Community meetings to be held on school calendar change
Pender County parents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on proposed changes to the school calendar. the school board will hold three meetings to discuss the full, proposed plan and options. Final meeting will be held at Pender High School on Monday April 16 at 6 p.m.
PenderWatch & Conservancy
Dates to save: April 14: Build oyster reefs 9 a.m.; May 5: Build oyster reefs 9 a.m.; May 19: Build oyster reefs 9 a.m.
Historical Society of Topsail Island
North Carolina lighthouses will be the topic of Bett Padgett’s presentation for the April 12 meeting of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. Ms. Padgett is an active member of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society. She will be sharing historical facts and photographs taken from the structures, many from some of the lighthouses that are not accessible to the public. Her discussion will include information about the different kinds of lighthouses, their purpose, and lighting systems. Ms. Padgett will also attempt to straighten out some of the tall tales that folks have believed for years.
The meeting at the Assembly Building in Topsail Beach will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet luncheon. Reservations for the meal must be made by calling Margo Stafford at 327-3081 by Friday April 6. the luncheon cost is $10 or $9 for seniors age 70 and older. the program will conclude around 1 p.m. the public is invited to join with members at this meeting. Information about the HSTI can be found online at topsailhistoricalsociety.org.
VFW Post 9983 Holly Ridge
• the next concealed carry class is scheduled for May 5. Visit eastern-ncconcealedcarry.com for information and to register.
• the post will be hosting its first annual Golf Tournament an April 13. the tournament will be at the Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. Entry is $45 per person or $175 per foursome. Hole sponsorship is $50. Showtime is 8 a.m.; shotgun start is 9 a.m. For more info, email or call Curly at 336-337-1998.
• VFW Ladies Auxiliary is raffling a week at a beach house in Topsail Beach from April 21 to 28. Drawing to be held on March 31. Donation is $5. This beach house is right on the dunes. For chances, contact any member or call the post at 910-329-1881. Makes a great gift to have family or friends come to visit. the ladies are also having a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on May 13. give mom a break on her day by not having to cook breakfast. Breakfast will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donation is $7.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit service organization for men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in combat areas. Contact any member for eligibility rules. Striving to “Honor the dead by serving the living.” Active in many military and community programs. the canteen is open from 3 to 8 p.m. daily with extended hours for special events. the hall is available for rental and catering is available. Special considerations for nonprofits needing meeting space. Support your local Veterans by supporting the VFW, located at 188 Hines Stump Sound Church rd. Holly Ridge, 910-329-1881. one mile north of Holly Ridge, turn at flags.
Hampstead Marine Corps League
The Hampstead Detachment 1321 of Marine Corps League meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Topsail Senior Center located next to Pender Pines Nursery. New members are always welcome, both Marines and FMF Navy corpsman.
In addition to the new time and location of meetings, the detachment will be holding a fundraising dinner to continue the support of Marines and the local community in need. a pasta dinner will be served at Hampstead Community Building on Saturday, May 5, serving 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Come out and support those who defend us. Call 512-3861 for more information.
Membership in Young in Heart is open to all Topsail area residents who are 50 years of age or older. the dues are $7 a year. For more information, contact President Rosemary Krug at 270-1875.
New games and better payouts! Come play bingo on Monday nights at the Sneads Ferry Community Center, located at 126 Park Lane off of Sneads Ferry Road. Building opens at 5:30 p.m. Early Birds start at 7 p.m., Regular games follow with a $300 payout progressive game, 50/50 Bonanza game and ends with a Jackpot game which pays according to attendance, the more players the bigger the prize. Smoke free, refreshments available, free coffee. Proceeds support the community through the Sneads Ferry Community Council. Contact 327-3335 or .
Sneads Ferry Beautification Committee
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. through May at the New River Plantation Clubhouse in Sneads Ferry (off Route 172). the objective is to continue to beautify Sneads Ferry. currently the group maintains several plant beds and the attractive banners displayed throughout the community. New members, volunteers and guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Lois Rupert (327-1069) or Claire Wunder (327-2435).
• Attractions Guide to support efforts of club: Consider giving an Attractions Dining and value Guide as a gift and let your friends or family enjoy a practical way to save money by using hundreds of “buy one, get one free” coupons to the best restaurants, retailers, national chains, golf courses, amusements and many more. It can be used through Dec. 31, 2012. There are two different guides serving many areas: one for $25 that covers Wilmington, Sneads Ferry, area beaches and more. the Jacksonville guide also covers nearby locations and is $20, as it has fewer coupons. the cost will be recovered in no time with all the great discounts. There are 68 new restaurants and merchants in the 2012 Wilmington book with more than $5,000 in savings. the average family saves $373.60 each year with the guide.
Contact: Ruth Furr-327-0302, Karen Ilsley-327-0716, Claire Wunder-327-2435, or any committee member for information and to purchase. Keep the guide in the car to save, save, save while supporting the efforts of the Sneads Ferry Beautification Committee.
Hampstead Women’s Club
The Hampstead Women’s Club is a non-profit organization that donates thousands of dollars annually to area schools and other worthwhile organizations. This is made possible through the efforts of the members who volunteer daily to process donated goods and sell them at the Hampstead Thrift Shop.
Join the many volunteers in the Hampstead Women’s Club and help contribute to the betterment of the children and community. General meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month from September through April. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the Hampstead Community Bldg. at 14435 Highway 17. Membership applications may be secured from the Hampstead Thrift Shop.
Events and Celebrations
Town of Holly Ridge Easter Egg Hunt
The Town of Holly Ridge will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at Holly Ridge Municipal Park. Children ages one to 12 are welcome to enjoy the prizes and raffles. all eggs will have prizes inside and the Easter Bunny will be present!
Easter Bunny’s trail leads to Goin’ PostalGoin’ Postal Hampstead has arranged for a special visit from the Easter Bunny on Saturday March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. Children, young and old, can visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a special Easter treat. Parents can bring their cameras and take free photos of the visit. Goin’ Postal Hampstead’s new location is at 16717 Hwy. 17 N. in the Oak Tree Center, next to Curves and Future Homes in Hampstead. Call 910.270.6184 for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt at Soundside Park
Surf City’s Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7. the egg hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Soundside Park next to the swing bridge in Surf City.
Kids as old as 10 can join in the fun. Hunts will be held in three age groups, and raffles, prizes, lots of goodies and more will be available! Don’t forget to bring a basket or bag to collect eggs.
Businesses are welcome to participate by donating individually wrapped candy, donating Easter baskets filled with goodies from their business or donating plastic eggs filled with a piece of candy and a coupon/business card for their business.
Donated items should be brought to Surf City Community Center before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30 in order to be included in the hunt. For more information, visit townofsurfcity.com or call Surf City Community Center at (910) 328-4887.
Operation Topcat Yard Sale
Operation Topcat will host a yard sale on April 14 beginning at 9 a.m. at 17062 Hwy. 17 at Mini Storage on the Green Hampstead. Donations of new or in good condition appliances, furniture, tools, books, household items etc. are welcome.
Call Cookie at 200-0612 or Margaret at 619-7028 to arrange for your donations to be received at the storage location. Email for more information or to make arrangements to donate. Rain date is April 15.
Nobody’s Social Club
The Nobody’s Social Club will host a benefit for Courtney Tolbert at noon on Saturday, April 14 at Dale’s Pub. Chicken dinner plates, including potato salad, baked beans and a roll are $7; proceeds go toward helping this young woman with expenses after heart surgery. a 50/50 raffle and special gift raffles will also take place!
Friends of the Sneads Ferry Library
The Friends of the Sneads Ferry Library will have a local humorist author, Celia Rivenbark, speak at the renewed Lunch with the Author on Saturday, April 21 at noon at the Sneads Ferry Community Center at 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry. Classic Act Catering will cater lunch and the menu will include roast beef, roasted chicken, tossed salad, oven roasted potatoes, broccoli and green beans. Quarter Moon Book Store will sell Rivenbark’s books and the friends will sell used books for $5 a bag. Luncheon tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Sneads Ferry Library, or by calling Jan Steimers at 910-327-2927, or Ruth Clifton at 910-327-2327.
Relay For Life’s ‘Honor and Memory DVD’
Debuting in 2012’s Relay For Life is a DVD slideshow featuring images of those battling cancer and those that have lost their battle. if you have a loved one that you would like to include in the slideshow, turn in a photo plus a $5 donation to the Pender County Relay for Life or your team captain. all monies collected through this DVD will go directly to the Pender County Relay for Life. These photos will be scanned and returned unharmed. You will be able to pick them up at the bank night or at the Relay event from the Relay Committee Tent.
The submitted photos must be clear for best scanning results. Paper copies of photos do not scan well and the results can be blurry. if you have your photos already scanned you may email them to: . The deadline to turn in photos is Tuesday, April 17. DVDs will be available for purchase for $10 at the event.
‘Race for a Cure’
North East ATV Dragway has teamed up with Relay for Life to “Race for a Cure” on April 21. Test and Tune will begin at 6 p.m. followed by consistency races until 10 p.m. after which prizes will be awarded. Visit nemudsling.com for more info.
Relay for Life’s Survivors’ Dinner
Relay for Life team Emily’s Encouragers wants cancer survivors to join them at Relay for Life on April 27 and at the Cancer Survivors’ Dinner on April 14 at Blake’s Chapel Church in Hampstead. a free dinner, along with gifts and special speakers are included as a world with more birthdays is celebrated. Call 910-471-2173 for reservations. Visit relayforlife.org/pender to register; or contact Stephanie Ottaway at or 910-470-3603 with your info: name, address, phone, e-mail, cancer type, years as a survivor and t-shirt size.
Cancer Survivors invited to Pender County Relay for Life
In a nation where more than 1,638,910 people will be diagnosed with a form of cancer this year, Pender County is invited to celebrate life! the American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a unique fundraising event in which teams of participants take turns walking the track for 24 hours in an effort to fight cancer. This year’s event will begin on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. and conclude on April 28 at 12 p.m. the event will be held on the Topsail High School Football/Track Field.
The message is that no one fights cancer alone. at 6 p.m., all Cancer Survivors, meaning anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer of any type (yes, this includes skin cancers) will join together on the track and walk or wheelchair the first lap, unified in victory and hope. This emotional lap honors the courage of all who have defeated cancer.
If you are a Cancer Survivor and would like to take part in this year’s Pender County Relay for Life, go online and register, call or email today. Online registration: relayforlife.org/pender or call or email: Stephanie Ottaway at 910-470-3603 or . all survivors will receive a free t-shirt and an invitation to the annual Survivors Dinner on April 14.
The atmosphere of Relay for Life is one of camaraderie and celebration, and this event provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to pass on the torch of hope to those still battling cancer or to those that might be touched by cancer in the future. because no one fights cancer alone, friends, family members and caregivers are invited to attend Survivors Lap and cheer on their loved ones as they walk the first lap around the track, then caregivers join in for the second lap, followed by a lap by all teams, then everyone is invited to walk, keeping someone on the track until relay ends.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information on cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit cancer.org
Hookin’ For a Cure Surf City Fishing Tournament
The American Cancer Society is seeking participants and sponsors for the first Annual Hookin’ For a Cure Surf City Fishing Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Pender County.
The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life, mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
Summer is just around the corner, and RFL is gearing up to kick off the 2012 fishing season with the first annual Hookin’ For a Cure Fishing Tournament. as a fishing tournament sponsor, crowds of sportsmen and families will view information on businesses.
Hookin’ For a Cure will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Surf City Pier from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with prizes in several categories for both adults and children. Door prizes will be given, along with raffles, auction, and a 50/50 drawing, and Hookin’ For a Cure is currently accepting sponsorships and donations for this event. Registration to participate in the Fishing Tournament is $10 per person.
All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society, which combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. as a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. as the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. as a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. if you would like more information to sponsor or participate in Hookin’ For a Cure, contact Marianne Loftis at 910-471-2173 or visit RelayForLife.org/Pender.
Missiles and More Museum Opening
The Missiles and More Museum will open the season on Monday, April 2. the Museum features Topsail Island’s rich history and artifacts of the island from prehistoric to present time.
• Operation Bumblebee, the U.S. missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II, which includes a video of assembly and actual firings of the missiles. on site is a booster rocket that washed ashore in 1994.
• Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island.
• Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of ten pirates in the Carolinas, including the infamous Blackbeard and Topsail Island’s own pirate history “the Gold Hole.”
• Barrier Island, an exhibit that addresses the physiology, fragility, manageability and the magic and privilege of living on Topsail Island.
• Osprey, the V-22 Osprey aircraft exhibit depicts the development, history, unique design and military use within the Marine Corps and other Armed Forces. This exhibit also includes a DVD of a takeoff at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.
• Shell Exhibits, cases of elegant and intricate seashells from all over the world, as well as Topsail Island.
• Natural History, Indian artifacts and a dugout canoe dating back to the 1700s.
The Museum is child friendly with exhibits on North Carolina birds, a touch and feel Shell/Sand Box, Sea Turtles and educational and fun books to read. a fossil dig located outside of the Museum is a favorite adventure for children of all ages.
The Museum is located at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Current hours are Mon. through Fri. from 2 to 5 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the hours are Mon. through Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. After Labor Day through mid-October, the Museum is open Mon. through Fri. 2 to 5 p.m. the Museum welcomes special arrangements for schools and organizations to tour the Museum. For information and appointments, contact the museum director at 910-328-2488 or 910-328-8663. topsailmissilesmusuem.org.
Sneads Ferry Community Theatre auditions
SFCT will hold the final open audition for “the Nerd,” a comedy by Larry Shue, on March 29 at 7 p.m.
Aspiring young architect Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owns to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but saved his life after he was seriously wounded in battle. he has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you.” so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly on the night of his 34th birthday. But his delight soon fades as it become apparent that Rick is a hopeless nerd. This is a comedy filled with all kinds of humor, including weird charades and hysterical sight gags, along with that twist at the end.
This will be a cold reading. Cast needed: three males in mid thirties, one male in early sixties, one femaile in early thirties, one female age 45 to 50 and one male age eight to 10. Auditions will take place at the theatre, located at 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry. Production dates are May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. For more info, contact the director Katina Greeves at or 910.328.2534 or 910.389.4911.
Spring Authors’ Luncheon
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Spring Authors’ Luncheon sponsored by the Hampstead Friends of the Library. the event will be held on Monday, May 7 at noon at oceanside restaurant Daddy Mac’s in Surf City. There will be two choices for entrees: Sweet Onion BBQ chicken or Tequila Marinated Shrimp tossed with key lime cilantro rice. the cost is $22.
Guest authors will be Carolyn Rawls Booth who has written a trilogy of books that recounts the struggles of rural, coastal North Carolinians during the 1920s; and our local celebrities Rhonda Bellamy and Bertha Boykin Todd who wrote “Meet the Help” which is an anthology of true stories.
Tickets may be purchased at the Topsail Township Library in Hampstead or by any one of the board members. For more information, call the library at 270-4603.
Marine FCU Charity Golf Tournament
Marine FCU will be holding its 18th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, April 20. This year the monies raised will go to the USO and Hope for the Warriors to enable them to continue their excellent services. These organizations are viable, important parts of our community, and the funds raised will go a long way in helping them with their missions.
Your help as a sponsor for this year’s tournament would be greatly appreciated. also welcomed are contributions of door prizes or goody bag items to make the event even more special. Wendy McGill, Senior Vice President of Marketing, can be contacted at 910.355.5606 or with any contribution or golf tournament questions. Respond with sponsorship by Friday, April 6.
Topsail Area Kiwanis to host 2012 Tournament
SURF CITY — the Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island is pleased to host its 2012 golf tournament on Saturday, April 21.
Changing venues for the first time in several years, the club is excited to note that this year’s outing takes place at North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. and the format will be Captain’s Choice.
Generally acknowledged as one of the premiere golf venues in the coastal Carolinas, North Shore is a 6,358-yard, Par 72 course, featuring four par threes, ten par fours and four par fives.
According to promotional literature for North Shore, the “course offers the novice golfer and seasoned player an enjoyable and challenging experience. the inland holes offer a retreat from the prevailing sea breeze and are bordered by tall pines offering a distinctly different look and feel.”
Announcement of the starting hole assignments for all teams will be made between 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. the morning of the event. Kiwanis is anticipating a sell-out event, so golfers are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to register.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the awards ceremony takes place accompanied by complimentary lunch provided by Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. Throughout the morning complimentary snacks and beverages are to be offered. Giveaways are also to be provided. Prizes will be presented to closest-to-the-pin on one of the Par 3s and Safeway Chevrolet in Burgaw is offering a Chevy product for a hole-in-one on another Par 3.
This year’s outing marks the 26th year for the Topsail Kiwanis Classic; proceeds are to be used on behalf of club projects that benefit youth in the greater Topsail area. Kiwanis continues to seek sponsors and participants for the tournament.
Sponsorships are being offered at $250, $500 and $1,000. In return for sponsorships, sponsors receive recognition in all tournament advertising and promotion, banner on the hole and recognition around the course. Hole sponsorships are offered at $500, and gold sponsorships are $1,000.
Entry fees are $75 per individual and $300 for each team of four. Regardless, this provides a fine opportunity for those that enjoy North Shore to return, further providing a fine opportunity for those who have long wished to play the Sneads Ferry course to do so, while supporting a worthy cause.
Topsail Kiwanis president Doug Medlin says, “We are pleased to return to North Shore this year, and look forward to a fine morning’s golf. April 21st should bring some favorable weather and we plan to present a rewarding outing for everyone. We do need to express our deepest appreciation to both our sponsors and to our participants for their support.”
Sponsors include Atlantic Seafood, H&R Block, Bojangles of Surf City, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, East Coast Sports, Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille, Gideon Heating & Air Conditioning, Headhunter Outdoors, Holland Engineering, H&R Block, Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Cooperative, McDonalds of Surf City, Safeway Chevrolet, the SFI Group, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, Surf City IGA and Swingbridge Beer & Wine and the Town of Surf City. For further information, contact Randy Cox at 328-6728, or Charlie Patch at 328-3565.
Topsail Turtle Project
Two training sessions for volunteers interested in joining the Topsail Turtle Project (beach walkers) have been scheduled for Wednesday April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Surf City Welcome Center. if you’re able to commit to walking an assigned section of beach on one or more days each week from May 1 through August 31 plan on attending one of these sessions. For more information, email Terry Meyer at .
Baby FAST program needs donations
TAFF Inc. is a nonprofit providing services to young parents and their families. Support the Baby FAST program in Pender County that strengthens family relationships, builds connections with families, schools, churches and the community, improves babies’ development and well-being, and reduces in-home stress. Donations of the following Baby Items will support this program and local families: Baby Lotion or Powder, Sippy Cups, Receiving Blankets, Baby Books, Rattles or Teethers, Baby Room Decorations.
To make a donation or learn more, contact Melanie Gatton at or 910-777-8244. a healthy meal for 35 people for one of the multi-family, group sessions is also needed. the open dates are March 29 and April 12.
Cookbook Serves Up HOPE, Raises Money For Relay For Life!
Estelle Bradshaw assembled a cookbook of Southern Recipes to serve as a fundraiser for Relay For Life. This cookbook is serving favorite Southern recipes and HOPE to cancer patients. all proceeds raised from the sales of this book will be donated to American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
There are 585 recipes from volunteers, including cancer survivors and caregivers. the book titled “a Taste of HOPE” breaks the recipes into categories. There are pages in the front of the book, which shares information about the American Cancer Society.
The cookbooks can be purchased for $15 from Scotts Hill Marina, 2570 Scotts Hill Loop Road. the cookbook will allow you to help save lives and join the fight against cancer during this holiday season. a second cookbook is in the works; a collection of homemade desserts that is sure to delight any sweet cravings you may have.
Parks and Recreation/ Classes
Topsail Township Friends of the Library
• Topsail Township Friends of the Library welcomes their newest board member, Kathy Croson, who resides in Hampstead. as a reminder, TTFOL is still in need of volunteers for the board. if you can spare one day a month, call the library for more information.
• the library is also sponsoring AARP Tax Assistance on Mondays at 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call the library at 270-4603 for more details.
• “Growing Tomatoes” by Charlotte Glen will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call to sign up as seating is limited.
Free coastal gardening classes
Pender County Cooperative Extension will be offering “Gardening at the Beach 101” at Surf City Community Center. the next class will be held on Tuesday, May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of growing ornamental and edible plants at the beach. Coastal gardening conditions, soil preparation, and salt tolerant plants for coastal landscapes will also be covered. Lynne Biddle-Walker, Pender Master Gardener Volunteer and Charlotte Glen, Pender Extension Horticulture Agent will present the classes. the classes are free, however those interested in participating must register by calling Surf City Community Center at (910) 328-4887.
Surf City Parks and Recreation
All classes and events take place at Surf City Community Center, unless otherwise noted. the address is 201 Community Center Dr. (off J.H. Batts rd. on the mainland).
Adult Tap Dance (Beginner): Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m.
Advanced Bridge: Monday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Basketball (Open Play for 18 and older): Tuesday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beginning Bridge: Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Boys’ Hip Hop Dance (Ages 7 and older): Mondays, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Contact Karen for more information at (803) 622-0815.
Dance (ages 7 to11): Wednesday, 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Dance (ages 3 to 6): Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Dance (ages 12 and older): Wednesday, 6:15 to 7 p.m. Contact Karen for more information at (803) 622-0815.
Intro to Belly Dance (Beginner): Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Quilting: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Readers’ Theater (Ages 6 to 11): Monday, 6 to 7 p.m. and Readers’ Theater (Ages 12 to adult): Monday, 7 to 8 p.m. Call Sue for more information (910)319-0377.
Scrabble: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Tae kwon do (Beginner): Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call Master Howard Simmons at (910) 381-0875 for more information.
Tumbling/Gymnastics (ages 3 to 5): Monday, 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Tumbling/Gymnastics (ages 6 to 8): Monday, 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Watercolor Club: Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Yoga (Gentle): Wednesday, 6 to 7 p.m.
Yoga (Gentle): Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Zumba: Monday, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Zumba: Thursday, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Zumba Toning: Tuesday, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
• Quilting: This class is designed to provide instruction for the beginning quilter to guide her through the completion of her first quilt. the more experienced quilter can bring her current project-in-progress to work in the company of others, sharing ideas and friendship. Many quilting techniques will be covered. Students should provide their own project materials. Come join instructor Mary Webb each Tuesday evening at Surf City Community Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mary has been sewing for 45 years and made her first quilt in 1976. She sewed professionally for many years, specializing in home decorating. Mary has also taught sewing and quilting classes to all ages. For more information, e-mail
Christina Lewis: Flexible schedule. Call (910) 548-2964.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Sunday 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 12 to 1 p.m.
Cape Fear Community College Classes at SCCC:
• GED Course: Monday and Thursday, 5:50 to 9 p.m. Free. Call (910) 362-7349 to register.
• English as a second Language (ESL): Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Call (910) 362-7184 to register. Free.
• Computers for Beginners: Mondays, April 9 through June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 910-228-8949 to register. Cost is $70. Cost for seniors (65 and older) is $5.
Schedule: the Surf City Community Center continually works on its schedule. if you would be interested in attending any current activities or teaching a new class, contact the center at 910-328-4887 or email .the current class schedule is also available online at townofsurfcity.com
For Your Information
Town of Surf City Yard Debris Pick-upMonday, May 7 Roland Ave. north to N. Topsail/ Wednesday, May 9 Roland Ave. south to Topsail Beach/ Friday, May 11 Mainland.Have items out the night before, they will be pick up early. Material must be located as close to city street as possible, limbs may be no longer that four feet in length. Materials may be in plastic bags.
Materials to be collected: Vegetative material: grass, clippings, tree limbs and branches (four-feet max length and six-inches in diameter). Materials not collected: building materials, treated or creosote wood products, white goods, furniture or tires.
Pet Appreciation Month
Goin’ Postal Hampstead is celebrating “Pet Appreciation Month” in March by giving away free pet treats and samples. ASPCA literature will also be available at the store. Goin’ Postal is now located in the Oak Tree Plaza at 16717 Hwy 17 N in Hampstead.
Citizen Input Requested for 2012 Onslow County Community Health Assessment
The Onslow County Health Department (OCHD), United way, and Onslow Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP) will be conducting the 2012 Community Health Assessment survey on March 30 and 31. According to George O’Daniel, Health Director, “during these three days, Public Health staff will conduct randomly selected door-to-door surveys throughout Onslow County in order to collect data on the most pressing health needs of the community.”
Public Health representatives will be easily identifiable. they will be wearing vests that say “Onslow County Public Health Survey Team” and carrying county ID badges. the survey is a short series of questions and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Public Health staff will enter answers directly into handheld computers or onto paper forms.
“the questions are designed to give an overview of many factors that influence the health of Onslow County. Questions ask about healthcare, economic development, education, environmental conservation, law enforcement and non-profit activities. if a public health representative approaches you, please consider completing the survey. This is one of the best tools that our county has for determining the health needs of the community and developing programs to meet those needs,” explained Sue Talbert, Nutrition Director for the Onslow County Health Department and the coordinator for the Assessment.
The Community Health Assessment is mandated by the state to be completed in each Health Department jurisdiction every four years.
“the last Community Health Assessment, completed in 2008, led to more nutritious foods being served in the schools, improved diabetes awareness for residents and increased transportation to healthcare facilities,” Talbert added.
“Everyone who participates can truly have an impact on improving the health of all Onslow County citizens,” said O’Daniel. “We really hope that everyone who is approached will take the time to give us their input.”
For more information about the Community Health Assessment, see the Community Health Assessment tab at onslowcountync.gov/health or call Sue Talbert at 910-347-2154, ext. 3975.
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