CARS, 1/2 MARATHON, MUSIC AND THE EARTH

T.here are lots of events to choose from this weekend in Brunswick County, NC and the fun begins on Thursday evening. At 7:30 PM, the Brunswick Concert Band will give the first performance of their Spring Concert at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC.

On Friday, you can celebrate this wonderful planet on which we live at the Oak Island Earth Day event in Middleton Park, Oak Island, NC. The event will run from 10 AM until 2 PM and will include a variety of hands on activities and displays.

If you live up Leland, NC way, you might want to check out their Plant Giveaway on Saturday Morning beginning at 10 AM. You can beautify your property for free.

The fun of Saturday’s Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon 10K/5K Run/Walk will actually begin on Friday evening at 5 PM with the Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. The races will begin on Saturday at 7:30 AM, but start times are staggered depending on which race you choose to enter.

If you are planning Saturday morning shopping in Shallotte, NC, you can enjoy the Bash at the Beach at the same time. This event, held at the Home Depot Shopping Center by the Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club, is especially fun for car enthusiasts – or might make you into one.

The Brunswick Concert Band will reprise their Spring Concert at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC on Saturday at 3 PM, so don’t despair if you are unable to make the
Thursday concert. Enthusiasts may even want to attend both concerts. Either way, donations will be gratefully accepted at these free concerts.

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KIDS’ ART, KAYAKING & FURR PARTY

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If you are looking for a free fun time for your kids on Saturday, I suggest that you head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. From 11 AM until 2 PM you and the kids can enjoy the activities provided by volunteers from the Associated Artists of Southport at their Kids’ Art Day. Food trucks will be available for lunch, or you can pop on down to the Trolly Stop for a fun kids lunch.

If kayaking is your love, you will likely enjoy the Ride the Tide event, which will be held on Saturday as well – in Oak Island, NC. This event will begin at the Oak Island Recreation Center at 11:30 AM and is co-sponsored by the Adventure Kayak Company. A race, a costume contest and a poker run will be included in the event. There is a fee. You are welcome to volunteer to help out with the event.

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Saturday’s Party Furr the Paws will be held from 6 PM until 9 PM in Southport, NC at the St. James Community Building. This event will include music, dancing, a costume contest, a raffle and more. All this fun will benefit SOAR (Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue) so plan a night out for a good cause. The cats and dogs at the rescue will thank you for it.

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GALLERY WALK, BARBEQUE & WOOFSTOCK

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The first Friday of another month is almost upon us and it looks like the weather will cooperate, so take yourself out to the Gallery Walk from 5 PM until 7 PM in Southport, NC. The featured artist at Franklin Square Gallery will be Copper by George. George Kinley will be there with some of his wonderful copper sculptures. You may have seen him with his work displayed beside Oak Island Drive in Oak Island, NC. Ricky Evans Gallery will be featuring art books about Southport, NC and the southeastern NC coastal areas, including one with the paintings of Art Newton. This book also includes interesting stories about his life in Southport, NC. At Lantana’s you will find the work of Mary Wright, specifically her “Fences” series. The Olde Southport Village Shoppes will also feature a First Friday at the Village from 5 PM until 8 PM.

If you are hungry for barbeque – have I got a for a tip for you.  On Saturday, beginning at 10:30 AM you can get barbeque and all the fixin’s at the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department. Yes, the police department. The proceeds will benefit the Small Fry Fishing Tournament coming up at the end of the month, which is sponsored by the police department. Come early –  when it’s gone, it’s gone!

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On Saturday, you can bring your best friend to Woofstock, a Pet Party in the Park, at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. There is a fee of $10 which you can pay by pre-registering at: http://www.southportrotaryeveningclub.com. On-site Registration will begin at 9 AM on Saturday and events will begin at 10 AM. There will be music by Seneca Guns and the event will last until 2 PM. Proceeds will benefit Southport Rotary and PAWS Ability.

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SPRING FESTIVAL & EGG HUNTS

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Spring has been very fickle this year, but I think it has finally sprung. Easter, on the other hand, will be quite early this year. Because of this, some of the egg hunts have taken place already, but there are still a few that you can check out – including egg hunts for adults! The first adult egg hunt, Night Hunt, will take place this evening, March 29, in the Leland Municipal Park in Leland, NC at 7:30 PM. This rock themed music event invites those 21 years of age and older to enjoy music by Trial by Fire. Wear your best rocker outfit and bring a flashlight. For those 50 years of age and older there will be a Master’s Division egg hunt. Alcoholic beverages and food trucks will be available. Tickets will be $5 and pre-registration is required at: apm.activecommunities.com/townofleland. Search for Special Event – Night Hunt.

The Leland, NC egg hunt for children will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 10 AM at the North Brunswick High School. The school is located at 1395 Scorpion Dr. NE. The children will be divided into 6 age groups and need to bring their own baskets. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance at the end of the hunt.

The town of Holden Beach, NC will also hold an egg hunt at night – for youth and adults. The hunt will begin at 7 PM in Bridgeview Park on Davis Street on Friday, March 30. Pre-registration is required by calling town hall at: 910-842-6488. In this hunt, teams of 4 will compete against each other. Please bring your own flashlights.

The Old Bridge Preservation Society will hold an Easter egg hunt in Sunset Beach, NC, also on Saturday, March 31. This hunt will begin at 1 PM and will include activities, games and the opportunity to create an Easter bonnet or basket. The Easter Bunny will lead a parade of kids over the old bridge and offer treats to the kids.

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In Southport, NC, it’s time again for the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale! The festival will run Friday, March 30,  and Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 AM and will include so many special events. There will be live music and entertainment on the stage in Franklin Square Park and on Saturday, there will be a Fun Run. There is a fee for the race, and you can pick up a race packet on Friday, March 30, from 4 PM until 7 PM at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, or on Saturday, March 31, at Waterfront Park, from 6:30 AM until 7:45 AM.

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EASTER EGGS, CASH MOB AND ‘UNFORGETTABLE’ MUSIC

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Easter, as you know, is early this year – and so are the Easter Egg Hunts. Several of them will be taking place this Saturday, March 24. These include events in Southport, NC, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, Shallotte, NC and Calabash, NC. The Southport Parks & Receration Easter Egg Hunt is actually two hunts – one at 10 AM in Franklin Square Park for ages 6 – 12, and the second will follow immediately at the  Fort Johnston Garrison lawn for ages 5 and younger at . In Shallotte, NC the egg hunt will be included in the BunnyDayze event in Mulberry Park beginning at 10 AM. This event will include Easter Egg dyeing and you will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. The Calabash Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11 AM in the Calabash Community Park (868 Persimmon Rd.). Bring your own basket and meet the Easter Bunny.

Do you enjoy shopping? Why not take part in the March Cash Mob on Saturday? It is open to the public but you must agree to spend $20 in the shop. What shop? Ahh, that remains secret until the day of the event. The meet-up location for this event will be South Harbour Village Marina at 11 AM. After the event you can lunch with other participants at a local restaurant if you like.

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On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the Sea Notes Choral Society will be singing their hearts out at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. Their Spring Concert this year is entitled ‘Unforgettable’ and will include Bridge Over Troubled Water, Rainy Days and Mondays, Feelin’ Groovy, and more Broadway and movie numbers. Doors will open at 2:15 PM and the show will begin at 3 PM. The program is free and no tickets are required.

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RUNNING, BLESSINGS AND SAILING

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It’s time again for the Badwater Cape Fear race and this year it falls on St. Paddy’s Day. That will be Saturday for those of you who let it creep up on you. You must register in advance for the race and there is still time to do so. The race will begin on Bald Head Island, NC and will take you through some areas which rarely see the footprints of man.

On Sunday afternoon you can take your water craft, any kind of water craft, to the City Pier in Southport, NC for the Blessing of the Fleet.

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If running is not your thing so much as being on the water is, you might want to check out the Southport Sail & Power Squadron seminar on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The seminar will be held at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and will include issues relating specifically to the Cape Fear region. These will include the use of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tables and charts; how to deal with low water and mean high tide; and predicting the times of the tides. All are relevant to your fun and safety in the waters of the Cape Fear area.

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PIRATES, DOGS AND DESIGNS

On Saturday evening from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will present Those Fiery Irish Pirates, the first of their monthly adult programs for 2018. You may know that if it had not been for pirates, there might never have been a St. Patrick. However, this program will focus on Grace O’Malley, Queen of the Pirates. You will create a pirate garden flag and enjoy refreshments with the other participants. The fee will be $25 for non-members and $12.50 for volunteers and members of Friends of the Museum. Call 910-744-5151 to register.

Do you want to take your best friend out for the day? Are you looking for a best friend? I recommend heading for Leland on Saturday morning. There, both you and your dog (on a leash) will enjoy Bark in the Park with all the other dogs and their owners from 10 AM until 1 PM. There will be adoptable dogs there from the Brunswick County’s Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Service as well. You are welcome to bring dog food to donate to local shelters. Head on out and enjoy this social day together.

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If you are thinking about getting some new clothes for spring, you can get a look at spring fashions at the Hats off to Leland Fashion Show at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Saturday. The show will run from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and will include lunch and music by Sylvia Ritchie and Class Act. The fashions will be provided by Island Breeze and the food by Art Catering. The center is located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way. Reservations are required for a fee of $40. Contact Connie Reeves (Azaleaplaz@aol.com) or Doris Young (djyoung840@aol.com).

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