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  Attention gaming nerds, world’s largest-known collection of games & toys being sold in Wilmington

  Plastic Ocean Project to celebrate opening of its new headquarters

  Visit breweries and get rewarded with the Wilmington Ale Trail Digital Passport

  ’Homecoming show’ for weekend headliner at Dead Crow Comedy

New date for event canceled due to Hurricane Dorian

  Inclusive fashion show celebrates beauty of a special group of models

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  Makeup artist gives WECT News anchor an illusionist look

  Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center helps businesses prepare and recover from the storm

  Comedians compete for the title of Port City’s Top Comic

  Husband and wife combine love of music with love of running for national tour

  First Act: ‘Wolfcrush’ explores adolescent struggles as four teenagers wrestle with sexuality, identity and social standing

  Block party, dance party and bar crawl planned to celebrate Port City Pride

  New app allows parents to track their child’s bus ride to and from school

Parents will be able to track their child's school bus with an app this year

  Back to school: Be sure to add an eye check up to your checklist

Experts say parents should add eye exams to their back-to-school checklist

  Back to school: Tips to make sure your child starts the school year healthy

As you prepare to send your children back to school, there are steps you can take to make sure they are ready for a healthy return to the classroom.

  Back to school: New Columbus County Schools Superintendent calls on parents, community members to help students succeed

This is Dr. Meadows first year at the school district and it’s a time of transition for students as well.

  Back to School: Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

  New children’s soccer program hopes to capitalize on sport’s growing popularity

  Get your child a free haircut before school starts

  Celebrity dog trainer shares tips for pet owners

  Support the next generation of entrepreneurs

  Back to School: Expert shares tips to get your child ready for a school year bedtime routine

  Fundraising campaign underway to help hire staff for Arts Council

The organization is currently a one-woman operation with Rhonda Bellamy leading the charge.

  Chance of storms inside Thalian Hall is 100 percent Saturday

Travel back in time and experience the way audiences in the 1800's heard storms during performances inside Thalian Hall

  Dinner honors Purple Heart recipients in the Cape Fear region

A dinner will honor recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to those who are wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. Military

  Leme Nolan performs ‘Love with a Ring Attached’

Leme Nolan is a R&B, soul, gospel and country singer.

  US Cellular hosts “Ask an Engineer” session for Wilmington kids

US Cellular is teaming up with the Bridgade Boys and Girls Club to inspire kids and teach them about careers in tech fields.

  Calling all artists! Wilmington art center searching for show submissions

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is seeking artists for their 5th Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and sale.

  Incluza Palooza invites community to support programs for those with intellectual disabilities

Incluza Palooza will celebrate the employment, liberal arts, health and social programs for persons with intellectual disabilities in the Cape Fear Region

  Young actor taps his way to a milestone in ‘Billy Elliot’

Liam Redford stars as Billy Elliot in his fifth production of the show, opening Thursday, Aug. 1 at Thalian Hall

  Fundraiser will help Survivors Best Friend pair sexual violence victims with shelter animals

Survivor’s Best Friend pairs survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse with pets who will help them heal

  Smiles and strikes will fill bowling alley at weekend fundraiser for Special Olympics

Bowling with Badges will benefit the Special Olympics

  First Act: ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ on stage Wilmington for the first time

In the show, Marty, an acting teacher, holds an “adult creative drama” class at the local community center

  Support the life of Reilly, Airlie Gardens’ working dog

A night of family fun will help support a dog with a job

  Recipe: Serve a healthy, tasty cold watermelon soup for lunch (or breakfast?!)

Here's a recipe you can try with the watermelon you pick up at this weekend's Watermelon Festival in Fair Bluff

  TheatreNOW’s final act: ‘Clue, the Musical’ marks the beginning of the end

It’s the final act for a beloved theater company in our community

  Talented, young thespians star in ’Thoroughly Modern Millie’ as part of new theater program

Opera House Theatre Company recently launched its Apprentice Theatre, which gives young people a place to showcase their talents

  Recipe: Salsa includes ‘watermelon surprise’

Here's an unique way to serve up the juicy, sweet watermelon you pick up at this weekend's Watermelon Festival in Fair Bluff

  New art exhibit uses the moon as inspiration

The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moonwalk

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969

  New tech program at CFCC prepares students for careers in cybersecurity

The Cyber Crime Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year program, composed of 65 credit hours. It will train individuals to investigate computer crimes, properly seize and recover computer evidence, and aid in the prosecution of cyber-criminals.

  Gospel jazz concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

A gospel jazz benefit concert Saturday will feature Tyrone Hill, Shellie Hill, Darryl Murrill and other artists

  Festival celebrates arts in the coastal south

Rhiannon Giddens, Regina Carter and John Jeremiah Sullivan will take the stage during the Lumina Festival of the Arts

  Experienced musicians put on a show to help out the next generation of music makers

The Rhythm of the River concert is Friday, July 12, at the Brooklyn Arts Center

  Walk the beach and get a guided tour of ocean life

One beach town offers family-friendly walks with experts on a variety of topics including shell and fossil finding

  Population of birds soars along Wrightsville Beach’s south end

A new effort to protect birds and their chicks has the population soaring along the south end of Wrightsville Beach

  PortCity Reggae Music & Art Festival brings good jams and good vibes to Wilmington for second year

Organizers encourage you to enjoy a day of unity, love, and reggae

  Cape Fear 7′s Rugby Tournament celebrates 45th year in Wilmington

One of the nation’s largest Summer 7′s rugby tournaments returns to Wilmington this weekend

  Let the good times roll with Five Guys Named Moe

'Five Guys Named Moe' is written by 'The Wire' and 'Treme' actor Clarke Peters and features the music of Louis Jordan

  Up-and-coming thespians take to the stage with a classic tale of life in small town America

Opera House Theatre Company's Apprentice Theatre debuts its first show

  Steamroller used to create art

Artists used a steamroller to create art during a daylong public printmaking showcase on the UNCW campus

  Fundraiser on Figure Eight Island supports LGBTQIA community

The Beach Blast Fundraiser is Saturday, June 29 at a private home on Figure Eight Island. The event supports the Frank Harr Foundation, a LGBTQIA education and outreach organization.

  See the best of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk past and present

Go to the spot where shag dancing was born and learn about the history of Britt’s Donuts during a walking tour

  Lifesaving lessons: Pediatricians recommend swim lessons beginning at age 1

Children can begin taking Infant Swim Resource (ISR) lessons as early as 6 months old

  Solved in seconds: Do you have what it takes to win a Rubik’s cube competition?

For some, it takes a lifetime; for others, solving a Rubik’s cube can be done in just seconds.

  Is your pup the next Picasso?

A Wilmington group will hold a family and pet friendly fundraiser that will help people get their pets spayed and neutered

  Get support to ‘Climb out of the Darkness’

1 in 7 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers will suffer from some form of mental illness around the birth of a child

  Volunteers needed to clean up coast on America’s birthday

Dozens of volunteers will spend their Fourth of July picking up trash and passing out garbage bags on Masonboro Island to fight trash troubles on the uninhabited island

  Quirky and sweet story of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ on stage this week in Wilmington

A show based on an Academy Award-winning indie film comes to the stage in Wilmington this week

  Find inspiration aplenty for outdoor painting at Southport’s Plein Air Festival

Enjoy the arts and the outdoors with an event in Southport this weekend

  History comes alive this weekend at Fort Fisher

The event features costumed interpreters, small arms demonstrations, special tours, and periodic firings of the site’s 12-pound bronze Napoleon cannon

  First Act: ‘The Cake’ tackles controversial issue that’s making headlines

A baker is faced with a choice between faith and family.

  Plant sea oats along the coast, clean the beaches on World Oceans Day

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host its first Party for the Planet on World Oceans Day, which is on Sat., June 8. World Oceans Day is a global event to celebrate and clean up the sea.

  Infectious Disease Doctor: No threat of Lyme disease in the Cape Fear region but you still should worry about tick bites

In our part of North Carolina, ticks carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which causes fever, headache, joint ache and muscle ache

  Watch independent films with ties to NC

The 2019 Cape Fear Independent Film Festival kicks off Thursday, June 6, at Ironclad Brewery

  11 years after the ‘10 year plan to end homelessness’

Before Hurricane Florence, homelessness in the Cape Fear was reduced by more than 50 percent

  10-year-old Wilmington actress stars in ‘Swamp Thing’

Elle Graham is in 5 episodes of the new show, which filmed on location around Wilmington and at EUE Screen Gems Studios

  Make summer boredom disappear with magic camp

Michael Rosander says the No Sleeves Magic Camp teaches magic skills and life skills too

  Lucky duck has a chance to win thousands

The Annual Coastal Duck Derby benefits Coastal Horizons Crisis Intervention Services (Open House Youth Shelter and The Rape Crisis Center).The event is on Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Jungle Rapids. Those who adopt a duck have a chance to win prizes.

  Bow Wow Luau & the Cat’s Meow celebrates 10 years of raising money for needy animals

This year marks the ten year anniversary of The Bow Wow Luau & the Cat’s Meow, which raises money to help save lives of homeless and abused dogs and cats in our community.

  Thalian Association boasts the 24th Orange Street ArtsFest on Memorial weekend

More than 80 artists will fill the street with their works for the annual Orange Street ArtsFest this weekend.

  Expert tips to protect your skin from the sun

Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside. And be sure to reapply!

  Weekend event highlights how to eat healthier, safer fish from the river

The event, Sunday, May 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne, encourages healthy fish consumption.

Filmmakers boycott Georgia over ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill; will they return to North Carolina?

Film leaders in Wilmington say it is too soon to tell if outrage over an abortion law in Georgia will send projects to North Carolina.

  Belville launches ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraiser to help veterans memorial construction

The town of Belville is looking to build a memorial for veterans at its riverwalk park and wants the public to help.

  Gory tale of Lizzie Borden comes to life on stage in rocking musical

Nearly 130 years after an infamous crime, the story of a grizzly double murder and the woman who became the prime suspect is told on stage in a rock opera.

  Laughter is the best medicine: ‘This Hurricane Blows’ follows neighbors stuck together during storm

'This Hurricane Blows' follows a group of neighbors stuck together during an insanely long hurricane; the show will donate some of its proceeds to Hurricane Florence recovery.

  Opa! Greek Festival will welcome 30,000 people over three day event

The Greek Festival gives many in Wilmington a reason to shout “Opa!”

  Mamabration celebrates moms and motherhood

Jody Springer with Fit4Mom organized the Mamabration, which is May 18

  Food bank, letter carriers need your help to Stamp Out Hunger

Helping the hungry in our community is as easy as walking to your mailbox this weekend