Local Events Calendar and Listings for August 16th, 2017

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Calendar of Events for 2017

• 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

PI Chambers Last Free Summer Concert Aug 25th with “Liverpool Carolina's Beatles Experience”

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce last Free Summer Concert Series of the Season will be held Friday August 25th with Liverpool Carolina's Beatles Experience. Liverpool, The Beatles Experience in The Carolinas is a five member rock band paying tribute to the music of the Beatles.   Rock Tribute Band Members are Scott Gibbons, Mark Klaich, Henry Wisniewski, Roger Jones and Ray Crawley Concerts are held the 2nd and 4th Friday in June, July and August form 6:30pm until 8:30pm at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, weather permitting. For more information or updates, follow the “Pleasure Island Chamber” on facebook and twitter or online at pleasureislandnc.org.

Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant

The Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for October 1, 2017.  Age divisions and required competition include Wee Miss (1-2 years), Tiny Miss (3-4 years), Mini Miss (5-6 years) and Little Miss (7-9 years) competing in your favorite sportswear and Sunday dress; Junior Miss (10-12 yrs), Teen Miss (13-15 yrs), Miss (16-21 yrs) and Mrs. (22 and up) will compete in your favorite sportswear and long gown.  Talent is optional.  We are opening master division this year.  All contestants receive trophies.  Proceeds will benefit the HELP Center and Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.  For information and application, please contact Diane at 910-458-5962, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

24 years of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

PLEASURE ISLAND, NC - TWENTY-FOUR years of Seafood, Blues, and Jazz at the Beach brought to you by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce
Now entering its 24th year, let the music performed by nationally recognized Blues and Jazz performers, coastal cuisine, natural beauty and salt air transport you into another dimension…and into a world where your cares and stresses are left behind. It’s a world where the weather is warmer, the people are friendlier, the food is tastier, and the music is "blue-sier". October 14th and 15th join'Mud' Morganfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Nick Moss Band, Carolyn Wonderland & Randall Bramblett Band the weekend of non-stop musical talent offers performances on two stages. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.
Tickets will be limited...Get them quick, This event will SELL OUT 910-458-8434. Gates Follow the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival on Facebook for exciting updates about the band lineup, seafood vendors, and more!

Girl Scouts Enhance Programming for Girls by Adding Over 20 STEM and Outdoor Badges

Girl Scouts rolls out the largest programming enhancement in almost a decade, providing girls with opportunities to breakdown gender barriers when it comes to STEM and the outdoors

[RALEIGH, NC] — The voters have spoken and according to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 81% of American voters believe preparing girls for leadership should be a national priority and 82% believe America’s future depends on significantly preparing girls in careers of business, science, finance, and other careers traditionally dominated by men. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has risen to the challenge by providing non-traditional programming for girls to help break the mold as our future leaders.
For the first time in almost a decade, Girl Scouts has rolled out 23 new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and outdoor badges to help enrich its programming for girls. The badges will also debut on Girl Scouts first digital platform for volunteers, making it more accessible than ever to ignite the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) ™. The online platform, referred to as the Volunteer Toolkit, will provide activity plans, material lists, customizable meetings, and track troop finances all in one place.
As the preeminent organization of girls, Girl Scouts understands the vital connection between young girls’ development and their future success, and offers a leadership experience like no other. Girl Scouts gives girls opportunities to take the lead in the world of STEM and the outdoor through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves over 26,000 girls with over 1,500 troop across our 41-county footprint in central and eastern North Carolina. The new programming will build girls’ skills and encourage their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age, increasing their confidence in these areas in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking appropriate risks, and learning from failure. The new badges will prepare girls K-12 (yes, even girls as young as five years old) to begin exploring their interest in STEM and the outdoors. This programing will allow girls to tackle 21st century jobs by discovering their interests in outdoors, robotics, engineering, computer science, Outdoor STEM, and more. Some highlights include:
• Engineering: Robotics: Girls will design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed.
• Computer Science: Think Like a Programmer: Girls participate in interactive computational-thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. Girls also complete a Take Action project.
• Outdoor: This new Journey will deepen girls’ outdoor skills through badges that lead to a Take Action project and inspire girls to take an interest in environmental stewardship.
“As a pre-med student at the University of Miami, I’m taking the everyday leadership and STEM skills I learned in Girl Scouts and applying them towards my future,” said local Girl Scout and National Young Woman of Distinction Sadhana Anantha. “With Girl Scouts, I learned to be curious, fearless, and dedicated in the pursue of my passions. I also learned that there are so many opportunities to pursue STEM, experiences that I never knew existed until I became a Girl Scout.”
To create more female leaders, we need to start young and make sure today’s girls are acquiring the courage, confidence, character, and other skills they need to take the reins of leadership in the 21st century. Girl Scouts understands this vital connection between youth and future success and offers programming specifically designed with girls in mind.
Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues—all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. To join or volunteer, visit www.nccoastalpines.org.
We're Girl Scouts of the USA -  We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.
About Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is largest girl-led leadership development program in central and eastern North Carolina, reaching over 26,000 girls and 9,000 adult volunteer across 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. Girl Scouts helps develop leaders of tomorrow by empowering girls to take on bold challenges, discover their passions and strengths, and explore programming like STEM, entrepreneurship, environmental leadership, take-action projects, and global citizenship. Today’s Girl Scouts learn to lead with courage, confidence, and character to make their communities and the world a better place. The council's administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Goldsboro, Fayetteville, and Wilmington. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call (800) 284-4475.

Discover Summer Across North Carolina

Summer is a perfect time for wandering back roads and discovering new adventures. Whether your summer plans include a staycation or a vacation, we’ve got you covered with uniquely North Carolina events and attractions to visit in all 100 counties.
If you live in the Triangle, nothing says summer quite like an outdoor movie at the N.C. Museum of Art or a Summerfest concert performed by the North Carolina Symphony. If the mountains are more your thing, you know it's prime season for traditional music or a hike at a state park, and if you're headed to the beach, you'll find great aquariums and museums up and down the coast. The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources alone has many opportunities for summer fun across the state – 27 historic sites, 41 state parks and recreation areas, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, the N.C. Zoo and the N.C. Symphony. And there is so much more to explore in N.C. outside our doors. Whether you’re a longtime Tar Heel or planning your first visit to N.C., we’ve found some of the best ways for you to experience authentic North Carolina arts, nature, history and culture this summer. Come along with us and discover summer adventures across the Old North State. Visit the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources “Discover Summer N.C.” website at www.ncdcr.gov/discoversummernc to discover summer fun in each of these four N.C. regions:
Coastal N.C. – Everyone’s favorite summer destination – climb a lighthouse, visit one of our outstanding aquariums or maritime museums, see the Atlantic coast’s largest sand dune at Jockey’s Ridge, or walk in the footsteps of the stars by visiting some of the many locations where movies and television shows have been filmed in coastal N.C.
Inner Coastal Plain – The Inner Coastal Plain of North Carolina offers museums, state parks, historic sites, festivals and more for your summer getaway. Tour historic plantation homes, visit Civil War battlefields, or check out the amazing Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.
Piedmont N.C. – North Carolina has some outstanding art, history and science museums, and many of them can be found in the urban centers of the state’s Piedmont. Take in a minor-league ball game or NASCAR race, listen to live music at festivals and parks, or enjoy water sports on one of the area’s many recreational lakes.N.C. Mountains – Summer in the mountains is prime time for traditional music festivals, hiking and camping at state parks, or just escaping to the (slightly) cooler weather. Enjoy traditional arts and crafts, stand under a waterfall, take a thrill ride down Sliding Rock, step back in time at Biltmore, or take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300
or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

Wilmington Symphony’s Opening Night to feature 14 year old cellist, Ifetayo Ali-Landing

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome the youthful energy of cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing to the opening night stage on September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm at Wilson Center. She will perform Édouard Lalo’s tuneful Cello Concerto in D minor. The concert will conclude with Ravel’s spectacular orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Ms. Ali-Landing will also be in residency throughout the week, performing in area schools and youth centers.
Ifetayo is the Junior Division 1st Place Laureate of the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition and performed as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Now 14, she began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4.
Ifetayo was honored at the Friends of the IPO (Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra) Rising Stars Showcase in 2013 at age 10, when she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. To date, this video has over 48,000 YouTube views and over 8 million Facebook views. To read more about this wonderful performer visit http://www.sphinxmusic.org/bio-ifetayo-ali/.
Tickets are available by calling 910-362-7999. Subscriptions renewals are available now, and new subscriptions go on sale June 2. Single tickets will go on sale in August.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society’s August Meeting on the 21st

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, August, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.  
This month our speaker is author Tanya Binford. Her book Crossing the Wake is the story of how she  walked away from her stable life into a voyage unknown – a solo six-month boating excursion circumnavigating the Eastern United States in a 25 foot Ranger Tug Boat.
As a single mom and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Binford seemingly had little time for chasing dreams but couldn’t shake her fiery urge to sail the Great Loop (a 5,000 mile journey looping through Atlantic ocean waters, Great Lakes, rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico). When her boat falls behind the group, she quickly finds herself out of her element, but not out for the count. Now as the first lone woman on the Great Loop expedition, Tanya’s journey becomes internal as she discovers her strength and independence.
Crossing the Wake: One Woman’s Great Loop Adventure is both beacon of hope, and an emotionally transformative tale anyone eager to test their own strength will enjoy. A motivating read guaranteed to energize readers into pursuing their passions.
Author Tanya Binford grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She got married in her second year of college and dropped out when she was pregnant with her daughter at 19. Her son was born two years later. When her children were young she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. After a difficult ten year marriage, she divorced and went to nursing school to earn her associates degree in nursing. After becoming a nurse, she moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she lived for the next 14 yrs. During that time, she obtained her advanced degree and became a psychiatric nurse practitioner, working in public mental health. For ten years, she practiced as a nurse practitioner in Nogales, AZ, the later years through tele-psychiatry, out of her home in North Carolina. At 51, she took a year off work to fulfill her dream of circumnavigating the Great Loop cruise route.

Family Night, Fireworks, Movies, Market & More

There is never a shortage of fun events aimed at all ages on Pleasure Island! This Wednesday come down to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for outdoor BINGO! The event is held weekly starting at 6:30pm through August and is weather permitting.  
Summer Fireworks By The Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music Featuring Big Time Party Band this Thursday all at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The best place to view this weekly spectacular show is on the beach strand located in front the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, where there is music at the Gazebo stage for your enjoyment.  So 'pack up' the family and head to the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach.  The music starts at 6:30 followed by the fireworks at 9:00. Follow Facebook for weather delays, changes and updates. Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast Live Music continues each Thursday through the Summer season with the exception of Monday July 3rd and Friday, September 1st for the Holiday weekends.
Saturday start your morning with something fresh at the Carolina Beach Farmers Market from 8:00am until 1:00pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.  The Mission of the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market is to provide opportunities for both residents and visitors to come together with local food producers and artisans to create a sense of community, foster a sustainable local economy, educate about the importance of buying local, and to increase access to fresh, locally produced, nourishing and safe food. The Market also provides and encourages local entrepreneurial opportunities and brings energy and excitement to the lake venue in Carolina Beach.
On Sundays running now through September 3rd, vacationers as well as residents from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wilmington grab their kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to the lake in Carolina Beach to enjoy a FREE Outdoor movie on a 'gigantic' screen at Carolina Beach Lake Park!  Movie goers can purchase cotton candy, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and much more.  You can also bring your own food and beverages.  This week’s movie is “Moana” and starts at dusk.
Tuesday head to the Boardwalk for Family Night! This ALL FREE event features bounce house, face painting, entertainment and more from 6:30pm until 8:30pm at the Boardwalk Gazebo!
Special thanks to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce and CB Downtown for creating no shortage of free fun! For more information or events visit www.pleasureislandnc.org  or follow them on Facebook!

5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Seeking Teams

Committee member for the 5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival are seeking additional teams to register for this year’s event to be held September 15h and 16th at the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin and Marina.. Registration will cap at 24 teams this year so teams should make arrangements to register as soon as possible online at www.carolinabeachdragonboat.com. This year’s event will once again the benefit the home-grown non-profit, Step Up for Soldiers. To date the festival has raised over $10,000 to the cause thanks to registrations and generous sponsors. Step Up for Soldiers is a all volunteer non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families www.stepupfor         soldiers.org.


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