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ell Wilmington, we have had an eventful few weeks! Sorry for the delay in publication this month, but like many in this area, Hurricane Florence disrupted lives and schedules. I hope everyone made it through this difficult time safely. If you are one of the families that experienced a loss of your home, I can truly say I understand what you are going through and I hope we can all find a sense of normalcy in the chaos. These events are often hardest on our children, and this month we have included an article to help your family return to a more peaceful life during this upheaval. Once all has settled, I hope we can start to enjoy the fall season with its cooler temperatures, festivals, and of course, Halloween! We have so many fun events to look forward to, and the calendar this month features a special section just for Halloween Happenings. Keep an eye on our online calendar for any cancellations that may occur due to ongoing recovery and repair of some local businesses. Every October, Wilmington Parent focuses on special issues related to Women’s Health. One of the most often overlooked times in a woman’s life is the time period after giving birth. So much attention is given to the baby that the mother’s health often takes a back seat. This period of time is referred to as the 4th Trimester. Read up on some ways to maintain your health during this important part of your life on page 16.

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We have some great things happening for teens in our area this month. If your teen has a love of art, the Cape Fear Fandom Faire Teen Art Contest will be open for submissions now through December 7th. The New Hanover County Public Library wants to showcase one talented teen’s art for the next Cape Fear Fandom Faire! The contest is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 who is a resident of NHC, or who goes to school in NHC. Artwork from any fandom will be considered. If you have any questions call or email Shannon Vaughn for an entry form at 910-798-6379 or The Northeast Library will also be holding its first Teen Advisory Board at 6pm on October 29th. Teens are encouraged to get involved at their local library! Teen Advisory Board members will help plan programs, create displays, develop community service projects, and more! Community service credit is offered for this program. The Waccamaw Siouan Tribe will be holding their 48th Annual Waccamaw Siouan Pow-Wow at the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Grounds in the Buckhead Community of Bolton, NC. This event is an awesome way to expose children to the Native American culture and features Waccamaw Siouan history, traditional foods, an American In dian dance competition, drumming competition, and gospel singing. Saturday’s events include a special Veteran Honoring Ceremony and the Waccamaw Siouan Parade. Kids under 5 will be admitted free for the event on October 19th and October 20th. The Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Grounds are located at 7239 Old Lake Road in Bolton, NC 28423.


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Communities in Schools Cape Fear (CISCF) is looking for Partners and Volunteers. CISCF works in partnership with public schools to identify and connect students, many in jeopardy of dropping out, with the community resources they need to stay engaged in school. CISCF offers programs in area schools and brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers together to help meet students’ needs. Share your hobby, talents or interests by volunteering one hour per week, one or two days per week. Additionally, the program needs the support of businesses and organizations to help keep students on the path to academic achievement. If you are interested in volunteer and/or partnership opportunities, contact Sally Fields, Program Director at 343-1901 or State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced that the Department of Public Instruction has provided new Apple iPads for every public school K-3 reading teacher in the state to support K-3 literacy. The iPads, were purchased in June and delivered in time for school districts and charter schools to distribute to early-grades reading teachers before the start of the school year. This is part of the state’s Read to Achieve initiative and will help teachers monitor students’ reading growth and identify where students need help. Each classroom will also receive a new set of books for students. Through a selection of early-literacy applications, teachers can track students’ progress without keeping volumes of papers, charts, and binders. Instead, the device helps monitor progress through both teacher-led and student-led activities that gauge their progress. Have a tip, lead, or just an interesting bit of news to share? I want to hear all about it! Send me an email to


Dr. Plotka’s Toothbrush Halloween is the time to get the best candy on the market, so make sure your kids are brushing their teeth after they munch on all that sugar. I struggle to find a toothbrush that does the job without seeming to wear out quickly. Dr. Plotka’s toothbrush has soft, long lasting bristles and antimicrobial technology. With Flossing Bristles that are ultra-thin at the tip to properly reach and brush away food and plaque in normally missed areas, Dr. Plotka’s toothbrush will help keep your kids teeth healthy after digging into their candy-filled buckets! Embedded with antimicrobial silver technology to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria build-up on the toothbrush within 6 hours after brushing, you can keep those germs away while you show off your healthy smile the day after Halloween!


Stonz Booties With the weather cooling down, some comfy boots are just what the kids need to keep their feet warm. Fresh to the US market from BC, Canada, Stonz, the rugged, outdoor brand offers highquality waterproof, slipresistant, affordable, breathable, easy to slip on and off children’s boots (to get you out the door faster!), clothing, and accessories so children can conquer the trek to school and outdoor playtime! No more lost mittens or booties – all offer added smart innovations to stay on!

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Kids Made Modern: Make a Mask Inspired by Earth’s elements, which will hopefully inspire you to create some playful masks. Have your kids make their own Halloween costumes with this kit that includes everything you need to create nine felt masks based on earth, water, air and fire. This kit highlights the unveiling of KMM’s new, artisan-quality Halloween line, which also presents the On The Go Monster Kit and Paint Your Own Swamp Creature Kit. If you are having a party this is a great way to foster creativity and adventure in children and families. v

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ALL MONTH LONG! Airlie Gardens Gnome Invasion Daily, through 10/28. For the sixth year in a row, Airlie Gardens is excited to host their summer art exhibit! Airlie Gardens has selected artists or teams of artists to decorate, paint, and otherwise adorn one of the 15 oversized 5-foottall fiberglass Garden Gnome models. These Garden Gnomes will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience. The hope for this outdoor exhibit is it will be a collection that appeals to all. The artist’s design has been selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, the ability to appeal to all age groups, outdoor sustainability and durability. A Time When Art is Everywhere Daily, through 2/1/19. 10am-5pm. Cameron Art Museum. Featuring work by teamLab, a team of more than 500 programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, artists and architects designing interpretations rooted in Japanese art, aesthetic and history. The exhibit includes experiences for all ages. With Sketch Aquarium visitors are invited to color a drawing of a sea creature. Once completed, the paper is scanned and the image is projected onto a giant virtual aquarium. Visitors will be able to see their creation come to life and swim with all of the other sea creatures and may also touch the fish to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed the fish.

1 MONDAY Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Mondays through Oct. 29. Wrightsville Beach. Buy fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, seafood, unique craft items and more! The Farmers’ Market is located on Seawater Lane adjacent to Wrightsville Beach Town Hall. Visit for more information.

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Storytime at Pleasure Island 10:30am, Mondays. Pleasure Island branch Library. Join our fun and educational storytime for all preschool ages (babies to 5 years of age)! We’ll enjoy books, music, manipulatives, and other pre-literacy activities. No registration or fees required. Railroad Storytime 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $5/ Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information.

2 TUESDAY Storytime at the Library 9:30am; 10am; 10:30, Tuesdays. Main Library. Babies up to 18 months at 9:30 are invited to bring an adult lap and enjoy up to 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays & rhymes. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited at 10am to 20 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in Story Place. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited at 10:30am to 20-30 minutes of books, music, and preliteracy activities in our storytime room! Call 798-6303 for details. Storytime at Pleasure Island 10:30am, Tuesdays. Pleasure Island branch Library. Join our fun and educational storytime for all preschool ages (babies to 5 years of age)! We’ll enjoy books, music, manipulatives, and other pre-literacy activities. No registration or fees required. Kid’s Cooking Club - Pizza Mummies 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. Learn new skills and explore fun seasonal recipes. Then savor the flavor of your hard work. Kids Cooking Club is sponsored

by Harris Teeter. Visit for weekly themes and call 254-3534 to pre-register.

3 WEDNESDAY Poplar Grove Farmers Market 8am-1pm, Wednesdays. Poplar Grove, Hampstead. Fresh produce, landscaping & bedding plants, or meet herbalists growing herbs and mixing scented salves and oils, bakers with homemade cookies and desserts, and artisans making handmade soaps, cutting boards, jewelry, and accessories for home, hearth and garden. Visit for more information. Storytime at the Library 9:30am; 10am; 10:30, Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove & Northeast Libraries. Babies up to 18 months at 9:30 are invited to bring an adult lap and enjoy up to 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays & rhymes. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited at 10am to 20 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in Story Place. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited at 10:30am to 2030 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in our storytime room! Call 798-6303 for details. S.T.E.A.M. Explorations - Apple/Pumpkin-Canos 10am & 3:30pm, Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. STEAM programs explore Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Mathematics by applying them in fun, hands-on activities. Children will learn about the scientific process while measuring and recording in mathematical terms, developing critical thinking skills in the process. Please pre-register. Visit for more information. Marble Run Challenge 3:30pm. Pleasure Island Library. Join your fellow engineers as you create, design, and test your very own

marble runs! Kids ages 7-11 welcome. Registration is required at for this free program. Middle School Anime Club 3:45pm. Northeast Library. All anime and manga enthusiasts in 6th to 8th grade are welcome to join this free club. Enjoy popcorn/snacks, streaming anime (no commercials!) and crafts (optional) at every meeting. You are also welcome to bring ANY art/manga/fanart/fanfic you’ve been working on outside of the club to present and/or work on at the library. BRING A FRIEND! No registration required; 6th, 7th and 8th graders only, please.

4 THURSDAY Storytime at the Library 9:30am; 10am; 10:30, Thursdays. Myrtle Grove & Northeast Libraries. Babies up to 18 months at 9:30 are invited to bring an adult lap and enjoy up to 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays & rhymes. Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old are invited at 10am to 20 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in Story Place. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5 are invited at 10:30am to 20-30 minutes of books, music, and pre-literacy activities in our storytime room! Call 798-6303 for details. Messy Hands Toddler Art 10am. Main Library. This program is designed for toddlers, 2’ and 3’s. The focus of this program is child driven art exploration. Registration is required at Play clothes are recommended. StoryCOOKS - Where’s My Mummy: Pizza Mummies 10am, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. A cooking club for preschoolers where we read a story and make a dish inspired by the book. Visit for more information and weekly themes. Who Lives in a Tree 10-11am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” ages 2-5 out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will delight in the many nature themes we explore each month. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for these popular programs. $3/participant. Call 341-0075 to register.

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS! Art Cart: Decorate the Library for Halloween Oct 1-13. 9am. Main Library. Visit the Main Library Children’s Department to make a paper pumpkin or ghost for our BOO-tiful window display. All materials will be provided. Fort Fisher Fall Festival Oct 13. 11am-3pm. Fort Fisher Recreation Area. A family friendly event with spooky programs, Halloween games, a bounce house, a magic show with No Sleeves Magic, educational vendors, arts/crafts table, and a pumpkin decorating/carving contest. Drop off pumpkins the day of the festival and winners need not be present. Prizes for Funniest, Scariest, and Most Original. Food and drink available for purchase from Vittles Food Truck and Mike’s Italian Ice. Scary Stories Around the Campfire Oct 19. 7pm. Northeast Library. Join us for an autumn tradition--scary stories around the campfire! If you’re working on a scary story for our October contest, perform it here for feedback,or just tell your favorites. Make s’mores and learn about fire safety from the New Hanover County Fire Department. Registration encouraged so we know how much s’mores supplies to buy! This event is for teens. All other ages will be removed from the registration. 4th Annual Monster Dash Oct 20. 8:30am. The 4th Annual Monster Dash at Carolina Beach State Park features a 4-Mile Trail Run and a 1.5-Mile Race on a decorated course. Register online at Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash Oct 23. 5:30-8pm. Battleship NC. A chance for parents to bring their wee ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on the mighty vessel. The event includes games, activities, henna tattoos, and storytelling. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Kids under 3 admitted free. Admission is $5, fee applies to adults also.

Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea Oct 25-27. 4:30-8pm. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. aA family friendly event featuring creepy divers, magic shows, and buckets of candy. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Call 4588257 for ticket information. Paint a Pumpkin Oct 26. 10:30am. Myrtle Grove Library. Ages 3-5. Come hear a seasonal story and paint your own mini pumpkin! Registration required and opens four weeks prior to program date. Register online using your child’s name at or call 910798-6393. Please limit registration to three children per family. See Ms. Moe for more info! Haunted Basement Oct 27. 6-8pm. Main Library. Are you brave enough to enter Haunted Basement? Enter the lower level of Main Library and embark on an underground adventure through the labyrinth of Haunted Basement. WARNING! This haunted house attraction is SCARY! Not recommended for all ages. Entrance at 2nd and Chestnut. Halloween Ghost Trolley and Haunted Barn Oct 27-31. 6-9pm. Horsedrawn Tours on Market Street. Features ghost stories catered to children, plus free treats for the kids. Admission $5-$12. No reservations required. 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Party Oct 28. 2-6pm. The Sour Barn. Costume Party features games, doggie talent show and prizes for the best costumes. Free Event.

Nature Navigators - Flash Flood 3:30pm, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. Join us in exploring the beauty of the world around us! Nature Navigators will help foster a love of nature in children of all ages. From animal tracks to scavenger hunts, come explore some North Carolinian nature with us! Ideal for ages 5 - 9. Visit for more information.

5 FRIDAY - WORLD SMILE DAY Toddler Time - LEGO Stamped Pumpkins 10am, Fridays. Children’s Museum. No registration necessary. Projects and activities for our youngest visitors (ages 4 and under) and their special grownups to work on together. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington. org for more information. Who Lives in a Tree 10-11am. Halyburton Park. See 10/04.

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Little Explorers 10am, Fridays. Cape Fear Museum. Explore the world around us with hands-on activities, experiments and fun in Museum Park! Enjoy interactive story time, exploration stations and play related to a weekly theme. In event of inclement weather, program moved inside. Perfect for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers. Adult participation is required. Little Explorers is sponsored by the PNC Foundation. Visit for more information. Art in the Arboretum 10am-4pm. NHC Arboretum. Featuring work by more than 100 of the best regional artists displaying fine paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture and other media, all for sale. Also included are a silent auction and raffle, performances by local musicians, area food trucks, plein air artists throughout gardens, and activities for kids. Admission is $5, free admission for Friends of the NHC Arboretum, children under 12, and military personnel with valid ID. Dogs welcome on a leash. Proceeds benefit the projects and programs of the Arboretum. Family Yoga Storytime 10:30am, Fridays. Main Library. Parents & children birth - 5 will have fun listening to stories while stretching and learning basic yoga postures with Miss Susan. Children must have an adult present. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. No registration required! Call 798-6353 for more details. Adventures in the Arts - Matchbox Art 3:30pm, Fridays. Children’s Museum. Please pre-register. Bring your child to express their creativity through various forms of art including--but not limited to--painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, drawing, and printing. Visit for details. Riverfest 6-11pm. Downtown Wilmington. An annual street fair in historic downtown and features street food, arts and crafts, dance performances, children’s activities, car shows, stand-up paddle (SUP) race, live music, and more. Other attractions: Adventure Zone, Kidz Zone, Skateboard Tournament, Wakeboard Competition, Film Festival, Motorcross, and Great Waiters Wine Race. Free Event.

6 SATURDAY Riverfront Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays through Nov 17. Downtown Wilmington. Located in Riverfront Park on Water Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington in front of the Federal Courthouse. Curbside market featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts and more.

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Wilmington Farmers Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays. Tidal Creek. The Port City’s premier local food shopping destination. A producer only market, which means they only sell what they produce! When you purchase something from one of the vendors, you are making a difference by supporting your local food economy. Dedicated to providing an alternative grocery shopping experience where you will find food grown and sold with integrity. Visit www.thewilmingtonfarmersmarket. com for more information. Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market 8am, Saturdays. Carolina Beach Lake Park. Enjoy a stroll around the lake while picking up some local produce, herbs, plants, crafts. Make a visit to the Farmers’ Market a weekly tradition! Visit the facebook page for more information. Riverfest 9:30am. Downtown Wilmington. See 10/05.

Talk It Up! Lock It Up! Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow Funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Art in the Arboretum 10am-4pm. NHC Arboretum. See 10/05. Who Lives in a Tree 10-11am. Halyburton Park. See 10/04. Oktoberfest Under the Bridge 1-9pm. Waterline Brewing. Featuring beer tents with guest breweries, traditional Bavarian live music, food trucks, and face painting for kids. Food and beverage for purchase. Free Event.

Super Saturday Fun Time 3pm Saturdays. TheatreNow. Join DOCK, the dog, and his two-legged friends as they uncover mysteries and discover artifacts (courtesy of Cape Fear Museum). Different adventure each week. Families welcome. $8/person. Visit for tickets.

7 SUNDAY Family Fun Day 9am - 5pm. Airlie Gardens. Visit the parks and Arboretum for a full day of family fun. Contact 798-7700 or visit for more information. Art in the Arboretum 10am-4pm. NHC Arboretum. See 10/05 Food Truck Rodeo 12-5pm, Hugh McRae Park. 30 trucks and vendors, live music. Residents Free Day - Cape Fear Museum 1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. NHC residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. Call 798-4350 or visit for information. Boogie in the Park Concert Series: Stick ‘em Up 5-7pm. Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach. Free concert series. This week features Stick ‘em Up. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy the music! Visit for a complete summer schedule.

8 MONDAY - COLUMBUS DAY Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Mondays through Oct. 29. See 10/01.

9 TUESDAY Kid’s Cooking Club - Guacamole Witch 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/02.

10 WEDNESDAY Poplar Grove Farmers Market 8am-1pm, Wednesdays. Poplar Grove, Hampstead.See 10/03. S.T.E.A.M. Explorations - Ghost Rockets 10am & 3:30pm, Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/03. Carolina Fire Crew 4pm. Main Library. Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with the Carolina Fire Crew! Bring the whole family to the Main Library to sing, dance, and learn about fire safety! No registration is required.

11 THURSDAY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL Hands on Math and Science 10am. Cape Fear Museum. Play, learn, and explore with your child. Math and science concepts will be introduced through an interactive story time, hands on science experiments, and exploration stations. Ages 3-6. Registration Required at

CHILDCARE LISTING GUIDE CHILDCARE – PRESCHOOLS Childcare Network 8 convenient locations in Wilmington, Southport and Leland 866-521-KIDS Ages 6-weeks to 12-years Jenkins Preschool Academy 7888 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28411 910-367-7210 Half day programs 9am-12pm, 2 or 3 day classes for 2-3 yr. olds, 5-day programs for 4 y.o. And PreK Gym & Learn Preschool Program Carolina Gymnastics Academy 3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412 Ages 3-5, boys & girls, 9am-1pm. A good mix of structure, instruction, and free play including developmentally appropriate academics, gymnastics class, arts & crafts, & socialization. Put your name on the Waitlist now for 2018-2019. 3 day minimum!

Pax Natura Academy 4202 Wilshire Blvd. Wilmington, NC 910-791-2080 Early Foundations Infant & Toddler Programs. Preschool for 2 & 3 yo. Kindergarten Prep for 4 & 5 yo. After School Program. Rainbow Garden Preschool 1497 Country Club Rd. Hampstead, NC 28443 910-233-8594 3-5 day preschool inspired by Montessori and Waldorf philosophies for ages 2-6. Wilmington Preschool of the Arts 3830 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-794-3025 Half and full day programs for ages 2 through Pre-K. We offer Spanish, dance, music and lots of art. Summer water play camps now in session. Limited spots in our 3 and 4 year old class for fall.

LIST YOUR PRESCHOOL, CHILDCARE CENTER HERE. CONTACT OUR AD EXECUTIVES FOR MORE INFORMATION. DROP IN CHILDCARE Carolina Gymnastics Academy 3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412 910-796-1896 Drop your children off Monday - Friday, 1pm-3:30pm, ages 3-11, boys & girls. Children play in the gym under the supervision of our coaches and camp staff. Run, jump, and flip for just $8/hour.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT Carolina Gymnastics Academy 3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412 910-796-1896 Friday & Saturday nights, 6-10pm, ages 3-11. Drop your children off for supervised free play in our 15,000 sq. foot gymnastics facility. Run, jump, & flip with your friends all night long! Parents can relax at home, or get things done while the kids have fun!!

The Little Gym of Wilmington 132 Racine Drive, Unit 1 910-799-3771/3770 When school’s out or you are looking for a safe, fun and nurturing environment for your child in Wilmington, we’ve got your back! The Little Gym offers classes as well as weekend Parents’ Survival Nights. We combine physical activity, gymnastics, games, and arts & crafts. Call us for fun!

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StoryCOOKS Room on the Broom: Guacamole Witch 10am, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/04. Nature Navigators - Wilderness Survival 3:30pm, Thursdays. Children’s Museum.See 10/04.

12 FRIDAY Toddler Time - Paper Plate Pumpkins 10am, Fridays. Children’s Museum. See 10/05. Adventures in the Arts - Candy Corn Monsters 3:30pm, Fridays. Children’s Museum. See 10/05.


Live-Action Fortnite 5:30pm. Northeast Library. Unfortunately, you can’t parachute out of a Battle Bus IRL, but you can sneak, build, and do the Floss as much as you like at our live action version of Fortnite: Battle Royale. Deputy Randy Johnson will give a brief presentation on gun safety before the event. This is an after-hours event and requires all teens who participate to have a signed waiver on file. This waiver will be emailed to you when you register. This event is for teens only. Register at

13 SATURDAY Riverfront Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays through Nov 17. Downtown Wilmington.See 10/06.

Wilmington Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays. Tidal Creek. See 10/06. Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market 8am, Saturdays. Carolina Beach Lake Park. See 10/06. Fire in the Pines Festival 10am-3pm. Halyburton Park. A free family friendly, environmental education event organized by The Nature Conservancy, the City of Wilmington, and the North Carolina Forest Service. The festival includes an appearance by Smokey the Bear; NC Forest Service Firefighting Equipment, including their helicopter; live birds of prey; reptiles; hay rides; scavenger hunts; raffles; a carnivorous plants exhibit; hands-on activities with more than 40 environmental and youth organizations; arts & crafts; face painting; live music with Da Howlies; juggling with Bash’s Gypsy Jugglers; food trucks; and the highlight of the event -- a controlled burn (weather permitting). Model Railroad Train Show 10am-4pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. A main model train layout, modular HO layouts, activities for kids, and a chance to find out how much your train set is worth. Call for admission fee. Ride the Little Blue Train 11am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. A chance for kids to hop aboard a replica train. Ages 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission $2. Butterfly Ball 6-10:30pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Coastal Plain Conservation Group and Habitats Garden present the Butterfly Ball. The event features music and dance, a photo booth, silent auction, light refreshments, and cash bar. Also: The Caterpillar Cotillion from 6-7pm for the young ones. Kids under 13 get in free. Admission fee includes two drinks and two raffle tickets.

14 SUNDAY Model Railroad Train Show 10am-4pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 10/13. Family Concert 4pm. Kenan Auditorium. The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings perform a family concert at Kenan Auditorium. Conducted by Steven Errante and Jane Tierney. Under age 18 admitted free.

15 MONDAY Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Mondays through Oct. 29. Wrightsville Beach. See 10/01. Railroad Storytime 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $5/Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information.

16 TUESDAY Kid’s Cooking Club - Healthy “Candy Corn” Cups 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/02.

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17 WEDNESDAY Poplar Grove Farmers Market 8am-1pm, Wednesdays. Poplar Grove, Hampstead. See 10/03. S.T.E.A.M. Explorations - Candy Math 10am & 3:30pm, Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/03.

18 THURSDAY Messy Hands Toddler Art 10am. Main Library. This program is designed for toddlers, 2’ and 3’s. The focus of this program is child driven art exploration. Registration is required at Play clothes are recommended. StoryCOOKS Julius’ Candy Corn: Healthy “Candy Corn” Cups 10am, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/04. Nature Navigators - My Nature Journal 3:30pm, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/04.

19 FRIDAY 48th Annual Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow 9am. Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Grounds. Located in the

Buckhead Community of Bolton, NC. The event features Waccamaw Siouan history, traditional foods, an American Indian dance competition, drumming competition, and gospel singing. Saturday’s events includes a special Veteran Honoring Ceremony and the Waccamaw Siouan Parade. Admission $5-$8, kids under 5 admitted free. See a full schedule of events here, Toddler Time - Monster Clay Paint Art 10am, Fridays. Children’s Museum. See 10/05. Adventures in the Arts - Dia De Los Muertos Art 3:30pm, Fridays. Children’s Museum. See 10/05.

20 SATURDAY Riverfront Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays through Nov 17. Downtown Wilmington. See 10/06. Wilmington Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays. Tidal Creek. See 10/06.

Fall Festival 9am-12pm. Children’s Museum. Celebrate the changing seasons and falling leaves at our Fall Festival. Fall crafts, face painting, treats, and a bounce house! You don’t want to miss out on the family fun! Cape Fear Buddy Walk 11am. Greenfield Lake Park. This event promotes the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The event raises awareness and funds to support people with Down syndrome locally and nationally. A portion of funds goes to Coastal BUDS and National Down Syndrome Society.

21 SUNDAY Boogie in the Park Concert Series: Port City Shakedown 5-7pm. Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach. Free concert series. This week features Port City Shakedown. Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy the music! Visit for a complete summer schedule.

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23 TUESDAY Kid’s Cooking Club - Pumpkin Patch Pudding 3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/02.

24 WEDNESDAY Poplar Grove Farmers Market 8am-1pm, Wednesdays. Poplar Grove, Hampstead. See 10/03. S.T.E.A.M. Explorations - Flying Bats 10am & 3:30pm, Wednesdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/03.

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25 THURSDAY Spider Web Wonders 10--11am. Halyburton Park. Bring your “Little Explorers” ages 2-5 out to the park and discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will delight in the many nature themes we explore each month. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for these popular programs. $3/participant. Call 341-0075 to register.

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StoryCOOKS Big Pumpkin: Pumpkin Patch Pudding 10am, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/04. Nature Navigators - Echolocation 3:30pm, Thursdays. Children’s Museum. See 10/04.

26 FRIDAY Toddler Time - Spider Hats 10am, Fridays. Children’s Museum. See 10/05. Spider Web Wonders 10--11am. Halyburton Park. See 10/25. Adventures in the Arts Invitation to Create a Monster 3:30pm, Fridays. Children’s Museum. See 10/05. 4th Friday Gallery Night 6pm. Downtown Wilmington. The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County presents 4th Friday Gallery Night, a free monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more. 4th Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other traditional and nontraditional artrelated activities.

27 SATURDAY Riverfront Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays through Nov 17. Downtown Wilmington. See 10/06. Wilmington Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm, Saturdays. Tidal Creek. See 10/06. Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market 8am, Saturdays. Carolina Beach Lake Park. See 10/06. 12 | Octoberr 2018 | Wilmington Parent

Spider Web Wonders 10--11am. Halyburton Park. See 09/20. Ride the Little Blue Train 11am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. A chance for kids to hop aboard a replica train. Ages 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission $2.

28 SUNDAY Halloween Ghost Trolley and Haunted Barn 6-9pm. Horsedrawn Tours on Market Street. Features ghost stories catered to children, plus free treats for the kids. Admission $5-$12. No reservations required.

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29 MONDAY Cape Fear Fair and Expo 5-11pm. Wilmington International Airport. Now in its 54th year, the Cape Fear Fair & Expo at Wilmington International Airport includes livestock exhibits and competitions, acrobats, horticultural contests, rides, children’s activities, food, and live entertainment including a comic hypnotist. Please note: Admission $22, a Walk Around Ticket is available for $5 and at the gate; it excludes rides and is only valid Monday through Thursday.


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How Families Can Cope with Relocation Stress After a Disaster U nplanned evacuations during a disaster can cause great stress on a community and on the individuals in that community.

First Steps After Recovery

Recovering from a disaster occurs in phases over days, weeks, and months. Soon after being uprooted by a disaster, families can start the recovery process. Step 1: Rebuild physical strength and health. Be sure everyone has enough to eat and drink to regain their physical strength. Make sure everyone gets some restful sleep in as private a space as possible. Rebuilding physical strength is a good first step to calm shattered emotions. Step 2: Restore daily activities. Restoring daily routines helps build a sense of being home mentally and emotionally, even in the absence of a physical home. Simple routines normally done together, such as family walks, watching television, and bedtime stories, help pull the pieces of daily life back together even in a new place. Restoring daily activities rebuilds the normal sense of morning, afternoon, evening, and night.

Rebuilding Family Life

• Damage, injuries, and deaths that result from an unexpected or uncontrollable event are difficult for most children to understand. • Following a disaster, a child’s view of the world as safe and predictable is temporarily lost. This is true of adults as well. • Children express their feelings and reactions in various ways, especially in different age groups. Many are confused about what has happened and about their feelings. Not every child has immediate reactions; some can have delayed reactions that show up days, weeks, or even months later, and some may never have a reaction. Children’s reactions are strongly affected by the emotional reactions of their parents and the adults around them. In addition, children can easily become afraid that a similar event will happen again and that they or their family will be injured or killed.

Some Signs of Stress in Children • Being reluctant to going to bed or refusing to sleep alone • Acting and showing behaviors younger than their actual age, such as whining, thumb sucking, bedwetting, baby talk or fear of darkness

• After the initial emergency has passed and the shock and confusion from disaster relocation have subsided, the physical rebuilding and longterm emotional recovery phase begins. This longer phase has 2 steps.

• Not having fun doing things they normally enjoyed

• Assess all physical and emotional losses your family has experienced. This inventory can help identify practical actions to take in rebuilding the physical losses the family has experienced.

• Becoming extremely upset for little or no reason

• Develop an emotional understanding of the disaster experience and relocation situation to help rebuild family life. Working through emotions takes time. There is no set timeframe or stages for it. Resolving emotions is a natural healing process that relies on talking to friends about feelings, mental sorting of emotions, and receiving practical and emotional help from family, friends, your place of worship, or other organized support groups in the community.

• Ongoing concern over their own safety and the safety of others in their school or family Experiencing problems in school, such as skipping school or misbehavior (e.g., loss of interest, withdrawal, and excessive need for attention) • Disruptive behaviors-outbursts of anger and fighting • Difficulty concentrating

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• Impulsive behaviors Situations may develop when children need additional help dealing with emotional after-effects of the disaster. They may benefit from help from a healthcare professional if the emotional stress associated with the disaster does not get better in a few weeks. v

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SUPPORTING MOMS During the 4th Trimester


transition back to work from maternity leave, and pumping and freezing breast milk. There’s so much going on during this time that sometimes it’s easy to forget about caring for mom.

In 1975, childbirth educator Shelia Kitzinger argued that moms need more in the weeks following birth: “There is a fourth trimester to pregnancy, and we neglect it at our peril. It is a transitional period of approximately three months after birth, particularly marked after first babies, when many women are emotionally highly vulnerable, when they experience confusion and recurrent despair, and during which anxiety is normal and states of reactive depression commonplace.” If new moms wait until the six weeks are up, most mothers have muddled through a critical issue on their own or had it turn out to be a big deal that ended up hurting them. Moms need support earlier in the process.

Postpartum Doula: If you used a labor doula, she might also be able to work with you after the birth—or you might decide to hire a specialized postpartum doula to complement the help of friends and families, or compensate for their lack of availability. A postpartum doula is hired to care for the mother. She may change occasional diapers or give the baby a bath, if you need that kind of help (if you are recovering from a cesarean, for example), but her primary focus is to help you so that you can care for your new baby. Doulas range in experience and skills, but here is a short list of the basics you can expect from one: • Emotional support and encouragement. • Help with baby care and breastfeeding. • Advice on self-care, nutrition and postpartum healing. • Screening calls and visitors. • Light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and errands.

n the weeks following childbirth, mothers must adapt to plunging hormones, recover from birth and learn how to feed and care for a new infant. Amid these challenges, moms receive minimal support from the healthcare system. Postpartum visits are typically scheduled four to six weeks after birth, leaving moms to cope on their own for more than a month.

Frequent Checkups: New moms need frequent follow-up, and it needs to be more than one visit during the postpartum period. It’s important to stay in close communication and feel you can call the doctor’s office to deal with any problems. The earlier the doctor can identify a problem, the more easily they can solve them. Make Plans: It is important to set a plan for the future. Two weeks after childbirth, talk to your doctor about birth control, and at six weeks, make a plan together, whether that’s condoms, an IUD, or something else. Also start the conversation about whether you want more children, how to 16 | Octoberr 2018 | Wilmington Parent

Ways to heal a postpartum body: Rest, drink lots of fluids, eat healthy meals, take warm baths, sleep with or near baby, have a support system already in place that you can call upon to help, have vital phone numbers on speed dial (lactation consultant, your mom, etc), rice socks and ice packs are your best friend, have access to lots of pillows, wear pajamas for five days, drink Mother’s Milk tea, take extra vitamin C to prevent mastitis, eat yogurt to prevent yeast infections and thrush, get lots of hugs and kisses. v

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Breast Cancer Survivors: Life After Treatment

“Chemobrain” and Other After-Effects You watched the last dose of chemotherapy drip from the IV into your veins six months ago. Your hair has really started to grow back. Maybe it’s curly where it once was straight, or a lot grayer than before, but it’s hair. You have eyebrows again. So why are you still so tired? When are you going to feel like you again? “Your body has just been through an enormous assault, and recovery is a huge thing. You’re not going to just bounce back right away,” says oncologist Marisa Weiss, MD, founder of and the author of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “You’ve been hit while you’re down so many times: with surgery and anesthesia, perhaps with multiple cycles of chemotherapy, perhaps with radiation.”

Two of the biggest hurdles women with breast cancer face post-treatment are fatigue resulting from chemotherapy and/or the accumulated effects of other treatments, and a phenomenon some women have dubbed “chemobrain” -- mental changes such as memory deficits and the inability to focus. If you tried, you probably couldn’t pick two more frustrating and troubling side effects for women handling busy lives, managing careers, and caring for families.

A Chance to Make Some Life Choices Make sure your family and your officemates understand that just because treatment is over, that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be able to jump right back into running the carpool, coaching soccer, and traveling to conferences a week out of every month. Manage your expectations, urges Weiss. “Decrease the stress and the pressure on you in whatever ways you can. There are a lot of decisions you can make to take charge of how your life goes while you’re in this recovery process.” For example, you may have certain ideas about how your house should look, how much income you’re going to have, and what your commitments to your community need to be. Decide which of those things are really important to you and which ones don’t matter quite as much. Let the less-important ones slide or find someone else to do them. v

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ife after breast cancer means returning to some familiar things and also making some new choices. The song says “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” but when you’ve had breast cancer, you discover that it’s not even over when it’s over. After a marathon of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment that may last six months to a year, you can hardly wait to get back to a normal life again. But the day of your last radiation treatment or chemotherapy infusion doesn’t mark the end of your journey with breast cancer Instead, you’re about to embark on another leg of the trip. This one is all about adjusting to life as a breast cancer survivor. In many ways, it will be a lot like the life you had before, but in other ways, it will be very different. Call it your “new normal.”

October 26th - November 4th


ctober is a time filled with pumpkins! Besides carving crazy designs and waiting for them to rot, why not use these autumn gourds for activities and learning opportunities? Math, art, science, and games are just a few of the out of the ordinary ideas below for all ages to enjoy.

Pumpkin Bowling Take this pumpkin bowling game outside, just in case the pumpkin doesn’t survive. Use a nice round pie pumpkin and cut off the stem. Then bore three bowling-ball-type holes with an apple corer. Using toilet paper rolls decorated at ghosts add a extra halloween touch to this game, and the toilet paper rolls go flying fantastically when hit!

Rotting Pumpkin Science



This experiment is disgusting, as only the best type of science is, but the pumpkin is going to rot anyways so why not learn something from the process. Go ahead and carve your pumpkin as usual. After Halloween, find a place to keep your pumpkin and allow it to naturally rot. Have your children make a science journal and record their daily findings of fuzzy black mold, mushy places, bugs, and any other observations. “He’s rotten & smells like a dirt pile. His face is all gooey. You can see where I stuck my finger in. Look at all the pumpkin juice! The back is falling & tipping over. His color is black & orange.” Be sure to include drawings!

Pumpkin Seeds Don’t throw out the seeds! Even if you don’t want to roast and eat them, there are other uses for the pumpkin seeds. Counting Seeds: guess how many seeds there are and then count them. Print off some 100 charts and place one seed on each number while saying each number. Seed Crafts: Seeds can be painted and glued to paper to create patterns and designs. Pumpkin Seed Necklace: Paint the seeds different colors then use a needle and thread to poke holes in the seeds and make a colorful necklace. v

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alloween is the perfect time to create some fun dishes. Let kids play with their food for a change! Some of my best Halloween memories involve the fun foods my grandmother used to make as part of our celebration. My daughter now looks forward to it each year. Here are some of our favorite creations.

Spiders Cut hot dogs into thirds. Poke four dry spaghetti noodles through each chunk, horizontally. Boil the hot dogs. The spaghetti becomes spider legs and the hot dogs are the body when cooked. I made a batch of these with cocktail sausages and barbecue dipping sauce for adults.

Severed Fingers Shape refrigerated breadsticks, crescent rolls or biscuits into long, finger shaped pieces. Stick an almond onto the end of each “finger” as the fingernail. I’ve also used Bugle or Fritos chips as the nails. Bake and serve with marinara “blood” sauce for dipping.

Macaroni and Sleaze Prepare your favorite macaroni and cheese. Stir in pesto to turn it green. I like to throw some gold fish shaped crackers on top for texture and to add to the toxic appearance.

Eyeballs in Congealed Blood Peel green grapes. Prepare your child’s favorite red Jell-O. Toss the grapes in before chilling. We brought this to my daughter’s class Halloween party last year. Her pals are still talking about this gruesome desert.

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Start with a big pot. The creepier looking the pot, the better. I use a big soup pot. Add several different kinds of soda or juice. The goal is to get an unappetizing color. Serve out of a big ladle. I freeze a plastic glove filled with water. Once frozen, I remove the glove and then plop the hand-shaped ice into the “brew” to keep it chilled. Fun Halloween food doesn’t take a whole lot of time or special ingredients. Your enthusiasm is what will make it special for your kids. v Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer and blogger. October is her favorite month. Find her @rachaelmoshman on Twitter.

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3 Autumn STEAM Projects for Fall F all is a great time to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Learning knows no season, but each season brings its own ways to interact with STEAM activities.

Fun with Fungi

The cool, wet days of autumn can lead to an explosion of mushrooms and other fungi. To explore fascinating fungi, start by taking a nature walk to look for mushrooms and other fungi on the trail or growing on trees or stumps. If you don’t see many mushrooms or want to get a closer view of the growth process, try growing mushrooms from a kit. Kits are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. It’s amazing to see how quickly mushrooms expand. Whether on a nature walk or looking at homegrown mushroom, young naturalists can sketch different shapes and colors. Use mushrooms to make spore prints. Remove the stem and place the mushroom cap bottom side down on a sheet of paper. Let sit for up to 24 hours. Then remove the cap to see the spore pattern. Use these prints to make greeting cards or as the start of a drawing.

Monarch Migration Some types of butterflies, including Cloudless Sulphurs, Mourning Cloaks, and Question Marks, migrate in the fall. Perhaps the most famous migrators are Monarch butterflies. Monarchs migrate to Mexico and Southern California, usually in October. Watch for butterflies locally. For additional butterfly observation, you can visit a butterfly garden or sanctuary. Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert brings the life cycle of different butterflies into focus. This book also has suggestions for planting a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens can support butterflies in all parts of their life cycle from egg to butterfly. Monarchs and milkweed go together, but that’s not all you need—especially if you want to attract a variety of butterflies. You’ll want a garden that provides shelter, water, shade, and sun. Think about plants that provide nectar and food for caterpillars as well. And watch out for plants treated with neonicotinoid. If it’s too late in the season to plant, use the fall to plan your butterfly garden for spring.

Get Pumped about Pumpkins

Pumpkins are part of the fall harvest and are of course associated with Halloween making them a fall favorite. • Estimate how many seeds are in your pumpkin. Will a bigger pumpkin have more seeds? Does the number of ribs in the pumpkin matter? The only way to see is to dig in and see. Cut open the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all the seeds into a bowl or jar. Count a rough fraction of the seeds and then multiply to get an estimate. Then count all the seeds to see how close your were. • Can you create a pumpkin seed catapult? A catapult uses the release of stored or potential energy to launch an object. To create a mini catapult, gather about 12 craft sticks, 4–5 rubber bands, and a plastic spoon. • Stack 6 craft sticks together and connect both ends with rubber bands. • Stack 2 craft sticks and connect at one end with a rubber band. • Slide one of the two sticks between the bottom two sticks in the taller stack, so that the two sticks are perpendicular to the larger stack. Use rubber bands to make an X to hold the sticks in place. • Use another rubber band to attach the plastic spoon to the stick rising above the stack. • Place your pumpkin seed (or other small object) in the bowl of the spoon. Press the spoon down and release. You can experiment with how many sticks are in your stack, how far you push the flinging stick into the stack, how much you depress the spoon, and how heavy your object is to see how these variables affect flight length. The obvious pumpkin art project is carving a jack-o-lantern—either the traditional faces or intricate designs, but you can also paint your pumpkin with or without carving it. v Sara Barry is a writer based in Massachusetts who focuses on outdoor family fun, local food, and nature. She loves exploring the changes in her environment throughout the seasons.

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lan a getaway at a family-friendly resort in October, and the chances are excellent that you’ll run across more than a few ghouls and goblins. Here’s a sampling of hotels and resorts that are hosting special Halloween events in October:

treating and ghost stories around a campfire in the adjacent forest. Kids ages 5 to 12 can also play during the day at the Ritz Kids Club, open all year. The Great Pumpkin package, which starts at $305 per room per night, includes a carving kit and a $25 daily resort credit.

Nickelodeon Family Suites

Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Where: Orlando, FL Why: Because October is “Nick or Treat” month at the Nickelodeon Family Suites. The hotel’s activities range from paint-your-own-pumpkins and Halloween games to trick-or-treating with favorite Nick stars. On Saturday evenings, “Nick After Dark” kicks off with spooky movies, snacks, and plenty of slime. Family suites start at $144 per night. Book two nights, and you’ll get a third night free with the Free-for-Fall special.

Where: Port St. Lucie, FL Why: Because this all-inclusive, family-friendly resort is putting on a big Spooktacular Halloween party every week in October, with activities for infants, toddlers, kids, teens, and grown-ups. The Club Med Sandpiper Bay will host costume dress-ups, trick-or-treating, spellbinding games and prize giveaways, as well as Halloween-themed dance parties. Seven-night packages start at $810 per person as part of the Seven Day Weekend deal.

Great Wolf Lodge Where: Williamsburg, VA Why: Because this year’s “Howl-O-ween at the Wolf” features a trick-ortreat trail, pumpkin painting, a trolley ride to a “haunted” cemetery, a costume contest, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, and more. Available Sundays to Thursdays Oct. 6-31 from $239 per room per night.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Where: Greensboro, GA Why: Because this secluded resort on Lake Oconee is having a Halloween party every Saturday night in October, with pumpkin carving, trick-or-

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Six Flags Great Escape Lodge Where: Lake George, NY Why: Because the “Fright Fest Spooktacular” package at this indoor water park resort includes unlimited admission to the water park and 20 free arcade tokens per child. Plus, families have the run of the park’s Halloween entertainment, which includes haunted hayrides, wandering zombies, and a spooky street party. Available Oct. 7-30 from $278 per room per night. v Source: We Just Got Back


Halloween Safety for our Furry Friends Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.

Stash the Treats The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

25th Annual Bark in the Park Coming October 6th at 11am. The 25th Annual Bark in the Park Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Disc Championships at Wrightsville Beach Park features daring dogs and crafty canines soaring into the air to snare Frisbees in their jaws. Competitors need no previous experience. Spectators can vote for Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Team, and Best Personality. Rain date will be Oct. 7 at 1pm. Call 256-7925 for more information.

Yin but no Yang Meet little Yin! Her family wanted to find a Yang to keep her company, but once she joined the family there was no need. Yin has become best friends with her canine brothers, Hamilton and Cassio, so they decided to not bother getting her another friend. Yin is only 4 months old, but has won the heart of the entire family. She has such a wonderful personality. When mama walks through the door, she runs up to great her and holds up her paws to be picked up!

We all love to show off our nonhuman family members, and now is your chance to have a bigger audience! Send in your pet photos to with a little information about their unique personality and how they fit in to your family, and they may be featured in an upcoming issue!

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Helping Your Children After a Hurricane By Annesophia Richards


he events of a hurricane disaster can leave children feeling frightened and confused, and for many families, the weeks and months following the storm are extremely stressful. The damages and loss caused from a hurricane can be overwhelming, creating lots of anxiety for children. With the help of loved ones, friends, and neighbors, most children will eventually recover. How long it takes them to recover, however, will depend on each family’s own experiences, including how frightening the experience was, the extent of damage and loss, and the amount of change to their school schedule and routines due to closings. Depending on age, development level and past experiences, children will all react differently. It’s important for parents to not only recognize these reactions, but also to help their children manage their emotions. A few common reactions that parents can be on the look out for include: • Feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry about safety of self and others (including pets): • Fears and worries about separation from family members • Fears about another hurricane coming and an increased anxiety over future hurricane warnings • Changes in behavior, such as withdrawal, increased irritability or angry outbursts, aggression and a decrease in concentration and attention • Increased physical complaints such as headaches, stomach aches, aches and pains • Changes in school performance, sleep, or appetite • Lack of interest in usual activities, including interest in playing with friends

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To help children recover or cope with the situation, here are some helpful tips to make them feel safe again: • Reassure children that they are safe, both during and following the events of the hurricane. Spend extra time with your children and be sure to tell children they are loved. • Maintain routines. Even in the chaos of a disaster, children feel more safe and secure with structure and routine. • Be a role model. Children will take cues of how to handle situations from their parents, so modeling calm behaviors will be important during chaotic times. • Limit media exposure. Try to protect your child from overexposure to sights and images of the hurricane, including those in newspapers, on the Internet, or on television. • Encourage children to help. Children recover and cope better when they feel they are helping. Find opportunities in which they can contribute in small ways such as cleanup in the aftermath of the hurricane. • Keep things hopeful. A positive and optimistic outlook helps children see the things in in the world around them. This outlook can be one way to help them get through even the most challenging times. For more helpful tips on ways that you can help your child cope with the effects of a hurricane, as well as things you can do for yourself, visit the website of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, v


Pumpkin hummus Get in the pumpkin spirit with a healthy alternative to pumpkin desserts! Ingredients: ¼ Cup Pureed Pumpkin 1 Cup Chickpeas (cooked, drained, and rinsed) 1 Garlic (clove) ½ Lemon (juiced) 2 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil ¼ tsp Sea Salt Directions: Add all ingredients together in a food processor, blend until a creamy consistency forms. Make it spicy: Add a little cayenne pepper Extra Toppings: Top with a drizzle of olive oil, cinnamon, or pumpkin seeds

20th Annual Son Run 5K The 20th Annual Son Run at Wrightsville Beach Park features a 5K and a 1-Mile Fun Run for Kids. This event will be held on October 20th at 8am. Race for pies and charity again this year! All awards winners will receive a coveted Apple Annie’s pie plus various gift certificates. This year’s three child focused charities are: Methodist Home for Children, A Safe Place, Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear, and Congregations for Children and will receive all proceeds from the race. This is an outreach project of Wrightsville United Methodist Church. Register online at

2018 Go Coast Commuter Challenge Starting on October 1st through October 26th, the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization begins a challenge to encourage residents to reduce their carbon footprint. The Go Coast Commuter Challenge 2018 is a chance for participants to find ways to reduce cars on the road by riding a bicycle; skateboard; bus; carpooling/vanpooling; an electric car; a hybrid car; or walking/running to work (or teleworking), to school, to run errands, to take your kids to school, or anything you would normally drive to accomplish. Here are some helpful resources to help you get started: Carpool - Check out this free carpool matching program – Bus - Use Wave Transit’s Trip Planner www.wavetransit. com/routes/tripplanner Commuting from Brunswick - Map of Park & Ride Lots can be found here - Bike - Bike maps can be found at Be sure to download the My Open Road free mobile app to record your carbon footprint reduction and win awesome prizes from local businesses such as, Oceanic, Bluewater, Carolina Paddleboard, Hampton Inn, and more! For more information, follow the Go Coast Facebook page and

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School’s Out! NEW HANOVER COUNTY: Traditional Schools: 10/26 - Half Day for Students Year Round Schools: 10/1-11 - Intersession

Donors Choose has created a recovery fund to help teachers at impacted schools create projects for the disaster recovery materials they need in the coming weeks. Donors Choose is accepting donations from the public to apply to projects from teachers at damaged public schools. Every dollar donated at will be used to fund a classroom project in a school affected by Florence. Donors Choose is asking teachers and the public to report damaged schools, so that they can be sure the organization is getting support to the areas needed most. Donors Choose is also staying in touch with corporate and foundation partners who have supported schools in this area in the past, in the event they’d like to pledge support for impacted schools.

10/26 - Half Day for Students Isaac Bear Early College HS: 10/12 - Teacher Workday

North Carolina Teacher of the Year Coming to NHCS

Wilmington Early College HS: 10/12 - Teacher Workday 10/26 - Half Day for Students BRUNSWICK: Traditional Schools: 10/29 - Half Day for Students

Freebird McKinney, the 2018-2019 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, paid a visit to New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) to share his educational insights and instructional strategies this past August, at Hoggard High School. Mr. McKinney was born in Massachusetts but grew up in North Carolina. He is a social studies teacher at Williams High School in Burlington. He has an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from UNC-Greensboro. Mr. McKinney is a gifted educator that has traveled the world studying various cultures and religious philosophies. New Hanover Schools were extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn from this respected Teacher of the Year.

Year Round Schools: 10/2 - Teacher Workday Early College High School: 10/16-17 - Teacher Workday

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Surf City Elementary Up and Running Surf City Elementary opened its doors to the first wave of new students this year! Another new beginning, Surf City Elementary would like to congratulate the following members of their first ever PTA Board! Sharon Jordan - President Stephanie Jones - Vice President Brittany Blake - Secretary Kristy Daniels - Treasurer Mr. Brian Allen, Surf City Elementary School’s new principal, is excited to serve this group of students, staff and families. He says, “I’m looking forward to building a culture and identity for the school that really embraces the community.”



2019 YEARS

"50 years of serving Wilmington for Christ "

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Wilmington Christian Academy 50th Anniversary Wilmington Christian Academy is celebrating 50 years of serving the greater Wilmington area. Established in 1969, WCA is a thriving Christian school enrolling over 950 students from 2 year olds to 12th grade. As the largest private school in southeastern North Carolina, WCA is valued and appreciated by thousands of families in our community. The Academy continues the mission of providing exceptional Christian education with an unwavering commitment to educate the whole child…spiritually, academically, socially and physically. Several special events are planned throughout the year as WCA celebrates five decades of ministry.


Greyson E. 9/22 • 8yo

Landon H.. 9/8 • 1yo

Lila N. 10/28 • 3yo

Bennett H. 10/2

Skylar B. 10/13 • 13yo

Emilia Rose 10/4 • 3yo


Michael W. Jr. 9/19 • 2yo

Lonie K. 10/29• 12yo

Honor them by having their photo published in Wilmington Parent. Here's how: e-mail image (size not to exceed 1mb) to Deadline for publication: 10/12. We have a limited number of spots, so if you sent your child’s picture and do not see it this issue, please check back next month! Wilmington Parent | October 2018 | 29

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