PARKS & RECREATION FUN

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If are looking for something fun to do in Brunswick County, NC it’s a good bet that you will find it provided by the Parks and Recreation Departments of the towns. The employees of these departments are fun loving individuals who come up with ideas – and carry out those ideas – for events that are available to you on a continuing basis. You will find information about some of those upcoming events here.

Town of Oak Island, NC Parks and Recreation:
If you have missed the Summer Concert Series up to this point do not despair, there will be three more Friday evening concerts (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM) at Middleton Park. Those dates are 8/10, 8/17 and 8/24.
On 8/11, 8/16 and 8/25 you can check out Nature is Wild About Reading at the Oak Island Nature Center. Here, kids can listen to stories and make fun crafts from 11 AM until noon. Topics include: 8/11 – Seashells, 8/16 – Land and Sea Turtles, 8/25 – Trees, Leaves and Bark. Please preregister kids ages 4 and up at 278-5518.
On 8/14 at 6 PM you might enjoy the Turtle Talk offered by the OKI Sea Turtle Protection Program.
Interested in the coastal birds? Here’s one for you:
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8/15 from 2 PM until 3:30 PM you can learn all the tips and tricks of Bird Photography at a free program. You will also get tips on places nearby where you can find birds to photograph, how to stage your backyard to welcome birds, and understanding bird behavior.
How about a trip to Lake Waccamaw (fee $5) on 8/23 from 9 AM until 2 PM to see Alligators Up Close & Personal? (preregistration required)
And don’t forget the Labor Day Surf Off on 9/1.

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Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Parks and Recreation:
The Monthly Birthday Ice Cream Social is held from 12:30 PM until 1 PM the second Friday of each month. Come on out and celebrate with an ice cream sundae.
Karate for Kids is held on Mondays from 6 PM until 7 PM from August 13 through December 17.
Put your dancing shoes on and join the Line Dancing on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
Bring your lunch and enjoy Brown Bag Lunch and a Movie on 8/16 from 11 AM until 2 PM.
Come to Dress Like a Nerd Day and enjoy lunch and maybe win a prize on 8/22 from 12 noon until 1 PM.
Get your friends together and join in the fun for Afternoon Adult Trivia on 8/23 from 11 AM until 2 PM. Pizza, salad and cash prizes will be offered. ($5 and RSVP by 8/20)

FATHERS DAY WEEKEND

It’s already the middle of 2016. The year has flown by like a flock of ibis flies over the islands. Fathers Day weekend is nearly here and it is expected to be a beautiful one. Why not plan to get dad outside where you can all enjoy it together? There is so much beauty in Brunswick County, NC – don’t miss it. Spend the day at the beach. Have a picnic by a lake – maybe in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC or at Lake Waccamaw. Rent kayaks and head to one of the many bodies of water for peaceful water gliding.

Load up your bicycles – or rent some – and head north a bit to Town Creek, NC where you can ride the bicycle trails at Brunswick Nature Park, with more than 900 acres to explore. Take a fishing excursion and grill your catch for an outdoor dinner. Take dad scuba diving and discover the wonders beneath the waters. Take dad to dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Brunswick County, NC. Eat at one of them that has music on the weekends and dance the night away. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunrise. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunset. Simple pleasures are the best.

DISCOVER YOUR OWN COUNTY

If you are like most people, when you live in a place for any length of time you often do not take advantage of available places or events thinking that you have plenty of time to do that. You may even find yourself stumped when a visitor asks, “What should I not miss?” Brunswick County, NC has so much to offer from the beaches to the Green Swamp; from the Ev Henwood Nature Preserve (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/ev-henwood-nature-preserve/profile/) to Lake Waccamaw; from the New Hanover County line to the South Carolina line. And all of these places hold special events throughout the year. A good example is this coming weekend. There are so many events going on throughout the county that you would be hard pressed to attend all of them. You might consider the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction (4/25 – Noon – 2:30 PM) at the Island Way Restaurant on Oak Island which benefits the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society. ($25 Tickets at The Grape & Ale (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/wine-shop-winery/the-grape-and-ale/profile/) in Oak Island; The Wine Shop in Southport; or call Billie LeTendre 910-250-9109 or Muriel Nelson 910-278-1028). You might want to take the kids to the Small Fry Fishing Tournament (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/go-fish/small-fry-fishing-tournament/profile/) in Boiling Spring Lakes. No kids? Why not volunteer at the tournament – call Alison Scouler at 910-363-0011. How about fun on the beach that also benefits the Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center? You will find it on Oak Island at the Oak Island Barefoot Battle (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/oak-island-barefoot-battle/profile/). You could stroll through the Southport Plein Air Paint Out and watch the artists at work. You could even buy one of the paintings at the Wet Paint Sale at Ft. Johnston. Attention Ladies! You can take part in the Women Anglers in Training Weekend on Oak Island (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/women-anglers-in-training-weekend-wait/profile/).

You could take the whole family to the US Coast Guard Station – Oak Island – Annual Safety Expo
(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/us-coast-guard-station-oak-island-annual-safety-expo/profile/).

If you live in Leland, you could stop by the Annual Plant Giveaway (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/plant-giveaway/profile/). If you have an interest in classic cars you might want to make your way to Shallotte to the Bash at the Beach (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/bash-at-the-beach/profile/). No matter where you live, you can attend the Days at the Docks in Holden Beach on either Saturday, Sunday, or both days (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/days-at-the-docks/profile/).

So, why not get out of the house this weekend and enjoy Brunswick County, NC?