Local Events Calendar and Listings for August 23rd, 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 www.pleasureislandnc.org

Make Their Day - Send a Flock

Surprise someone with one of our specially dressed flamingos and 20 (or more) of its friends for their next occasion.  We have flamingos for Birthdays, Weddings, Showers, Graduation, Welcome Guests, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and most Holidays. Your order will include: One Specialty Bird and 20 of its friends and a personalized sign; Delivery of the birds on the day of your choosing and will be removed the day after the occasion.  (3 day limit); The limit is 20 birds for $20 and $1 for each additional bird.  Checks to be made out to Island Women or Cash will be accepted.
Flocking Territory is Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Over the Bridge to Masonboro. To place your order, call Lynn @ 978-979-9402 or Genie @ 910-233-4333. All proceeds from our Flocking’s go to our Beach Accessibility Project for the purchasing and maintaining of our Beach Wheelchairs and Mats, for our handicapped residents and visitors on both Carolina and Kure Beach.

Princesses, Turtles, Music & More at Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Park

KURE BEACH, NC - Kure Beach’s Oceanfront Park has quickly become a sought out spot for both public and private events. The town has lined up some fun and exciting free fun throughout the summer! On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month come out to Boogie in the Park free concert series featuring. This Sunday August 20th, features The Midatlantic! Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy the music at Oceanfront Park from 5:00pm until 7:00pm!
Mondays join the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project at the Ocean Front Park Pavilion on Mondays through August at 7:00pm for an engaging educational discussion about our local nesting sea turtles.
Tuesdays enjoy beautiful ocean views as you shop for locally grown produce and handcrafted goods at the Kure Beach Market. The Market is held throughout the summer months on Tuesday mornings from 8:00am until 1:00pm and run through August excluding Tuesday, July 4th at Ocean Front Park.
Wednesdays join characters from Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea at Ocean Front Park for stories, crafts and games. Fun activities for both boys and girls, as well as time for photos with the Princesses. This free event is held Wednesday mornings from 10:00am until 11:30am and running through August 30th. Come dressed as your own favorite character to add to the fun. We hope to see you there!

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 Justin Cody Fox 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 “Hidden Figures” 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.stepupforsoldiers.org

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!

The Island of Lights have unveiled their much-anticipated Christmas Card and Ornament for 2017

The Island of Lights have unveiled their much-anticipated Christmas Card and Ornament for 2017.  This year’s theme for the card and ornament is the “Heron”, a popular resident to our North Carolina coast.  The ornaments are hand-painted and numbered by the artist.   These beautiful ornaments make the perfect addition to any Christmas collection or a nice souvenir of your wonderful coastal vacation.  The Christmas Card and Ornament will now be available at the following retailers around Pleasure Island:  Carolina Beach Jewelers, the Checkered Church, Christmas Shop, Island Tackle, Jeanne’s Jewels, Touche, The Trading Post and, also the studios of Mary Trowbridge and Charlie McGee at The ArtWorks TM on Willard Street in Wilmington.   The cards are $10 per package of 10 and the ornaments are $15 each.  Raffle Tickets for the original painting are available now at the Checkered Church for $1 per ticket, $5 for 6 tickets or $10 for an arm’s length.   There are ONLY 350 of the numbered ornaments available, so don’t wait until the last minute.  The ornaments sell out early every year. Every year, the IOL commissions an artist to paint a picture to be used for the Island of Lights’ Christmas card.  The framed original painting by Tip Top Frame is then raffled off on New Year’s Eve at midnight.  This year, Mary Trowbridge created the painting of the heron which is used for the 2017 Christmas card.  Mary has been drawing and painting all her life, but a few classes in watercolor in the 1990s made her focus on a true love. . . the surprising actions of the watercolor medium. Mary’s subjects include portraits of people, animals, landscape, still life, floral and abstract.  Mary has taught watercolor classes for many years because she loves to encourage the artistic skills of her students.  Mary lives in Wilmington, NC, and has found a wonderful art home in her studio in The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington, where you will find her hard at work at her craft. Starting in 2016, Theresa “Charlie” McGee was selected as the featured artist who hand-paints the Christmas ornaments for Island of Lights each year.  This is Charlie’s second year and she did not disappoint.  Charlie is a certified instructor of Acrylic, W-Oils, Clay and many other programs with Donna Dewberry.  Acrylics is her favorite medium, but she enjoys working with all mediums.  Charlie has been teaching at AC Moore since 2008, where she shares her knowledge with her students.  For the last four years Charlie has also been a resident artist at The ArtWorks TM, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington.  Her studio is a place for her to create and exhibit her work. Island of Lights is a non-profit organization that was created to promote tourism on Pleasure Island during the off-season.  For more than 25 years, they have made Pleasure Island one of the top spots to visit during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve.  Throughout the year, IOL puts on many activities the whole family can enjoy.  In addition to the Lighting of the Lake with Santa Claus, Christmas Parade, Flotilla, Tour of Homes and New Year’s Celebrations, the Island of Lights hold their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon which displays the fashionable clothing you can purchase in local shops on Pleasure Island.
The Island of Lights’ members volunteer their time to organize the many great events throughout the holidays to make Pleasure Island a special destination during the winter months.  Please come join the fun at our meeting held the first Tuesday of every month in the Carolina Beach Library.  
We would love to see you there.  Any questions concerning the Island of Lights Painting, Christmas Cards or Christmas Ornaments, please contact Dianna Williams @ 910-398-8720.           

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.

Girl Scouts Helps Girls Scout Out Their Passions
Girl Scouts Provides Leadership Opportunities to All Girls

[RALEIGH, NC] — As an adult, some of our most memorable moments are from times when we felt thrilled, proud, accomplished, and confident during our childhood. Those memories might include the first point you scored during a basketball game, the time you placed first during a competition, or that time you were recognized for your great accomplishments. These memories helped build you into the person you are today by instilling courage, confidence, and character. According to Girl Scouts Chief Girl Expert, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, “Out-of-school experiences help girls develop real skills like teamwork and perseverance—skills that she’ll need to do well in school and throughout her life.” And Girl Scouts is here to help!
Offering hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills, Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. Girl Scouts is a great option for girls wanting to explore new interests. With its data-backed, time-­tested programs, Girl Scouts is designed to meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best.
When a girl joins Girl Scouts, she’ll discover new interests and passions, engage in new challenges, and take action to change the world – all while making memories and friendships for a life time.
“My favorite part of being a Girl Scout is all of the cool new places I get to explore. As a Girl Scout, I've learned how to work with people better,” said Girl Scout Kayla Bell. “I think other girls should join Girl Scouts because it teaches life skills that can help with a lot of different things.”
It’s not just the Girl Scouts who take pride in the Girl Scout programming and Leadership Experience, it’s the parents too!
“In Girl Scouts every girl can experience success,” said Girl Scout volunteer and parent, Kristin Vickery. “Girls Scouts affords girls leadership opportunities and experiences that will serve them well as adults.”  
Girl Scouts provides many options for girls looking to scout out their passions, including helpful tips and tricks for parents looking to set them up for success.
Explore Your Options: There is so much for girls to get involved with at Girl Scouts. Whether it’s becoming a business leader while selling Girl Scout Cookies, taking on new challenges and adventures during a camping trip, or breaking down gender barriers when it comes to STEM. Girl Scouts offers amazing opportunities for girls to explore.  
Ask these questions: What does your girl like? Is she an adventurer seeker? Is she entrepreneur? Is she looking to make a change in the world? By asking yourself questions, it can make a difference when helping her discover her interests. Keep her interested: If you’re girl isn’t into an activity or program maybe she isn’t being challenged enough or perhaps it’s just not the right match. Tell her you are proud of her for trying something new and help her recognize her unique interests.
While girls may be exposed to these different subjects at school, in other youth programs, or even on her own, at Girl Scouts she’ll experience them in a unique way that puts her on a path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. And because Girl Scouts is girl-led, girls decide what they’ll do, together.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Troops are forming in now for girls K-12. To learn more how to claim her spot, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.
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.

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.


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