Area Events Listings for May 6th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• 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

Spring 2015 Crawl for Paws to be held 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/

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival May 16th

“Be Part of the Arts”
Carolina Beach, NC – The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is an all-day event with more than 100 artists providing exhibitions, performances and many hands-on activities.
The event builds upon the arts community to bring people into the creative processes so they can gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the many forms of art.
The festival is the flag ship event for the Island Arts and Culture Alliance (IACA), a non-profit, community-based organization. IACA’s mission is to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the island community, in order to enhance the quality of life in our area. The IACA’s ongoing goals are to champion the arts on Pleasure Island, to support practicing artists and local art organizations, to encourage economic development through the arts, and to facilitate the growth of our community into a regional arts destination These activities inspire and enrich residents of and visitors to Pleasure Island and the surrounding communities. This year’s festival includes over 100 artists from around our region and takes place May 16th from 10am to 5pm on Cape Fear Blvd. on Carolina Beach. The Festival has three interactive areas – visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts.
Visual Arts – Artist will have their fine arts and crafts available for sale and many will demonstrate their creative processes. Festivalgoers will find beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces in sculpture, glasswork, functional and decorative pottery, handcrafted jewelry and stunning paintings in bold acrylics, vivid oils and delicate watercolors.
Culinary Arts – The Culinary Arts Tent will feature cooking demonstrations and educational programs conducted by local chefs, restaurants, and shops. Uncle Vinny’s will show the proper way to throw a pizza pie and Sweet Morning Farm will show how to make artisan bread in 5 minutes!
Performing Arts – Performances include an up and coming blues singer, Chaquis Maliq, songwriter-singer & 1 woman band, Beaches and Boots line dancers, Cape Fear Dance Studio and many more local performers. The Feature Event is a community-made collage directed by Lynette Ashby and Ann Krier, locally known collage artists. Festivalgoers can help create a beautiful collage picture while learning the creative process for paper art. The Festival’s objectives are to:
• Increase appreciation for the arts by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations, hands-on-programs, and access to art in different mediums,
• Increase awareness of the area’s artist community and family friendly accommodations, and
• Attract visitors from around the region and around the country to the island and the Central Business District.
The Festival is in the heart of the Carolina Beach business district with access to the fun carnival rides, great restaurants and shopping. For more information about the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival, contact Christine Higgins 610.909.7643 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Federal Point History Center: Carolina Beach Inlet to be discussed by Capt. Skippy WINNER MAY 18TH

The Carolina Beach Inlet will be the topic of discussion on the  Monday May 18, 2015   Membership Meeting. The meeting will be held from 7:30-900 pm and will include Captain Skippy Winner.
He will discuss the current efforts to preserve the Carolina Beach Inlet with a little help and history from Elaine Henson.
Monday June 15, 2015 : Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Summer Potluck/Picnic. The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members.
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
 They are held at the Federal Point History Center,  1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)
Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more info call: 910-458-0502. www.federal-point-history.org .

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

Come Celebrate 30 Years of one of the Longest Running Beach Music Fesitvals in the United States still on the Beach June 6th

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.  
On Saturday, June 6th, ‘shaggers’ of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South.  All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast.  The gates will open at 10:00 am with the first band hitting the stage at 11:00 am.  This year’s line-up:
11:00 - 12:30 - GARY LOWDER & SMOKIN’ HOT
1:00 – 2:30 - THE BAND OF OZ
3:00 – 4:30 - JIM QUICK AND COASTLINE
This annual, fun filled event is one of the longest running Beach Music festivals in the United States.  Tickets to the 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate (cash only) and can be purchased at the Pleasure Island Chamber, Island Tackle & Hardware, Siver Dollar and Olde Salty’s in Carolina Beach (cash/check only).  Advance tickets are also available through EVENTBRITE on-line (credit only).
This annual fun-in-the-sun extravaganza brings together a multi-generational family crowd that lets the music flow like the crashing of the waves where you can shag a little, boogie a little and smile a lot.  Help make history at the 30th Annual get together with your toes in the sand of famous Carolina Beach, where Beach Music originated and shaggin’ was born.  If you are still wanting more, head on over to The Lazy Pirate for the Official After Party (701 N. Lake Park Blvd) and enjoy The Dark 30 Boogie Band. Please go to www.pleasureislandnc.org and click on the CBMF logo or join our Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/carolinabeachmusicfestival ) to keep up with the latest breaking news.  Be sure to bring your own chairs, towels and SPF50 as well as your coolers (YES, coolers are allowed and welcome).  Please no glass, no pets, and no refunds.  Bring an Anhauser Busch product (no glass please) and register to win some Budweiser Swag..  
The folks at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Fear Shag Club, R.A. Jeffreys Distributing, SunFun Rentals and the Town of Carolina Beach welcome Beach Music lovers from all over on the first Saturday in June.  Come have a great day of fun in the sun, but remember to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.  See you down front and center.

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

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, May 16, 23 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 - Saturdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 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 -  Tuesdays, May 5, 19 at 2 p.m. andf Thursdays, May 14, 28 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
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. – Mother Nature Day and Thursday, May 21 at 11 a.m. – Turtle Time. Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, May 9, 30 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 info: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher 

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.

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 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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