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Leland plans fall programs, events
Upcoming Leland programs and events:
Unity Group Craft Fair
The Unity Group of North Brunswick will have a craft fair from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive. This event will give local craftsmen, businesses, candidates and other vendors the opportunity to showcase their products and services. Concessions will be available. Booths are $35 and all proceeds will go to the North Carolina Christmas Festival’s children’s activities. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the Unity Group at 471-7498, 371-9921 or 371-3257.
Trunk or Treat Returns
Trunk or Treat returns this year on Oct. 29 at Leland Municipal Complex Park. If you are a parent looking to provide a safe alternative to trick or treating for your child or a business looking to give back to the community, this event is for you. Businesses, community organizations and parents are asked to decorate their trunks and pass out goodies on Halloween evening. There will be prizes for the most impressive displays. The town will provide treats and bouncy rides for the kids. The Unity Group of North Brunswick will be on hand selling hot dogs, chips and drinks. Set up your display from 3-4 p.m. Event runs from 5-7 p.m.
Leland’s Little Learners
“Little Learners” are being accepted to participate in a free weekly preschool reading program at 9 a.m. each Tuesday at the classroom annex beside town hall. This free program for children ages 3-5 seeks to stimulate the minds of Leland’s children through story time, arts and crafts, activities and time outside on the playground. During the program, parents or guardians must remain with their children. Contact Amy Ryan at 332-4823 for registration or more information. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.
Leland Art Group
Did you know Leland has its own group of dedicated artists who gather twice a month to work on their projects in a supportive environment? Check out the Expressive Art Group at the meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month.
Leland is again partnering with UNCW’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to offer the popular Wednesdays in Nature series where various experts speak on the nature, beauty and history of the Cape Fear region. This fall’s lineup includes the following:
Oct. 12: Backyard Bio-diversity and Permaculture Design: Matt Collogan, environmental education program director, Airlie Gardens.
Oct. 19: Oysters! Martin H. Posey, Ph.D., biology and marine biology.
Oct. 26: Stormwater 101: Dru Harrison, interim director, New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District.
Nov. 2: Native Plants for your Landscape: Lara Berkley, B & O Designs.
Nov. 9: Shipwrecks of the Cape Fear Region, Mark Wilde-Ramsing, Ph.D., deputy state archaeologist.
Wednesdays in Nature series are from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 9 at Leland Classroom Annex. Cost is $40 for OLLI members, $70 for non-members. To register, call 962-3195 or visit www.uncw.edu/olli.

Community Garden Plots Still Available for Fall/Winter
Several plots in the Leland Community Garden are available for the fall/winter growing season. Call now to reserve yours. The garden provides a supportive environment where local gardeners can exchange ideas and know-how while having fun at the same time with their neighbors. Individual plots are available in the following sizes: 10-by-20 feet, 10-by-10-feet and 4-by-10-feet.
Participants may also chose to garden the community plot where all produce will be donated to the Manna Ministries food bank.
There is no charge for the plots and water is provided on site. The town is now accepting applications and plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, stop by the Leland Parks and Recreation office to pick up an application.
Community workday begins at 3:30 p.m. each Friday at the Leland Community Garden, across the street from the playground on the municipal campus. Plots are free and water is provided on site. Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 332-4823 for more information.
Hooks and Needles

Do you love to knit or crochet? Are you looking for a place to get together with others to share your craft? Have you always been interested in the needle arts, but wondered how to get started? Then the Hooks and Needles group is for you. All levels are invited to attend from beginner to advanced. Just bring your current project or materials to start a new one.
These free classes are from 10 a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Friday of each month at the classroom annex beside town hall. Contact Darla Rhind at 371-5563 or Camille Deasy at 371-1117 for more information.
Expressive Art Group

Do you love to paint and create? Bring whatever you are working on and join others in a supportive environment. All mediums (oils, acrylic, watercolor, pencils) are welcome. This will be a gathering place to share ideas and learn other techniques. Please bring your own materials to the classroom annex beside town hall from 2-4 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. This is a free event. Contact Doris Jean Young at 371-9176 for more information.
Leland Hometown Opry
Ready for some pickin’ and grinnin’? The town of Leland is sponsoring a twice-monthly bluegrass/country/gospel/folk jam session at the Leland recreation building at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Musicians of all levels of experience are welcome to attend. Spectators are encouraged to come sit a spell and enjoy the music. Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 332-4823 for more information.
Intermediate/Advanced Line Dancing Lessons
The town of Leland is offering free line dancing lessons for residents. Bring your dancing shoes to the classroom annex beside town hall at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday and get ready to meet some new friends and have a great time. Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 332-4823 for more information.
Leland Garden Club
Like to play in the dirt? Love to see the fruits of your hard work come into full bloom? Then the Leland Garden Club is for you. This is an opportunity for all of Leland’s gardeners to come together to learn more and work on a variety of beautification projects at the classroom annex beside town hall at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 332-4823 for more information.

New art classes begin Oct. 8
Jewelry by Wendy–Beach House Fine Arts proprietor Wendy Wowk has announced a series of art classes to begin at the gallery on Oct. 25.
Beginning Watercolor Class 101: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Cost is $80 for four lessons, two hours each session. Terrie O’Neill, noted watercolorist, will teach techniques that include learning to mix and blend color, the difference between transparent and opaque watercolors, wet-on-wet and dry brush techniques. Students will bring their own supplies.
Watercolor 102: 1-3 p.m. Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6 and 13. Cost is $80 for four lessons. The watercolor class is for students with some painting experience or following Watercolor Class 101. Watercolorist Terrie O’Neill will teach the advanced class and will include the introduction of liquid latex and Gouache. Students will bring their own supplies.
Stampin-Up Class: Oct. 25-Nov. 17 with teacher Mary Bergere of Sunset Beach. Sign up for either a 1-3 p.m. class or 7-9 p.m. class to make two sets of note cards. Cost is $40 per class. Call 575-0024 for information.
Kid’s Class: Mixed Up About Your Media? 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 for ages 6-12. Cost is $80 for four lessons per child ($149 for parent and child) Natalie Doherty, M. Ed. Art Education, will teach playing with wet and dry media, charcoal, watercolor and acrylic.
Adult Class: Mixed Up About Your Media? 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, a three-week class. Cost is $60 per student. Teacher is Natalie Doherty. “No drawing skills needed. Just bring a thirst for creativity. This is an excellent preparation class for future painting courses,” says Doherty.
Drawing and Composition Class with artist Alex Wowk: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30. Cost is $80 per student. Learn how to draw and understand the basics of composition fundamental to oil, pastels and other media painting. Class is for inexperienced artists or advanced artists wanting to improve drawing skills. Students bring whatever drawing instruments they want to use for hands-on exercises.
Call 575-0024 to sign up for classes or email wendy@jewelrybywendy.com.

Join the battle of the bands
Relay For Life is hosting a battle of the bands this year and is in search of bands with family-appropriate music willing to play for charity. There will also be a dance team contest. Contact Alicia Sides at sides.alicia@gmail.com if interested.

NCDOT funds area road repairs
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to repair more than 67 miles of primary roads in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. The $2.7 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work can begin as early as Oct. 31 and be completed by May 18, 2012.
The contract covers more than 67 miles of primary roads including U.S. 17, U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 130 in New Hanover County and U.S. 117/N.C. 132 and U.S. 17 Business in Pender County.
In addition, eight miles of U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County will be repaired.
This is one of 12 contracts totaling $91.3 million awarded by Conti in September for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law, and came in at 3.6 percent, or about $3.4 million below NCDOT estimates.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January 2009, NCDOT has awarded 416 highway contracts totaling $3.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities.

Wine festival needs sponsors
The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation Inc. is celebrating 20 years of natural science and environmental education by hosting a wine festival on April 28, 2012, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets to the Wine Fest are $100 each. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.
The wine festival will feature wines from three vineyards in North Carolina’s own Yadkin Valley. Located in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley is rapidly gaining a reputation for its high-quality grapes and award-winning wines. In addition to the wines, this black-tie-optional affair will also feature tasty treats from local restaurants, a live auction, a silent auction, great music, and a chance to socialize with friends and neighbors while supporting the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation.
The Ocean Isle Museum foundation is actively seeking sponsors for this event. For more information about sponsorship opportunities at various levels and donating items valued at $100 or more to the live and silent auctions, call the Foundation’s executive director, Dottie David-Wilson, at 579-1016.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is at 21 East Second St. on Ocean Isle Beach.

Hospice plans workshop
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Bereavement Services will present Loss and the Holidays, a one-session workshop for adults experiencing grief during the holiday season, from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 8, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southport and from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.
Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process, coping with loss, defining realistic expectations for the holidays and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions.
The workshop is free and donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is required. Call 754-5356 by Nov. 4. Leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific location you wish to attend.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit agency that provides health care and comfort to people with life-limiting illness, support and counseling to families, and education to the community in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.