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Southport Area News Briefs - April 2011

Bella Now Serving Breakfast

On April 13th, Bella Cucina Restaurant & Lounge began serving Breakfast.  Breakfast menu items range from eggs, pancakes, French toast, omelets, biscuits, home fries and grits to eggs Benedict, breakfast pizza, and breakfast rolls. Bella Cucina is located at 5177 Southport-Supply Road.  910.454-4540. 


Breakfast Hours:

Wednesday - Friday   6am-11am

Saturday                   7am-11am

Sunday                     8am- 1pm   


Deep Point Store & Pool Opening


Rob Gandy, Deep Point Marina Harbourmaster, invites you to join them for the grand opening of the new Harbourmaster Store and pool at the 82-slip Deep Point Marina in Southport on Saturday, May 7th from 11am -2pm. Boaters are invited to enjoy free dockage during the event, refreshments and an in-water boat show, where several local yacht brokers and dealers from Southport and Wrightsville Beach will be showcasing their boats. 


The new Harbourmaster Store, which is open to the general public as well as marina guests, offers beverages, snacks, ice and is a convenient addition to the Southport area.  Located across from red Cape Fear Buoy #20, Deep Point Marina is adjacent to the Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal. Along with fuel, Deep Point Marina offers daily, monthly and annual slip rentals ranging in size 30'-102' at a great value. For slip rentals call 910.269-2380 or use VHF Channel 16. 


Transient boaters and annual slipholders enjoy use of the new swimming pool, shower and laundry facilities, as well as the Harbourmaster Store.  For those traveling to the grand opening event by car, park in Lot A- General Parking. upon departure, please present your parking ticket, as you will receive two hours of complimentary parking. 


Free Pickup in April & May

If you live in Boiling Spring Lakes, Oak Island, or Southport, Cabot's Delivery Service is offering FREE pickup of any GOOD donation items that you don't have time to take, or the vehicle to haul.  

For the next TWO months, (April & May) Cabot's Delivery Service will pick up and deliver it to a local thrift shop for FREE.  Please call Cabot's Delivery @ 910.664-0243, to set up a date and time of service.


Quizno Lobster & Seafood Sub

Quizno is constantly bringing in new items to their menu. This month they introduced a new Signature Lobster & Seafood Sub with crisp lettuce on butter-toasted Artisan Bread.  It is also available on a bed of lettuce surrounded by tomatoes with their signature Ranch dressing.

Coming soon is a Chicken Bacon Dipper Sub. The sub is made with hot chicken, bacon, tomatoes and mild Chipotle Mayo served on the new Chipotle Jack bread. What sets this sub apart is the new signature cheese sauce for dipping. 


Quizno Subs is located at 5130 Southport-Supply Road Unit#107.  910.457-4636


Early Childhood Education Center Receives 5 Star Rating

Brunswick Community College's Early Childhood Education Center has earned a 5 star rating from the North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project.  The star rating is determined by points earned in two components - Program Standards and Staff Education Standards. This is the first assessment for the Center, which opened in fall 2010 and currently serves 47 students. 

The Center is located in the Early Childhood Education Building on BCC's Main campus, which also houses the classrooms and offices for the Early Childhood Education Program.  Valerie Locklear, director of the Early Childhood Education program at BCC said, "The Early Childhood Education Center provides a lab opportunity for the students in the Early Childhood Education Department as well as the entire BCC campus to participate in and observe classroom settings.  This allows for a hands on approach and is a tremendous teaching tool."

The Early Childhood Education Center at
Brunswick Community College is open to the public and serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The Center is open from 7am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday, and staff is always available for tours and to answer questions.  910.755-7315. 


Our State Magazine Co-Op Participants

Make sure to look for a full page ad in Our State Magazine's July 2011 issue.  The ad highlights 6 area businesses and the N.C. 4th of July Festival.    The following businesses participated in the N.C. 4th of July Festival co-op page in the July Issue of Our State:

Hampton Inn Southport                           Southport Marina

Art @ 211 - The Ricky Evans Gallery       Oak Island Accommodations  

Cape Fear Jewelers                                St. James Plantation


Chowder Cook-Off Winners

On Sunday, March 27th the N.C. 4th of July Festival held its first Chowder Cook-Off.   The Cook-Off was a fundraiser for the festival who must raise $120,000 annually to offset expenses associated with the festival.   The festival would like to thank Oak Island Moose Lodge for donating their facilities; Party of Two for donating their talent; The Grape & Ale for providing the free wine tasting;  and all the chowder cookers including our members Bella Cucina Restaurant, Boat House Marine, Duffer's Pub & Grill, State Port Pilot, Travel Leaders-Astro Travel Service & Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering. A great time was had by all. We had 200 people in attendance. 

Congratulations to Professional Division Winners:
1st Place- Duffer's Pub & Grill at Oak Island Golf & Country Club
2nd Place - Annie's Clam Soup served nightly at -Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering
3rd Place -  Pelican Clam Chowder by Pelican Seafood

Congratulations to Individual Division Winners:
1st Place - Pacula Builders Best Constructed Chowder - Tucker Pacula
2nd Place -Willis Sisters Clam Chowder - Angela Willis George & Deborah Willis
3rd Place-   Clam Chowder by Aubrey Godber

Best Decorated Table
1st Place -  Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering. 

Chaired by Jennifer Biggs, First Citizens Bank. Committee Members: Happi Moore, Atlantic Realty Professionals & Bob Krasnow, Festival Co-Chair.


Wine to Water - Wine Tasting Event - April 20th

Shagger Jacks Restaurant, in conjunction with the Wine Rack of Southport and Choice Specialty Wines of Wilmington, will host a wine tasting on April 20th to benefit Wine to Water, a non-profit focused on providing clean water and sanitation to countries around the world. Proceeds from the event will go to Wine to Water projects. The event will start at 6pm at Shagger Jacks, 8004 E. Oak Island Drive. Free tasting, $5.00 by the glass, bottles available.

Funds raised by Wine to Water events have helped provide clean water and sanitation to people in many countries including Sudan, India, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Haiti.  Founder, Doc Hendley was named a 2009 CNN Top 10 Hero. The United Nations reports that nearly one billion people lack access to clean water.  Wine to Water's goal is to empower developing communities with the training, technology and resources they need to solve their unique water and sanitation needs. As a registered 501(c)(3) international aid organization, Wine to Water is devoted to fighting this epidemic. The organization's primary source of fundraising is through events such as wine tastings.   For More information call Shagger Jacks at 910.933-4103.


Communities In Schools News

Dine out for Kids- The Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in Brunswick County recently hosted a fundraising event to raise money for CIS. They donated a portion of their sales to CIS to support programs and services for the county's children and families.

Win Up to $10,000 -As another way to continue to reduce the impacts of $700,000 in funding cuts that have taken place over the past 2 years, the CIS board of Directors will conduct one of the largest 50/50 raffles.  One lucky person will be awarded with a check of "up to" $10,000 (based on the sale of 2,000 tickets), with the other $10,000  supporting the desperately needed programs and services that CIS provides to the children and families of Brunswick County.  Raffle tickets are $10 each and on sales from April 1st through June 30th.   Drawing Date is July 28th.  To purchase your tickets contact Mark Koval at 910.457-3494.

Let's ALL Play -The National Inclusion Project has partnered with CIS for three consecutive years to implement Let's ALL Play- Inclusion in Recreational Programs. The continued partnership will allow children with disabilities to enjoy a successful summer camp experience in an inclusive setting. As part of this initiative, the National Inclusion Project will provide a program model, training, and expertise.


Upcoming CIS Events -  Big Toy Day- May 21st from 11am-5pm @ Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island. 


Southport Spring Festival - 4/22 & 4/23

Come and join your friends as they welcome the return of spring at the Southport Spring Festival on Friday, April 22nd from 10 to 5 and Saturday, April 23rd from 10 to 4 in Franklin Square Park. The festival will feature over 100 crafters and their homemade treasures. There will be 10 food vendors offering usual southern fare and treats for the unusual taste. The Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club will be selling numerous colors of beautiful Encore Azaleas, camellias, and a wide variety of early flowers, herbs and plants for your yard and garden.  Enjoy live entertainment throughout the festival featuring our own local talent on the stage. Saturday will feature the Robert Ruark Chili Cook-Off Contest from 11am to 2pm. This year will also include exciting children's activities at family affordable prices, Glitter Gulch and a model railroad exhibit in the Southport Gym. Visit Franklin Square Art Gallery while you are in the park.  On Saturday morning, the Kiwanis Club will host a 5k Run/Walk beginning on the Southport waterfront at 8:00.   For more info visit Sponsors Downtown Southport Inc. or Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club or call 910.279-4616.


1st Annual Walk for Kids

1st Annual Walk for Kids to assist children with above and beyond needs. On May 21st, a walk and celebration will be held at the Oak Island Soccer Field at 46th Street.  The 3.5 mile walk will begin at 10am followed by a celebration at 11:30 with raffle, prizes, music, food, fun and vendors.  The raffle will include multiple items as well as a weekend stay at a mountain cabin. 

The walk is being organized in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the above and beyond needs of the children currently involved with Children's Services in Brunswick County.  Without donations these children would not be able to participate in events and activities such as summer camps, art lessons, dance, music and singing lessons, therapeutic activities not covered by insurance, sporting activities and gear.   All proceeds got to WAVES 4 K.I.D.S., non-profit agency that provides financial support and create services to satisfy unmet needs of children associated with Foster Care and Child Protective Services in Brunswick County.


Contact: Tangela Day - 704.648-7007


Port City Java presented Platinum A Award

Congratulations to Port City Java of Southport for earning the Platinum A Award by the Environmental Health Section of the Brunswick County Health Department for 5 years in a row.   


Port City Java was one of several local restaurants who were recognized at the annual awards ceremony held in March.   Congratulations to all our member restaurants:


Platinum A- Live Oak Cafe', Lowes Food Produce, Ocean Trail Convalescence Dietary, Port City Java-Southport, South Brunswick High School, &  Virginia Williamson Elementary School


Golden A- Carillon Assisted Living, Bar-B-Que House, BCC Fitness Center Concessions, Bella Pizza & Deli, Bolivia Elementary School, Brunswick County Academy, Brunswick County Complex Cafeteria, Comfort Suites Breakfast Bar, CrazyCakeChicks, Dry Street Pub, Lowes Foods Deli, McDonald's of Southport, Players Club Grill, Quizno Subs of Southport, Senior Nutrition Site in Oak Island and Boiling Spring Lakes, South Brunswick Middle School, Southport Elementary School, Taco Bell, Thai Peppers Restaurant, The Brunswick Center @ Southport,  The Reserve at St. James, Trolley Stop, Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering, Wingate Inn Breakfast Bar. 


Brunswick County Toastmasters

Ever wanted to be able to stand up and speak comfortably in front of a group of people? Why not let Toastmasters teach you how to make those butterflies fly in formation?  Toastmasters International has helped millions of its members do just that over the past 85 years.  Currently, Toastmasters has 12,500 clubs in 113 countries serving the needs of over 260,000 active members. North Carolina has over 180 clubs throughout the state. 

It takes at least 20 members to create a club.  Why not be one of the charter members and join them on the first and third Wednesday nights at 6:30pm @ Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main Street, Shallotte.  The meeting runs a little over an hour.  They have a Toastmaster (Master of Ceremonies), prepared Speakers, Evaluators, and a Table Topics Master. Toastmasters provides excellent manuals that allow the participants to develop their skills and have fun along the way.  The investment average $1.50 per week.  Where else can you get a chance to become a better speaker for so little?    For more information  contact Chuck Olson 910.540-1363.


Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings & Open Houses

April  18th   -   10am      Boo & Roos, 303 N. Howe Street, 910.363/4275
                                    Gift, apparel and home decor store with brands such as Vera
                                    Bradley, Spartina 449, Zen Knits and Tervis Tumblers.

April 18th -        4pm       Uncorked by the Sea, 602-A N. Howe Street, 910.454-0633
                                     Retail wine, art and gift shop.

April 21st    -     9am        Father and Son Painting, Inc., Oak Island. 
                                      Ribbon Cutting @ Chamber
                                      "Making Homes Beautiful".  Residential & Commercial Painting

April 22nd  -  12pm           Sunset Slush of OKI, 8316 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island,  


                                       Retail sales of Classic Italian Ice, koozies, and t-shirts.   

May 7th -  11am-2pm        Deep Point Marina Harbourmaster Store & Pool, 
                                       Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal. 910.269-2380. 


And the Winner Is...CrazyCakeChicks

Congratulations to CrazyCakeChicks of Oak Island on winning the Azalea Festival Cake Challenge.

Make sure to check out those azalea flowers on the bottom of the cake, no they are not plastic.   Such talented folks we have in our midst.


Volunteer Expo

Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo 2011

April 19th - 3pm - 7pm 

Learn about fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities in Brunswick County. Non-profit and government agencies that serve Brunswick County and utilize volunteers to deliver vital programs and services to area residents will be present. No pre-registration required. Event attendance and parking is free. Refreshments provided.

BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium Main Campus, Supply


Admission/Fees: Free

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