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Area Events Listing For May 28th, 2014

P.I. Calendar of Events for 2014

• May 11 – Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday (910-431-8122)
• May 20 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 20 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• 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)
• Sept 13 - 2nd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 20 - 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival 910-599-2979
• 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)
• October 25 - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• 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 or E-Mail us at
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20th Annual Youth Pier
Fishing Tournament June 7th

Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee would like to invite kids ages 5 - 15 to the 20th Annual Pier Fishing Tournament!  Join us on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at the Kure Beach Pier.  Registration is 6:00 am - 8:00 am.  The fishing tournament is from 7:00 am - 10:00 am.  The awards ceremony will follow the tournament.  The entry fee is $2.00 plus a donation of at least two non-perishable canned food items.  The first 100 kids without a fishing pole will receive a FREE rod and reel. 
The first 100 kids will receive a FREE tournament t-shirt and FREE bait will be provided while it lasts. So bring the family to celebrate our 20th year of being “Hooked on Fishing”! 
If you have any questions regarding the Fishing Tournament, please call the Recreation Center at 458-2977.

Family Night, Bingo, Music & Fireworks All Summer Long

Last week kicked off the Season for Pleasure Island and the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative along with the Chamber and Town kept residents and tourist alike busy with a slew of great events to enjoy all Summer long! Tuesdays come out to the Boardwalk for Family Night! Enjoy games, prizes, surprise characters, raffles, bouncy house and so much more!  Lynne and Wave Works Entertainment will be o hand most weeks heading up new games and dancing! July 1st, 22nd, August 5th and 26th No Sleeves Magic will be out to perform. Voted "Best Party Entertainer," 6 years in a row by the Wilmington Parent Magazine, No Sleeves Magic is dedicated to delivering professional and one-of-a-kind family entertainment.
Wednesdays join your Family and Friends at the Gazebo Stage in Carolina Beach at the Historic Boardwalk (Cape Fear Blvd. & Canal Drive) at 6:30 pm to play CASH BINGO under the setting sun on beautiful Pleasure Island.
Thursdays from 6:30 until 9:30 enjoy Fireworks by the Sea and Gazebo Entertainment! This Thursday Mighty McFly will be playing their incendiary Energy Music, June 5th Machine Gun, June 12th Chris Bellamy Band, June 19th Eastbound, June 28th L Shape Lit, July 3rd Massive Grass and Southern Trouble, July 10th Beachbilly Brothers, July 17th Dubtown Cosmonauts, July 24th Jack Jack 180, July 31st Mark Roberts Band, August 7th 40 East, August 14th Drew Smith Band and August 21st Lynne and the Wave. Live music and fireworks are help every Thursday with the exception of Friday August 29th for Labor Day weekend.
For updated on any of these great events find the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative on Facebook or visit www.cbdowntowninitiative.com.

Carolina Beach Arts & Activities
Performing Art Nights Next Show June 21st

The Town of Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee, Chair Elaine Stewart, Vice Chair/Secretary Dee Jenzano, members Mona Baker, Jessica Whitley, Barbara Fox, Sharon Carlson, with town liaisons Brenda Butler and Leann Pierce will be sponsoring Performing Arts Night. The performances will be at the board walk gazebo, Friday and Saturday nights. This year the Fridays will be the every other Friday given the Fort Fisher Concerts.
Mark your calendar for the following: June 21, 2014 and Saturday July 19, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM. The CB A&A Committee is working with Debra and Mark Lynch, owners of Gray Scale Entertainment located right here in Wilmington, NC. Gray Scale entertainment has booked three bands to play at the boardwalk gazebo, July 26, 2014 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Cell Block 2, Groove Bucket from Western NC, and Port City Shake Down. The Town of Carolina Beach Arts and Activities happen to noticed many Friday and Saturday nights the boardwalk gazebo was void of activity when so many tourists were visiting the week-ends.  Friday and Saturday nights are perfect nights for entertainment so the town of Carolina Beach Arts and Activities decided it was a gap they would help fill.
The committee is so excited because with Gray Scale Entertainment's expertise and contacts we will be able to have a full schedule of good entertainment and a variety of entertainment. The best part of all is; this entertainment is FREE to the public.

3rd annual “Christmas In July”

The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads is kicking off their third annual “Christmas In July” for the children in the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital, located at the New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington. The Parrot Heads will be bringing gifts to the boys and girls on July 26 who otherwise should be enjoying their summer on vacation. In addition to personal gifts for the children, the hospital always needs items in the playroom for all the children hospitalized to enjoy.  Toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, arts & craft supplies, X-Box 360 games, plush toys, rattles and other items for newborns are always needed.
You can help by putting your pocket change in the donation jar located on the counter in the following Pleasure Island locations: Big Apple Bakery, Domino’s Pizza, Island Hots, Ocean Beach Store, Subway, Zaak Grill, Gulf Stream Restaurant, Squigley’s Ice Cream Gift Shop, WINGS Beach Stores (both locations), Frank’s Pizza, Primrose Cottage, Carolina Beach Convenience Store (Cape Fear Blvd), Kure Beach Diner, FROYOZ  frozen yogurt shop, Blue Reef Beach Store, and American Legion Post 139.

Don’t Miss the Carolina Beach Farmers Market now in Full Swing

As you plan activities for this weekend be sure to include spending some time wandering through the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market. Now in its fifth year, this “island-style” market is held every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm and is located around the lake in Carolina Beach.  Free parking is provided.  On the summer holiday weekends, in addition to the regular farmer’s market vendors the lake livens up with an additional influx of artists and crafters of all types. 
Come early to enjoy a leisurely morning strolling through the market as you listen to live music provided by Bruce Butcher.  The produce is just beginning to come in and will be here in full force by early June; there are a wonderful variety of tasty items from local bakers to enjoy with your fresh roasted coffee; everything you need for your pets; wines from several vintners; popped on the spot kettle korn; handmade soaps, deodorants and skin care items; and arts and crafts of many mediums await you.  There is a lot to see and do so slip on your flip-flops, don’t forget the sunscreen and come spend some time with your friends and neighbors. For more information please visit the market’s facebook page (Carolina Beach Farmers Market), website (carolinabeachfarmersmarket.com) or email Janet Knott at carolinabeachfarmers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Charity Benefit for Meals on Wheels coming up in June 14

Presenting American Music Award Winner and Multi-Platinum Artist RANDY JONES, AKA:  Original Village People Cowboy.  “He is one of the most beloved entertainers and pop icons from the Disco era.  The Cowboy in the Village People has captured the public imagination for decades.”  He has earned 65 Gold and Platinum record certificates, toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, “Can’t Stop The Music”, made the cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2008, garnered a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Randy Jones looks forward to this event each year being that he was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and loves Carolina Beach so he is donating his time and talent to help out the homebound elderly!  We are having a two-day event this year which will include a Disco Night at the Lazy Pirate, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach where there will be a “Disco Night Meet and Greet” with a silent auction.  Come dressed to impress in your disco attire. There will be prizes all night!  Our sponsors will be recognized during this event beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday evening.  On Saturday, June 14, we board the Royal Winner Princess in Carolina Beach at 6:15 returning at 9:30 pm to Carolina Beach. Expect spectacular entertainment, back-up dancers for Mr. Jones, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dancing, along with a 50/50 raffle.  Tickets are $40.00.  Cruise is 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  Suggested age is 12 and up and minors must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels Council Inc., and Only 225 Tickets will be SOLD!  Ticket is required to board the boat.  Cash or Checks Only!  Checks should be written to Meals on Wheels Council, Inc., P. O. Box 3593, Wilmington, NC  28401.   If you remember “In The Navy”, “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A.”, Don’t Miss the Boat!  If you do, you will miss America’s favorite Disco Cowboy! The Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. welcomes your participation as a sponsor for the event.  We rely on donations such as yours to continue to operate. For your donation, you will receive sponsor recognition and tickets for the cruise (based on sponsorship level).  With your assistance, the Meals on Wheels Council, Inc. can continue to experience success with this event to better serve our homebound clients.  For more information, you may contact 910-508-8672 fjacobs@ bellsouth. net or 910-458-5962 or blueocean This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids Making It Hippie Ball

The Third Annual Hippie Ball will be held on Friday, June 20, at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  There will be live music, food catered by Bon Appétit, dance and costume prizes.  This is a fundraiser for KIDS MAKING IT.  Don't miss the Best Party of the Summer!  Tickets $45.00.  ONLINE WWW.KIDSMAKINGIT.ORG. or call 910 -763-6001 ext. 108
Kids Making It is a nationally recognized youth entrepreneurship program, teaching woodworking and vocational skills to at-risk youth from age 8 into young adulthood. Our goal is for KMI youth to stay out of trouble, stay in school, graduate and go on to the workforce or college, thereby maturing into successful adults. 
Through the design/build process, KMI youth learn patience, pride, perseverance, confidence, teamwork and self-esteem, building character and learning the truth of actions and consequences. Learn more about us at: Kids Making It Woodworking Program

21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival to be held on October 11th & 12th

The air is crisp, the nights are cool and the sky is blue – Welcome to Pleasure Island in the Fall.  And there is no better way to bring in Autumn than to attend the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 11th & 12th.  This years’ Festival brings something new and unique to the twenty-year history of this great Festival – DOUBLE HEADLINERS. 
That is right, International renowned artists will headline on Saturday and Sunday this year! First up is the legendary ROBERT CRAY BAND on Saturday night, October 11th. 
With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Closing out the Festival on Sunday, October 12th, will be the first-ever repeat headliner – the incomparable Delbert McClinton, with three Grammy awards to his credit. In support of the outstanding talent offered up by Robert Clay Band  and Delbert McClinton, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts including: Opening for Robert Clay Band  will be SHEMEKIA COPELAND – the NEW “Queen of the Blues” (City of Chicago honor) and two-time GRAMMY Award nominee AND Opening for DELBERT McCLINTON will be the ever-popular DAMON FOWLER – With a hybrid blend of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Damon has become one of the hottest young players on the Blues scene. In Addition to these four, there will be ten other blues and jazz groups on two stages over the two-day festival brought to you by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well.  The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, face painting, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more!  You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Tickets are just $50.00 in advance for a two-day pass or can be purchased at the door for $60.00 for Saturday (Robert Clay Band  plays Saturday night) and $25.00 for Sunday (Delbert McClinton is the Sunday closer).  Kids 12 and under are free.  We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style weekend.  See you there!
For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org

Cape Fear Museum Loans Artifacts for Film Exhibit

814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401 • (910) 798-4370
www.capefearmuseum.com or Find Them on Facebook

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Approximately 100 of Cape Fear Museum’s film-related artifacts will journey to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh to be featured in the first major exhibit about the state’s role in the film industry. Starring North Carolina!, created in partnership with the North Carolina Film Office, will explore the state’s continuing presence in the film industry for close to 100 years.
More than 3,000 films and television programs have been made in the Tar Heel State. Using artifacts, images, film clips and interactive components, Starring North Carolina! will give visitors a fascinating look at our homegrown movie business. The exhibit, which opens on November 15, will be part of a yearlong celebration that includes a film festival and film series. Wilmington, known to some as “Hollywood East,” is home to the largest U.S. television and movie production facility outside of California.
Since the 1980s, residents have seen the stars and crews of “Iron Man 3,” “We're the Millers,” “Blue Velvet,” “Weekend at Bernie's,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Empire Records” and “Firestarter” filming around the city.  Television shows such “Eastbound and Down,” “Under the Dome,” “Matlock,” The WB's “Dawson's Creek” and “One Tree Hill” were also filmed in the Port City.
Since the early 1980s, Cape Fear Museum has built its collection of movie and TV related artifacts. The list of items is long, and includes “Dawson’s Creek” lockers, letter jacket, cheerleader uniforms and pom-poms; “Firestarter” wax bust and denim jacket; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” head, hand and trident; “Empire Records” slate and “One Tree Hill” basketball hoop and slate. All these and more will be on view in Starring North Carolina! Cape Fear Museum Curator Barbara Rowe noted, “We are happy the state Museum is highlighting the business and Wilmington’s important role in the state's film industry.
It’s wonderful to know that our Museum’s collection of artifacts will help tell this interesting and fun story to so many North Carolinians.”
About the N.C. Museum of History - The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs.
Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. More information: 919-807-7900 or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

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. Memorial Day through Labor Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

Museum Awarded Corning Grant

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Corning Incorporated Foundation to assist with the purchase of a new digital, portable planetarium.
 An integral educational component of the Museum’s current STEM programming is Starlab, the existing portable planetarium. Purchased in 1995, the Museum’s Starlab has served thousands of visitors, is a tool for collaborating partners and is the most used educational equipment the Museum offers. Years of travel and use has taken a toll on the Starlab. Replacements parts are only available through scavenged old equipment and bulbs are no longer made for the Starlab system.
The age of the system causes problems in delivering accurate astronomy content – small holes in the dome appear to be bright stars, moon phases equipment is poorly designed, and replacement old-fashioned cylinders are prohibitively expensive.
 To replace the Starlab, the Museum researched and compared portable systems and chose the Digitalis Zeta System, a digital planetarium system, at a cost of $40,000. The digital technology used in a Digitarium system offers more flexibility, capability and cost effectiveness than portable analog (pinhole) systems like the Museum’s existing Starlab.
Museum Education Manager Amy Thornton says, “The support of the Corning Incorporated Foundation has been invaluable to Cape Fear Museum and is especially exciting this year as we pursue acquisition of a new digital portable planetarium system. With the improved technology and accessibility of modern systems, Cape Fear Museum hopes to continue building a love of science and culture in area students and the New Hanover County community.”
 Over the years, the Corning Incorporated Foundation has contributed more than $140 million through its programs of giving. Resources are directed almost exclusively toward initiatives which improve the quality of life in and near communities where Corning Incorporated is an active corporate citizen. Currently, the Foundation annually fulfills approximately 125 grants totaling approximately $7.2 million.
 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. Memorial Day through Labor Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $4 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: www.capefearmuseum.com.

Summer Shorts Return to Cape Fear Museum

Wilmington, N.C. - Cape Fear Museum’s Summer Shorts are the perfect 60-minute learning adventures for children ages 5-12.  Packed with hands-on activities and investigations, Summer Shorts are a good option for day care centers, year-round schools, home-school groups and summer camps that are looking for fun and exciting programming opportunities.
• Summer Shorts are for groups of 10 or more children and their adult chaperones. 
• All programs include a take-home creation.
• Summer Shorts are now available as outreach…we can come to you! Additional mileage fees may apply to outreach.
This year’s themes are:
 Summer Constellations *NEW
Enter the Museum’s Starlab planetarium to examine the summer stars and constellations.
 Cape Fear Indians - Investigate the earliest inhabitants of our region through artifact analysis, games, and more.
 Magnet Mania *NEW - Manipulate magnets and conduct fun experiments to learn about the science of magnetism.
 Toy Science *NEW - Play with a variety of folk toys and discover the science behind what makes them so much fun.
 DINO-mite - Journey back in time to when dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures ruled the land and seas.
 Eco Adventures - Go on an ecosystem adventure and meet the plants and animals that live in the Lower Cape Fear.
 Summer Shorts are offered Mondays – Fridays, from June 16 until August 15. Program fees are $6 per child prior to June 30, 2014; $7 per child beginning July 1.
 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 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and  museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

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

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, May 31 at 2 p.m., Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 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, May 31 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m., Thursdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Fridays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m., Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Fridays, May 30 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, May 28 at 2 p.m., Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 at 2 p.m. Fridays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. - Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
For Children
• FINS AND FAMILY TOUR - Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2 p.m. - A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 3 and older. Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, May  31 at 9 a.m.- This three hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). For ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Fee: $25 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SALT MARSH AND CRABBING - Friday, June 27 at 8 a.m. - Join us for this hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided. For ages 7 and older. Fee: $19 for ages 13 and older, $17 for ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 at 8 a.m. - This three hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Summer Day Camp for Kids
Aquarium summer camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and competent leadership. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Ages 5-6, known as Aquanauts, become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts and hands on outdoor activities. Ages 7-9, Marine Detectives, use their investigative skills during animal programs, outdoor excursions and interactive games to better understand nature. Ages 10-12, Ocean Explorers, participate with staff in experiences outdoors and behind the scenes at the Aquarium to discover each weekly topic. Ages 13-14, Coastal Crusaders, venture farther to explore different coastal environments and learn about animal collection. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.
• NATURE PATROL - June 16 – 20 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 7-9, 10-12 or June 23 – 27 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 - Do your kids love to go outside and explore nature? If so, then this is the camp for them! Campers will learn basic animal observation skills while patrolling different local habitats. Join the Aquarium on its mission to conserve and protect North Carolina’s aquatic environments. Fee: $230. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
• COASTAL CRUSADERS - June 23 – 27 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 13-14 - How can North Carolina's aquatic environments be recreated and maintained in an aquarium setting? By exploring natural habitats and participating in animal collection and care, campers will gain a better understanding of how to investigate and preserve the environment we all share. Activities that campers will enjoy this week include canoeing on the Cape Fear River, surf fishing and snorkeling. Fee: $280. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• WEIRD, WONDERFUL WILDLIFE - June 30 – July 3 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 - Have you ever wondered how frogs survive the winter or why some fish can glow in the dark? Sometimes animals are just plain weird, but in a good way of course! Campers will learn all about the strange and sometimes gross adaptations animals have to live in their environments. Exploration trips inside and outside of the Aquarium will turn an animal encounter from an “eww” to an “aww” moment. Note: This camp is only 4 days long. Fee: $184. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
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 information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society: Up Coming Meetings

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 Town Hall.