CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

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This coming weekend in Brunswick County, NC is jam-packed with events. You will have no difficulty finding something to do, whether you have kids or not. In fact, you will be able to fill your weekend with fun.

Southport, NC

Friday, 4/27, beginning at 6 PM: Black-Tie-Optional Gala – held at the St. James Community Center

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 7:30 AM: Southport NatureFest – held at various venues in Southport, NC including Franklin Square Park

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Small Fry fishing Tournament – held at Spring Lake Park

Oak Island, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 10 AM: US Coast Guard Station Annual Safety Expo – held at the coast guard station in Caswell Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Wings & Wheels – held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport

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Holden Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28 and Sunday, 4/29, beginning at 9 AM – Days at the Docks – held on Jordan Blvd.

Leland, NC

Sunday, April 29, beginning at 8:30 AM – Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle 10K & 5K – held at Brunswick Forest

APRIL of 2018: HOUND HUSTLE 10K, 5K & 1-MILE TROT WITH SPOT

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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