Area Events Listings for April 1st, 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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April 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.

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.
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carolina Beach Elementary Hosts the Holland Hustle on April 19th

The 5th Annual Holland Hustle, sponsored by the Carolina Beach Elementary School (CBES) PTO, is a 5K, Fun Run and Obstacle Course in honor of two CBES teachers who died of cancer less than two years apart from each other. Paula Holland was a music teacher and Vickie Holland was a technology facilitator. The proceeds go to the music, technology and PE departments. Register at This wonderful Race will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - Fun run and obstacle course will start at 2:30 p.m. - 5K
The race will be held at Starts on the playgound at Carolina Beach Elementary School which is located ay 400 South 4th Street in Carolina Beach, NC 28428
 For more information, contact Kim Hord at (910) 458-4340 or visit .

Registration is now open for the 5K Race for the Planet hosted by the N.C. Aquarium at Ft Fisher

Kure Beach, NC —Registration is now open for the 5K Race for the Planet hosted by the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The annual road race, to be held 8 a.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, celebrates health and Earth Day by being one of the greenest races around. Runners and walkers receive organic t-shirts (guaranteed for the first 300), reusable shopping bags, and free seeds for planting. Overall and age group winners receive eco-friendly medals.
The Aquarium’s goal for this race is to plant the seed for eco-conscious living and raise funds for the Aquarium's educational programs and green initiatives.
The 5K Race for the Planet starts and ends at the Aquarium. The flat, mostly asphalt course runs through scenic Fort Fisher with amazing views of the ocean, maritime forest and historic Fort Fisher Civil War site.
Early registration is $30. The fee will increase to $35 April 1. Race day registration begins at 7:15 a.m. As an added bonus, race participant receives free admission to the Aquarium on race day. For more information and to register visit:  The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Wilmington on US 421, in Kure Beach. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). Normal admission: $10.95 adults ages 13-61; $9.95 ages 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Taxes not included. Free admission for: children 2 and younger; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information:

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

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.


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