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Area Events Listings For April 9th, 2014

18th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
Chowder Tastes Better than Azaleas

Carolina Beach, NC – The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 18th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Carolina Beach Lake.   
 The Chowder Cook Off is all about delicious food, good music and family fun, so bring the kids along to this family-oriented event.  Chefs from southeast North Carolina’s finest restaurants will prepare the region’s best seafood chowder recipes.   Folks can sample a taste of Cape Fear during this friendly chowder competition held at Carolina Beach Lake Park in Carolina Beach.  Children can enjoy the park’s playground and a Kidz Zone with face painting, a giant inflatable slide and more.  And for an additional fee, there will be paddleboat rides for the entire family.  The gates open at 11:30 am and winners will be announced around 5:30..
During the Chowder Cook-Off, enjoy live music by Mark Roberts Band and chowder-tasting (and voting) between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, but make sure to arrive early while the chowder is abundant.  
Your job is to bring the family and your discerning palate to sample and vote on your favorite chowder.  So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party.  Gates open at 11:30 and admission is only $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. This year we have a record setting number of contestants with three returning restaurants along with seven new entries:
Gibby’s Dock & Dine - Carolina Beach
Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant - Carolina Beach
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Jebby’s on 17 – Hampstead
Mermaid’s Island Grill – Holden Beach
Nikki’s Gourmet Sushi Bar – Carolina Beach
Ogden Tap Room – Wilmington
Pop’s Diner – Carolina Beach
Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill - Wilmington
The Grille Shallotte    
Chowder is served on a first-come, first-served basis – so come early! REMEMBER _ Chowder tastes better than Azaleas!! 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. .  

Pleasure Island Events Calendar for 2014

• April 12 - 18th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (458-8434)
• May 9 - 16th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament (910-368-7077)
• May 17-18 - 21st Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• May 14 - 2014 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival.  More info call 610-909-7643
• May 20 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 20 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• June – August - Weekly Movies at the Lake Every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Free Summer Concerts 2nd & 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
• June 7 - 29th Annual Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 10 – Aug 26 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 10-13 - East Coast Got Em‘ On Classic King Mackerel Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 23 - Miss P.I. Beauty Pageant (910-458-5962)
• September 12 & 13 - Carolina Beach In-Shore Challenge (910-352-0603)
• Sept 13 - 2nd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 20 - 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival 910-599-2979
• October 11 & 12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• October 17-19 - 8th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-352-0603)
• October 18 - 6th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-3266)
• October 25 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• 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
For Chamber information please visit our website at
www.pleasureislandnc.org or E-Mail us at
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Post 129 to Host Red Cross Blood Drive April 21st

The American Legion Post 129 will host a American Red Cross Community Blood Drive Monday April 21st from 2:00pm until 6:30pm. Eligible donors are encouraged to donate as blood supplies can become low during the Spring season. Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses mean fewer donations, yet the need remains. Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds and a single blood donation can save as many as three lives, according to the American Red Cross. Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Schedule your appointment to save a life by visiting redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code cblegion. You can also contact Mary Lou Langley at (704)607-2775.

2nd Annual Benefit Dog Wash April 27th
In Memory of Bobby Burrell

Join in on the four-legged fun at Seaside Petsitting’s 2nd Annual Dog Wash.
The event will be held Sunday, April 27th from 11am until 3pm at 1204 North Lake Park Boulevard in the parking lot of Wilkins and Wilkins General Contracting.
The event is in Memory of Bobby Burrell and his love for animals, 100% of the day’s proceeds will benefit sheltered friend and Cape fear parrot sanctuary. Admission is free but a $10 donation would be appreciated for your pup to get washed. There will also be food, raffles, vendors, silent auction, exotic parrot display, and MORE!

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 2014
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 15 selections for your enjoyment.
We kick off the season with Disney’s FROZEN (PG-2013) on May 25th, followed by TOM & JERRY’s ROBIN HOOD and his MERRY MOUSE (PG-2012) on June 1st. The true-life adventure BIG MIRACLE (2012-PG) will be on June 8th followed on June 15th by the ever-popular DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG-2013).  On June 22nd, we are very proud to present the highly acclaimed Disney’s SAVING MR. BANKS (PG13 – 2013) exploring the making of Mary Poppins!  On June 29th, we will present MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (PG 2012) followed by our Independence Day weekend selection with this years’ NUT JOB (PG 2014).  Halfway through our summer season on July 13th, we present the greatest Turkey Movie of all time – FREE BIRDS (PG 2013) followed by Disney’s SUPER BUDDIES (G 2013) on July 20th.  For our tenth selection of the season, we offer the environmental sensitive HOOT (PG 2006) on July 27th followed by this years’ popular THE LEGO MOVIE (PG 2014) on August 3rd.  For all of our turtle lovers, we offer up A TURTLE TALE’S 2: SAMMY’S ESCAPE FROM PARADISE (PG 2012) on August 10th followed by TAD THE LOST EXPLORER (PG 2012) on August 17th.  This year’s Classic Night on August 24th will feature the 1961 Best Picture Acadamy Award  winner WEST SIDE STORY.  We closeout the season on  Labor Day Weekend (August 31st) with Disney’s soon-to-be classic PLANES (PG 2013).
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.    

Attention Pleasure Island Poets!

We are now accepting poems for the first annual Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology  Submission Deadline: April 20, 2014. Topic: Anything related to Pleasure Island - Beach Living, Nature, History, etc.  Selected poems will be compiled into an anthology that will be published for the Summer 2014 season. We would like to have anthologies available for purchase at local businesses for a fee of $5.00 to help cover the cost of publishing and distribution. All proceeds will go toward the promotion, printing, and distribution of the Anthology. eFormats (such as a Kindle version) will also be explored and made available if possible.
Our primary goal is to celebrate the creativity of poets on Pleasure Island. All entries for the first edition will be limited to residents or part-time residents of the Island. A panel of volunteers will make the final decision on which poems will be included based on availability of space – we will try to be as inclusive as possible. Please understand that this is a volunteer effort and that we will be learning as we go on how to best celebrate poetry on Pleasure Island. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED ON A COVER PAGE or EMAIL WITH YOUR SUBMISSION. Please type it and proofread it. It is very important that the information you provide us is correct. If, for any reason, you think that your email address may change in the coming months, please provide us with an alternate email so that you will be sure to receive any GOOD NEWS that we may be sending you!
Your FULL NAME, Your PRIMARY EMAIL ADDRESS, Your STATE & COUNTRY LIST TITLES of the poems you are submitting (up to 2): Title 1, Title 2. PROVIDE PERMISSION FOR PLEASURE ISLAND POETRY ANTHOLOGY TO PUBLISH YOUR WORK IN OUR 2014 POETRY ANTHOLOGY should it be selected: I hereby give Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology permission to publish the poems I have submitted (titles listed above) should they be selected as part of the 2014 Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology. I understand that the 2014 Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology may be copyrighted in the United States by Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology as a COLLECTION OF SELECTED POETRY, and that I will retain all individual rights to my works outside of that collection. PRINT YOUR FULL NAME, SIGN YOUR FULL NAME, DATE. OPTIONAL: Your WEBSITE URL may also be included if you have one. Your website information will be published if you provide it—so please include it if you would like that information available to readers. STAPLE your completed cover page and poems together if you are submitting via mail. Your cover page should be on top, followed by your poems.
Put everything in ONE envelope, attach appropriate postage, and MAIL TO: Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology 920 Riptide Lane Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Email submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please note that by submitting your poems to us, you are giving Pleasure Island Poetry Anthology permission to publish your original poetry in our 2014 Poetry Anthology should it be chosen as a selected poem.  

Free Rose Garden Tour May 10th 10AM to 4PM

The Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, proudly announces their Annual Rose Garden tour.
Tour eight truly exceptional home rose gardens in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.  A rare opportunity to visit private gardens and speak with their owners.  Learn how easy it is to grow exceptional roses in our region.  A Pre-Mother’s Day Special Event! Free and Open to the Public! Visit: www.wcfrs. blogspot.com or our Facebook page for garden locations.

2014 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Interactive Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Call for Artists

Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time for festivals.  This year’s Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is scheduled for May 17th from 10am to 5pm on Cape Fear Blvd. in Carolina Beach.  We are seeking fine art and fine craft artists for vendor booths, and performing artists and culinary artists who will demonstrate their talents. The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts and one of the few “interactive” festivals in the region.  In each of the three themed areas – Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, and Performing Arts, there are ongoing demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family.  The artists bring the public into their creative processes.
This year’s “Main Event” is Mosaic Art.  Several artists will be making their mosaic artwork while festivalgoers can add to the community piece that will be later shown in galleries around the region.
Murray Middle School Jazz band headlines the Performing Arts, and other performances include Stray Local Band, and Cape Fear Dance Theatre.  
Culinary Arts host demonstrations that include pizza toss by Uncle Vinny’s Restaurant.
Last year’s main event artwork of 10’ silk batik banners that were created by Kristin Gibson and September Krueger will be sold during the event.  These banners have been show in several galleries and are stunning. The festival is a collaborative event with the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee and newly formed Island Arts and Culture Alliance.  The objective of the festival is to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts by enabling the public to get involved with the creative processes.For more information contact Christine Higgins at 610.909.7643, chris@artfullivinggroup.com

21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival to be held on October 11th & 12th

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 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 11th & 12th.  This years’ Festival brings something new and unique to the twenty-year history of this great Festival – DOUBLE HEADLINERS.  
That is right, International renowned artists will headline on Saturday and Sunday this year! First up is the legendary ROBERT CRAY BAND on Saturday night, October 11th.  
With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 12th, will be the first-ever repeat headliner – the incomparable DELBERT McCLINTON, with three Grammy awards to his credit. In support of the outstanding talent offered up by ROBERT CRAY BAND  and DELBERT McCLINTON, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for ROBERT CRAY BAND will be SHEMEKIA COPELAND – the NEW “Queen of the Blues” (City of Chicago honor) and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee AND Opening for DELBERT McCLINTON will be the ever-popular DAMON FOWLER – With a hybrid blend of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Damon has become one of the hottest young players on the Blues scene. 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 Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.
The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well.  The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, 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 (ROBERT CRAY BAND plays Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (DELBERT McCLINTON 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 greg@pleasureislandnc.org.  

A Charity Benefit for Meals on Wheels coming up in June 14

Presenting American Music Award Winner and Multi-Platinum Artist RANDY JONES, AKA:  Original Village People Cowboy.  “He is one of the most beloved entertainers and pop icons from the Disco era.  The Cowboy in the Village People has captured the public imagination for decades.”  He has earned 65 Gold and Platinum record certificates, toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, “Can’t Stop The Music”, made the cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2008, garnered a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Randy Jones looks forward to this event each year being that he was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and loves Carolina Beach so he is donating his time and talent to help out the homebound elderly!  We are having a two-day event this year which will include a Disco Night at the Lazy Pirate, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach where there will be a “Disco Night Meet and Greet” with a silent auction.  Come dressed to impress in your disco attire. There will be prizes all night!  Our sponsors will be recognized during this event beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday evening.  On Saturday, June 14, we board the Royal Winner Princess in Carolina Beach at 6:15 returning at 9:30 pm to Carolina Beach. Expect spectacular entertainment, back-up dancers for Mr. Jones, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dancing, along with a 50/50 raffle.  Tickets are $40.00.  Cruise is 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  Suggested age is 12 and up and minors must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels Council Inc., and Only 225 Tickets will be SOLD!  Ticket is required to board the boat.  Cash or Checks Only!  Checks should be written to Meals on Wheels Council, Inc., P. O. Box 3593, Wilmington, NC  28401.  
 If you remember “In The Navy”, “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A.”, Don’t Miss the Boat!  If you do, you will miss America’s favorite Disco Cowboy! The Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. welcomes your participation as a sponsor for the event.  We rely on donations such as yours to continue to operate. For your donation, you will receive sponsor recognition and tickets for the cruise (based on sponsorship level).  With your assistance, the Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. can continue to experience success with this event to better serve our homebound clients.  For more information, you may contact 910-508-8672 fjacobs@ bellsouth. net or 910-458-5962 or blueocean This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Celebrate NanoDays™ 2014 at Cape Fear Museum

814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

Have you ever wanted to make an object disappear? Experiment with different liquids to make a glass object vanish! Use your imagination to design robots and create nano-bots. Examine the strange and mysterious properties of a non-Newtonian fluid and ferrofluid. Inspect a special metal with amazing properties that “remembers” its previous form. Investigate the big implications for small science at Cape Fear Museum’s NanoDays Celebration on Saturday, March 29 from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free for members or with admission.
Activities include:
• Ferrofluid: Exploring Mysterious Properties
• Invisibility: Make an Object Disappear
• Measure Yourself: How Many Nanometers are You?
• Changeable Money: Electroplating
• Non-Newtonian Fluids: Strange Properties at Work
• Memory Metal in Action!
• Create a nano-bot!
NanoDays at Cape Fear Museum is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 29 - April 6, 2014. 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.
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.
 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.
This project is based on work supported by the NSF under Award Nos. ESI-05322536 and 0940143.  NanoDays™ is trademarked by North Carolina State University and used by the NISE Network with permission. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children under 3 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

Summer Shorts Return to Cape Fear Museum

Wilmington, N.C. - Cape Fear Museum’s Summer Shorts are the perfect 60-minute learning adventures for children ages 5-12.  Packed with hands-on activities and investigations, Summer Shorts are a good option for day care centers, year-round schools, home-school groups and summer camps that are looking for fun and exciting programming opportunities.
• Summer Shorts are for groups of 10 or more children and their adult chaperones.  
• All programs include a take-home creation.
• Summer Shorts are now available as outreach…we can come to you! Additional mileage fees may apply to outreach.
This year’s themes are:
 Summer Constellations *NEW
Enter the Museum’s Starlab planetarium to examine the summer stars and constellations.
 Cape Fear Indians - Investigate the earliest inhabitants of our region through artifact analysis, games, and more.
 Magnet Mania *NEW - Manipulate magnets and conduct fun experiments to learn about the science of magnetism.
 Toy Science *NEW - Play with a variety of folk toys and discover the science behind what makes them so much fun.
 DINO-mite - Journey back in time to when dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures ruled the land and seas.
 Eco Adventures - Go on an ecosystem adventure and meet the plants and animals that live in the Lower Cape Fear.
 Summer Shorts are offered Mondays – Fridays, from June 16 until August 15. Program fees are $6 per child prior to June 30, 2014; $7 per child beginning July 1.
 Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and  museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Up Coming Meetings

Monday April 21, 2014:  Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm Civil War historian, Chris Fonvielle, will talk about his new book: Faces Of Fort Fisher:1861-1864. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Chris.
 Monday May 19, 2014:  Membership Meeting. 7:30-900 pm.  Daniel Norris, publisher and author, will talk about his new book on the iconic Boardwalk establishment, Britt’s.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Daniel.
Monday June 17, 2014: Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Summer Potluck/Picnic. The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members. ALSO UPCOMING!
Saturday, March 22, 2014 Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle  2pm-4pm. $5.00 donation requested.  
Limit of 25 participants. Meet at the Federal Point History Center. 1121-A N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  Call 910-458-0502 to reserve your place. 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)