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  Children’s play raises money to protect waterways

Luv2Act is partnering with Cape Fear River Watch and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to protecting waterways.

  Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

Sample what Wilmington has to offer at the 12 Tastes of Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Festival offers shopping, food and family fun

Downtown Wilmington welcomes you for the Holly Jolly Holidays

Christkindlmarkt coming to church hit by Hurricane Florence

A Christmas Stroll Through the Past will take you back in time

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  ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ delivers fast-paced holiday cheer

Learn about the rituals and celebrations of Kwanzaa

‘The Santaland Diaries’ returns to the stage in a Christmastime tradition

Man shares letter from President George H.W. Bush

Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington

Celebrate the holidays in Leland

  Celebrity chef whose organization helped feed Hurricane Florence victims nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The celebrity chef who helped feed storm victims and first responders during Hurricane Florence is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Businesses hit by Hurricane Florence rebuild in time for holiday shopping season

As we approach Christmas, some of the businesses hit hard by Hurricane Florence are back open and they’re counting on you to shop local.

  November is National Adoption Month

Many children in our community need a place to call home and a family to love them.

Stockings for Seniors helps make the holiday season brighter for elderly in our community

Each stocking has a senior’s requested wish and many are basic necessities and nominal in nature.

  Get a run in before you gobble up Thanksgiving dinner

Tips for staying safe at home, on the road this Thanksgiving

Serve up Thanksgiving dinner without breaking the bank

Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler

Mini movie makers create films with focus on environment

First at Four recipe: Maple-Almond-Cinnamon Granola

  David Hyde Pierce lends his star power to ‘Music from the Silver Screen’ concert

Actor David Hyde Pierce will join the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra for its "Music from the Silver Screen" concert this week.

Big and Strong or Grande y Fuerte Festival hopes to connect community

Plenty were disappointed when Wilmington’s largest Latino Festival was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. But organizers say as a result, something better is coming together in its place this year.

Make the perfect Apple Pie this Thanksgiving

A pie-making expert shares tips.

The focus is on GigTech, FinTech, HealthTech, Startups at this year’s Cucalorus Connect

The Connect events are in the Daniels Hall Ballroom on the 5th floor of the Union Station building. On Thursday and Friday, the space will host all-conference sessions, highlighted by Susan Ellis and Charlie Fink, the keynote speakers for Connect’s main events.

Down dogs will help UNCW students get back up

A yoga class will balance into the body and mind, while helping UNCW Seahawks recover from Hurricane Florence.

Go on board beautiful boats during Yachtventure

Yachtventure is the Children's Museum of Wilmington's largest fundraiser.

  Dance-a-lorus combines choreography and film for unique Cucalorus experience

Cucalorus, a festival that mixes film, technology, dance, theater, innovation and culture, begins Nov. 7.

Countdown to Cucalrous

The 24th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 7-11. (Source: WECT)

‘Godspell’ features cast of 25 youth performers

Thalian Association Youth Theatre presents 'Godspell.'

Go fly a kite this weekend

The Cape Fear Kite Festival is this weekend at the state recreation area at Fort Fisher.

Arboretum ready for large outdoor art show after Hurricane Florence clean up

The event features artists' works, including paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture and more.

Some of the finest craftsmen in the state show off their unique creations at weekend show

The 12th Annual Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Annual Holiday Show & Sale takes place at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington starting Nov. 2.

Halloween night seances planned with Harry Houdini’s Ouija board

Here's a spooky way to spend Halloween night.

Give hope to vulnerable pets after Hurricane Florence

Donations will help keep even more pets from ending up in already strained shelters.

Benefit concert will help those who helped many during Hurricane Florence

Hospital employees stuck it out through Hurricane Florence to care for the patients who were there and those who came in during the storm. Now, it’s time to care for them.

Hurricane Florence places more importance on Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Nearly 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease and there is no cure.

HEAL ILM music festival and silent auction to help community rebuild after hurricane

A concert and silent auction will help our community heal from Hurricane Florence.

Trick or Treat surrounded by sea creatures and creepy crawlers

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites you and your family to have a fun, safe Halloween at the facility.

Raise your glass to a festival for beer lovers

More than 100 breweries and wineries all in one place.

Learn how Victorians mourned the dead during Halloween event at historic home

For Halloween, the Latimer House is hosting a Victorian Mourning event, which reveals the customs and rituals of death in Victorian Era America.

High school students stir up scares at annual haunted house

This year, the haunted house will help those who survived a real scare, Hurricane Florence.

Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow celebrates Native American culture

The Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow is in its 48th year. The event celebrates the tribe’s resilience.

  Grab a buddy and walk for a more inclusive community

The Buddy Walk promotes the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Don’t miss out on money for college

Experts say it is best to fill out the FAFSA form sooner rather than later.

Get in the Halloween spirit with ‘Tales from the Grand Guignol’

TheatreNOW will bring three of the Grand Guignol tales to stage in its annual Halloween themed dinner show with themed food and drinks.

Furniture drive for Hurricane Florence victims

Real estate consultant Livian Jones, who founded Furniture Finders, and interior designer Hooper Patterson, who founded House of Provision, are working together to collect furniture for hurricane victims.

Get great bargains and give to those who lost homes and possessions in hurricane

The Junior League of Wilmington hosts the 65th Annual Bargain Sale, which will help victims of Hurricane Florence.

Fire in the Pines Festival highlights the importance of fires to grow forests

Fire in the Pines Festival highlights importance of fires on ecosystem in Southeastern North Carolina.

City of Wilmington to hold hurricane relief concert

A free concert will raise money for Hurricane Florence victims and honor those who helped during recovery efforts.

Park damaged by Hurricane Florence ready for Food Truck Rodeo this weekend

Taste treats from more than 30 food trucks at weekend event.

New date set for Shave for Sean

A new date is set for the Shave for Sean, which was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Event combines fiddles and fundraising

A church will host a concert and collect donations for its disaster relief fund.

Military veterans, first responders travel from across the country to help clean up hurricane damage

Team Rubicon teams the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders. Volunteers from the organization are in Wilmington helping in the aftermath of the storm.

Help for farmers after Hurricane Florence

The community will come together this weekend to support farmers who were hurt by Hurricane Florence.

After canceling performances due to hurricane, ‘Pippin’ primed for opening night

Like many, some in the cast and crew of Pippin evacuated their homes during Hurricane Florence.

Animal lovers gather for event that helps our furry friends

The Wilmington Fur Ball benefits no-kill animal groups in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.

'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' is classic western tale of good versus evil

It's rare to see a Western on stage in Wilmington, especially one that isn't a musical.

Volunteers to provide backpacks filled with supplies to foster children

Many children haul their personal items to foster homes in a black trash bag.

Low-interest rate loans help North Carolina students close the tuition gap

The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a free service that helps college-bound students and their families plan, apply, and pay for higher education, now offers low-interest rate loans for students attending college in the state.

Yelp highlights Wilmington-made treats and sweets

Yelp highlighted some Wilmington-made treats and sweets on WECT News First at Four.

Rodeo of cowboys and cowgirls will help Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl at an event that will help the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. For the first time in several years, the facility will host a professional rodeo at the B&GH Farm and Exhibition Center on Bill Thompson Lane.

Aspiring cat cafe owner hopes to collect signatures for petition at pop up event

The café would serve coffee and be inhabited by furry friends who are available for adoption.

Port City Jerry Garcia Day will raise money for charity

Deadheads will unite for an event that celebrates Jerry Garcia.

First at Four Recipe: Red Snapper en Papillote

A chef is on a mission to help home cooks get over their fears of cooking fish.

Boxing at the Beach will punch up your weekend plans

Amateur boxers will show off their skills in an event this weekend.

Success is sweet for family behind pie company

A family recipe that dates back to the late 1800s turned one family business into the most popular piemakers in the state.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival features drama, documentary, comedy

A drama, a documentary and a comedy will be featured during the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival's third summer series, which begins Thursday.

Event will combine art and activism

Art can change the world. That's the message from organizers of a weekend event that brings together art and activism.

You could say these children are acting animals

One of the most popular animated movies of the new millennium hits the stage as a children's musical.

Female powered 'Steel Magnolias' features some of Wilmington's best actresses

Steel Magnolias follows a group of women who are as "delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel." The stage play is coming to Cape Fear Academy's Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center beginning Friday, Aug. 3.

Stories of food, family and faith adapted from cookbook for musical

Memories, Molasses & More is a musical adapted from a cookbook written by sister churches, Missionary Macedonia Baptist and Winter Park Baptist.

Play imagines meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso

Picasso at the Lapin Agile imagines what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisian cafe in the early 1900s.

Operation Pollution Purge takes aim at trash in oceans

The American Sailing Association launched Operation Pollution Purge to fight the growing amount of garbage that's ended up in our oceans.

Parents urged to be aware of children's screen time to protect their eyes

Children between the ages of 8 and 12 spend an average of six hours on their phones or computers each day, according to Common Sense Media.

First at Four Recipe: National Lasagna Day is Sunday

Sunday is National Lasagna Day. Be ready for it with a recipe for Vegetable Lasagna.

Fighting Multiple Sclerosis with pedaling and pints

The third annual Bike MS Fundraiser is from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 at Ironclad Brewery.

Fill up on pizza and keep children full for school

Help make sure every child succeeds at school.

Rockin' Reptile Bash will help scaly creatures

This is the first fundraiser for Fresh Start Rescue, a non-profit reptile rescue organization in Southeastern North Carolina.