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  Take the plunge and support the Special Olympics

Swing dance with your sweetheart this weekend

Start thinking about summer...camps, that is

Cape Fear Chordsman will sing for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day

Dance the night away at adult prom

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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  The Little Black Dress is not just a fashion statement

UNCW Seabelles join talented a cappella groups from around NC at Acapalooza performance

Don’t get hooked: Protect yourself from misleading financial aid offers

Inaugural Brunswick expungement project to offer non-violent offenders a second chance

Grab your tartan and celebrate your Scottish heritage

North Carolina Jazz Fest will include special tribute to late musician

  Students bring the drama and tragedy of star-crossed lovers ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to stage

Topsail High School students bring the drama of the Montaguea and Capulet families to stage in 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Beatles fans ‘Come Together’ for JDRF

A concert that celebrates the music of 'The White Album' will raise money to help fight juvenile diabetes.

  Deadline approaches to apply for specialty plates that show love for one NC beach town

You can be one of the first to have a Wrightsville Beach specialty license plate.

First at Four recipe: Red bean tacos with sweet peppers, red onion and pineapple

Here's a new twist on tacos for your next taco Tuesday.

  Late educator’s work continues with scholarship in her honor

Perk up with weekend coffee crawl

Wish Upon a Chef raises money to help make dreams come true for children

‘Stuart Little’ comes to life with cast of children

The Ability Garden celebrates the capabilities of those in our community

First Act: Show follows story of technology-challenged senior and her virtual assistant

  Downtown Wilmington surges post-Hurricane Florence

Downtown Wilmington is seeing a mini-renaissance in the new year, post-Hurricane Florence.

Calendar featuring famous bulldog raises money to help animals in need

Reuben the Bulldog graces a 2019 calendar.

Remember and reflect at floating lantern ceremony

If your New Year’s resolution calls for more self care, an event at Cameron Art Museum can help.

Fifth grade student wows with his singing voice in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Jose Chirinos makes his starring debut as Amahl in Opera Wilmington’s production of 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

Swing dance to save animals

A new group is saving the lives of animals one step at a time.

NHRMC’s Employee of the Year honored for work to get patients to quit smoking

Tony Bollhorst, COPD Navigator for Respiratory Care, is the NHRMC 2018 Employee of the Year. Hear about his work with patients today on WECT News First at Four.

  My, my: ‘Mamma Mia!’ will have audience dancing, singing along at Thalian Hall

You’ve sang along to all the songs and watched the hit movie, now, you can take it all in on stage.

Plunge for a purpose: Communities In Schools invites you to dive in

Kick off 2019 with the Annual Wrightsville Beach Plunge.

Ring in the New Year at a speakeasy with craft cocktails, food and entertainment

The event has a Prohibition era flair with craft cocktails, decor and a show and meal inspired by the roaring 20′s.

Prevent underage drinking on New Year’s Eve night

As you toast to the New Year, make sure your children aren’t doing to same.

Church makes sure no one goes hungry on Christmas Eve

The Pine Valley Family Christmas Dinner feeds more than 4,000 people each year.

What’s the story with the straw goat that suddenly become the fire department mascot?

“Billy the Christmas Goat” has become the mascot for the Wilmington Fire Department ahead of holiday season.

Historian’s decade-long work to get Wilmington recognized as “American World War II City” nears completion

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that directs the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”

Children’s play raises money to protect waterways

Luv2Act is partnering with Cape Fear River Watch and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to protecting waterways.

Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning

The children are in the Big Buddy program, Hurricane Florence evacuees and in foster care.

Recipe: Cocktails to make spirits bright at your holiday party

Don’t think you can make tasty cocktails for your holiday party. Just believe in your elf. Er, self.

Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

Need a jump start to your New Year’s Resolution? Or maybe you are looking for an opportunity to showcase your health and wellness business? Get Fit with 6 is the Cape Fear’s ONLY Race and Wellness Expo!

Sample what Wilmington has to offer at the 12 Tastes of Christmas

The event is a fundraiser for DREAMS of Wilmington, which gives children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and appreciate the arts.

Merry Little Christmas Festival offers shopping, food and family fun

You have one more weekend to visit the Merry Little Christmas Festival.

Downtown Wilmington welcomes you for the Holly Jolly Holidays

The Holly Jolly Holidays campaign emphasizes local businesses and local experiences during the season.

Christkindlmarkt coming to church hit by Hurricane Florence

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is holding its first ever German Christmas Market.

A Christmas Stroll Through the Past will take you back in time

Guests are invited to tour the Burgwin-Wright House and the Bellamy Mansion, while sipping on festive refreshments.

  ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ delivers fast-paced holiday cheer

A holiday classic is coming to the stage this weekend at Cape Fear Community College's Wilson Center.

Learn about the rituals and celebrations of Kwanzaa

UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center will hold a Pre-Kwanzaa event at 7:00 p.m. on December 5 at the UNCW Burney Center.

‘The Santaland Diaries’ returns to the stage in a Christmastime tradition

"The Santaland Diaries" is adapted from the work of author David Sedaris.

Man shares letter from President George H.W. Bush

At age 15, he received an inspirational letter from President George H.W. Bush.

Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington

Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance: Wilmington is open for business.

Celebrate the holidays in Leland

Santa will be there!

Celebrity chef whose organization helped feed Hurricane Florence victims nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The celebrity chef who helped feed storm victims and first responders during Hurricane Florence is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Businesses hit by Hurricane Florence rebuild in time for holiday shopping season

As we approach Christmas, some of the businesses hit hard by Hurricane Florence are back open and they’re counting on you to shop local.

November is National Adoption Month

Many children in our community need a place to call home and a family to love them.

Stockings for Seniors helps make the holiday season brighter for elderly in our community

Each stocking has a senior’s requested wish and many are basic necessities and nominal in nature.

Get a run in before you gobble up Thanksgiving dinner

More than 2,600 people are expected to participate in the 14th Annual Turkey Trot at Wrightsville Beach on Thanksgiving morning. That will make it the largest race yet.

Tips for staying safe at home, on the road this Thanksgiving

James Jarvis with the Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross was on WECT's First at Four on Monday to share safety tips from the kitchen to the highway and back.

Serve up Thanksgiving dinner without breaking the bank

Hosting your relatives for Thanksgiving can be expensive. But we have an expert who can help you gobble up some deals.

Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler

Hurricane Florence led to the postponement of Riverfest. But now it’s time to celebrate the popular event.

Mini movie makers create films with focus on environment

A group of movie-making kids get their own film festival. The SEA Academy in Wilmington is a school for students with autism.

First at Four recipe: Maple-Almond-Cinnamon Granola

Chef Gwen Gulliksen from CFCC shares a recipe that will help you fit granola into your balanced breakfast.

  David Hyde Pierce lends his star power to ‘Music from the Silver Screen’ concert

Actor David Hyde Pierce will join the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra for its "Music from the Silver Screen" concert this week.

Big and Strong or Grande y Fuerte Festival hopes to connect community

Plenty were disappointed when Wilmington’s largest Latino Festival was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. But organizers say as a result, something better is coming together in its place this year.

Make the perfect Apple Pie this Thanksgiving

A pie-making expert shares tips.

The focus is on GigTech, FinTech, HealthTech, Startups at this year’s Cucalorus Connect

The Connect events are in the Daniels Hall Ballroom on the 5th floor of the Union Station building. On Thursday and Friday, the space will host all-conference sessions, highlighted by Susan Ellis and Charlie Fink, the keynote speakers for Connect’s main events.

Down dogs will help UNCW students get back up

A yoga class will balance into the body and mind, while helping UNCW Seahawks recover from Hurricane Florence.

Go on board beautiful boats during Yachtventure

Yachtventure is the Children's Museum of Wilmington's largest fundraiser.

Dance-a-lorus combines choreography and film for unique Cucalorus experience

Cucalorus, a festival that mixes film, technology, dance, theater, innovation and culture, begins Nov. 7.

Countdown to Cucalrous

The 24th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 7-11. (Source: WECT)

‘Godspell’ features cast of 25 youth performers

Thalian Association Youth Theatre presents 'Godspell.'

Go fly a kite this weekend

The Cape Fear Kite Festival is this weekend at the state recreation area at Fort Fisher.

Arboretum ready for large outdoor art show after Hurricane Florence clean up

The event features artists' works, including paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture and more.

Some of the finest craftsmen in the state show off their unique creations at weekend show

The 12th Annual Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Annual Holiday Show & Sale takes place at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington starting Nov. 2.

Halloween night seances planned with Harry Houdini’s Ouija board

Here's a spooky way to spend Halloween night.

Give hope to vulnerable pets after Hurricane Florence

Donations will help keep even more pets from ending up in already strained shelters.

Benefit concert will help those who helped many during Hurricane Florence

Hospital employees stuck it out through Hurricane Florence to care for the patients who were there and those who came in during the storm. Now, it’s time to care for them.

Hurricane Florence places more importance on Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Nearly 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease and there is no cure.

HEAL ILM music festival and silent auction to help community rebuild after hurricane

A concert and silent auction will help our community heal from Hurricane Florence.

Trick or Treat surrounded by sea creatures and creepy crawlers

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites you and your family to have a fun, safe Halloween at the facility.

Raise your glass to a festival for beer lovers

More than 100 breweries and wineries all in one place.

Learn how Victorians mourned the dead during Halloween event at historic home

For Halloween, the Latimer House is hosting a Victorian Mourning event, which reveals the customs and rituals of death in Victorian Era America.