Area Events Listings for November 5th, 2014

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 05 November 2014 05:00

Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• November 28 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration
at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 28 thru Dec 20 - 6th Annual Christmas by the Sea
(Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-470-8666)
• December 5 - Island of Lights Christmas Parade (910-458-5507)
• December 6 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
• December 12, 13 & 14 - Kure Beach Fantasy
Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• December 13 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5506)
• December 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve
 Countdown held in Kure Beach
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Step Up For Soldiers team up with High Tide Lounge for the Chili Cook-Off Benefit Nov. 8th

Step Up For Soldiers will team up with the High Tide Lounge for the annual chili cook-off again this November to raise money for Justin Crabbe. Justin lost both legs and some of his fingers when his Marine Corp. unit was attacked in Afghanistan in 2010. Justin has relatives in Carolina Beach. Tom Crabbe, of Carolina Beach, a cousin of Justin Crabbe, is very pleased with the support his family has received since the attack back in 2010. Local residents have sent Justin thousands of dollars. The chili cook-off will take place on Saturday, November 8th, at the High Tide Lounge. Sampling will begin at 1:00. Admission will be $10 for all the chili you can eat, with all admission fees going directly to Justin. There will be a 50/50 and raffle, as well. DJ Rick will be on hand throughout the event. It is free to enter your chili and the limit is 60 entries. To register go to, click on events and go to the chili cook-off page. You can also register at the High Tide Lounge.   

Light Up The Lake Ceremony And Holiday Parade

The Island of Lights Committee is celebrating its 25th Season of making Pleasure Island a little brighter! Events kick off Friday, November 28th at 7:00pm for the Lighting of the Lake Celebration! Friday, December 5th starting at 7:00pm Lake Park Boulevard will become the parade route for the Annual; Christmas Parade. The Flotilla will be Friday, December 5th at 6:00pm at the Carolina Beach Boat Basin, applications can be picked up at the Checkered Church Gift Shop. The Tour of Homes will be December 13th; organizers are currently looking for homes to be featured at the annual event. If you would like to show off your home and decorating efforts, please call James Allen at 458-5006 or Teresa Clontz 910-612-2487 for more details. We will say good-bye to 2014 in Kure Beach this year for the Island of Lights New Year Celebration December 31st, festivities will begin at 9:00pm!
This season is the 25th Holiday Season for the Island of Lights organization.  With your help, we look forward to continuing the tradition. This brief history of the organization may inspire you to join us. The Island of Lights committee began in 1989 as a project of the Pleasure Island Jaycees. The Jaycees disbanded early in 1990 and the Island of Lights Committee became an organization of community volunteers. The main purpose was and is, to promote tourism for Pleasure Island (Carolina and Kure Beaches) from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.  We had five displays that first year and today w have over 20 displays.  Activities that have been added since the first year are a Fashion Show, Light Up at the Lake, a nighttime Christmas Parade, a Holiday Flotilla, a Tour of Homes, and a New Year’s Eve Countdown and fireworks.  With the help of the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and businesses in our community, our events have brought people to Pleasure Island from as far way as Ohio and Pennsylvania each year, so we have definitely helped increase tourism for our island.  As a group, we hope to continue our activities for many more years to come and have everyone enjoy our activities as much as we do.

Handmade Holiday Market this Saturday at Lake

This Saturday, November 8th, 2014 get a start on your holiday shopping at “Handmade Wilmington’s” Holiday market! The event will be at the Carolina Beach Lake from 10:00am until 4:00pm. There will be lots of local artisans selling handmade goods, as well as a coat drive--bring a coat to donate and receive a free raffle ticket! The artists' booth fees will be donated to the Help Center of Federal Point. The mission of Handmade Wilmington is to foster a collaborative and cooperative group of local professional artisans. Handmade Wilmington supports the local community and promotes the awareness of the importance of handmade goods

Legion Fish Fry this Friday

Support our local Veteran’s by participating in the American Legion’s Post 129 Monthly Fish Fry this Friday, November 7th, 2014. For only $8.00 a person you can enjoy a delicious plate of fresh fried whiting or cat fish nuggets along with Bowman's Cole Slaw and A&G BBQ Tater Salad and Legion’s own Hush Puppies.!  The Ladies Auxiliary will be on hand selling mouth-watering desserts that are the perfect end to a great meal.  Visit the American Legion Post 129 for some delicious food with friendly people or stop in to take out plates for you and the family.  The Fish Fry runs from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. so stop in for lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack. If you have never treated yourself to the monthly Fish Fry at the American Legion Post 129 then you are missing out on a great thing.  The American Legion Post 129 is located at 1500 Bridge Barrier Road just down from the Carolina Beach Post Office.  All local veterans are strongly encouraged to join the American Legion Post 129 and become a part of their great group.  The organization, the people, and the facility are all valuable assets to the community. The members of the American Legion Post 129 in Carolina Beach are all interesting individuals with unique experiences who share a common love of patriotism, community service, and helping others like themselves who have fought for the United States of America.
 Americans have known the American Legion nationally for almost a century.  Not only does the American Legion provide much needed services for those who have served in the military, they also promote and help out with many community organizations.  For more information on the American Legion please give them a call at (910) 458-4253 or follow them on Facebook. 

 Fall “Crawl for Paws” November 15th

The Fall “Crawl for Paws” will be held on November 15, 2014. The first Crawl for Paws was held in May 2014 to help raise funds to purchase equipment for the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit. The response from everyone was fantastic and we had such a great time, we decided to make this a semi-annual event. “Crawl for Paws “Pub crawl to help raise funds for the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit and other local animal charities.
Latitude 34 Realty (9am to 4pm except the lunch hour located at 1009 N Lake Park Blvd) and the Silver Dollar (located on the Boardwalk) has Crawl for Paws t-shirts for sale. The shirts are $25 and if paying by check, you can make check payable to Crawl for Paws. If you have not purchased your shirt yet, go by either location to pick up your shirt today. If your size is not available at these locations, let us know. We have sizes from Small to 4XL available. You can also send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a shirt. For updates and information follow “Crawl for Paws” on Facebook!

2015 Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest ends November 24th

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Photography Contest primarily for our 2015 Visitor’s Guide.  The winner of the Cover shot will receive two 2-Day passes to the  22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood BLues & Jazz Festival held in October of 2015   The Cover shot is 4” x 9” and must be a minimum of 300 dpi.  All other photos should be 4” x 6” minimum and be a minimum of 300 dpi.
Are you interested in having your photography showcased through the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in its various marketing materials including their award-winning Visitor’s Guide, which is distributed to all of the Major Visior Centers on the Intersate Highway System in North Carolina? The contest begins today and submittals must be in by November 24th.  Please review the attached Entry Form and Rules & Regulations.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
GOOD LUCK and Thank you for participating in our Photography Contest.
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.

Santa's Workshop Moves to Lake

Organizers with Christmas by the Sea are please to announce that Santa's Workshop will be open this year. However, due to construction at the boardwalk, they will be moving Santa to the lake for this season. Santa will be there for the lighting of the lake and every Saturday after that until Christmas! In 2015 we will be back at the improved boardwalk! Enjoy decorations at the lake any evening, and visit Santa on November 28th and 29th, and December 6th, 13th and 20th.
Christmas by the Sea is brought to you by the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative who is comprised of a group of citizens and businesses from Carolina Beach that have joined forces to enrich the activities, entertainment and landscape of Carolina Beach. For more information find them on Facebook!

The 2014 Cape Fear Festival of Trees Kicks off the Holiday Season with Party in the Pines Nov. 21, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Festival Open Nov. 22 to Dec. 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional Events for 2014

Wilmington, NC—This year Cape Fear Festival of Trees has added much more to the festival experience including a gingerbread competition. Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Cameron Art Museum invite you to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance. Glamorous, glittering trees, inspiring performances, highlighted events all blend together for a special holiday experience. The festival kick-off event is Party in the Pines scheduled for Nov. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. This celebrated event promises an evening filled with lovingly decorated trees, the highly anticipated gingerbread exhibition and contest, The Art of Gingerbread 2014 and music provided by Benny Hill and The Keith Butler Trio. Delectable hors d’oeuvres provided by CAM Café along with decadent desserts. Tickets now on sale at our website: Cape Fear Festival of Trees takes place from Nov. 22 – Dec. 7 (Closed Thanksgiving Day) 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 13 & up - $13.00  5-12: $6.00 4 & under – Free Tickets good any day of festival and includes festival & gallery admission. Special events ticketed separately. Cape Fear Festival of Trees benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Cameron Art Museum.
In addition to the dazzling array of trees, enjoy performances by over 30 local musical groups and artists. Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell choirs, ukulele choirs, a capella singing and more. Included in festival admission. Learn more about festival performances at our website:
FESTIVAL EVENT DETAILS - PARTY IN THE PINES—opening event  |  Fri., Nov. 21  6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Advance (thru Nov. 14): $35.00, Regular (Nov 15-21 and at door): $45.00. Includes Festival & Gallery admission. This elegant evening is the official grand opening for the festival. Be among the first to view the beautifully decorated trees and artful gingerbread creations. Throughout the evening, enjoy the cool jazz sounds of local hot new band, The Keith Butler Trio, joined by Wilmington’s favorite alto sax player, Benny Hill. Delectable hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts are included, cash bar available. Help us kick off the holiday season and celebrate the night in style.
The Art of Gingerbread  |  Fri., Nov. 21 – Dec. 7 | Festival Admission - The area’s largest gingerbread village provides some of the best sights and smells at this year’s festival. Icing snow and icicles, shredded wheat roofs and candy cane doorways all come together in a beautiful and tasty display of gingerbread artistry.
A festival all-time favorite, the Gingerbread Village simply gets sweeter every year. Gingerbread creations by amateur, professional, youth and senior bakers will be assembled into an incredible edible village that will tempt all your senses. Limited only by the creator’s imagination, you won’t want to miss a single frosted delight. Each of the deliciously interesting designs will be available for viewing and purchasing – the perfect way to decorate your holiday home with something sweet! Individuals interested in submitting their gingerbread creation will find the form at Submissions limited to the first 20 entries. Each entry will receive their choice of 2 tickets to Party in the Pines event on Fri. Nov. 21 or 4 tickets to the Ginger Blast on Sat. Dec. 6. Each entry also received 4 general admission Cape Fear Festival of Trees tickets.
Jingle Bell Breakfast  |  Sat., Nov. 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m.   Advance tickets only, limited to 200 tickets  | Ages 3-12: $15 |  13 & up: $20. Includes Festival & Gallery admission.
It’s back and even better! Come in your pj’s or holiday sweaters and join us for a wonderful Saturday morning. Geared toward kids 3-8 years old, everyone will enjoy a full hot buffet breakfast, storytime in the trees, fun holiday activities and visit the ever-popular Mr. and Mrs. Claus – all activities ongoing throughout the morning. Sold out in 2013!
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop for Kids. Sat., Dec. 6 10:00 a.m.-Noon . Festival Admission
Gumdrops Alive!   Nothing is sweeter than a gingerbread boy or girl (or snowman) decorated with glorious, goopy icing. Or for the salty side, we have sea creatures galore from the gingerbread ocean. Brush some icing on sea turtles or mermaids or create a flashy, splashy shark.  Join us under the big top for this fun activity. We provide the cookies and decorations, you provide the creativity! Chef’s hat, apron and take-home boxes also included.
Ginger Blast! |  Sat., Dec. 6 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Advance (thru Nov. 29):$25.00 | Regular (Nov 29 – Dec 6 and at door):$30.00
Includes Festival & Gallery admission
‘Tis the night we celebrate this inaugural year’s gingerbread creations and announce prizewinners. Revel in the sounds of fun and energetic live music by Zach Hanner’s Blarney Brogues. CAM Café’s Chef Jessica will wake up your taste buds with some innovative ginger inspired goodies and other sweet and savory delights (included), cash bar available. It’s a sweet and spicy party sure to put some zest in your holidays. 
The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children's programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features the CAM Café.  Cameron Art Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday Tapas from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m and from Thursday dinner 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For additional information about the museum, please visit

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 cfvcdirector@ or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

Women of Hope presents the 2014 Dance for Life Showcase

Women of Hope is pleased to announce the 2014 Dance for Life Showcase at the 2nd Annual Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball. A Charity Gala Event to be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC. This formal black tie affair will benefit Women of Hope, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the female cancer patient, survivor and their families. The 2014 Dance for Life Showcase consists of three dancers who have partnered with prominent individuals all from within our community. They will perform various styles of dance at the Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball for monetary votes on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Individuals can purchase tickets to the charity Gala event to support a couple. For those that cannot attend the Hope Ball, there will be online voting beginning Monday, November 3—November 21, 2014. All monies raised through the Dance for Life Showcase will benefit Women of Hope. The couple that raises the most money for Women of Hope will be awarded the 2014 Dance for Life Champions! For more information, to purchase tickets or vote for your favorite Dance for Life couple, please visit

Lower Cape Fear Coin Club

The Lower Cape Fear Coin Club will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Carolina BBQ Restaurant, 1602 South College Road in Wilmington, NC.  The meeting is open to all who have an interest in coin collecting and begins at 7 pm.  Attendees are encouraged to come early to eat and socialize.  An auction of various numismatic items immediately follows the meeting.
The program will be on 'Plaster Coin Molds'.   Before coins were struck, the artist/engraver first drew his design on paper.  The drawing was eventually transferred to plaster before a machine was used to reduce the mold design to the steel coin dies.  Come and see how the process was done before the computer age.
A small scale model of a Janvier reducing machine will be on display as well as a few coin and medal plaster molds.
Our Fall Coin Show just concluded with a 'Kid's Korner' being very successful.  We will continue that idea with our Azalea Festival Coin Show in April of 2015. For more information, email Tom Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (910) 520-8405.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Upcoming Meetings and Events

Located at 1121 North Lake Park Blvd adjacent to the Carolina Beach Town Hall.

• Saturday November 1, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Society has been invited to sell refreshments at a benefit concert benefiting the Friends of Fort Fisher. From the North Carolina Mountains, the acoustic group, Balsam Range, presents a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, folk and jazz. The band’s 2013 release, “Papertown” (YouTube) named for their hometown of Canton, NC, (which houses a paper mill), took the high honor at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
The highly acclaimed project spent five consecutive months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart. Balsam Range was also the recipient of an unprecedented six other International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) nominations for 2013.
Recently, on October 2, 2014, Balsam Range won the 2014 IBMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Federal Point History Center will be selling refreshments for the Nov. 1, 2014 benefit concert. It will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia at 7 pm. Tickets are $30-35$.
Monday November 17, 2014 Membership Meeting 7:30 – 900 pm. LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.” Watch a snippet of LeRae Umfleet (lead researcher for the North Carolina 1898 Race Riot Report) of her talking about how the 1898 massacre stopped the growth of the city of Wilmington.
Monday December 15, 2014 Holiday Potluck 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Earth Bag Committee are Distributing Bags to People

PLEASURE ISLAND - The women on this committee have distributed the Earth Bags to people on and off Pleasure Island.  Their goal is to ban plastic bags from damaging our environment.  The Earth Bags are very attractive, large with a square bottom and will hold your groceries and beach supplies. Island Women is a non profit organization and we are asking a donation of $5 for the Earth Bag.   Checks can be made to Island Women.   Many wonderful shop owners on Pleasure Island have Earth Bags. Contact for places to purchase Earth Bags: Bernadette 910-777-3446 a grateful member of IW or, Debi 919-606-8834  Chairperson of Earth Bags. ISLAND WOMEN: We are a community action group focused on enhancing life on Pleasure Island.  There are many committees and today I will introduce you to.

Children’s Home Society Celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month.  While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children living in foster care.  In North Carolina, nearly 10,000 children are part of the foster care system, including more than 2,000 children available and awaiting permanent adoptive families.  
These children are in need of a family to love, nurture, and protect them.  They come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some have special needs, some are part of a sibling group, and many are older children or teenagers.
Often the public is unaware of these children and the realities of adoption.  National Adoption Awareness Month provides organizations, including Children’s Home Society, with a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness.  CHS has several initiatives occurring throughout November to help raise adoption awareness, including our searchable online database as well as free information sessions for those interested in learning more about foster care and adoption.
Online Adoption Database - One key way CHS promotes adoption is through our online searchable database of waiting children at  This database can shorten the matching process for children by quickly connecting children with families interested in adoption.  This database allows those interested in adoption to quickly, easily, and efficiently search for children who are waiting for a forever family. 
Families can simply enter the characteristics of the child they are interested in and a list containing photographs and short biographies of matching children will be created.  From there, families can view the children in greater detail by watching their “Stories From My Heart” video interviews.  Social workers, DSS, and other placement agencies are also able to use the database to search for possible adoptive families.   
You can access the database by visiting and clicking on “Meet Waiting Children.”
The CHS website contains a wealth of information to help families decide if adoption or foster care is right for them.  The website also offers information about other programs—such as advice for birth parents considering adoption, information on upcoming parenting classes, and much more.   
Free CHS Foster Care and Adoption Information Sessions - Anyone interested in finding out more about adoption or foster care is invited to attend one of the CHS information meetings across the state. In November these free, no obligation meetings will be held in Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Greenville, Jacksonville, Morganton, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. To learn more, contact CHS at 1-800-632-1400 or visit our website, and click on “Events.”
About National Adoption Awareness Month - The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care occurred in Massachusetts in 1976, when then-Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week.  The idea grew in popularity and spread nationwide.  In 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, and in 1995, under President Clinton, the week was expanded to the entire month of November due to the number of states participating and the number of events.
Every November, a Presidential Proclamation launches activities and celebrations to help build awareness of adoption throughout the nation.  Thousands of community organizations arrange and host programs, events, and activities to share positive adoption stories, challenge the myths, and draw attention to the tens of thousands of children in foster care who wait and hope for permanent families.  National Adoption Day is November 17 which is observed in courthouses across the nation as thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously.
Interviews are available from CHS staff, board members, and adoptive families upon request.
About Children’s Home Society of NC - Since 1902, Children's Home Society has been one of North Carolina’s leading resources ensuring that every child has a permanent, safe, and loving family.  CHS works with public social service agencies and many community partners to help parents create a safe, positive setting for children to grow and thrive, to preserve families, and when necessary, to provide children with a healthy family setting through foster care or adoption.  CHS is committed to our vision of being a leader in transforming families and communities so children can thrive.  CHS staff and programs serve children and families in all 100 North Carolina counties.  For more information, please visit

2014 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC. (910) 458-8257
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturdays, November 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Friday, November 28 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 - Wednesdays, November 5, 19 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, November 7, 14, 21, 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 - Wednesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. – Backyard Buddies; Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m. – Feasty Fins - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only.  PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November  8, 15, 22, 29 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. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
DAY Camp for Kids
• AQUACAMP – INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES - Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Of over a million animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates. During this session, campers will be introduced to clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins and sea stars.  Live animal presentations and more are part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 • AQUACAMP – “TANKSGIVING” - Wednesday, November 26, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. With Thanksgiving only one day away, campers will celebrate “Tanksgiving” at the Aquarium! They will learn about our wonderful aquatic animals and why we are thankful for them and the amazing ecosystems they call home. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
AquaCamp Transportation - 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 preregistration is required. Available only for October 15 & 17 CAMPS.
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 information:

Museum Continues Plans for Outdoor Learning Environment
PNC Bank to Sponsor Fundraising Event

New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum was given a portion of parks bond funding to create the Outdoor Learning Environment. The Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) will be an interconnected park-like landscape and interactive exhibit introducing visitors to some of the ways that history, science, and cultures intersect in the Lower Cape Fear region.
It will creatively employ a range of layered, playful, inquiry-based teaching techniques to appeal to multi-generational visitors. The project will feature historic objects, native and adaptive plantings, hands-on activities, and judicious use of signage to encourage visitor exploration. Admission to the OLE will be free and open to the public. The Outdoor Learning Environment and associated programming will open to the public summer of 2015. PNC Bank will sponsor the Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc.’s fundraiser benefiting the Museum’s Outdoor Learning Environment project, to be held on March 14, 2015 at Union Station. “Outdoor play provides young children with opportunities to learn about the world around them in creative ways,” says Chris George, PNC Bank region manager.  “PNC’s support of the Cape Fear Museum’s Outdoor Learning Environment helps provide more children in the Wilmington area access to these unique learning opportunities.” Residents of Wilmington and New Hanover County passed a bond referendum in 2006 to expand parks, green space, and cultural facilities throughout Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the beach towns. In 2008, the City of Wilmington sought community and citizen input on parks, recreation, and open space needs and priorities. The following master plan goals and objectives were created:
• provide and ensure easily accessible, convenient, and equitably distributed recreation and leisure areas.
• protect the cultural and historical aspects of the region.
• provide safe and secure parks, greenways, open space areas, leisure opportunities, and experiences.
• ensure the protection and conservation of the natural resources and environmental quality in the area.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday  1 to 5 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day. 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 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:


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