Area Events Listings for December 17th, 2014

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Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2014

• 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 Beach
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Caroling and Candlelight Vigil
for Fire Victims this Friday

The Caroling and Candlelight Vigil will be held this Friday December 19th, from 6:30-8:30 at the Carolina Beach Lake. The Candle Lighting will start at 8:00pm. Please come and join us for an evening of healing music for the fire victims. Lets light up the lake with our Love! Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Baked Goodies will be available for donation to benefit the Carolina Beach Fire Relief Fund. To those coming to the vigil Friday Evening that need an address, this is the address of the restaurant (Hang Ten Grill) that is closest to the lake: 308 South Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach, NC 28428. Pleasure Island Fire REleief T-Shirts and Stickers will be sold at this event.

December Dazzles with Holiday
Events from the River to the Sea

Did somebody say December? Oh what fun! The month of December dazzles with holiday events that reflect the coastal traditions, culture and spirit of Wilmington, North Carolina's historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. To maximize the holiday visitor experience, the Wilmington and Beaches CVB offers its 2014 Holiday Events brochure with dozens of holiday events such as home tours, light displays, period celebrations, parades, cruises, model train expos, Santa sightings, and New Year’s celebrations. And that's not all—the arts are alive with music, dance and theatre, and you can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at beach boutiques, shopping villages, Downtown shops and galleries.
To find seasonal specials and a downloadable 2014 Holiday Event Brochure, visit
Nightly through Dec. 24: Island of Lights Walking Tours of Lake, Carolina Beach Lake. Now through Dec. 24: Mayfaire Winter Wonderland & Holiday Art Showcase, Mayfaire Town Centre, Wilmington. Dec. 5-6, 11-14 & 18-22: Enchanted Airlie, Airlie Gardens, Wilmington.  Dec. 6, 13 & 20: Christmas By The Sea, Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Dec. 12-23: Trolley Tour of Holiday Lights, Downtown Wilmington. Dec. 20-21: Wilmington Ballet Company’s “Nutcracker” Ballet, Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center, Wilmington. Dec. 22: “It’s A Wonderful Life” 35mm screening, Thalian Hall, Wilmington. Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 & 26-28: Holiday Train Expo, Former Salt Shaker Books 705 S. Kerr Ave., Wilmington. Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27: Christmas Train & Light Spectacular, Wilmington Railroad Museum. Dec. 6, 13, 20: Holiday Elf Camp, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. Dec. 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21: Polar Express Program, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Wilmington. Dec. 13 & 20: Santa By the Sea, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. Dec. 19-24: Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Trolley/Carriage, Wilmington. Dec 31 & January 1: New Year’s Noon, Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

Organizers recommend early arrival, shuttle for
visitors of Fort Fisher’s 150th Anniversary Event
Friday-Sunday, January 17th-18th

KURE BEACH—On January 17-18, 2015, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will open North Carolina’s official 2015 commemoration of the events that led to the end of the Civil War 150 years ago by hosting “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher.”  Organizers say no other Fort Fisher program to date rivals the scope of what awaits visitors that weekend.  Due to anticipated high attendance, visitors are encouraged to arrive early both days. Free public parking will be provided at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Base, just north of the historic site.  From there, visitors can take a short stroll to the site or board one of several free shuttles. The site will open at 9 am each day, with activities throughout the day. At the core of the observance weekend are Saturday and Sunday recreations of the January 1865 Union attacks on Fort Fisher. The battle reenactments will feature hundreds of reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines realistically depicting everything from camp life to battle strategies.  Saturday’s battle reenactment begins at 1:30 pm, while Sunday’s reenactment will begin at 10:30 am. The program will also feature historians, authors, speakers, cannon firings, artillery demonstrations, new exhibits, new interpretive wayside trail markers, and a long list of VIPs and special guests, including renowned historian and battlefield guide Ed Bearss, who will serve as keynote speaker at the opening ceremony planned for 11 am Saturday. “We’re very excited about hosting this program and commemorating the battle that so influenced the end of the Civil War,” said Program Coordinator John Moseley. The two-day observance program is free, except for small fees associated with unique tours offered on both days.  A limited number of tickets for these tours will be sold. Due to factors beyond the staff’s control, some program components are subject to change. Organizers say more details about tours and speakers will be released prior to the event. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing this national treasure, and sustaining members: Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Ernest Kniffen, Dr. Edward Halloran, and Patrick O. McCullough. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the war ended less than 90 days later. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site  Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit

11th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge February 21st

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge is coming back to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday, February 21st. The 5K Run-N-Plunge has returned with a later start time of 1:30pm, the certified course is open to all ages and skill levels. At 11am gates will open for the regular event where attendees will enjoy live music, a silent auction, costume contest and more! Plungers will start to line up at 3pm and start taking the plunge shortly afterwards.
Proceeds for the event benefit New Hanover County’s Special Olympics Team.
Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Their goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
The benefits... of participation in Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships, and increased family support.  Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job, and in the community.  Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athlete's talents.
Special Olympics believes that competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test its athletes' skills, measure their progress and inspire them to grow.  Special Olympics believes that its program of sports training and competition helps our athletes become physically fit and grow mentally, socially, and spiritually.  Special Olympics believes that consistent training is required to develop sports skills.  The Spirit of Special Olympics-skill, courage, sharing and joy transcends boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race or religion.
or more information or to register for the 10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge visit or call (910)341-7253.
This Saturday is Your Last Chance for Santa’s Workshop

This Saturday is your last chance to visit Santa’s Workshop at the Carolina Beach Lake. Come out between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to enjoy cookies, hot coco, crafts and pony rides!  
While you are there take a stroll around the Lake and enjoy the Island of Lights beautiful displays. This year Christmas by the moved to the Carolina Beach Lake due to construction at the boardwalk.
Christmas by the Sea is brought to you by the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative who is comprised of a group of citizens and businesses from Carolina Beach that have joined forces to enrich the activities, entertainment and landscape of Carolina Beach. In 2015 Chrismtas by the Sea will be back at the improved boardwalk!
For more information find them on Facebook!

IOL Annual Christmas Card & Ornament

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. ATTENTION COLLECTORS :  Island of Lights have for the collector back ornaments for sale. The years are 2007,2008,2010,2011,2012,2013.  These ornaments may be purchased at The Checkered Church on St Joseph Street.  All ornaments are 15.00 each and make great gifts!

Cape Fear Museum Awarded
International Paper Grant

Kim Clewis (International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill) and Sheryl Kingery Mays (Cape Fear Museum).

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill and the International Paper Foundation to assist with interpretive exhibit signage in the Museum’s Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE), opening summer 2015.
The OLE will give visitors a chance to explore some of the ways the Cape Fear’s people, land, and water have interacted over time.  The project as a whole will imaginatively use signage, native plantings, hands-on activities and maritime artifacts to get visitors thinking about how science and history intersect in the region.
International Paper’s donation will help fund interpretive signs that will include a mix of photographs, illustrations, maps and words.  The signs will help the Museum educate the thousands of visitors who come to Cape Fear Museum each year.
Exhibits Manager Adrienne Garwood said of the award, “We have plans for several creative and informative signs, hands-on opportunities. This generous award from International Paper will help us provide visitors with a high quality experience.”
From its inception in 1952 and continuing today, the International Paper Foundation supports non-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities. International Paper gives back to communities through corporate donations, in-kind contributions, employee volunteerism and IP Foundation grants to provide more that $10 million to support hundreds of community based educational, civic and cultural programs that uphold their promise to do the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday  1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:

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

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, December 27 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then, assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older.  Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturdays, December 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, December 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Monday, December 29 at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, December 31 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 - Fridays, December19 at 2 p.m., Monday, December 29 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 31 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.
Outdoors & Exploration
• HOLIDAY ELF CAMP - Saturday, December 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. –Saltwater Animals; Monday, December 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. –Aquatic Critters; Tuesday, December 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. –Holiday Critters - Looking for something fun this holiday season? The Aquarium offers five Holiday Elf Camps for children ages 5-12. Our elves will be create and wrap gifts, meet other elves and make extra special memories here at the Aquarium. This fun and educational program gives adult elves guilt-free time for holiday shopping or relaxation. The program fee of $50 includes a pizza lunch, snacks, instruction, crafts, holiday gift-wrap and countless wonderful memories. Register early to get the date you want. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Holiday Elf Camp Transportation - We are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from our camps. We can accommodate only 13 children per day. FEE AND PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be closed Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25 and re-opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 26.The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General info

North Carolina's 'Enchanted Airlie' Grows International

When night falls over 67-acre Airlie Gardens in December, the forest comes alive as "Enchanted Airlie," an estimated 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the half-mile, self-guided, walking trail of holiday displays. Seasonal sounds fill the air and warm holiday refreshments add the perfect touch for a winter stroll. Created by the Airlie Gardens Foundation ten years ago, Enchanted Airlie has rapidly gained national and international prominence as a must-see attraction for the holidays. "We have visitors from all 50 states and 47 different countries," said Janine Powell, Airlie Gardens' Development Director. "During Enchanted Airlie we'll see around 30,000 people." The Southeast Tourism Society voted Enchanted Airlie a Top 20 Event in 2012. In November, Out and About editor for Raleigh's WRAL-TV, Kathy Hanrahan, selected Enchanted Airlie as one of five picks in North Carolina for "places you should definitely try to visit before the end of the year."
Once the property of 19th century financier Pembroke Jones and his wife Sarah, Airlie Gardens is the last undeveloped land open to the public along Bradley Creek, across the waterway from Wrightsville Beach. In 1999, Airlie Gardens was purchased by New Hanover County, preserving Airlie as a historic public garden, maintained by supporters and the county.
The iron gates of Airlie Gardens will open for Enchanted Airlie on 13 days, with two run-times each evening, 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm. Dates are spread throughout November 28 and December 22, with tickets frequently selling out.  "The entire experience is truly enchanting," added Powell. "Our Santa has become a tradition for so many families." Other highlights include expansion of the Enchanted Forest, Poinsettia Paradise with hundreds of bright and colorful plants, over 19.5 miles of LED lights on cone shaped holiday trees, and a light display coordinated with holiday music. New in 2014, Winter Princesses Elsa and Anna will greet guests and be available for photos.
Tickets are available for purchase on Airlie Gardens or Blockade Runner Beach Resort websites. Blockade Runner includes accommodations and breakfast and is located 3 miles from Airlie Gardens. Tickets must be pre-purchased; they are not available at the gate.
Admission to Enchanted Airlie is available by carload, couple's pass, or individual, with children under 4 admitted free. Large passenger vans, limos, and buses should call in advance for special arrangements. Enchanted Airlie is handicap accessible, with wheelchairs available on a first-come basis.  Proceeds from Enchanted Airlie benefit the preservation and improvement of New Hanover County's historic Airlie Gardens. Tickets only:

The Family Holiday Treat provided by Thalian Association, North Carolina’s Official Community Theater on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

WILMINGTON, NC – The Thalian Association, North Carolina’s Official Community Theater invites you and yours to a great holiday treat that everyone will enjoy: an adaptation of the Dickens tale, complete with snow, ghosts, vibrant costumes, familiar carols and holiday cheer. A Christmas Carol will brighten the mainstage of Thalian Hall, December 11-21; performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm with Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $30 with senior and group discounts available and Thrifty Thursday performances are always $15.  For tickets visit or call 910-632-2285.
Dickens’ 1843 classic is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Lance L. Howell), whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts (Stuart Pike, Holly Green, Paul Homick, Mitchell Brewer) who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present and what is yet to come; helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship. This Thalian Association production features a cast of over 50 with a creative team consisting of: Mike Thompson (Director), Rasa Love (Music Director), Terry Collins (Scenic Design), Debbie Scheu (Costume Design), and Dallas LaFon (Lighting Design).
Established in 1788, the Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theater and arts education. The Thalian Community Theater produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall. The Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) is a youth production company that offers training and performance opportunities for children age 7 through high school seniors. In 2007, North Carolina legislature named the Thalian Association North Carolina’s Official Community Theater. For more information, go to

The Thalian Association Children’s Theater partners with Make-A-Wish® and Macy’s "BELIEVE" CAMPAIGN

WILMINGTON, NC – "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist..." - Francis P. Church, Editor New York Sun.
The Thalian Association Children's Theater does believe in the generosity of the season and our community. This holiday season we are partnering with Make-A-Wish®  and the Macy's "Believe" campaign during our production of Macy's Yes Virginia The Musical. For every letter to Santa Claus that we collect Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®.   Macy's Yes Virginia will be performed on the 2nd Street Stage in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center December 4 - 7, 2014. Santa letters are being accepted now through December 7th at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. Every child who submits a letter will have a chance to win two tickets to A Christmas Carol, main stage Thalian Hall December 11 - 21, 2014 or two tickets to SchoolHouse Rock Live, onstage February 20 - March 1, 2015 at the Community Arts Center. A drawing will be held at each performance of Macy's Yes Virginia and the winners posted on our Facebook page the week of December 8th.
"Thalian Association Children's Theater provides the opportunity to perform and learn through our productions, arts education classes and community service projects," said Susan Habas, the Thalian Association Executive Director. "Our goal is to develop educated, collaborative and thoughtful members of our community and supporting Make-A-Wish®  is creative way for our children to be engaged and help others."
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone.  Make-A-Wish®Eastern North Carolina was founded in 1986 and has one purpose - to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18. The eastern North Carolina chapter covers the 49 counties  from the Alamance/Orange county line to the coast and has granted more than 2,800 wishes and counting. Macy’s Believe campaign and the charming musical was inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The paper’s response, penned by its editor Francis P. Church, became the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the English language.
Macy's Yes Virginia The Musical production schedule is December 4 - 7, Thursday – Saturday at 7:00 pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Ticket information is available at 910-341-7860 or
Established in 1788, the Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theater and arts education. Thalian Community Theater produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall. The Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) is a youth production company that offers training and performance opportunities for children age 7 through high school seniors. In 2007, the North Carolina legislature designated the Thalian Association North Carolina’s Official Community Theater. For more information, go to

Wilmington Children's Museum Events

• New Year’s Noon - Wed., December 31 and Thurs., January 1    10:00 am - Noon - Countdown to the New Year with the Children's Museum of Wilmington! Toast to 2015 with a juice toast, make a party crown, streamer sticks, glittery slime and more!  The event culminates with an epic confetti toss at NOON in the courtyard!
**FOR 2 DAYS, 4 HOURS ONLY: Get a 15-month membership for the price of 12 months!  Available only at the Museum during New Year’s Noon!
• Child Yoga  1st Thursday of every month     3:30 pm - Please pre-register.  Child Yoga is a fun, interactive way for children of all ages to get moving!  Join us for 30 minutes to: perform animal poses, improve flexibility and coordination, and learn relaxation techniques that will help navigate life's challenges with a bit more ease.
• Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm  (Ideal for ages 2-4)
Please pre-register.  Focuses on the active learning of the preschooler with basic introduction to literacy.  Incorporates fun, interesting stories with music and movement.
KIDS COOKING CLUB  -Tuesdays at 3:30pm  (Sponsored by Harris Teeter) Please pre-register. Explore seasonal recipes and savor the flavor of your hard work.
S.T.E.M. EXPLORATIONS - Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 3:30pm  (Ideal for ages 3 and up) Please pre-register. STEM programs explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by applying them in fun, hands-on activities.  Children will learn about the scientific process while measuring and recording in mathematical terms, developing critical thinking skills in the process.
StoryCOOKS - Thursdays at 10:00am  (Sponsored by Harris Teeter) Please pre-register. Cooking club for our preschoolers...each week we'll read a new story and create a dish inspired by the book.
JUMP! MOVE! LEARN!  Thursdays at 3:30pm  (Ideal for ages 5-9) Please pre-register.  Join us in learning how to keep our bodies healthy and happy.  Discover new exercises and games while learning all about the human body.
TODDLER TIME - Fridays at 10:00am  (Ages 4 and under) No registration necessary.  Come and help your little one express their creativity and practice using gross and fine motor skills.
ADVENTURES IN THE ARTS - Fridays at 3:30 pm Please pre-register.  Bring your child to express their creativity through various forms of art including but not limited to painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, drawing, and printing.

NanoDays™ is Coming to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington in January 2015

Wilmington, NC – NanoDays is arriving at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington in January 2015. This traveling science exhibit brings new and unique learning experiences for both children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces.  NanoDays will take place in the Magnetic Minds Science Center of the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Visitors will explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks! Other activities include using electricity to make a nickel coin look like a penny, and a program about Robots & People.  
NanoDays at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.
NanoDays combines fun hands-on activities with presentations on current research. A range of exciting NanoDays programs demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society.
More about Nano and NISE Network - At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and molecules—many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas.
Nano will affect our economy, the environment, and our personal lives. Some scientists think that future nanotechnologies and materials could transform our lives as much as cars, the personal computer, or the internet! But the costs, risks, and benefits of this new technology can be difficult to understand, both for experts and for the general public. The NISE Network helps museums, research institutions, and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.
The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE Network community in the United States is led by 14 organizations, and includes hundreds of museums and universities nationwide. NISE Net was launched in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation, and received a five-year renewal in 2010.
Through products like NanoDays, the NISE Network is actively building partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase their capacity to engage the public in learning about nanoscale science and engineering. For more information about NISE Net or to download a digital NanoDays kit please visit:

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, 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@ or 3600 South College Rd Suite E PMB 106. Wilmington, NC 28412

Earth Bag Committee are Distributing Bags to People

PLEASURE ISLAND - The women on this committee have distributed the Earth Bags to people on and off Pleasure Island.  Their goal is to ban plastic bags from damaging our environment.  The Earth Bags are very attractive, large with a square bottom and will hold your groceries and beach supplies. Island Women is a non profit organization and we are asking a donation of $5 for the Earth Bag.   Checks can be made to Island Women.   Many wonderful shop owners on Pleasure Island have Earth Bags. Contact for places to purchase Earth Bags: Bernadette 910-777-3446 a grateful member of IW or, Debi 919-606-8834  Chairperson of Earth Bags. ISLAND WOMEN: We are a community action group focused on enhancing life on Pleasure Island.  There are many committees and today I will introduce you to.


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