Race into Spring on Pleasure Island!

Cold weather got you down? Have you already fallen behind on those New Year’s goals to get in shape? With Pleasure Island’s breathtaking coastal backdrop, brisk, sunny days and several noteworthy sporting events on the horizon, it’s time to borrow Nike’s catch phrase and "Just Do It." So, whether you’ll need track shoes, Polar Tech clothing, a wetsuit, paddle or iPod, gather your gear and get ready! Best of all, these activities will get you through those dark winter days and in perfect shape for summer! Here’s what you have to look forward to:

12th Annual Polar Plunge - Saturday, February 13th
Make like a polar bear and take a refreshing wintertime dip in the invigorating waters of the mighty Atlantic! A number of other activities will be on tap to coincide with this frosty fun including live music, a silent auction and the always popular costume contest. With the plunge set for 3:00 in the afternoon, there are also two excellent warm up activities: a 5K and 1-Mile Walk, both at 1:30 pm. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk will serve as the official event hub. Of course, you will be “Freezin for a Reason," as all proceeds benefit New Hanover County Special Olympics. For all of the details including registration information, please use this link: http://www.plungenhc.com/Polar-Plunge/polar-plunge.html


Spotlight On Business - Coastal K-9 Bakery

Coastal K-9 Bakery opened for business June 2004 with a mission to offer healthy dog treats to local pets. Following much research I realized there were many, many people, other than I, that were unaware of some of the very undesirable ingredients that were included in their pet’s food and treats. Using organic and natural ingredients I offered eight delicious flavors named Tippy’s Treats. The bakery also made muffins, doggie pastries, and our most famous doggie birthday cakes, in three sizes.
As we grew we began to offer dog accessories and dog food.


12th Annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Carolina Beach

Are you brave enough to face the frigid waters of Carolina Beach in February? If so, you could help raise money and awareness for a very good cause next month!

The 12th Annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge, 5K Run-N-Plunge, and 1 Mile Fun Walk takes place Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, next to the Courtyard Marriott. Contestants can choose to participate in the 5K Run-N-Plunge, a 1-mile fun walk, or just the plunge by itself.


Children's Valentine's Day Dance in Carolina Beach

If your youngsters would enjoy a special evening of fun, food, dancing and prizes, be sure to bring them to the Valentine's Dance at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center!

The Valentine's Dance will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Kids age 6-12 years old are invited to attend.


Youth Flag Football Tournament Fundraiser

The FCA 3rd Annual Youth Flag Football Tournament Fundraiser is right around the corner!

The event will take place January 31, 2016 at the Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach. Check in will be from 8-8:30 am. The cost is $15 per player and is open to kids age 8-13 years old. Players will be formed into teams with 5 players per team, per age group. Proceeds will help support the local FCA ministry.


Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks Hosting Free Film, "Saving The Best"

The North Carolina State Park System has a major milestone this year - 2016 is the year they turn 100! 

To celebrate the North Carolina State Park System's centennial, the Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks will be hosting an event at the Carolina Beach State Park featuring a free screening of the UNC-TV special entitled, "Saving The Best: North Carolina State Parks at 100." The special will be shown Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 pm in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Carolina Beach State Park. There is NO COST to attend this special event!

Additional Information

  • Address: 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
  • Light refreshments provided by Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks


Winter Hours for Two Local Businesses

Photo Credit: Justin McDade
The winter season usually means things slow down a bit in our area, but to continue to serve residents and off-season visitors, a few of our favorite local businesses will be operating on special winter hours.

If you love the vibrant collection of ladies' fashion at Touché or the delectable menu  at Havana's, please note the following changes in their winter business hours:

Touché Winter Hours

Monday-Wednesday: Closed
Thursday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

Visit their website for more information.

Havana's Winter Hours

Havana's will be closed until Wednesday, February 3rd for their winter break. They will reopen Thursday, February 4th for the 2016 season.

Once reopened, Havana's will be open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. For more information, visit their website.

Don't forget to support our local Pleasure Island businesses this winter!


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