Area Events Calendar for October and November 2016

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Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2016

• October 21,22,23 - 10th Annual Pleasure Island
Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• October 22 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters
Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• November 25 - Island of Lights Light Up
Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 25, 26/Dec 3,10,17 - 8th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
 • December 2 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
• December  3 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
• December 9, 10, 11 - Kure Beach Fantasy
Christmas Show (910-619-2050)
• December 10 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5007)
• December 31 - New Year’s Eve
Countdown/Fireworks Kure Beach  
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

2016 Island of Lights Annual Christmas Card & Ornament

The 2016 Island of Lights annual Christmas card and Ornament are now available in stores. You may purchase them at the touche’, Carolina Beach Furniture, The Checkered Church, Jeanne’s Jewels, Isle of Décor and More, Tip Top Framing, The Trading Post, Island Tackle and in Wilmington Art Works at Charlie McGee’s studio. The cards are $10.00 for a pack of 12 and the ornament is $15.00, cash or checks accepted. This year’s Island of Lights Annual Christmas Card & Ornament Artist is Charlie McGee. The original artwork will be raffled off at the Island of Light’s New Years Eve Celebration. For more info on the Island of Lights or any of their events, visit www.pleasureislandoflights.com

Come Light Up the Carolina Beach Lake November 25th

The Lighting at the Lake Ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival in Carolina and Kure Beaches.
The Lake is located at the intersection of Atlanta Ave and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC. There is parking in the lot at the lake, a lot across the street from the lake and on Lake Park Blvd where indicated. The event is always the night after Thanksgiving and the opening ceremony is at 7 PM. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of the Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the flag for the singing of the National Anthem. Families can walk the one-mile around the lake to view all of the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free refreshments will be served prior to Light Up. That’s not it for the Island of Lights Committee! Mark your calendars for the Island of Lights Christmas Parade December 2nd, the Island of Lights Flotilla December 3rd, the Island of Lights Tour of Homes December 10th and the Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration to be held December 31st in Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Park and Pavilion by the Pier! For more information on our events please visit our website at www.islandoflights.org or follow them on Facebook!

Christmas by the Sea to Kicks-Off November 25th

The Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative is happy to announce the 8th Annual Christmas by the Sea 2016. The event will kick-off Friday, November 25th at approximately 7:30pm at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and will include the official “Lighting of the Boardwalk” a visit from Santa, hot chocolate and ornament crafts for the kids!
Christmas by the Sea continues each Saturday through December 16th from 6:30 until 8:30pm. Guests can enjoy festively lit coves, weekly visits from Mr. & Mrs, Claus, free hot chocolate and crafts!  The Boardwalk area will be decorated and lit up each and every night during the holiday season starting with the lighting ceremony.
Christmas by the Sea is a winter event series at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk sponsored by the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative and the Town of Carolina Beach. The Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative Group is a group of volunteer citizens and businesses from Carolina Beach that have joined forces to enrich the activities, entertainment and landscape of Carolina Beach.

The 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, & Jazz Festival moved to April: TO BE RE-SCHEDULED DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW

Kure Beach, NC - The 23rd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival originally scheduled for October 8th and 9th has been re-scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC. due to the  approaching Hurricane Matthew and the current State of Emergency.  We will welcome the fabulous Jonny Lang finally to our stage at 9:00 pm.  We are working on the remainder of the line-up and it looks like we will be able to have a similar line-up.
 Headlining on the rescheduled Festival will be the phenomenal Jonny Lang who released his first album Lie To Me at the age of 16, some 19 years ago. Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.  He has five albums that charted in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and is a Grammy Award winner for Turn Around in 2007.  Jonny is currently touring in support of his new album Fight For My Soul.  
 We also have confirmed a special treat this year - The Gate City Divas or What happens when eight female singer-songwriters get together and combine their talents?  Be there on Saturday and plan to be amazed.  Melva Houston is one of the eight and has not graced our stage since the 2nd Annual Festival in 1992 - Welcome Home Divas, Welcome Home.
 In addition, there will be many other blues and jazz groups on two stages during the Festival.  For families, the amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face-painting, educational exhibits, inflatables, laser tag and much more.  Shop at the many and varied vendors and (adults) can have a little wine or a beer as well.  No coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a weekend of music and seafood on the coast.  For more information call (910) 458-8434, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information call (910) 458-8434, visit www.pleasureislandnc.org, download the Pleasure Island APP or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oct/Nov 2016 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR A PROGRAM, please call (910) 772-0542 or visit ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher . For all programs, ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, except for camps. ALL programs require preregistration and fees.
BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 13 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: $28 for ages 13 and older, $26 for ages 10-12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.  
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturday, October 22 at 11:15 a.m.; Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Saturday, November 26 at 1:15 p.m.; Sundays, November 6, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Sunday, November 13 at 11:15 a.m.; Friday, November 11 at 1:15 p.m. -Special Rate of $7.00 per participant; Friday, November 25 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 - Thursdays, October 20 at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, November 3, 17 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, November 8 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.
OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November 12, 19, 26 at 9 a.m. - It’s feeding time, and you’re invited to watch. Visit the top of our largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, during an expanded tour behind the scenes. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels and other fish swim below. Aquarists feed the animals during the tour, offering a unique opportunity for close-up viewing. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $23 for ages 13 and older, $21 for ages 8-12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED. OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS
• AQUACAMP – AQUATIC CRITTERS - Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM - Children are invited to participate in a special day at the aquarium. Campers will learn about animals that live in our watery environments including all kinds of animals from alligators to wood ducks. Games, crafts, live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Come and join the fun! Snacks are provided. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch. Fee: $40.00 per participant. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 • AQUACAMP – INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES - Friday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  - Of the million or more animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates. During this session campers will be introduced to a few of these including clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars.  Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Come and join the fun! Snacks are provided. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12.   Fee: $40 per participant. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
AquaCamp Transportation! This year we are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps! We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and pre-registration is required!
About the Aquarium - The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south 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. Taxes not included. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children and N.C. Aquarium Society members. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE :Saving Animals from Extinction.
More on AZA: www.AZA.org

Museum to Open New Space-Themed Experience
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

WILMINGTON, N.C. – With the help of a $19,134 GE Foundation grant and more than 250 volunteer hours from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and GE Aviation employees, New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum will open a new space-themed learning center on November 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Subsequent to closing its gift store, the Museum explored options focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the vacant space. After surveying adults and children, a community interest in outer space emerged. Designed and fabricated in-house with help from GE employees, Space Place is an interactive experience inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station—a spacecraft that orbits Earth where astronauts from around the world live and work.
Hands-on STEM interactives in Space Place include a robotic arm, microscopic experiments and a glove box challenge. Visual elements offer real-time information about the International Space Station’s location and daily operations. Visitors will also discover how astronauts sleep in space, examine the water cycle aboard the space station and engage in several rotating activities appropriate for all ages from preschoolers to adults. These experiences allude to the actual space station as a laboratory for new technologies and an observation platform for astronomical, environmental and geological research that has widespread applications on Earth. The International Space Station experience is also a stepping stone for further space exploration and the sustainability of human life in space for longer periods of time.
Cape Fear Museum Director Sheryl Mays says of the project, “In Space Place, Cape Fear Museum and GE hope to inform the public about research conducted on the International Space Station, encourage visitors to explore how that work applies to their everyday lives, and inspire generations of enthusiastic space scientists and technologists.”
“The interactive Space Place will help inspire STEM learning in our community and encourage future innovators,” said Jay Wileman, President and CEO, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “From start to finish, putting this project together in partnership with the Cape Fear Museum has been a rewarding experience for our employees and we are excited to welcome the community to Space Place.”
About the GE Foundation
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. We are at work making the world work better. Follow the GE Foundation at www.gefoundation.com and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a department of New Hanover County located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Monday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s Events Calendar Summer/Fall 2016

• Monday  November 21, 2016:  7:30-9:00. Program: Travis Gilbert will talk on the Ladies Memorial Association, who just after the Civil War made it their mission to inter or re-inter the bodies of Confederate soldiers and to raise monuments in their honor.
Monday December 12, 2016: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish: The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members. All programs are free and open to the 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.

Island Women to Host Flip Flop Ball November 4th

The Island Women cordially invite you to their “Flip Flop Ball” Friday November 4th. The event will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Carolina Beach from 8:00pm until 11:00pm. Enjoy a music with DK Mike Worley, Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, lite desserts, snacks and a cash bar with all proceeds will benefit the Help Center of Federal Point. Guests are asked to dress “Beachy Chic,” tickets are on sale at Cut-N-Up Salon and Jeanne’s Jewels both in Carolina Beach.
The Help Center of Federal Point has been assisting those in need since 1986, they provide food donations, clothing and rides just to name a few. Since their inception over 45,000 people have used their assistance! Island Women is a community action organization of women interested in improving the amenities that Pleasure Island has to offer.  As a diverse group of localwomen with many talents and resources at hand, our objective is to improve the quality of life on Pleasure Island for our residents. Fore more information follow the Island Women on facebook or visit www.islandwomen.org

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