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Area Events Listings for January 29th, 2014

Pleasure Island Calendar of Events for 2013

• February 22 - 2014 Special Olympics Polar Plunge (341-5876)
• March 15 - 10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
• March 28-29 - Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
• April 5 - Island Of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 12 - 18th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (458-8434)
• April 26 - 7th Annual Kure Beach Annual Street Festival (910-458-8216)
• May 9 - 16th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910-368-7077)
• May 17-18 - 21st Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• June – August - Weekly Movies at the Lake Every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Weekly Fireworks on the Beach Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Free Summer Concerts 2nd & 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June – August - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
• June 7 - 29th Annual Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
• June 10 – Aug 26 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-458-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• July 10-13 - East Coast Got Em‘ On Classic King Mackerel Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 23 - Miss P.I. Beauty Pageant (910-458-5962)
• September 12 & 13 - Carolina Beach In-Shore Challenge (910-352-0603)
• October 11 & 12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• October 17-19 - 8th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-352-0603)
• October 18 - 6th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-3266)
• 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 Beach

For Chamber information please visit our website at  www.pleasureislandnc.org call us at 910-458-8434 or E-Mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge to be held Feb 22nd

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge is coming back to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday, February 22nd. The 5K Run-N-Plunge has returned with a later start time of 2:00pm, 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. For more information or to register for the 10th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge visit plungenhc.com or call (910)341-7253.

Annual Ground Hog Observance  Day on Carolina Beach Feb 1st

 The Annual Ground Hog Observance on Carolina Beach will be held Saturday, February 1st at approximately 1pm at the Hamlet Avenue Beach access.
“Carolina Chuck” hopes to preempt “Phil” his cousin in predicting the duration of Winter and beginning of Spring. Miss Ground Hog 2014 and other dignitaries will be in attendance.

10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run

The 10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run is back again in Carolina Beach on March 15, 2014. Early race registration is currently open through March 1 for the 5K and 10K at www.lotiderun.org/. The cost to register early is $30 for the 5K/10K or $25 with a military or student ID. After March 1, the cost to register increases to $35. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register, so don’t hesitate, because this year's design will be a must have! A popular registration option is creating or joining a team, special awards are given for team spirit, size and fastest time. All proceeds from registration fees, sponsors and individual donors are distributed to recipients selected by the volunteer board of directors to assist local cancer victims in financial need. On March 19, 2005, the first St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run was a wonderful success. Unfortunately, Steve lost his battle with cancer in May 2005, but this event lives on his name continuing to provide aid and financial support to area residents battling cancer. The recipients are New Hanover County residents diagnosed with cancer and are without medical insurance or in financial need. All donations are tax deductible. More than $53,000 was distributed directly to sixteen recipients from the proceeds of last year’s race. The impact in their lives of getting much needed financial help from their community is worth running for.
The 10th annual race would not be possible without the continued support of our amazing sponsors, the growing number of participants, and our loyal volunteers.

CUB SCOUT TROOP 210 News: Troop 210 is having its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on February 1, 2014

Please come join us anytime from 7am - 12pm at Carolina Beach Presbyterian, 1209 North Lake Park Blvd. For $6.00 its all you can eat pancakes and sausage along with coffee, OJ, and milk.  Tickets are sold by our scouts or at the door the day of the event.  Come out and support your local island troop.

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Up Coming Meetings

• Monday, January 20, 2014  Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Jasmine McKee of the Island Gazette newspaper will speak at January’s meeting on the history of the paper and the family who runs it.
• Monday, February 17, 2014 Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Lori Sanderlin,  Curator of Education for NC Maritime Museum at Southport, whose academic interest is the history of women in the Cape Fear area, will talk about Death and Dying: Customs and Culture During the Civil War.
• Monday, March 17, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm.  Richard Neal, owner of the Frying Pan Light Tower will share some video clips and images of the facility over the years as well as during the current restoration.
 Monday April 21, 2014:  Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm Civil War historian, Chris Fonvielle, will talk about his new book: Faces Of Fort Fisher:1861-1864. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Chris.
 Monday May 19, 2014:  Membership Meeting. 7:30-900 pm.  Daniel Norris, publisher and author, will talk about his new book on the iconic Boardwalk establishment, Britt’s.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by Daniel.
Monday June 17, 2014: Potluck Picnic. 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Summer Potluck/Picnic. The perfect time to bring  friends and prospective members. ALSO UPCOMING! Saturday, March 22, 2014 Walking Tour of “The Sugar Loaf Line of Defense” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle  2pm-4pm. $5.00 donation requested.  Limit of 25 participants. Meet at the Federal Point History Center. 1121-A N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, North Carolina.  Call 910-458-0502 to reserve your place. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. They are held at the Federal Point History Center,  1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach)

4th Annual Holland Hustle to be held Sunday, April 6th

Organizers of the Annual Holland Hustle ask you mark your calendars for Sunday, April 6th’s event.
The race will include a 5K run/walk event and 1.2 mile fun run with race proceeds benefiting Carolina Beach Elementary School Music, Technology and Physical Education programs in memory of CBES teachers Vickie Holland and Paula Holland. Together, the two dedicated sixty years to the school. In addition, a portion will go to help the Physical Education department.
For more updates on the Holland Hustle keep your eyes peeled to the Gazette!

Back to the Beach Classic Car Parade & Car Show March 28th for the Parade & Show 29th

The Sun Coast Cruisers are headed “Back to the Beach” for there Annual Car Show, Cruise-In and Parade.  Festivities will kick-off this Friday, March 28th with a Classic Car Parade beginning at the Carolina Beach Food Lion. The parade will start at 6:30pm and end at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Are in Kure Beach.
On Saturday March 29th the main event will take place.  Starting at 9:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Center the Car Show will showcase all of the beautiful cars and give the owners a chance to win prizes.  Prizes will be given out to the top vehicles; dash plaques will be given out to 1st 150 and specialty awards will also be given.  In addition to all of the prizes given out to those who are in the car show there will also be a 50/50 drawing, raffles, Live music by the “Coco Loco Band” and door prizes available to everyone in attendance.  If you would like to find out more about the Sun Coast Cruisers Club and the Back to the Beach 2014 Car Show please visit them on the web at suncoastcruisers.com, facebook or give them a call at (910) 707-0060.

2014 Cape Fear Heart Ball- A Key To Your Heart February 8th

The American Heart Association’s, Cape Fear Heart Ball will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Wilmington Convention Center from 6 p.m. to midnight.  The gala is one of the city’s premier black-tie events attracting the region’s most recognized corporate, business, healthcare, civic and social leaders. It’s an evening celebrating the generosity of individuals from our community who have contributed to the success of our year-round campaign. Chaired by Sandy Spiers of Sun Trust Band and vice-chair Frank Potter of Bangz Hair Salon and Spa, the event aims to raise the bar of the $150,000 raised in 2013 by exceeding last years’ attendance to 450 participants.  WECT’s Frances Weller, a dedicated ambassador the American Heart Association, will emcee the event. Guests will enjoy dancing to the music of JackJack 180 following a gourmet dinner and luxurious items of the silent auction. During the cocktail reception, attendees will be able to socialize with friends while bidding on hundreds of unique live auction items. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer in the world. The event celebrates the organization’s mission to build healthier lives through research and education. Research funded by the American Heart Association results in new technology advances for pacemakers, innovative surgical techniques and drug discoveries that extend life as well as educational programs such as hands free CPR.  Reserving your table today is a critical part of this mission to build healthier lives free of the devastating consequences of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Together, with you as the key, we won’t just inspire change, we’ll unlock it.  
For more information to sponsor, purchase tickets or donate an auction item for the 2014 Cape Fear Heart Ball, please contact the Ashley Miller at the American Heart Association at (910) 538-9270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

3rd Annual Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival: Here we come again…
Wine & Chocolate Unite on January 31st, February 2nd & 3rd, 2014

Ten years ago, we began as a chocolate festival. Two years ago, we united wine with chocolate as the perfect-pairing partners! Please join us January 31st, February 1st & 2 nd, 2014 for VOCAL’s 3rd Annual Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival. Regional wineries and chocolatiers will again join local favorites at our new home, the festival-friendly Coastline Event Center, 503 Nutt Street, Wilmington. The Grand Tasting:  Friday, January 1st,  from 7-10PM. Guests will delight in the delicious abundance of heavy hors d’oeuvres, “live” entertainment & artisan exhibits. Regional vintners, chocolatiers and specialty food purveyors will offer products for tasting and for sale throughout the evening.
Opportunities to shop, preview the weekend’s “Marketplace” and a few surprises will ensure a light & effervescent evening. New this year – a cash beer and cigar bar by Chapel Hill’s Carolina Brewery and Downtown Wilmington’s The Cigar Exchange anchor the Riverview Room Bar and Terrace, with Nutt Street Comedy making a Cameo appearance back on Nutt Street, (now Dead Crow Comedy). The Marketplace:  Saturday, February 1st,  from 11AM - 7PM & Sunday, February 2nd,  from Noon - 4 PM Our festival returns for two delight-filled days. Carolina wineries, signature chocolatiers, specialty foods and fine artisans present their products for sale, the perfect Valentine and Christmas Gift shopping experience! Festivalgoers sample delectable products for sale, as they explore the shops along our European Street Market.
Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations by food and wine experts and/or lunch overlooking the riverfront. Additionally, Sunday you’ll enjoy a multitude of work by Handmade Wilmington Artisans on the Coastline Center’s front deck.

Cameron Art Museum News: February 2014 Calender

• MUSEUM HOURS - Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday Open Late 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. CAM Café hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday evening dinner, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Holiday closing for Museum and CAM Café: Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1. NOTE: Cameron Art Museum online domain and email accounts will now be .org, so cameronartmuseum.org is the website address and all email will follow this same domain of .org beginning January 1, 2014. This reflects our ongoing non-profit designation.
• MUSEUM SCHOOL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS OPEN REGISTRATION NOW: www.cameronart museum.com/museumschool. Sign up for 6 week classes and/or 1 to 2-Day workshops in drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, art history, copper repousse and artistic journal keeping. Beginners are always welcome to sign up! For more information contact Keith Butler at 910.395.5999 ext. 1008.
- GROUP SINGING: Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers - Sunday Dec. 29, 2013
- NEW! 1:30 pm Instruction for beginners and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated
- Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall - Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional Sacred Harp Singing and invite you to join in the music. This dynamic form of a cappella social singing dates back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. Sacred Harp and related shape-note styles are the oldest continuous singing traditions in the United States. Surviving as a living tradition in parts of the South, notably Georgia and Alabama, Sacred Harp music has been discovered by new generations of singers who have spread the heritage across North America and to Australia and Europe.  The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Learn more about Sacred Harp singing at fasola.org and this singing at http://bit.ly/WilmNCSacredHarp. Held in collaboration with WHQR.
 - JAZZ @ THE CAM Series - A concert series by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society (www.capefearjazzsociety.org) September 2013 – April 2014 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
- 1st Thursday of each month - CAM, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall Individual: CAM/CFJS Members: $8.00 Non-members: $12.00 Students: $5.00 with valid ID The fourth season of the popular seven concert series offers a mixture of new and familiar musicians performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure.  Purchase seats on CAM’s website: www.cameronartmuseum.org, by phone or at the door.
*Special 2nd Thursday date
MIDDAY RETREAT! HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Meet again beginning Wed., Jan. 8! Yoga and T’ai Chi at the Cameron Art Museum. Yoga: Thursday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm, Friday, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  T’ai Chi: Wednesday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm - Join in a soothing retreat sure to charge you up while you relax in a beautiful, comfortable setting. These sessions are ongoing and are open to beginner and experienced participants. cameronartmuseum.org/healthyliving
 CAM CAFÉ - Come sample CAM Café’s new fall lunch menu of fresh and seasonal delights 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday, Thursday Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy drinks, appetizers, or a great meal. Every Thursday evening Chef Jessica Cabo creates specialty dishes with organic ingredients from NC farms. Reservations are appreciated and suggested: 910.777.2363. Visit http://camcafe.org to see the new lunch offerings.
EXHIBITIONS at the CAM: Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things On View thru January 12, 2014. Diane Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada's foremost installation artists: her work is exhibited throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The artist employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. Her inspiration is the rhythms of the world. From Earth’s orbit around the sun providing cycle of seasons, to the planet’s rotation, creating the periodicity of day and night, to the very beat of the human heart, with systolic and diastolic movements of blood, existence is about the cadences of all things. Cadence includes work created 1992- 2013. CAM-organized with exhibition catalogue.
Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art - Nov. 23 thru Feb. 16, 2014. The exhibition features paintings and drawings from four private collections in North Carolina showing the evolution during 1880s-1940s of painting in America. This lush exhibition includes work by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Milton Avery and other prominent American Impressionists and Urban Realists. Curated by Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte and organized by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.
Cameron Art Museum Galleries Open on Thursday Evenings. Open late Thursday Evenings until 9:00 pm .CAM Members: NO COST | Non-Members: $8 | Students w/id $5, Seniors and Active Military | Children 2-12 $3. Join friends or bring the family and enjoy viewing current exhibitions in the Hughes Wing and Brown Wing each week.
Cameron Art Museum is located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, NC.  Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am –9:00 pm, Museum admission is:

Museum members no cost
$8 Non-members
$5 Students with valid student identification card, active military (with ID) and Seniors (65+)
$3 Children age 2 -12
For updated information on programs, exhibitions, classes and events, visit www.cameronartmuseum.org   or call 910.395.5999.

Cape Fear Museum News: A View from Space opens at Cape Fear Museum February 1
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Since the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, satellites have dramatically changed the way we study our planet. A View from Space, a new, bilingual (Spanish and English), highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, will allow visitors to see the world from a satellite’s perspective. They can track a hurricane from space, send a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, study incredible images of our planet captured by NASA’s Earth Observing System and more.
 “A View from Space is designed to introduce visitors to Earth observing satellites and give them an appreciation for the value of studying Earth from space,” said Exhibit Manager Adrienne Garwood. “Visitors will be challenged to become the scientist, study satellite images and try to answer important questions about the workings of our dynamic planet.”
 A View from Space includes numerous hands-on activity sections such as the Satellite Activity Area. This area encourages families to learn about space and satellites together through creative, open-ended play and exploration. The area features a drawing station with satellite stencils, a free-play activity table with space-themed toys, and a reading area. Other hands on areas include “Satellite Orbit,” where with the turn of crank visitors send a satellite spinning around a rotating model Earth while an ultraviolet light from the satellite leaves a phosphorescent trail, painting a clear picture of the satellite’s path. These are just some of the many areas visitors can enjoy in this educational and inspiring exhibit as they learn more about those mysterious “eyes in the skies.”
Highlighting the Lower Cape Fear and surrounding areas, large-scale photographs illustrate hurricane impacts and changes over time will line the gallery walls.
A View from Space was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Local support is provided by Landfall Foundation, International Paper and Corning, Inc.
 Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
Cape Fear Museum News: Purse Swap Event February 12
814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Remember that red leather bag you couldn’t live without two years ago, but used only a few times? It may not work for you anymore, but it might be love at first sight for another gal!
Celebrate the opening of Cape Fear Museum’s newest exhibit Collection Selections: Handbags at a Purse Swap event on Wednesday, February 12 from 7-10 PM. Visitors are encouraged to bring in new or gently used purses (up to three) to trade for a “new” handbag! Wine, beer, chocolate, appetizers, and cupcakes from One Belle Bakery will be served. We’ll conduct a fun survey about each guest’s “pursenality” to win prizes.
 The Purse Swap is $15 for members; $17 non-members. Reservations are strongly encouraged. RSVP by February 7 to Cindy at 910-798-4372 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Collection Selections: Handbags features a selection of the more than 100 handbags in the Museum’s artifact collection. Featured bags include shoulder bags, wristlets, clutches and coin purses from the 19th and 20th centuries and made from a variety of materials ranging from silk and leather to metal and beads.
 Some giveaways to the first 50 women include:
•    Bobbi Brown and Chanel product samples from Belk at Independence Mall
•    Mary Kay product samples from sales director Tyler Zwan Quadrio
Some Purse Swap door prizes include:
•    Haircut and style from TZQ Hair at Colour Bar
•    Surf lesson from Tony Silvagni Surf School
•    Folk art piece from Candy Pegram
•    Handmade purse from Sarah Garguilo
•    4 Clinique sample bags from Belk at Independence Mall
•    Handmade earrings from Coastal Creations
•    Clay decoration from Crescent Moon
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
Photo:  Beaded purse, about 1900, Gift of Ernest H. Whitaker, Jr.