First at Four

First at Four recipe: Chef Gwen Gulliksen from CFCC shares recipe for double chocolate chip cookies

Chef Gwen Gulliksen from Cape Fear Community College knows it is a struggle to find certain items on the shelves in the grocery store during this pandemic.

  Don’t be a PPE litterbug

  Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital

  Role on Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’ is full circle moment for actor with ties to Wilmington

  Paying for college during a pandemic

  Swahili Coast reopens with a new mask initiative

  ‘Our State’ highlights some of NC’s best hiking spots in the May issue of the magazine

Continued Coverage

  Bird watching grows in popularity as people connect with nature while in quarantine

  Spending more time online during pandemic? Be sure to practice good eye health

  Attorney General pushes for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

  Cape Fear Talent survey to help prepare workers for jobs of tomorrow

UPDATE: 12-year-old delivers 368 lbs. of donations to food bank

  Charlotte news anchor authors second book on life and motherhood

  Wilmington bank processes thousands of PPP loans, allowing businesses and non-profits to stay afloat

Live Oak Bank processed 600 loans in the Wilmington community. Daniels Tours LLC received one of those loans which has helped him keep employees on the payroll.

  After watching a news story about the need at food banks, sixth grader organizes food donation drive

Harper Sellers, 12, organized a food drive in her neighborhood to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

  Visit the North Carolina Zoo without leaving home

The North Carolina Zoo is offering several programs so people can still visit the animals...just virtually.

  Entrepreneur shares story in hopes of inspiring others

"Where you are at is not where you have to be," he said. "No matter what you’ve seen, no matter what’s going on around you, you can change your life. It’s not going to be easy. It's going to be tough but if you really want it, go get it."

  Advice for those looking for work during coronavirus pandemic

  Columbus County Schools Superintendent talks online learning, potential return to the classroom next month

  Managing stress is especially important for those who are vulnerable to Covid-19 complications

  Get away without leaving your home with new podcast, Away Message, from ‘Our State’

  Need something to binge watch? Netflix show ‘Outer Banks’ premieres today

  Designer creates modern-Rosie the Riveter image to honor healthcare heroes

  Expert on cleaning, as seen on A&E’s ‘Hoarders,’ shares tips to keep you and your home free of Covid-19 virus

An expert cleaner shared tips to help you better protect your family from Covid-19.

  For the first time in their lives, some find themselves turning to a food bank

“There are a lot of new people in the lines at food pantries and taking away hot meals that have never experienced food insecurity before,” said Beth Gaglione, the branch director of the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.

  Middle school teacher from Columbus County wins award for Best Modern Country Song

A singer from Whiteville received recognition from the World Songwriting Awards, an international music competition which celebrates and recognizes independent musicians

  Woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears in upcoming episode of ‘Naked and Afraid’

A woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears on The Discovery Channel’s 'Naked and Afraid' this weekend, competing in her late friend's honor

  ‘Our State’ is packed with features this month to help you getaway (without leaving your house)

The March edition of 'Our State' will take readers to North Carolina’s middle mountains; it also features several spots in Southeastern North Carolina

  Young thespians to star in classic movie turned stage musical, Xanadu Junior

The show is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly

UPDATE: Pineapple-Shaped Lamps updated its ‘Puffs’ performance times due to coronavirus concerns

The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps show opened March 12 but will only run one weekend due to coronavirus concerns

  Advice for educators on how to prepare for the possibility school is canceled due to coronavirus

Although there are no cases of the coronavirus in Southeastern North Carolina at this time, parents and educators should prepare for the possibility that schools will be canceled once we do see a case, according to an expert in the education field

  Fill up Empty Bowls at annual fundraiser that supports those who struggle with food insecurity

The event marks its 20th year in Wilmington on March 20, 2020. The fundraiser serves up lunch to hundreds of people to raise money for the Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

  Financial expert urges calm after Dow’s worst day since the financial crisis of 2008

“Don’t panic,” Chris Dean, a certified financial planner, said. “Investing is a crock pot, not a microwave. So, you need to look at your allocation and not necessarily what the market is doing.”

  NC inventor: Hush Buddy device helps toddlers get the sleep they need

A dad from North Carolina invented a device to help parents get their toddlers to fall asleep and stay asleep

  Just desserts for those with a sweet tooth

The Wilmington Spring Dessert Market is Sunday, March 8 from 12-4 p.m. at Waterline Brewing

  Get ready for a bloody good time with ’Lizzie: The Musical’

Nearly 130 years after an infamous crime, a rock musical retells the story of a grizzly double murder and the woman who became the prime suspect

  Wilmington teen wins Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship

A Wilmington teen took first place on a Food Network Show Monday night!

  Power of the Purse comes in clutch to raise money for Wilmington Health Access for Teens

Power of the Purse raises money for Wilmington Health Access for Teens, a group that makes sure that children, teens and young adults have access to comprehensive primary medical care, mental health and prevention services

  ‘This Country’ TV pilot to begin filming in Wilmington

According to reports, Seann William Scott will star in the new FOX show.

  Miss America Talent Winner makes her Thalian Hall debut in Opera House Theatre Company’s ‘The Sound of Music’

“We have a cast of some of the finest singers I have ever worked with in my career!” said the show's director, Ray Kennedy.

  Works from female filmmakers showcased at upcoming festival

Films from female directors will be screened at a festival that celebrates stories made from a woman’s perspective

  Marchtoberfest to bring a taste of Germany to Wilmington

Marchtoberfest, a German-themed beer festival, will bring hundreds out to enjoy live music, German food, festival games and craft beer

  Get ideas for your garden during greenhouse tours this weekend

The Hobby Greenhouse Club will hold its 30th Anniversary Greenhouse Tour on Sat., Feb. 29

  Woman Crush Wednesday: Wimbledon winner, WWI nurse and other fabulous females celebrated at upcoming event

The Cape Fear Museum will host its Exploring Women’s History event on Sun., March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

  Wilmington actor returns to ‘Ozark’ for third season of popular Netflix show

Wilmington actor returns to 'Ozark' for third season of popular Netflix show

  Wilmington business owner utilizes expertise in engineering in his role on NC Coastal Resources Commission

The commission determines and adopts rules that govern development in North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties

  Documentary on LGBTQ woman disemboweled 30 years ago to premiere in February

A documentary on the brutal murder of Talana Kreeger will premiere February 22

  Comic D.C. Benny, who is ‘Adrift In Predicaments,’ brings his comedy to Wilmington this weekend

D.C. Benny's style of telling autobiographical stories, inhabited by original characters, has delighted audiences over his more than 30 years as a performer

  Come to the Cabaret, a night of Broadway favorites, to benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

An evening that salutes Broadway will benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

  Art is accessible and affordable at Art for All 10

Art for All 10 is Sat., Feb. 22 and Sun., Feb. 23 at Brooklyn Arts Center.

  Event for pet owners coming to Coastline Conference Center

The 13th annual Monty's Home Pet Expo is this Sunday

Cooler weather this weekend for 16th Annual Polar Plunge

Hundreds of brave souls will dive into the water this weekend for the 16th Annual Polar Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics New Hanover County

  Learn about food that fuels your body and the economy at the Local Food Conference

Feast Down East will host its 10th annual Local Food Conference, which brings together community members and farmers, with the focus of supporting the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina

  Irish Music Night to support St. Patrick’s Parade, Cape Fear Literacy Council

Three bands, the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums and dancers from the Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dance will entertain the crowd at Irish Music Night, Sat., Feb. 15, which supports the Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

  Perfect for date night: Fan favorite, ‘Guys & Dolls’, on stage Valentine’s Day weekend at UNCW

It’s considered by some to be the best Broadway musical of all time; Guys and Dolls opens Thurs., Feb. 13 at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium

  Holli Saperstein stars as humorist who found laughter in suburban home life in ‘Erma Bombeck: At Wits End’

Erma Bombeck, an author and top syndicated columnist whose articles appeared in more than 900 newspapers, is known as the original female humorist

  StriperFest lures families for day of education about about the Cape Fear River’s ecosystem

StriperFest returns again this year to educate the public about ways to protect the Cape Fear River’s ecosystem

  As neighbors continue to recover from two devastating hurricanes, Whiteville aims to get the attention of HGTV ‘Hometown Takeover’

Volunteers in Whiteville are hard at work in an effort to convince HGTV to select the Columbus County town for its “Hometown Takeover.”

  ‘What Goes Where?’ event clears up confusion around recycling, composting and waste diversion

The rules of recycling change often. Many have questions about what can and can’t be recycled

  It won’t take ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ to ‘Help!’ JDRF

An evening of music from the Beatles raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  New Community Arts Center Choir gives singers a chance to hit a high note

Have you ever wanted to sing in a choir? Get in tempo with the new Community Arts Center Choir

  Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, is featured guest at upcoming Writers’ Night

Green is a poet, teacher, community arts advocate, and the author of eight collections of poetry, published in over eighty national and international anthologies and magazines

  Little Black Dress Initiative increases awareness about human trafficking

The Junior League of Wilmington’s Little Black Dress Initiative is a week-long campaign designed to harness the power of social media to increase awareness around human trafficking and to raise money to support the League’s efforts

  Community invited to forum on Black History Month & Martin Luther King Jr.

CastleBranch to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month with forum at the company's headquarters

  Concert event brings together rap and R&B artists

Organizers want the event to have the feel of 'America’s Got Talent' meeting 'P Diddy’s Starmaker.'

  Evening of culinary delights helps to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses

Wish Upon a Chef, an event that includes culinary delights from 16 regional chefs, will make sure wishes come true for children with critical illnesses

Get your fill at Wilmington Coffee Fest

Java enthusiasts unite!

  North Carolina Jazz Festival: 40 and going strong

The North Carolina Jazz Festival is 40 and going strong

  Dig for your own fossils this weekend at Dinosaur Family Day

Journey back in time this weekend to the age of the dinosaurs!

  Former ‘Essence’ Editor-In-Chief is keynote speaker for UNCW’s 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

Former 'Essence' Editor-In-Chief Susan Taylor will be the keynote for an event on the campus of UNCW to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  This weekend: 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

This weekend, Fort Fisher will mark the 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. The event will feature a tactical demonstration.

  First Act: Youth Disney Revue kicks off in Wilmington

The curtain opens Friday night on Thalian Association Community Threatre’s Youth Disney Revue.

  NHRMC Employee of the Year honored for her dedication and empathy

Astrid Keusseyan is the Administrative Coordinator of Network Pathology & Laboratory Services

  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explores 1898 Massacre in ‘Wilmington’s Lie’

David Zucchino, a contributing writer for The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will be in Wilmington this weekend to discuss his latest book, which focuses on the 1898 Massacre

  Learn the ins and outs of impeachment at panel discussion

Political science and history faculty members will hold a free panel discussion on impeachment.

  A must-see show: Put on ‘A Little More Mascara’ and go see ‘La Cage aux Folles’

'La Cage aux Folles' centers around a gay couple, one of whom is a drag queen, who have been together for 20 years. Their son plans to marry a woman with ultra-conservative parents, who would not approve of the two fathers. Sound familiar? It's the show on which 1996's 'The Birdcage' is based.

  Port City Rip the Runway to raise money for scholarship that honors the life of a longtime educator

Rip the Runway, a fashion show this weekend, supports the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Fund

  YWCA expands three programs into Pender County

The organization will bring What’s Wrong with Different?, Reach Girls Empowerment Program and the Grandparent Support Network to the county.

  Girl Scout cookie season kicks off

We’re just days away from the launch of Girl Scout Cookie season in Coastal North Carolina!

  Let your creative side flourish at Art & The Bloom

Art & The Bloom is an exhibition of floral designers who create beautiful arrangements to interpret a piece of art

  Pine Valley UMC hosts Christmas Eve meal

No matter how close or far away your family is, there’s one place everyone is welcome this Christmas Eve.