MARDI GRAS, ANTIQUES & HEALTH

If you don’t sleep in this Saturday morning, you can pop by the Health Expo in Shallotte, NC and get yourself and your family checked out before the event in Oak Island, NC the same afternoon. You can even get rid of those outdated prescriptions you have been meaning to dispose of. You will even have time to enjoy lunch before the Oak Island Mardi Gras Parade & Festival begins at 1 PM. There will be lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy.

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On Sunday afternoon, you can take your family heirlooms and yard sale finds and head out to the Antique Appraisal Fair in Southport, NC. Who knows? Maybe you have something of great value just waiting to be discovered. And, the event funds a deserving educational organization.

 

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

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It looks like the weather has finally broken and we are in for seasonal weather this weekend. (Translation – beautiful) As many of you know, in Brunswick County, NC, spring usually begins in February. Spring means outdoor activities like beach walking, shell hunting, skateboard riding, bicycle riding, golf playing, hiking, tennis playing, walking, park going and so much more. In addition to that this Saturday brings some special activities in which to engage.

Fort Anderson in Winnabow, NC offers their Civil War Living History on Saturday for Civil War buffs and as a fun learning experience for kids.

Your little princes and princesses can enjoy a fun evening pretending on Saturday as well. The princesses have the option of  attending a Little Princess Ball in Supply, NC, Leland, NC, or Southport, NC. While the princes can play at being knights in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC at A Perfect Knight.

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If running is your game, you can join the crowd in Oak Island, NC on Saturday at the Run Oak Island event. Whatever, you choose to do – have a wonderful weekend.

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BLACK HISTORY WEEKEND, THE WHALE, BOATING & A GOLF BALL

This weekend we celebrate Black History Weekend in Brunswick County, NC. Beginning tomorrow, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, you can attend a host of events at the Southport Community Building in Southport, NC. Events will include an exhibit, motivational speakers, stories from United States Colored Troops, black politicians post civil war, african american education before 1925, black women in the military and more. On Sunday from 3 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy an Old Fashioned Gospel Fest. The event will be hosted by Donnie Joyner.

Most of you likely remember the stranding of a young sperm whale on the Oak Island, NC beach in November that ended, unhappily, with the need to euthanize it. So many people had questions about it. If you are one of them, you can find some answers on Friday from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM at Hatch Auditorium in Fort Caswell in Caswell Beach, NC. Members of UNCW’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network will be there to discuss strandings and what we can learn from them. They will focus on the sperm whale that was stranded on Oak Island and discuss the test results of the necropsy that was done. The event is free, but you must register to attend. Call 910-278-9501.

Did you know that if you were born on or after January 1, 1988, you are required to complete an approved boating safety course before you can operate a boat with 10 or higher horsepower on the water in North Carolina? If this is you, you can register to take the boating safety course being presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday, February 10 from 8 AM until 4 PM. There is a fee. To register, contact Dawn Smith at BoatingSafely@ec.rr.com. The course will be held at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC.

On Saturday evening, February 10, The First Tee of Brunswick County will hold their annual Golf Ball  in Supply, NC. The event will include drinks, music dancing and food. The ball will benefit their Harrison Taylor Scholarship Fund.

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HAVE FUN VOLUNTEERING ON THE BEACH

We love living at the beach – more specifically in Oak Island, NC. There are so many people who would love to be in our shoes. And I believe that it is important for us to give back. Sometimes, when you hear the word ‘volunteer’ you want to turn around and run. Did you ever consider that you could be doing something that you love and be volunteering at the same time? The Town of Oak Island has a need for some volunteers. Why not take a look and see if there is something the town needs that you can enjoy providing?

The Run Oak Island event is coming up in Mid February. The Oak Island Recreation Department will be running this event. As you know, the recreation department does an excellent job, however, they are really in need of some help for this event. You can offer runner support; you can man a water station; you can help in a myriad if other the day before and the day of the race. Best of all you will receive a free T-shirt. Just call, stop by, or email cwinkler@ci.oak-island.nc.us.

If you love being at the beach, there is a whole raft of things you can volunteer to do that will allow you to enjoy the sun and sand. The town is asking you to complete an application in February so that they may have assignments in place by May. You can pick up an application at the town hall or find it on the town website. (http://www.oakislandnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Volunteer-Application.pdf) Here is a list provided by the town:
Traffic or parking control with police or firefighters
Riding on fire trucks in parades or representing the department at community events
Staffing informational booths at festivals or helping with recreational activities
Walking the strand and explaining rules to visitors as Beach Ambassadors
Filing, making calls and other administrative duties at various departments
Other service opportunities
(And remember, volunteer service counts as work experience on your resume)
You can contact Rose Braam at 910-201-8015 or rbraam@ci.oak-island.nc.us.