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Democratic meet and greet set

There will be a Democratic candidate meet and greet, including a free barbecue dinner, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Waccamaw Community Center in Waccamaw Park in Ash.

Leland’s Little Learners starts

The own of Leland is launching a new, free weekly educational program for children ages 3-5 that began Oct. 5.

Leland’s Little Learners will meet at 9 a.m. every Tuesday in the classroom annex next to Town Hall at 102 Town Hall Drive. The hour-long program will feature story time, arts and crafts/activities and time on the playground. Parents or guardians must remain with their children during the program. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Amy Ryan with Leland Parks and Recreation at 332-4832 or e-mail aryan@townofleland.com.

Education classes set in Leland

The town of Leland is again partnering with UNCW’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to offer the following continuing education classes in Leland:

Wednesdays in Nature: various instructors speaking on issues that affect the delicate ecosystems of the Cape Fear region; through Nov. 10. Classes meet on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m.

As Time Goes By: A Tribute to the Best Film Songs with Phil Bruschi singing some of the best movie songs from the American Film Institute’s list; Oct. 6-13. Classes meet on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m.

Civil War with Chris Fonvielle, a local historian who will explore the history and pivotal importance of the Cape Fear region during the Civil War; Oct. 20-Nov. 10. Classes meet on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

All classes are in the Leland classroom annex, 102 Town Hall Drive. Fees will vary. Call 962-3195 or visit www.uncw.edu/olli.

Leland Farmers Market to be open

Leland Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Leland Municipal Complex Park, 102 Town Hall Drive. The market is open every third Sunday of the month.

Leland to have dancing lessons

The town of Leland, in partnership with volunteer teacher Carla Jacobs, is offering free line dancing lessons for residents. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to meet some new friends and have a great time beginning at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at the Leland Recreation Building, 102 Town Hall Drive.

Local autism group to form

An interest group is being formed for parents and professionals who wish to take part in the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Brunswick County Chapter. They will meet on Oct. 12 at BEMC in Supply.

The Autism Society of North Carolina is committed to providing support and promoting opportunities that will enhance the lives of individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ann Palmer, director of chapter relations for the Autism Society of North Carolina, and Theresa Mebane, regional parent advocate, will be present to facilitate the meeting and answer questions. For more information, call Karen Fleischhauer at 274-4227 or Theresa Mebane at 332-0261.

Arts council names winners

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Brunswick Arts Council announced its award winners at the 10th annual fall exhibition at the Sunset River Marketplace Gallery in Calabash. There were 28 awards presented at the reception for the exhibition, which was on display through Oct. 1 and was free to the public. 

Awards and cash prizes were presented to the following:

Best of Show: Claire Barthhol of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

First Place Two-Dimensional: Betty Garbarino of Supply.

First Place Three-Dimensional: Jeffrey Davies of Leland.

Jeanne Gerloven Memorial Award: Joyce Grazetti of Oak Island.

Victor Gerloven Memorial Award: Susan Mauney of Southport.

Paul Perlowitz Memorial Award: Barbara Valkenburg of Calabash.

Lucas Wagenseil Memorial Award: Jan Boland of Southport.

Gladys Wagenseil Memorial Award: Joanne Geisel of Leland.

Shari Gerloven Memorial Award: Betsy Sellers of Bolivia.

Associated Artists of Southport Award: Marie Kasper of Calabash.

Oak Island Art Guild Award: Rebecca Pierre of Oak Island.

Waterway Art Association Award: William James of Southport.

Merit awards: Susan Mauney, Southport; Claire Martin, Supply; Richard Staat, Oak Island; Ortrud Tyler, Oak Island; Rebecca Pierre, Oak Island; Roger Tatum, Southport; Rozane Anderson, Medina, Ohio; and Terrie O’Neill, Carolina Shores.

Jack Richeson Art Merchandise Awards: Raymond DelPezzo of Oak Island and Claire Barthol of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Honorable Mention Merchandise Awards: Betsy Sellers of Bolivia; Vivian Swanson of Carolina Shores; Katrina Fairbank of Leland; Brenda Goff of Sunset Beach; Eunice Andrews of Wilmington; and Joyce Dorsa of Calabash.

New center to open at Bald Head

The Bald Head Island Conservancy will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its Barrier Island Study Center, the first community-based barrier island research and education facility in the nation, on Friday, Oct. 15.

The ceremony, open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. on the campus of the BHI Conservancy on Bald Head Island.

The center will provide scientists, students and researchers with the labs, library and facilities needed to conduct high-level research within uniquely intact barrier island ecosystems. This research enhances an understanding of barrier islands. The data will be transformed into real solutions for the general public on a national and international scale, emphasizing a significant point of difference between community-based conservation and university-affiliated research centers.

“People are living in a world that is changing before their eyes. They need answers for living in this dynamic world,” said Suzanne Dorsey, executive director. 

More than $2.1 million has been raised by the community to fund the 5,000 square foot green research and education facility. The center is being designed under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, and if it obtains a platinum certification, it will be the first platinum building in eastern North Carolina. 

“The information gained through the Barrier Island Study Center’s research will be accessible to all coastal communities, who will be able to use the information to generate solutions for sustainable coastlines,” Dorsey said.

The Coastal Barrier Island Network (CBIN) recently designated Bald Head Island as “a model system for a sustainable urbanized barrier island of the southeastern coast, USA.” CBIN was awarded five years of support from the National Science Foundation in 2008 for the purpose of forming a network of parties interested in all aspects of barrier island management along the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States. 

The mission of The Bald Head Island Conservancy (www.bhic.org), founded in 1983, is barrier island conservation, preservation and education. The BHI Conservancy is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

BLT to present ‘Spelling Bee’

Join Brunswick Little Theater for a rollicking night of a humorous and heartening spelling competition as it presents the Tony Award-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

The audience participation, one-act musical is a night of fun for adults. Due to some mature material, it would not be appropriate for young children but may be appropriate for mature older teenagers. 

Show dates are Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call (800) 754-1050, ext 7416 for reservations.

For more information, call 368-6261.

Colonial Heritage Days planned

The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow will present Colonial Heritage Days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

This is a free event for the whole family.

Go back in time and feel what life was like in the Cape Fear area in the 1700s. Hands-on activities will include: stenciling, taking a turn in the stocks and pillory, candle dipping, colonial toys and games, drilling with the militia, and more. Local artists will also be displaying and making their wares.

Visit www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic/brunswic.htm.

Haunted trail set for mid-October

You will go in…but will you come out?

Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue is having its annual Halloween haunted trail starting mid-October.

The dates are Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, 7 p.m. until each night.

Admission is $6 per person. Ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

The station and trail are at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904). To get there, turn west at the intersection with U.S. 17 toward Grissettown. Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue is 1.8 miles down on the right.

For more information, call the fire department at 287-3030.

Leland has wastewater spill

The town of Leland had a discharge of untreated wastewater from the manhole located on the comer of Pine Harvest Drive and Pine Gate in the Magnolia Greens Subdivision of approximately 2,500 gallons.

The discharge occurred on Sept. 27 around 5:30 p.m. and continued on and off for approximately seven hours. The untreated wastewater entered the nearby retention ponds. The manhole at this location has been sealed off to help prevent future possible discharge. This notice was required by North Carolina General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.C.

The Division of Water Quality was notified of the event on Sept. 27 and is reviewing the matter. For more information, contact Town of Leland Town Manager Bill Farris at 371-0148.

Literacy Council to train tutors

The Brunswick County Literacy Council will host the first part of its 12-hour workshop for new tutors and instructors from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the BCLC office at 282 Ocean Highway East in Supply.

Follow-up sessions include online courses and in-service after tutors and students have had a chance to work together.

The Brunswick County Literacy Council is a nonprofit agency that offers free one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction in reading, writing and math to adults over 16.

To register for the workshop, call 754-7323, ext. 0.

Leland Garden Club to meet

The Leland Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Leland Recreation Building, 102 Town Hall Drive. Call Leland Parks and Recreation at 332-4818 for more information.

Stroller Strides to meet Tuesdays

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of body toning using exercise tubing and the stroller. Taught by certified instructors (who are also moms), it’s a great workout for any level of exerciser.

Classes are at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive. Contact Jody Smith of Stroller Strides at (800) 691-6154 or visit www.strollerstrides.net/wilmington for pricing information.

Fall festival set for Oct. 30

Waterford Village Shoppes will host its third annual fall festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be free entertainment, a children’s area, food vendors, arts and crafts and local business vendors and more. Vendor applications are available online at www.waterfordvillageshoppes.com or contact Lisa Britt at 392-9325.

Parenting classes begin Oct. 25

The Department of Social Services has announced its Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) Group Preparation and Selection (GPS) training schedule from Oct. 25-Jan. 3, 2011. All classes are from 6-9 p.m. at Brunswick County DSS, 60 Government Center Drive in Bolivia:

•Welcome to MAPP/GPS Program; Oct. 25.

•Where the MAPP Leads: A Foster Care and Adoption Experience; Nov. 1.

•Losses & Gains: The Need to be a Loss Expert; Nov. 8.

•Helping Children with Attachments; Nov. 15.

•Helping Children Learn to Manage Behaviors; Nov. 22.

•Helping Children with Birth Family Connections; Nov. 29.

•Gains & Losses: Helping Children Leave Foster Care; Dec. 6.

•Understanding the Impact of Fostering or Adopting; Dec. 13.

•Perspectives in Adoptive Parenting and Foster Parenting; Dec. 20.

•Endings and Beginnings; Jan. 3, 2011.

MAPP/GPS is a model program that agencies use to prepare and mutually assess parents’ abilities and readiness to become licensed foster and adoptive families. All household adults age 21 and older are required to attend and participate in this training.

For more information, contact LaShonda Stanley, training coordinator, at 253-2112 or e-mail lstanley@brunsco.net. Registration is required no later than Oct. 18.

Leland to have Trunk or Treat

The town of Leland will host its second annual Trunk or Treat event from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween Eve, Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

This free event gives parents a fun, safe alternative to traditional trick or treating. Parents, businesses and community organizations are asked to arrive between 3-4:30 p.m. to decorate their vehicles. Trunk or Treating will begin at 5 p.m. with children going from vehicle to vehicle collecting goodies. The town will provide prizes and bouncy rides for the kids. Leland Police and Fire Department will be on hand to add to the safety of the event. 

Businesses and community organizations interested in participating should fill out a participant form located online at http://www.townofleland.com/ParksandRec_SpecialEvents.html. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Niel Brooks, manager of Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs, at nbrooks@townofleland.com or call 332-4818.