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Holiday Guide

Baby’s First Christmas Making Memories Kids Bored? Send them on a Hunt

• Gift Guide • Holiday Happenings • 8 Tips to Keep Your Family Connected • Gifts Teachers Want (& Don’t Want) • Craft Time for Kids

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Wilmington's Oldest Montessori School

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is the season for spreading a little peace and goodwill! What better place to start than your own family. The article on pg. 24, “8 Tips For Keeping Your Family Connected This Holiday Season”, gives great advice on how to get your family to focus on each other and enjoy your time together.

The Children’s Schoolhouse is a small traditional Montessori School committed to a high quality of individual academic experience, administered with an enthusiastic but gentle approach. Now Enrolling students for 2, 3 or 5 day programs: ages 3-5, NC State recognized elementary kindergarten for 5-6 year olds, 1/2 day on-site Marine Science camp. Each classroom Directress is Montessori Certified

If you’re looking for some Holiday Happenings to get you and your family in the mood for celebrating the season, our calendar has exciting events listed almost every day! Look closely, many activities are free or low-cost.

Sometimes the best way to enjoy a moment of time together with your child, is to do something you both love! Creating a Christmas craft is a way to make memories your child will treasure. On page 35, there’s a yummy idea to get you started!

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY infants • children • teens

Once the holiday break begins, the kids tend to bounce between boredom and bundles of barely contained excitement! While waiting for Santa’s gifts to arrive, check out the scavenger hunt ideas on pg. 11 to keep them distracted.


Please remember, the holidays are always a good time to teach kids about helping others that are less fortunate. Pick a family to help from an angel tree, send cards and treats to soldiers overseas, or spend time with someone a little wiser at the senior center. No matter how little someone may have, there are many small ways that a person can help, and kindness is free! Happy Holidays!

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short stuff Holiday on Ice!

Receipts No More! During all your holiday shopping, where do you keep all those receipts and warranties? If you’re like most people – anywhere you can find. After the holidays pass and the inevitable toy or electronic device breaks, the hunt for the elusive slip of paper begins. Where did you put that receipt? Time to put that smartphone to work again. Here are a few apps that will allow you to scan your receipts and warranties and save them in one easy place. • NeatCloud/NeatMobile: Scanning/uploading receipts and documents such as warranties. Save them on the Cloud and access them anywhere. • Eyeona: Receipt storage and notification of price drops. • OneReceipt: Free service that allows users to aggregate their email and paper receipts in one place for later perusal and analysis. • Smart Receipts: Turns your phone into a receipt scanner and expense report generator.


Wilmington Ice House and Port City Skating Club are putting on a show Saturday, December 8th from 5:30-7pm. Local figure skaters invite everyone to come out and enjoy this spectacular Holiday Ice Show featuring 28 different figure skaters performing to a variety of Christmas classics! Sparkling costumes, fun holiday tunes, and entertaining, talented young figure skaters make this a show you will want to include in your yearly traditions! The snack bar will be open and serving hot cocoa, coffee, and other treats. For more information call (910) 686-1987 Adults: $3.00 at the door. Children - 10 and under are free.

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Holiday Train Expo Nothing says the holidays are here like a Holiday Train Expo! This year, we’re taking our spectacular train display to the Independence Mall! Children and adults will be enchanted by this spectacular display of model trains as they travel through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes! The Train Expo will run through December 22 at the Independence Mall (Sears wing.) Times are as follows: Fridays 6-9pm; Saturdays 2-5pm.

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Kids Fight Back One of a parent’s greatest worries is whether their child would know what to do in an abduction situation. Would your child know how to recognize the danger, and would your child react in a way that could potentially save their life? A new program at Coastal Martial Arts Academy in Wilmington is teaching kids how to be safe, smart, and prevent being abducted. Classes will be held on Saturdays, as demand dictates. Classes begin at 11:00am and last approximately 50 minutes. There is no cost and it is open to the public. Advance registration is needed to reserve space for this class. During the holidays Coastal Martial Arts Academy will also host Holiday Shopping Days to allow parents time for their Christmas shopping. These days will include arts, crafts, reading and martial arts training. Cost is $15 each + $5 if they provide the lunch.

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For more information and to register for any of these events, call (910) 262-0573. Coastal Martial Arts Academy, 6331 Carolina Beach Rd. Suite #2

Holiday Blues?

Cape Fear Festival of Trees & The Nutcracker Ballet Cape Fear Festival of Trees and The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday extravaganza that includes an extraordinary array of trees in the delightful setting of the Cameron Art Museum, a full length Nutcracker at the state of the art Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center, and a spectacular performance series showcasing the best local talent! In addition to being the region’s most delightful holiday event, the Festival of Trees is a benefit for Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. There are only a couple of days left in December to enjoy sugar plums, decked-out trees, musical cheer and more! Bring your family and spread the holiday joy! Cape Fear Festival of Trees, Cameron Art Museum. December 1, Saturday 10am to 8pm December 2, Sunday 10am to 6pm The Nutcracker Ballet, The Minnie Evans Arts Center. December 1, Saturday 3pm December 2, Sunday 3pm Call (910) 794-9590 for ticket information, or visit and for more details.

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| family finance | By Robyn Passante

Six Financial Lessons We Can Learn From Our Kids


obody wants to focus on finances during the holidays. They may hang overhead – and not in a festive, mistletoe kind of way – but most of us are pretty good at shoving the worry aside in favor of more mirth and merriment. Of course it catches up to us in January, but luckily December isn’t January. I’m not advocating blowing your budget this month, or disregarding it in any way. On the contrary, I think December is a critical time to focus on our finances; I’m just saying we might have to trick ourselves into doing so. Here’s the good news: I know just how to do it.

Watch a child giving a gift to a loved one, especially a present they made or bought themselves, and you’ll see the true spirit of the holidays, and the source of real happiness.

This month, take a closer look at the one thing you’re already focusing on this time of year – children. Our kids’ behavior during the holidays can teach us about financial priorities, about what works and what doesn’t, and how we can be truly happy. Not sure what I mean? Here are a few financial lessons that will likely be perfectly illustrated this season by the little angels in our lives.

1. Instant gratification isn’t gratifying in the long run. Ever see a child who begs for a special holiday treat, only to devour it and ask for another one a minute later? Did they even chew it? Taste it? Want it? When we indulge our every urge to spend, not only does our budget get overblown but our sense of

“needing” something becomes muddled with our sense of “wanting,” and that’s a recipe for financial disaster.

2. When we overindulge, we’re a mess. This is best illustrated fairly early on Christmas evening by a child who has spent many hours on an extended holiday sugar-and-presentsand-excitement binge and finally comes crashing down. The wailing, the tantrum, the inevitable rushed bedtime is proof that too much of a good thing is usually not so good. That’s why big holidays only come once a year; it’s also why our spending should follow the “everything in moderation” mantra.

3. Savers spread out their happiness. One year my little sister ate every piece of candy from her Christmas stocking on Christmas Day. Not only did she feel so sick she couldn’t enjoy our family’s special Christmas dinner, but she was resentful and angry days later when her siblings were still enjoying their candy a little at a time, and she had none. It’s elementary, but still a hard lesson for many adults to learn: When we spend too much at once, we’re left with too little for the long haul.

4. Size doesn’t matter. Little kids don’t know or care how much something costs. This is made clear to every parent who buys a ridiculously expensive toy kitchen or similarly large gift, only to find their child playing happily for hours in the box in which it was delivered. Instead of focusing on how much money we wish we had, perhaps we can spend this month focusing on how happy we can be with what we already have. 5. Pay attention. Kids naturally like to be the star of the show, and this is especially true this time of year. The “look at me!” phenomenon is a good reminder for how attentive we need to be to our finances. When we get distracted with other things and ignore our budgets and bills, bad things happen. 6. It feels good to share. Watch a child giving a gift to a loved one, especially a present they made or bought themselves, and you’ll see the true spirit of the holidays, and the source of real happiness. When it comes to our own finances and resources, if we’re solely focused on getting and keeping, we’re missing out on one of life’s greatest joys – giving. v Robyn Passante is a freelance journalist and mother of two who purposely saved her Christmas candy for weeks just to drive her sisters insane. She can be reached at rspassante@

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| growing up online

| By Carolyn Jabs

Getting the Most from Gift Cards Personalize the packaging. The biggest complaint about gift cards is that they are impersonal and, well, a little boring. To make giving more fun, insert the card into a holiday ornament, the paws of a small stuffed animal, a pair of socks, a trinket box, a book, a wallet, a puzzle box or even a gift card organizer. At the very least, include a personal note explaining why you wanted this particular person to have this particular gift card.  


ift cards have become the goto present for parents who have run out of time, ideas or—let’s be honest—holiday spirit. The National Retail Federation estimates that each holiday, eight out of 10 shoppers turn to gift cards for at least some of their purchases. Maybe that’s because the cards make especially good gifts for teachers, teens, tweens and other people who are hard to please. Easy as they are to purchase, getting the most from gift cards requires a bit of savvy. Here are a few tips:

Choose the right card. A closed loop gift card can be used only at the store or restaurant that issues it, so be sure the recipient likes what they have to offer. Prepaid bank gift cards can be used wherever a debit card would be accepted but there’s a fee for that convenience. The American Express website, for example, charges $3.95 per card, regardless of the amount.  

Don’t buy off the rack. When cards are easily accessible, crooks can collect identifying numbers, using pocket scanners or old-fashioned pencil and paper. By calling the toll-free number, they find out when the card is activated and spend the balance while your present is waiting to be given. To avoid this problem, purchase cards that are kept behind the counter. Look for a scratch off pin number, and be sure it is intact. Be smart online. Don’t buy gift cards by clicking on a link in email or a text message. Even if these offers look like they come from prestigious companies, they are invariably scams that steal personal information without giving you anything in return. You’ll also want to avoid auction sites where there’s a high risk of getting a card that is counterfeit, expired or fraudulent. Look for discounts. Legitimate discounts on gift cards are available from resellers such as, and Before buying, be sure the website guarantees the value of the card. Check shipping charges, too, because they can quickly offset discounts. Another way to find safe discounts is to visit, a website that rates gift cards based on their features. The site also provides information about how laws governing gift cards vary from state to state. Express your spirit. Many companies sell gift cards with special messages for the holidays.  Better yet, design your own card with a personal photo or message at a site like 

Share the joy. Some companies donate part of the price of each gift card to charity. At, a wide variety of cards are available for purchase, and it’s easy to designate a charity to receive a percentage of what you spend.  10 | December 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Skip the plastic. Ten billion gift cards are produced each year. Not only do they contain toxic petrochemicals, but they also create disposal problems. Some companies allow you to bypass plastic by sending an e-card directly to a mobile phone or even a Facebook page. Because this is a relatively new way of giving, be sure to alert the recipient with a card or some other tangible reminder that they’ve received a virtual gift. Get a receipt. No matter how you buy your gift card, get a receipt that includes the number on the card. If the card is lost or stolen, it’s possible to recover its value if you have documentation. Should you have a problem with a card, contact the company that issued it. If they can’t or won’t resolve the problem, complain to the FTC (877-FTC-HELP) about cards issued by retailers or Comptroller of the Currency (800613-6743) about cards issued by banks.  If you become savvy about buying gift cards, you may actually want to use them to save money on your own purchases. The important thing is to treat the cards as cash because that’s exactly what they are. Don’t leave them lying around.  Don’t tuck them into a drawer and forget about them.   For the same reason, be sure to spend cards received during the holidays. estimates that $40 billion dollars in gift card purchases went unused in the past decade. That’s like loaning money to the sponsoring companies without ever asking that it be paid back. Look for opportunities to use cards on things you or your kids really want. Take advantage of after holiday sales both on and offline. If there’s an expiration date, mark it on your calendar. For cards you really can’t use, turn to websites that will help you convert them into something more valuable. has a Facebook application so people can swap cards with friends. Swapagift. com pinpoints local companies that buy gift cards for cash, usually at a deep discount. The websites that sell discounted gift cards buy them back too. Before shipping off a card, review the FAQ to be sure you understand exactly what you’ll receive in return (and how you’ll complain if there’s a problem). For example, converts cards into cash, credits on Amazon or even a donation to a favorite charity. Of course, the holidays are a terrific time to convert the odd balances on all of last year’s gift cards into donations to organizations that will make the season bright for others. Now that’s a way to rekindle holiday spirit! v Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years and is working on a book about constructive responses to conflict. Visit to see past columns.

Bored? Let the Hunt Begin!

By Danielle Villegas


nce winter break begins, it will only take 24-48 hours before boredom sets in. With a few advance preparations, you can guide the bored children to hours of distraction. Here are a few ideas for scavenger hunts that will buy you precious boredom-free moments while your kids try to be the first to find every last item!

Magazine Scavenger Hunt - Give your kids a few magazines each, and list 20 items for them to find inside the magazines. Examples include a car, fashion model, camera and a pair of shoes. Instruct them to flip through the magazines and clip out the items they find on the list. First to find all the items wins.

FBI Scavenger Hunt – Have the kids work as a team to follow the clues from one item to the next. You can have the clues lead from one to the next, or there can be a list of clues that lead to each item in any order. When the kids find all the clues, have the last one be a happy ending surprise! (Personally, I like ice cream)

Geocaching – This is a high tech scavenger hunt that uses handheld GPS units to find hidden “caches” in your neighborhood. There is no need to buy an expensive GPS unit, most phones have the GPS capability to help you find these exciting treasures! The phone app, c:geo, is a free app that is easy to use and uses your phone’s GPS. Once you get started, you will be shocked at how many “caches” are hidden right under your nose!

Mall Scavenger Hunt – This one works for well-behaved teens and requires a camera. Assuming most teens have a camera on their phone, this shouldn’t be a huge problem. Give the teens a list of tasks that revolve around fast food joints, kiosks, department stores, etc. Keep the finds, free, fun, and a little weird. Give them a list of tasks and require photographic proof. Here are some ideas: 1. Take a picture with a mannequin. 2. Find someone with the initials JS and have them sign your hand, and get a picture. 3. Find something red/yellow/green hanging from the ceiling. 4. Find three different styles of trashcans. 5. Take a picture by a caution sign. 6. Try on a formal dress. 7. Get a single picture of four people (including someone on your team) with four different hair colors. 8. Try on the ugliest outfit you can gather. 9. Take a picture on a piece of living room furniture. 5 Senses in Nature Hunt – Teach your children to use all of their senses while searching for specific sounds, sights, smells, textures, and tastes. Examples: Hear – water trickling, bird chirping, leaves crunching, people laughing See – reflection in water, weeds, butterfly, fallen tree Feel – wet grass, slimy mud, smooth rock Smell – flowers, cut grass, pine Taste – For this sense you might need to hide some different fruits or other items that can be tasted and are usually grown outside. Have them find something sweet (apple), salty (nuts), bitter (lemon).

Discovery Scavenger Hunt – Let kids “discover” different items outside that have certain qualities. Make a list asking kids to discover something - big, small, open, closed, edible, hairy, sinkable, floatable, twisted, straight, and so on. v

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reel life

| By Jane Louise Boursaw

December brings adventurous hobbits, adorable monsters, and Billy Crystal and Bette Midler on screen together—fun! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month. Monsters, Inc. 3D

Rated G. In theaters December 19. Ok for kids 6+.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Not yet rated; like PG-13. In theaters December 14. Ok for kids 12+.

Like so many other family movies lately, the Oscar-winning Monsters, Inc. is getting a new 3D theatrical release. John Goodman and Billy Crystal star in this classic Pixar movie about a group of monsters who generate their city’s power by scaring children. But they’re not so courageous when it comes to human kids contaminating their world—which is exactly what happens when little Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) disrupts things. Classic, brilliant and evergreen, be sure to see this movie on the big screen in 3D.

The first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy finds Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild and through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs, deadly Wargs, Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters, Sorcerers, and of course, the creature named Gollum. Bilbo learns what we already know: a simple gold ring is tied to the fate of Middle Earth.

how to kick you know what, and this crime thriller has a great literary tie-in, as it’s based on a book by Lee Child. When five people are shot dead by an expert sniper in a heartland city, the cops quickly identify and arrest the culprit. But the accused man claims he’s innocent and says, “Get Jack Reacher.” Yep, that’s when Tom Cruise shows up to do some whoopin’. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, this movie also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and Robert Duvall.

Parental Guidance

PG for some rude humor. In theaters December 25. Ok for kids 9+.

Jack Reacher

PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. In theaters December 21. Ok for kids 14+. Is it time for Tom Cruise to hang up his actionhero hat? I don’t think so. The star of Mission Impossible and Knight and Day still knows

After the presents are unwrapped and the dinner consumed, hop out to see this fun movie on Christmas Day. Billy Crystal plays an old school grandpa who’s accustomed to calling the shots. But he meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. You guessed it—21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules.

Jane Boursaw is a syndicated family entertainment writer specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at or email

Jane’s Reel Rating System 1 Reel - Even the Force can’t save it. 2 Reels - Coulda’ been a contender. 3 Reels - Something to talk about. 4 Reels - You want the truth? Greatflick! 5 Reels- Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

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Donate – Satisfy your desire to shop by purchasing diapers, baby clothes, formula, and other baby items. Then bring everything to your local shelter and make a donation in your child’s honor to families in need. Savings bonds – Ask family members to please use the money they would have spent on a gift to purchase a savings bond for your child. These are valuable gifts that will be appreciated later.

Special ornament – No need to go with the traditional, “Baby’s 1st Christmas”. Find an ornament that means something special to your family, or reminds you of your baby’s personality. It can be anything that will remind you of why you bought that particular ornament, and then you will be able to relay the story of each ornament year after year.

Memorable 1st Christmas By Danielle Villegas


t is a priceless gift, having your new baby with the family to enjoy the holiday festivities for the first time. Family members and friends will no doubt make sure your little one has plenty of gifts to unwrap. The problem of course, this exciting event is one your precious bundle will not remember. Parents can make the holidays a memorable time by resisting the temptation to purchase piles of toys; instead they can use this as an opportunity to create a memory that will last long after the twinkling lights are boxed up for the year.

Memory book – A journal, memory or brag book with well wishes and journal entries from various family members to be treasured and reread for generations. Small toys – One or two small rattles, colorful toys, or even practical items you were going to eventually purchase. Make sure they’re from “Santa” so the older siblings will remember their new brother or sister receiving their first gift from the North Pole! v

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1 Saturday Cotton Exchange Tours

Daily (Year Round). Cotton Exchange, Downtown. Tales of mystery of the Cotton Exchange ghosts. $10/Adults. $8/ Students & Seniors. Free/Under age 12. Visit www. or call 409-4300 for information.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Daily (through 04/2013). NC Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh. Experience the wonder and tragedy of the ill-fated “ship of dreams” on a journey through history. $14/ Adults. $11/Seniors. $9/Ages 3-12. Purchase tickets through

The Transformative Power of Friendship

Train & Light Spectacular

Various (through 12/24). Wilmington Railroad Museum. Enjoy lights, action, Santa & hot cider. $5. Visit www.wrrm. org for details.

Canine 5K

8am. Mayfaire Town Center, TrySports. Runners compete with their furry friends or solo. $15 - $30. Proceeds benefit Karma Foundation. Register at

Riverfront Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm Saturdays (through 12/22). Water Street Downtown. Features fruits and vegetables from local farmers, plants, herbs, flowers, dairy, meats, baked goods, jams and more. Free admission. Call 538-6223 for more information.

Daily (through 02/10/13). Cameron Art Museum. In celebration of the Museum’s 50th year, enjoy the exhibit from artists Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell. Admission $8. Members Free. Call 395-5999 or visit for details.

Battleship Alive

Santa at The Cotton Exchange

Lively Arts & Crafts Show

(Through 12/23). The Cotton Exchange. Santa arrives for the season to greet children every weekend through Christmas Eve. Visit for schedule.

Polar Express Holiday Show

Various Times (through 12/23). Wilmington Railroad Museum. Families enjoy a telling of the holiday classic, a visit with Santa, and hot chocolate. $5. Visit for dates & times.

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8am – 5pm. NC Battleship. Watch and interact with WWII living history interpreters as they reenact daily duties and drills. Free with regular admission. Visit www.battleshipnc. com for tickets. 9am – 3pm. Friends School of Wilmington. Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts from over 30 local artists. Show includes paintings, drawings, glass, jewelry, clay, fibers, and more! Contact 792-1811 for details.

Sensational Saturdays Story Time

10am. Northeast Library. Stories and other fun things for preschoolers. No registration required. Call 798-6373 for more information.

A Carolina Nutcracker

10am – 12pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. City Ballet of Wilmington presents this cherished holiday treat. $20/ Adults. $10/Students. Visit or call 632-2285 for tickets.

Holiday Shopping Bazaar

10am – 3pm. Senior Resource Ctr, 2222 College Rd. Onestop shopping event to find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts from local arts and crafts vendors. Free admission. Call 617-9845 for event details.

Festival of Trees

10am – 8pm. Cameron Art Museum. View 25 sponsored trees to kick off the holiday season. $12. Visit or Learning Express for tickets.

Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show

10am – 9pm. Independence Mall near Belk. Support local artists for holiday gifts. Free admission. Visit for information.

Santa COW Saturday

11:30am – 1:30pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 or visit for event information.

Screen Gems Studios Tour

12pm & 2pm Saturdays. Screen Gems Studios, 1223 N 23rd St. Learn how filming is done and view sets from previous productions. One hour walking tour. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. $12/Adults. $5/Ages 5-12. For details, call 343-3433 or visit

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Island of Lights –

12 – 1pm. Independence Mall near JC Penney. Family event to Light Up the Lake Ceremony ring in the holidays. Free (no ticket required). 7pm (through 12/24). Carolina Beach Lake Park. Enjoy ceremony and lighting of the lake. Take one-mile walking tour for lake view. Visit or call 458-6885 for details. Literacy Live Goes Electric 1 – 3pm. UNCW Watson College of Education. Get plugged in and explore the basics of electricity. Discover electrons, design Celtic Christmas Concert a circuit and more! Free. Ages 4-7 (accompanied by an adult). 7:30pm. Community Arts Center. Jennifer Licko and band perCall 962-7291 or visit form. Call 343-1079 for more information. for required registration.

Charles Dickens Christmas

1 – 9pm. Southport. Festival Everything Dickens festival with performances of all kinds, costume contest, artists and more. $10/Adults. $5/Ages 7-12. Free/6 & under. Visit for tickets.

Christmas by the Sea Parade

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A Night with Smokey Robinson

8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Enjoy an amazing evening with songwriter/singer who is credited with over 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits. $45 - $100. Call 962-3500 for tickets.

Home for the Holidays Concert

8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Ring in the holidays with music from 2pm. Oak Island. A traditional, fun hometown parade. Free. Call the Wilmington Symphony. Visit www.wilmingtonsymphony. org for tickets. 457-6964 for details.

Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour

2 Sunday

2 – 6pm & 4 – 8pm. 126 S. 3rd St. Tour 18 beautiful homes decorated for the holidays in Wilmington’s Historic District. $30. Benefits education, preservation, and museum programs. Call 762-0492 for more information.

Residents Free Day - Airlie Gardens

COW to Ride Christmas Train

Festival of Trees

9am - 5pm. Airlie Gardens. Visit the parks and Arboretum for a full day of family fun. Contact 798-7700 or visit for more information.

2:30 – 4pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 or visit www. for event information.

10am – 6pm. Cameron Art Museum. See 12/01.

The Nutcracker Ballet

10am – 9pm. Independence Mall near Belk. See 12/01.

3pm. Minnie Evans Arts Center. Full-length professional production by Wilmington Ballet Company. $20. Visit or call 794-9590 for tickets.

Discovery Fitness

4pm Saturdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Free with admission. Visit for weekly fun opportunities.

Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show Pet Photos with Santa

11am – 4pm. Splish Splash Dog Wash, Leland. $25. Proceeds benefit Furever Animal Friends Animal Rescue. Visit www. for event details.

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Christmas Open House & Crafts Fair

12 – 5pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus. Enjoy old fashioned holiday spirit, self-guided tour and crafts. Free admission. (Fee for hayride.) Visit Singing Christmas Tree 4:30pm. Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville. Join in for events. celebrating the season with a living Christmas tree featuring 250 singers, 2 handbell choirs, and a 40-piece orchestra. Free. Behind the Scenes Tour 1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Explore the spaces for Canned food donations accepted for local community. Email animal holding, life support systems, and backstage accesses or call 484-3191 to reserve tickets. to exhibits that are hidden behind the aquarium walls. Guided tour. $15/Ages 13+. $13/Ages 8-12. $7/Members. For ages Holiday Lights Dusk - 11pm (through 01/05/13). Battleship NC. View the holi- 8+ only. For required pre-registration, call 458-7468. day light celebration from downtown Wilmington as the Museum Carts Battleship is dressed in lights from bow to stern. 1 – 3pm. Cape Fear Museum. Explore artifacts, conduct experiments and play fun games throughout the Museum. Free with Enchanted Airlie 5 – 7pm & 7 – 9pm (through 12/22.). Airlie Gardens. Don’t miss Museum admission. Contact 798-4350 for details. the holiday light display voted one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events. $5/Adults. $4/Children (Plus $5 park- Candyland Christmas Event 2012 1 – 4:30pm. Children’s Museum. Children make candy cottaging pass) or Carload: $22 (includes parking). Visit es, create ornaments, enjoy holiday performances and more. for schedule. $15/Child (Members). $20/Child (Non-Members). Parents & Grandparents free. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington. Christmas Flotilla org for tickets. 6pm. Intracoastal Waterway/Snow’s Cut. Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically light up the Waterway for holiday spirit. Free viewing. Call 458-0211 or visit Residents Free Day - Cape Fear Museum 1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. NHC residents are admitted free for information or to enter a boat. to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. Call 798-4350 or visit for information. Christmas by the Sea 6:30 – 8:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Families visit Santa and enjoy storytelling, hot chocolate, live nativity, carol- Museum Shop Holiday Open House ing, holiday themed movies and more! Free admission. Call 1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. Enjoy seasonal items, cider and more. 20% off purchases of $10 or more. Visit www.capefear470-2024 for events. for details.

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1 – 5pm. Oak Island. View beautifully decorated private homes. $8/Advance. $10/Day of Tour. Includes refreshments. Call 278-7752 for tickets.

10am Mondays (closed Christmas Eve). Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Preschoolers meet new people, hear wonderful stories, and enjoy an activity. Visit or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Santa Claus at Phifer Cabin

Animal Armor

Christmas by the Sea House Tour

2 – 4pm. Broad River Greenway, Boiling Springs. Spend a relaxing afternoon in the woods with refreshments, child-friendly craft and Santa. Visit www.braodrivergreenway. com for details.

Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour

10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. Ages 2-5 discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities and hikes. $3. Visit or call 341-0075 to pre-register.

Brilliant Sky Story Time

2 – 6pm & 4 – 8pm. 126 S. 3rd St. See 12/01.

10:30am Mondays. Mayfaire Town Center. Visit or contact 5093353 for details.

Home for the Holidays Concert

Railroad Story Time

4pm. Kenan Auditorium. See 12/01.

Wilmington Holiday Parade

6pm. N. Front & Walnut Streets. 10th annual holiday parade includes bands, floats, entertainers & Santa. Free. Call 341-0075 with questions.

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2012

7:30pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. Season 9’s Top 10 finalists tour North America. Visit for tickets.

3 Monday Little Sprouts Story Time

10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the Children’s Hall. $4/Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information.

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Visit the top of the aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, and get a birds-eye view of 235,000-gallon tank of sharks, stingrays, moray eels and fish. Wear close-toed shoes. $20/Age 13+. $18/Ages 8-12. $12/ Members. For ages 8+ only. Call 458-7468 for information and pre-registration.

Go Green Engineer Team

3:30pm Mondays (closed Christmas Eve).

Children’s Museum. Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9. Visit or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Family Reading Night

5:30pm. Northeast Library. Favorite children’s books reenacted in a puppet show. Children make own puppets. Call 798-6373 for details.

4 Tuesday Leland’s Little Learners

Lap Sit Story Time

Toddler Story Time

Toddler Story Time

9:30am. NHC Main Library. Designed for babies under 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6303 for more information. 10am. NHC Main Library. Children 18 - 36 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6303 for further details.

Barnes & Noble Story Time

10am Tuesdays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details.

10:30am. NHC Main Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, finger play, and songs. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 7986303 with questions.

Spanish/English Story Time

10:30am. Northeast Library. Preschoolers and their adult chaperones enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Call 798-6373 for details.

Pawsitive Reading

9am. Myrtle Grove Library. Designed for babies up to 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for details. 9am. Northeast Library. Designed for babies up to 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6371 for more information. 10am. Myrtle Grove Library. Children 18 - 36 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for further details.

Toddler Story Time

10am. Northeast Library. Children 19 - 35 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6371 for more information.

The Art of Breastfeeding and Overcoming Difficulties

10am. Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Dr. Join La Leche League for information. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for details.

Preschool Science

10am Wednesdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Hands-on activities for preschoolers to explore the world around them! Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington. org to pre-register.

Makin’ Holiday Music

3:15 – 4:30pm. Northeast Library. Join canines Maggie May and Dorothy to practice reading skills. Must be independent reader. Call 798-6373 to schedule appointment.

10 – 11am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Rhythm, music and movement with Kindermusik educator Karen Stirnitzke. Ages 18 months – 5 years. Call 509-0153 for reservations please.

Kids Cooking Club

Preschool Story Time

3:30 - 4:30pm Tuesdays (closed Christmas Day). Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Harris Teeter sponsors fun time of learning new skills and seasonal recipes. Visit or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Family Reading Night

4:30pm. Carolina Beach Library. Favorite children’s books reenacted in a puppet show. Children make own puppets. Call 798-6385 for details.

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10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. See 12/03.

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Million Dollar Quartet

9 – 10am. Tuesdays (except Christmas Day). Town of Leland. Enjoy story time, arts & crafts, and playground time. Free. Ages 3-5 (parents/ guardians remain with children). Contact 332-4823 to pre-register.

Animal Armor

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5:30 – 7pm Tuesdays. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 or visit www.cfarestaurant. com/mayfaire for event information.

10:30am. Northeast Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, songs, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 7986371 with questions.

Preschool Story Time

10:30am. Myrtle Grove Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, finger play, and songs. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6391 with questions.

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03. 9/14/2012 4:37:35 PM

Pawsitive Reading

3:15 – 4:30pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

Discover Science

3:30pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit to pre-register.

Rap Club

3:30 – 4:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Choose the beat. Write the lyrics. Record the song. Work as a group to compose an original hip hop song about the library. Ages 6-12. Free Call 798-6391 to register.

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3:30 – 5:30pm. NHC Main Library. Make gingerbread cottages. Free. Call 798-6303 to register. 4pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Free with Admission. Visit for details. 4pm (through 12/22). Water St. Cruise the Cape Fear to view the riverfront lit up with holiday colors. $27. Contact 3383134 or for reservations and schedule.

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6 – 10pm. Leland Fire & Rescue, 1004 Village Rd. $20 (Includes course book & certification card). Call 332-4823 to reserve a spot.

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Leland Garden Club

6:30pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Come together with other Leland area gardeners to work on projects and learn about gardening. Free. Contact 332-4823 for more information.

6 Thursday Lapsit StoryTime

9:30am. Northeast Library. Babies 3 - 18 months enjoy fun stories and songs. No registration required. Call 798-6373 for more information.

Toddler Story Time

10am. Northeast Library. Children ages 18 – 36 months join others for stories, songs and other fun activities. No registration required. Call 798-6373 for details.


10am Thursdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. Call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Holiday Bazaar

10am – 4pm. Intracoastal Realty, 1902 Eastwood. Holiday shopping for decorations, jewelry, toys, crafts and more. iPad raffles benefit the Teacher’s Fund. Contact for event details.

Holiday Open House

10am – 5pm. Fort Fisher. Enjoy seasonal treats, décor, live music and more. Plus one-day discounts at Museum Shop. Free admission. Call 458-5538 or visit www.nchistoricsites. org/fisher for schedule.

Preschool Story Time

10:30am. Northeast Library. Ages 3 to 5 years are invited to enjoy a different weekly theme. Includes stories, songs, and

activities. No pre-registration. Call 798-6373 with questions.

Gingerbread Cottages

3 – 4pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Make gingerbread cottages. Free. Call 798-6303 to register.

stART with a Story

3:30pm Thursdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. Call 254-3534 or visit with questions.

Christmas Party & Toy Drive

5:30 – 8:30pm. Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, Santa, kid’s activities and vendors. Free admission with a new unwrapped toy. Call 762-0173 for details.

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with a worldwide HAM radio operator event. Visit or call 791-1566 for details.

Toddler Time

10am Fridays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Projects and activities for ages 4 and under (and their special grownups to work on together). Call 254-3534 or visit for more information.

Family Yoga

10:30 – 11am. NHC Main Library. Parents & children 6 months and older listen to stories while stretching and learning basic yoga postures. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. No registration. Call 798-6353 for details.

7:30pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. Journey Productions and Stageworks present a children’s theatre holiday play. A collaborative collection of holiday legends, stories & classics with music, dance & puppetry. $12. Call 632-2285 for tickets.

American Legion Fish Fry

Miracle on 34th Street

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

8 – 10pm (through 12/16). Thalian Main Stage. Enjoy the classic book in musical format and discover the “power of believing.” $25. Visit for show times and tickets.

7 Friday Dili Golf Charity Tournament

9am. Echo Farms. Benefits the Coast Guard and Fallen Heroes Scholarship Funds. $75 includes cart, lunch, prizes and more. Contact to register.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

9am – 4pm. Battleship NC. Commemorate the anniversary

11am – 7pm. American Legion Post 129. $8/plate. Call 4584253 for more information.

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour Holiday Flea at the BAC

3 – 9pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Ultimate vintage flea with dozens of regional vendors providing retro, upcycled treasures. Call 616-9882 or visit www.brooklynartsnc. com for schedule.

Adventures in Art

3:30pm Fridays. Children’s Museum. Experience different forms of art each week. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 2543534 to pre-register and visit for weekly projects.

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Victorian Christmas Concert

6:30pm. Bellamy Mansion. Festive parlor concert with Susan Savia. $25. Visit for details.

A Christmas Carol

6:30pm. TheatreNOW, 19 S 10th St. Enjoy the timeless Dickens classic with a 3-course meal. $38 - $48. Visit http:// for tickets and all show dates.

Santa’s SEAcret Supper

6:30 – 9pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Share a kid-friendly dinner (from Bon Appetit) with Santa. Decorate cookies and create a holiday craft. All ages. $16/person. Free/2 and under. For reservations call 458-7468.

Barnes & Noble Story Time

7pm Fridays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details.

The Hobbit

7pm (through 12/16). Community Arts Center. The epic tale of Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected journey “there and back again.” $12. Contact 262-0470 or for tickets.

Kure Beach Christmas Show

7pm. Kure Beach. A tradition where Frosty, Harriet Hippo, The Grinch, Cookie Monster, Santa and friends entertain with song, dance, and snow. Free. Call 458-8216 for event information.

Willie Nelson & Family Concert

7:30pm. Odell Williamson Auditorium, Bolivia. Call 7557416 for tickets.

Twas the Night Before…

8pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. See 12/06.

8 Saturday Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast 7:30 – 11am. Senior Center. $6 includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Call 458-6609 for details.

Jingle on the Beach

9 – 11am. Wrightsville Beach Park Amphitheater. 1st annual family event benefiting the Cape Fear Volunteer Center, includes crafts, singing, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. $10/Child. Free/Parents & Children 6 months and under. Visit for tickets.

UNCW Engineering Expectations

9am – 12pm. UNCW Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Rm 107. Celebrate the holidays in Toyland. Discover the mechanical engineering behind classic toys. Design & build Operation game and more. $17 (includes supplies). Ages 7-9. Register at or call 962-2118.

Sensational Saturdays Story Time 10am. Northeast Library. See 12/01.

Nutrition and Weaning

10am. T-Muffin, 2133 Wrightsville Ave (Parking on Newton). Join the La Leche League for breastfeeding education. Babies welcome! Call 375-9555 for more information.

Santa Claus Cruise

10am – 12pm. Downtown Wilmington. Cruise aboard the Henrietta III to visit with Santa and enjoy holiday cheer. Bring 6 non-perishable food items for admission. Contact 3431611 or visit for details.

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Holiday Flea at the BAC

10am – 5pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. See 12/07.

Super Saturday Fun Time

11am. TheatreNow. Visit for tickets.

Holiday Kids @ CAM with Santa

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12 – 3pm. Cameron Art Museum. A day of fun-filled art activities and a visit with Santa with Wilmington School of Music playing holiday favorites. $5/Child. Free/Adults. Visit www. for more information.

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18th Century Christmas

1 – 5:30pm. Brunswick Town. Costumed interpreters provide guided tours. Free. Visit or call 371-6613 for details.

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1:30 – 4:30pm. UNCW Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Rm 107. Celebrate the holidays in Toyland. Discover the mechanical engineering behind classic toys. Design & build Operation game and more. $17 (includes supplies). Ages 10-12. Call 962-2118 or visit to register.

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Southport Christmas Tour of Homes

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2 – 7pm. Southport. Spend time in very special homes in the historic district. Tickets $10. Purchase at Fort JohnstonSouthport Museum and Visitor’s Center.

of NHRMC Physician Group.

Twas the Night Before…

3pm & 8pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. See 12/06.

Island of Lights Tour of Homes

4 – 9pm. Carolina Beach. Self-guided tour through six of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. $10. Call 458-5006 or visit for details.

The Polar Express

4:30pm & 5:30pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Jumpstart the holidays by reading the popular story, visiting with Santa & receiving a special gift. $5. Call 763-2634 for advance tickets.

Burgaw Christmas Parade

6:30pm. Downtown Burgaw. Celebrate the holiday season with a parade of floats, bands and Santa. Contact 259-9817 or for event information.

Christmas by the Sea

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6:30 – 8:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. See 12/01.

internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Louisville. He treats children and

Kure Beach Christmas Show

adults of all ages. Dr. Sepich is accepting new patients at our Myrtle Grove

7pm. Kure Beach. See 12/07.

office, 5145 S. College Road. Please call 910-792-1144 for an appointment.

Southport Christmas Flotilla

7 – 9pm. Southport Marina Old Yacht Basin. Boats illuminate the night. Free. Call 454-4327 for details.

9 Sunday Hammerheads Holiday Hoopla

10am – 3:30pm. Legion Stadium. Free youth clinic for ages 5-12. Meet & Greet with team players. Merchandise for sale at discount. Bring unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Call 777-2111 for details.

Sunday Jazz Brunch

11:30am. TheatreNow. Visit for tickets.

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Holiday Flea at the BAC

12 – 5pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. See 12/07.

Behind the Scenes Tour

1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/02.

Young Writer’s Club

2pm Sundays. Children’s Museum. Free with admission. Visit for event details.

The Polar Express

4:30pm & 5:30pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 12/08.

Christmas Stroll Thru the Past

5 – 8pm. Burgwin-Wright House & Bellamy mansion. Luminaries light the way between the two houses. $25. Call 762-0570 or visit for details.

11 Tuesday Reindeer Games

10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. See 12/10.

Pawsitive Reading

3:15 – 4:30pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

Family Reading Night

5:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Favorite children’s books reenacted in a puppet show. Children make own puppets. Call 798-6391 for details.

CHEW Parent Meeting

6:45pm. Winter Park Baptist Church. Contact kathyiandoli7@ for more information.

American Girl Night

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

Pawsitive Reading

3:15 – 4:30pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

Rap Club

3:30 – 4:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. See 12/12.

Snake & Turtle Feeding

4 – 4:30pm. Halyburton Park. Presentation about live animals on display and feeding of one snake and turtle. $1. Call 3410075 for required pre-registration.

Southport Waterfront Movie

Dusk. Garrison House Lawn, Southport. Bring a blanket for “Arthur’s Christmas.” Free movie. Concessions available. Call 253-2670 for details.

Kure Beach Christmas Show 7pm. Kure Beach. See 12/07.

7pm. Barnes & Noble. Discuss American Girl books, enjoy a craft activity and have fun. Free. Contact 509-1880 for more information.

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North Carolina Symphony

3 – 4:15pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

Reindeer Games

10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. Ages 2-5 discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities and hikes. $3. Visit www. or call 341-0075 to pre-register.

Railroad Story Time

10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 12/03.

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

Family Reading Night

5:30pm. NHC Main Library. Favorite children’s books reenacted in a puppet show. Children make own puppets. Call 7986353 for details.

8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Call 962-3500 for ticket information.

12 Wednesday Airlie Bird Hike

8 – 9:30am. Airlie Gardens. Free to members or free with Garden admission. $5/Adults & $3/Children (ages 6-12 years). Bring binoculars. Bird guides provided. Visit or call 798-7700 for more information.

Makin’ Holiday Music

10 – 11am. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Rhythm, music and movement with Kindermusik educator Karen Stirnitzke. Ages 18 months – 5 years. Call 313-3100 for reservations please.

Pawsitive Reading

David Yurman Trunk Show

4 – 8pm. Mayfaire Town Center. Call 256-2962 for jewelryevent details.

Twas the Night Before…

7:30pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. Family Night. Tickets $7. See 12/06.

14 Friday Hooks & Needles

10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Beginners to advanced are invited to attend. Bring a current project or materials to start a new one. Free. Call 371-5563 for details.

A Visit from Elmo Claus

4 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Don’t miss capturing a photo with Elmo Claus. Bring a camera. All ages welcome. Call 509-0153 for details.

Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage or Trolley

6 – 10pm. Downtown Wilmington. Sing carols while enjoying the lights of old Wilmington snuggled under a warm lap blanket. $12/Adults. $5/Children under 12. Visit or call 251-8889 for information.

A Christmas Carol

6:30pm. TheatreNOW, 19 S 10th St. See 12/07.

Twas the Night Before…

8pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. See 12/06.

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15 Saturday 5K Jingle Bell Run

8am. Wrightsville Beach Museum. Dress in holiday apparel and participate in the 3rd annual run to benefit the Museum. Call 256-2569 to register.

Marine Explorers: Festival of Lights

9am – 12pm. UNCW Center for Marine Sciences. Explore the science behind bioluminescence. Find out what happens to sunlight by visiting different ocean zones and more! Ages 5-8. $15 (includes supplies). Call 962-2640 or visit www.uncw. edu/marinequest to register.

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A Visit from Elmo Claus

10 – 11am. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Don’t miss capturing a photo with Elmo Claus. Bring a camera. All ages welcome. Call 313-3100 for details.

3rd Annual Holiday Spectacular

1 – 6pm. The Dance Element. Open House and celebration featuring art exhibit, live music, refreshments and raffles. Free admission. Call 685-3787 for details.

Marine Explorers: Festival of Lights

1:30 – 4:30pm. UNCW Center for Marine Sciences. Explore the science behind bioluminescence. Find out what happens to sunlight by visiting different ocean zones and more! Ages 9-12. $15 (includes supplies). Call 962-2640 or visit www. to register.

A Christmas Carol

2pm & 7pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. Musical comedy adaption of Charles Dickens’ book. Tickets $45+. Call (919) 680-2787 for tickets.

Holiday Spectacular Dance Performances

3pm & 4pm. Studio Theatre. The Dance Element presents winter performances. Two shows at $3/each or $5/both. Call 685-3787 for tickets.

Twas the Night Before…

3pm & 8pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. See 12/06.

Great American Songbook Live

3 – 5pm. Thalian Hall Ballroom. Enjoy the Holiday Edition live version of the WHQR radio feature. $25/Reserved Table Seating. Visit for tickets. 4:30pm & 5:30pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 12/08.

Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage or Trolley

6 – 10pm. Downtown Wilmington. See 12/14.

A Christmas Carol

6:30pm. TheatreNOW, 19 S 10th St. See 12/07.

Christmas by the Sea

6:30 – 8:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. See 12/01.

16 Sunday Behind the Scenes Tour

1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/02.

Cape Fear Skies: Earth, Moon & Sun

1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Cape Fear Museum. Venture into outer space to explore stars, planets, and more. Included with Museum admission or free to members. Call 798-4350 or visit for information.

A Christmas Carol

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2pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. See 12/15.

Film Club

2pm. NHC Main Library. Pre-teens and teens shoot and edit their own short films. Call 798-6348 to register.

Works-in-Progress Showcase

2 – 4pm. Cameron Art Museum. The Dance Cooperative provides informal showings to working artists for critique. Free. Call 395-5999 for details. Online Shop Now Open.

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Twas the Night Before…

3pm. Thalian Studio Theatre. See 12/06.

The Polar Express

4:30pm & 5:30pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 12/08.

17 Monday Bellamy Holiday Tea

2 – 3pm. Bellamy Mansion. Enjoy tea, treats, door prizes and more in the formal parlors and embrace yesteryear. Contact 251-3700 or for details.

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

18 Tuesday The Family and the Breastfed Baby

10am. Grace United Methodist Church, 4th & Grace. Join La Leche League for nutrition education. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for more information.

20 Thursday Pawsitive Reading

3 – 4:15pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

Advantages of Breastfeeding

It’s a Wonderful Life

7:30pm. Thalian Hall. View the holiday classic in original 35mm format. $10. Visit for tickets.

22 Saturday

7pm. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 2788 Shipyard, Bldg B/Rm 3. Join the La Leche League for a morning of information. Babies and dads welcome. Call Julia at 791-2853 for details.

Annie Jr.

Chatham County Line in Concert

6 – 10pm. Downtown Wilmington. See 12/14.

1pm & 4pm. Thalian’s Studio Theatre. See 12/20.

Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage or Trolley

7pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Enjoy bluegrass, pop, folk and country. $16 - $25. Proceeds benefit 1000 People Who Care. Visit for tickets.

A Christmas Carol

Magic Tree House Night

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7 - 8pm. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy a Ghost Tale for Christmas Time. Contact 509-1880 for more information.

Annie Jr.

6:30pm. TheatreNOW, 19 S 10th St. See 12/07.

Annie Jr.

1pm & 4pm. Thalian’s Studio Theatre. See 12/20.

Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage or Trolley

3:15 – 4:30pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

7 – 9pm. Thalian’s Studio Theatre. Performance Club Studio Theatre presents the story of everyone’s favorite orphan, Annie! Featuring local talent ages 5-15. $12. Call 338-3378 for information. Visit for tickets.

19 Wednesday

21 Friday

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage or Trolley

6 – 10pm. Downtown Wilmington. See 12/14.

A Christmas Carol

6:30pm. TheatreNOW, 19 S 10th St. See 12/07.

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Annie Jr.

Pawsitive Reading

Pawsitive Reading

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

Pawsitive Reading

3:15 – 4:30pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

Rap Club

3:30 – 4:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. See 12/05.

6 – 10pm. Downtown Wilmington. See 12/14.

7 – 9pm. Thalian’s Studio Theatre. See 12/20.

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6 – 10pm. Downtown Wilmington. See 12/14.

24 Monday (Christmas Eve) Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Carriage or Trolley

25 Tuesday (Christmas Day)

3 – 4:15pm. Northeast Library. See 12/04.

28 Friday Hooks & Needles

Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker

2pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. See 12/29.

10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex. See 12/14.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

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Fourth Friday Gallery Walk

New Year’s Eve Noon

3 - 5:15pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. See 12/29.

6 – 9pm. Downtown Wilmington. A self-guided tour through several Wilmington galleries and studios. Includes artist discussions, live music, wine tasting and other art-based activities. Call 343-8997 for more information.

11am – 1pm. Children’s Museum. Count down to New Year’s with confetti, noise makers and lots of fun. Free with admission. Visit for details.

29 Saturday

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/03.

Aquarist Apprentice

2 – 4:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Join staff on a behindthe-scenes tour and participate in daily care. Hands-on, upclose experience. Wear closed-toe shoes. $25/Ages 13+. $23/Ages 10-12. $17/Members. Ages 10+ only. Call 4587468 for required pre-registration. Visit www.ncaquariums. com for details.

Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker

7pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. Holiday magic with eye-popping illusion. Tickets $30 - $100. Visit www.dpacnc. com for event information.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

8 – 10:15pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Raising silliness to an art form this musical tells the tale of King Arthur. $25. Visit for tickets.

30 Sunday Dolphin Dip Dash

12pm. Surf City, Roland Ave Beach Access. Run, walk or stroll along the beach. $25. Register at

Behind the Scenes Tour

1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 12/02.

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour New Year’s Eve Show

6pm & 9pm. TheatreNow. Visit for tickets.

New Year’s Eve Gala Fest

7pm – 12:55am. Thalian Hall. Join Thalian and City Stage and enjoy Monty Python’s Spamalot, buffet, and desserts. $100. Visit for reserved seating.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise

9pm. Henrietta III Riverboat. Cruise the Cape Fear while enjoying hors d’oeuvre buffet, entertainment, and champagne toast. Visit or call 343-1611 for reservations.

New Year’s Eve Countdown

9pm. Kure Beach Pier. Don’t miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by fireworks. Familyfriendly event with DJ, dancing and more. Visit for schedule.

Princess Ballet Dance for Free

one month free for any new registration expires Jan. 31, 2013

Mommy and Me Princess Ballet starting walking and older

Princess Birthday Parties Fairy Princess Ballet for all ages

Wilmington School of Ballet and Creative Arts Center 794-9590 • 3834 Oleander Drive

Save the Night Masquerade Ball

9pm. St. Thomas Preservation Hall. Don’t miss the chance to dance in the New Year with hors d’oeuvres, dessert and silent auction. $150. Proceeds benefit the Centre of Redemption. Visit for tickets.

To submit events to the calendar, please email Deadline for submissions to the January issue is December 9, 2012.

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8 Tips For Keeping Your Family Connected This Holiday Season By Michele Dawson


t’s likely a familiar scene in your house. Your loved ones are gathered in the family room, but your spouse is on the smart phone simultaneously checking emails and playing Words with Friends, your teen’s texting fingers are flying furiously, your daughter’s ears are budded with the latest tunes, and even your youngest is perched with a laptop, playing his favorite computer game. You’re not alone. “A decade ago, most children and adolescents spent about three hours a day watching television. Today, kids are spending more than seven hours per day on entertainment media, which includes televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices,” says Dr. Victor Strasburger, a member of the Council on Communications and Media at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Do you envision more Norman Rockwell-esque family time during the holidays? It’s possible. Or at least you can take baby steps to lure your family from the pull of their electronic gadgets and gizmos into the stuff of which memories are made. To make it a holiday season of family togetherness, why not:


Make a family outing of trimming the tree. Do you buy yours fresh? Make a day out of it. If you have a teen, you know requesting their presence for a family outing can be sometimes leave you preferring a trip to the dentist. Try luring them with food. Go out to breakfast before choosing the holiday tree. The enticement of piping hotcakes slathered in butter can sometimes do wonders. If you’re like many Americans who pull their artificial tree out of the garage or storage every year, there’s still plenty of opportunity to make it a family event … and you can still the start the day with going out to breakfast and get everyone going on a positive note.


Have a cookie baking day. Look through your favorite cookbooks and websites. Pull out a handful of recipes and let your family peruse them. Take a family vote and let the top two or three vote-getters be the cookies of the day. Once they’re baked, package some up and deliver to friends and neighbors.

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Spend the day volunteering. Get into the true spirit of the season by pulling the family together to do some volunteering. Spend the day at the homeless shelter or get involved in a neighborhood clean-up. Make cards and take them to a senior center or children’s hospital. Have a wrap party. Tired of wrapping those gifts yourself? Enlist your family to help. Make some hot chocolate, turn on the holiday music and get wrapping. Make it a competition to see who can come up with the most beautiful or creative wrapping job. Go to the play or theater. The holidays always offer a wide offering of theatrical options. Find a local Nutcracker or Christmas Carol performance. If your children are young, perhaps they’ll be inspired to take up dance or acting — or reinforce their love of the arts.


Family game time. There are so many great family

games available. You’re sure to have at least a few of these tucked away in a closet somewhere. Try Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Jenga, Scrabble, or Monopoly. Or why not go old school and just grab a deck of cards and play a favorite card game. If you’re kids still can’t quite get out of their tech frame a mind, join them in a family video game. Whether it’s Wii or Xbox, there are plenty of fun games to entertain everyone. Think dancing, bowling, basketball, even guitar playing.

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Year in review. Gather your family to put together a year-

in-review book. Grab favorite photos to assemble in a book or album. Have everyone write a letter about their year. Put all the letters in the photo book. Years later it will be a treasure for every member of the family to look back upon … and it can be the beginning of a new tradition.

Declare tech-free days throughout the month.

And once the holidays are over, carry your new gadget-free family activities into the new year. That is, once your kids get their initial fill of all the new electronic toys and gismos they receive from Santa. v Michele Dawson is a freelance writer based in Phoenix, Ariz. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with her husband and four kids, trying to convince them to spend less time on their electronic devices.

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Choose one day a week, if you think your family can tolerate it. Make that day a device-free day. Encourage family activities and mealtimes together on these days. Perhaps once they see that fun can be had without their devices, they’ll be more excited about the tech-free days with the family.

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Give the gift of unlimited playtime and fun: A Membership to The Children’s Museum of Wilmington!

Hopping Happy for the Holidays!

Membership will allow a whole family to play to their heart’s content and take advantage of special member-only benefits. Membership runs for 12 months from the date of purchase. Visit or call 910-254-3534 for more information!

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A choice of select products including a calendar, a pointer, pack of stickers, $5 Teacher’s Aid Gift Card and more! We will box and wrap the Kit for you! Contact info: 831 S. Kerr Ave. 910-799-0101

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All levels of classical ballet plus Mommy & Me, Fairy Princess Ballet, and Princess Camps. Get a free tutu with the purchase of a 100.00 gift certificate. The Wilmington School of Ballet. 3834 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 794-9590

This holiday Adopt-An-Animal from the N.C. Aquariums!

Select your favorite animal-sharks, otters, sea turtles, alligators or sea horses. Choose the level of support you wish to provide. Receive an adoption kit featuring an official certificate of adoption, an animal fact card with photos, and specialized window decals. The most popular kits also come with a cuddly plush animal outfitted with its own hooded sweatshirt. Your tax-deductible contribution helps the N.C. Aquariums feed and care for these animals throughout the year. Visit or call 800-832-FISH (3474) for more information and to order.

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Give the gift of dance.

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By Rachael Moshman


eachers love to feel appreciated during the holidays, and as a teacher to both small children and young adults, I receive a wide range of gifts each year. In fact, the topic of gifts is one my colleagues and I discuss frequently in the faculty lounge. While we appreciate the thought, there are definitely some gifts we could do without.

Good Ideas: School or office supplies. Teachers receive very few supplies from the school district. It is up to parents to bring in the bulk of everything from copy paper to paper towels. Not all parents do their part. Crayons, pencils, composition books and other basics are always appreciated. I know I always appreciate extra tissues and hand sanitizer during cold season!

Classroom materials. Ask your child for recommendations. A parent bought a second set of plastic dinosaurs for my block area once because she noticed they were a hot commodity while volunteering. Most teachers love to receive books for their classroom library. Coffee or tea. I love hot beverages so this is something I will always use!

hour to give, your child’s teacher will have something you can do to help, such as stapling papers, or cutting out wall decorations.

Children’s artwork. Yes, we have tons of it, but it still makes us smile. This is especially true when it is accompanied by a heartfelt letter of thanks.

Gift cards. If you want to give us something you know we’ll be able to use, gift cards are a safe choice. They are easy to carry home and we can get exactly what we need. I usually purchase something for my classroom.

Skip: Anything with an apple on it. I have mugs, hand towels, stationary sets, utensils, tote bags and more covered in apples. One of my colleagues was even given long underwear with apples printed on them! Ditto on anything with “#1 Teacher” or “World’s Best Teacher” printed on it!

Lotions, body sprays or soaps. We also have tons of this. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to personal products. Scented items give me migraines. I can’t even have them in my classroom.

My colleagues who aren’t caffeine enthusiasts gladly share these types of gifts with those of us who are. However, in my experience, most teachers are happy to have something to help them boost their energy level during their planning period.

Homemade baked goods. While we love the warm intentions, being given something we might not like or be able to eat puts us in an awkward situation. I admit that I’ve immediately thrown away plates of cookies or muffins that looked unappealing – or worse – unsanitary.

Healthy snack baskets. In a sea of chocolate and baked goods, having

Please remember - we don’t expect a gift at all. A warm smile and “thanks for all you do” fills our hearts with joy. However, if you feel compelled to give a gift, please don’t make us lug home our 13th set of apple shaped salt and pepper shakers! v

something healthy to snack on is much appreciated. One of my favorite gifts was a basket filled with individual packages of pretzels, nuts and granola bars, plus fresh apples and oranges.

Volunteering your time. This is the most valuable gift you can offer a teacher. One year I even had a mom who volunteered to recruit other classroom volunteers! That was a priceless gift! Even if you just have an

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Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer, educator and family advocate. She has a soft spot for socks with apples on them. Find her at www.



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I Won’t Grow Up! The holidays are a perfect excuse to bring out your inner child, and it’s good for your health too! Physically your family will benefit from the activity; mentally you will feel more relaxed and child-like. Here are some activities you may think you have grown out of that could revive your work-out routine! • Climb a tree – Kids love to climb trees, don’t let them have all the fun!

National Handwashing Awareness Week

• Hopscotch – There are so many variations of hopscotch, pick a different one every time.

December 2-8, 2012 is National Handwashing Awareness Week. Celebrate clean hands and help prevent the flu by teaching your children the importance of washing their hands thoroughly and some other helpful tips.

• Jump rope - get the kids involved and try double-dutch! • Tag – Let the kids be “it” and run! • Hula Hoop – It’s good for the abs…once you get the hang of it.

The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness: 1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating. 2. DO NOT cough into your hands. 3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands. 4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth. On Wednesday December 5, 2012 at noon, join Henry the Hand in “Linking” clean hands with your family, friends and community by e-mailing them the website “link” asking them to teach “Do not touch the T Zone” the only portal of entry into the human body for all respiratory infections. Help Henry “Spread the Word Not the Germs” about hand washing and Hand Awareness in order to avoid any “flu” or flu-like epidemics this year. Show Henry you care about clean hands and respect the role “Our Hands” play in the spread of infection. By e-mailing the message to 10 friends or family we show OUR strength and commitment to clean hands to help prevent the spread of disease. The power is in your hands to prevent the Flu! Practice the 4 principles of Hand Awereness and do not touch the T Zone! These behaviors will ensure you and your family “stay well” this season.

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Whole Living on Half a Dime Personal fitness teacher at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Ms. Reyes, is challenging her students to have life-long fitness and she’s made it fun and exciting! Her students are creating their own morning talk show called The O’Healthy Factor. Through the various exercise segments, cooking shows, television commercials, and health debates the students are learning all about different marketing, exercise and nutritional techniques. Ms. Reyes is teaching the students of CFCI and the community all about healthy foods: how to shop for, prepare and plan well-balanced meals; how to read and dissect food labels; and how to make smart food choices now as well as in the future. As a way to reach out to the community on a more regular basis, Ms. Reyes has also started a blog called “Whole Living on Half a Dime.” Her page is devoted to helping families live healthier, wholer lives without spending a fortune! Keep up with Ms. Reyes and her students as they learn and teach Wilmington how to live healthy, and also find helpful hints, recipes, tips and money-saving strategies to living and feeling better.

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| school notes Speak Up! Families and educators are invited to take a free, quick, on-line survey in order to “Speak Up” and share viewpoints about key educational issues in our schools. Simply visit to connect from the NHC school site or open the Speak Up survey instantly at www.speakup4schools. org/speakup2012. In less than 10 minutes, you will have completed the survey and provided valuable feedback to state and national policy makers. This invitation is for parents, students and educators. Please Speak Up by December 14, 2012! Visit to learn more about the program and to ask any questions you may have.

Wrightsville Beach Elementary Adopts a School

Education Fair 2013 —New Location, New Time Don’t miss Wilmington Parent’s 5th annual Education Fair on Saturday, January 26 from 9am – 1pm at the First Baptist Activity Center, 1939 Independence Blvd. The event features representatives from local tuition-based schools, as well as boarding schools across the region. Parents, this is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with school representatives to learn about the many private school opportunities available to your children. Free admission & free parking. Visit for more information.

After Hurricane Sandy caused devastation on the coast of the Jersey Shore, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School “adopted” Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights, NJ for a twoweek period. During this time, WBES raised money to help the NJ school and its students obtain many necessities that were lost due to the major storm.

Good Behavior Rewarded at Trask The Trask Middle School “Chef’s Table” is an excellent example of how a school’s child nutrition program is an integral part of the learning environment. Trask’s cafeteria is proud to support student’s healthy eating habits, but they also support character development by encouraging students to make good choices and have positive behavior. The “Chef’s Table” program is a way to recognize students for their good character and kindness to others. Each week, one student from each grade level is selected and treated to a special VIP lunch prepared and served by the cafeteria manager, Rob Newton, at the Chef’s Table. The selected student and a chosen guest are treated to a fine dining experience with Chef Newton at the specially decorated table, complete with fine China, glassware, and table linens. This beneficial program has caught nationwide attention! This year, New Hanover County and Trask Middle School were presented with the USDA Best Practices Award during the state’s Child Nutrition Administrators Annual Conference. This national award given to Trask Middle School cafeteria and manager Rob Newton was 1 of just 5 awarded to the state. The Trask Child Nutrition Team was selected for this prestigious award for its innovative “Chef’s Table” and outstanding customer service.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 9:00am-1:00pm First Baptist Church Activity Center 1939 Independence Blvd (near Independence Mall)

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Wilmington Parent’s Education Fair provides parents all the educational options they need to make decisions about their child’s education from preschool to high school. Parents and children can visit with representatives from private school systems, parochial, boarding, and special education.

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School’s Out! New Hanover County:

Traditional Schools: 12/21 - Student Half Day / Staff Development Half Day 12/24 – 01/01/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Year Round Schools: 12/21 – Student Half Day / Staff Development Half Day 12/24 – 01/04/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation IBEC High School: 12/20 – 01/01/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation WEC High School: 12/20 – Student Half Day / Staff Development Half Day 12/21 – Student Vacation / Teacher Work Day 12/24 – 01/02/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation CFCI Charter School: 12/19 – Early Release 12/20 – 01/02/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Pre-K Centers: 12/21 - Student Half Day / Staff Development Half Day 12/24 – 01/01/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation

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Brunswick: Traditional Schools: 12/21 – Early Release 12/24 – 01/02/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Roger Bacon Academy/ Charter Day School 12/21 – Half Day 12/24 – 01/04/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Brunswick Early College: 12/21 – Early Release 12/24 – 01/03/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation


Traditional Schools: 12/05 – Early Release / Staff Development Day 12/24 – 01/01/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Penderlea Year Round School: 12/05 - Early Release / Staff Development Day 12/24 – 01/04/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Pender Early College: 12/5 – Early Release / Staff Development 12/21 – 01/02/13 – Christmas & New Year’s Holidays/Vacation Visit, or for more information.

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| going green | By Brandy Metzger

Gifts That Give Throughout the Year

I The anticipation of the arrival of a monthly package— paired with the excitement of opening it up to see what’s inside— has fueled the popularity of subscription boxes.

t is always fun to get a package in the mail, especially when the contents are a surprise. The anticipation of the arrival of a monthly package—paired with the excitement of opening it up to see what’s inside—has fueled the popularity of subscription boxes. These boxes come in many varieties ranging from health and beauty boxes for adults to craft boxes for children. If you are in the market to try out some great green products, here are a few subscription boxes to check out.

Eco-Emi was founded by a woman that learned the importance of living a green life after losing a beloved dog to a rare disease. She began the company to offer samples of green products to those interested. The goal of Eco-Emi’s subscription service is to take the guesswork and expense out of the equation when trying to find natural products. Monthly boxes include a minimum of 5 samples and include such items as beauty

products, food and cleaning supplies. The monthly subscription cost is $15. Eco-Emi can be found at

Yuzen was established by a couple who believe in promoting companies that make eco-friendly products while also focusing on community building, fair-trade, sustainability, wellness, or a combination of those missions. Each month Yuzen delivers a selection of products that are carefully chosen because of their purity and quality. Many of the items included in the box are either full sized or premium sample sized giving subscribers a chance to have more than one encounter with a product. Items range from beauty products to food samples. Each month’s box is valued at $60 or more yet the subscription cost is only $26 a month. Find Yuzen at

Ecocentric Mom, created by a mother of four children, is a company “dedicated to helping people live a greener, healthier lifestyle by introducing them to the most ethical and honest businesses with the highest quality natural and green products.” The company offers 3 different subscription boxes. The Baby Discovery Box features products and food for babies up to 18 months old. The Mom-to-Be Discovery Box and Mom Discovery Box includes items such as skin care, make-up, organic food, spa products and items for the home (Mom-to-Be is focused on the needs of pregnant women). Monthly subscriptions are $17. Visit Ecocentric Mom at

Green Kid Crafts is the original kids crafting subscription box. The mom-owned company puts together wonderful monthly boxes for children that include materials to make 3 eco-friendly crafts. All materials in the box are non-toxic and sustainable and encourage development through art, science and imaginative play. Subscriptions are $19.50 per month. Green Kid Crafts can be found at Subscription boxes make great gifts. Please check out our online magazine at to see how you can win a Conscious Box full of natural, sustainable samples. v Brandy Metzger is a freelance writer with a passion for green living. She is also a mother and a principal educator with STIZZil (an online education company).

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Christmas craft for kids Winter Sweetness

Gingerbread houses getting tiresome year after year? How about an alternative? A Marshmallow igloo is an easy and fun holiday craft kids of ALL ages will love. Materials needed: Paper plate Miniature marshmallows Frosting Dixie paper bathroom cups (or other small paper cups) Assorted candy How to make it: Place paper plate upside down on table. Smear a glob of icing a bit to the side. Place the cup upside down on the icing. Smear icing all over the outside of the cup. Start placing marshmallows on the cup. To make the “door” to the igloo, dip marshmallows in frosting and stick them together until you have made a marshmallow arch (do this towards the middle of the plate, you can make a sidewalk, too!) Decorate with colorful candy. Make more than one to create a North Pole village!

Crafty Wilmington Fun for Kids Making holiday ornaments and crafts at home can be fun, but the clean-up is a pain. When you and the kids feel that creative urge, why not visit one to the places listed below for a crafty field trip! The kids can let their artistic side run wild, and your house is spared the colorful consequences. Holiday Kids @ CAM - Saturday, Dec. 8th 12-3pm. There will be holiday music and a variety of holiday-themed art activities. Art Exposure in Hampstead – Located on US Hwy 17 in Hampstead, just look for the big barn! Art classes year-round and special themed classes for children through adults. Paint-N-Play Pottery Studio – Bring the kids and paint your own ornaments, holiday plates, or ceramic Christmas trees. v

Story Time

NHC Libraries closed 12/23 – 12/26 and 12/30 • NHC Libraries have “early closing” hours from 12/17 – 12/31 Brunswick and Pender County Libraries closed 12/22 – 12/26 New Hanover County Libraries Main Library – 201 Chestnut Street – 798-6301 Myrtle Grove Branch – 5155 South College Road – 798-6391 Northeast Branch – 1241 Military Cutoff Road – 798-6371 Carolina Beach Branch – 300 Cape Fear Blvd. – 798-6385 Lapsit Storytime (Babies under 18 months) @ 9:30am Main Branch: Tuesday 12/04 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 12/05 Northeast Branch: Wednesday 12/05 Northeast Branch: Thursday 12/06 Toddler Storytime (18 – 36 months) @ 10am Main Branch: Tuesday 12/04 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 12/05 Northeast Branch: Wednesday 12/05 Northeast Branch: Thursday 12/06 Preschool Storytime (3 – 5 years) @ 10:30am Main Branch: Tuesday 12/04 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 12/05 Northeast Branch: Wednesday 12/05 Northeast Branch: Thursday 12/06 Spanish/English Storytime (Preschool ages) @10:30am Northeast Branch: Tuesday 12/04 Special Events Main Library Family Yoga Storytime: Friday 12/07, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 from 10:30 – 11am

Family Reading Night (Puppet Show): Monday 12/10 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Film Club (Teens): Sunday 12/16 from 2 – 4pm Northeast Library Sensational Saturday Storytime: Saturday 12/01, 12/08 from 10 - 10:30am Family Reading Night (Puppet Show): Monday 12/03 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Pawsitive Reading: Tuesday 12/04, 12/11, 12/18 from 3:15 – 4:30pm Pawsitive Reading: Wednesday 12/05, 12/12, 12/19 from 3:15 – 4:30pm Pawsitive Reading: Thursday 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 from 3 – 4pm Myrtle Grove Library Rap Club: Wednesday 12/05, 12/12, 12/19 from 3:30 – 4:30pm Family Reading Night (Puppet Show): Tuesday 12/11 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Carolina Beach Library Family Reading Night (Puppet Show): Tuesday 12/04 from 4:30 – 5:30pm Pender County Public Libraries Burgaw Central Library – 103 S. Cowan Street – 259-1234 Hampstead Branch Library – 75 Library Drive – 270-4603 Contact branch for December schedule. Brunswick County Public Libraries” Barbee Library – 8200 East Oak Island Drive – 278-4283

Harper Library – 109 West Moore Street – 457-6237 Hickmans Crossroads – 1040 Calabash Road – 575-0173 Leland Library – 487 Village Road – 371-9442 Rourk Library – 5068 Main St. – 754-6578 Contact branch for December schedule. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Mayfaire Town Center – 509-3353 Storytime Mondays at 10:30am Barnes & Noble Mayfaire Town Center – 509-1880 Toddler Storytime Tuesdays at 10am Fridays at 7pm Wilmington Railroad Museum 505 Nutt Street (910) 763-2634 Preschool/Early Elementary Storytime ($4/Family) 1st & 3rd Mondays at 10:30am Leland Town Hall 102 Town Hall Drive (910) 332-4818 Leland’s Little Learners (ages 3-5) Tuesdays at 9am

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