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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

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

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

  StriperFest lures families for day of education about about 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’

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

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

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

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

  Little Black Dress Initiative increases awareness about human trafficking

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

  Concert event brings together rap and R&B artists

  Evening of culinary delights helps to make 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

  First Act: Youth Disney Revue kicks off in Wilmington

  NHRMC Employee of the Year honored for her dedication and empathy

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

  Learn the ins and outs of impeachment at panel discussion

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

  Wilmington teen competes on Food Network show

A Wilmington teen is going head to head with other talented young bakers on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.

  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.

  Free trees: homeowners can pick up trees to replace ones lost to Hurricane Florence

Hundreds of trees will be given to homeowners on Sat., Dec. 14

  Pleasure Island neighbors invite you to tour their homes this holiday season

Take a self guided tour through some of Pleasure Island's most beautiful homes

  ‘Elf’ cast will spread Christmas cheer in Wilmington

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

  ‘#Alice’ is a high-tech twist on a classic fairytale

#Alice is the story of a young girl who gets sucked into her smart phone and has to navigate her way back out

Comedy is going to the dogs!

If you’re looking to save the lives of shelter pets and have a laugh, don’t miss the Dog-Gone Comedy Show this weekend!

  Twins from Wilmington get their big break in ‘The Politician’

Trey and Trevor Eason, twins from Wilmington, got a lot of buzz for their roles in the Netflix show, 'The Politician'

  Good Friends come together to support those in need

Women come together for luncheon to help those who slip through the cracks of other aid organizations

  New Hanover County Schools launches online reporting system

On Monday, New Hanover County Schools will launch a new system that will allow parents, students, employees, and community members to report a complaint or concern anonymously.

  First at Four recipe: All-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

Pitmaster Kevin Kuruc of Mac’s Speed Shop shared his recipe for an all-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

  Vintage store owner is a wonder when it comes to reduce, reuse, recycle

Kelsey Gibbs has “reduce, reuse, recycle” down to a science and wants to inspire others to use less

  ‘Pretty is as pretty does,’ says salon owner who made her business more sustainable

An industry that’s supposed to make others beautiful creates a big mess. That’s why one salon owner is taking action to cut down on what she tosses in the trash and she hopes the trend spreads.

  Trash to treasure artist dumpster dives and collects beach pollution for inspiration

A trained architect, Robert Anderson’s quest to turn trash into art started when he was walking along the coast during a beach renourishment project and saw trash being brought to the surface

  Shuckin’ Shack shares recipe for Low Country Boil

The Shuckin’ Shack stopped in to the WECT kitchen Tuesday to share an easy, delicious one pot meal!

  Start your holidays on the right track by making a stop at the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, at the Wilmington Railroad Museum at 505 Nutt St.

  Foster parents needed as our region still grapples with opioid crisis

New Hanover County has more 400 children and Brunswick County has about 120 children who are in the foster care system

  Explore to possibilities of the present with ‘Awakening’

A performance promised to stir a palate of emotions will be presented this week in Wilmington.

  Beauty pageant has a plot twist

All of the contestants have one thing in common

  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church hosts its second annual German Christmas Market this weekend

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church hosts its second German Christmas Market this weekend

  Director wins award for film about uncle’s brain injury

"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is screening during the 2019 Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington.

  Musical comedy at Cucalorus looks at online toxicity and superfandom through the eyes of four online gamers

The musical, Push the Point, follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission

  'The MisEducation of Bindu’ marks a return to Cucalorus for Indian character

A character first introduced in a short film at Cucalorus returns to the festival.

  PinkSocks founder spreads message of empathy, connection and kindness during keynote speech at Cucalorus

Cucalorus keynote speaker, Nick Adkins, is the co-founder of Pinksocks Life, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting human connection around the world by socially supporting other public charities.

  Spotlight on Cucalorus: ‘Black Barbie’ looks at introduction of diverse doll

A film that looks at the creation of the first Black Barbie is part of the Cucalorus festival.

  Donation drive will help animals in need after Hurricane Dorian

Help pets in the Bahamas still struggling after the hurricane

  Kick off Cucalorus with the Visual/Sound/Walls Opening Night Party

This week, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years in Wilmington; it kicks off Wednesday with a show that mixes music, live performance, film and dance

  Film and dance come together for annual Dance-a-lorus

Dance-a-lorus became so popular in its first year at Cucalorus, it’s hard to imagine the festival without it

  Rise & Shine: The Inspiration Lab’s conference will bring together working women

The Inspiration Lab is a professional women’s organization that gives other women the tools to find balance and grow in both their personal and professional lives

  Cucalorus celebrates its 25th year in Wilmington

This year, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years of bringing filmmakers together in Wilmington for a festival that includes movies, stage performances and thought-provoking discussions

  Neon bikes to light up the night in Carolina Beach for a good cause

The Carolina Beach Bar Club organized the Neon Bike Brigade Fundraiser, which is on Nov. 9 at Carolina Beach Lake Park

  Event lets you feel fabulous and thrifty at the same time

New items donated by Protocol, Fisherman's Wife and Bevello are for sale, as well as gently used clothing, children's items, household goods, furniture, home decor and other items donated by JLW members and sustainers

  First Act: 'The Exonerated’ tells the stories of wrongly convicted death-row prisoners

The play follows each individual’s story from arrest through release, including life after death row.

  UNCW celebrates cultures from every continent at annual iFest

UNCW’s annual Intercultural Festival is a celebration of world cultures featuring music and dance, food and informational booths representing more than 25 countries

  Polka! The Polish Festival returns this year after Florence forced organizers to cancel last year

From pierogi to polka, all things Polish will be celebrated Saturday at the St. Stanislaus Church Polish Festival in Castle Hayne.

  Rape Crisis Center cautions to avoid victim blaming in light of assaults on men downtown

Chelsea Croom, the supervisor of the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons, said in light of the reports of attacks on men in downtown Wilmington, she wanted to remind the community to avoid victim blaming and, instead, focus on sexual assault prevention.

  Communities In Schools of Cape Fear to hold Blue & White Bash to raise money for its mission

Volunteers from Communities In Schools of Cape Fear work to surround students with a community of support

  Largest coastal outdoor art show in North Carolina returns to Wilmington

New Hanover County Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association present Art in the Arboretum

  Nonprofit group, Be The Adult, teaches calm and effective parenting skills

Be The Adult is a nonprofit organization that mentors parents, with the hope that children will grow into their best selves. The group has a fundraiser this weekend.

  Art walk planned for historic Carolina Place/Ardmore neighborhood

The Historic Streetcar District of downtown Wilmington will host the community’s first art walk this weekend

  Halloween show highlights the lighter side of the things that go bump in the night

The latest show from Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, Laughing in the Dark, comes to the stage tomorrow at the Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre inside Thalian Hall

  The Carousel Center Beer & Wine Festival makes changes to accommodate larger crowd

The festival has two sessions this year; One is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the second is from 5 to 9 p.m.

  STEM Activity Days planned to get children interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers

Educators and business leaders will come together for a day dedicated to inspiring children to pursue careers in the STEM fields

  Biennial faculty exhibition shows off the talents of UNCW staff

UNCW's biennial faculty exhibition begins October 24

  Kure Beach hosts pet-friendly Howl-O-Ween event

Put your pet’s costume on (if they will let you) and head to Kure Beach for the community’s first-ever Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest

  New Wilmington theatre troupe will make its debut this week with ‘Showstoppers’

A new branch of the Opera House Theatre Company called the Third Act Players will make their Wilmington debut this October with their production of Showstoppers.

  First at Four Recipe: Easy pumpkin tiramisu

This delicious dessert will certainly win the heart of every fall food fanatic!

  Actors in ‘Puffs’ plan to cast a spell on audiences

It's a show about kids with certain magical powers, attending a certain school for witches and wizards

  Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow invites community to learn more about Native American culture

The 49th annual Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow gives the community a chance to learn more about the culture, art and lives of Columbus County’s Native American tribe.

  Flu shot fact and fiction

MinuteClinic Nurse Practitioner Annie Krzan joined us on WECT News First at Four to dispel common myths about the flu vaccine

  Magazine that showcases the people, places of North Carolina launches new feature

'Our State Magazine' goes beyond the paper edition with 'An Island of Your Own.'

  ‘Driving Without Privilege’ lecture examines the locations, importance and continued legacy of ‘The Green Book’

Historian Lettie Shumate said 50 Wilmington locations were included in The Green Book, a guidebook for African American travelers, published annually by Victor H. Green from 1936 to 1966.

  ‘Jitney’ explores the issues of gentrification, reconciliation and survival for African Americans in the 1970s

A group of men drive illegal taxi cabs in a neighborhood where other drivers refuse to go in 'Jitney', a show that gives audiences a look at a slice of African American life in the 1970s

  Enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass and the taste of BBQ at a weekend festival

The Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is a celebration of bands, food and beer from around the region