Area Events Listings For December 31, 2014

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P.I. Calendar of Events for 2014

December 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown held in Kure Beach
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Island of Lights New Year Celebration Comes back to Kure Beach

The New Year's Celebration is always held on New Year's Eve and begins at 9 PM.
The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don't miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.
In an Island of Lights tradition there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2014 official Christmas card and ornament.

Walk of Fame January 3rd

The Walk of Fame unveiling ceremony will be held on January. 3rd, 2015, 2:00pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. This is to recognize 10 people who have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through their outstanding leadership and service. Each year 5 more people will be chosen for this award by letters of nomination with their contributions to the town. The recipient will be honored with a 1 by 2 ft by 4 in. Granite stone with names & their contributions. Throughout the year there will be fundraisers and will be accepting donations for next years recipients. Everyone is invited to attend this function to honor these citizens.

Ring In The New Year Coastal-Style: Celebrate From The River To The Sea

Wilmington & Island Beaches, December 18, 2014: Beaches and fireworks? Check. Lighted beach ball drop? Check. Riverwalk and New Year’s Eve cruises? Check. Theatre and family celebrations? Check. Affordable? Check. Visitors who ring in the new year in Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach will find all this and more. From the river to the sea, there are many ways to celebrate. On New Year’s Eve families celebrate at the strike of 12:00 noon with fun and games at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Then at 9:00 p.m. join the street dance/countdown party at the Kure Beach Pier featuring a deejay and a giant lighted beach ball drop, followed by midnight fireworks. Or sail into 2015 with a champagne toast aboard a riverboat cruise or party boat. There are also theatrical galas, cabaret-style dinner theatre productions, and a wide array of restaurant and nightlife options. Spend the weekend exploring our island beaches and a 230+ block National Register Historic District. Shop after-Christmas sales at beach boutiques and downtown specialty shops. You’ll also find several outstanding restaurants offering special New Year’s menus and entertainment. Find hotel specials and packages at For visitor information and a complete event calendar, visit Go
Dec. 31 & Jan. 1- New Year's Noon Countdown at the Children's Museum. 9:00am-12:00pm. Celebration begins at 9:00am with crafts (streamers, crowns, glittery slime), music and dancing. Families count down the New Year at 12:00pm (Noon) with streamers, confetti toss & juice toast! Admission charge. Children's Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange St., Wilmington. 910-254-3534;
Dec. 31 - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, Street Dance & Fireworks Extravaganza.  9:00pm-12:30am. This unique New Year’s celebration features a deejay and dancing, followed by the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball at midnight and spectacular fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. Festivities for all ages begin at 9:00pm. Free. Kure Beach Pier, Kure Beach.
Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve Cruise aboard the Henrietta III. New Year's cruise down the Cape Fear River boards at 8:00pm; cruises 9:30pm-12:30am; party until 1:30am. Heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet, entertainment, party favors, champagne toast, tax/gratuity are included in the ticket price. Admission charge. Prepaid reservations required. Board at the foot of Dock and Water streets in Downtown Wilmington. 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162;
Dec. 31-New Year’s Eve Party Cruise aboard the Royal Winner Princess II. Boards at 10:00pm; returns 12:30am. Cruise to watch the midnight fireworks with desserts, party favors, dancing, fireworks, and champagne toast.  Cash bar. Departs from Carolina Beach Marina, Carolina Beach. Admission charge. Reservations required. 910-458-5356;
Dec. 31—New Year’s Eve Gala. 7:00pm-1:00am. Cape Fear Theatre Arts, LLC presents “HAIR,” a Broadway musical gala to benefit historic Thalian Hall. Enjoy dinner, drinks, dessert, and a live Broadway theatre production. After the show, ring in 2015 with a live DJ, dancing, party favors and a midnight toast. Admission charge; advance reservations. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. 910-632-2285 or 800-523-2820;
Dec. 31— Une Soiree Cabaret. Two seatings: 6:00pm & 9:45pm. Tickets include live cabaret show, French dinner menu, party favors, and champagne toast at Wilmington’s only dinner theatre. Advance reservations. Admission charge; tickets required. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington. 910-399-3669;
See where the water takes you in 2015! Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach are a convenient drive along major highways, including I-40 and U.S. 74. The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) offers daily flights to/from major hubs. For visitor information and event calendar, visit or call 1-866-266-9690 for an Official Visitors Guide.

Pleasure Island Day of Hope & Omega Sports January 10th

Omega Sports at New Hanover Center will Sponsor an Appreciation Day for Pleasure Island Day of Hope. Come to: Omega Sports Hanover Shopping Center 3501 Oleander Drive Wilmington, N.C. JANUARY 10, 2015 from 9 am - 5 pm. Get a 10% discount on your purchase and Omega Sports will donate 10% to Pleasure Island Day of Hope, Inc. Come sign up for our 3rd Annual Beachwalk on 9/26/15 - Learn about our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and how we are helping Cancer patients during their Cancer journey. Sign up for our survivor/caregiver meet and greet taking place early 2015. Get ready for the soccer season, the upcoming Spring activities including baseball and tennis, along with updating your sports equipment and running shoes all while receiving a discount and supporting your friends and family going through cancer journeys. See you on January 10th! For further information contact Pleasure Island Day of Hope, Inc. 910-458-9453 Pleasure Island Day of Hope on Facebook.

Wilmington Children's Museum Holiday Event’s & More

• New Year’s Noon - Wed., December 31 and Thurs., January 1    10:00 am - Noon - Countdown to the New Year with the Children's Museum of Wilmington! Toast to 2015 with a juice toast, make a party crown, streamer sticks, glittery slime and more!  The event culminates with an epic confetti toss at NOON in the courtyard!
**FOR 2 DAYS, 4 HOURS ONLY: Get a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months!  Available only at the Museum during New Year’s Noon!
• Child Yoga  1st Thursday of every month     3:30 pm - Please pre-register.  Child Yoga is a fun, interactive way for children of all ages to get moving!  Join us for 30 minutes to: perform animal poses, improve flexibility and coordination, and learn relaxation techniques that will help navigate life's challenges with a bit more ease.
• Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm  (Ideal for ages 2-4)
Please pre-register.  Focuses on the active learning of the preschooler with basic introduction to literacy.  Incorporates fun, interesting stories with music and movement.
KIDS COOKING CLUB  -Tuesdays at 3:30pm  (Sponsored by Harris Teeter) Please pre-register. Explore seasonal recipes and savor the flavor of your hard work.
S.T.E.M. EXPLORATIONS - Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 3:30pm  (Ideal for ages 3 and up) Please pre-register. STEM programs explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by applying them in fun, hands-on activities.  Children will learn about the scientific process while measuring and recording in mathematical terms, developing critical thinking skills in the process.
StoryCOOKS - Thursdays at 10:00am  (Sponsored by Harris Teeter) Please pre-register. Cooking club for our preschoolers...each week we'll read a new story and create a dish inspired by the book.
JUMP! MOVE! LEARN!  Thursdays at 3:30pm  (Ideal for ages 5-9) Please pre-register.  Join us in learning how to keep our bodies healthy and happy.  Discover new exercises and games while learning all about the human body.
TODDLER TIME - Fridays at 10:00am  (Ages 4 and under) No registration necessary.  Come and help your little one express their creativity and practice using gross and fine motor skills.
ADVENTURES IN THE ARTS - Fridays at 3:30 pm Please pre-register.  Bring your child to express their creativity through various forms of art including but not limited to painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, drawing, and printing.

NanoDays™ is Coming to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington in January 2015

Wilmington, NC – NanoDays is arriving at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington in January 2015. This traveling science exhibit brings new and unique learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.  NanoDays will take place in the Magnetic Minds Science Center of the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Visitors will explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks! Other activities include using electricity to make a nickel coin look like a penny, and a program about Robots & People.  
NanoDays at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.
NanoDays combines fun hands-on activities with presentations on current research. A range of exciting NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.
More about Nano and NISE Network - At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and molecules—many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.
Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the internet! But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions. The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 14 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010.
Through products like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering. For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit please visit:

Cameron Art Museum’s January 2015 Calendar

Museum School open registration for classes and workshops. Register by visiting the Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, online at:, or by phone 910-395-5999.
SPOKEN WORD: COAST Poetry Jam - Fri. Dec. 19 8:00 pm Cost: $10.00. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall - Come enjoy poets puttin’ down the true spoken word, featuring Life the Poet, with music by DJ Mike Lang and performance by The Company. Hosted by Bigg B of COAST Radio 97.3 FM. For details call the studio line: 910.763.0973. Purchase seats at the door.
GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers - Sun. Dec. 28 at 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Entire Group. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional Sacred Harp Singing and invite you to join in the music. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe.  The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at and this singing at Held in collaboration with WHQR.
JAZZ @ THE CAM SERIES Returns! with Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts - Thurs. Jan. 8 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The New Year brings more new artists to the jazz series! Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts bring their brand of Standards, Cool jazz, blues and more to the concert series. With Max Levy on saxophone, Dwain Gunnels on keys and vocals and Travis Slaughter on drums, this talented trio of college musicians has performed with a range of musicians and in a variety of musical genres. Purchase seats on CAM’s website:, by phone or at the door. A concert series presented by Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society ( Special 2nd Thurs. date.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS: Max Levy; Saxophone - Max is a Junior at East Carolina University majoring in Jazz Performance at ECU's School of Music, he has studied clarinet and piano as well as the saxophone while at ECU. He started this jazz ensemble while in high school and has greatly enjoyed expanding his musicianship while playing with them over his summer breaks off from school. Levy has studied and performed with many prominent musicians including locally-renowned Saxophonist Benny Hill, Bassist/Professor Carroll Dashiell, and Trumpeter/Professor H. Wade Johnson.
Dwain Gunnels; Keys, Vocals - Dwain is a Junior at UNCW as a Criminology major, and aspires to one day join the FBI. His greatest hobby, however, is playing the piano and keyboard. He and Max have played together since they first met in junior high school. Gunnels  enjoys playing a wide range of musical styles. From Duke Ellington to Ray Charles to Bob Marley, Dwain has a versatile taste and ability.
 Travis Slaughter; Drums - Travis is a freshman at Appalachian State University, with an undeclared major. He has a love for music and acquired a distinct talent for playing percussion instruments; especially the drum set. Slaughter has performed throughout Carolina Beach and the Wilmington area, playing everything from rock n' roll to reggae to jazz.   
• FAMILIES: Holiday Kids @ CAM - Sat.  Jan. 17 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Admission by donation. Come explore our exhibitions and make art you can take home! Don't miss the afternoon of creativity, inspiration and art! All Ages Welcome. No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required at all times. Kids@CAM is fun for the whole family!
• DANCE: Works-in-Progress Showcase - Sun. Jan. 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. The Dance Cooperative, in association with Cameron Art Museum, provides informal showings to afford working artists a place to present works in progress to be reviewed and critiqued in a nurturing environment. Open to working choreographers and dancers, as well as anyone who want to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process. If you are interested in presenting work, e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than the Monday preceding each showcase.  
• GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers on Sun. Jan. 25. Times are: 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Entire Group. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall
You’re invited to join in the music of a traditional Sacred Harp Singing. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook The Sacred Harp. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about and this singing at
• CAM CAFÉ Closed for Tapas on Dec. 31 - Come sample CAM Café’s menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday, Wednesday Tapas 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy drinks, appetizers, or a memorable meal. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Visit to see lunch menu items.
•  EXHIBITIONS at the CAM: State of the Art / Art of the State - Hughes Wing On view through February 12, 2015. cameronartmuseum .org/index.php?c=current. Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists were invited to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period (between 12:00 pm Friday, September 19 and 12:00 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014). During this timeframe, a nationally renowned curator was present to greet each artist.
The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators. Participating curators: Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), Denver, CO;

Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Laura Hoptman, Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO.
Hiroshi Sueyoshi  Matter of Reverence
Hughes Wing
On view through April 12, 2015
For over forty years, Hiroshi Sueyoshi has worked in the medium of clay. This exhibition explores the evolution of Sueyoshi’s art and philosophy as well as his major influences including Hamada Shoji, Isamu Noguchi, Teruo Hara, Ruth Duckworth and Peter Voulkos. Featuring work from CAM’s permanent collection as well as loans from private and public collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC.
Cameron Art Museum Galleries Open on Thursday Evenings
Open late Thursday Evenings until 9:00 pm
CAM Members: NO COST | Non-Members: $8 | Students w/id $5, Seniors and Active Military | Children 2-12 $3
Join friends or bring the family and enjoy viewing current exhibitions in the Hughes Wing and Brown Wing each week.
Cameron Art Museum is located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, NC.  Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am –9:00 pm. During the time there is only one exhibition, Museum admission is:  
Museum members no cost
$8 Non-members
$5 Students with valid student identification card, active military (with ID) and Seniors (65+)
Children age 2 -12 $3
For updated information on programs, exhibitions, classes and events, visit or call 910.395.5999

Cape Fear Museum Awarded International Paper Grant

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill and the International Paper Foundation to assist with interpretive exhibit signage in the Museum’s Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE), opening summer 2015.
The OLE will give visitors a chance to explore some of the ways the Cape Fear’s people, land, and water have interacted over time.  The project as a whole will imaginatively use signage, native plantings, hands-on activities and maritime artifacts to get visitors thinking about how science and history intersect in the region.
International Paper’s donation will help fund interpretive signs that will include a mix of photographs, illustrations, maps and words.  The signs will help the Museum educate the thousands of visitors who come to Cape Fear Museum each year.
Exhibits Manager Adrienne Garwood said of the award, “We have plans for several creative and informative signs, hands-on opportunities. This generous award from International Paper will help us provide visitors with a high quality experience.”
From its inception in 1952 and continuing today, the International Paper Foundation supports non-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities. International Paper gives back to communities through corporate donations, in-kind contributions, employee volunteerism and IP Foundation grants to provide more that $10 million to support hundreds of community based educational, civic and cultural programs that uphold their promise to do the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons.
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. 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:

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

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, January 24, 31 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 - Wednesday, December 31 at 11:15 a.m., Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, January 25 at 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 - Monday, December 29 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 31 at 2 p.m., Friday, January 30 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.
• SEA TURTLE REHAB TOUR - Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sundays, January 4, 11, 18 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday, January 19 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - In November, the Aquarium opened its doors to nearly two dozen endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles injured in a mass cold-stunning event along the New England coast. The sea turtles receive daily medical care, including antibiotics, special diets and close monitoring. Once the animals are healthy, they will be released into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Join us for a special tour to learn more about these sea turtles and how our dedicated husbandry staff care for these animals. A portion of the tour fees will benefit Aquarium conservation efforts. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – TOP PREDATORS - Monday, January 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Children are invited to participate in a special day at the Aquarium. Campers learn why sharks, dolphins and alligators are kings of their watery world and how these hunters are specially adapted for "ruling" their environments. Games, crafts, live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Children will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUACAMP – REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS - Friday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. - Get an up-close look at reptiles and amphibians including, turtles, salamanders and alligators. In this session, campers will learn about similarities and differences between these types of animals. Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Children will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 AQUACAMP TRANSPORTATION - The Aquarium offers limited transportation to and from the Monkey Junction area to AquaCamp. We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and preregistration is 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 information:

Earth Bag Committee are Distrubuting 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.

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, cape 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

11th Annual Polar Plunge to be Held in Kure Beach this Year

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge will move to Kure Beach this year while the Boardwalk is under construction. Saturday, February 21st the 5K Run-N-Plunge race day registration will begin at 9am with the race starting promptly at 10am. At 11am gates will open for the regular event where attendees will enjoy live music, a silent auction, costume contest and more all at the Kure Beach Pavilion! Plungers will start to line up at 3pm and start taking the plunge shortly afterwards.
Proceeds for the event benefit New Hanover County’s Special Olympics Team. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Their goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
The benefits... of participation in Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships, and increased family support.  Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job, and in the community.  Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athlete's talents.
Special Olympics believes that competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test its athletes' skills, measure their progress and inspire them to grow.  Special Olympics believes that its program of sports training and competition helps our athletes become physically fit and grow mentally, socially, and spiritually.  Special Olympics believes that consistent training is required to develop sports skills.  The Spirit of Special Olympics-skill, courage, sharing and joy transcends boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race or religion. For more information or to register for the 11th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge visit or call (910)341-7253.

Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off March 7th

On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 contestants will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers. The Step Up for Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off will return to the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue and everyone is welcome. Sponsorship and applications available online at Step up for Soldiers is a non-profit 501-3C organization, dedicated to members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. All monetary donations that are made to support our organization are tax deductible.

Authors and historians invited to speak at Fort Fisher’s 150th Anniversary Event Friday-Sunday, January 17th-18th  

KURE BEACH—Organizers of “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher” scheduled for Jan 17-18, 2015 at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, recently released a list of authors and historians invited to speak at the commemoration program. The list includes Jamie Martinez, Rod Gragg, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Richard Triebe, Michael Hardy, and Ray Flowers. Renowned historian, author, and Civil War battlefield expert Ed Bearss will be the keynote speaker at a special opening ceremony slated for 11 am Saturday at Battle Acre. The site will open at 9 am each day with activities and lectures throughout the day. Due to anticipated high attendance, visitors are encouraged to arrive early.  Free public parking will be provided at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Base, a quarter-mile north of the historic site, where visitors can board a free shuttle bound for the museum parking lot. Organizers say the site’s limited parking area is being reserved for VIPs, shuttle traffic, members of the media, and handicapped individuals with mobility restrictions. A number of food vendors are expected to set up just north of the main parking lot.  Emergency services will be coordinated by local, county, and state law enforcement agencies. Reservists with the Army National Guard will also be on hand to assist. As a safety precaution, Battle Acre Road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the weekend. The observance weekend will feature Saturday and Sunday recreations of the January 1865 Union attacks on Fort Fisher, with as many as 500 reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines. Saturday’s battle reenactment begins at 1:30 pm, while Sunday’s reenactment will begin at 10:30 am.
The two-day event is free, except for small fees associated with unique tours planned on both days. A limited number of tickets for these tours will be sold. Organizers say more details about the program schedule will be released prior to the event. Due to factors beyond the staff’s control, some program components are subject to change.All Fort Fisher programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing this national treasure, and sustaining members: Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Ernest Kniffen, Dr. Edward Halloran, and Patrick O. McCullough. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the war ended less than 90 days later. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site  Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit


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