Page 1

november 2012 • FREE

Our 15th Year of Serving New Hanover, Brunswick & Pender County Families!


healthy living

• The Play Through Pain Myth • Researching Your Family Health History • Doctor or E.R.? When to Call • 3 Hidden Germ Carriers

beyond pumpkin pie Try These Pumpkin Desserts

Helping During the Holidays 4 Ways for Your Kids

Cover Kids Evangelo and Antoinette

Dental Care Tip #11 Be thankful for healthy teeth and gums! Don't forget great brushing habits and daily flossing!

Julie B. Dimock, DDS, MS • Adam W. Weinberg, DDS

Board Certified

3505 Converse Dr, Ste 175


910-794-2266 •

Now Scheduling Appointments in Leland at . . .

910-383-2615 •

Open House November, 15th 5-7PM

Friends School of Wilmington’s VIGOROUS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM is ROOTED in the QUAKER VALUES of INTEGRITY, COMMUNITY and SERVICE. Call us today to schedule a tour and experience Friends School.

18 months - 2nd Grade l 207 Pine Grove Dr. l 910.791.8221 3rd - 8th Grade l 350 Peiffer Ave. l 910.792.1811 l

Robert T. Kelly, DDS & William R. Cherry III, DDS, MS

Thankful for Healthy Smiles! Specializing 31 Years in Children’s Dentistry, Ages 1-17 Preventative • Restorative • Cosmetic Nitrous Oxide and In Office Sedation Available • Early Morning/Late Afternoon Appointments Available

1635 Doctors Circle Wilmington, NC (910) 343-1735 •

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 1

Grateful for a Great Smile! virtually invisible Fast treatment greater comfort

Make your next event

Robert B. Campbell, DDS Specializing in Braces for Children & Adults Two Locations: 1516 Doctors Circle • 8066-A Market Street (910) 251-1100 •

All About Fun! Call James Merritt, LLC

(910) 471-2277

Be part of the biggest Family Fit Challenge yet this January! Join other families in learning how to incorporate positive food and activity choices into active family lifestyles. J’nelle Ruscetti, PA, engages and energizes families as they make their family fit journey together. The next eight-week session starts: Sunday, January 6, 2013 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monkey Junction Mustard Seed Ministry 5654 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington Learn more about the Family Fit Challenge or download a registration form at

2 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

7355-02 Family Fit Wilmington Parent Monkey Junction Ad.indd 1 10/15/12 4:15:25 PM

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.

How Can Our Center Help?

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.

Tracey Glendenning, OD, FCOVD 201 Racine Drive 395-6050

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 3

| in this issue

Have a cute photo you’d like to share? Submit your photo for consideration December Theme Holidays.

Publisher/Editor in Chief Keith Jaworski 910 343-1226


Features Editor Danielle Villegas 910 343-1226


Calendar Editor: Sandie Loudermilk


Design/Layout Department: Yulia Zarubina - Brill 910 343-1226


Customer Service 910 343-1226


To Advertise Contact: Beth Burgee 561-339-6154


Karin LeMaire 617-510-2365


Andrea Knight 910-632-0283

November 2012 SPecial Section: Healthy living

23 24 27 28 21 35

Don’t play with pain

family health history 3 hidden germ carriers when to call Dr. or E.R? ways to give back during the holidays pumpkin desserts

5 Editor’s Note 6 short stuff 8 family finances 10 Growing Up Online 12 Reel life 14 Calendar

30 FIT FAMILY 32 school notes 34 Going Green 35 story time 36 Peanut Gallery


Daily Deals Brandy Metzger 910-262-6810

Public Service Announcements/Calendar Please submit items/photos before the 2nd Friday of the prior month or E-Mail: or Fax: 910 343-1227 Opinions/Suggestions/Feedback

We value our readers opinions — help us to serve you better! Our mailing address is:

Wilmington Parent PO Box 1336, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 or E-Mail:

Wilmington Parent is published 12 times a year. Distribution of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of information, products or services. The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement or listing that is not in keeping with the publication's standards. All contents of Wilmington Parent are protected under copyright. Reproduction of any content requires permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Wilmington Parent PO Box 1336, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 © Wilmington Parent 2010 Seaside Media, LLC Complimentary copies of Wilmington Parent are available to the public at various locations in the greater Wilmington area. One copy per family is permitted. Additional copies require the written permission of the Publisher. Subscription rates for home delivery are $24 for one year. member

cover credits

Cover by Nichole Louise Photography 910-367-5151 • 4 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Please recycle this magazine

| editor’s note


t’s almost time to celebrate Thanksgiving, but don’t wait till the end of November to give thanks! You can celebrate this holiday all month by helping others in your community. On pg. 21, the article by Kerrie McLaughlin suggests a few opportunities for kids to learn the next step in being grateful for what you have – giving to those who have less. While you’re thinking of your family this month and the time you will hopefully spend together, this would be a good time to think of their health too! In our special section, we focus on family wellness. You know during every family gathering this holiday season, the inevitable stories of health problems, surgeries, and other uncomfortable health related topics will circulate. Instead of dodging these conversations in favor of another slice of pumpkin pie, why not take advantage of a priceless opportunity. On pg. 24, author Deanne Haines tells us how important it is to gather information about your family’s health history in order to improve your child’s future. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back for the fall on Sunday, November 4th and remember - Election Day is November 6th. Show your kids what it means to be a civic-minded, responsible citizen and bring them with you to the polls!

While Visions of Downtown Darlings Danced in Her Head! Get a Jump on Santa....with fabulous gifts and stocking stuffers. Coming...Exclusive Holiday Events - see Facebook for details or call the store! Like us on Facebook & be entered to win....BE A FAN!

112 Market Street • Downtown Wilmington • 910-251-2233

Wilmington's Oldest Montessori School The Children's Schoolhouse

Christmas is less than 60 days away (sorry to be the one to remind you) so enjoy your Thanksgiving and get ready for more fun around the corner! Happy Holidays!


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

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 5


short stuff

Westgate Nature Park in Leland to Open Soon Fall is here! Time to get outside and enjoy the cool autumn air. Westgate Nature Park, located at 1260 West Gate Drive (between Walmart and the Arbors in the Westgate area), should be completed soon. The park will consist of a 0.3 mile paved walking/biking path, elevated boardwalk and outdoor classroom over the woody wetlands environment, nature-themed playground, picnic area and event lawn. It is the first phase of a larger plan to provide nearly 5 miles of multi-use trails on the south side of Highway 17. If you are interested in participating in any event or program or simply would like more information, please contact Niel Brooks, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs at nbrooks@ or (910) 332-4818.

Wilmington’s Got Talent Fundraiser for Nourish NC In an effort to bring food to Wilmington children in need, Wilmington Central Rotary is tapping into one of the community’s most prominent strengths – its abundance of amateur talent. Wilmington’s Got Talent – a hometown variety show and competition - promises to be fun and entertaining while also helping local children in need receive nutritious food. Wilmington’s Got Talent will take place Nov. 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Thalian Hall. Local entertainers will perform and the community is invited to join in the fun. Area singers, dancers, musicians, and all acts in between will provide an evening of entertainment. Who knows - the next Voice or American Idol candidate might even be discovered right here in Wilmington. The top act, to be determined by a panel of judges, will receive many gift certificates from a variety of local businesses. All proceeds will go to assist Nourish NC’s efforts to provide food to local children in need. Tickets are available through the Thalian Hall Box Office for $20 before and on the day of the event. Sponsorships are needed. Please consider helping this important cause. To request sponsorship information or to purchase tickets please email or call Louise McColl, (910)350-1211 or Martha Harlan at, (910)342-3850.


More than play at JPA JPA

P reschool A cademy

Half day classes

NEW Tues/Thurs Certified teachers sections open for Small 2'sclass and sizes 3's. Call to schedule a visit Nurturing & fun

(910) 367-7210 | | 7888 Market St SIGN UP TODAY TO RECEIVE FREE EMAIL OFFERS. - Daily Deals Coming cyber-Monday Holiday specials - Save $$$

Call to schedule a tour A unique half-day academic program for students in grades 1-8 with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder 4:1 teacher to student ratio Empowering children who have learning differences with the skills needed to become confident, independent learners

Looking for more sales this season? Be a part of our Holiday cyber-mall. Contact us at 910-343-1226 for details! 6 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

App Help for the Room Parent If you’ve been assigned (or volunteered) for the thankless job of room parent, there’s an app that can help make your job much easier. The free Clipboard app by VolunteerSpot, makes the task of finding helpers to aid in classroom duties simple. Have a holiday party planned for the classroom? Add it to the calendar along with the items you need and then blast it to the class. Within minutes you’ll have fellow parents signing up to bring in candy canes and cupcakes!

2012 Holiday Honor Card

Preschool Gymnastics is for BOYS & GIRLS!

Honor those on your holiday gift list by making a donation, in their name, to Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. of Wilmington. Each card is decorated with a single angel image created by children who resided in the Shelter. This creative alternative to buying gifts is ideal for loved ones, teachers, neighbors, and friends. A gift donation of $5 minimum per card is requested. Money raised will be used to help victims of Domestic Violence right here in Wilmington. For more information, contact (910) 343-9969 ext. 17 or

Gym Makeover! New Equipment! 910-796-1896 3529 Carolina Beach Road

Kids Voting The Kids Voting USA program will be returning to New Hanover County on November 6, 2012. Voting booths will be set up for kids to vote at these 4 locations: College Park Elementary School, Halyburton Park, Codington Elementary School, and Northeast Library. New Hanover County school system’s intent is to have kids experience a similar voting process, so that when they are 18, they will continue on with their civic service. Approximately, 1.5 million students nationwide participate in the program to vote for President, local and state candidates. The program runs every year and includes mid-term and local elections. The students have the opportunity to vote in their schools, alongside their parents, as well as online. For more information about this program, contact Annie Anthony with Cape Fear Volunteer Center at (910) 392-8180 or

We Now Have: • Girl Scout product is back in stock! • Event space! Call to reserve today! • Customized Banners! Create your own or have us create one for you! See store for details. • Storytelling Workshops! See store for details.

Follow us on Facebook: Teacher’s Aid Inc (Wilmington, NC) University Square 831 South Kerr Avenue Wilmington, NC Mon-Fri - 10a.m. - 6p.m. & Saturday - 9a.m. - 5p.m. 910-799-0101 Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 7

| family finance | By Robyn Passante

The 12 Saves of Christmas


very year I vow to start shopping for Christmas gifts months ahead of time. I vow to buy a few baking ingredients each week, to spread out the cost. I promise myself to plan better and work in advance so that the holiday rush doesn’t hit me too hard. And then November comes around and I think, Uh-oh. I know I’m not the only one in this situation – wanting (needing) to spend less but not wanting to give up all the fun and festivities that come with the holidays. So I put together a list of ways for all of us—including procrastinators—to save this holiday season.

You will see that sexy “sale” sign everywhere for the next two months, but don’t be fooled into thinking whatever is “on sale” is the cheapest you’ll find anywhere.

1. Look for gifts on daily deal websites. Groupon, Groupon Getaways and Living Social are filled with great deals at a bargain price. Sign up to receive their daily emails, and keep parents and siblings in mind when viewing the daily offers. (Editor’s note: sign up for Wilmington Parent Daily Deals at wilmingtonparent. com—click Daily Deals link on the menu bar).

2. Reuse and recycle. Nobody wants something used for Christmas, you say? Tell that to my son, who has been unwrapping a couple of my old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip books each holiday for the last few years. Dig through your attic and closet to see what you have that you know someone else will appreciate. Last year we were given a used alto horn someone had in their attic, and my son – whose only wish for Santa was “a 4-year-old sized tuba” -- was thrilled.

3. Get personal. Sometimes the best gifts are ones that involve doing more than wrapping. Offer to babysit, walk a co-worker’s dog, or take an elderly relative for an outing.

4. Work with family. It used to be fun to get all my family members a gift. Then my siblings started having kids and suddenly our intimate family gathering is nearing 20 strong. It might be time change up the gift-giving routine. Drawing names, buying for kids only, or setting a dollar limit on gifts can help everyone save but still have fun. 5. Pare down the goodies. Most people have a list of special treats they look forward to all year long. But do you need to make three dozen cookies in seven different varieties? This year try a cookie exchange with co-workers or friends. Even though you’re still making several dozen cookies, they’re all the same kind, so you can buy ingredients in bulk and save money. Then you get to go home with dozens of different kinds, and your baking days are done!

8 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

6. Avoid the splurges. People are especially prone to impulse buys around the holidays, when new and traditional goodies seem to be strategically placed at every aisle’s end cap. If your grocery store offers online shopping and pick-up service, do it. The fee is typically only about $5, and that’s a lot less than you’ll spend on things that aren’t on your list if you step inside that store.

7. Be thrifty with holiday outfits. Remember when you were young and you’d raid your sister’s or your friend’s closet for a new shirt or shoes? Why do we stop doing that when we grow up? This year, instead of shopping for a new dress for the holiday office party, find a friend your size and borrow from her. Or head to a thrift store to search for a bargain. And remember, buying a new belt, scarf, purse or jewelry can add just the right punch to something already in your closet.

8. Order cards early. Many of us order photo cards online these days. Sign up for email alerts from your favorite vendors now and take advantage when they post their deals early in the season. Also try paring down your Christmas card list, sending out an electronic “year in review” family letter, with photos, to acquaintances and friends instead of a traditional card.

9. Think handmade and homemade. Have you ever given a handmade or homemade gift? Do you remember the reaction? Exactly. Cheaper on the giver’s end, with a priceless payoff.

10. Network with friends for bargains and presents. Chances are you know other parents who are bargain hunting just like you. Trade your biggest wish list items, things you want to get your kids but are hoping to find on sale, and let your friends help you search for deals and steals.

11. Shop prices, not sales. You will see that sexy “sale” sign everywhere for the next two months, but don’t be fooled into thinking whatever is “on sale” is the cheapest you’ll find anywhere. Start looking now at the regular price of items you’re considering buying as gifts; then you’ll know when you hit on a real deal.

12. Pay it forward. This one’s easy: It often costs nothing, but means so much. v Robyn Passante is a freelance writer and mother of two who will be wrapping up more used Calvin and Hobbes books this Christmas. She can be reached at

Robotic Surgery Provides A Much Less Invasive Option For Pelvic Prolapse Held in position by muscles, ligaments and

other tissues, the uterus can, over time, begin to fall from its normal position—a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. Uterine prolapse can be classified as incomplete, meaning there is a noticeable lump or bulge, or complete, indicating that uterine tissue has protruded outside the vagina.

pelvic organ prolapse was open abdominal surgery, a major procedure that requires a long recovery period. Vaginal surgical options have also been developed, which provide a less invasive alternative for some patients.

Uterine prolapse may be accompanied by vaginal vault prolapse, in which the upper portion of the vagina loses its shape and begins to descend into the vaginal canal or protrude from the vagina. Other pelvic organs, including the bladder, urethra and rectum, may also be affected.

However, the introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System truly revolutionized the procedure for both patients and surgeons.

For many years, the only surgical solution for

Among the significant advantages of robotic surgery are shorter hospital stays, greatly reduced recovery times, less postoperative pain, less blood loss, less scarring, and less risk of complications.

The smallest things can make the

For the surgeon, the daVinci system provides precise control, three-dimensional vision and improved ergonomics that allow unparalleled access to the pelvic region.

biggest difference. (Three


In mild cases, women who have pelvic organ prolapse have no noticeable symptoms. However, as the organ further shifts its position, it can place pressure on other pelvic organs, causing symptoms ranging from a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis to incontinence issues to vaginal bleeding.

incisions, to be precise.)

Robotic hysterectomy

Pelvic prolapse is common, especially as muscles and connective tissues begin to weaken as women age. Women who have had multiple vaginal births or who have had a hysterectomy have an increased chance of developing pelvic organ prolapse.

is a minimally invasive procedure

that provides maximum patient benefits. Tiny incisions, 3D visibility and unparalleled precision mean much less pain, bleeding and scarring, and a much quicker recovery. For women facing hysterectomy and other gynecological surgeries, those little

For more information on pelvic organ prolapse or robotic GYN surgery options, please contact Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health at (910) 763-9833.

bandages are a very big deal. Visit our website to read what our patients are saying about robotic surgery.

my Co-Directors, Glen Meade Robotic Surgery Center

910.763.9833 Wilmington: 1809 Glen Meade Road Leland: The Villages at Brunswick Forest 1333 S. Dickinson Dr., Suite 110 ROBOTIC SURGERY




©2012 Glen Meade Center For Women’s Health

G. Daniel Robison, IV, MD, FACOG Timothy L. Chase, MD, FACOG

A partner with Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health and co-founder/director of both Glen Meade Center for Robotic Surgery & Glen Meade Incontinence Center, Timothy L. Chase, MD, FACOG, performed the first robotic sacrocolpopexy at NHRMC. Dr. Chase is a local pioneer in the use of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and he teaches surgeons from around the country the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 9

| growing up online

| By Carolyn Jabs

Eight Apps to Make Holidays Happier


he holidays are both the happiest time of year—and the busiest. For parents whose schedules are already bulging, it can be challenging to fit in extra shopping, special meals and traditional events. Although it’s naïve to think that a few Apps will spare you all the stress associated with this time of year, a wellequipped smartphone can help you get at least some of the details under control. In each of these categories, there are multiple contenders for Best App. The ones listed here are free. Most work on multiple platforms and all seem especially likely to be helpful to parents.

Making a List. If Santa had Christmas Gift List Planner, he wouldn’t have to check twice. This app, designed by Iwuana, helps Android users keep all their lists in one place and can be found at Google Play. Better Christmas Gift List does something similar for Iphone users and is available through Apple’s App Store. Both apps let you make lists of recipients, gift ideas, and price ranges. These apps are great for keeping track of ideas as they occur to you, and they’ll also help you stay within your holiday budget. 

Zipping through Grocery Shopping. Ziplist lets you Finding the Best Deal. Naturally you want to get the most out of your holiday gift budget. Red Laser can help by giving you instant price info for local stores as well as online vendors just by scanning the barcode on an item. There’s also a timesaving “Buy It” feature that lets you prepay for an item so its ready for pick-up when you get to the store. Download at 

build and manage meal plans. In addition to the 400,000 recipes on the site, you can clip things you want to try from blogs and other sources. During the holidays, the best feature may be the shopping list generator which tells you exactly what you’ll need to buy to make the cookies and other treats you want to serve. Free at

Sending Great Greetings. has apps Blitzing Black Friday. If you are someone who likes to plunge into the sales the day after Thanksgiving, you need an app like TGIBlackFriday that shows you ads for 50 major retailers as soon as they are available. The app that was created by Dealcatcher also lets you create a personal shopping list so you can compare prices on things you plan to buy. Free for both Android and Iphone at

Zeroing in on the Best Tech Gifts. Gadgets of one kind or another are among the most popular holiday gifts to receive—and among the most stressful to give. How do you know if you are choosing the ‘must have’ technology or the best features?  The app available at is certain to boost your confidence. In addition to ratings, the app alerts you to products that are about to become obsolete. The app requires a subscription but you get one month free and December is a great time to test-drive their product ratings. Doing it Yourself. In many families, the best gifts are homemade. For inspiration, check out the free apps available from and (Go the website and put app in the search engine). The apps make suggestions about kid-friendly projects and alert you to make-it-yourself sessions at the stores. Coupons defray the cost of supplies. 10 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

that allow you to convert photos into tangible cards and postcards for as little as 99 cents. The app interfaces with your contact list making it easy to send personalized greetings to family, friends and colleagues. If you snap pictures of kids opening gifts you can also send thank you notes that really capture their excitement and gratitude.  

Mellowing out with Music. When your To-Do list threatens to extinguish your holiday spirit, turn on Christmas radio. This app, available at Bluemedialab. com, gives you access to 40 stations that play nothing but holiday music in every possible style from religious to rock, jazz to country. There’s even a station that claims to broadcast from the North Pole. Of course, downloading and fooling with apps can be a distraction. That’s why it’s important to remember that the purpose of each of these programs is to streamline holiday chores. Used effectively, they will free up time for what really matters at the holidays---quality face time with children, family and friends. v Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has written Growing Up Online for 10 years and is working on a book about constructive responses conflict. Other columns are available at www.

n a l P 9 2 5 NC s g n i v a S College ! s e g a t n a v d a x a t h wit Will you be ready for college when they are?

You can be. Start saving for college with the NC 529 Plan, to take advantage of these and other benefits: • No enrollment fees or sales charges to open your NC 529 account • Earnings on your NC 529 account are tax-free when used for qualified higher education expenses • Contributions made to your NC 529 account are the ONLY 529 contributions deductible from your NC taxable income

To invest in your child’s future today, visit or call 800.600.3453.

© 2012 College Foundation, Inc.

The availability of tax benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements. To learn about North Carolina’s National College Savings Program, its investment objectives, risks and costs, read Program Description Wilmington Parent | the November 2012 | available 11 from NC529 or 800-600-3453. Check with your home state about tax or other benefits associated with investing in its own qualified tuition plan.


reel life

| By Jane Louise Boursaw

November brings newborn vampires, disenfranchised video game villains, and a boy in a boat with a Bengal Tiger. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month. her past comes back to haunt her. Directed by Sam Mendes, the cast also includes Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. It doesn’t get much better than that.

cart racing game who might just get Ralph his good-guy wish. Creative, comical and fun for both kids and adults.


PG-13 for sequences of violence, including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity. In theaters November 16. Ok for kids 14+.


PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence. In theaters November 2. Ok for kids 7+. www.


PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking. In theaters November 9. Ok for kids 14+. Can you believe it’s been 50 years since we first met James Bond? They’ve timed the Skyfall release to coincide with the anniversary, and how cool is that? Daniel Craig (my favorite Bond to date - there, I’ve said it) returns as 007 in the 23rd adventure of the longest-running film franchise of all time. I love the relationship between 007 and M (Judi Dench), and this movie puts it front and center, as his loyalty is tested when

Think you’ve got it rough? Try being a video game villain who never gets the recognition he deserves. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Wreck-It Ralph, the story of one such bad guy (voiced by John C. Reilly) who longs to be as beloved as his game’s good guy, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). So when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), Ralph sees his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan -- win a medal -- but accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated

I know, I know… vampires! But I’m still a fan, especially now that I’ve finished the book just in time to see the movie – a fine cinematic ending to the moody saga. After the birth of her daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella (Kristen Stewart) is enjoying her new life and powers as a newborn vampire. But her joy is short-lived as Irina (Maggie Grace) rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat to the vampire world. The Cullens assemble others to fight the ultimate battle to protect their family. Is it bad for me to hope that Stephenie Meyer writes more books about the new generation of vampires and werewolves? I think not.


PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language. In theaters November 16. Ok for kids 14+.

Steven Spielberg produces more movies than he directs lately, but I’m always happy to see him behind the camera. He directs this mov-

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.

12 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent


PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. In theaters November 21. Ok for kids 7+. When an evil spirit known as Pitch the Boogeyman (voiced by Jude Law) lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of kids around the world. And just who are these guardians? Legends we all know and love: Jack Frost (Chris Pine), Santa Claus/North (Alec Baldwin), Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), Easter Bunny/Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), and Sandman/Sandy (no actor, because he’s silent!). Dakota Goyo voices Jamie, a child who’s given up on believing in the guardians. Gorgeous animation, great voices, and familiar (but edgy) characters make this a winner.

Princess Ballet Free Trial Class!

Mommy and Me Princess Ballet starting 1 years old and up

Princess Birthday Parties Fairy Princess Ballet for all ages

Wilmington School of Ballet and Creative Arts Center

ie, based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, about the 16th President of the United States. I’ve long been a fan of Daniel Day-Lewis’ ability to morph into whatever character he’s playing, and he does that here, as well. The story centers on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. The amazing cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant, Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stephens, David Strathairn as William Seward, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. 794-9590 • 3834 Oleander Drive

UNCW Engineering Expectations LIFE OF PI

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters November 21. Ok for kids 13+. This adventure film, directed by Ang Lee and based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, scored major buzz on the film festival circuit this year. It tells the story of Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), the precocious son of a zookeeper in Pondicherry, India. When the family decides to move to Canada, they hitch a ride on a huge freighter, but the journey ends in a shipwreck. Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Talk about tense! But also sweet, surprising and magical.

Invites You to Engage Your Mind! Saturdays • 9 a.m. – Noon Ages 7–9

Oct. 20 Nov.10 Dec. 8

Go “batty” for aerospace engineering Engineering history travels back in time Engineering the holidays in toyland Jane Boursaw is a syndicated family entertainment writer specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at or email An EEO/AA Institution

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 13

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



november | 2012

Cape Fear Ghost Chase 6 – 8pm. CFCC “Q” Bldg. Families welcome for this spooky fun. Prizes. $10/person. Contact for details. Lapsit StoryTime 9:30am Thursdays. Northeast Library. Babies 3 - 18 months enjoy fun stories and songs. No registration required. Call 7986373 for more information. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Strega Nona - Pasta Salad.” Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Toddler Story Time 10am Thursdays. Northeast Library. Children ages 18 – 36 months join others for stories, songs and other fun activities. No registration required. Call 798-6373 for details.

14 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Preschool Story Time 10am Thursdays. Northeast Library. Ages 3 to 5 years are invited to enjoy a different weekly theme. Includes stories, songs, and activities. No pre-registration. Call 798-6373 with questions. stART with a Story 3:30pm Thursdays (Closed on Thanksgiving Day). Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. Call 254-3534 or visit with questions. Cape Fear Fair & Expo 5 – 11pm. Airport Blvd. The annual fair featuring animal exhibits, competitions, horticultural contests, amusement rides, food, live entertainment and family fun. Visit for event schedule. Jazz at the CAM 6:30pm. Cameron Art Museum. Enjoy the Elemental Love jazz concert blended with familiar standards and intriguing originals. $7/Members. $10/Non-Members. $5/Students with ID. Call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum. com for more tickets. An Evening with Frank Vignola 8 – 10pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. One of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today takes the stage. $32/$27/$16. Contact 632-2285 for ticket purchases.

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

Family Yoga 10:30 – 11am. 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. $7/plate. Call 4584253 for more information. Adventures in Art 3:30pm Fridays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Experience different forms of art each week. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to pre-register and visit for weekly projects. Character Appearance: The Grinch! 4 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Bring the kids and a camera to capture a fun holiday memory. Free. Call 509-0153 for details. Maze Craze 4 – 10pm Fridays. 372 Artesia Rd, Hallsboro. 13 acres of Crazy Maze designed and cut with precision for a fun, challenging family adventure. $8/Ages 13+. $6/Ages 4-12. Free-ages 3 and under. Visit for directions and aerial view of 2012 maze. Cape Fear Fair & Expo 5pm – 2am. Airport Blvd. See 11/01. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Fall Festival 6 – 9pm. Government Complex, 45 Courthouse Drive. Hayrides, cakewalk, face painting, food and more. Free admission. Call 253-2777 for more information.

Hubb’s Corn Maze 6 – 11pm (weekends through 11/04). 10444 Hwy 421, Clinton. Come for the corn maze, Farm Show, live entertainment, pumpkin patch and more family fun. Admission $6 - $16. (Fridays 6-11pm/ Saturdays 1-11pm/Sundays 1-6pm). Call 564-6709 or visit www. with questions and directions.

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

The Great Grinch 10am – 12pm. Celebrate the season at the annual event sponsored Fright Night Theatre by Learning Express Toys. Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. 6:30pm. 19 S. 10th St. Theatre NOW presents spooky dinner theEnjoy crafts, music, story time and more. Free with admission. Visit atre. $38/Adults. $32/Under 12. Visit for details. or call 399-3NOW for event details. Cape Fear Kite Festival Pink Fashion Walk 10am – 5pm. Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island Resort. Watch the sky 6:30 – 10pm. The Upper Room. Charity Fashion Show and silent fill with color! Kid classes, stunt kite lessons, demonstrations, and auction to benefit Pretty in Pink Foundation. Visit www.pinkfashion- auction. Free admission. Call 256-8696 for schedule. for more information. Great Pumpkin Hunt Barnes & Noble Story Time 11am – 1:30pm. Maides Park. Ages 3-9 enjoy face painting, horse 7pm Fridays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the rides, hayrides, music, arts & crafts, and more. $3/child. Call 341Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details. 7867 for more information. Compagnie de Danse Jean-Rene Delsoin 8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Sensational live drumming and dance from Haiti. $20/General Public. $8/Youth & Students. Call 962-3500 for tickets.

St. Stan’s Polish Festival 11am – 5pm. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4849 Castle Hayne Rd. Enjoy a fun day of entertainment, silent auction, baked goods and crafts, along with authentic Polish food and the sounds of the Polka Plus Band. Free admission. Visit for event details.

The Color Purple 8 – 10pm (through 11/04). Thalian Hall Main Stage. A soul-stirring new musical of the unforgettable story of a woman who finds Maze Craze strength to triumph over adversity. $25. Contact 632-2285 for tickets. 11am – 10pm Saturdays. 372 Artesia Rd, Hallsboro. See 11/2.

3 Saturday Belk Coupon 6am – 3pm. Belk. Purchase a $5 coupon for use at the sale with 100% donation benefiting the Pender Library. Contact Friends of the Library at 259-1234 for details.

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

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Cape Fear Fair & Expo 6:30am – 12:30pm. Hoggard High School Cafeteria. Pancakes and 12pm – 12am. Airport Blvd. See 11/01. sausage served for $5/advance or $6/door. Visit for tickets. International Games Day 1 – 4pm. NHC Main Library. 3rd International Games Day. Yard Sale at the Bellamy Call 798-6301 for details. 7 – 11am. Bellamy Mansion. Don’t miss the event to either remove clutter ($10/table) or to purchase gently-used treasures. Contact Learning Center 251-3700 or for information. 1 - 4pm Saturdays. Cape Fear Museum. Free for members or with Museum admission. All ages. Contact 798-4362 or visit www.capeKatie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast for details. 7:30 – 11:00am. Senior Center. $6 includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Call 458-6609 for details. UNCW vs. NC Wesleyan 2pm. Trask Coliseum. Seahawks take on NC Wesleyan in an exhibiRiverfront Farmer’s Market tion game. $5 - $10. Visit for tickets. 8am – 1pm Saturdays (through 12/22). Water Street Downtown. Features fruits and vegetables from local farmers, plants, herbs, Character Appearance: The Grinch! flowers, dairy, meats, baked goods, jams and more. Free admission. 2 - 3pm. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Bring the kids and a Call 538-6223 for more information. camera to capture a fun holiday memory. Free. Call 313-3100 for details. ACES for A.C.C.E.S.S. Tournament 8:30am. Joe Eakes Park, Kure Beach. “Hole-in-one” tournament TRUCK-a-ROO hosted by Pleasure Island Disc Golf Club to benefit Miracle 4 – 8pm. Market & Water Streets. Taste the selections from local League of Wilmington in building the area’s first Miracle Field. food trucks at this inaugural event. $10/Ballot Card (to sample Bouncy House for kids, food vendors and raffles. $20/ selections and cast a vote for “Best in Show”). Visit www.truck-a-roo. Registration. Contact com or call 297-3999 for more information. for event details. UNCW vs. UNC Pembroke JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes 4:30pm. Trask Coliseum. Women Seahawks take on UNC Pembroke 9am. Mayfaire Town Center. Walk, food, fun and games for walkers in an exhibition game. $5. Free/Ages 15 and under. Visit www.uncof all ages. Register at or 509-9899. for tickets.

Art Classes Young Artist’s Series To all the parents and young artists, thank you for appreciating me.

Kids Classes Adult Classes

• drawing • painting Abby Kampschroeder Age 7

Nationally Recognized, Professional Artist & Art Educator Carolyn Faulkner 3803 Wrightsville Ave #8, Downey Branch Office Park

Call 910-685-5137

Brits at the Plantation Cape Fear Fair & Expo 9am – 4pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. 24 classes of British motorcars 5 – 11pm. Airport Blvd. See 11/01. judged and awarded. Free admission. Visit Ferry Community Theatre brits-at-the-plantation-car-show for details. 7pm. 26 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry. The Murder Mystery Comedy Holly Days Theatre features A Plot to Murder. $10 (includes show and dessert). 9am – 4pm. Southport. Arts & crafts fair. Free admission. Call 934-0083 for tickets. Call 457-4365 for more information.

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 15

Habitat Follies 7:30pm. Odell Williamson Auditorium. Enjoy great talent from Brunswick County to benefit Habitat for Humanity. $20. Call 338-1396 for tickets.

4 Sunday

(Daylight Savings Time Ends) Battleship NC Half-Marathon & 5K 8am. Battleship NC. Visit to register. Residents Free Day - Airlie Gardens 9am - 5pm. Airlie Gardens. Visit the parks and Arboretum for a full day of family fun. Contact 798-7700 or visit for more information. Cape Fear Kite Festival 10am – 5pm. Wrightsville Beach, Shell Island Resort. See 11/03. Residents Free Day - Cape Fear Museum 1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. NHC residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. Call 798-4350 or visit for information. Maze Craze 1 – 8pm Sundays. 372 Artesia Rd, Hallsboro. See 11/2. Cape Fear Fair & Expo 1 – 11pm. Airport Blvd. See 11/01. Habitat Follies 2pm. Odell Williamson Auditorium. See 11/03. Horse drawn Wagon Rides 2:30 – 5pm. Oakdale Cemetery. Guided tour by wagon with commentary on the history of the cemetery. Half-hour tours. Tickets $6 to $10. Call 762-5682 for information.

Sneads Ferry Community Theatre 7pm. 26 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry. See 11/03.

Children’s Hall. $4/Family. Free/Members. Call 763-2634 for more information.

NC Symphony 8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Call 962-3500 for tickets.

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

5 Monday School Fundraiser Week All Day (through 11/09). Learning Express Toys, Oleander & Military Cutoff. Participating schools receive a donation totaling 20% of proceeds generated by friends and families who shop at either store location or online. Call 313-3100 or 509-0153 for details. Spanish for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Oleander. Spanish language workshop for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 to pre-register. Little Sprouts Story Time 10am Mondays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Preschoolers meet new people, hear wonderful stories, and enjoy an activity. Visit or call 254-3534 to pre-register. Camouflage in Nature 10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. Ages 2-5 discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities and hikes. $3. Visit www.halyburtonpark. com or call 341-0075 to pre-register. Brilliant Sky Story Time 10:30am Mondays. Mayfaire Town Center. Visit or contact 509-3353 for details. Railroad Story Time 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Hear stories and enjoy creative activities in the

Family Reading Night 5:30pm. Northeast Library. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6373 for details. Skill Toys Workshop 6pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Teens are introduced to juggling. Free. Register at 798-6303.

6 Tuesday (Election Day) Festival of the Trees (Through 11/11). 80 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst, NC. 16th annual winter wonderland of elaborately decorated trees, wreaths and more to benefit children with disabilities in south central NC. Donations accepted as admission. Visit historic-hotel-north-carolina.php for details.

Toddler Story Time 10am Tuesdays. Main Library. Children 18 - 36 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6303 for further details. Barnes & Noble Story Time 10am Tuesdays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details. Camouflage in Nature 10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. See 11/05. Preschool Story Time 10:30am Tuesdays. Main Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, finger play, and songs. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6303 with questions. Spanish/English Story Time 10:30am. Northeast Library. Preschoolers and their adult chaperones enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Call 798-6373 for details. Skill Toys Workshop 2:30pm. Main Library. Teens are introduced to juggling. Free. Register at 798-6303.

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

Kids Cooking Club 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Thankful Sweet Potato Mash.” Harris Teeter sponsors this fun time of learning new skills and seasonal recipes. Visit or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Lap Sit Story Time 9:30am Tuesdays. Main Library. Designed for babies under 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6303 for more information.

Family Night 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Operation Christmas Child. Call 256-0854 or visit for event information. Brunswick Civil War Round Table 6:30pm. Trinity United Methodist Church. Civil War author, Horace Mewborn, speaks on one of the strangest actions of the war by the Confederates. $5. Students free. Call 253-7382 for details. Leland Hometown Opry 7pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Musicians of all experience are welcome to participate in this bluegrass/country/gospel/folk jam. Spectators also welcomed. Free. Call 3324818 for more information.

7 Wednesday 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 http:// for details. Lap Sit Story Time 9am Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Designed for babies up to 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for details. Lap Sit Story Time 9am Wednesdays. Northeast Library. Designed for babies up to 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6371 for more information.

16 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Toddler Story Time 10am Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Children 18 - 36 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and preliteracy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for further details. Toddler Story Time 10am Wednesdays. Northeast Library. Children 19 - 35 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6371 for more information. Baby Musik 10am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Gentle music and movement for newborns to age 1 ½. Taught by Kindermusik educator, Karen Stirnitzke. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 for more information. The Family & the Breastfed Baby 10am. Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Dr. Join La Leche League for information. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for more information. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Fall Critter Collage.” Hands-on activities for preschoolers to explore the world around them! Call 254-3534 or visit to pre-register. Preschool Story Time 10am Wednesdays. Northeast Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, songs, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6371 with questions. Preschool Story Time 10:30am Wednesdays. Myrtle Grove Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, finger play, and songs. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6391 with questions.



Discover Science 3:30pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit to pre-register. Snake & Turtle Feeding 4pm. Halyburton Park. Brief presentation about the live animals on display in Events Center, and feeding of one snake and one turtle. $1. Call 341-0075 to pre-register. CPR Class 6 – 10pm. Leland Fire & Rescue, 1004 Village Rd. $20 (Includes course book & certification card). Call 332-4823 to reserve a spot. AWANA Clubs 7pm Wednesdays. Castle Hayne Baptist Church. Fun for Kindergarteners through 6th graders. Call 623-4334 for details.

8 Thursday

No matter which Carolina you’re in, you’ll find the same friendly service and range of products you’ve always known, now backed by a 138-year heritage of strength, stability and commitment to community. Whatever your financial needs, we offer all the products of a large bank with all the personal attention of a community bank. Put the power of community to work for you today. Banking products offered by First Community Bank. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC

Cucalorus Film Festival Various Times. 815 Princess Street. A free-spirited and multidisciplinary showcase. Visit for daily events. French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. French language workshop for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 to pre-register. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Tops and Bottoms – Veggies & Dip.” See 11/01. Cape Fear Area Rabbit 4-H Club 4pm. NHC Arboretum. Learn how to care for rabbits and other small pets. Open to youth ages 5-18. Contact for club details.

9 Friday Cucalorus Film Festival Various Times. 815 Princess Street. See 11/08.

Celebrity Golf Tournament (Through 11/11). Landfall. 10th annual tournament benefiting the fight against kidney disease and improvement of patient care. Visit to register. Artisans Holiday Boutique 9am – 4pm. Southport Community Bldg. 13th annual holiday shopping venue featuring decorations, gifts, photography, jewelry and more. Free admission. Contact 253-3630 for more information. Hooks & Needles 10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Beginners to advanced are invited to attend. Bring a current project or materials to start a new one. Free. Call 371-5563 for details. Meet the Real Tooth Fairy 4 – 5:30pm. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Bring the kids and a

camera. Girls can be matched with a personal tooth fairy online! No reservations needed. Call 313-3100 with questions. Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale 5 – 8pm. 120 S. 2nd St. The work of well-known potter, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, on exhibit and available for purchase. Raffle for artwork. Free admission. Visit for details. Soup for the Soul 6pm. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Featuring Grenaldo Fraizier with Gospel Jazz and all-you-can-eat soup. $10 donation and door prizes. Call 799-9534 for more information.

10 Saturday Cucalorus Film Festival Various Times. 815 Princess Street. See 11/08.

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 17

Junior League Bargain Sale 7:30am – 1:30pm. University Center. 59th annual indoor mega yard sale with tons of new and gently used items. $3 Admission. Visit for details. Breathe Deep Wilmington 8:45am. Greenfield Lake Park. 4-Mile Walk/Fun Run to benefit lung cancer research. Course is stroller, wheelchair and pet-friendly. Includes live music, kid’s corner, refreshments & silent auction. $10 to $25 fee. Visit to register. UNCW Engineering Expectations 9am – 12pm. UNCW Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Rm 107. Discover amazing engineering feats of ancient civilizations, recreate monumental designs, explore military engineering, and engineer a mini-pumpkin catapult. $17 (includes supplies). Ages 7-9. Register at or call 962-2118. Artisans Holiday Boutique 9am – 4pm. Southport Community Bldg. See 11/09. All About American Oystercatchers 9:15 – 10:30am. Temptations Everyday Gourmet. Fun, informative talk about the life history and habits of the American Oystercatcher. The Art of Breastfeeding & Overcoming Difficulties 10am. T-Muffin, 2133 Wrightsville Ave (Parking on Newton). Join the La Leche League for breastfeeding education. Babies welcome! Call 375-9555 for more information. Native American Artifact Identification Day 10am – 1pm. CFCC. Bring artifacts to the College for identification and interesting details. Free. Contact for specifics. Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale 10am – 4pm. 120 S. 2nd St. See 11/09. Festival Latino 11am – 8pm. Ogden Park. Come for live music, comedy, food, dance, kid festivities -- a day of family fun. Free admission. Call Amigos Internacional at 264-4915 for event details. Bald Head Island Maritime Classic 12pm. Bald Head Island. 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile. Visit to register. Literacy Live Builds a Bridge 1 – 3pm. UNCW Watson College of Education. Put on a construction hat and explore the art of bridge building while making unique discoveries. Free. Ages 4-7 (accompanied by an adult). Call 962-7291 or visit for required registration. UNCW Engineering Expectations 1:30 – 4:30pm. UNCW Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Rm 107. Discover amazing engineering feats of ancient civilizations, recreate monumental designs, explore military engineering, and engineer a mini-pumpkin catapult. $17 (includes supplies). Ages 10-12. Register at or call 962-2118. Turtle Time with Trevor 2pm. Northeast Library. Laney High School Senior presents story time about sea turtles for children ages 5-7. Call 798-6371 for more information. Skill Toys Workshop 2:30pm. Northeast Library. Teens are introduced to juggling. Free. Register at 798-6371. Art Attack 3 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff and Oleander. Make a plate for Santa cookies. Ages 4+ with an adult helper. $8/ Materials Fee. Children draw plate designs and elves send the designs to be made into plates for Christmas Eve. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for reservations.

18 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

11 Sunday (Veteran’s Day) Cucalorus Film Festival Various Times. 815 Princess Street. See 11/08. Girl Scouts: Story Cooks 10am – 12:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Explore tasty treats found in the pages of favorite books. Includes fun patch, museum admission and dinner for each scout. Contact or to register Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale 10am – 4pm. 120 S. 2nd St. See 11/09. Discover Science Day at the Children’s Museum 1 – 5pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Thanks to Time Warner Cable, families experience amazing science activities and experiments. Free for Military families. Contact 254-3534 for more information.



UNCW vs. UNC Asheville 2pm. Trask Coliseum. Seahawks take on Asheville in opening game. $5 - $16. Visit for tickets. Film Club 2 – 4pm. Main Library. Teens shoot and edit a short film. Contact 798-6348 to register. Patriotic Pops Matinee 4 – 5:30pm. Kenan Auditorium. Wilmington Symphony Orchestra treats veterans with a rich legacy of American popular music. $13.50/Advance. $15/Door. Visit or call 962-3500 for tickets. UNCW Choirs 7:30 – 9pm. UNCW Beckwith Recital Hall. $5/General Public. Call 962-3515 for tickets.

12 Monday Spanish for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Spanish language workshop for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 to pre-register. Railroad Story Time 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 11/05. Native American Art & Storytelling 3pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. A unique experience bringing Native American history to children in a way that will fascinate and inspire. $8. Visit for details.

THE STORE IS VIRTUAL. THE RESULTS ARE REAL. Wilmington Plastic Surgery is launching our new online store offering exclusive medical-grade skin care products by Skin Medica® and Obagi®.

MONDAY, NOV 26, 5 AM Descending discounts starting at 40% off, plus free shipping all day — the most amazing deals will go to the earliest shoppers.

Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Build a Roman Arch Using Sugar Cubes”. See 11/05.

13 Tuesday

Details to be posted at:

Golf Tournament 11am. Magnolia Greens. Features shotgun start, continental breakfast, lunch and awards. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. $75. Visit to register.

Don’t forget to purchase gift cards for the holidays.

Kids Cooking Club 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Tortilla Cornucopia & Dip.” See 11/6. Family Reading Night 4:30pm. Carolina Beach Branch. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6385 for details. Family Night 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-a Mayfaire. Thanksgiving Frame. See 11/06.

112019 wps cyber monday-wp.indd 1

©2012 Wilmington Plastic Surgery, P.A.

French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Oleander. French language workshop for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 to pre-register.

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 19 10/18/12 4:22 PM

CHEW Parent Meeting 6:45pm. Winter Park Baptist Church. Special speaker, Pam Metzinger (Reading Specialist). Contact for more information. American Girl Night 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Meet Kaya, discuss American Girl books, enjoy a craft activity and have fun. Free. Contact 509-1880 for more information.

14 Wednesday

Friends School Open House 5 – 7pm. Both Campuses. 207 Pine Grove (ages 18 months – 2nd Grade) and 350 Peiffer Ave (3rd – 8th Grades). Tour the campuses and grounds, visit classrooms, meet dedicated faculty, administrators and current enrolled families. Visit or call 791-8221 with questions. Hooks & Needles 6 – 9pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. Beginners to advanced are invited to attend. Bring a current project or materials to start a new one. Free. Call 371-5563 for details.

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

Magic Tree House Night 7 - 8pm. Barnes & Noble. Jack & Annie travel to the first Thanksgiving Day. Contact 509-1880 for more information.

Baby Musik 10am. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Gentle music and movement for newborns to age 1-½ and a caregiver. Taught by Kindermusik educator, Karen Stirnitzke. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 for more information.

Stars & Fishes 6pm – 9am. NC Aquarium. Join the family sleepover! Includes a night hike, star gazing and animal encounter, plus a private guided tour. $40.50/Members. $45/Non-Members. Crafts, snacks & breakfast included. Ages 5+. Visit http://reservations. to register.

Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Nature Bracelets.” See 11/07.

15 Thursday Nutrition & Weaning 10am. Grace United Methodist Church, 4th & Grace. Join La Leche League for nutrition education. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for more information. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – Pudding.” See 11/01.

16 Friday

Wilmington’s Got Talent 7pm. Thalian Hall. Enjoy a hometown variety show and competition where area singers, dancers and musicians provide an evening of entertainment. All proceeds support Nourish NC to provide food for local children in need. $20. Call the Thalian Box Office at 632-2285 for tickets.

17 Saturday Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County 5K 8am. Ocean Isle Beach. Benefits GOTR & STRIDE. Visit to register.

Pine Valley Delivery Dash 5K/10K 8am. Pine Valley Subdivision. Benefits Local Food Bank. Visit to register. NC Surf to Sound Challenge 9am. Wrightsville Beach, Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Paddleboard event. $60/Registration (includes reception, jersey, and entry fee). Register at http://2012ncsurftosoundchallenge. HKP Turkey Trot 9am. Hampstead Kiwanis Park. Visit to register. Marine Explorers: Pelagic Pilgrims 9am – 12pm. UNCW Center for Marine Sciences. Discover migrating species of marine life. Meet eels, whales and sea turtles, and learn how perilous their journeys can be. Ages 5-8. $15 (includes supplies). Call 962-2640 or visit to register. Elf on the Shelf Hunt 10am – 12pm. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Find all 12 elves sitting on shelves in the store, write down their names, and register to win one of three $25 gift cards! Call 313-3100 with questions. Elf on the Shelf Hunt 10am – 12pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Find all 12 elves sitting on shelves in the store, write down their names, and register to win one of three $25 gift cards! Call 509-0153 with questions. Native American Artifact Identification Day 10am – 1pm. CFCC. See 11/10. Arts & Craft Fair 10am – 4pm. St. Mark Catholic Church. 13th annual event featuring more than 40 vendors showcasing unique wares. Contact for details. Art for the Masses 10am – 5pm. UNCW Burney & Warwick Centers. 10th annual event features all-original fine art priced at $250 or less. $3 requested donation at the door. Contact artforthemasses@uncw. edu with questions. Tidewater Camellia Club Fall Show & Sale 12 – 4pm. NHC Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive. Display show and plant sale. Free admission. Visit www.tidewatercamelliaclub. org for details. Marine Explorers: Pelagic Pilgrims 1:30 – 4:30pm. UNCW Center for Marine Sciences. Discover migrating species of marine life. Meet eels, whales and sea turtles and learn how perilous their journeys can be. Ages 9-12. $15 (includes supplies). Call 962-2640 or visit to register. Turtle Time with Trevor 2pm. Northeast Library. See 11/10. Cape Fear Roller Girls All-Stars vs. Low County High Rollers 4pm. CFCC Schwartz Center. Tickets $6 - $10. Visit for schedule. Dinner Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Through 12/22). 19 S. 10th Street. The timeless Dickens classic paired with a 3-course meal. $32 - $38. Visit for tickets. A Night with Smokey Robinson 8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Enjoy an amazing evening with songwriter/singer who is credited with over 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits. $45 (Upper Level). $55 (Middle Seating). $100 (Floor Seats). Call 962-3500 for tickets.

20 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Ways Kids Can Give Back During the Holidays By Kerrie McLoughlin


he holidays are the perfect time to reflect on all that we have and to show how grateful we are by helping others. Even if you personally don’t have much, it’s great to teach your kids that there are always ways in which your family can help others. I am always amazed by how many opportunities exist to teach our children how to give to others. Below are some ideas for ways kids can give back during the holiday season in your community … and worldwide.

1. Help a neighbor – You can help by raking leaves in their yard or doing some home repairs they may not be able to afford or don’t have the ability to do themselves. 2. Military Care Packages - Take your kids shopping for a military care package and explain how many service men and women won’t be with their families this holiday season. People in the military enjoy receiving crossword puzzles, snacks, cards, small-sized toiletries and more. Check out to find many organizations that help members of the military and their spouses.

3. Visit a Nursing Home - Head to a nursing home or assisted living facility for a nice visit with the residents, and be sure to take some homemade cards. Call ahead to see what they could accept in the way of a snack or gift. 4. Donate to a Domestic Violence Shelter – The Domestic Violence Shelter and Services in Wilmington is in desperate need of many items! Take the kids shopping and make up some packages to donate to the shelter. For information on where to bring donations visit

Emile Pandolfi in Concert 8 – 10pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Magical piano music and funny tales. Tickets: $32/$27/$16. Contact 632-2285 for purchases.

18 Sunday Equine Explorers 4-H Club Murrayville Farm. Enjoy a horse club to have fun, learn-by-doing experiences to encourage youth to think independently. Open to ages 5-18. Contact for details. Cape Fear Skies 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Cape Fear Museum. Venture into outer space to explore stars, planets, and more. Included with Museum admission or free to members. Call 798-4350 or visit for information. Dance: Works-in-Progress Showcase 2 – 4pm. Cameron Art Museum. The Dance Cooperative provides informal showings for working artists to be reviewed and critiqued in a nurturing environment. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information. Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra 4pm. Kenan Auditorium. $5/Adults. Free/Under age 18. Visit for tickets or email for details.

19 Monday Nocturnal Animals 10 – 11am. Halyburton Park. Ages 2-5 discover nature through stories, songs, hands-on activities and hikes. $3. Visit or call 341-0075 to pre-register. or contact 910-343-0703. Below is a list of specific needs. Immediate Needs: Toilet Paper • Paper Towels • Bleach • Laundry Detergent • Dishwashing Detergent • Booster Seats • Diapers (sizes 3-5) • Twin Beds Household/Personal Care Items: Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets • Pine-Sol/Mr. Clean • Lysol spray • Kids Sunscreen • Bath Towels and wash cloths (WHITE only) • Tampons • Pots/Pans starter sets • Acrylic Storage Containers Miscellaneous: First Class Stamps • New/used DVDs for women Microwavable Soup/Pasta • Crackers • Granola Bars Pudding Cups • Juice Boxes • Snack-Size Bags of Chips v Kerrie McLoughlin ( loves it when her kids get excited about helping others and hopes they will always have such passion for giving.

Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Build Mini Cars.” See 11/05. Family Reading Night 5:30pm. Main Library. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6301 for details.

Clay Rice Silhouettes 3 – 6pm. Learning Express Toys, Oleander. Classic keepsake silhouettes cut on the spot by artist Clay Rice. $42/person includes two silhouettes. Framing available. Call 313-3100 for reservations.

22 Thursday (Thanksgiving)

Nocturnal Animals 10 – 11am. Halyburton Park. See 11/19.

Gallop for the Gravy 5K 8am. Wilmington YMCA, Market St. Costumes encouraged. Call 343-9614 for registration details. $25/Pre-registration. $30/Day-of registration. $15/1-Mile. Free/Ages 10 & Under. Visit for details.

Kids Cooking Club 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “No Bake Pumpkin Pie.” See 11/6.

Turkey Trot 5K 8:30am. Wrightsville Beach Loop. Benefits Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Visit to register.

20 Tuesday

Family Night 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Turkey Headband. See 11/06. Leland Hometown Opry 7pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. See 11/06.

21 Wednesday Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Make and Eat Butter.” See 11/07. Clay Rice Silhouettes 10am – 1pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Classic keepsake silhouettes cut on the spot by artist Clay Rice. $42/person includes two silhouettes. Framing available. Call 509-0153 for reservations.

23 Friday Hooks & Needles 10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Dr. See 11/09. Santa at The Cotton Exchange 12pm (through 12/23). The Cotton Exchange. Santa arrives for the season to greet children every weekend through Christmas Eve. Visit for schedule. Enchanted Airlie 5 – 7pm & 7 – 9pm (through 12/22.). Airlie Gardens. Don’t miss the holiday light display voted one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events. Individual: $5/Adults. $4/Children (Plus $5 pre-purchased parking pass) or Carload: $22 (includes parking). Visit for schedule.

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 21

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30pm. Market & Water Streets. Holiday festivities include music, caroling, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and tree lighting. Free. Visit www. for event details.

WB Holiday Flotilla 10am – 8:30pm. Wrightsville Beach. Fun-filled festival in the park and boat parade with fireworks. Free . Visit www.ncholidayflotilla. org for event schedule.

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

WB Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:30pm. Wrightsville Beach. Tree lighting and Anchors Away party. $25/party. Visit for event schedule.

Men’s Basketball: Nations of Coaches Classic 2pm. Trask Coliseum. Seahawks host Classic and welcome Wofford. $10 - $16. Visit for tickets.

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

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk 6 – 9pm. Downtown Wilmington. A self-guided tour through several Wilmington galleries and studios. Includes artist discussions, live music, wine tasting and other art-based activities. Call 3438997 for more information. Island of Lights – Light Up the Lake Ceremony 7pm (through 12/24). Carolina Beach Lake Park. Enjoy ceremony and lighting of the lake. Take one-mile walking tour for lake view. Visit or call 458-6885 for details.

24 Saturday Christmas by the Sea Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 4th Annual event. Contact 458-8434 for more information. WRRC Turkey Trot 9am. Carolina Beach State Park. 8th annual 4 mile run. Visit www. to register. Wilmington Art & Craft Show 10am – 5pm. Wilmington Convention Center. Enjoy holiday shopping at the juried art and craft event. Admission $6/Two Days. Free/12 & under. Visit for coupons and details.

25 Sunday Wilmington Art & Craft Show 10am – 5pm. Wilmington Convention Center. See 11/24. Men’s Basketball: Nations of Coaches Classic 2pm. Trask Coliseum. Seahawks play Hampton. See 11/24.

26 Monday Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Build a Dam”. See 11/05. Family Reading Night 5:30pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6393 for details.

27 Tuesday Kids Cooking Club 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Homemade Biscuits and Churned Butter.” See 11/6. Family Night 5:30 – 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Christmas Ornament. See 11/06.

QDR Country for Kids Concert 7pm. Durham Performing Arts Center. NC Children’s Promise Radiothon/Telethon to benefit NC Children’s Hospital featuring 6 of Country’s Best artists. Tickets $50 - $100. Visit for more information.

28 Wednesday Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Make a Rain Stick.” See 11/07. UNCW vs. NC Central 7pm. Trask Coliseum. Women Seahawks play NC Central in a nonconference game. $6. Free/Ages 15 and under. Visit for tickets. Big Gigantic in Concert 8pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Jazz with DJ-style production and trippy light show. $17 - $30. Visit for tickets. Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas 8 – 10pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Celebrating 25 years of sublime sounds with beautiful vocals and step dancing. Tickets $35/$28/$18. Contact 632-2285 for purchases.

29 Thursday StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Dragons Love Tacos – Tacos.” See 11/01. The Music of Bill Monroe 8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Enjoy the “Father of Bluegrass.” $35. Call 962-3500 for tickets.

30 Friday Charles Dickens Christmas 1 – 9pm. Southport. Festival transforms the streets into everything Dickens with performances of all kinds, costume contest, artists and more. $10/Adults. $5/Ages 7-12. Free/6 & under. Visit for tickets. Oak Island Tree Lighting 5:30pm. Middleton Park, Oak Island. Enjoy entertainment, Santa and more. Free. Call 278-5518 for more information. Passion Pit in Concert 6pm. Battleship Park. Electropop music. Tickets $9.87. Call 791-3088 for details. A Carolina Nutcracker 7 – 9pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. City Ballet of Wilmington presents this cherished holiday treat. $20/Adult. $20/Senior. $10/ Student. Visit or call 632-2285 for tickets. The Christmas Parade 7:30pm. Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa add to the festivities that parade from Atlanta Avenue to Federal Point Plaza. Free. Call 458-5507 for event details. It’s a Wonderful Life 8pm (through 12/16). 613 Castle Street. The American holiday classic presented by Big Dawg Productions. $20/General Admission. Visit or call 367-5237 for tickets.

22 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

DECEMBER SNEAK PEEK: 1 Saturday Light & Train Spectacular Various (through 12/24). Wilmington Railroad Museum. Enjoy lights, action, Santa & hot cider. $5. Visit for details. Battleship Alive 8am – 5pm. NC Battleship. Watch and interact with WWII living history interpreters as they reenact daily duties and drills. Free with regular admission. Visit for tickets. Lively Arts & Crafts Show 9am – 3pm. Friends School of Wilmington. Enjoy the variety of arts and crafts of over 30 local artists. Show includes paintings, drawings, glass, jewelry, clay, fibers, and more! Contact 792-1811 for more information. A Carolina Nutcracker 10am – 12pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. See 11/30. Holiday Shopping Bazaar 10am – 3pm. Senior Resource Ctr, 2222 College Rd. One-stop shopping event to find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts from local arts and crafts vendors. Free admission. Call 617-9845 for event details or to reserve a vending booth. Charles Dickens Christmas 1 – 9pm. Southport. See 11/30. Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour 2 – 6pm & 4 – 8pm. 126 S. 3rd St. Tour 18 beautiful homes decorated for the holidays in Wilmington’s Historic District. $25 (through 11/17). $30 (after 11/17). Benefits education, preservation, and museum programs. Call 762-0492 for more information. Christmas Flotilla 6pm. Intracoastal Waterway/Snow’s Cut. Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically light up the Waterway for holiday spirit. Free viewing. Call 458-0211 for information or to enter a boat. Home for the Holidays Concert 8pm. Kenan Auditorium. Ring in the holidays with music from the Wilmington Symphony. Visit for tickets.

2 Sunday Christmas Open House & Crafts Fair 12 – 5pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. Take the self-guided tour or shop the craft fair. Free admission. (Fee for hayride). Visit for details. Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour 2 – 6pm & 4 – 8pm. See 12/01.

STOP Playing through the Pain


By Danielle Villegas

hen we watch the Olympics or a championship football game on TV, moments of great accomplishment while pushing through agonizing pain often stand out and are applauded. At every level of sports from the pros to local recreational leagues, young athletes are encouraged by coaches, teammates, and too often – parents, to “tough it out” or persevere. Injuries are ignored so there may be victory. There is no doubt that muscle aches and pains come with every sport, but the cultural message to play through the pain can be harmful to growing bodies. Sports minded kids are not always capable of discerning between normal muscle soreness and serious pain. Young competitors often want to keep playing or practicing. Parents and coaches need to know when to say “STOP”. Not every child is going to play in a professional league or go to the Olympics. Yet even the ones with real talent are hurting their chances at success if they are overtraining. Overuse and repetitive stress can harm a child’s body long-term.

STOP Sports Injuries STOP Sports Injuries, a campaign that was created by a coalition of organizations and corporations to help prevent athletic overuse and trauma injuries in kids says, “There is a growing epidemic of preventable youth sports injuries that are dismantling kids’ athletic hopes and dreams at an early age.” Help keep your kids in the game for life by paying close attention to aches and pains.

Serious symptoms that should NOT be ignored! • Joint pain – Pain in a joint is rarely of a muscular origin and should be checked by a doctor.

Holiday Matinee 4 pm. Kenan Auditorium. Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $25/$23/$6. Visit or call 962-3500 for purchases.

• Reduced range of motion – If something is not moving the way it normally would, that’s a problem.

Wilmington Holiday Parade 6pm. N. Front & Walnut Streets. 10th annual holiday parade. Free. Call 341-7855 with questions.

• Numbness and tingling – This should never be ignored as it could be a sign of a serious injury.

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

• Swelling – Not just swelling you can see, sometimes it may just feel swollen. The injury could be deeper than can be seen. • Tenderness at a specific point – Especially if the same point on the opposite side is not tender. • Comparative weakness – One side being unusually weaker than the other.

Change it up Amber Barney, an athletic trainer at Carolina Sports Medicine, says that it is also important to avoid training for only one position or sport. “Playing multiple positions and trying out different sports will help prevent overuse injuries,” says Amber. Coaches and parents should also check out the helpful tip sheets for each sport on www. to learn how to keep your young athletes safe while playing and practicing. v

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 23

Family Health History: Improve your child’s future by looking at the past By Deanne Haines


as anyone ever told you your child has your eyes? Or he has his father’s smile? It’s fun to see whom children resemble, but the truth is there’s more passed on than just physical traits. Links to possible health problems and diseases are passed on in your baby’s genes as well. That’s why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Thanksgiving Day as Family History Day. Experts recommend each family record their family’s health history and share it with their child’s doctor to help identify disease patterns. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 96% of Americans believe family history is important to health. Yet, only about 30% have tried to collect and organize their family history information. Knowing if you or your child is at an increased risk for certain diseases is important in helping to detect early warning signs and take preventative action. So whether your child is 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years old, follow these simple steps to collect a family health history that can have lasting effects on your child’s future.


First, start with what you know. Write down your child’s name and list close relatives from both sides of the family. Include parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on. Try to go back three generations if possible. Next, gather as much information about the medical problems each person has encountered. This most likely will take some investigating. The easiest way to do this is to talk to as many family members as possible in order to fill in the blanks. Thanksgiving – a day when many families gather together to celebrate – is a great time to talk about something you all have in common: family health history. Important information to gather includes: • Ethnicity – some diseases are closely linked to a person’s race. • Medical conditions and diseases – include everything from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, to depression, learning disabilities, and miscarriages, etc. (Note the person’s age when diagnosed.) • Lifestyle habits – smoking, exercise, obesity, etc. • For deceased relatives, note their age when they died and cause of death. Family gatherings are a great way to talk to many people at once, but some relatives may prefer to talk about these things in private. Be considerate in your quest for answers and decide the best way to approach each family member. Once you’ve compiled health information on each person, you’re ready to record it. There are two ways to do this: 1. Write it down in a medical family tree diagram. (Print one out by clicking My Family Health Portrait Tool at 2. Enter all the data in an online tool. Simply go to https://familyhistory.hhs. gov and follow the prompts to fill in your information. This secure web-based program allows you to save your health history to your computer, print it out, and even distribute your data to other family members. Finally, share your family’s health history with your child’s doctor. He or she can review it to see if there’s a pattern of medical conditions and determine if preventative screenings are needed for your child. It’s important to review the health information every couple of years and update it as things change. So whether your child inherited your blue eyes or your spouse’s red hair, don’t forget about more serious things your child may have inherited. Recording your family’s health history is an important step toward securing a long, healthy future for your child. v Deanne Haines is a freelance writer and mother of three, two of whom got her brown eyes while one inherited his dad’s poor eyesight.

24 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent




2606 Iron Gate Dr. Suite 200, Wilmington, NC


4330 Southport Supply Road Southport, NC 28461

Cape Fear Riverkeeper & Local Dad Responds to Titan Cement Titan America’s recent blog “More Straight Talk” on their proposed plant on the Northeast Cape Fear River near Castle failed to address the issues that have been raised by the community and disparages the efforts by the Stop Titan coalition to educate the public about their project. Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper and partner in the Stop Titan coalition, crafted an excellent response. Here’s an excerpt: Titan: “Goodness sake, [Stop Titan has] taken their crusade into the region’s public schools.” Riverkeeper: Titan put our schools in the center of this debate by choosing to expose an estimated 28,000 students within 15 miles to toxic emissions such as mercury, arsenic, benzene, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and particulate matter. Think of the 28,000 school children within 15 miles of the proposed Titan plant. Whom do you trust to protect their air?

Kemp Burdette and his girls pose by the Cape Fear River.

Get involved: Join thousands of parents and over 200 local doctors in voicing your concern. Take action: Visit to sign the petition, and volunteer your time.


Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 25


surf our website

Bridge Builders Counseling Center Focused Therapy – Positive Results We offer out-come based therapy using a direct approach to achieve positive results! Services we currently offer include:      

Cutting edge. Coordinated. Convenient.

Children, Teens, and Adult counseling Marriage & Family Counseling Pastoral Counseling Group Counseling for Anger Management 1 Day Positive Parenting Program (8 hours) DWI Assessments, In and Out of State Reviews


Bridge Builders Counseling offers some of the most educated, experienced, and compassionate therapists in the Wilmington, NC area. Our goal is to guide each client whether child, teen, or adult - through the challenges, struggles, and issues affecting their daily life to achieve resolution, personal growth, and solutions to managing these issues day to day. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wilmington Maternal-Fetal Medicine provides specialized care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Our multi-disciplinary team of MFM specialists, genetic counselors, nurse practitioners, and sonographers helps ensure you receive cutting edge, coordinated care when it matters most. To learn more about our practice and access our library of health information for pregnancy, please visit 910-792-9888

Wilmington MFM Ad_FINAL.indd 1

9/14/2012 4:37:35 PM

Your Comfort is Our Priority The courteous and professional Cory Williams team combines years of experience in the dental industry with exceptional skill to provide you with the utmost in dental care. We offer a wide range of services, from cleanings and white composite fillings to the complex art of cosmetic dentistry. Our cosmetic services include veneers, crowns and bridges, bleaching (tooth whitening), and dental implants. Cory Williams Dentistry also offers several other superior treatments in dental care, including extractions, root canals, partials, and dentures. A good bill of dental health for the whole family is our first priority.

We offer interest free financing to approved customers. $100.00 exam, xrays, prophylaxis cleaning, and flouride when you bring this ad in. A $423 value. (Expires December 31st, 2012.)

1125 Medical Center Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 • Monday – Thursday (910) 763-1072 • 26 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Is your child struggling in school? When forced to read, does he or she struggle, make careless mistakes and then quit reading?

Germinfested Items By Danielle Villegas Credit and debit cards - We all know how dirty money can be, but who uses cash anymore? People handle their credit and debit cards after touching credit card machines at the grocery stores and ATMs. Those little cards are big time germ carriers! Wipe them down daily with a disinfectant or baby wipe. Toilet roll holder – You’ve scrubbed your entire bathroom and disinfected every surface; even the hidden areas around your toilet, your bathroom must be germ-free right? Hiding under that toilet paper roll is a springy little holder that rarely (if ever) gets cleaned. Guess what most people are doing when they decide it’s time to change the roll. Condiment dispensers – That includes things like ketchup bottles and salt & pepper shakers. They’re almost never cleaned. When you are cooking with raw meat or chicken and grab some seasonings to add before cooking, you deposit some pretty nasty germs on those bottles. Especially beware when you’re in a restaurant, most people don’t wash their hands before they eat. v

Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of visual efficiency and visual processing problems.

The Vision Therapy Center 5034 New Centre Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403

Stephen J. Kaluzne, O.D., P.A. • 910-319-7996 You can create a peaceful for the new year! Parenting Causinghome You Stress?

Parenting Causing You Stress?

THE PARENTING PROFESSIONALS CAN HELP! THE PARENTING PROFESSIONALS CAN HELP! We WeOffer Offerthe theFollowing FollowingServices Servicesfor forParents: Parents: We Offer the Following Services for Parents: • Personal parenting guidance and • Personal parenting guidance and • Personal parenting guidance and skills training in your home or skills training in your home or offices •our Learn proven strategies for key our offices • Learn proven strategies key parenting challenges likefor discipline, • sibling Learn proven strategies for key rivalry, tantrums, parenting challenges likeadolescent discipline, parenting challenges like discipline, attitude and ADHD sibling rivalry, tantrums, adolescent sibling rivalry, parent tantrums, adolescent •attitude Child-focused counseling and ADHD attitude and ADHD • Child-focused parent counseling • Individual, couples and family • Child-focused parent counseling psychotherapy • Individual, couples and family • Individual, couples and family psychotherapy Small group workshops available, psychotherapy register now.


Schedule a personal consultation to learn how to Schedule a personal consultation to learn how to quickly create peace in your family quickly create peace in your family

910-777-4728 or

or | Nancy B.910-777-4728 Kotz MSW, LCSW Arthur J. Frankel LCSW, PhD | David L. Hill MD, FAAP Nancy B. Kotz MSW, LCSW | Arthur J. Frankel LCSW, PhD | David L. Hill MD, FAAP Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 27


3 Hidden

r Reverses words, numbers or letters r Has difficulty remembering spelling words r Has poor reading comprehension r Has been labeled LD, ADD, ADHD or dyslexic 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

Call the Doctor or Rush to the ER?

ask us

GLUTENabout options ava FREE ila ble


fromTidal Creek’s delicious

THANKSGIVING MENU! Prepared especially for you in the Co-op Kitchen


Visit the store or for a list of menu options. To place an order: Stop by or call our Deli at 910.799.2667 x205 910.799.2667 5329 Oleander Drive Mon-Sat 8-8 Sun 9-8

Upcoming Events

Education Fair

By Danielle Villegas


hen your child is injured or sick, it can be tough to make the right decision about where to have them treated. Should you call 911, drive to the emergency room (ER) or the urgent care center, call the doctor, or treat your child at home? Different problems require different levels of care. Of course, you don’t want to rush to the ER if it really isn’t an emergency. ER’s can be crowded and it can take a long time for minor problems to be treated. However, you don’t want to disregard what appears to be minor, only to find out too late that you have a serious medical situation on your hands. You should always call your doctor if you’re unsure of the level of medical care your child needs. Even if the office is closed, most doctors’ offices have an on-call nurse answering service that can help you decide. Urgent care centers are helpful when you can’t wait for an appointment with your doctor. They allow walk-ins just like an ER. They’re equipped and staffed to treat minor, non-life-threatening issues; take X-rays or draw blood. Call 911 for medical situations that require professional medical care on the way to the hospital. As your children grow, you will learn to trust yourself to decide when it is an actual emergency and when you just need to administer a little TLC!

Call 911 for an ambulance if your child: • has been in a car accident • has a head or neck injury • has ingested too much medication and is now hard to rouse • is not breathing or is turning blue

Trip to the emergency room:

Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9am-1pm First Baptist Church Activity Center

Summer Camp Fair

• if your child has difficulty breathing or shortness of breath • if your child has had a change in mental status, such as suddenly becoming unusually sleepy or difficult to rouse, disoriented, or confused • if your child has a cut in the skin that is bleeding and won’t stop • if your child has a stiff neck along with a fever • if your child has a rapid heartbeat that doesn’t slow down • if your child accidentally ingests a poisonous substance or too much medication • if your child has had more than minor head trauma

Visit an urgent care center for these problems:

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10am-4pm New Location: Independence Mall

• cuts • minor injuries • vomiting or diarrhea

• ear pain • sore throat • infected bug bites • mild allergic reactions • suspected sprain or broken bone • minor animal bites

Call the doctor for these symptoms: • high fever • ear pain • pain in the abdomen • headache that doesn’t go away • rash • mild wheezing • persistent cough

Handle these problems at home: • minor cuts • certain types of rashes • minor coughs and colds • scrapes and bruises

VitaLine VitaLine is a free service provided by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Call 910-815-5188 or 888815-5188 to speak with a registered nurse who can help you decide what to do when your child is sick. v source:;

Contact your Acct Exec or our office: 910-343-1226 28 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Hanover Stables Hanover Stables

Castle Hayne, NC

Castle Hayne, NC

Summer Camp 2012

pediatric dentistry

Come join Hanover Stables for our 17th annual Horseback riding camp! Located just minutes north of Wilmington, NC . We offer both English & western riding.

Cooler autumn weather makes for beautiful days Hanover Stables to enjoy outdoor activities. Castle Hayne, NC Hanover Stables is the Summer Camp 2012 venue for horse lovers of all ages and skill levels. Sign up today! We offer riding lessons, Call 910-675-8923 ladiesor riding days, Check us out on the web at birthday parties, and Lessons, Training, Boarding, Trail rides, beach or trail rides. Beach rides, Birthday parties & more. Weekly sessions from June to August. Camp runs from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Transportation available. One on one riding

instruction, games on horseback, trail rides, horse anatomy, horsey arts & crafts, grooming, tacking, washing, riverside lunches, waterslide, TV & horse movies in case we are rained out. All activities are adult supervised with teenage camp counselors.

Welcome, Dr. Brian Talley

Come join Hanover Stables for our 17th annual

Horseback riding camp! Located just minutes north of Wilmington, NC . We offer both English & western riding. Weekly sessions from June to August. Camp runs from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Transportation available. One on one riding

instruction, games on horseback, trail rides, horse anatomy, horsey arts & crafts, grooming, tacking, washing, riverside lunches, waterslide, TV & horse movies in case we are rained out. All activities are adult supervised with teenage camp counselors.

Sign up today!

Specialized Dentistry for Infants, Children, Adolescents and Children with Special Needs

Lessons, Training, Boarding, Trail rides,

8115 Market Street Ste. 204 • 910-686-1869 •

Beach rides, Birthday parties & more.

Conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the Medac Building in Porters Neck


306 Dolphin Drive, Jacksonville • 910-333-0343

eterinary Ho Neck V s r te A Full Service, Small sp r o Animal Hospital

l ita


We’ll treat your pet like one of our own!

Ron & Sharon Harris, DVM Dr. Rebecca Simmons - Resnick, DVM Stan Griffith, DVM Amy K. White, DVM • Vaccines • Surgery • Geriatric • Dentistry Wellness • X-Rays • Spay/Neuter • Boarding • Bathing Family owned & operated since 1999

686-6297 Emergencies 791-7387 8129 Market St. (behind TLC Auto Wash)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 Hugh MacRae Park, Shelter 5, 11am-1pm Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 29


Like us on Facebook or go to Check us out on the web at to check out our calender of events. Call 910-675-8923 or

| fit family

November is American Diabetes Month American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes! Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes: • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. • What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? • Type 1 - Formerly called juvenile onset diabetes and typically occurs before the age of 20. There is currently no cure for this type of diabetes. • Type 2 – The most common form of diabetes and usually occurs later in life. This type can be prevented through lifestyle changes.

JDRF 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes

This is a free event! JDRF (The leading fundraising organization for research to cure type 1 diabetes) is having their 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, November 3rd, at Mayfaire Town Center. Registration starts at 9:00am. The Theme for this year’s walk is “Pirates of the Cureibbean-The Real Treasure is a CURE” There will be food, fun and games for walkers of all ages!! For more information or to register go to or (910)509-9899 Source:

Local Races Battleship NC Half-Marathon & 5K Sunday, 11/04 @ 8am Battleship NC Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County 5K (Benefits GOTR & STRIDE) Saturday, 11/17 @ 8am Ocean Isle Beach Pine Valley Delivery Dash 5K/10K (Benefits Local Food Bank) Saturday, 11/17 @ 8am Pine Valley Subdivision

Gallop for the Gravy 5K Thursday, 11/22 @ 8am YMCA Wilmington Turkey Trot 5K (Benefits Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity) Thursday, 11/22 @ 8:30am Wrightsville Beach Park “The Loop” 8th Annual WRRC Turkey Trot 4 Mile Run Saturday, 11/24 @ 9am Carolina Beach State Park

Let’s Move! Breaks Kids spend a lot of time playing video games, watching TV, and using the computer. Finding time to exercise and play is important for your family’s fitness. If you’re going to watch TV or play computer games, break it up! Pause the game. Make commercial breaks Let’s Move! breaks. Here are some active and fun ideas: • Jumping jacks • Dancing • Racing up and down the stairs • Sit-ups • Stretching

• Jogging in place • Push-ups • Active house chores Source:

Now Enrolling!

• 2 to 4 Year Old Preschool Classes Preparing your child for kindergarden • 2 to 4 Year Old Morning Program 8:30am-12:30pm (2, 3 & 4 days a week) • Infant & Toddler Program Safe, Nurturing & Loving environment • After School Program Homework, Fun Activities, Crafts & Games • We are an official 4-h club Located off 23rd St. w/ easy access from MLK or Market St

30 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

We’ll hold their hand when you can’t. To learn more, join us at 8:15 am for one of the following Open House Events. Upper School NOVEMBER 12TH

Lower School NOVEMBER 13TH

Middle School NOVEMBER 14TH

Sugar-Free Day Sugar is the largest source of calories consumed in the United States! Encourage your family to lower their sugar intake by designating 1 day a week as a “sugar-free day.” For the other days of the week, try to keep sugar consumption to a minimum. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories per day from sugar, and that men get no more than 150 calories per day from sugar. Benefits of lower sugar intake:

Financial Aid Available A PK3-12th Grade College Preparatory School

• Weight loss • Less tooth decay • Healthier heart • More room in the tummy for healthier food!

9 1 0 . 7 9 1.0287 C A P E F E A R A C A D E MY.ORG

Most recipes can be converted into a sugar-free version! Here’s one to get you started.

Holiday Sugar (free) Cookies ¾ cup ¼ cup 1 cup 1 tablespoon ¼ cup ¾ teaspoon 1 ½ 1½ ¼ teaspoon 1 teaspoon

unsalted butter light butter SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated vanilla¼ cup egg substitute water vinegar (white or cider) cups all-purpose flour or wheat flour cups cake flour salt baking powder

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet and set aside. 2. Blend together butters, SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer, or by hand. Blend until butter is softened. Add egg substitute, water and vinegar. Mix briefly. Add flours, salt and baking powder. Mix on low speed, until dough is formed. Do not overmix. 3. Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured work surface. Divide dough in half. Pat each half into a circle and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate approx. 1 hour, allowing dough to chill. 4. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out on a floured work surface to desired thickness, approx. 1/4 inch. Cut with cookie cutters. Place cookies on prepared sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on the back. Cool on a wire rack. Sources:;

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 31

| school notes Grant Helps the Murrayville Elementary Library

Friends School Admission Open House

Murrayville Elementary School was recently chosen as one of NC’s 63 recipients of the “Library Services and Technology Act” grant. The school was able to add over 700 new non-fiction books to its library with the $9,992 received in grant funds. The Star News, PPD, and a school-sponsored used book sale provided an additional $2,500 to further expand the library’s book collection!

Do you have questions about the Friends School of Wilmington? Would you like to enjoy a tour of the campuses and meet the faculty?. Visit the season’s first Admissions Open House on Thursday, November 15 from 5-7pm for tours, information, and application instruction for ages 18 months to 8th Grade. Complete Open House Schedule: Thursday, November 15 5-7pm Tuesday, January 15 12:30-2pm Wednesday, January 16 9:30–11am Sunday, February 24 3-5pm Tuesday, March 12 12:30-2pm Wednesday, March 13 9:30-11am

Both Campuses Peiffer Campus Pine Grove Campus Both Campuses Peiffer Campus Pine Grove Campus

Locations: 207 Pine Grove Drive Campus (Ages 18 months – 2nd Grade) 250 Peiffer Avenue Campus (3rd – 8th Grades)

100% Graduation Rate Isaac Bear Early College High School was one of 35 NC high schools to be honored recently by State Superintendent June Atkinson for its 100% graduation rate in the 2011/2012 school year.

Contact (910) 791-822 or, or visit for more information!

Ms. Atkinson commends local superintendents, principals, and teachers “who work so hard to make sure more students than ever are graduating high school prepared for college, a career and citizenship.”

(Don’t miss the Friends School “Lively Arts & Crafts Show” on December 1 from 9am – 3pm where over 30 local artists will sell a variety of arts and crafts…including painting, glass, jewelry, basketry and more!)

Visit to view a complete list of recipients.

Hoggard Vikings Band Crowned Grand Champions! The J.T.Hoggard High School Marching Band, under the direction of Rod Reed, won several big titles at its first competition, including the most coveted Grand Champions trophy. The event was held on Saturday, October 6 at the Third Annual Monarch Invitational in Jacksonville, NC. The ten hour contest featured twelve high schools from Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Halifax counties. As well as Grand Champions, the nearly 100-member Hoggard Vikings Band also took first place in their 3A division and first place for marching. Congratulations to the Hoggard High School Marching Band for starting out the season on such a high note! For information on upcoming band events or to help support the band, please visit

School’s Out! New Hanover County:

Traditional Schools: November 6 - Teacher Work Day November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Student Half Day November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday Year Round Schools: November 6 - Teacher Work Day November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Student Half Day November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday IBEC High School: November 6 - Teacher Work Day November 12 – Veterans Day Holiday November 21 – Student Half Day November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Holiday

WEC High School: November 6 - Teacher Work Day November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Vacation Day November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Roger Bacon Academy/ Charter Day School November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 – Student Half Day November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

CFCI Charter School: November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Teacher Work Day November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Brunswick Early College: November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Annual Leave November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday



Traditional Schools: November 6 - Annual Leave November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Annual Leave November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

32 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Traditional Schools: November 6 - Teacher Work Day November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Vacation Day November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Penderlea Year Round School: November 6 - Student Vacation / Staff Work Day November 12 – Veterans Day Holiday November 21 – Student Vacation/ Staff Work Day November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Holiday Pender Early College: November 6 - Student Vacation / Staff Work Day November 12 Veterans Day Holiday November 21 - Student Vacation / Staff Work Day November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday Visit, or for more information.

The Nutcracker Dec. 1 & 2


Cameron Art Museum hosts the Cape Fear Festival of Trees November 24 to December 2. Join in this 25-year family holiday tradition! Tickets online:


The Minnie Evans Arts Center

Kick off the holiday season with the Nutcracker Ballet December 1 and 2. The Wilmington Ballet Company brings in a larger cast of professionals for this special event. Let Clara, The Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Many, many others delight your entire family. Tickets online:

ASHLEY Landfall Foundation

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 33

| going green | By Brandy Metzger

Buying Organic


rganic food isn’t necessarily more nutritious than conventional food according to new reports coming from researchers. The Annals of Internal Medicine states, “The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods.”

Protection of the environment, coupled with the desire to eat pure, natural foods steer many consumers in the direction of organic products.

In this case, is it worth the extra expense to buy organic foods? It may be worth the extra cost considering pesticide exposure, environmental implications and the use of food additives. Here are some facts to consider.

Pesticide Exposure Pesticides are a huge concern when it comes to choosing fruits and vegetables as exposure to them has been linked to cancer and other diseases. It is important to realize that some fruits and vegetables are more susceptible to absorbing these chemicals than others. The Environmental Working

Group has developed a list of these known as the “dirty dozen.” The list includes: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. It is recommended that when you purchase these items to stick with certified organic produce or local produce that you can talk to the farmer about. Produce with thicker skin contains fewer pesticides since their skin doesn’t allow for as much penetration.

Environmental Implications Organic farming involves using techniques to develop good crops without harming the environment or those that work in it. Chemical pesticides are replaced with practices such as crop rotations, the use of resistant crops and the encouragement of natural predators to eat pests. Crops are fertilized with materials such as compost and animal manure. In addition, water resources are more carefully utilized in organic farming. These methods help to both protect the environment and produce healthy foods.

Food Additives Conventional food is often full of additives like preservatives, artificial sweeteners, flavors, coloring and MSG (monosodium glutamate). In contrast, food with an organic label must follow strict guidelines regarding additives. Most additives are either banned or severely restricted in items labeled organic. Food in its most natural state is what you’ll find when purchasing organic. Protection of the environment, coupled with the desire to eat pure, natural foods steer many consumers in the direction of organic products. When choosing to buy organic, look for the USDA seal. Companies are only allowed to display a 100% organic label if a food is completely organic or made of all organic ingredients. A basic organic label may be displayed on food that is at least 95% organic. v Sources: 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).

34 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

Tired of the Traditional? – Pumpkin Desserts for the Holidays Looking for a fun dessert to bring to the table this Thanksgiving? Give your family a break from the typical pumpkin pie and try these yummy alternatives.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Pudding with Gingersnap Crumbles

Ingredients 1 cup 3/4 cup 3/4 cup 1 egg 1 teaspoon 2 cups 1 cup 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon 1 cup 1-1/2 cups

Ingredients 1 small pkg. ½ cup 1 ¾ cup 1 cup 1/8 tsp. 1/8 tsp. ¼ tsp. 1 tsp. Gingersnaps

butter, softened sugar packed brown sugar vanilla all-purpose flour quick-cooking oats baking soda ground cinnamon canned pumpkin semisweet chocolate chips

Directions • In a bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin. Fold in chocolate chips. • Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned.

instant vanilla pudding mix canned pumpkin milk whipped topping ground ginger allspice nutmeg pumpkin pie spice

Directions • In a large mixing bowl whisk together vanilla pudding mix and milk. • Add in pumpkin and seasonings and whisk until creamy. Gently whisk in the whipped topping until it becomes thick and creamy. • Scoop into your serving dishes: tiny and cute, bigger and share-worthy, or larger and all for yourself • Top with crushed gingersnap cookies and if you’re feeling frisky add a gingersnap for decoration.


Story Time • NHC, Brunswick, & Pender County Libraries closed 11/12 (Veterans Day Holiday). • NHC Libraries closed 11/22-11/25 (Thanksgiving Holiday). • Brunswick County Libraries closed 11/22-11/24 (Thanksgiving Holiday). • Pender County Libraries closed 11/21-11/23 (Thanksgiving Holiday). New Hanover County Libraries Main Library – 201 Chestnut Street – 798-6301 Myrtle Grove Branch – 5155 South College Road – 798-6391 Northeast Branch – 1241 Military Cutoff Road – 798-6371 Carolina Beach Branch – 300 Cape Fear Blvd. – 798-6385 Lapsit Storytime (Babies under 18 months) @ 9:30am Main Branch: Tuesday 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 Northeast Branch: Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 Northeast Branch: Thursday 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29 Toddler Storytime (18 – 36 months) @ 10am Main Branch: Tuesday 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 Northeast Branch: Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 Northeast Branch: Thursday 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29 Preschool Storytime (3 – 5 years) @ 10:30am Main Branch: Tuesday 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 Northeast Branch: Wednesday 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 Northeast Branch: Thursday 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29 Spanish/English Storytime (Preschool ages) @10:30am Northeast Branch: Tuesday 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27

Special Events Main Library International Games Day: Saturday 11/3 from 1 – 4pm Skill Toys - Juggling: Tuesday 11/6 from 2:30 - 4pm Family Yoga Storytime: Friday 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 from 10:30 – 11am Family Reading Night (Dinosaurs): Monday 11/19 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Northeast Library Sensational Saturdays: Saturday 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 from 10 10:30am Family Reading Night (Dinosaurs): Monday 11/5 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Skill Toys – Juggling: Saturday 11/10 from 2:30 – 4pm Turtle Time with Trevor: Saturday 11/10, 11/17 from 2 – 3pm Myrtle Grove Library Skill Toys – Juggling: Tuesday 11/5 from 6 – 7:30pm Family Reading Night (Dinosaurs): Monday 11/26 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Carolina Beach Library Family Reading Night (Dinosaurs): Tuesday 11/13 from 4:30 – 5:30pm Pender County Public Libraries Burgaw Central Library – 103 S. Cowan Street – 259-1234 Hampstead Branch Library – 75 Library Drive – 270-4603 Contact branch for November schedule.

Brunswick County Public Libraries” Barbee Library – 8200 East Oak Island Drive – 278-4283 Harper Library – 109 West Moore Street – 457-6237 Hickmans Crossroads – 1040 Calabash Road – 575-0173 Leland Library – 487 Village Road – 371-9442 Rourk Library – 5068 Main St. – 754-6578 Contact branch for November schedule. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Mayfaire Town Center – 509-3353 Storytime Mondays at 10:30am Barnes & Noble Mayfaire Town Center – 509-1880 Toddler Storytime Tuesdays at 10am Fridays at 7pm

Wilmington Parent | November 2012 | 35

| peanut gallery

Jenna S. 10/1 • 10yo


• 5yo

Mckenzie C.

• 4yo


Thomas B.

Jude C.

11/9• 5yo

Michael G.

11/22• 10yo

11/15• 8yo

11/8 • 8yo

Jillian S.

Kali C. 11/5 • 7yo

Chase J. 10/26• 1yo

Mia N. 11/03•5yo

Lucas P.

Calynn E.

11/3• 6yo

11/2 • 5yo

11/6• 3yo

Amelia K.

Parker C. 11/22 • 2yo

11/5• 1yo

Douglas D. 10/14 • 9yo

Estrella 11/27• 1yo


11/15 • 1yo

Hunter D. 11/24• 9yo

Does your child or grandchild have a birthday iN November? Honor them by having their photo published in Wilmington Parent. Here's how: e-mail image (size not to exceed 1mb) to Deadline for publication: 11/13. We have a limited number of spots, so if you sent your child’s picture and do not see it this issue, please check back next month!

36 | November 2012 | Wilmington Parent

it was interesting, informative, interactive and held on a perfect fall day,

But most of all, it was FUN!!

Thanks to our partner Tidal Creek Co-op and to Grub, Wiilmington Yoga, and Mr. Mark as well as our exhibitors and vendors who made this event a success!

Healthy Living FallFest Thanks to our Sponsors: D r. Ste p


lm Wi

Ped t iatric Dentis ry

in gto


nie ha


Dr. S ki

Thanks to all who participated in the Halloween Contest!


th Sou

Kim’s Gym 4 Kids

We Make Frugal Look Fabulous

Black Friday

Stretch Your Dollars at Clothes Mentor Friday November 23rd. Take 25% OFF All merchandise from 8am-12noon. Give a gift that fits...A Clothes Mentor Gift Card!! 4720-C New Centre Dr. Wilmington, NC Across from Target (910) 794-6888

Black Friday Deals Take 25% OFF Apparel & Accessories Friday November 23rd 8am-8pm. Gift Cards! Everybody Loves Em! 4720-B New Centre Dr. Wilmington, NC Across from Target • (910)792-1572 •

Black Friday B onan z a ! 25% OFF all used items from 8am-8pm Double stamps all day on your Customer Appreciation Card Friday November 23rd, ONLY

The Perfect Gift... A Once Upon A Child Gift Card! Target Shopping Center 4719-J New Centre Drive Wilmington, NC

“Kids Stuff With Previous Experience”™


Store Hours: Mon-Sat 9-8; Sun. 12-6

Profile for Seaside Media

Wilmington Parent November 2012  

Healthy Living Issue

Wilmington Parent November 2012  

Healthy Living Issue