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July 2012 • FREE

Our 14th Year of Serving New Hanover, Brunswick & Pender County Families!



• Surfing Obstacles • Summer Career Camp • Resource Listing

Summer Safety Avoid the Slip-Ups

Meet the Expert

Family Favorites 2012 Readers Choice Awards

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in this issue

July 2012 SPecial Section: Special Needs

22 Surfing over Obstacles 24 Disability resource center

Summer Career Camp

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Growing Up Online

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Wilmington's Oldest Montessori School The Children's Schoolhouse


hope everyone is having a relaxing summer! Yet, don’t let these warm, lazy days slip away without trying some of the fun events listed in our calendar. Many of the museums around town have some unique activities available to keep those kids busy. Of course, the 4th of July is near and there are plenty of events around Wilmington that will have you celebrating Independence Day with lots of sparkly explosions and happy memories! However, don’t let the excitement of summer distract you from keeping the kids safe. Sandra Gordon has some important, and often overlooked, safety tips in her article “Summer Safety Slip-ups”. July is also the month we focus on informing Wilmington parents about the resources available for special needs children. The listing on page 26 is a wealth of information for parents of children with special needs. Also, be sure to read about the amazing work Jack Viorel, owner of Indo Jax Surf School and Charities, is doing through his surf camps in the feature, “Surfing Over Obstacles”, on page 22. If you have a teen with special needs, there is information for you too! The disAbility Resource Center is offering a Summer Career Camp for disabled teens and young adults, and applications are now being accepted. Everyone stay safe, spend some time at the beach, relax, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


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 Location: 612 South College Rd. (across from UNCW) Housed in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church • Lucy Hieronymus, Directress (910) 799-1531 TCSH admits students regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin

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department | short stuff

short stuff Nature Program: Seashells

4th of July Celebration

Battleship Blast

The Little Explorers Nature Program at Halyburton Park provides an opportunity for children ages 2 – 5 to explore the park in a whole new way!

The Children’s Museum invites families to “come play” before the fireworks show in downtown Wilmington on July 4! The fun at the Museum will be held from 5 – 8pm and will feature an Air Rocket Challenge, Fireworks Painting, Sound Makers, and Soda Explosions. Admission is $8 (with half off for immediate family members of military personnel with valid ID). Contact Jennifer Kelly at 254-3534 or for complete details…and don’t miss this prefireworks fun!

The 16th Annual Battleship Blast is scheduled for July 4 at 9:05pm!

Join Park guides on July 23 or 24 from 10 – 11am to enjoy nature through stories, songs, activities, hikes, and crafts. Admission is only $3 for an event-filled hour of learning and fun about “seashells.” Please contact 341-0075 or info@halyburtonpark. com to pre-register for the morning that fits your summer schedule.


This free event features a HUGE and WONDERFULLY choreographed fireworks display exploding over the Battleship NC. The best views of this display are from downtown Wilmington, so come early to find your spot and visit with friends until sunset! Contact Shelly Robinson at 251-5797 or leads@ for detailed information.

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Fireworks by the Sea

An Independence Day celebration will be held on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on July 3 from 6:30 – 9:30pm. The evening will feature live music performed by “Dutch Treat” (disco and 80’s rock) along with a spectacular fireworks display at sunset! Please call 458-8434 for more information.

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Classy-Chassis Car Show Visit Poplar Grove Plantation on July 14 from 9am – 4pm (rain date July 15) for the annual open Car Show displaying over 180 beautiful cars and trucks! This year, antique tractors will be featured as well. While touring the Plantation, be sure to visit the Country Flea Market for a wide selection of goods or the ice cream parlor for a refreshing treat. Prize Details: Cars/Trucks (1987 & Older) * Dash plaques for first 200 entries * * Wall plaques for top 50 * * Specialty Winners Plaques * Admission is $5 with all proceeds benefitting the non-profit Poplar Grove Foundation for improvement of the grounds. Contact 686-9518 x29 or pgp@ with any questions.

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family finances

department | family finances

Home Equity Loans: The Money’s in the Walls!


used to watch home makeover TV shows, the ones where the homeowner drops $50,000 on a new state-of-the-art kitchen with double ovens and an eight-burner range. While the “afters” were almost always exquisite, I would sit on my couch and yell things at the television. “Who has 50 grand lying around for a new kitchen?!” I’d say, “And how often are people cooking eight things at once anyway??” I stopped watching those shows, mostly because they made me crazy, but not before I learned a little bit about home equity loans. Turns out most folks don’t have $50,000 sitting in their bank accounts; it’s hidden in the By Robyn Passante walls of their house! There are two types of home equity loans: A fixed-rate loan and a line of credit. They’re quite different, but they do have a few things in common. First, both allow you to borrow against the equity in your home. Both are available with terms that are typically five to 15 years. And both must be repaid in full if the home is sold (a very important point in this day and age, where sudden layoffs and unexpected moves seem to be more frequent). A fixed-rate loan, sometimes called a second trust mortgage, provides a single, lumpsum payment to the borrower, which is repaid over a set period of time (5-15 years). With this type of loan the interest rate and payment amount are locked in, so your payments won’t fluctuate over the life of the loan. It is,

however, a monthly payment in addition to your regular mortgage, so if your finances are tight as it is, taking on an extra monthly bill is probably not the best thing to do. However, the home equity loan can be a great option for longtime homeowners who have built some equity into their home and have a large but important expense on the horizon, said Charlie Crowe, Vice President Home Loan Manager at Bank of America in Annapolis, MD. “Homeowners should use the home equity loan for what’s necessary, what you really need, like helping with college tuition or putting on a new roof,” Crowe said. “Be careful about using it for things that don’t have a lasting value, like a vacation.” That mindset of having extra cash to blow is easy to fall into, particularly with the second type of loan, the home-equity line of credit. This is typically a variable-rate loan that works like a credit card, making a certain dollar limit available to you to spend at will. Borrowers can withdraw money when they need it using a special credit card or designated checks, and monthly payments vary based on the amount of money borrowed and the current interest rate. Like fixed-rate loans, the line of credit has a set term (5-15 years), so when the end of that term is reached, the outstanding loan amount must be repaid in full. “You want to be an informed consumer and check around, because there are home equity lines of credit available on an interest-only basis,” Crowe said. “From a monthly payment standpoint the line of credit’s a little easier to make, but you have to make sure you have the wherewithal to pay that down.” Lenders want to make sure you have the ability to pay off the loan too. They require a certain loan-to-value ratio in order to make the deal, Crowe said. They also will approve only those with a decent credit score and a proven ability to pay back the loan. The second mortgage can be beneficial for tax purposes, financial planning and tackling important family expenses. But Crowe advises homeowners to make sure the pros far outweigh the cons. “Be very aware of your financing options, and make sure it’s for the right reason,” he said. v Robyn Passante is a freelance writer and mother of two who will never have an 8-burner range.

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growing up online

department | growing up online


echnology changes fast. And that means most families have electronic clutter— cell phones, cameras and calculators, laptops, tablets and e-readers, talking toys, video game systems and media players. One website estimates that the average American household has no less than 24 electronic devices, many of them sitting unused in drawers and cupboards.

accessories and, if possible, manuals and original packaging. Then head to the websites below to see what your items are worth. (You may want to recruit an adolescent to do this research. Just offer a percentage of the proceeds.)   Because prices vary a great deal, it’s a good idea to start at, a website which quickly

How to Have a Virtual Garage Sale

By Carolyn Jabs

Although such items aren’t likely to sell well at a traditional garage sale, they can be a source of cash, sometimes surprising amounts of cash. The market for refurbished and rebuilt devices is strong, especially overseas, and a flourishing community of buyback websites will pay for unwanted gadgets without the hassles associated with real world garage sales. Getting rid of electronic debris is an ideal summer project. Not only will you declutter the house, but you’ll probably earn enough to defray at least some of the costs for new back-to-school gadgets. Enlist your kids to go through closets and play areas, gathering up any unused object that needs a battery, a charger or a power cord. Even items that no longer work may have value. Use a damp cloth to clean off grime and fingerprints. Locate cords,

surveys the web to determine a fair price range for used items in a wide range of categories. is also helpful. By aggregating information from a number of reliable buyback sites, it helps you zero in on the best offer. Buyback websites accept different items. Most provide a detailed list with menus that help you identify the precise model you have in your possession. (For videos and games, you may also need the ISBN number.) You, in turn, answer questions about the condition of what you have to sell. The more accurately you answer these questions, the more likely it is that you will get the full price offered by the site. If you agree to the price, the company should pay for shipping, either by providing a mailing label or by sending a carton for larger items. Before shipping, erase personal data from computers and cell phones. Even though some companies promise to do this for you, you don’t want to take the chance that information will wind up in the wrong hands. To find instructions, search for “wipe data” and the name of your device.   For peace of mind, make sure the website you use has a customer service phone number as well as a street address just in case you need to track down payment. Because payment procedures vary, you’ll want to keep copies of shipping labels and other paperwork. Some companies send a check; others deposit funds into a PayPal account. A few offer gift cards to Amazon, Target or other companies, and some give credit toward new merchandise., for example, will trade in anything they’ve ever sold for a store credit. The website you choose depends in part on what you have to sell. Here are some suggestions:

Cell phones. Apple products, including Iphones and I-pads, are in high demand at sites like and specializes in Android devices. For cell phones of all kinds, check out, or Gazelle allows you take payment in the form of an Amazon gift card and also makes it easy to donate the value of your phone to one of their approved charities. Video Games. offers cash for used games, CDs, and DVDs. gives credits that can be used toward other games. 10 | July 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Amazon also has a trade in site that accepts all kinds of media including books. Just type “Trade In” into the search box at the top of the page.

Electronic Toys. Interactive toys like Leapster and Hexbugs sell reasonably well on Ebay. Checking will give you an idea of which items are worth listing and will help you avoid selling valuable collectibles for less than they are worth. The site also has a Toy Selling Guide with useful pointers. Those who don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up an auction can check to see whether an electronic item is eligible for Ebay’s Instant Sale option (

Gadgets of all kinds. If you have a grab bag of items, you’ll do best with a site that accepts everything from camcorders to headphones. has a good reputation for paying as promised, and they offer a fundraising option for parent clubs and other organizations. has a partnership with Target that allows you take electronic items directly to a store and get a gift card on the spot. has the endorsement of the Better Business Bureau and offers to match prices from other sites. plants a tree for every successful transaction.  Even when they can’t offer money because your electronics are too damaged or too out of date, some of these sites will pay for you to ship items for recycling. Take them up on this offer. Electronic devices often contain toxic materials so they don’t belong in the landfill. They also don’t belong at the back of the closet or the bottom of the toy box. Someone, somewhere wants your stuff, and with the help of these websites, you can enjoy the financial rewards of a garage sale without ever setting up a card table. 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. Visit to read other columns.

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department |

reel life

Spider-Man gets a reboot, Batman battles Bane, and the Ice Age gang encounter pirates on the

high seas. Here’s what’s new on the big screens in July.

off-stage. These concert movies not only give fans an opportunity to be part of the tour, but they take us behind the scenes and show all the hard work that goes into it. Even harder when the star’s personal life is in turmoil, as Perry’s was when her marriage to Russell Brand crumbled in the tabloids. As concert films go, this is quality fare, thanks to producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

By Jane Louise Boursaw

reel life

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man

PG-13 for sequences of action and violence. In theaters July 3 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4.5 out of 5 Reels. Like most teenagers, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is just trying to figure out who he is and how he fits into the world. But as we all know, he has a secret. Or more accurately, a big fat web of secrets. This origin story begins with Peter discovering a mysterious briefcase, which leads him to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. The meeting sets off a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, as Peter makes life-altering choices that shape his destiny to become the hero we all know and love: Spider-Man. Marc Webb directs this reboot of the Marvel comic series, which also stars Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, Sally Field as May Parker, and Denis Leary as George Stacy. Emma Stone plays Peter’s first high school crush, Gwen Stacy. Great cast, compelling story, and the perfect film to give this franchise a much-needed fresh start.

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters July 5 (2D, 3D). Ok for kids 11+. Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels. http://www. There’s something about colorful Katy Perry that makes people happy. In fact, she says that’s all she wants to do with her music: make people smile. Dan Cutforth, the producer behind Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, directs this documentary that chronicles the pop star’s life on and

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Ice Age: Continental Drift

PG for mild rude humor and action/peril. In theaters July 13. Ok for kids 6+. Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels. http://www. They’re back! This time, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of that elusive acorn—which, as we all know, he’s been after since the dawn of time—has world-changing consequences. Namely, a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo). In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny

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reel life

(Wanda Sykes), and the herd encounters assorted sea creatures and pirates determined to stop them from returning home. Directed by Steve Martino, who also helmed Horton Hears a Who!, the voice cast includes Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Seann William Scott, Queen Latifah, Nick Frost, Aziz Ansari and Keke Palmer.

Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine also star in this summer blockbuster.

Step Up Revolution

PG-13 for some suggestive dancing and language. In theaters July 27. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 2.5 out of 5 Reels. http://

The Dark Knight Rises

PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. In theaters July 20. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 5 out of 5 Reels. It’s been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale) took the rap for Harvey Dent’s crimes (if you need a refresher, go back and watch 2008’s The Dark Knight). The city of Gotham has turned against the caped crusader, yet he’s still compelled to help out when the evil Bane (Tom Hardy) plots to destroy the city. Hunted by the Gotham City Police Department, Batman returns to town where he encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), who turns out to be none other than Catwoman. This is the third Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan, and he’s already rumored to be working on a Batman reboot for 2015. Liam

Ever since Step Up was released in 2006, a new movie in the franchise has come out every couple of years. Let’s face it, dance movies never go out of style, and they always draw an audience. This one stars Kathryn McCormick as Emily, a girl who arrives in Miami with big dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Sparks fly when she meets Sean (Ryan Guzman), the leader of a dance crew known for their elaborate flash mobs. When a wealthy businessman threatens to develop their historic neighborhood, Emily and Sean turn their performance art into protest art. There are no plot surprises here, but this movie still offers plenty of great choreography.

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

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1 Sunday Airlie Gardens Free 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.

Birding on Bald Head Island 9am Mondays. Bald Head Island Conservancy. Bring binoculars to experience fantastic opportunities for birding. The island is home to egrets, herons, ibis and dozens of other species. Call 338-0930 for registration information.

Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Make a Confetti Launcher.” Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9.Visit or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

NC 4th of July Festival 12pm (through 7/4). Southport. Featuring tours, art show, entertainment, vendors, children’s activities, parade, fireworks and more! View complete event schedule on

Little Sprouts Storytime 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Fireflies.” Preschoolers meet new people, hear wonderful stories, and enjoy an activity.Visit www.playwilmington. org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Cape Fear Museum Free Day 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.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Storytime 10:30am Mondays. Mayfaire Town Center.Visit www. or call 509-3353 for details.

Sharks vs. Swampdogs 7pm (through 8/2). Legion Stadium. The Wilmington Sharks baseball team takes on the Fayetteville Swampdogs. $6/Adults. $5/Children ages 6-12. Free/5 & under.Visit for season schedule.

Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Experiment with writing activities. “New News!” Free with admission. Call 254-3534 to reserve a spot.Visit for details. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm (through Labor Day). Carolina Beach Lake Park. “We Bought a Zoo” (PG). Free movie every Sunday evening. Bring a chair.Visit for complete event list.

2 Monday Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours Daily (Year Round). Cotton Exchange, Downtown. Experience chills and thrills! Tales of mystery of the Cotton Exchange ghosts. $10/Adults. $8/Students & Seniors. Free under age 12.Visit or call 409-4300 for tour information. NC 4th of July Festival 8am (through 7/4). Southport. See 7/1. Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm Mondays (through Labor Day). Old Causeway Drive. Shop for fresh, locally grown produce. Contact 256-7925 for details.

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Canines for Literacy 10:30am Mondays & Fridays. Northeast Library. Elementary age children practice summer reading with Ivy, a listening therapy dog. Call 798-6373 for information and appointments. Family Story Time @ NHC Main Library 10:30 – 11am Mondays & Wednesdays. Main Library. Children under age 5 enjoy stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6353 with questions. Family Story Time @ Carolina Beach 10:30 – 11am Weekdays (through 7/31). Carolina Beach Library. All ages come for stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6385 with questions. Family Story Time @ Myrtle Grove 11:30am – 12pm Weekdays (through 7/31). Myrtle Grove Library. All ages come for stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6391 with questions. Book Break @ Myrtle Grove 2 – 2:45pm Mondays & Fridays (through 7/31). Myrtle Grove Library. Children ages 5-10 enjoy stories and more. Summer camps and other groups welcomed (call ahead with number of participants). Call 798-6391 for details.

NC Symphony Stars & Stripes 7:30pm. UNCW Kenan Auditorium. Old fashioned salute to the red, white & blue with patriotic highlights and symphonic favorites to honor the USA. $22/person. $10/students.Visit https://events.uncw. edu for more information.

3 Tuesday NC 4th of July Festival 8am (through 7/4). Southport. See 7/1. Leland’s Little Learners 9 – 10am Tuesdays. Town of Leland. Enjoy storytime, arts & crafts, and playground time. Free. Ages 3-5 (parents/guardians remain with children). Contact 332-4823 to pre-register. Lap Sit Story Time 9:30 – 9:50am Tuesdays. Main Library Children’s Room. Babies 18 months and younger are invited to enjoy 20 minutes of books, songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes and bounces. No pre-registration. Call 798-6303 for details. Barnes & Noble Story Time 10am Tuesdays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly storytime in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details. Toddler Story Time 10 – 10:30am Tuesdays. Main Library Children’s Room. For enthusiastic toddlers ages 18 months – 3 years! Activity-time filled with books, flannel

boards, songs, and finger plays. No pre-registration required. Call 798-6303 for more information. Preschool Story Time 10:30 – 11am Tuesdays. Main Library Children’s Room. Ages 3 to 5 years are invited. Different theme featured weekly. Includes books, songs, flannel boards, finger plays, and more. No pre-registration. Call 798-6303 with questions. School Age Story Time 11am Tuesdays. Main Library. Children in grades K-4 hear stories and music appropriate for their ages. Call 798-6303 with questions. Family Story Time @ NE Branch 11 – 11:30am Tuesday – Friday (through 7/31). Northeast Regional Library. All ages come for stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6373 with questions. Canines for Literacy 2pm Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Northeast Library. Elementary age children practice summer reading with Ivy, a listening therapy dog. Call 798-6373 for information and an appointment. Book Break @ Main Library 2 – 2:45pm Tuesday - Thursday (through 7/31). Main Library. Children ages 5-10 enjoy stories and more. Summer camps and other groups welcomed (call ahead with number of participants). Call 798-6303 for details. Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going Lebanese – Basbousa.” Explore foods from all over the world. Free with Museum admission.Visit for details. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Family Night Red, White, & Blue 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 for more information. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach, Cape Fear Blvd & Canal Dr. Enjoy live music by “Dutch Treet” and fireworks at sunset. Free. Visit for events schedule. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood in Concert 7pm. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Former front man of The Black Crowes brings a new group to perform an edgy mix of country blues and rock. $22 - $30. Contact for details. Hometown Opry 7 – 10pm. Leland Rec Bldg, 102 Town Hall Drive. Get ready for pickin’ and grinnin’ with the bluegrass/country/gospel/folk jam session. All levels of experience welcomed (spectators, too). Free. Contact 332-4818 for more information.

4 Wednesday (Independence Day) Libraries Closed NC 4th of July Festival 7am. Southport. See 7/1. Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm Wednesdays (through 11/21). Poplar Grove Plantation. Featuring fresh local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats and cheeses, baked goods, plus arts and crafts, cut flowers, and more. Free admission.Visit for details. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Hands-on activities for preschoolers to explore the world around them! Call 254-3534 or visit to pre-register. Discover Science 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Stack ‘em up – Tower of Cups.” Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit to pre-register.

Mini Math 4pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Familiarizing children with math concepts. Call 2543534 to reserve a spot.Visit for weekly details. 4th of July Celebration 5 – 8pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Come to the Museum before watching the downtown fireworks. Enjoy challenges, firework painting and more. (Half off admission for military personnel and family members with ID.) Visit for event activities.

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4th of July Cruise 6:30 – 9:30pm. Henrietta Riverboat, Water Street. Come aboard the state’s largest riverboat to celebrate Independence Day. Call 343-1611 or visit for reservations. A Chorus Line 8pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Opera House Theatre Co. presents a dance sensation. $25/Reserved Seating. Contact 632-2285 or visit for ticket purchases and listing of show dates. Battleship Blast 9:05pm. Best viewing from downtown Wilmington. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display at this 16th annual event. Come early to reserve a spot and enjoy friends and street vendors. Call 251-5797 or visit for details.

5 Thursday Happy Little Singers 9:30am Thursdays. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Music and movement class for children 9 months to 6 years (and caregiver). Sing, dance, play & jam on instruments. $10/class first child. $5/add’l child. Call 332-4823 to register. NHCPL Lapsit StoryTime 9:30 – 9:45am Thursdays. Northeast Library. Babies 3 18 months enjoy fun stories and songs. No registration required. Call 798-6373 for more information.

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StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “If You Give a Mouse a Muffin – Blueberry Muffins.” Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. NHCPL Toddler Story Time 10 – 10:20am Thursdays. Northeast Library. Children ages 18 – 36 months join others for stories, songs and other fun activities. No registration required. Call 7986373 for details. Bi-lingual Story Time 10:30am Thursdays. Main Library. Preschoolers and their adult chaperones enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Call 798-6301 for details. Expressive Art Group 2 – 4pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Bring a painting to work on (along with supplies) and gather to share ideas and learn new techniques. Free. Call 371-9176 for details. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean – Under the Sea Crayon Resist.” Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. Call 254-3534 or visit with questions. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. Live music by “Bald Fury” and fireworks at sunset. See 7/3. Sounds of Summer 6:30 – 8pm Thursdays (through 8/9). Wrightsville Beach Park. Bring a picnic for an evening concert in the park sponsored by WECT. Call 256-7925 or visit for band listings.

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Cape Fear 7’s Rugby Tournament 9am. Ogden Park. Competitive premiere divisions.Visit for registration and schedule information. Family Fun Saturdays 10am & 1pm Saturdays. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Tour gallery plus studio workshops for families with children ages 5-11. $3/Members. $5/Non-Members. Call (919) 715-5923 or visit for information. Superhero Power Party 10 – 11:30am. Learning Express Toys, 3804 Oleander. Come dressed as a superhero and demonstrate super powers with mask-making, name-generating, obstacle course, and more. Free! Call 313-3100 for reservations. Leland Market 10am – 2pm. Leland Municipal Park. Purchase fresh produce, baked goods and handmade crafts. Contact 332-4823 for details. Screen Gems Studios Tour 12 & 2pm Saturdays. Screen Gems Studios. 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. Reservations not required. Call 343-3433 or visit .

Music in the Courtyard 7 – 8:15pm. Cameron Art Museum. Enjoy the music of saxophonist Benny Hill. $5/Members & Students. $10/ Non-Members.Visit for more information. Pilobolus 8pm (through 7/7). Durham Performing Arts Center. Brilliant and thought-provoking works full of imagination, wit & choreography that put audiences on the edge of their seats. Tickets $23 - $51.Visit www. for details.

6 Friday Free Friday Field Trips 9 – 11am (through 9/7). Mason Inlet, N. Lumina Ave. Join Audubon NC naturalists on a free guided tour of the sanctuary. Get close-up looks at nesting birds and chicks. Call 686-7527 for details. Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington.“Shimmery Fish.” 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 Fridays. 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. American Legion Fish Fry 11am – 7pm. American Legion Post 129. $8/plate includes whiting fillet or catfish, hush puppies, slaw, potato salad and drink. Call 458-4253 for more information. Superhero Power Party 3 – 4:30pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Come dressed as a superhero and demonstrate super powers with mask-making, name-generating, obstacle course, and more. Free! Call 509-0153 for reservations. Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “ Watercolor Castles.” Experience different forms of art each week. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Leland Community Garden 3:30pm Fridays. Leland Community Garden, 102 Town Hall Drive. Gardeners work individual plots and

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donate all produce to Manna Ministries food bank. No charge for the plots and water provided! Visit www. or call 332-4823 for information. Music on the Town 6pm Fridays. Mayfaire Town Center. Live music in Mayfaire Event Field every Friday through July. Family friendly. Free. Visit for event details. Airlie Concert Series 6 – 8pm. Airlie Gardens. Enjoy the music of The Imitations.Tickets $8/Adults. $2/Children. Free parking for Airlie members. Contact 798-7700 with questions or visit for 2012 concert schedule. Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm Fridays (through 8/31). Riverfront Park. “42” (Coldplay Tribute Band). Weekly live music in downtown Wilmington. $1 Wristbands.Visit for list of bands. Barnes & Noble Story Time 7pm Fridays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details.

7 Saturday Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast 7:30 – 11:00am. Senior Center. $6 includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Call 458-6609 for details. Riverfront Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm Saturdays.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. Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market & Art Show 8am – 1pm Saturdays (through 10/13). Carolina Beach Lake. Come for locally produced fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods, live entertainment and more. Free parking. Contact carolinabeachfarmersmarket@gmail. com for details. ONE Coffee/Tea 9am. Port City Java, 2099 Market St. Join Rachel Fox, volunteer Congressional District Leader for ONE (an advocacy organization giving voice for those living in extreme poverty), for a meet-up to learn what others are doing in the community to make poverty history. Contact with questions.

Indie Jazz/Blues Festival 12 – 5pm. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Portion of proceeds benefit educational scholarships and Domestic Violence Shelter. $15/Advance. $20/Day of Show.Visit for ticket purchases. Pilobolus 1pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. Children’s Matinee. Tickets $21. See 7/5. Play! 1 - 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. Folks of all ages enjoy playing games of the past and present. Create toys & games to take home. Call 798-4362 or visit for information. Discovery Fitness 4pm Saturdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Weekly-themed fitness fun! Call 254-3534 or visit for weekly details. Hammerheads vs Richmond Kickers 7:30pm. Legion Stadium. Enjoy the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer team. $10/Adult. $8/Senior (65+) & Military. $6/Child (ages 4-12).Visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads .com for ticket purchases. Movies in the Park 8:45 (dusk). Leland Municipal Park. Final summer movie “Adventures of TinTin.” Free family movies under the stars throughout the summer. Contact 3324818 for more information.

8 Sunday Cape Fear 7’s Rugby Tournament 9am. Ogden Park. See 7/7. Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Interviewing.” See 7/1. Historic Downtown Marketplace 4 – 8pm Sundays (through Labor Day). Riverfront Park. Featuring fine arts and craft vendors with weekly entertainment. Contact 254-0907 for details. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm (through Labor Day). Carolina Beach Lake Park. “Hugo” (PG). See 7/1.

9 Monday Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Stuck.” See 7/2.

Me & My World 1 – 4:30pm. NHC Arboretum. Discover what the 4-H pledge of “Head, Heart, Hands & Health” means and how it relates to building character, valuing family, and celebrating different cultures. $15 (ages 5-8). Call 7987660 to pre-register. Camp Cucalorus 1:30pm. Main Library. Ages 10 – 18 learn filmmaking by creating a music video for a local band. Contact 7986303 to pre-register. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Watercraft.” See 7/2. CPR Class 6 – 9pm. Leland Fire and Rescue, 1004 Village Rd. Free class with purchase of the CPR manual. Call 332-4823 to reserve a spot.

10 Tuesday Me & My World 1 – 4:30pm. NHC Arboretum. See 7/9. Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going Austrian – Herb Stuffed Eggs.” See 07/03. Family Night All things COW! 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 for more information. Boardwalk Blast Family Night 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. Activities for all ages including karaoke, bouncy toys, line dancing, face painting, and more. Free.Visit for details. American Girl Night 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Discuss American Girl books, enjoy a craft activity and have fun. Free. Contact 5091880 for more information.

11 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 your own binoculars. Bird guides provided.Visit or call 798-7700 for more information. Lap Sit Story Time 9:30 – 9:50am Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Designed for babies under 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for more information. Baby Musik 10am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Gentle music and movement for newborns to age 1-½. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 for more information. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 7/4. The Family & the Breastfed Baby 10am. WB United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Dr. Join La Leche League for an informational evening. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for more information.

Family Movie Night 3 – 5:30pm. Northeast Library. Bring a snack and enjoy a free movie. Call 798-6373 for movie information.

Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. Live music by “Mark Roberts Band” and fireworks at sunset. See 7/3.

Discover Science 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Goldenrod Paper Experiment.” See 7/4.

Concert on the Coast 6:30 – 8pm. Leland Municipal Complex Park, 102 Town Hall Drive. Free outdoor concert series. “Coco Loco” (Myrtle Beach Party Band). Bring lawn chairs, picnics and dancin’ shoes. Contact 371-0148 or for details.

Snake & Turtle Feeding 4pm. Halyburton Park. Ages 3 and up enjoy a brief presentation about live display animals and watch them feed. $1/person. Call 341-0075 to pre-register.

Hammerheads vs. Rochester Rhinos 7:30pm. Legion Stadium. See 7/7.

Coupon Class 6 – 8pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Participants receive guidebook and $30 worth of coupons! Contact or 332-4823 for details.

13 Friday Reef/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest All Day (through 7/15). Wrightsville Beach. Enjoy 3 days of spectacular surfing at this annual event. Contact 256-3821 for more information.

Summer Evening Series: Alligators 6:30pm. Halyburton Park. Enjoy a family-friendly evening learning about nature. $5. Please contact 3410075 to pre-register.

Cow Appreciation Day All Day. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 for details.

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Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Ocean in a Baggie.” See 7/6.

Art Attack 10am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff & Oleander Dr. Morning of arts & crafts for children ages 6+ (with parent or caregiver, please). “Fingerprint Drawing.” Be sure to call 509-0153 or 313-3100 to reserve a spot.

Hooks & Needles 10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Drive. Come crochet with others. Bring a current project or start a new one. Free. Call 371-5563 or 371-1117 for more information.

StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Fruit Salad.” See 7/5.

Got Em On Classic 12pm (through 7/15). Carolina Beach. Classic King Mackerel Fishing Tournament. Visit for registration and event schedule.

stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “About Birds – Build a Birdhouse.” See 07/05.

New Game Time 3 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff & Oleander Dr. Celebrate anti-boredom month by testing new games for all ages. Contact 509-0153 or 3133100 for details.

Last Summer on Earth Tour 6pm. Raleigh Amphitheater. Featuring several musical groups in a fun road show.Visit for ticket information.

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NHCPL Toddler Story Time 10 – 10:20am Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Children 18 - 36 months are invited to storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for further details. Mommy & Me 10 – 11am Wednesdays. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 2560854 for details. NHCPL Preschool Storytime 10:30 – 11am Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Ages 3 - 5 years are invited to enjoy a different theme every week. Includes books, songs, flannel boards, finger plays, and other fun pre-literacy activities. No preregistration. Call 798-6303 for more information.



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Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “ Discover Matisse: Drawing with Scissors.” See 7/6.

Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “What Rhymes with Blurb.” See 7/1.

Brunswick Forest Concert Series 6pm. Brunswick Forest, Leland. Come for an evening of R&B and classics. Free. Call (888) 371-2434 for details.

Movies by the Lake 8:45pm (through Labor Day). Carolina Beach Lake Park. “Judy Moody & the Not Bummer Summer” (PG). See 7/1.

Children’s Consignment Event 6 – 9pm (through 7/15). CFCC Schwartz Center. Featuring quality kids clothing, merchandise and maternity items. Free admission. Call 338-9488 for more information.

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Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm Fridays (through 8/31). Riverfront Park. “Satisfaction” (Rolling Stones Tribute Band). See 7/6.

Summer Career Camp 11am – 2pm. disAbility Resource Ctr, 140-C Cinema Dr. Ages 17-30 with questions about a career path take online career assessment and hear guest speakers from various career fields.Visit or call 815-6618 for application information.

Jazz at the Mansion 6:30pm. Bellamy Mansion. Enjoy Teddy Burgh Group. Call 251-3700 or visit for details. Summer Concert Series 6:30 – 8:30pm. Kure Beach, Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Enjoy the classic rock & dance music of “BLP.” Food allowed. No beverages or pets please. Free. Contact 458-8434 or visit www.pleasureislandnc. org for details.

14 Saturday Tri-Span 5K & 10K 8am. Cotton Exchange/Water Street. 30th annual Maus Warwick & Matthews Tri-Span race.Visit www. for registration. Children’s Consignment Event 8am - 6pm. CFCC Schwartz Center. See 7/13. Classy-Chassis Car Show 9am – 4pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. Don’t miss the 180+ beautiful cars and trucks along with an antique tractor show! Prizes awarded. Call 686-9518 or visit for details. The Art of Breastfeeding & Overcoming Difficulties 10am. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, Shipyard Blvd (Bldg B/Rm 3). Join the La Leche League for a morning of information. Babies welcome. Call 3759555 for details. “Hunger Games” Fan Tours 10am & 2pm. Dupont State Recreational Forest, Brevard, NC. Explore the forest to visit the “Hunger Games” movie locations. Learn basic survival skills. Guides and lunch provided. $79/person.Visit www. for more information. Battleship 101 10am – 4pm. Battleship NC. Engage in a Battleship tour including the gunnery, radar, engineering, and more. Call 251-5797 or visit for more information. Second Saturday: Native American Heritage Day 10am – 4pm. Brunswick Town. Focus on the rich heritage of Native Americans in the Lower Cape Fear with demonstrations and crafts. Free.Visit for event details. New Game Time 3 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff & Oleander Dr. See 7/13.

15 Sunday Children’s Consignment Event 10am – 6pm. CFCC Schwartz Center. See 7/13. Cape Fear Skies: Summer Constellations 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Cape Fear Museum.Venture into outer space while listening to mythical tales and exploring stars, planets, and more. Parent participation required. Free with admission. Call 798-4357 or visit for more information.

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Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Little Owl’s Night.” See 7/2.

Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Build a High Rise.” See 7/2.

17 Tuesday Mission: Nutrition 8 – 11am. NHC Arboretum. Professor Popcorn leads an expedition of eating smart and moving more to explore good health the 4-H way. $5 (rising 5th & 6th graders). Call 798-7660 for details and required pre-registration. Advantages of Breastfeeding 10am. Grace United Methodist Church, 4th & Grace Streets. Join the La Leche League for breastfeeding education. Babies welcome! Call 375-9555 for more information.

of a Grammy nominated artist. $29.50 to $33.50. Contact 352-6417 with questions. Summer Evening Series: Night Hike 9pm. Halyburton Park. Enjoy a family-friendly evening learning about nature. $5. Call 341-0075 to pre-register.

19 Thursday Mission: Nutrition 8 – 11am. NHC Arboretum. See 7/17. CPR Class 9am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Free class with purchase of the CPR manual. Call 332-4823 to reserve a spot. Art Attack 10am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff & Oleander Dr. Morning of arts and crafts for children ages 6+ (with parent or caregiver, please). “Beach Buddies Shell Crafts.” Be sure to call 509-0153 or 3133100 to reserve a spot. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Blueberry Mouse – Blueberry Fool.” See 7/5. Summer Career Camp 11am – 2pm. disAbility Resource Ctr, 140-C Cinema Dr. See 7/16. Expressive Art Group 2 – 4pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. See 7/5. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Big Anthony and the Magic Ring – Create a Magic Ring”. See 7/5.

Summer Career Camp 11am – 2pm. disAbility Resource Ctr, 140-C Cinema Dr. See 7/16.

Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. Live music by “L Shape Lot” and fireworks at sunset. See 7/3.

Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going Swiss – Museli Mix and Fondue.” See 7/3.

Magic Tree House Night 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Discuss book #28 High Tide in Hawaii. Contact 509-1880 for more information. Nutrition & Weaning 7pm. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, Shipyard Blvd (Bldg B/Rm 3). Join the La Leche League for a morning of information. Babies & Dads welcome. Call Julia at 791-2853 for details.

Family Night Beach Craft 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 for more information. Boardwalk Blast Family Night 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. See 7/10. Oliver 7pm (through 07/22). Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC.“Consider Yourself” part of the family and see the international stage and movie classic. Tickets $16 - $75.Visit for purchases. Hometown Opry 7 – 10pm. Leland Rec Bldg, 102 Town Hall Drive. See 7/3.

18 Wednesday Mission: Nutrition 8 – 11am. NHC Arboretum. See 7/17. Baby Musik 10am. Learning Express Toys, 3804 Oleander. Gentle music and movement for newborns to age 1-½. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 for more information. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 7/4. Summer Career Camp 11am – 2pm. disAbility Resource Ctr, 140-C Cinema Dr. See 7/16. Discover Science 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Glow in the Dark Slime”. See 7/4. Neko Case in Concert 7pm. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Enjoy the sounds

20 Friday Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Ocean in a Bottle.” See 7/6. Summer Flea at BAC 3 – 9pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Browse the “ultimate vintage flea” attended by dozens of vendors from around the region. Admission $5.Visit or call 616-9882 for details. Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Beautiful Birdhouses.” See 7/6. Airlie Concert Series 6 – 8pm. Airlie Gardens. Enjoy the music of Bibis Ellison with The Band. See 7/6. Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm Fridays (through 8/31). Riverfront Park. “Madonna Nash” (Country). See 7/6. Hammerheads vs. Dayton Dutch Lions 7:30pm. Legion Stadium. See 7/7.

21 Saturday Cape Fear River Watch Paddle Series 7:45am. 617 Surry Street, Wilmington. CFRW hosts a paddle that focuses on history and scenery. Members $15. Membership & boat rental $40.Visit or call 762-5606 for reservations.

Civil War Activities 10am – 2pm. Cameron Art Museum. Watch drills, rifle firings, speak with re-enactors about Civil War history, and explore the Museum’s historic site of 1st NC Company E. Free. Call 395-5999 or visit for details. Summer Flea at BAC 10am – 6pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. See 7/20. Flow Circus 11am – 12pm. NHC Main Library. Summer Reading Club winds down with a juggling and magic show. Contact 798-6303 for more information. Skill Toys from Around the World 2 – 3pm. NHC Main Library. Kids age 10 to 18 discover the props used by jugglers and jesters. Paul Miller of Flow Circus introduces the history of skill toys with hands-on activities. Contact 798-6303 for registration information. Meet a Calico Critter Cat 3 – 4pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Mrs. Fisher Cat will be on site to play with Calico Critters fans. Includes goody bags and photo ops. Call 509-0153 for details. Wilmington Tigers vs. Virginia Jaguars 7pm. Legion Stadium. Watch the semi-professional football action. Call 233-7300 for event details.

22 Sunday Race for History 8am. Bellamy Mansion. 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk for the Mansion. Packet pick-up on 7/19. $25/Pre-register for 5K or $15/Pre-register for 1 Mile Walk. Breakfast at the Mansion after the race.Visit http://its-go-time. com for details and to register. Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Article Madness.” See 7/1. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm (through Labor Day). Carolina Beach Lake Park. “The Muppets” (PG). See 7/1.

23 Monday Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Stars.” See 7/2. Little Explorers 10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. Children ages 2-5 are invited to enjoy stories, songs, hands-on activities, hikes and crafts regarding “Seashells.” $3/child. Call 341-0075 to pre-register.Visit for details. Acres of Adventures 1 – 5pm. NHC Arboretum. Discover the world of agriculture through exciting, hands-on activities. $15 (Ages 9-12). Call 798-7660 for more information. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Paper Table.” See 7/2. Family Reading Night 5:30 – 6:30pm. NHC Main Library. Preschoolers hear from Mr. Scooter. Contact 798-6301 for details.

Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going British – Trifle Dessert.” See 07/03. Family Night Brilliant Sky Toy Time 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 for more information. Boardwalk Blast Family Night 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. See 7/10.

25 Wednesday Makin’ Music 10am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Includes rhythm, rhyme, motion and music. Ages 1 ½ to 5 years. Free but requires reservations. Contact 509-0153 to reserve a spot. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 7/4. Acres of Adventures 1 – 5pm. NHC Arboretum. See 7/23. Discover Science 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Marble Roller Coaster.” See 7/4.



Summer Walking Tour 10am – 12pm. Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N. 15th St. Historical walking tour of NC’s oldest rural cemetery. $8/Non-Members. Free/Members. Call 762-5682 or visit for more information.

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Meet a Calico Critter Cat 10 – 11am. Learning Express Toys, 3804 Oleander. Mrs. Fisher Cat will be on site to play with Calico Critters fans. Includes goody bags and photo ops. Call 313-3100 for details.

Little Explorers 10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. See 7/23.


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Coupon Class 6 – 8pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. See 7/11. Leftover Salmon Concert 6:30pm. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Enjoy the godfathers of the bluegrass jam. $25 - $30. Visit for ticket purchases or call 332-0983 with questions.

26 Thursday US Kids Golf Teen World Championship All day (through 7/28). Pinehurst, NC. Golfers, ages 13-18, tee it up on some of the best and most revered golf courses in America in this 3-day tournament.Visit for details. Green Machine 8 – 11:30am. NHC Arboretum. 4-H Teen Council members help participants discover fun ways to be green and take care of the community. $10 (Ages 5-8). Call 798-7660 for more information and required pre-registration. Art Attack 10am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff & Oleander Dr. Morning of arts and crafts for children ages 5+ (with parent or caregiver, please). “Stunt Squadron Foam Airplanes.” Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 to reserve a spot. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Pete’s a Pizza – Pizza.” See 7/5. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Put me in the Zoo – Spots and Dots.” See 7/5. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. Live music by “Daniel Parish Band” and fireworks at sunset. See 7/3.

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Concert on the Coast 6:30 – 8pm. Leland Municipal Complex Park, 102 Town Hall Drive. “The Main Event Band” (2011 Series Favorite). See 7/12.

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Cape Fear Blues Festival Daily (through 7/29). Various locations. Featuring local, regional and national acts the main stage concert, blues jams, blues cruise and workshops. Visit www.capefearblues. org or call 350-8822 for event details. Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Ocean Excavation.” See 7/6. Hooks & Needles 10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Drive. See 7/13.

CONGRATULATIONS! Out and About Local Attraction: NC Aquarium Fort Fisher Museum: Children’s Museum of Wilmington Picnic Area: Hugh MacRae Park Running – Jogging: The Loop Wrightsville Beach Place for Bike Riding: Halyburton Park Myrtle Beach Attraction: Broadway at the Beach

Classes & Schools Art-Music Classes: Young Artist’s Series Dance Classes: A Leap Above Gymnastics Ctr: Carolina Gymnastics Academy Day Camp: FAST-Fitness After School Training, Magic Camp USA (tie) Surf Lessons: Tony Silvagni Surf School Preschool - Child Care Ctr: Jenkins Preschool Academy

Party Planning Bakery: Apple Annie’s Bake Shop Party Venue: Monkey Joe’s Party Entertainer: No Sleeves Magic Bounce House Supplier: The WOW Factor of Wilmington

Favorite Eats Burger: P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille Pizza: Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub Organic Food: Tidal Creek Co-op Ice Cream/Froyo Shop: The Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt Bar Asian Cuisine: Indochine Tex-Mex Cuisine: K38 Baja Grill Specialty Foods: The Fresh Market

Family Restaurant: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Kids Eat Free: Moe’s Southwest Grill

Shopping Children’s Boutique: Froggy Pond, Peanut Butter & Jelly (tie) Toy Store: Learning Express Consignment Clothing: Kids Exchange Wilmington Women’s Boutique: Loft Ann Taylor Gift Shop: Blue Moon Gift Shops

Health Pediatric Dentist: Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Skip Tyson and Stephanie Heaney Orthodontist: S. Warren Phillips, Jr., Wilmington Braces Pediatrician Practice: Carolina Pediatrics of Wilmington Women’s Health: Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health Chiropractor: Wynne Chiropractic Center

Looking Good Children’s Haircut: Ribbet Salon & Shop for Kids Spa: Harbour Club Day Spa and Salon Women’s Salon: Bangz Salon & Day Spa, Salon Beyond Basics Day Spa (tie) Fitness Center: Gold’s Gym

Businesses & Services Family Lawyer: Kimbro Legal Services Real Estate Agency: Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty Mortgage Broker: Alpha Mortgage Auto Dealership: Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Veterinarian: Needham Animal Hospital

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Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Sandcasting.” See 7/6. Author Story Time & Book Signing 3:30 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Jan DiRuzzo, author of “The Lost Mermaid” will read stories and sign books. Call 509-0153 for details. Fourth Friday Gallery Walk 6 – 9pm. Downtown Wilmington. A selfguided 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. Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm Fridays (through 8/31). Riverfront Park. “Who’s Bad” (The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band). See 7/6. Summer Concert Series 6:30 – 8:30pm. Kure Beach, Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Enjoy the music of “Beach Billy Brothers.” See 7/13. Michael Franti & Spearhead Concert 7pm. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. The Penguin 98.3 presents a mixture of hiphop with funk, reggae, jazz, folk & rock. $30.Visit for tickets or call 332-0983 for details.

28 Saturday Cape Fear Flounder Classic 7am – 8pm. Southport. Flounder fishing tournament. Guaranteed cash prizes and awards ceremony.Visit for event details.

Night at the Museum 6 – 10pm. Cape Fear Museum. Explore the Lower Cape Fear region after dark, meet nocturnal animals, and examine the night sky. $3/Members. $6/Nonmembers.Visit www.capefearmuseum. com for more information.

29 Sunday Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “What’s the Ending?” See 7/1. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm (through Labor Day). Carolina Beach Lake Park. “Big Miracle” (PG). See 7/1.

30 Monday Mission: Nutrition 8 – 11am Daily (through 8/1). NHC Arboretum. Professor Popcorn leads an expedition of eating smart and moving more to explore good health the 4-H way. $5 (rising 3rd & 4th graders). Call 798-7660 for details and required preregistration. Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “All the Water in the World.” See 7/2. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Reverse Engineering.” See 7/2.

31 Tuesday Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going Costco Rican – Refresco (smoothie).” See 7/3. Family Night Mercer Mayor Says 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Call 256-0854 for more information. Boardwalk Blast Family Night 6:30pm. Carolina Beach. See 7/10.

To submit events to the calendar, please email calendar@ Deadline for submissions to the August issue is July 9, 2012.

Author Story Time & Book Signing 10:30am – 12pm. Learning Express Toys, 3804 Oleander. Jan DiRuzzo, author of “The Lost Mermaid” will read stories and sign books. Call 313-3100 for details. Murder Mystery Dinner Show 3:30 – 8pm. Duplin Winery, Rose Hill, NC. Enjoy an interactive dinner show trying to piece together clues of a crime. $55/person includes production tour, wine tasting, dinner and show.Visit www.duplinwinery. com for details and reservations. “Kids Making it” Hippie Ball 6pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Enjoy the 60’s themed fundraiser for local non-profit that focuses on woodworking mentoring programs. Contact 763-6001 or bonnie@ for event details.

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1st Indie Jazz/Blue Festival Greenfield Lake Amphitheater will host this inaugural event presented by NDJamz Radio and Global Nation Entertainment Group on July 7 from 12 – 5pm. Tickets are $15 (advance) or $20 (day of show) and may be purchased on-line at A portion of the proceeds will benefit educational scholarships and support the efforts of the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services of Wilmington.

Hippie Ball The local non-profit organization, Kids Making It, will host a gala Hippie Ball at the Brooklyn Arts Center on July 28 at 6pm. So…dust off your best flower power clothes, wear the “peace sign” with pride, and join a fun-filled evening of dancing to 60’s music! Admission is $50/person with proceeds benefitting Kids Making It. Contact Bonnie Gaynor at 763-6001 or for event information or to learn more about the program. (Kids Making It is a non-profit organization located in downtown Wilmington that focuses on woodworking-mentoring programs for at-risk youth. Visit for program information.)

Featured Performers: PAUL MILES, blues (Detroit, MI) BOBBY WALKER, blues (Clifton, CO) SIT DOWN BABY, blues (Providence, RI) DEE LUCAS, jazz (Atlanta, GA) FREEDOM UNDERGROUND, jazz (Detroit, MI) EL JAY JOHNSON and the Port City All Stars, accompaniment (Wilmington) Please contact 228-5191 or for festival details.

Race for History Bellamy Mansion Museum invites you to join the RACE FOR HISTORY on July 22 at 8am. Visit to register on-line ($25) or arrive between 7 & 7:45am to register on the day of the race ($30). Proceeds benefit the Bellamy Mansion. Awards will be given for the first walker to finish, top corporate team, top overall male and female runners, and top two finishers in age groups 17 & under, 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65 and 66+. Contact 251-3700 or for more information.

HUGE Children’s Consignment Event Mark your calendars for July 13-15 so you won’t miss the Children’s Consignment event at CFCC’s Schwartz Center! Merchandise is inspected to insure only high quality, clean, stain-free, and (many) brand-new items are sold! The event features kid clothing, kid merchandise and maternity items up to 90% off retail! Free admission and parking. Check out for more information on consigning and attending. Shopping Hours: Friday: 6 - 9pm Saturday: 8am – 6pm Sunday: 10am – 6pm

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Surfing Over Obstacles By Danielle Villegas


Ice House. They also hope to add horseback riding, tubing, and a trip to Jungle Rapids to the schedule of events.


hen you are in the ocean you are completely vulnerable and at the mercy of the world’s most powerful force of nature. Yet surfers brave the waters daily in search of the perfect ride back to shore. Now imagine paddling out into the deep ocean water, adjusting yourself on the board, waiting patiently for the right wave until you are ready to ride that wave all the way back to shore. Now imagine doing all that without being able to see anything. For one week every summer, Jack Viorel, owner and surf instructor at Indo Jax Surf School, teaches visually impaired children to do just that and more! Jack moved to Wilmington from California seven years ago in search of a less crowded, friendlier town to raise a family. Jack loves teaching children and has spent his years in Wilmington teaching 1st grade at St. Mary Catholic School. This year was his last year teaching, and now that he’s retired, Jack hopes to have more time to devote to his outreach program, Indo Jax Surf Charities, and his children Gabriella, 9 and Finn, 4. Jack is dedicated to showing others how learning to brave the ocean on a surfboard is just one way to empower disadvantaged, medically fragile, and special needs children. Jack has been a witness to the healing properties of the salty water and fresh air for most of his life. Surfing is his passion and he believes in the health and emotional benefits of exposing kids to the ocean environment –and surfing. Throughout Jack’s 30 years of surfing he has traveled the world riding waves and sharing his passion with others less fortunate. This past April Jack completed his 3rd trip to India where he spends two weeks every year teaching children from the all-girls orphanages about the ocean, surfing, and overcoming obstacles and fears. Here in Wilmington, Indo Jax provides surf camps for many different groups of kids. This July, Indo Jax will hold its 5th annual summer camp for visually impaired children. Over 20 kids will attend this surf camp from July 16-20, some even coming from out of state! Surfing is just one part of the camp. For the 3rd year in a row, the campers will also be ice skating at The Wilmington

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The Visually Impaired Surf Camp is offered free of charge. All fees are covered by fundraising (except lodging and food). Safety is the number one concern. The paid, professional instructors are trained and dedicated to showing these kids how to be safe, while having fun in the ocean. Parents are usually skeptical at first. They have spent their lives protecting their child from danger, and at first, surfing with impaired vision definitely looks dangerous! It doesn’t take long before they realize their little surfer is having a blast! Jack says that helping children with disabilities overcome their fear of the unknown will empower them to use this skill in all aspects of their life. Even the kids are a little afraid at first, but he encourages them to all try at least three waves. Usually by the third wave they are having so much fun they don’t want to stop. By the end of the week, the kids have gained confidence where before there was doubt. “It’s all about eliminating the limiting,” says Jack. Once these kids learn to not allow their fears to control their lives, they are able to accomplish anything. Jack says, “Children who participate in our surf program inevitably move from a feeling of skepticism and reluctance around the ocean to empowerment and confidence, a sense that if... ‘I can do this, I can do anything!’” v Other special camps by Indo Jax Surf Charities June 25-28: Belarus Exchange Surf Camp August 13-16: Autism Surf Camp August 19: Cystic Fibrosis Mauli Ola August 20: Surfers Healing Wrightsville Beach September 17-21: Clara Eppes Memorial Surf Camp for the Hearing Impaired Surf Camp To find out more about Indo Jax Surf Charities or to make a donation visit,

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Is your child struggling in School? When forced to read, does he or she struggle, make careless mistakes and then quit reading? r Reverses words, numbers or letters r Has poor reading comprehension r Frequently losses his place, skip words or whole lines of text


r Has difficulty copying from the board or a book, has sloppy handwriting or excessive erasures r Has difficulty remembering spelling words r Has been labeled LD, ADD, ADHD or dyslexic

Dr. Stephen Kaluzne, Optometrist, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of visual efficiency and visual processing problems.

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Summer Career Camp at the disAbility Resource Center


eens and young adults everywhere crave independence! Young people with disabilities are no different. At the disAbility Resource Center - a non-profit organization that provides, non-residential, community based and consumer directed services to persons with disabilities - their goal is to help individuals with disabilities become fully integrated into society. They want to help people with disabilities have the opportunity and freedom to pursue whatever course of action they are determined to pursue. This year the disAbility Resource Center is offering their 2nd Annual Summer Career Camp for people with disabilities between the ages of 17-30. They will offer an online career assessment and answer questions concerning what career path to take. Guest speakers are also planned from various career fields as well as career-oriented activities. The camp will be held July 16-July 19 from 11am-2pm each day at the disAbility Resource Center located at 140 Cinema Dr. Suite C in Wilmington off Market street, near the Carmike 16.


The Career Camp application is available on their website at or you may call (910) 815-6618 or email Stevie Toole, Youth Transition Coordinator at to request one. v

Is Your Child Struggling in School? Below average reading skills, careless errors, poor memory and concentration, reverses letters? If this sounds like your child, we can help.

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First, we test and diagnose if a child has learning-related vision problems. If such a difficulty exists, a vision therapy program is recommended to meet the child's special needs. Your child will work on specific goals with a certified optometric therapist, under the supervision of a developmental optometrist. The ultimate goal is to allow the individual to perform up to his/her potential in the classroom without unnecessary struggling.

What Do I Need To Do?

If your student is in the 1st grade-college, and is struggling academically, call us to set up an initial appointment. When diagnosed early, we can significantly improve and often alleviate the problem entirely. Many insurances help cover the cost of testing.

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Local Resources for Parents of Children With Special Needs A Caring Heart Case Management 2541 S. 17th St. Wilmington, NC 28401 910-332-3513 Program Director, Carol L.Choate 910-523-2520 A Leap Above Autism Movement Therapy 5015 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-790-LEAP Allied Psychophysiology 2018 Eastwood Road - Suite 210 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-509-7115 910-515-4200 (Initial Inquiries) Atlantic Speech Therapy 3205 Kitty Hawk Rd, Suite 4 Wilmington, NC 28405 910-343-5885 Autism Society of North Carolina 800-442-2762 or 910-332-0261 Autism Society of North Carolina – Brunswick Chapter Autism Society of North Carolina – New Hanover Chapter 910-792-6133 Autism Society of North Carolina –Pender Chapter Bridge Builders Counseling 5919 Oleander Drive, Suite 104 Bldg 2, Arboretum Centre Wilmington, NC 28403 910-792-9888 Brunswick County Public Schools Exceptional Children 35 Referendum Dr. NE Bolivia, NC 28422 910-253-2971 Carolina Canines for Service 1200 N. 23rd St., Ste. 101 Wilmington, NC 28405 910-362-8181 Carolina Mobility & Seating 2105 Capital Drive, Ste. 300 Wilmington, NC 28405 910-799-7310 800-808-9624 Child Advocacy & Parenting Place (CAPP Center) 1401 South 39th St. Wilmington, NC 28403

910-397-9346 (for general information)

The Guidance Center 324 Village Rd., Suite C Leland, NC 28451 910-371-9030

Child Development Center 3802 Princess Place Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401 910-343-4245

Halley White, DDS Specialized Dentistry for Children with Special Needs 8115 Market Street, Ste. 204 910-686-1869

Clinic for Special Children PO Box 11299 Wilmington, NC 28404 910-399-7245 Coastal Kids Therapy Laurel Thorton, OTR/L 219 Racine Drive, Suite 1-A Wilmington, NC 28403 910-792-6706

Indo Jax Surf Charities 700 Military Cutoff Road Suite 314 Wilmington, NC 28405 910-274-3565 Kim Restivo, MA, LPC Inner Solutions 1133 Military Cutoff, Ste 200 Wilmington, NC 28405 910-791-5575

Coastal Physical Therapy, Inc. 3114 Randall Parkway Wilmington, NC 28403 910-799-4199

Law Office of Richard Poole Estate Planning for Special Needs Children 1213 Culbreth Drive Wilmington, NC 28405    910-509-7253

Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program (CTRP) 3507 N. Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC 910- 470-0490

Learning Perspectives 3911 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-362-9474

Cooperative Extension’s Ability Garden at the Arboretum 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-798-7660

New Hanover County Schools Special Education 6410 Carolina Beach Rd. Wilmington, NC 28412 910-254-4445

Easter Seals UCP Wilmington Children’s Center 500 Military Cutoff Wilmington, NC 28405 910-392-0080 Family Support Network of SE North Carolina 4701-1 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-792-6133 877-749-7011 (toll free) First in Families of Southeastern NC 5041 New Centre Dr., Ste. 100 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-350-2737 Glen E. Cahn, PhD, PLLC 3205 Randall Parkway, Ste.117 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-332-4134

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center Nunalee Pediatric Specialties Clinic 2131 S. 17th St. Wilmington, NC 28401 910-343-7000 Oleander Rehab Center Pediatrics 5220 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-452-8104 Open Doors Foundation P.O. Box 15321 Wilmington, NC 28408 OT Solutions 5900 Oleander Dr. Suite 100 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-313-2111

Pender County Public Schools Exceptional Children 925 Penderlea Hwy. Burgaw, NC 28425 910-259-2187 Play Project Play & Language for Autistic Youngsters Sherry M. Waters, P-LCSW, MSW 910-233-5339 Potentials Center for Assessment & Psychotherapy 3205 Randall Parkway, Suite 217 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-254-4545 Smart Start of Brunswick County 5140 Sellers St. Shallotte, NC 28459 910-755-3362 Smart Start of New Hanover County 3534 S. College Rd., Suite F Wilmington, NC 28403 910-815-3731 Smart Start of Pender County 600 N. Timberly Lane Burgaw, NC 28425 910-259-9978 Speech 4 Kidz, Inc. 5919 Oleander Dr., Ste. 119 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-395-2995 Successful Parenting Institute 4421 Junction Park Drive Wilmington, NC 28412 910-777-4728 Surfers Healing: A Foundation for Autism North Carolina Chapter Local Contact: John Pike 910-471-7453 (Business Cell) TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children) 503 Covil Ave. Ste. 100 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-251-5700

Team Daniel Foundation 3037F Boone Trail Extension, Suite 2 Fayetteville, NC 28304 910-987-0276 866-528-6326 The Hill School of Wilmington A unique half-day academic program for students in grades 2-7 with learning disabilities and /or attention deficit disorder. PO Box 1769 Wilmington, NC 28402 910-685-3734 The Center for Visual Learning & Rehabilitative Therapy Doctors Vision Center 201 Racine Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 910-395-6050 Therapy Connections 910-799-0303 Therapy Works of Wilmington 3722-A Shipyard Blvd. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-343-8988 The Vision Therapy Center 7655 Market St. Suite B Wilmington, NC 28411 910-319-7996 Wilmington Children’s Developmental Services Agency 3311 Burnt Mill Dr., Ste. 100 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-251-5817 Wilmington Orthotics & Prosthetics 3909-E Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-395-5775 Wilmington Family YMCA 2710 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403 910-251-9622 ext. 246 Wilmington Medical Supply, Inc. 2907 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28401 1-866-708-2730

Summer Safety Slip-ups By Sandra Gordon


o big deal, you think—so what if my child doesn’t want to wear his helmet. He can go for a bike ride without it just this once. Or you get caught up in conversation at a pool party instead of keeping an eye on your toddler. It’s no surprise that accidents happen, even when we’re trying to be careful. But because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be an especially dangerous time. According to SafeKids Worldwide, there’s an 89 percent increase in children drowning in the summer months and a 45 percent surge in bike-riding deaths. Fortunately, turning your child’s summer into a safety zone is a matter of making a few precautionary tweaks. Here are some small risks you might be taking that can lead to big problems, and our top tips for avoiding them. Safety slip-up: Tossing charcoal after a BBQ. Cleaning out the grill and disposing of coals in a remote section of your yard or campground or at the beach may seem like a good idea because it’s far away from everyone. Trouble is, kids run all over the place in the summer and they’re often barefoot. “Charcoal can get up to 1,000 degrees F,” says John Drengenberg, the consumer safety director at Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois. Even if the coals don’t look hot they can retain their heat for hours. It only takes a moment’s contact with a scorching coal to seriously burn a child’s delicate foot.

11 to 15 tend to wear helmets less often than younger ones. Play it safe: Be on helmet patrol. A bike helmet can reduce the risk of bicycle-related traumatic brain injury by up to 88 percent. So, of course, you’ll want to make sure everyone—you included—is protected with a properly fitted helmet whenever you ride. Keep on your older child to always wear one. Safety slip-up: Keeping the wading pool filled. “Young kids can drown in an inch of water or less,” says Drengenberg, so don’t think the water in your child’s baby pool is harmless.

Play it safe: Whether you’re at home, at the beach, or camping - cool down hot coals before disposing of them. Douse them with a garden hose or a bucket of water after cleaning out the grill.

Play it safe: “Dump the wading pool when you’re done with it,” Drengenberg says. “And turn it upside down so it doesn’t catch rain water.” In fact, empty all outdoor containers of water after use, including five-gallon buckets and insulated coolers; they’re a formidable drowning hazard.

Safety slip-up: Keeping tiki oil within your child’s reach. Toddlers and older kids are drawn to anything that looks like juice. Tiki oil, which is used more in the summer to light tiki torches, comes in different colors, such as purple, blue, and red and can easily be upturned and ingested. Another common mistake parents of young children make: “They’ll pour gasoline for the lawn mower into a smaller container, like a measuring cup, and leave that sitting around,” says Rose Ann Soloway, R.N., a clinical toxicologist at the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to being poisonous, “Kids can swallow it or breathe it into their lungs, causing aspiration pneumonitis, which can be fatal,” Soloway says.

Safety slip-up: Leaving your medication on the hotel night stand. “When we’re traveling, it’s often much easier for youngsters to get into things that might be safely stored at home,” says Soloway. We stow medication and vitamins in suitcases, on night stands--places that are accessible to children.

Play it safe: Store tiki oil in its original container out of your child’s sight and reach, in a locked cabinet just like you do medicine and vitamins. The same goes for gas, charcoal lighter fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. These containers don’t have child-resistant caps, which a determined toddler may be able to override anyway. If you believe your child has ingested something potentially poisonous, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. You’ll be connected with a nurse, physician or pharmacist at a local center who is specially trained in recognizing and treating poisoning. Do this instead of heading directly to a hospital emergency room or call 911—you’ll get the fastest advice on how to handle the situation.

Play it safe: If you don’t have access to a locked cabinet, store your medication and vitamins out of your child’s reach just like you would at home. Do the same at Grandpa and Grandma’s house too. Do a safety check immediately after arriving. Make sure any medication or vitamins they take aren’t accessible to yo u r child. Children often expect there to be a sweet treat waiting for them at the G ra n d p a re n t ’s house, and medication looks just like candy.

Safety slip-up: Assuming someone else is watching the kids. “At pool parties, many parents assume somebody else is watching. Mom assumes Dad’s watching. Dad assumes Mom’s watching and it’s easy to get distracted,” says Phyllis F. Agran, M.D., M.P.H., professor emeritus of pediatrics at the UCI School of Medicine in Irvine, California. Even a few unsupervised minutes in the water can be deadly for a young child. Play it safe: Assign a supervisor. One of you needs to be officially on duty and concentrating on your child. At pool parties with children present, designate a supervisor and make it clear by saying to your spouse, for example, “Okay, you’re on duty while I’m chatting with our friends.” Don’t think it’s enough to make your older kids, who are having fun too, keep an eye on your younger ones. Make that supervisor your spouse or another adult. Safety slip-up: Letting your older child ride his bike without a helmet. Studies show that kids ages

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department | fit family

fit family Eat Like an Athlete Olympic athletes need to stay in top shape while maintaining their energy level for those long workouts. Since your kids are probably not training to be Olympic athletes just yet, you might not want to start feeding them high-powered protein shakes, or super-charged carb meals. However, there are some important dietary cues we can take from these Olympians! So why not take this opportunity to teach your little athlete about eating healthy well-balanced meals and staying hydrated. Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes Protein Athletes need protein to build and maintain muscles. Offer your little athlete scrambled eggs for breakfast, or rolled up slices of lunch meat for a snack or lunch. Peanut butter, cheese, and nuts are good sources too! Carbohydrate foods also offer protein in smaller amounts. Fruits and Veggies Bodies need to be fueled by eating proper types of foods, such as 3-5 cups of fruits and veggies a day.

Calories Physically active children and adolescents have calorie requirements that are 12-15 percent greater than those of their sedentary peers. Just make sure you choose your calories wisely. Don’t fill up on junk food or sugary drinks. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates provide the primary fuel for exercising muscles. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables on a daily basis are good sources of carbohydrates. Keeping Kids Hydrated With the summer heat at its peak it is essential that young athletes be encouraged to drink frequently, even when they are not thirsty. Kids play hard outside and forget to stop for a cold drink. Keep plenty of water handy and remind them to replace those lost fluids. Your child has lots of beverage choices, but the best source of hydration is still good old fashioned water. Snacks for Young Athletes • Sandwich with lean meat.

• Fresh fruit (e.g., bananas, grapes, apples) or dried fruit. • Whole grain cereal with skim milk. • A bagel with peanut butter and honey. • English muffin with honey. • Honey Applesauce Swirl: To make, stir 2 tsp. honey, or more to taste, into a single serving unsweetened applesauce snack pack. • Pretzels with Honey Pretzel Dipping Sauce: Whisk 1 tbs. of your favorite spicy mustard together with 1 cup honey. • Breakfast bars. • Crackers and peanut butter. • Chex mix. • Low-fat yogurt.

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Backyard Olympics 2012 Can’t make it to London for the 2012 Olympics? Don’t miss this opportunity to gather the family around to root for Team USA, teach kids about fitness and use this as an excuse to go outside for some friendly backyard Olympic fun! Opening Ceremony Have your own opening ceremony. Get the kids busy making flags, hats and mascots, then parade around to display their creations. Play some good marching music! Indoor Games: • Paper plane folding and throwing • Hula Hoop • Obstacle course • Discus (using paper plates) • Simple gymnastics displays Outdoor Games: • Throw the bean bag or sock (push a tennis ball into the toe of a sock and tie the other end) - have competitions to see who can throw it the furthest. • Basketball • Running races or all sorts, including distance races, three legged races, egg and spoon races, sack races and relay races! • Obstacle course • Discus using Frisbees • High jump and/or long jump • Swimming races, if you are lucky enough to have access to a swimming pool • You could also hold table tennis, badminton and tennis tournaments if you have the equipment Medals and Closing Ceremony Of course no Olympic Games can be complete without awarding medals and a closing ceremony. Get the kids to design their own medals then find some boxes so the medal winners can stand high to get their applause! Older kids will accept that there are winners (and losers) in every event, but for younger children you should plan to give every child a medal for something.

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This is a good time to teach good sportsmanship by watching how the Olympians in London are handling defeat and victory. (hopefully they are setting a good example!) If they don’t handle it very well, ask your kids how they think that person should have acted. When medals have been handed out, give the kids a chance to march around again, this time displaying medals proudly!

Local Races

30th Annual Maus Warwick & Matthews Tri-Span 5K & 10K Saturday, July 14 @ 8am Water Street @ the Cotton Exchange YMCA’s 10th Annual Kids Triathlon Saturday, July 21 @ 8am Wilmington YMCA, Market Street Sand-Sational 8k Beach Run Saturday, July 21 @ 7am Camp Lejeune, Onslow Beach Getcher Mud On Saturday, July 21 & 28 Burgaw, NC Bellamy Mansion Race for History 5K Sunday, July 22 @ 8am Bellamy Mansion, Market & 5th Streets *Visit to find race information and registration.

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school notes

department | school notes

Summer Food Service Program for Children From June 26 – August 9, nutritional meals will be provided to children (ages 18 & younger) without charge. For more information, contact NHCS Child Nutrition at 254-4260. “Seamless Summer Food Service” schedules: Freeman School of Engineering, 2601 Princess Place Drive 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jervay Communities, 1088 Thomas C. Jervay Loop 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

St. Phillip A.M.E. Church, 815 N. 8th Street 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Creekwood South, 714 Emory Street 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Vista Village, 1902 Manhattan Avenue 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Snipes Academy of Arts & Design, 2150 Chestnut Street 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Greentree Apartments, 4615 Greentree Road 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rankin Terrace, 401 N. 12th Street 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hillcrest, 1402 Meares Street 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Houston Moore, 1805 S. 13th Street 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Center, 401 S. 8th Street 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Village at Greenfield, 1400 S. 11th Street 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mary C. Williams Elementary, 801 Silver Lake Road 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wrightsboro Elementary, 2716 Castle Hayne Road 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Go Green Team Ogden Elementary School has been selected as the NC School of the Year and Elementary Finalist at the national level by the National Energy Education Development (NEED). The school has been honored for its “Go Green Team,” a student team that sponsors many environmental projects throughout the year. This is the fourth year in a row that the Ogden “Go Green Team” has been recognized by NEED!

Duke University Scholarships NC School of Science & Mathematics Acceptance Pender High School student, Marlee Butler, was recently accepted into the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The residential high school is for juniors and seniors who exemplify excellence in the study of math and science. The curriculum at the school is specialized for these outstanding students. Congratulations Marlee!

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Ashley High School graduating seniors, Camille Robbins and John Hare-Grogg, were recently awarded scholarships from Duke University. Camille received the Trinity Scholarship that is valued at more than $220,000 and will cover most of her costs to attend the University over four years. John received the BN Duke Memorial Scholarship that is also valued at over $220,000 and was created to honor students who have demonstrated leadership, community service and high academic achievement. Principal Bowen says of the students, “Camille and John are excellent students who scream Eagle Pride on behalf of our entire student body. I am very proud of both of them and commend Duke University for recognizing the undeniable achievements and potential of these Ashley seniors. Camille also earned the TrigStar high school math competition award based on her excellence in mastering trigonometry. John was also awarded the 2012 National Merit Scholarship (a $2,500 award) for his strong combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in college! He was selected from more than 15,000 finalists.

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Jessica Adams, a graduating senior from New Hanover High School, was recently awarded the 2012 Killian Family Old Well Scholarship to UNC at Chapel Hill. She was chosen as a finalist for the scholarship by a committee of faculty and staff from New Hanover High School but was selected as the recipient of the award by the Killian family.

Jessica has been a student in the Lyceum Academy in NHHS. Jessica’s leadership roles in the school and as a volunteer in the community earned her this opportunity. She will use her scholarship of $4,000 per year to attend UNC-Chapel Hill. (The Killian Family Scholarship is awarded to a NHHS graduate who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership through school activities—especially athletics—strong character, and service to the school and community.)


Angie Davis of Indigo Salon presents prize package to Gabrielle Lyons.

Congratulations to Gabrielle Lyons, winner of our Indigo Salon Mother’s Day Photo Contest. Gabrielle won a Gift Certificate from Indigo Salon including: Organic Hair Color, Hair Cut and Style and Organic Eyebrow waxing, as well as Hair Package Samples of Organic,Vegan, Recyclable Shampoo, Conditioners, Styling Support from Neuma and Organic Hair Product Samples by John Masters Organics . Other prizes included a $50 gift card from King Neptune Restaurant, $50 gift card Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, $100 photo session from Katie Bork Photography, $100 cake from Burgaw Bakery, 10 sessions with Headstrong Athletics, $200 gift voucher from Huntington Learning Center and a $55 gift package from Planet Smoothie! Thanks to our sponsors and all who participated and voted.

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department | going green

going green


By Brandy Metzger


n important part of many women’s daily beauty routine includes application of a variety of cosmetics. However, many women don’t consider what is in the products they generously apply to their faces and bodies. The Environmental Working Group reports that “one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.” So, what’s a girl to do? Of course we want to continue to feel beautiful, but at the same time we also want to make sure that we are not applying harmful chemicals to our skin. The first thing to do is check out the ingredients in the cosmetics that you use. The Organic Consumers Association names several ingredients to avoid in cosmetics. They are: • Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea • Methyl and Propyl and Butyl and Ethyl Paraben • Petrolatum • Propylene Glycol • Synthetic Colors • Synthetic Fragrances • Triethanolamine

The Environmental Working Group reports that “one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.” These ingredients are known to cause health problems such as dermatitis, allergies, and asthma. Some have also been identified as possible cancer causing agents. Avoiding cosmetics with synthetic chemicals is the first step in finding better beauty prod-

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ucts. The next step is to seek out products that contain natural ingredients. These may be a little harder to find and a bit more expensive, but considering that about 60 percent of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream, the search and added expense is worth it. Here are a few brands to consider:

Dr. Hauschka has been developing natural skin care products since 1967. They offer a wide variety of skin care products including make-up. For those that enjoy scented lipsticks, the company makes a nice variety of lipsticks that have a fragrance made of essential oils, not synthetic perfumes.

Terra Firma Cosmetics and Honeybee Gardens are two companies that create mineralbased cosmetics that are reasonably priced. The ingredients in these products come from nature so you can be sure you are not applying harmful toxins to your skin.

100% Pure makes cosmetics that are free of synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors and harsh detergents. They also use fruits and vegetables for pigment in their products allowing healthy fruit antioxidants and fruit vitamins to nourish skin. Pangea Organics and Miessence make wonderful cleansers and other body care products made from organic ingredients. Women owe it to themselves and to their daughters to investigate the products that they use on their skin. A great place to begin researching the ingredients in the products you use is 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).

department | meet the expert

celebrating the individuality of each child while helping each to reach his or her full potential.

Too Much, Too Little, Just Right


obody but a real princess could be that sensitive .” Thus goes the story of the Princess and the Pea. So sensitive was the real princess that a tiny pea under twenty mattresses kept her awake and miserable all night.

As a pediatric occupational therapist, I encounter many real life “princesses” who are so sensitive that typical everyday sensory stimulation results in internal and external distress. Whether it’s the flickering of a fluorescent light, the humming of an air conditioner, the scratching of a clothing tag on the back of a neck, the mingling of smells in a school cafeteria, or a specific food texture, children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) struggle through ordinary, daily life. Sometimes sensations are too much, other times too little, but rarely is the sensation “just right.” Sensory processing is the brain’s ability to receive information from the senses, interpret and organize that information, and produce a functional motor or behavioral response. Sensory Processing Disorder occurs when the brain misinterprets ordinary sensory information resulting in a negative behavior or motor response. Think of it as a traffic jam of the neurons and receptors in the brain. Although they are often intelligent, children with Sensory Processing Disorder frequently have difficulty with motor coordination, learning, and social skills. In many cases, they also struggle with low self-esteem. Sensory Processing Disorder may cause children to be sensory seekers or sensory avoiders. Sensory seekers are the children who constantly wiggle, fidget, play too roughly, and can’t keep their hands to themselves. Sensory avoiders, on the other hand, are the children who are often so sensitive that normal sensations cause them great anxiety. These children may cover their ears at the sound of a vacuum cleaner or have a very limited diet due to an inability to tolerate different textures of foods. Occupational therapists receive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of SPD as well as many other special needs. Through careful evaluation, occupational therapists are able to analyze a child’s sensory profile and develop a treatment program of specifically selected sensory experiences that are challenging yet fun. At Coastal Kids Therapy we provide state-of-the art occupational therapy in a warm and positive environment celebrating the individuality of each child while helping each to reach his or her full potential. We have over 20 years experience providing therapy for children with a wide range of sensory, motor, developmental, learning and behavioral difficulties. We provide a fun, playful and nurturing environment with much of the therapy taking place in our sensory-rich therapy gym. With a focus on sensory processing as the basis for all development, we develop programs focused on the specific needs of each child. For children with sensory processing disorders, we will develop a sensory diet of structured sensory experiences provided throughout the child’s day in appropriate and meaningful ways in order to help the child feel calm and alert. Whether the child with SPD is interpreting daily sensations as “too much” or whether their brain is registering “too little” sensation, the expertise of our occupational therapists can help the child regulate their sensory system and learn coping mechanisms so that they can ultimately feel “just right.”

Laurel Thornton OTR/L Coastal Kids Therapy 219 Racine Dr. Suite 1-A Wilmington, NC 28403 910-792-6706

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department | book beat

Summer Babies 2012 Hide and Seek, by Il Sung Na (Knopf)

book beat

Oh No, George!

With consummate skill, Na introduces this tension building game to the youngest players. While elephant counts away, all the other jungle animals scramble to find places to hide. The text gets larger as time is running out! Extra features abound, like a new butterfly on each page as the counting progresses. It might take a few reads for the kids to find the camouflaged chameleon on every page as well. Very clever.

Trains Go,

by Chris Haughton (Candlewick) .

By Julie Hubble

Come and see this gem of a book! Vivid retro images of a red and purple hound, tempted with every turn of the page by all the classic potholes for dogs - - a cake on the table, a cat chase, a bed of flowers. “I hope I’ll be good,” thinks George. Teaching a puppy to behave must be like teaching a young child to behave. What will he do?

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 Library: Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Northeast Branch: Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Toddler Storytime (18 – 36 months) @ 10am Main Library: Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Northeast Branch: Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Preschool Storytime (3 – 5 years) @ 10:30am Main Library: Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Northeast Branch: Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Family Storytime @10:30am Main Library: Monday 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 Northeast Branch: Monday 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Main Library: Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Northeast Branch: Thursday 7/5 Main Library (Yoga): Friday 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 Bi-Lingual Storytime (Preschool ages) @10:30am Main Library: Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Carolina Beach Family Storytime (All ages) @10:30am Monday 7/2, 7/23, 7/30 Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Friday 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27

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by Steve Light (Chronicle) A perfect read aloud for boys and girls. This is a book of NOISES. Some trains go “CHUGGA chugga chugga!” and others go “clang clang clang!” A lively story with a unique long shape and bright illustrations that will captivate an audience.

Two Little Monkeys, by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jill Barton (Simon & Schuster) Remember the finger game about the two little dickie birds sitting in a tree? Here’s a new version of that song, starring two monkeys, “one named Cheeky / one named Chee.” Strong language development coupled with bright pictures that act out the story lines make this a good choice for toddlers. Mem Fox’s pitch perfect story line with adorable baby monkeys and a swinging rhythm make it great. Don’t miss this one.

Story Time

NE Branch Family Storytime (All ages) @11am Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 School-Age Storytime @11am Main Library: Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31

Myrtle Grove Family Storytime (All ages) @11:30am Monday 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Friday 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 Book Break (ages 5-10) @2pm *Call ahead to register Myrtle Grove: Monday 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 Main Library: Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 Northeast Branch: Tuesday 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 Main Library & NE Branch: Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Main Library & NE Branch: Thursday 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 Myrtle Grove: Friday 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 Special Events Main Library Camp Cucalorus (Ages 10 -18): Monday 7/9 from 1:30 – 5:30pm Flow Circus (Juggling & Magic Show): Saturday 7/21 from 11am – 12pm Skill Toys from Around the World (Workshop): Saturday 7/21 from 2 – 3pm Family Reading Night (w/ Mr. Scooter): Monday 7/23 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Northeast Library Canines for Literacy: Monday 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 7/30 from 10:30 – 11:45am Family Movie: Wednesday 7/11, 7/25 from 3 – 5:30pm Carolina Beach Library Sandcastle Storytime (w/ Mr. Scooter): Monday 7/16 from 10:30 – 11:30am

Pender County Public Libraries Burgaw Central Library – 103 S. Cowan Street – 259-1234 Hampstead Branch Library – 75 Library Drive – 270-4603 Burgaw Journey Stories: Daily @10:30am Classic Antique Car Display: 7/7 from 10am – 2pm Hampstead Fetch: 7/11 from 4 – 5pm Ask a Master Gardener: 7/16 from 10:30am – 1pm 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 July 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

Fill your child’s summer with games, songs, noises and swimming! Here are two suggestions for Book Apps for the youngest set: Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Trilogy Studios. This classic story makes the transition to an app without losing the magical brilliance of the original. What will Harold draw next? The pacing is slower for younger children, and the artwork is incredibly crisp and alive. The “touch tale” mode allows the child to “be” Harold’s crayon and color the line he has drawn. Nostalgic adults may steal the iPad from Junior.

Stewie the Duck Learns To Swim by Stew Leonards. A child’s first guide to water safety, this app is based on the book by the same name. There is a read-tome audio version which can be turned off to read independently and play with animations. Also included are a memory game and a sing-along. The Leonards lost their children by drowning, and are offering this app for free. Julie Hubble is a mother and a freelance writer.

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