2014 Pleasure Island Visitor's Guide Available

The 2014 Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guides are in. Stop by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce offices and pick up a copy or pick up a bunch to give out at your business.

It's filled with great information to help you make the most of a trip to beautiful Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, NC. Have you made your plans to spend part of summer 2014 on Pleasure Island? Don't wait - book a vacation to remember today!


Spotlight on Business: Good Shepherd Center

The mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing. For more than 30 years, Good Shepherd has helped men, women and families in crisis through a Soup Kitchen serving 85,000 meals a year; a Day Shelter and a Night Shelter with access to showers, restrooms, telephones and clean clothing; an onsite Medical Clinic in partnership with the NHC Health Department; Second Helpings program redistributing up to 500 tons of salvaged food each year; and a rehousing program that helps individuals and families get back into their own home. In addition, just a few blocks away the Sgt. Eugene Ashley Center offers both a transitional home and a permanent, supportive home for veterans with a history of substance abuse. Good Shepherd relies on the generosity of more than 300 weekly volunteers and the numerous donations of food and funds from the community.

Upcoming events to benefit Good Shepherd include Empty Bowls on March 14th at the First Baptist Church Activities Center on Independence Blvd. You will enjoy a luncheon of homemade soups and breads provided by local restaurants, with each guest receiving a hand-crafted pottery bowl by local artists. Proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Center and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

Good Shepherd’s 11th Annual Landfall Golf Tournament will be held on April 7th. This fundraiser attracts both golfers and businesses and sup-ports Good Shepherd’s programs and services.

For more information on Good Shepherd, to hold a food drive, to sponsor an event or to schedule a tour please contact Janet Knott, Associate Development Director, 910-763-4424 x113 or email assocdevelopmentdirector@goodshepherdwilmington.org.


Seaside Spring Renewal Retreat

Looking for a relaxing, healthy, and rejuvenating way to kick off Spring? How about the first annual Seaside Spring Renewal Retreat brought to you by Salty Dog Yoga and Beacon House Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy four days and three nights of healthy and delicious food, yoga classes, and of course the beautiful beaches and waters of the ocean.

To Learn More:

E-mail: innkeeper@beaconhouseinnb-b.com
Web: www.beaconhouseinnb-b.com
Phone: (877) BEACON6


Free Tax Help Available on Pleasure Island

It's time once again to beware the ides of...April...the tax filing deadline is approaching. Could you use a little help preparing your return? It's available through VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.

Assistance will be offered February 3, 2014 - April 15, 2014 

The Carolina Beach, NC location and hours are as follows:

Town of Carolina Beach Recreation Center
1121 B North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(behind Town Administration Building)

Monday - 12:00 - 4:00
Tuesday - 10:00 - 2:00
Wednesday - 12:00 - 4:00
Thursday - 10:00 - 2:00
Saturday - 8:00 - 12:00

For more information contact Valerie Smith at (910) 798-6400

Now we just all need one of these!

10th Annual Steve Haydu Lo-Tide Run - Saturday, March 15th

Lace up those sneakers and head to your favorite running spot on Pleasure Island, whether that's the beach, the trails in the State Park, or the streets of your neighborhood...it's time to get training for the Lo-Tide Run!

This event is a local favorite, and one that draws participants from near and far, to join the sea of people running for a great cause on the streets and sand of Carolina Beach. Proceeds go to help people in the area who are battling cancer are in financial need.

Everyone from serious runners to casual joggers to walkers and even mosey-ers is right at home in the Lo Tide Run.

The Details:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

100 Cape Fear Blvd (Gazebo at the Boardwalk) in Carolina Beach, NC

Race Day Schedule

7:00 AM - Registration

(Beat the rush and pre-register and pick up your race packet early on Friday, March 14th from 11 am - 7 pm at Omega Sports in Hanover Center. 3501 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC.)

8:00 AM - Start of 10K Run

8:30 AM - Start of 5K Run

10:45 (Approx) - Awards Ceremony

Entry Fees

10k Run or 5K Run/Walk: $30 by 03/01

10K Run or 5K Run/Walk: $35 after 03/01

Day of Race: $40

$5 discount for students and military

Lo Tide t-shirt guaranteed to only pre-registrants

Head to http://lotiderun.org/ to register today!


10th Annual Polar Plunge - Saturday, February 22

Was the Polar Vortex, deep freeze, and temps into the teens too tame for you? Then how about a nice dip in the ocean...in February?

Participate in the 10th Annual New Hanover County Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

Saturday, February 22

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Though the main event is the plunge into the chilly waters of the Atlantic, there will also be live music, art, food, a silent auction, classic car show, the Run-N-Plunge 5K, and much more. Prefer to stay bundled up and on dry land? Come on out to enjoy the festivities and show your support for the participants!

In order to take the plunge, you must raise a minimum of $50.00 ($30 for students with proper ID) - the Polar Plunge supports the Special Olympics of New Hanover County.

Learn more or register at www.PlungeNHC.com.


Celebrate Valentine's Day on Pleasure Island

Love is in the air! Bring your special someone to Pleasure Island for a memorable Valentine's Day. It could be a weekend getaway - take advantage of off-season rates on lodging from hotel and motel rooms to condo and beach house rentals, or a night on the town with a delicious meal.

Attention Moms and Dads: Let the kids have some fun of their own while you enjoy a romantic night just the two of you. Here are a couple great kid approved options:
  • Island Time Drop-N-Play in Carolina Beach. In honor of Valentine's Day they are staying open until Midnight on 2/14.
  • The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher's "Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Lock-In" for kids ages 5 - 12 from 6 pm Friday 2/14 to 9 am Saturday 2/15. Call (910) 458-7488 for more info or to register (pre-registration required.)
Happy Valentine's Day!


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