangers”, all while dispensing his own philosophical and psychological teachings to the numerous tourists and other visitors to his camp. By 1972, the State Department of Tourism estimated that Harrell had become the second biggest tourist attraction on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, after the battleship USS North Carolina. Harrell’s mysterious death in 1972 served only to heighten his reputation.
About the Production
The Hermit of Ft. Fisher, a play that premiered at Burlington’s Paramount Theater, is scheduled for an outdoor production in Wilmington, NC this summer, as a test of the work’s viability as an annual outdoor drama. It will be produced by Big Dawg Productions at the 900-seat Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, July 29 through August 2.   The summer event will mark the third time Big Dawg has produced the show, once in a sold out run at the Port City’s Cape Fear Playhouse and again at the Brunswick Little Theater in Southport.
“Robert’s story is tailor-made for the stage and even more so an outdoor stage,” says playwright David Wright. “Our cast and the Big Dawg cast did a terrific job of creating the atmosphere in their indoor venues. But Robert’s tale of survival really needs to be outside, in the natural world Robert loved so much.” Big Dawg Artistic Director Steve Vernon agrees, saying, “We’re thrilled to be able to offer audiences another chance to see David’s play. He and I have talked often about bringing The Hermit of Ft. Fisher to outdoor audiences. Our state has such a rich history of outdoor theater, and I have always felt this play would thrive in that type of setting.”    
Show dates: July 29-31, August 1-2 - Times: 8 PM. Location: Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401. Ticket Prices: $20 General Admission plus fees, children 6 and under free, $17 for groups of 25 or more. Ticket prices include tax. Ticket Purchase: Tickets can ONLY be purchased online through Etix. For More Information: Call 910-742-0416, visit our website or our Facebook page

RecoveryRockFest To Celebrate Music and Recovery on August 29

Melissa Ferrick headlines list of rock and folk musicians. A music producer is bringing a new concept for live music to Wilmington: Nyla Cione, is moving her Florida-founded RecoveryRockFest to Kenan Auditorium on August 29. The music festival will be a clean and sober rock/folk concert, celebrating a substance free lifestyle and supporting those in recovery.  To be held at UNCW-Kenan Auditorium. Featured musicians include national indie artist Melissa Ferrick, Folkstar, Stray Local, Mike Blair an d the Stonewalls. Tickets are available at and are $25 in advance and $30 on the day o f show. Students with valid ID will be admitted for $15. A portion of the proceeds will support UNCW’s Collegiate Recovery Program. BUY TICKETS HERE.
According to Ms. Cione, one in seven people as young as 12 will have an issue with addiction and it’s estimated some 40 million people are in some stage of addiction or recovery. And, for Ms. Cione, the recovery community is not limited to those who have in the past or currently abuse street drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol, but also those with eating disorders, gambling and other addictions.  Importantly, RecoveryRockFest is intended to genera te awareness of the recovery population and let those who are seeking a substance-free lifestyle know they are not alone,” Cione says.
GoFundMe Campaign Underway - The Festival has kicked off its fundraising campaign, via GoFundMe and hopes to raise the $11,000 necessary to cover expenses for the August show and provide seed money to support the second festival in 2016. Funds will cover performer fees, travel expenses, marketing and promotion and costs related to the facility. She has already raised $20 00. Those interested in contributing may visit:

Island Women Recyclable Bag Sponsor Spots Going Fast

This year, Island Women plan to produce 5,000 bags that will be distributed in our community to locals and tourists before the Memorial Day holiday. As a community, let’s get together to provide an original reusable bag,(depicting all that Pleasure Island has to offer) into the hands of our vacationers and residents. The proceeds from the bag will help the Island Women organization continue our mission of improving the quality of life on Pleasure Island.
The Pleasure Island reusable bag is just one of the many projects that the Island Women organization provides every year. Island Women is a diverse group of local women who use their talents and resources to improve the quality of life on Pleasure Island for residents and guests. We are a non-profit group and we are not affiliated with any companies, governments or special interest groups. For as little as a $200 donation for the environmental sponsor, you can have your business name listed on the bag  or have a rendition of your building for a $750 donation.
Have a spot at the Carolina or Kure Farmers Market?  New this year will be a graphic for the markets which you can have your business listed as well.  The bag distribution provides 5000 opportunities to get your name out there and you receive your own bags for your donation as well The Island Women will be coming to your business soon or contact Noel Stevens at 919-455-8914 and we will send someone out to sign you up.  

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, 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

Museum offers Dragonfly Detectives Day Camp

(WHITEVILLE) – The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville will offer Dragonfly Detectives Day Camp Monday, August 17 thru Friday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Dragonfly Detectives is a fun and inquiry-based science day camp.  Participants will meet at the museum and will travel to Lake Waccamaw State Park to study dragonflies, water quality and weather in the field.  They will also learn about aquatic systems, animal migrations, dragonfly identification, careers in science and other topics while doing a variety of fun, educational activities in the park.  At the end of the week each participant will take home a toolkit to continue their investigations on their own.  Lunch and transportation are provided.  Call or email to register.  Space is limited.
For more information or to sign up for the Dragonfly Detectives Day Camp, or about doing this as an afterschool program, contact Meghan Barron at 910-914-4185 or mailto:عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته   
Dragonfly Detectives was designed as an afterschool program and is being offered throughout North Carolina.  For an overview of the program visit  Dragonfly Detectives is made possible thanks to a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and is in partnership with the NC State Parks and the NC Center for Afterschool Programs.  “By investing in science education, we are looking to the future for the next generation of scientific leaders,” said Burroughs Wellcome Fund President John E. Burris. “The Student Science Enrichment Program helps develop the joy of curiosity and discovery so crucial to the research enterprise.”
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program awards grants that support informal education outside of the traditional classroom time.  The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is a private foundation in Research Triangle Park.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is located at 415 South Madison St., downtown Whiteville. The Museum, based in Columbus County, serves the southeastern region of North Carolina and is an extension of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The most visited museum in the state and an active research institution, the Museum engages visitors of every age and stage of learning about the wonders of science and the natural world, and introduces them to intriguing fields of study that are critical to the future of North Carolina. Plan your visit online at  Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director; Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Pat McCrory, Governor. 


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