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Area Events Listings For July 2nd, 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 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
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Lots of Events to Enjoy on Pleasure Island this 4th of July

Pleasure Island has another great week of free activities for your vacationing and leisure-time fulfillment. There is always something for everyone on our little slice of paradise. Please plan on joining us for Thursday nights’ free double concert on July 3rd from 6:30 - 9:30 featuring Massive Grass and Southern Trouble. It’s not unusual to hear about a band that began in one genre and surged into another, but it’s always interesting to hear fragments of the old sound play out in the new music. Members of local bluegrass outfit Massive Grass were involved in rock or metal bands prior, and though it’s not overt on the surface, aesthetics of both of those styles show up. Our group is formed of five guys who came together in March of 2012, purely by chance.  Two guitar players and a singer who had already met and were looking for a bass player and a drummer. After taking a small break from music, a bass player and a drummer were looking to reform their band and that's when they all met and became, "Southern Trouble".  And don’t forget to stay for our fantastic Quadruple Independence Fireworks show at 9:00 pm (weather permitting).  Come join your family and friends at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a night of free fun, music and fireworks. In Carolina Beach, don’t forget about Family Night every Tuesday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30-8:30, followed by Cash BINGO at the Gazebo Stage from 7:00-9:00 on Wednesday evenings. Let’s not forget, the very popular Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake.
At Kure Beach’s new Oceanfront Park, they have a becvy of activity starting with Turtle Talks every Monday from 7:00-8:00 pm, followed by Tuesday’s Open Air Market from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. On Wednesday, bring the young ones to Story Time By The Sea from 10:00-11:30 am.
To close out the week, this Sunday, July 6th, Boogie in the Park present Mark Roberts Band at the Ocean Front Park from 5:00-8:00 pm.
Everyone's favorite - The Mark Robert’s Band is playing our fourth of six FREE Concerts in this series.  Now a little bit about Mark Robert’s . It would seem that The Mark Roberts Band has been around forever, however, that is not so. Just in the last three years has MRB been around, and in that short time frame, they have already made a tremendous impact in the Music Industry, especially in and around The Southeast. Their unique sound is drawing rave reviews from the Radio Jocks, along with maintaining a continuous place on the Cash Box Top 40 Charts, with songs like, "Lover Lover", "New Orleans Ladies", and "Love Me as Hard as You Hurt Me". They are a band that is soon to go National.
And finally, the movie at the Carolina Beach Lake will be the hilarious Nut Job with voices by Katherine Heigl amd Will Arnett.   The showing will be at 8:45 pm at the Carolina Beach Lake at the corner of South Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.
This is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly, a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. All movies are weather-dependent, so be sure to call ahead (910-458-8434), if the weather seems threatening to make sure the show will go on. These films are free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. This is a true summer time treat for adults and kids alike.Please contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce if you have questions and don't forget to check out our exciting Pleasure Island Calendar of Events. For more info please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at  

CB Arts & Activities Committee host, Performing Arts Night, with talent
at the Boardwalk Gazebo

Friday, July 4th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM join us for a "Concert of Freedom" with Mark Pergerson and PJM. The Band PJM  was formed in 2005  . Mark Pergerson  formed the Band from a ministry that was birthed in 2001 , Praise Jesus Ministries . PJM has helped many Non Profits and other ministries reach out to the Homeless and People in Need. The ministries purpose was to reach out to the Helpless , Hopeless and the Hurting . PJM has played all around the East Coast in Wilmington NC, Carolina Beach NC, Morehead City NC , Buffalo NY, NYC , Boone NC , West Virginia , Kentucky, Raleigh and surrounding area . The Band has a Very Contemporary Gospel sound being that PJM is very diverse , Very soulful R & B sound . PJM does a mix of Christian and Crossover Mainstream songs as I can only Imagine, Heaven, I believe I can Fly , Etc.  PJM consists of Mark Pergerson , (Lead Vocalist ), Kenneth Leonard( Vocalist) , Vance Watkins(Vocalist), Gary Gilley ( rhythm Guitar), Tim Faircloth(Lead Guitar), Steve Brown(Bass), Bruce Sanders(Drums), Lester McMinis(Percussion)
Sunday, July 6th, 7:00 PM, St. Paul's Methodist Church, Contemporary Christian Concert, Simple Truth with Shawn Blackwelder. Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, 34 Steps will perform.  34 Steps has been performing together for ten years. They are a five-piece local band who play mainstream rock, electric and acoustic jams from major artists – a broad spectrum from Heart, John Mellencamp, Beatles, Matchbox 20, Bad Company, Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Fleetwood Mac to the Eagles and beyond. They have played anything from backyard parties to weddings and local fundraisers. They love to play whenever people get together to celebrate and have a good time. Rock on!
There is more to come this summer as we confirm other performers. Make sure you check your Island Gazette each week and mark your calendars.

Boardwalk Blast Weekly Events

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

Carolina Beach Farmers Market
4th of July Weekend Farmers Market and Art Show

As you plan activities for your 4th of July weekend be sure to include the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market & Arts and Craft Show.  There will be over 80 vendors set up around the lake – farmers, wineries, bakers, artists, and crafters – all bringing their items for your enjoyment.  

The farmers are bringing more delicious and fresh produce such as tomatoes, corn, beans, peppers, potatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe and more.  Cheeses, sauces, spices and cookbooks will have your dinner plans simplified. And the baked goods are a wonderful mix including pretzels, pound cakes, rum cakes, baklava, muffins, cookies, breads and rolls.  

The artists bring a large variety of beautiful and unique items including jewelry, acrylic and oil paintings, pottery, handmade clothing and hats, photography, hair accessories, handbags and totes, cutting boards, soaps, candles, wood art and mosaics.

This “island-style” market is held every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm and is located on the main street around the lake in Carolina Beach. Plan to spend plenty of time browsing while enjoying the live music and great atmosphere at the lake in Carolina Beach.  And visit our Facebook page (Carolina Beach Farmers Market) for updates throughout the season.  So slip on your flip-flops, don’t forget the sunscreen and come spend some time with your friends and neighbors. We hope to see you there!

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society: Up Coming Meetings

• Monday July 21,  2014 – Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Wilmington entrepreneur,  Sam Leake, will talk about the life and times of the South’s most famous General,  Robert E. Lee. Sam Leake will be talking about the non-war life of Robert E. Lee.  The General’s war years are heavily documented and explored, but what happened to Lee after the Civil War ended? What events shaped the person that became the General of the Confederate Army?
• Monday August 18, 2014 Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Mike Giles, from the North Carolina Coastal Federation will talk to us about the natural history of our most precious resource.
• Monday September 15, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Norm Melton, will talk about his personal experiences while “Growing Up on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.”
• Monday October 20, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. Local historian and author, Elaine Henson, will present an illustrated talk on the history of the “Cape Fear Beaches.”
Monday November 17, 2014: Membership Meeting. 7:30-9:00 pm. LeRae Umfleet, of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will return to us with her program on “Women in World War One.”
Monday December 15, 2014: Holiday Potluck 6:30-9:00 pm.
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.) Visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502.
From the Friends of Fort Fisher - Looking for Descendents! The Friends of Fort Fisher are gathering contact information for any decendents of soldiers involved in the building of Fort Fisher or any of the other forts in the Cape Fear area. They would also like to find decedents of men who fought in the battles for Fort Fisher, Fort Holmes, Fort Caswell, Fort Johnston, and Fort Anderson, as well as blockade runner captains, crew and pilots, basically anyone who was involved in the Wilmington Campaign. Visit their website at: for links to projects and events including the 150th Battle reenactment and the descendents reunion in January 2015. Contact John Golden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Step Up For Soldiers Annual
4th Of July Party
Step Up For Soldiers will conduct it's annual 4th of July party on Friday July 4th at the historic USO-Hanna building at the corner of 2nd and Orange streets in downtown Wilmington. The celebration of our nations birthday will begin at 4:00 PM and run until 8:00 PM giving everyone time to get a spot on the river to watch the fireworks at 9:00 PM. Free food and drinks along with patriotic performances throughout the evening.  

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

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 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 - Sundays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Mondays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m., Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Fridays, July 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m., Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 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 -Mondays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 2 p.m., Fridays, July 4, 11, 18, 25 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, July 8, 15, 22, 29 at 2 p.m., Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 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
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 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.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 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.
• ANIMAL KEEPERS - July 14 – 18 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 or  July 21 – 25 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 - How do we feed 2,000 animals? What does it take to keep a 235,000-gallon aquarium clean? Where do aquarium animals come from? Campers learn what it takes to be responsible for the daily care and maintenance of aquarium animals. By helping prepare food, clean exhibits and create animal enrichment, campers get a glimpse of the work required to provide proper animal care. Fee: $230. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
ECO EXPLORERS - July 28 – August 1 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 - How many different animals live in the rainforest? Would a polar bear meet a penguin? What kind of animals can survive in a desert? Campers will take an imaginary trip around the world to discover various ecosystems and the animals that live there. This camp will also highlight the diversity of local environments. Fee: $230. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
• COASTAL CRUSADERS - July 28 – August 1 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.
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:
American Sewing Guild's Fashionistas group meets July 7th

The American Sewing Guild’s Fashionistas group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7 at Coastal  Sewing and Appliance, 894 South Kerr Ave., Wilmington. Members are encouraged to make a sportswear item to exercise in or to wear to the beach or for other occasions. Visitors are welcome. For more information, go to ASG Cape Fear.

Cell Block 2” and “Port City Shakedown” to Perform at Boardwalk Saturday, July 26th

On July 26, 2014 the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will feature the music of Wilmington area music acts “Cell Block 2” and “Port City Shakedown”, proudly represented by GrayScale Entertainment. Both projects are popular in the coastal Carolinas and feature a wide variety of crowd-pleasing material, ranging from classic rock and blues to Motown and modern pop.
These three entities (GrayScale Entertainment/the two bands) have one feature in common: veteran guitarist and GrayScale co-owner Mark Lynch, who has played and taught guitar/bass professionally for over 35 years.
He and his wife Debra (his partner in GrayScale) moved to Wilmington a little over 4 years ago, knowing virtually no one in the area, but have since been able to establish a number of succesful projects- and keep Lynch one of the area's busiest musicians.
GrayScale Entertainment is a full-service music agency serving the Wilmington and surrounding areas such as Topsail Beach and Southport. Debra Lynch is the PR expert, and also handles a lot of the videography and social media promotion.
They've kept a lot of area musicians and venue owners happy for a few years now. Mark is an unusually quiet and reserved man for someone in the entertainment business, and does not go out of his way to draw attention- but it happens anyway, simply because he plays so skillfully and passionately. With almost 40 years of serious experience and study of the guitar, he gets noticed in spite of his “shoegaze” demeanor. Says Lynch, “I guess these days the guitar-and my wife- do most of the talking for me”. Beginning in the late 1970's, Lynch has played in scores of music projects around the Southeast. Probably none you ever heard of, but they all enjoyed great success in their allotted time and place. Western NC based bands “Phenix”, “Aviator”, “Stampede”, and others played A-list clubs and opened for national recording artists such as “Rare Earth”, “Night Ranger”, “Frank Marino/Mahogany Rush”, and Raleigh-based “Nantucket”. But perhaps his most significant contribution was as a guitar teacher- to now country super-star Eric Church. “We went to the same Baptist church, our dads were both deacons, and I ended up showing Eric his first guitar chords so he could play some Randy Travis songs. Obviously, he took it from there, and turned out to be a great songwriter, but it's cool to hear him on the radio and know that I showed him his first three chords! Since moving to Wilmington, Mark has played in duos with area musicians Mike O'Donnell, Brent Stimmel, Susan Savia, Dylan Linehan, Eduardo Somech, and most recently Matt Korzelius (his partner in Cell Block 2)..
He's played solo guitar for weddings, art galleries and local restaurants including a 2-year stint at Saltworks II and repeat shows at The George, The Pilot House, and The Harp. Full bands have included “Zion” and “Dangers of Stereo”. “Cell Block 2” features Lynch on guitar and bass with vocalist Korzelius for some impressive two-man versions of classic rock/blues/jazz.
This duo, in turn, will be joined by Tim Meyer/drums, Daniel Pesavento/bass, Harley Blasingame/keys, and Tarsha Murphy/vocals to become the 6-piece party band “Port City Shakedown”. The show starts at 5 pm.

Help Center Announces 9th Annual Chinese Auction July 26th

The Help Center of Federal Point invites everyone to attend its summer fundraiser, our 9th Annual Chinese Auction.  It will be held on Saturday, July 26th beginning at 1:00 pm, at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center located at 308 Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach.  This event is a community favorite, and provides Saturday afternoon fun for the entire family!  Admission to the Chinese Auction is only $5 and includes mini-raffle tickets and a chance to win a door prize. You may purchase your ticket at the door on the 26th, and refreshments will be available.  Attendees will be treated to cake and cold beverages at the conclusion of the Chinese Auction. The doors open at 1:00 pm and prizes will begin being awarded at 2:30 pm.  As Chairperson Janice Truelove explains, “If you’ve never attended a Chinese Auction, it works like this: With your paid admission, you get tickets (25) to drop into the container next to each gift item you’d like to win. You may buy extra tickets if you like. A winner is chosen for each item. Higher value gift items (e.g., a gift certificate to a restaurant or perhaps an art object) go on our sweepstakes table and separate tickets are sold for them.” There will also be a 50/50 raffle where half of the cash raised goes to the winner and the other half goes to the Help Center, as well as a Silent Auction for items such as Hotel getaways. For more information on the upcoming Chinese Auction, please call Janice Truelove at 910 458-1920.
For twenty-eight years, our all-volunteer staff has helped the neediest residents of Pleasure Island.  The Help Center of Federal Point’s primary focus has always been to meet people’s immediate need for food. The Help Center of Federal Point is located in the Recreation Center of Carolina Beach just behind the Town Hall at 1121-B North Lake Park Blvd. The Help Center is open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am until 12:00 Noon.
The Help Center of Federal Point is not state or federally funded. It is supported solely by the generous contributions of local businesses, churches, and private donations from compassionate individuals. All donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to The Help Center of Federal Point, Inc. P.O. Box 54 Carolina Beach, NC 28428. You can also help out by becoming a volunteer. Call 910 458-9339 for more information.

Cameron Art Museum Expands Its Connections Program to Provide Services to People with Disabilities

Wilmington, NC—Cameron Art Museum is expanding their Connections Program, which formerly served primarily individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, to include people with disabilities who might benefit from additional accommodations at the museum.
The Connections Program now invites people with disabilities to schedule their visit to the museum, on Mondays between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because the museum is closed to the general public on Mondays, the Connections Program can provide an environment that is especially calm and supportive for individuals who may be challenged by noise and crowds. Connections visitors also benefit from specially trained tour guides as a part of their museum experience. There is no charge for the Connections Program, but it is important to schedule the visit at least two weeks in advance by calling Georgia Mastroieni at 910-395-5999 ex. 1019 or emailing her at When scheduling a Connections group or individual visit, please let us know additional accommodation needs. Please note that the museum staff are not able to offer 1:1 support and caregivers and companions will be expected to support individuals as needed. People with disabilities are welcome to visit the CAM anytime as members of the general public at the usual admission charges.  
The museum is fully accessible for wheelchairs and there are a limited number of both motorized and regular wheelchairs available for our visitors to borrow.

Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant to be held August 23rd

The Pleasure Island Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for August 23, 2014.  Age divisions and required competition include Wee Miss (1-2 yrs) competing in tropical wear and party dress.  Tiny Miss (3-4 yrs) and Mini Miss (5-6 yrs) competing in interview, tropical wear and party dress.  Little Miss (7-9 yrs) will compete in interview, talent and dress.  Junior Miss (10-12 yrs), Teen Miss (13-15 yrs) and Miss (16-22 yrs) will compete in interview, talent and evening gown.  All ages may compete in Swimsuit.  Each contestant receives trophies and gifts.  Proceeds benefit the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce/Special Events, the Federal Point Help Center and the NHC Senior Resource Special Needs account. For more information and application, please contact Diane Berry-Klutz at 910-458-5962 or 910-798-6405, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Announcing the 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival Sept. 19 & 20

Come celebrate sports, health, wellness and the arts with Carolina Beach! The Carolina Beach 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival features fun for the entire family.  Friday evening the 19th the two day event kicks off with an opening ceremony and introduction of all competing teams.  A free live concert by local favorites “Machine Gun” starts at 5:30PM – food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the main event area and staging and seating will be setup in the main stage area. (Parking lot behind the Sea Witch Café). Saturday, the 10th is Race Day starting at 9am! Teams will be competing for trophies with awards for: The Finals Race Winner, 1st place teams in each category, the slowest team, the most spirited team and the team with the best costumes. You can join in on the fun by forming a Team of friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers or customers and raising the donation for entering a team.  Each team will need 21 members – 20 paddlers and one drummer to keep the pace and must raise $1000 in donations to enter the event or have a corporate sponsor make the donation. Individuals who want to participate but cannot get a full team together can also enter by raising $50 and registering for the event.  
Saturday also includes a festival of vendors around the Marina who will be displaying their artwork, jewelry, sports related products and food items for sale.  The Festival starts at 9AM. Saturday after the finals in the afternoon (4-5PM) the winners will be announced and trophies will be awarded for the top times at the main stage.
This year’s event will benefit:  “Step Up For Soldiers” and support “The Kramer House” project.  Step Up for Soldiers is proud of this project they refer to as a “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, the thought of building a transitional home for veterans, along with their families, who are attending local universities, emerged.  By completing this house we, as a community, are assisting Veterans in their new journey of life. Insuring that our veterans are able to remain with their families, we are doing more than just building a house. We are building a stronger family, and thus a stronger community.  Help us support our veterans by donating to this event.

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