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Local Events Listings for July 9th, 2014

Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• 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 10 – Aug 26 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-458-8216)
• 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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THIS WEEK ON PLEASURE ISLAND

Pleasure Island has another great week of FREE activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment.  There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise. Please plan on joining us for Thursday nights’ FREE concert on July 10th from 6:30 until 9:30 featuring Beach Billy Brothers. A band having fun creating music and entertaining in North Carolina! Looking for Backyard Parties, Weddings, Major Birthday Parties, anniversaries... Hit us up and Let Us Create a GREAT PARTY to remember.

CB Arts & Activities Committee host, Performing Arts Night, with talent
at the Boardwalk Gazebo

Friday, July 4th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM join us for a "Concert of Freedom" with Mark Pergerson and PJM. The Band PJM  was formed in 2005  . Mark Pergerson  formed the Band from a ministry that was birthed in 2001 , Praise Jesus Ministries . PJM has helped many Non Profits and other ministries reach out to the Homeless and People in Need. The ministries purpose was to reach out to the Helpless , Hopeless and the Hurting . PJM has played all around the East Coast in Wilmington NC, Carolina Beach NC, Morehead City NC , Buffalo NY, NYC , Boone NC , West Virginia , Kentucky, Raleigh and surrounding area . The Band has a Very Contemporary Gospel sound being that PJM is very diverse , Very soulful R & B sound . PJM does a mix of Christian and Crossover Mainstream songs as I can only Imagine, Heaven, I believe I can Fly , Etc.  PJM consists of Mark Pergerson , (Lead Vocalist ), Kenneth Leonard( Vocalist) , Vance Watkins(Vocalist), Gary Gilley ( rhythm Guitar), Tim Faircloth(Lead Guitar), Steve Brown(Bass), Bruce Sanders(Drums), Lester McMinis(Percussion)
Sunday, July 6th, 7:00 PM, St. Paul's Methodist Church, Contemporary Christian Concert, Simple Truth with Shawn Blackwelder. Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, 34 Steps will perform.  34 Steps has been performing together for ten years. They are a five-piece local band who play mainstream rock, electric and acoustic jams from major artists – a broad spectrum from Heart, John Mellencamp, Beatles, Matchbox 20, Bad Company, Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Fleetwood Mac to the Eagles and beyond. They have played anything from backyard parties to weddings and local fundraisers. They love to play whenever people get together to celebrate and have a good time. Rock on!
There is more to come this summer as we confirm other performers. Make sure you check your Island Gazette each week and mark your calendars.

Snakes Separating Myth from Reality

 For centuries snakes have been perceived as vicious monsters. But, are these perceptions reasonable or has this mysterious creature been victimized by the human race?
Come and learn the truth about these beautiful and useful reptiles and the important role they play in keeping the balance of a healthy ecosystem. Learn about the venomous and non-venomous snakes that live in our area as well as ways to tell the difference between the two types.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 2:00 p.m.  
Live animals will be on scene but touching is not required. For more information call 910-458-8206.

Pleasure Island Parrot Heads 3rd Annual “Christmas In July”
“Bringing Gifts to Children”

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads is kicking off their third annual “Christmas In July” for the children in the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital, located at the New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington.
The Parrot Heads will be bringing gifts to the boys and girls on July 26 who otherwise should be enjoying their summer on vacation. In addition to personal gifts for the children, the hospital always needs items in the playroom for all the children hospitalized to enjoy.  Toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, arts & craft supplies, X-Box 360 games, plush toys, rattles and other items for newborns are always needed.
You can help by putting your pocket change in the donation jar located on the counter in the following Pleasure Island locations: Big Apple Bakery, Domino’s Pizza, Island Hots, Ocean Beach Store, Subway, Zaak Grill, Squigley’s Ice Cream Gift Shop, WINGS Beach Stores (both locations), Frank’s Pizza, Primrose Cottage, Carolina Beach Convenience Store (Cape Fear Blvd), Kure Beach Diner, FROYOZ  frozen yogurt shop, Blue Reef Beach Store, and American Legion Post 139.

Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant to be held August 23rd

The Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for August 23, 2014.  Age divisions and required competition include Wee Miss (1-2 yrs) competing in tropical wear and party dress.  Tiny Miss (3-4 yrs) and Mini Miss (5-6 yrs) competing in interview, tropical wear and party dress.  Little Miss (7-9 yrs) will compete in interview, talent and dress.  Junior Miss (10-12 yrs), Teen Miss (13-15 yrs) and Miss (16-22 yrs) will compete in interview, talent and evening gown.  All ages may compete in Swimsuit.  Each contestant receives trophies and gifts.  Proceeds benefit the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce/Special Events, the Federal Point Help Center and the NHC Senior Resource Special Needs account. For more information and application, please contact Diane Berry-Klutz at 910-458-5962 or 910-798-6405, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Hanover County
Arboretum “So Easy to
Preserve” Canning Workshops
The art of canning is not lost

New Hanover County Arboretum is pleased to announce upcoming “So Easy to Preserve” canning workshops led by retired New Hanover County Arboretum Director Melissa Hight. So Easy To Preserve, Part I: Thursday, July 10th at The Arboretum Auditorium
• Offered at 2:00-3:30pm or 6:00-7:30pm
• Registration fee: $20.00 for general public
Participants will learn the basics behind home food preservation in both a boiling water bath and pressure canner, with an emphasis on safety.  Registration is required by July 8th, as there is a 25-person minimum to hold each workshop. Participants may obtain more information by calling Gary Levesque at 910-798-7670.  So Easy To Preserve, Part II: Saturday, July 19th at The Arboretum Auditorium
• 10:00am-12:30pm
• Registration fee: $50.00 for general public
This workshop is a continuation of So Easy To Preserve, Part 1. In this course, participants will learn the basics of home preservation with hands-on participation using the boiling water-bath and pressure canning processes of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Participants will be able to bring home what they preserve. Class size is limited to 15 registrants, so pre-registration is required by July 17th. Participants may obtain more information by calling Gary Levesque at 910-798-7670.
“The possibilities in canning are easy, mouthwatering and endless--vegetables, jams, jellies, pickles, preserves…the list goes on,” says Melissa Hight. “I am excited to share the joy of canning so that participants can have year–round seasonal fruits and vegetables for family and friends. There is nothing like the satisfaction experienced when you view the fruits of your labor.”
About New Hanover County Arboretum - The Arboretum is home to New Hanover County’s Cooperative Extension Office and is a premier resource center and model in the southeastern United States for horticultural education, leadership development, environmental stewardship, and community involvement in a setting of beautiful and enjoyable gardens. For more information, go to http://nhcarboretum.com

Cell Block 2” and “Port City Shakedown” to Perform at Boardwalk Saturday, July 26th

On July 26, 2014 the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will feature the music of Wilmington area music acts “Cell Block 2” and “Port City Shakedown”, proudly represented by GrayScale Entertainment. Both projects are popular in the coastal Carolinas and feature a wide variety of crowd-pleasing material, ranging from classic rock and blues to Motown and modern pop.
These three entities (GrayScale Entertainment/the two bands) have one feature in common: veteran guitarist and GrayScale co-owner Mark Lynch, who has played and taught guitar/bass professionally for over 35 years.
He and his wife Debra (his partner in GrayScale) moved to Wilmington a little over 4 years ago, knowing virtually no one in the area, but have since been able to establish a number of succesful projects- and keep Lynch one of the area's busiest musicians.
GrayScale Entertainment is a full-service music agency serving the Wilmington and surrounding areas such as Topsail Beach and Southport. Debra Lynch is the PR expert, and also handles a lot of the videography and social media promotion.
They've kept a lot of area musicians and venue owners happy for a few years now. Mark is an unusually quiet and reserved man for someone in the entertainment business, and does not go out of his way to draw attention- but it happens anyway, simply because he plays so skillfully and passionately. With almost 40 years of serious experience and study of the guitar, he gets noticed in spite of his “shoegaze” demeanor. Says Lynch, “I guess these days the guitar-and my wife- do most of the talking for me”. Beginning in the late 1970's, Lynch has played in scores of music projects around the Southeast. Probably none you ever heard of, but they all enjoyed great success in their allotted time and place. Western NC based bands “Phenix”, “Aviator”, “Stampede”, and others played A-list clubs and opened for national recording artists such as “Rare Earth”, “Night Ranger”, “Frank Marino/Mahogany Rush”, and Raleigh-based “Nantucket”. But perhaps his most significant contribution was as a guitar teacher- to now country super-star Eric Church. “We went to the same Baptist church, our dads were both deacons, and I ended up showing Eric his first guitar chords so he could play some Randy Travis songs. Obviously, he took it from there, and turned out to be a great songwriter, but it's cool to hear him on the radio and know that I showed him his first three chords! Since moving to Wilmington, Mark has played in duos with area musicians Mike O'Donnell, Brent Stimmel, Susan Savia, Dylan Linehan, Eduardo Somech, and most recently Matt Korzelius (his partner in Cell Block 2)..
He's played solo guitar for weddings, art galleries and local restaurants including a 2-year stint at Saltworks II and repeat shows at The George, The Pilot House, and The Harp. Full bands have included “Zion” and “Dangers of Stereo”. “Cell Block 2” features Lynch on guitar and bass with vocalist Korzelius for some impressive two-man versions of classic rock/blues/jazz.
This duo, in turn, will be joined by Tim Meyer/drums, Daniel Pesavento/bass, Harley Blasingame/keys, and Tarsha Murphy/vocals to become the 6-piece party band “Port City Shakedown”. The show starts at 5 pm.

Help Center Announces 9th Annual Chinese Auction July 26th

The Help Center of Federal Point invites everyone to attend its summer fundraiser, our 9th Annual Chinese Auction.  It will be held on Saturday, July 26th beginning at 1:00 pm, at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center located at 308 Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach.  This event is a community favorite, and provides Saturday afternoon fun for the entire family!  Admission to the Chinese Auction is only $5 and includes mini-raffle tickets and a chance to win a door prize. You may purchase your ticket at the door on the 26th, and refreshments will be available.  
Attendees will be treated to cake and cold beverages at the conclusion of the Chinese Auction. The doors open at 1:00 pm and prizes will begin being awarded at 2:30 pm.  
As Chairperson Janice Truelove explains, “If you’ve never attended a Chinese Auction, it works like this:
With your paid admission, you get tickets (25) to drop into the container next to each gift item you’d like to win. You may buy extra tickets if you like. A winner is chosen for each item. Higher value gift items (e.g., a gift certificate to a restaurant or perhaps an art object) go on our sweepstakes table and separate tickets are sold for them.”
There will also be a 50/50 raffle where half of the cash raised goes to the winner and the other half goes to the Help Center, as well as a Silent Auction for items such as Hotel getaways. For more information on the upcoming Chinese Auction, please call Janice Truelove at 910 458-1920.
 For twenty-eight years, our all-volunteer staff has helped the neediest residents of Pleasure Island.  
The Help Center of Federal Point’s primary focus has always been to meet people’s immediate need for food.
The Help Center of Federal Point is located in the Recreation Center of Carolina Beach just behind the Town Hall at 1121-B North Lake Park Blvd. The Help Center is open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am until 12:00 Noon.
The Help Center of Federal Point is not state or federally funded. It is supported solely by the generous contributions of local businesses, churches, and private donations from compassionate individuals.
All donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to The Help Center of Federal Point, Inc. P.O. Box 54 Carolina Beach, NC 28428. You can also help out by becoming a volunteer. Call 910 458-9339 for more info.

Cameron Art Museum Expands Its Connections Program to Provide Services to People with Disabilities

Wilmington, NC—Cameron Art Museum is expanding their Connections Program, which formerly served primarily individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, to include people with disabilities who might benefit from additional accommodations at the museum.
The Connections Program now invites people with disabilities to schedule their visit to the museum, on Mondays between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because the museum is closed to the general public on Mondays, the Connections Program can provide an environment that is especially calm and supportive for individuals who may be challenged by noise and crowds. Connections visitors also benefit from specially trained tour guides as a part of their museum experience. There is no charge for the Connections Program, but it is important to schedule the visit at least two weeks in advance by calling Georgia Mastroieni at 910-395-5999 ex. 1019 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . When scheduling a Connections group or individual visit, please let us know additional accommodation needs. Please note that the museum staff are not able to offer 1:1 support and caregivers and companions will be expected to support individuals as needed. People with disabilities are welcome to visit the CAM anytime as members of the general public at the usual admission charges.  
The museum is fully accessible for wheelchairs and there are a limited number of both motorized and regular wheelchairs available for our visitors to borrow.

Announcing the 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Sept. 19 & 20

Come celebrate sports, health, wellness and the arts with Carolina Beach! The Carolina Beach 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival features fun for the entire family.  Friday evening the 19th the two day event kicks off with an opening ceremony and introduction of all competing teams.  A free live concert by local favorites “Machine Gun” starts at 5:30PM – food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the main event area and staging and seating will be setup in the main stage area. (Parking lot behind the Sea Witch Café). Saturday, the 10th is Race Day starting at 9am! Teams will be competing for trophies with awards for: The Finals Race Winner, 1st place teams in each category, the slowest team, the most spirited team and the team with the best costumes. You can join in on the fun by forming a Team of friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers or customers and raising the donation for entering a team.  Each team will need 21 members – 20 paddlers and one drummer to keep the pace and must raise $1000 in donations to enter the event or have a corporate sponsor make the donation. Individuals who want to participate but cannot get a full team together can also enter by raising $50 and registering for the event.  
Saturday also includes a festival of vendors around the Marina who will be displaying their artwork, jewelry, sports related products and food items for sale.  The Festival starts at 9AM. Saturday after the finals in the afternoon (4-5PM) the winners will be announced and trophies will be awarded for the top times at the main stage.
PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT BENEFIT: “STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS”
This year’s event will benefit:  “Step Up For Soldiers” and support “The Kramer House” project.  Step Up for Soldiers is proud of this project they refer to as a “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, the thought of building a transitional home for veterans, along with their families, who are attending local universities, emerged.  By completing this house we, as a community, are assisting Veterans in their new journey of life. Insuring that our veterans are able to remain with their families, we are doing more than just building a house. We are building a stronger family, and thus a stronger community.  Help us support our veterans by donating to this event.

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 Clay Band  and Delbert McClinton, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for Robert Clay 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 Clay 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, July 12, 19, 26 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 - Sundays, July 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Mondays, July 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, July  15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Wednesdays, July 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m., Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Fridays, July 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m., Saturdays, July 12, 19, 26 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 -Mondays, July 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 2 p.m., Fridays, July 11, 18, 25 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
• FINS AND FAMILY TOUR - Tuesdays, July 15, 22, 29 at 2 p.m., Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 2 p.m. - A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 3 and older. Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, July  12, 19, 26 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Fee: $25 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Tuesdays, July 15, 22, 29 at 8 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.
Summer Day Camp for Kids
Aquarium summer camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and competent leadership. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Ages 5-6, known as Aquanauts, become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts and hands on outdoor activities. Ages 7-9, Marine Detectives, use their investigative skills during animal programs, outdoor excursions and interactive games to better understand nature. Ages 10-12, Ocean Explorers, participate with staff in experiences outdoors and behind the scenes at the Aquarium to discover each weekly topic. Ages 13-14, Coastal Crusaders, venture farther to explore different coastal environments and learn about animal collection. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.
• ANIMAL KEEPERS - July 14 – 18 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 or  July 21 – 25 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 - How do we feed 2,000 animals? What does it take to keep a 235,000-gallon aquarium clean? Where do aquarium animals come from? Campers learn what it takes to be responsible for the daily care and maintenance of aquarium animals. By helping prepare food, clean exhibits and create animal enrichment, campers get a glimpse of the work required to provide proper animal care. Fee: $230. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
ECO EXPLORERS - July 28 – August 1 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 - How many different animals live in the rainforest? Would a polar bear meet a penguin? What kind of animals can survive in a desert? Campers will take an imaginary trip around the world to discover various ecosystems and the animals that live there. This camp will also highlight the diversity of local environments. Fee: $230. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
• COASTAL CRUSADERS - July 28 – August 1 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 13-14 - How can North Carolina's aquatic environments be recreated and maintained in an aquarium setting? By exploring natural habitats and participating in animal collection and care, campers will gain a better understanding of how to investigate and preserve the environment we all share. Activities that campers will enjoy this week include canoeing on the Cape Fear River, surf fishing and snorkeling. Fee: $280. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher