Learn to Sail!

 Introductory Boating Course from The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron

Step 1: America's Boating Course
The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, "America's Boating Club," will present its comprehensive introductory boating course beginning on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at the Cape Fear Community College.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved and USCG recognized course is presented on a single Saturday (8:00 AM –4:30 PM). This class satisfies the NC safe boating education requirement for anyone less than 26 years of age.

Step 1: Local Knowledge
The fundamentals are a must for safe boating. However, you can take your training a step further with the “Local Knowledge” course– covering the challenges and complexities of boating on the Cape Fear Waterways (River, Ocean and AICW).

This overview of what you need to know about our coastal environment is held on the second Saturday 28 February (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM).

Step 3: On-The-Water
Where better to learn about boating than on the water?
This 2½ hour training cruise to ties your classroom studies with actual boating experience. You will go out on the ICW and Cape Fear River and work with navigation, rules of the water, communications afloat and other classroom topics.


The "America's Boating Course" segment is required. The total cost is $70 per person or 2 family members can share a textbook at the discounted price of $45 each. The “Local Knowledge” and “On-the-Water” segments are optional but highly recommended, at no additional cost.
Visit the Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron website at www.capefearboatingcourse.org to learn more and enroll. Email the class registrar at weteachboating@gmail.com with any questions.


Battle of Fort Fisher 150th Anniversary

The Gibraltar of The South

Take a step back in time as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher. Enjoy period music, 1865 battle reenactments and much more during this very special weekend of history and celebration. 

WHEN: January 17-18, 2015, from 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.

WHERE: Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, NC


Update from the Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund

 They Did It!

On Tuesday, January 6th the Pleasure Island Fire Relief Fund exceeded their goal of raising $100,000.00.

Businesses and residents from all over the community have reached out in support with generous donations and volunteer work. Because of YOU, a significant difference has been made in the lives of many people and the community in general.

The community of Carolina Beach and those affected by the condo fires are grateful for your continued support. Many of the fire victims lost all of their possessions and now, with your help, they can begin rebuilding their lives.

Free Day at the NC Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free general admission fees on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of two holidays each year the N.C. Aquariums offer visitors free admission. The other day is Veterans Day in November. Grab the family and experience a day of aquatic adventures!

Visit http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher for hours of operation and other information.

NC Aquarium at For Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC, 28449


Veggie Wagon Hot Chocolate Bar

Looking For Something Different?

The Veggie Wagon is a local family owned produce company located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Specializing in delivery of fresh local NC fruits, vegetables and homemade products to the Wilmington, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach areas. The Veggie Wagon travels to all the best local farms and small batch producers to bring you the freshest and tastiest items NC has to offer.

The latest Winter addition to The Veggie Wagon, on Pleasure Island, is the all natural Hot Chocolate Bar! 

The Veggie Wagon has been working on their own blends of spices and mixtures to create 7 amazing and different hot chocolates, without all the preservatives and additives, including Vegan milk options.

Please send any questions of comments to april@theveggiewagon.com

The Veggie Wagon
608 B South Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC, 28428

Great Restaurants on Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island has some serious food! The following is a sampling of just a handful of the wonderful places to eat on Pleasure Island.

Wake N Bake Donuts - For donuts beyond your wildest dreams.

Deck House - Enjoy tip-top service and locally caught seafood in a historic building.

El Cazador - This restaurant was honored as Best Local Restaurant in 2011 accompanied by the Customer Satisfaction Award in 2012.

Gibby's Dock & Dine - Dock your boat for free and catch the sunset at this "beach casual" restaurant.

Ida Thai Cuisine - Feast on authentic herbal Thai dishes along with an original Thai beer.

Island Hots - This hot dog hot spot offers nothing less than top-quality dogs, including vegetarian. 

Michelangelo's Pizza - The epitome of homemade, Michelangelo's makes their dough fresh daily. 

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar - Grab a tropical cocktail at the Tiki Bar or enjoy panoramic views in Ocean Grill's upstairs dining room.

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar - Have a good shuckin' time at the restaurant recently named of of Coastal Living's Favorite Seafood Dives. 

Surf House - This unique restaurant knows exactly where all their food and other ingredients derive from, all the way down to the farmers who provide the beef for your cheeseburger. 

You can find even more great places to eat on Pleasure Island by Clicking Here.


Calendar of Events 2015

Pleasure Island

Calendar of Events2015

  • January 17-18: NSSA Surf Contest (910-512-0792)
  • February 21: 2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge (910-341-7253)
  • March 7: 4th Annual Step-Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-431-8122)
  • March 14: 11th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
  • March 27-28: Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
  • April 11: 19th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
  • April 18: Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
  • April 19: 5th Annual 5K Holland Hustle (910-297-9522)
  • April 25-26: Easter Seal Ride (910-323-1926)
  • May 14: 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament (910-279-7474)
  • May 16: Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
  • May 16-17: 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic (910-392-0306)
  • May 16–Oct 3: Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
  • May 17: Double Sprint Marathon (910-620-6405)
  • May 26 – Aug: Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
  • May 27 – Aug: Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
  • May 30: Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
  • June - Aug: Fireworks every Thursday Night on the Beach (910-458-8434)
  • June - Aug: Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
  • June – Aug: Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday (910-458-8434)
  • June - Aug: FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
  • June 6: 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival (910-458-8434)
  • June 9–Aug: 25 Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
  • July 2: Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
  • June 14: Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
  • July 10-12: East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
  • August 8-9: EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament (910-332-8755)
  • Sept 12: 3rd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
  • Sept 18-19: 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2979)
  • Sept 26: 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Walk (910-458-9453)
  • Oct 4: Carolina Beach Half Marathon (919-889-3438)
  • Oct 10&11: 22nd Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
  • Oct 16-18: 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
  • Oct 17: 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
  • Oct 24: Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
  • Nov 27: Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
  • Nov 27-28, Dec 5,12,19: 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
  • Dec 4: Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
  • Dec 5: Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
  • Dec 11, 12, 13: Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
  • Dec 12: Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5006)
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Countdown/Fireworks Carolina Beach

For more information or updates visit the PI COC website at www.PleasureIslandNC.org


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