Area Events Listings for March 25th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• March 27-28 - Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
• 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
• May 16 - Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
• May 16-17 - 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
• 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
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 6 - 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival
• 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
• 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  
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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
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Coastal Gardens from River to Sea”

2015 Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Beach Belles: Erin Cunningham, Maria Poulos,
Emily Piedmont, Morgan Cooper and Sydney Sutton. Photo By: Jasmine McKee

Come enjoy Southern hospitality amid the vibrant color of azaleas and spring flowers during the 62nd Annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© in the beautiful coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina.   An official event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the tour is one of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the South.  The 2015 tour features 13 gardens (11 private gardens and 2 beautiful public gardens: Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s Heritage Garden and historic Airlie Gardens).
The private gardens are all new to the Cape Fear Azalea Garden Tour© with a variety of styles from classic to modern and formal to whimsical,  including a published horticulturist’s delight as well as a trio of petite gardens. The variety of gardens on the tour is certain to inspire every gardener. Come celebrate the beauty of spring and enjoy the best that the Azalea Coast offers.
The tour opens Friday April 10, 2015 at 10:00 am with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake, 1941 Amphitheater Drive. The natural beauty of Greenfield Lake is enhanced by the more than one hundred Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Belles© in their colorful antebellum dresses. The parade of the 2015 Azalea Belles is the highlight of this ceremony along with the introduction of the Azalea Queen & NC Azalea Festival celebrities and entourage.   Also enjoy the reception at the adjacent Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden. Parking is at Legion Stadium, 2221 Carolina Beach Road with free bus shuttle service  to Hugh Morton Amphitheater.
Tickets are $25.00, good for all three days. They may be purchased on-line or at any of the locations listed below and will also be available at each garden during the tour. Gardens are open 10:00 am until 6:00 pm daily and children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.  Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles© will welcome visitors to each garden throughout the three-day tour.
Profits from the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© are reinvested in the community as beautification and horticultural grants within New Hanover County, scholarships at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, and conservation efforts at Battery Island, a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary. The club is rapidly approaching $2 million in donations to the community in the past 60 years.  For more information about the club, please visit us on Facebook or on our home page For additional garden tour information call (910)390-0605.

Happy Birthday to Women of Hope!

Women of Hope is pleased to announce A Birthday Celebration for Women of Hope and Cancer Survivors on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC beginning at 7:00 pm. Women of Hope will be celebrating “Five Years” on March 9, 2015.
It will be an evening of hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Joey Warren and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Giorgio’s Italian Restaurant. The celebration would not be complete without a Birthday Cake by Eat Dessert First.
It is sure to be a wonderful evening for all who attend.
The event is FREE, but guests must have a FREE ticket to attend. For more information and to get your FREE ticket, please visit .
Women of Hope, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the female cancer patient, survivor and their families. They provide support programs and services to female cancer patients, caregivers and their families. Additionally, personal services, educational opportunities, and financial assistance are offered.
1642 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.799.7178

Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project 2015 Orientation Meeting March 25th at Minnie Evans Art Center

2015 Volunteer Orientation meeting is scheduled for March 25, at 6pm in the Minnie Evans Art Center in the Ashley High School Complex on Halyburton Parkway just south of Monkey Junction.  
Parking is available in the front parking lot of the high school. We will have a check in system again this year, to make it go more smoothly we are asking everyone to RSVP this year. Just go to the website and fill out the form. You will then receive an email at some point before the meeting containing instructions and a form we would like for you to bring to the meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone there as well as lots of new faces.
Again since it is mandatory attendance we remind you that for your convenience families and couples only one person needs to be there although everyone is welcome! Drivers please stay tuned for an important update email regarding this seasons patrol.  Also please if you have not filled out the survey it really is anonymous, please give us your thoughts and comments. We will also be migrating our email to a new platform soon in the hopes of solving some issues we have had recently.  Look for that in the coming weeks and save the email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to your address book now so there is no chance for it to go to your spam or junk folder.

Wilmington Concert Association Presents Award-winning Jazz Pianist Mary Louise Knutson

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Concert Association is pleased to present jazz pianist, Mary Louise Knutson in concert on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. on the Thalian Hall Main Stage.
Concert includes stellar local musicians Douglas Curtis Irving (bass) and Lee Venters (drums). Ms. Knutson tours the U.S. regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band.
Mary Louise has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Erskine, and Slide Hampton.
As a show player, she has performed with artists such as Reba McEntire, Michael Bolton, Jordin Sparks, Trisha Yearwood, Donny Osmond, and Smoky Robinson. Knutson’s long-awaited trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in Jazz Week’s Top 10 and remained in the Top 50 for 19 weeks straight. For more information about Mary Louise Knutson, please visit .

REVIEWS: " excellent pianist whose voicings sometimes recall Bill Evans...she has a talent for coming up with fresh melodies.” ~ Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene "I like Knutson's CD, very nice mood, cool arrangements, and I particularly like her original tunes." ~ Ben Sidran, Pianist and Host of NPR’s Jazz Alive “The audience was ecstatic about your solo performances as well as your collaborations...they were 'wowed' by your technical prowess as well as your engaging presentation style.”

~ Jan Viktora, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions about the Wilmington Concert Association please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Tickets for the Mary Louise Knutson concert are on sale now at 910-632-2285 or

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

• 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, March 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Sundays, April 5, 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 2, 16 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 7, 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.
• AQUACAMP – BIRDS - Thursday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Children are invited to participate in a special day at the Aquarium. Learn about birds native to North Carolina and what they need to survive. Campers will paint bird houses for our wild local birds to be displayed in the Aquarium gardens. Games, live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Join the fun! Snacks are provided. Children need to bring a bag lunch.
Ages 5-12. Fee: $45 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• 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.
• SALT MARSH EXPLORATION - Sundays, April 5, 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.
Special Programs
• ALLIGATOR EGG HUNT - Saturdays, March 28 and April 4 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Join the fun on our Alligator Egg Hunt! Meet a live baby alligator, learn about fascinating animals, create an alligator egg basket then search for candy filled “alligator eggs.” Recommended for children ages 3-10, however all ages are welcome. Limited space available. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $20 per child. Adults pay Aquarium admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MARCH 25 FOR MARCH 28 PROGRAMS. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APRIL 1 FOR APRIL 3 AND 4 PROGRAMS.
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.
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“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
“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 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.

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.


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