Area Events Listings For Oct. 29th, 2014

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P.I. Calendar of Events for 2014

• 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 BeachFor Chamber information please visit our website at or E-Mail us at
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Cape Fear Volunteer Center In Need of Immediate Support

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is in need of donations of time, money and supplies for their Big Buddy Program. 
The Big Buddy Program and its volunteers make a significant contribution to the youth of our community by improving themselves personally, in their homes, in school and their future in our community.  Many of these children were "at risk".  After our mentoring program, most leave the program to become positive community members and the new citizens of the Cape Fear region. Currently, there are more than 200 youth participants in the Big Buddy Program from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender       counties. If you decide to become a contributor to our the Big Buddy Program you will be recognized on our social media sites, in our e newsletter, you will receive recognition at the more than twenty events we hold each year, and in the many releases we provide to the media. The Cape Fear Volunteer Center works to recruit and train the volunteers who have served as mentors, motivators, role models and guides for 45 years and have helped over 2,300 children.  To continue this history of success your support is vitally important.  We need funding to support programming for Big and Little Buddies, to provide resources that our Case Managers can distribute as needed and provide professional services.  You can be among the many who consider a gift or ongoing contribution to the Cape Fear Volunteer Center on behalf of the Big Buddy program. If you have services or supplies we can use please consider contributing them as well.
 Finally, we would appreciate your support in recruiting Big Buddy volunteers from among your staff, and would gladly provide a presentation to your staff or organization.   Also, if you know of any children who can benefit from our program, let us know.  Additional information and forms to apply to become either a Big Buddy or Little Buddy are available on our website, cape For additional information about the Big Buddy program, or to provide further details, please call Annie Anthony, Cape Fear Volunteer Center Director 910-392-8180 or cfvcdirector@ gmail .com or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

Support for NHC Bond Referendum for Education 

Wilmington – The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, a nonpartisan organization now in its 40th year of working to register, educate and empower area voters, has announced its support for the 2014 New Hanover County Bond Referendum for Education. “Public education is a cornerstone of our democracy,” said Chris Abrons, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear President.   “Without adequate and safe physical facilities that are properly equipped, we cannot carry out our civic responsibility to our children who will be the leaders of tomorrow.  The demonstrated need is great, because of both aging facilities and significantly increased enrollment in our county schools.” 
 “While reasonable people may differ about the proper way to fund school construction and related facilities improvements, a bond program is the structure we have available to us for the present,” Abrons added.  “The critical needs New Hanover County Schools face today can no longer wait without severely compromising our children’s educations and their futures.”
 The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear urges all voters to inform themselves about this important issue by visiting  After careful consideration, the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear endorses the Bond Referendum for Education and urges its passage. For more information about the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, please visit or

2nd Holiday Craft Show Nov. 1st

The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding its 2nd Holiday Craft Show on  November 1 and 2, 2014, at the American Legion Post 129 pavilion building on Carolina  Beach.  The address is 1500 Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach (behind the  Food Lion).  Hours for the craft show will be 9 am to 4 pm on Nov. 1 & 1 pm to 5 pm on November 2. Come on out and get an early start on your holiday shopping with a wide variety of items from local crafters/artisans.  For directions or questions call 910-458-9155.  Refreshments will be available.

Autumn Train Excursions Return To Our Most Popular Past Destinations November 1st

The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum are again sponsoring Autumn Train Excursions, day trips by rail to two great destinations.  This year’s excursions will return to some of the most popular past destinations.  The “Virginia Autumn Special” departs for Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Nov. 1.  The “Georgia Autumn Special” will head to Toccoa, Ga., Sunday, Nov 2..  Providing amazing views of the changing leaves and a rare journey by rail, getting there is truly half the fun.
Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Saturday's "Virginia Autumn Special" will offer a second passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing those living in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity. 
Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experience beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of North Carolina and the western part of Central Virginia offers spectacular views of the fall foliage, crossing the Dan River.
In Charlottesville, travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. It is a short walk to the downtown outdoor mall, considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots. Travelers may also enjoy relaxing walks under a lush, leafy tree canopy.
Departing Charlottesville at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 7 p.m. and in Spencer at 8 p.m. 
Sunday, the Georgia Autumn Special will also depart from the N.C. Transportation Museum at 7:00 am with additional stop/pickup at the Spartanburg, SC Amtrak station at 9:00 am and will traverse what was once Southern Railway’s main line, running from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Ga. Passengers will enjoy the gala fall colors of Carolinas’ rolling foothills, before crossing the 100-foot Seneca River trestle spanning Lake Hartwell to arrive at Toccoa. Nestled into the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the historic town will be bustling with activity during the 38th annual Harvest Festival. Passengers will have approximately three hours to enjoy the festival, which features handmade, handcrafted and home-grown items from more than 200 vendors, as well as delicious regional foods, great entertainment on two stages, children and youth activities, buggy rides and much more.
Toccoa Falls, named for the Cherokee word “Toccoah” meaning beautiful, is a must see. Located on the campus of Toccoa College, the 186-foot falls are 26 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Shuttle buses will be making a continuous loop between downtown Toccoa and Toccoa Falls.
Departing Toccoa at 3 p.m., the Georgia Autumn Special will return to Spartanburg, SC at 5:45 pm and back to Spencer, NC at 8 p.m. Three seating classes are offered for these Autumn Train Excursions.  Tourist class features the convenience and comforts of modern Amtrak cars. Each car has a center aisle with two adjustable seats and a wide window on each side. This seating area provides convenient access to the souvenir and cafe cars. Tourist class seating is $155 per person. Deluxe coach seating will be offered in vintage and Amtrak cars, featuring spacious seating with adjustable seat backs and leg rests, as well as large windows for better viewing. Lunch will be served in classic table and dining cars. Light snacks and beverages are also provided.  Deluxe coach seating is $190 per person
First class passengers will be seated in restored, vintage lounge or parlor cars. Each car is configured differently with a variety of seating options.  Compartment seating may be requested for small groups but is not guaranteed.  Fare includes continental breakfast, newspapers, light snacks and dinner.  First Class seating is $265 per person.
Additional for those wishing to eat on the train to provide more time for sightseeing, an optional Gourmet Boxed Lunch will be offered. Delivered to your seat, the $15 meal will be served in a souvenir lunch tote, including chicken salad on a croissant, pasta salad, fresh fruit, homemade pound cake and a drink. This option is only available in advance and can be purchased with your ticket.  Served in a souvenir tote, the meal includes a half turkey wrap, pasta salad, tortilla chips and salsa, a cookie and drink. This option is $15 per person and available only in advance with ticket purchase. Travelers can also take home a souvenir T-shirt.  Featuring the “Autumn Rails” logo, these T-shirts will be distributed with passenger boarding passes.  T-shirts are $20 each and are available in green or rust. Photos of the T-shirt design are available at
Tickets are on sale and now can be purchased by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 237 or visiting online at

Step Up For Soldiers team up with High Tide Lounge for the Chili Cook-Off Benefit Nov. 8th

Step Up For Soldiers will team up with the High Tide Lounge for the annual chili cook-off again this November to raise money for Justin Crabbe. Justin lost both legs and some of his fingers when his Marine Corp. unit was attacked in Afghanistan in 2010. Justin has relatives in Carolina Beach. Tom Crabbe, of Carolina Beach, a cousin of Justin Crabbe, is very pleased with the support his family has received since the attack back in 2010. Local residents have sent Justin thousands of dollars. The chili cook-off will take place on Saturday, November 8th, at the High Tide Lounge. Sampling will begin at 1:00. Admission will be $10 for all the chili you can eat, with all admission fees going directly to Justin.
There will be a 50/50 and raffle, as well. DJ Rick will be on hand throughout the event. It is free to enter your chili and the limit is 60 entries. To register go to, click on events and go to the chili cook-off page. You can also register at the High Tide Lounge.   

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society: Monthly Meeting’s & Events

• Saturday November 1, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm The Society has been invited to sell refreshments at a benefit concert benefiting the Friends of Fort Fisher. From the North Carolina Mountains, the acoustic group, Balsam Range, presents a unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, folk and jazz. The band’s 2013 release, “Papertown” (YouTube) named for their hometown of Canton, NC, (which houses a paper mill), took the high honor at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
The highly acclaimed project spent five consecutive months at the number one spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart. Balsam Range was also the recipient of an unprecedented six other International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) nominations for 2013.
Recently, on October 2, 2014, Balsam Range won the 2014 IBMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Federal Point History Center will be selling refreshments for the Nov. 1, 2014 benefit concert. It will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia at 7 pm. Tickets are $30-35$.
Monday November 17, 2014 Membership Meeting 7:30 – 900 pm. LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.” Watch a snippet of LeRae Umfleet (lead researcher for the North Carolina 1898 Race Riot Report) of her talking about how the 1898 massacre stopped the growth of the city of Wilmington.
Monday December 15, 2014 Holiday Potluck 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

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

• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Friday, November 28 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 - Wednesdays, November 5, 19 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 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
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Wednesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. – Backyard Buddies; Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m. – Feasty Fins - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only.  PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 9 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.
DAY Camp for Kids
• AQUACAMP – INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES - Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Of over a million animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates. During this session, campers will be introduced to clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins and sea stars.  Live animal presentations and more are part of this exciting program. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 • AQUACAMP – “TANKSGIVING” - Wednesday, November 26, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. With Thanksgiving only one day away, campers will celebrate “Tanksgiving” at the Aquarium! They will learn about our wonderful aquatic animals and why we are thankful for them and the amazing ecosystems they call home. Snacks are provided. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12. Fee: $40 per participant. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
AquaCamp Transportation - We are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps. We can accommodate only 13 children per day.  A fee and preregistration is required. Available only for October 15 & 17 CAMPS.
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.
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2014 Island of Lights Annual
Christmas Card & Ornament

PLEASURE ISLAND - The 2014 Island of Lights annual Christmas card and Ornament are now available in stores. You may purchase them at the Checkered Church Gift Shop (800 Saint Joseph Street), Island Tackle (801 N. lake Park Blvd), touche (201 N Lake Park Blvd), Jeannie's Jewels (1009 N Lake Park Blvd), Nautilus Arts & Frames  (1009 N. Lake Park Blvd) and Carolina Beach Furniture (1021 N Lake Park Blvd).
This years theme is "Sand Castles" depicted on both card and ornament.
The cards are $10.00 for a pack of 12 cards are $10.00 and the ornament is $15.00, cash or checks accepted. More information about this years card artist , Jonnie Chardonn, will be featured soon in The Island Gazette. Mary Jo Madden continues to paint each and every ornament. She has created close to 5000 ornaments since we began in 2001.

Each week this summer we had different fairytale characters and superheroes will be hosting an hour and a half of reading and games by the beach  and now it's our favorite time of year for the characters to shine!  It is Halloween of course- their favorite time of the year and will have loads of games, characters, surprises, and gifts to give away! Dress up to match the guest princesses!
Cow-o-Ween at Chick-Fil-A! Join our Mermaid Princess and Tinkerbell at this Halloween bash Chick-fil-a is throwing at Mayfaire!  There will be a hayride, candy, and 2 beautiful princesses for you to meet!  There is no charge to meet the princesses and have your little ones' picture taken as long as you bring your cameras! Time: 5 until 7 pm on October 28th at Chick-fil-a at Mayfaire.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea! Come join us for a Halloween treat under the sea!  Trick or treating will be held throughout the aquarium (ticket required).  This year we are extremely excited because last year it was pretty dark and hard to meet everyone as you passed our table so quickly!  This year though we are in for a treat!  The princesses and other characters will be face painting and available for autographs and pictures in the huge first room called the fresh water room (with the albino alligator)!  Princesses will be rotating each night so call ahead if you want to meet specific characters and we will tell you how we can make that happen! Time: 5:30-8 pm Date: October 23rd, 24th, 29th, and 30th at NC Aquarium, Ft. Fisher, NC
Batty Battleship! Join us again as we present the Royal Sisters, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, and their dear friend Princess Belle for a fun for kids and adult tour of the battleship.  The princesses (and queen) will be available all night! Time: 5:30-8 pm Date: October 28th at NC Battleship, Downtown Wilmington
Techniques in Motion School of Dance Block Party!  To celebrate another year of dancing, Techniques in Motion will be holding a block party outside of the studio!  There will be prizes and raffles and even a chance to win a gift certificate for any princess experience or a tee shirt! 
**Look for us under the PINK TENT!**
Due to the cold, we are not sure which princesses will be the block party.  The Royal Sisters will be at the celebration without a doubt!  It is a surprise as to who will join them.  (Just a hint... she plans to use her magic carpet to stop by for some a cup of tea & to pick up a friend)
FREE STUFF? Yes, that's right, we are donating custom designed shirts, a few princess hand-decorated items including wands and crowns, and the best for last- a gift certificate for any princess experience your family chooses!! Time: 12 until 5 pm Date: November 1st at  Techniques in Motion School of Dance, Monkey Junction, Wilmington NC


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