Area Events Listings for March 11th, 2015

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Calendar of Events for 2015

• March 14 - 11th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
• March 27-28 - Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
• April 11 - 19th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
• April 18 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 19 - 5th Annual 5K Holland Hustle (910-297-9522)
• April 25-26 - Easter Seal Ride (910-323-1926)
• May 14 - 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament
• May 16 - Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
• May 16-17 - 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
• May 16–Oct 3 - Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• May 17 - Double Sprint Marathon (910-620-6405)
• May 26 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 27 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 30 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• June - Aug - Fireworks every Thursday Night on the Beach (910-458-8434)
• June - Aug - Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – Aug - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 6 - 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival
• June 9–Aug 25 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• June 14 - Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
• July 10-12 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 8-9 - EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament
• Sept 12 - 3rd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 18-19 - 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2979)
• Sept 26 - 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Walk (910-458-9453)
• Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Half Marathon (919-889-3438)
• Oct 11&12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 16-18 - 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 17 - 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 24     - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 27 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 27-28, Dec 5,12,19 - 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 4 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
• Dec 5 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
• Dec 11, 12, 13 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• Dec 12 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5006)
• Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve Countdown/Fireworks
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Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run to Be Held March 14th at the Carolina Beach Lake

Grab your green and get ready to be a part of Carolina Beach’s premier March event. Due to area construction the 11th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run will move to the Carolina Beach Lake. Join us Saturday, March 14th with a race, music, raffles with race day registration opening at 7am. The 5k and 10k is open to all ages and skill levels with overall, individual age groups, team and spirit awards. Registration is still open at The course will take participants through the residential neighborhoods and finish back at the beautiful Carolina Beach Lake. Following award ceremonies, we ask you to join us at the Lazy Pirate for the Lo Tide Run’s Official After Party; there you will enjoy live music from local band “Casserole,” raffles and fun - all for a great cause. Now in it’s 11th year, the Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Day Lo Tide Run has donated over $330,000 to over 50 local friends, families and neighbors fighting cancer. This event is run by an all-volunteer board with 100% of race proceeds being donated directly to New Hanover County residents.
All of this would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, volunteers, donations and all of our runners and walkers who continue to support us year after year. For more information about our mission, check us out online at  or follow us on Facebook at "Lo Tide Run.” If you would like to donate or volunteer please contact Cori McQueen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information contact the Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run president Cori McQueen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run is an annual 5K/10K race on a flat and fast track through residential neighborhoods near the  Carolina Beach Lake and is the premier event in March for Pleasure Island.  
The Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Fund, Inc is a non-profit entity [501(c)3] founded with the sole purpose of assisting local friends, families and neighbors fighting cancer in financial need. The annual Lo Tide Run is the only event held by the Fund to raise money for this purpose.

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 2015 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 16 selections for your enjoyment.
We kick off the season with Disney’s PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE (PG-2014) on May 24th, followed by everyone’s favorite kid detective MATILDA (PG-1996) on May 31st.  The hilarious adventures of Disney’s ALEXANDERAND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (2014-PG) will be on June 7th followed on June 14th by the adorable PADDINGTON (G-2014).  On June 21st, we are very proud to present the highly anticipated ANNIE (PG13 – 2014) the remake of a classic.  On June 28th, we will present the original WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG 1971) followed by our Independence Day weekend selection DOLPHIN TALE 2 (PG 2014).  Halfway through our summer season on July 12th, we present the Academy Award nominated INTO THE WOODS (PG 2014) followed by the hilarious sequel CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG 2013) on July 19th.  For our tenth selection of the season, we offer the latest edition of  Night at the Museum-Secret of Tomb (PG 2014) on July 26th followed by he Academy Award nominated The Box Trolls (PG 2014) on August 2nd.  For all of our dog lovers, we offer up the classic Beethoven (PG 1992) on August 9th followed by the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film - Disney’s Big Hero 6 (PG 2014) on August 16th.  For all our pirate lovers, we will present the almost classic Hook (PG 1991) on August 23rd This year’s Classic Night on August 30th will feature the 1962’s hilarious misadventure of a tourist family MR. Hobbs takes a Vacation.  We closeout the season on  Labor Day Weekend (September 6th) with Disney’s highly anticipated update of Ella and her Prince in Cinderella (PG 2014).
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.

Pleasure Island Parrot Heads hold Relay For Life Fundraiser March 21

For the third year, the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads has entered a team in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life” event, to raise money to help win the fight against cancer.
Cancer touches everyone, directly or indirectly. We all know family and friends who lost their battle against cancer. We also know family and friends who won the battle. Help us, the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads, to raise money for this fight on March 21, at the Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach. We will be hosting a Corn Hole tournament with a cash prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry fee is $10.
There will also be raffles, live music by the Mango Band, and the Pleasure Island Beauty Queens. All monies raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  You can also help with making a donation to the team by googling “Relay for Life of New Hanover County.” On the home page, click on “donate” and then “donate to a team.”
Look for Pleasure Island Parrot Heads and make a donation supporting the team. The event at the Lazy Pirate will start at 2 p.m. on March 21.

Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project 2015 Orientation Meeting March 25th at Minnie Evans Art Center

2015 Volunteer Orientation meeting is scheduled for March 25, at 6pm in the Minnie Evans Art Center in the Ashley High School Complex on Halyburton Parkway just south of Monkey Junction.  
Parking is available in the front parking lot of the high school. We will have a check in system again this year, to make it go more smoothly we are asking everyone to RSVP this year. Just go to the website and fill out the form. You will then receive an email at some point before the meeting containing instructions and a form we would like for you to bring to the meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone there as well as lots of new faces.
Again since it is mandatory attendance we remind you that for your convenience families and couples only one person needs to be there although everyone is welcome! Drivers please stay tuned for an important update email regarding this seasons patrol.
Also please if you have not filled out the survey it really is anonymous, please give us your thoughts and comments.
We will also be migrating our email to a new platform soon in the hopes of solving some issues we have had recently.  Look for that in the coming weeks and save the email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your address book now so there is no chance for it to go to your spam or junk folder.

Resident Seeking Assistance for Clinical Trial

“Almost four years ago a three hour eye twitch turned into a diagnosis of two tumors in my head and two in my neck. My body overproduces dopamine and adrenaline which causes tumors to grow along my  nervous system, obtain their own blood supply and play havoc with the surrounding nerves. I hadn't felt well for a while prior to diagnosis so I was deteriorating more quickly than I had wanted. Radiation was unsuccessful and caused tumor growth in 2011 at UNC Chapel Hill. Thankfully I am an Air Force veteran and the VA helped pay for my medical care at Duke through 2013. I've had my left carotid artery replaced and sacrificed my left vocal chord in 2013 at Duke because I was within several weeks of a major stroke.
On a great note, the tumor was mostly removed. Later in 2013 I had another tumor resection at Duke. However, it couldn’t all be removed because of the location of a nerve. I also have a tumor on my brain stem that is growing faster than expected.
Neuroendocrine cancers are very rare and there is not a lot of funding for research. I wasn't a candidate for one trial but I've been accepted into a new clinical trial with only one site in the US located in Houston. I've undergone the testing at Duke for this medication. My tumors do absorb it and should cause shrinking or cease progression of growth. This is my only chance right now. What would come next is a permanent trache and feeding tube in the near future as well as new tumor development throughout my body. There is no need to share everything that is wrong with me, but I can tell you what is right with me. I still try to sing (against my friends and family's wishes) with one vocal chord. I still love to laugh until I cry. I've learned to appreciate the sunrise and another sunset.
I still have the compassion and understanding to know that there are many people in a worse situation than I am. I have a strong will to live and have done my best to maintain a positive attitude. I need to be here for my son Nick.
The clinical trial requires all expenses to be paid for up front prior to each treatment. Additional costs include airfare, car rental, food and lodging. Unfortunately I am permanently disabled and not in the position to cover all of the expenses that are going to be involved throughout this trial for the next two years.
It's totally not in my nature to ask for assistance with anything if I can at all help it. But I'm not ready to become that debilitated not if there's a single chance out there that I can do something to stop it. I have swallowed my pride and asked for your assistance. Please consider making a donation to help me”


The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington is conducting a Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, 2759 Vance Street in Wilmington. The event is free and open to the public.  Shop for tools, toys, clothes, fishing gear, electronics, house wares, sporting goods, small appliances, plants, shrubs and much more.  Purchase some of our items or sell your own by renting a space for $15.00.
Those wishing to donate items for the rummage sale can drop them off on Saturday, March 14 at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.
For information call Jamie at 352-7334 or go to

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

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, March 14, 21 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, March 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Saturdays, March 14, 21 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 -  Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 24 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.
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m. – Sea-ing Colors, Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m. – Sleepy Animals. Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Special Programs
• ALLIGATOR EGG HUNT - Saturdays, March 28 and April 4 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Join the fun on our Alligator Egg Hunt! Meet a live baby alligator, learn about fascinating animals, create an alligator egg basket then search for candy filled “alligator eggs.” Recommended for children ages 3-10, however all ages are welcome. Limited space available. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $20 per child. Adults pay Aquarium admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MARCH 25 FOR MARCH 28 PROGRAMS. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APRIL 1 FOR APRIL 3 AND 4 PROGRAMS.
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:   

Wilmington Concert Association Presents Award-winning Jazz Pianist Mary Louise Knutson

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Concert Association is pleased to present jazz pianist, Mary Louise Knutson in concert on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. on the Thalian Hall Main Stage. Concert includes stellar local musicians Douglas Curtis Irving (bass) and Lee Venters (drums). Ms. Knutson tours the U.S. regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band. Mary Louise has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Erskine, and Slide Hampton. As a show player, she has performed with artists such as Reba McEntire, Michael Bolton, Jordin Sparks, Trisha Yearwood, Donny Osmond, and Smoky Robinson. Knutson’s long-awaited trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in Jazz Week’s Top 10 and remained in the Top 50 for 19 weeks straight. For more information about Mary Louise Knutson, please visit
REVIEWS: " excellent pianist whose voicings sometimes recall Bill Evans...she has a talent for coming up with fresh melodies.” ~ Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene "I like Knutson's CD, very nice mood, cool arrangements, and I particularly like her original tunes." ~ Ben Sidran, Pianist and Host of NPR’s Jazz Alive “The audience was ecstatic about your solo performances as well as your collaborations...they were 'wowed' by your technical prowess as well as your engaging presentation style.” ~ Jan Viktora, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions about the Wilmington Concert Association please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Tickets for the Mary Louise Knutson concert are on sale now at 910-632-2285 or

Cameron Art Museum Presents A Centennial Celebration honoring the Life and Legacy of Claude Howell in ClaudeLIVE!
Sat., Mar. 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Wilmington, NC— In honor of the life and legacy of local artist and native Wilmingtonian, Claude Howell the Cameron Art Museum is presenting a centennial celebration, ClaudeLIVE!, on Sat., Mar. 21, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Howell’s artwork will be seen in a new light as interpreted through contemporary multimedia, theatrical performance, music and dance. Additional details listed below.
Claude Howell (1915-1997) was, by any measure, a fixture in the life of Wilmington, North Carolina. But he was also a passionate force that left his mark imprinting the arts into the fabric of the city and the state and accelerating the discussion on the importance of the arts for everyone. And in his own art, Howell unfolded the social strata of southeastern North Carolina and asked friends and colleagues to look, to see inconspicuous folk around them--the laborers, the fishermen, the African-Americans living their lives in the rural South, trapped by circumstance. Howell chose to document their lives through his artwork and allowed the viewer to see the unvarnished South. During the first part of his life, Howell worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad as a stenographer.
In 1953 Dr. William Randall, the president of Wilmington College, currently the University of North Carolina Wilmington, approached Howell to start an art department at the College. Howell exclaimed, “I don’t know how.” Randall assured, “Do you know anything about art?” Howell responded, “Well, I think I do.” Then Randall said, “Then teach what you know.” Thus began a long teaching career. When he began teaching the school was a two-year college, later it became a four-year institution. Howell shaped and helped grow the program during his tenure.
Claude Howell also wrote meticulous journals chronicling his experiences and travels for more than sixty years. Additionally, he demonstrated his leadership as a preservationist and philanthropist.
ABOUT THE EVENT ClaudeLIVE! As an artist, Claude was fascinated by the luminosity of color and light and how the human eye experiences the two. This evening of celebration highlights his artwork by interpreting it through contemporary multimedia, theatrical performance, music and dance. As an homage to Howell’s time in Europe a recreated Parisian cabaret showcasing performances by local artists will be presented in the CAM courtyard.  The food for the evening will be international cuisine inspired by the countries of Claude’s travels.
7:00 - 11:30 p.m. $150 per person
Sumptuous fare, open bar, live music and special performances.
9:00 - 11:30 p.m. $50 per person Savories and desserts inspired from around the world, open bar, live music and performances continue.
11:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. $10 suggested donation for ClaudeAFTERHOURS! Light fare and cash bar, live music and performances continue
Tickets may be purchased at:  or call: 910.395.5999
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL OPEN - Five levels of participation are still available for sponsorship of ClaudeLIVE! To discuss your sponsorship options please contact Jayme Bednarczyk at 910.395.5999 ext. 1010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit 
ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS FOR CLAUDELIVE! Phil Abbott | Mirla Cristi | Beth Crookham | Hilda Dill | Clyde Edgerton | Shane Fernando | Amanda RJ Fulk | Kevin Lee-y Green | Ray Kennedy | Tony Rivenbark | Jennifer Rose | Angela Rowe | Gary Ralph Smith | Alonzo V. Wilson
Edward Alexander
Alison Bernhart
Frank Block
Susan Taylor Block
Rachel Camp
Becky Laymon Ficklen
Frances H. Goodman
Rachel Graham
Andrew and Hathia Hayes
Jean G. Keller
William Ivey Long
Wayne Martin
Margaret S. “Tog” Newman
Michael Newman
Mary B. Regan
John Stike
Jane Sullivan
Anne Tilghman Reiss
George Taylor
Suzanne Taylor
Robert Warren
Helen Wells
Charles Winston
Elizabeth Wright
Sunday, March 22, 2015
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ClaudeLIVE! Exhibition opens to the Public
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 Museum Salutes Our Stars and Stripes

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Cape Fear Museum is hosting Salute to Our Stars and Stripes, a fundraiser benefiting the development of its new Outdoor Learning Environment on Saturday, March 14 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. at Union Station (502 N. Front Street in Wilmington).
The evening will feature delectable fare from Middle of the Island, Big Apple Bakery, La Gemma Italian Bakery, One Belle Bakery and The Peppered Cupcake, a silent auction, live music by The Wilmington Big Band and a swing dance demonstration by Babs McDance. A special display of military artifacts from the Museum’s collection will also be on view.
Opening in fall 2015 at the corner of 8th and Market Streets, the Outdoor Learning Environment is an urban park, free and accessible to the community. Visitors to the park can engage with hands-on exhibits, explore gardens featuring native and adaptive plants, learn about historic objects and images and enjoy special educational activities. The park’s design encourages learning through discovery, observation and play while its themes will highlight the ways people have interacted with the region’s land and water resources throughout history.
Tickets are $75 each and table sponsorships are available. Reservations can be made in advance online at
Salute to Our Stars and Stripes is sponsored by PNC Foundation.
The PNC Foundation's priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets PNC serves in order to enhance educational opportunities for children, particularly underserved pre-K children through our signature, PNC Grow Up Great program, and to promote the growth of targeted communities through economic development initiatives. 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:
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370

Island Women Recyclable Bag Sponsor Spots Going Fast

This year, Island Women plan to produce 5,000 bags that will be distributed in our community to locals and tourists before the Memorial Day holiday. As a community, let’s get together to provide an original reusable bag,(depicting all that Pleasure Island has to offer) into the hands of our vacationers and residents. The proceeds from the bag will help the Island Women organization continue our mission of improving the quality of life on Pleasure Island. The Pleasure Island reusable bag is just one of the many projects that the Island Women organization provides every year.  
Island Women is a diverse group of local women who use their talents and resources to improve the quality of life on Pleasure Island for residents and guests. We are a non-profit group and we are not affiliated with any companies, governments or special interest groups. For as little as a $200 donation for the environmental sponsor, you can have your business name listed on the bag  or have a rendition of your building for a $750 donation.
Have a spot at the Carolina or Kure Farmers Market?  New this year will be a graphic for the markets which you can have your business listed as well.  
The bag distribution provides 5000 opportunities to get your name out there and you receive your own bags for your donation as well The Island Women will be coming to your business soon or contact Noel Stevens at 919-455-8914 and we will send someone out to sign you up.  

Productive Environment Institute Hosts 8th Annual Business Development Retreat for Productivity Consultants
Business Retreat Will Focus on Building a Solid Business Development Strategy

March 2, 2015 (Carolina Beach, NC) – The Productive Environment Institute (PEI) is pleased to host its 8th annual business development retreat for productivity consultants beginning Tuesday, March 3 and running through Thursday, March 5.  Designed specifically for consultants in the productivity field, this retreat will focus on building a solid business development plan and other business strategies necessary to run a successful productivity consulting business.  Nearly 30 professional organizers and Certified Productive Environment Specialists from across the country and Canada will be met by leaders in the industry and other experts at the conference venue, The Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach, NC.  
“Stepping away and investing time to create a comprehensive business plan is the best thing professionals can do for their businesses,” said Barbara Hemphill, Productive Environment Institute founder and author of the recently published book, Less Clutter More Life. Our motto has always been -- “Accomplish your work and enjoy your life”.  
This retreat is one way we help our consultants do just that,” she added. Carolina Beach resident and PEI company president, Andrea Anderson, said “Like the walls of a house, the business plan comprises the necessary foundation and structure that ensures a business operates on course, even during a hurricane.
At our retreat in Carolina Beach, attendees will hear from seasoned professionals about business strategies that will position them for success no matter where they are in their business.  In addition, we will discuss proven sales strategies, marketing strategies, resources, and training necessary to separate the truly successful productivity consultants from the ones that struggle to stay the course when the winds pick up.” The retreat, themed “SOAR: Systemize, Organize, Automate, and Relate”, includes business strategy workshops on the sales process and securing clients, as well as on service delivery, product offerings, and packages for ideal clients.  Other speakers and topics on the agenda include:
• Barbara Hemphill, Productive Environment Institute
Keynote Speaker:  Closets, Clutter, and Corporations
• Darynelle Jervey, Incredible One Enterprise
Positioned to Profit:  7 Keys to Positioning Your Business for Extreme Growth and Profitability.
• Lavada Thompson, Your Lucrative Launch
Rapid Cash Injection:  3 Proven Systems to Make More Money in 6 Weeks than Most Solo Business Owners Make All Year Long.
• Dinette Rivera, Rivera Business Development
Not Your Daddy’s Business Plan:  Why Traditional Business Plans are Keeping You From Your Business Dreams and How to Create a Plan that Works for You.
• Casey Carpenter, The Sales Breakthrough Coach
From Conversation to Conversion:  Applying a Sales System to Hook, Engage, and Fascinate Today’s Discerning Customers!
• Juliet Wright, Sandpiper Marketing
The Power of Your Brand to Drive Demand for Your Business.As part of the focus on work-life-balance, participants are encouraged to use the work-out/physical training facilities at DFIT-Center for Fitness & Lifestyle Transformation, located on 5653 Carolina Beach Road, Unit A2.  Owner, Demetrius Farrior, modeled his business from Barbara Hemphill’s 5-Step Productive Environment Process.
During the retreat, attendees will frequent other Carolina Beach businesses including Gibby’s Dock & Dine, Michael’s Seafood, The Dive, Nikki’s Sushi, The Fat Pelican, and more.
For more information on the SOAR Retreat and the Productivity Environment Institute, visit the following sites:


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