2/21/17

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Annual Art Auction Dinner

Come enjoy the spirit and spectacle of Mardi Gras while supporting the arts in Pleasure Island!

The Annual Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Art Auction is a fun- and art-filled event to help support the overall Festival. With costumes, music, appetizers, raffles and opportunities to bid on fantastic works of art from all around the country, it's no wonder the event has already sold out of advance tickets! But don't worry -- tickets will still be available at the door.

2/20/17

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in Carolina Beach 2017

We're officially in tax season, which means it's time to get your official IRS documents, income statements, receipts, deductions and any other financial documentation together to file your yearly tax return. Although it's not the most fun time of year, some residents of Carolina Beach may be able to take advantage of New Hanover County's free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program.

The VITA program offers tax help to low- and moderate-income people with a focus on those 60 or older, completely free of charge. Through this program, IRS-certified volunteers provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in New Hanover County. VITA volunteers are able to inform about special tax credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

2/9/17

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Pleasure Islanders


Looking for a way to express your tender feelings for that special someone in your life? Pleasure Island has a wide assortment of boutiques, restaurants, and fun activities to make your Valentine's Day extra sweet. Here are a few of our suggestions:

A Gift Basket from The Veggie Wagon

The Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach has way more than just delicious, fresh produce. Did you know they can put together a beautiful assortment of wine, chocolate, cake and soaps to delight the senses and make your sweetie swoon? Their Valentine's Day gift baskets are artfully arranged to include some of their best wines, as well as locally-made items like delicious Cape Fear Rum cakes, Wilmington-based Three Little Bird soaps and Black Mountain chocolate from Winston-Salem, NC. To add a finishing touch to one of the larger basket options, they'll include a lovely candle to set the mood for your romantic evening.


An Assortment of Hand Made Fudge from The Fudgeboat

You might be thinking, wait a minute - isn't The Fudgeboat closed until spring? Well yes, they are. BUT - did you know you can order their drool-inducing goodies online, year round? Better place your order quick if you want your sweets in time for V-Day! They've got several amazing flavors to choose from. From Peanut Butter (made with creamy Jif peanut butter) to Rocky Road to Red Velvet and more, you're sure to find something that will put a smile on your sweetheart's face. And by the way, they don't just do fudge; try the chocolate covered pretzels for a little bit of sweet and savory, or the chocolate dipped strawberries are always a Valentine's Day favorite!


A Gift Box from Island Roast Coffee

If you're looking for something a little less sugary and a little more bold, wake up your darling's senses with some freshly ground coffee from Island Roast Coffee in Carolina Beach. They have two different gift boxes - one that includes 3 of your hand-picked coffees to give to that special coffee geek in your life, and one that includes the "most popular coffee maker in the world," the French Press, plus one hand-selected bag of coffee. They offer a wide assortment of coffees here so picking out the ones you want will be half the fun! From Island Time Breakfast Blend to Organic Espresso to Mocha Java, and more, you'll want to come back to try them all. And for coffee lovers who also enjoy a little sweetness, they've got you covered with Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, Southern Pecan and Chocolate Coconut flavors.


A Gift Certificate to Jeanne's Jewels & Fashions

If your special someone loves to shop, why not let them pick out their own Valentine's Day gift at Jeanne's Jewels & Fashions in Carolina Beach? This lovely shop has fine jewelry, on-trend beach apparel, sumptuous bath and body products and more. And did you know they also offer a selection of gifts for kids? If you want to give your little one a Valentine gift, check out their adorable girls' jewelry, coloring books, educational games and toys - and most are at prices drastically reduced from retail!




2/2/17

The Veggie Wagon at Carolina Beach Now Offering Loose Leaf Tea Bar

Local specialty grocery store and fresh produce delivery company, The Veggie Wagon, is serving up more than fruits, veggies, seafood, North Carolina brews, healthy take and bake comfort foods, and homemade products in the Pleasure Island community—and just in time for the cooling winter temps.

Come experience the Veggie Wagon’s new organic loose leaf tea bar. They have a variety of 8 flavor profiles—including a unique Mexican Chocolate and a classic English Breakfast—there’s something to satisfy every palate. Once you’ve picked your favorite flavor, choose how you would like it served: a cup on the run that’s steeped in house, or ounce and half-ounce quantities to take home and brew yourself. They’ll even throw in some tea bags for home steeping.

Even if you think you’re not a tea drinker, maybe you’ve never tried a good loose leaf tea before. Now is your chance. Let one of the knowledgeable staff help you find a tea that’s right for you. They’ll let you sample them all before you decide.


The Veggie Wagon supports local farming families by purchasing North Carolina produce and products. And now they’re purveyors of amazing organic loose leaf teas. They are located at 608 S. Lake Park Blvd. in the heart of Carolina Beach. So stop by and try their new delicious organic tea bar. For more information, visit their Facebook page here

2/1/17

Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks Seeking New Members

Do you love the outdoors? Are you considered a nature enthusiast by friends and family? Do you have a soft spot for the Pleasure Island community? If you answered yes to all of these questions, why not volunteer with Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks and help support and promote our two local state parks - Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

1/30/17

Missed Pleasure Island Pageant 2017

Mark your calendars for the return of the Missed Pleasure Island Pageant on Friday, February 10 at the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach!

This hugely popular event features a full pageant for "woMEN" to show off their skills and get in touch with their feminine sides! Contestants will don full pageant gear featuring swimwear, evening attire, and will even have the chance to perform a talent. Only one woMAN will take home the crown!

Attendees can enjoy watching the pageant, as well as a cash bar, gift basket raffle featuring great baskets with items and certificates for local businesses, and more! Purchase your raffle tickets in advance to save!

Want to learn more about this year's pageant? Check out the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Missed-Pleasure-Island-Pageant-1028207940541331/

Tickets for this event are only $20 per person and go to support the Island Women and Island Men 501C-3 organizations. Island Women and Island Men are groups committed to making life better on Pleasure Island through various efforts. Want to learn more about them? Check out their websites:




1/25/17

Surfrider Foundation to Hold Dune Re-Building Event Jan. 28

For the past several years, the Surfrider Foundation has spearheaded a cheap and resourceful way to help rebuild our area dunes: recycled Christmas trees. On Saturday, January 28, The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, is coordinating with the town of Carolina Beach and a slew of volunteers to partake in the fourth annual dune rebuilding program using the discarded trees.

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