First at Four

  Back to School: Is your child’s backpack to 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

Continued Coverage

  Fundraising campaign underway to help hire staff for Arts Council

  Chance of storms inside Thalian Hall is 100 percent Saturday

  Dinner honors Purple Heart recipients in the Cape Fear region

  Leme Nolan performs ‘Love with a Ring Attached’

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

  Calling all artists! Wilmington art center searching for show submissions

  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

  Support the life of Reilly, Airlie Gardens’ working dog

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

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

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

  Recipe: Salsa includes ‘watermelon surprise’

  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

  Get a free look at exhibitions inside the Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum hosts a free day to give the community a chance to enjoy all the museum has to offer

  Bestival celebrates best Wilmington has to offer

'Encore' has a new way to celebrate the best Wilmington has to offer.

  First Act: Murder-mystery dinner show will leave audience guessing ‘whodunnit’

Theatergoers can enjoy dinner and a show this weekend.

  Festival Latino celebrated on Cinco de Mayo

Hurricane Florence pushed back the annual Festival Latino to Cinco de Mayo weekend.

  Geek out over Free Comic Book Day

Comic book fans have a chance to indulge in what they love for free

  Have a sweet weekend at the Carolina Strawberry Festival

It’s festival with a history as rich as the berries it’s named for. The Carolina Strawberry festival kicks off Friday in Wallace.

  Ladies in STEM fields to offer advice, inspiration at Women in Science Day

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host Women in Science Day, on Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Calling all tough women

The Cape Fear Roller Girls are looking for a few good women

  Talented teens sing, dance and shoot hoops in ‘High School Musical, Jr’

Talented teens take the stage, singing and shooting hoops, in a popular show with teens.

  Rags to riches fairy tale on stage starring talented young actors

More than 40 students, ages 4 to 15, star in the production.

  Angel investor group expands into Wilmington

The Southeast’s largest angel investment network aims to connect investors with entrepreneurs as it expands into Wilmington.

  Laugh and learn at the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival selected seven films for the 2019 event.

  Neighbors invite you to join them on their porches to view art and support construction industry scholarship

Neighbors display on their porches the work of more than 20 local artists during the event that supports a scholarship fund

  Annual Flytrap Frolic set for Saturday

The annual Flytrap Frolic will be held Saturday, April 27, in the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve.

  A show for fans of British humor makes its stage debut in Wilmington

Fans of Monty Python will enjoy a show that makes its Wilmington debut on stage this week.

  Plan to geek out this weekend at the Wilmington Geek Expo

Unite with fellow comic book lovers at the Wilmington Geek Expo.