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Cape Fear Community College will host its first Military Appreciation Day on July 11 at the Alston W. Burke Center in Surf City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Active duty and retired military personnel, along with their family and friends, are invited to take a tour of the new A.D. Zander Guy Building, as well as speak with CFCC staff about current and future class offerings.

“It’s an open house for military families to check out our new center and have a fun day,” said Lori Debruhl, the student services coordinator at CFCC’s Surf City Center. “We want people to come and see what we have to offer.”

Local dignitaries are scheduled to speak at the event’s kick off. A free lunch of hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available, while games, a bouncy house and face painting will help keep the youngest members of the military family entertained. The American Legion Color Guard and CFCC’s mascot, Ray the Sea Devil, will be making appearances.

The event, while open to the public, is aimed at letting one of the area’s biggest communities know about the resources available to them.

“Surf City Center serves a lot of military families, and we want to reach out to them,” Debruhl said. “We’re hoping to have a good turnout. We’ve got a little bit for everybody.”

A park-and-ride service will be available to and from the event. Attendees are encouraged to park at the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement, where a shuttle will be transporting visitors to the center every half hour.