Local Events Listings for January 11th, 2017

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Calendar of Events for 2017

• February 10 -  Missed Pleasure Island Pageant (910-599-2879)
• February 11 - Special Olympics Polar Plunge, 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk Kure Beach (910-341-7253)
• March 4 - 6th Annual Step Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-232-5554)
• March 18 - 13th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo-Tide Run (910-547-3820)
• March 25 - Public Safety Day (910-458-2540)
• April 1 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 8 - 21st Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
• April 23  - RESCHEDULED 23rd Annual Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• April 28 & 29 - Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration (910-458-8216)
• May 7 – Oct 15 - Boogie in the Park Concert Series at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park 1st and 3rd Sundays (910-458-8216)
• May 12 - 19th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910-612-3407)
• May 20 - Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival (610-909-7643)
• May 20 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• May 20 - 21 - 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 27 – Oct 7 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• June 13 – Aug 22 - Tuesday Family Night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 24 – Aug 30 - Wednesday Night Bingo at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910-458-8434)
• May 26 – Sept 1 - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434)
• May 26 - Sept 1 - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday Night (910-458-8434) May 28 - Sept 3 Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June 3 - 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 9 – Aug 25 - FREE Summer Concerts At Fort Fisher 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 12 – Aug 28 - Turtle Talk at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Monday (910-458-8216)
• June 13 – Aug 29 - Kure Beach Market every Tuesday (910-458-8216)
• June 14 – Aug 30 - Story Time by the Sea at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Wednesday (910-458-8216)
• June 24 - Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon (910-620-6405)
• June 29 – Aug 17 - Up and Active! at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park every Thursday (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 7, 8, 9 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• Aug 19 - Kure Beach Annual Community Center BBQ Fundraiser (910-458-8216)
• Sept 9 - 5th Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 9 - 10th CBPD Bike Rodeo (910-338-7811)
• Sept 15 & 16 - 5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2879)
• Sept 30 - 5th Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Beach Walk (910-386-2093)
• Oct 14 & 15 - 24th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 21 - 9th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 15 - Carolina Beach Marathon and Half Marathon (919-889-3438) Oct 20, 21, 22 11th Annual Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 28 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 18 & 25 - Kure Beach Holiday Market (910-458-8216)
• Nov 24 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 24, 25/Dec 2, 9, 16 - 9th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 1 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-2977)
• Dec 2 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-386-8081)
• Dec 8, 9, 10 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-458-8216)
• Dec 9 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5507)
• Dec 31  - Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown & Fireworks Held In Carolina Beach
For more information or updates visit the
PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org

Kramer House Ribbon Cutting Jan 14th

On January 14th at 1pm, Step Up For Soldiers will be hosting the official ribbon cutting of The Edward Kramer House on 6060 Shiloh Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409.
The ceremony will be accompanied by the many volunteers and individuals who made this day possible. Last month, Step Up selected Jackson and Laura Ertel as the first family to live in the Kramer House. Jackson received an honorable discharge from the US Marines at the beginning of the summer and began his first semester at UNCW in the fall. Jackson and Laura welcomed the birth of their first born son, Liam, in October. The Ertels will be living in the house until Jackson completes his degree. We encourage anyone to attend this dedication to help show support for our US Military and Veterans nationwide but to also express how our Cape Fear Community proudly stands behind our local Freedom Fighters and their families as well. The vision of Project “Soldier Build” began with Step Up For Soldier’s founder, Thomas Russell, after he led the organization for many years in assisting veterans who suffered from loss of limb and mobility by building ramps and modifying houses to aid in the adaptation of injury and illness.
Mr. Russell decided to expand his “Pay It Forward” dream in building a house for a veteran family with children who wanted to pursue their education full time.
At the end of the family’s stay, half of their reduced-rate rent will be returned to them as an incentive to stay married and stay educated so they may buy or build a forever home of their choice. Without the dedication and commitment of Thomas Russell and the many volunteers and community supporters who worked on this project, this would not have been possible.
Step Up For Soldiers would like to thank everyone for their hard work and determination to fulfill this vision.
Please come out Saturday, January 14th at 1pm and show your support as we welcome The Ertel Family into the Kramer House.

CB Inlet Chowder Cook-Off Jan 21st

Come join us Saturday, January 21st for the 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Inlet Association Chowder Cook-Off. The event will be held at High Tide Lounge in Carolina Beach from 11:00am until 6:00pm. Free entry to win bragging rights for the best tasting chowder on the beach.
All types of chowder, are welcomed. Help support the CB Inlet Association, and enjoy some great food & great friends. Awards will be given out to the top entries.
There will also be door prizes, 50/50 tickets, live auction, & a live DJ. A $10 donation, allows you a passport to sample some of the area's best chowders. All proceeds go to supporting the Carolina Beach Inlet Association.
To enter call 1-800-900-3109 or the Pier at (910)458-0807 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dune Re-Building in Carolina Beach Jan 28th

The Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter will coordinate with the Town of Carolina Beach to partake in a dune re-building program using recycled Christmas trees. This yearly project helps to rebuild natural habitat, protect ocean front property, and divert the old trees from the landfill.
“We don't need more trees, just more hands.” Look for the Surfrider tent on the beach at the Periwinkle Lane Beach Access. The event will be held this Saturday, January 28th at 10:00am until noon. Organizers ask you bring a shovel, tape measure, pocket knife or scissors, and a hammer. Not required to bring tools as we plan to share with small team groups.
The mission of the Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter is to provide “protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.” For more information visit http://capefear.surfrider.org or follow them on Facebook!

Carolina Beach Walk of Fame 3rd Annual Dedication Ceremony

On Saturday January 28 at 2:00 pm the third group of Carolina Beach Walk of Fame inductees will be unveiled.  Please join the community in honoring the newest recipients.
The Carolina Beach Walk of Fame committee chooses not more than 5 citizens who have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through their outstanding leadership and service, advancing the economic and social development of Carolina Beach as a residential community and beach resort.

13th Annual Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics
Saturday, February 11th at Kure Beach Boardwalk

The Polar Plunge is taking place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Pleasure Island’s Kure Beach Boardwalk, near the Kure Beach pier.  
Join us as we take a chilly plunge in the Atlantic Ocean to benefit Special Olympics.  It is an opportunity for the adventurous and the not so adventurous to have a great time and to support the New Hanover County Special Olympics program.    You can plunge as an individual or a member of a team.  REMEMBER - NO WETSUITS!
If you cannot bare the cold to plunge then join us for the annual 5K run or 1 mile fun walk.  The race will be held in Kure Beach on a certified course and it is open to all ages and skill abilities.  5K runners are not required to plunge but are encouraged to heat up with the 5K and cool down with the Polar Plunge.    
 100% of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics, New Hanover County, athletes providing them with year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
11-3 pm - Live Music,
silent auction
12:30pm - Costume Contest
1:30pm - 5K Run/1 Mile All Abilities Fun Walk
3:05pm - Plunge!
For information about participating in the plunge visit www.plungenhc.com or call 341-7253.

Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant to be held January 28th

The 2017 Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for Saturday January 28 at New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC.  Deadline to enter is January 5.  Age division is determined by your age the day of the pageant.
Wee Miss 1-2 years
Junior Miss 10-12 years
Tiny Miss 3-4 years
Teen Miss 13–15 years
Mini Miss 5-6 years
Miss 16- 22 years
Little Miss 7-9 years
Applications accepted on or before November 30, entry fee is $75.00.  Applications accepted on or before December 15, entry fee is $100.00.  After December 15, entry fee is $120.00.  Entry fee is non-refundable.  A package of eight (8) 4x6 photos are included and will be given to you along with your scores approximately 3 weeks after the pageant.  Crowning photos are available for an additional price.  Along with photos, each Queen will receive a crown, trophy and sash.  All contestants will receive a trophy.    A scholarship for school will be offered to Miss Pleasure Island with amount being based on number of contestants and money received, but will not be less than $500.00.  You must make the necessary appearances to receive the scholarship.                                         COMPETITION SPORTSWEAR – All divisions will compete in tropical sportswear.  Any kind of clothing will be fine.  It’s mainly how you present yourself while wearing the outfit.  It can be nautical, something you would wear to a nice tropical resort or on a cruise.  
PARTY DRESS/EVENING WEAR – Wee Miss, Tiny Miss, Mini Miss and Little Miss will compete in party dress (Sunday dress/Easter dress which means NO “glitz” pageant dresses or long gowns).  Junior Miss, Teen Miss and Miss will compete in long evening gown.  Little Miss through Miss will say their name, contestant #, favorite thing about Pleasure Island and their sponsor during formal wear competition.  Emcee will announce other contestants’ names, etc.
ON STAGE QUESTION – Little Miss and Up will have an On-stage Question during Party Dress/Evening Wear Competition.  The question will come from your application.
PHOTOGENIC – You may enter photogenic (1 photo) for $10.00.  There will be one Overall Photogenic Winner receiving a trophy, tiara and gift.  
TICKET SALES – The contestant who sells the most tickets will receive a trophy and gift.  Advance tickets are $6.00 and at the door is $10.00.  The Overall Ticket Sales Winner will receive a trophy and gift.  Money and unused tickets are due at rehearsal.
AD SALES – can be sold for the program.  The Overall Ad Sales Winner will receive a trophy and gift.  Ads can be from friends or businesses.  Please include $7 extra if there is a photo attached.  Ads and money are due by Friday, January 13 by 5:00pm.  
Business Card $25, 1/4 Page
Half Page $35, Full Page $60
SIGNATURE VOTES – The contestant who collects the most signature votes will receive a trophy and gift.  All money from Signature Votes will go to the Federal Point Help Center.  Signature sheets and money are due at rehearsal.
Make checks payable to:  DBK Productions Association, 200 Carolina Sands Drive Carolina Beach, NC  28428
If you have any questions, please call Diane at 910-458-5962 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  As soon as I get your application, you will be receiving more information about the pageant.
The judges’ decision is final.  Please do not approach the judges at any time before, during or after the pageant.
This pageant is a fundraiser that benefits the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce/Special Events, the Federal Point Help Center and the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center Special Needs account.
The Pleasure Island title is a closed pageant title.  If you participate in another pageant while holding this title, you will forfeit the title and it will go to the first runner up.  This is at the discretion of the committee.   Also, if you don’t make any appearances during the first 3 months of you winning the title, the crown will go to the first runner up.  

Free Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide will soon begin preparing and electronically filing Federal and NC state income taxes for 2016.  All services are free of charge.  Trained and IRS certified volunteers will answer your questions, prepare your personal tax returns, and electronically file them. AARP Tax-Aide and VITA are free nationwide services that provide high quality income tax assistance and free federal and state tax preparation, including electronic filing. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of these free services. Volunteers are certified to prepare most common personal income taxes.  They are not permitted to prepare returns for businesses with employees or losses, complicated investment reporting, and certain other complicated tax matters.
Taxpayers need to bring the following items:
1. Picture ID, address and local phone number.  New this year: Both spouses must come to the tax center with photo ID, but they may come at different times.
2. Social Security cards and Date of Birth for self, spouse and all dependents.
3. Wage statements (W-2’s and 1099’s) from all employers for the year.
4. Retirement, Social Security, and/or Railroad Retirement statements.
5. Interest, dividend, and final brokerage statements.
6. Charitable contributions, medical expenses and real estate property taxes you paid in 2016. (For those who itemize)
7. To have the Affordable Care Act portion of your return completed, you may need to have some specific documentation on 2016 health care coverage for you, your spouse and dependents.  If you, your spouse and dependents were covered all of 2016 by Medicare, Medicaid, employer provided health insurance or health insurance you purchased from an insurance provider, you will not need any additional documentation. If you, your spouse or any dependent purchased health insurance on the “Marketplace/Exchange” run by the state or federal government, then you will need additional documentation. At a minimum, you must have Form 1095-A issued by the “Marketplace/Exchange” showing the specific months you, your spouse and dependents were covered by health insurance. Your Form 1095-A should be in the mail to you by January 31.  If you were not covered by health insurance for some or all of 2016 you may be required to make a “Shared Responsibility Payment” with your tax return.
7. You are encouraged to bring your 2015 tax returns, which may be required to accurately complete your 2016 return.
8. A copy of your Power of Attorney if you are filing on behalf of another person.
9. Any other tax document related to 2016.
The times, dates, and locations of the services:
VITA Town of Carolina Beach,
300 Cape Fear Blvd., (Old Library) Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tax preparation will begin Monday February 1 and run through April 18.
Carolina Beach is the only VITA site in New Hanover County with Saturday hours.
Monday – Thursday:      12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
VITA New Hanover County Senior Resource Center,
2222 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
Tax preparation will begin Monday February 1 and run through April 18.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday          8:30 – 4:00
Tuesday and Thursday            10:30 – 6:00
No appointments.
AARP Tax-Aide, New Hanover County Main Library, 201 Chestnut St, Wilmington NC.   February 1 to April 18; 9:30 – 1:30; Monday through Friday.  No appointments.
AARP Tax-Aide, Pender County, Topsail Senior Center, 15909 US Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC.  Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM beginning Monday, February 1 and continuing through April 18.  No appointments
For additional AARP Tax-Aide sites in North and South Carolina call this toll free number 1-888-227-7669. A website is available for year round assistance at www.aarp.org/taxaide

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s Events Calendar Winter/Spring 2017

• Monday, January 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. Program:  Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum will talk about WWI in Wilmington as well as how it has been memorialized in our area. We will be doing a WWI exhibit in the Spring of 2017 and this will be our kickoff.
• Monday, February 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm. Program: Kemp Burdett, Cape Fear River Keeper will talk to us about his work to protect the water quality and ecosystem of the Cape Fear River.
Saturday March 18, 2017: Historian Chris Fonvielle will lead his annual walk along the rements of the Sugar Loaf Line of Defense.  Pre-registration is required. Call 910-458-0502. A donation of $10.00 is requested.
Monday, March 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  John Moseley of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site returns to talk on US Medal of Honor Winners from the Lower Cape Fear area.
Monday, April 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. Program: Elaine Henson, local historian will present a program on the history of Kure Beach in commemoration of the town’s 70th anniversary.
Monday,  May 15, 2017:  7:30-9:00. Program: John Batchelor, author of the cookbook Chefs of the Coast will talk to us about his research in compiling the book and how North Carolina’s coastal cuisine is unique.
Monday, June 19, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Potluck Picnic: The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members.
All Programs are free & 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.) Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10-4. For more info call: 910-458-0502.

Cape Fear Museum News: A Museum Whodunit
Become a super sleuth, search for clues, and conduct scientific
investigations to solve an all new Mystery at the Museum January 28

Wilmington, N.C. - Oh no, something mysterious has happened at Cape Fear Museum and investigators need your help cracking a curious case of “whodunit?” Become a super sleuth, search for clues, and conduct scientific investigations to solve an all new Mystery at the Museum Saturday, January 28 between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last ticket sold at 3:00).
A rare gem is missing from the Museum! Investigate the crime scene, follow leads, and collect evidence. Interview witnesses and interrogate the suspects to figure out who is guilty of the heist. Forensic science, clues, and your imagination will help you solve the latest Mystery at the Museum. Adult participation is required.
Analyze fingerprints, compare blood types, and conduct chromatography experiments. Create an alias and practice detective strategies. Work with Jordan Perry of Perry’s Emporium to tell real jewels from fake ones.  Think you know the culprit? Report your observations to New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and District Attorney Ben David.
Mystery at the Museum is fun for all ages. Parental participation is required. The program is free for Museum members, $8 for non-members, age 6 and up. Tickets may be pre-purchased online (www.capefearmuseum.com/programs/mystery-at-the-museum) or can be bought the day of the event at the Museum. *Note, the museum will close at 12:00 p.m. for set-up and will re-open at 1:00 p.m.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a department of New Hanover County located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, 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. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

13th Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run

The 13th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide is back again in Carolina Beach on Saturday March 18, 2017. All proceeds from registration fees, sponsors and individual donors are distributed to recipients selected by the volunteer board of directors to assist local cancer victims in financial need. On March 19, 2005, the first St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run was a wonderful success. Unfortunately, Steve lost his battle with cancer in May 2005, but this event lives on his name continuing to provide aid and financial support to area residents battling cancer. The recipients are New Hanover County residents diagnosed with cancer and are in desperate financial need. All donations are tax deductible.
The 13th  annual race would not be possible without the continued support of our amazing sponsors, the growing number of participants and our loyal volunteers. Early race registration is currently open at www.lotiderun.org. The course is set to take you around the scenes of Carolina Beachand end right where everyone wants to be…the BEACH. Register today to help those in need in our community.
Want to join in the fun? Want to sponsor? Want to help?  Find out more information at www.lotiderun.org or follow them on facebook and twitter!

Crawl for Paws May 20th

Save the date for the 4th Annual Crawl for Paws to be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017! Crawl for Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting various animal causes in the Cape Fear region. All proceeds raised stay here in the local community.
Start time, pub route and the new t-shirt are being finalized so check the Gazette for future updates! Crawl for Paws was begun in the Spring of 2014 to initially raise money to help fund the purchase of ballistic vests for the Carolina Beach police dogs.
The first Crawl was such a success, that we expanded our reach to help support other local animal causes. The 3rd Annual Crawl held in May 2016 raised over $10,000.  Thanks to all who came Crawling with us and a special thanks to our 2016 Crawl for Paws sponsors!

CBPD & KBPD Public Safety Day March 25th

Carolina Beach & Kure Beach Police Departments are partnering together to host a FREE community event for the whole family to enjoy.  Public Safety Day will be Saturday, March 25th from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach.  Local police, fire and ems agencies will be on hand with displays. There will also be federal law enforcement agencies from New Hanover County, Military branches, demonstrations and hands on fun for kids of all ages. There will also be a free shred truck available to purge old documents from Local Government Federal Credit Union!


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