Creatures of the wild come to Halyburton for park’s nature series

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will bring one of its "living dinosaurs" to Halyburton Park for a program on alligators. The park will offer several nature sessions this month. Courtesy photo.

Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages can catch a close-up glimpse of some local critters during Halyburton Park’s summer nature series. The series, now underway, offers participants a chance to engage with area experts and interact—at a short distance—with fierce and beautiful animals native to the Cape Fear region. The program kicked off in late June […]

Voter-approved work underway at high schools

A site plan for Hoggard High School shows a new traffic pattern during construction of a new 1,600 gym. Work listed in the 2014 bond referendum is underway at all of the county's traditional high schools. Courtesy images.

New athletic facilities, a larger dining area and a state-of-the-art library are among the 2014 education bond referendum projects now underway at New Hanover County’s four traditional high schools. As outlined in the $160 million voter-approved measure, major improvements recently began at Hoggard, Laney and New Hanover, with some minor upgrades at Ashley, according to […]

Michael Franti to bring yoga back to Battleship

Yogini Seane Corn and musician and avid yogi Michael Franti will lead a retreat at Battleship Park next month, ahead of Franti and Spearhead's show at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Courtesy photo.

Music and mindfulness will meet this month when musician Michael Franti brings yoga back to the Battleship. 98.3 The Penguin and HUKA Entertainment have just announced Franti will once again team up with yogini Seane Corn for a retreat from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 18, on the ship ahead of his concert […]

Based on a birthday wish, Beau’s Coffee to reopen with new name next month

Bitty and Beau Wright sport t-shirts with Beau's Coffee's new name and logo. Beau asked that his sister, who also has Down Syndrome, share the name of the shop the pair inspired. Courtesy photos.

For his twelfth birthday, the namesake of Beau’s Coffee had just one wish: that his youngest sister’s name be up in lights, too. Wish granted. Amy Wright, the brainchild behind the unique java joint, recently announced the shop will reopen next month in its new, larger location as Bitty and Beau’s. Like her big brother, […]

Historic Wilmington Foundation’s salvage shop to be featured in HGTV show

A couple searching for the perfect historic home will make a trip to HWF's salvage shop during an upcoming episode of HGTV's 'Hunting Vintage.' Courtesy photos.

A small but dedicated local preservation group will soon be under a national spotlight. Historic Wilmington Foundation’s (HWF’s) Legacy Architectural Salvage shop will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Hunting Vintage,” foundation executive director George Edwards said. Crews with “Hunting Vintage” traveled to Wilmington in early February to film at a local home […]

Second annual sobriety concert to offer free admission, festival feel

Nyla Cione addresses the audience at last year's Recovery Rock Fest. This time around, the musician and promoter  is planning  the celebration of clean living as a free event at an outdoor venue. Courtesy photo.

A concert celebrating sobriety is making its return to Wilmington and this time around, its goal is to wipe out ticket costs altogether. Recovery Rock Fest, the brainchild of local musician and promoter Nyla Cione, made its debut in August 2015 at UNC-Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium. While a successful first attempt – more than 200 turned […]

CIS of Brunswick County’s fourth thrift store to open in Leland

Racks are being filled and shelves stacked in advance of CIS' newest thrift shop, set to open in Leland on July 6. Courtesy photo.

Savvy shoppers take note: A new secondhand store is opening up shop just over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Communities In Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County announced this week it will open its fourth thrift shop in Leland early next month. For more than two decades, CIS has worked with the school district and other […]