First at Four

  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

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

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

  Shuckin’ Shack shares recipe for Low Country Boil

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

  Foster parents needed as our region still grapples with opioid crisis

  Explore to possibilities of the present with ‘Awakening’

Continued Coverage

  Beauty pageant has a plot twist

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

  Director wins award for film about uncle’s brain injury

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

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

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

  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

  Cucalorus celebrates its 25th year in Wilmington

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

  Event lets you feel fabulous and thrifty at the same time

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

  UNCW celebrates cultures from every continent at annual iFest

  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

  Children of the 80’s can relive their youth at Cape Fear Museum event

A totally tubular event will raise money for the Cape Fear Museum

  Jamie Lee Curtis announces arrival in Wilmington for ‘Halloween Kills’

Jamie Lee Curtis is in Wilmington to film the latest installment of the "Halloween" movie. The actress posted a picture on Twitter from the set.

  Parents and educators invited to free workshops about dyslexia

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, which is aimed at creating awareness and improving the understanding of the conditio

  Two new film-related master’s programs at UNCW now accepting applications

The M.A. in film studies and M.F.A. in filmmaking have opened enrollment until February 2020.

  A fur-raising adventure: ‘Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids’ stars 22 children

"Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids" will be on stage on Oct. 11 and 12.

  New podcast takes listeners inside New Hanover County Schools

"The NHCS Podcast: Voices of the District" will have a new episode each month. It features educators, administrators and staff.

  First at Four recipe: Brownies that are good for you? Yes, please

Yoga studio owners, Tamal and Victoria Dodge, say a well-rounded yoga practice includes a conscious approach to eating. The couple published a new cookbook, "The Yoga Plate," which includes more than 100 healthy recipes organized according to a yoga practice.

  Riverfest celebrates 40 years as one of Wilmington’s most popular festivals

Riverfest was created in February 1979, by a group of Wilmingtonians interested in showcasing downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear River

  Elementary school student from Wilmington lands role on new Netflix show

Gavin Munn, a fifth grade student in Wilmington, can be seen on HBO’s "The Righteous Gemstones" and on Netflix’s "Raising Dion"

High-flying event dogs (and their owners) will enjoy

Bark in the Park is a treat for both dogs and their humans

  Upcoming events will give Special Olympics athletes a chance to shine

The Special Olympics New Hanover County has a few upcoming events that will highlight the hard work and dedication of its athletes

  Spend the day with pirates without spending a gold doubloon

Learn about the history of pirates in the Cape Fear region at the Feast of the Pirates this weekend

  Actor Judd Nelson talks about upcoming performance of ‘Love Letters’ and why he thinks a ‘Breakfast Club’ reboot isn’t possible

Actor Judd Nelson hasn’t been to Wilmington since filming "From the Hip" in 1986. He'll return next month for "Love Letters" on stage at UNCW.

  Artist’s exhibit tells the story of a passionate explorer of the creative life

"Opening the Curtain: Fifty Years of Image, Word and Song" features the works of Brian H. Peterson. It includes images, personal books, videos and samples of the scholarly work he did as a museum curator.

  Lakefest event features lessons on science, nature and outdoor recreation

Lakefest celebrates the wildlife, recreational activities at Greenfield Lake

  Keep moving, cars! Park(ing) day redesigned parking spaces to advocate for more public parks

The international event known as PARK(ing) Day was celebrated in Wilmington for the sixth time

  Dozens of vendors will set up shop in downtown Wilmington as part of the American Craft Walk

Find some treasures made by North Carolina artists and craftsmen during the American Craft Walk

  Grow your gardening skills at the Native Plant Festival

The Native Plant Alliance hosts its fourth Native Plant Festival Sat., Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum

  Attention gaming nerds, world’s largest-known collection of games & toys being sold in Wilmington

The best part? It’s being sold off, and you can take home some of the rarest video and board games, if the price is right.

  Plastic Ocean Project to celebrate opening of its new headquarters

The space gives the non-profit group a brick and mortar location to "educate through research"

  Visit breweries and get rewarded with the Wilmington Ale Trail Digital Passport

Earn rewards for visiting breweries and trying new beer

  ’Homecoming show’ for weekend headliner at Dead Crow Comedy

Comedian Blaire Postman returns to Wilmington for weekend show

New date for event canceled due to Hurricane Dorian

The Arty Party, a fundraiser for the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, is rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 8

  Inclusive fashion show celebrates beauty of a special group of models

Those with disabilities have a chance to shine on the runway in an annual fashion show this weekend

  Makeup artist gives WECT News anchor an illusionist look

Cortney Cox, of Whiteville, spends hours perfecting her craft of illusionist makeup. Her fiance sent our newsroom an email, hoping to bring more attention to her work. We invited her to give WECT's Ashlea Kosikowski an illusionist look.

  Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center helps businesses prepare and recover from the storm

The center offers businesses a point of contact if they need help.

  Comedians compete for the title of Port City’s Top Comic

Port City’s Top Comic gives audiences a chance to laugh and comedians a chance to shine

  Husband and wife combine love of music with love of running for national tour

A husband-and-wife songwriting duo will take their show on the road

  First Act: ‘Wolfcrush’ explores adolescent struggles as four teenagers wrestle with sexuality, identity and social standing

A press release from Pineapple-Shaped Lamps calls the show “the angsty lovechild of Spring Awakening, Riverdale, and deliciously campy grindhouse flicks.”

  Block party, dance party and bar crawl planned to celebrate Port City Pride

The events bring together LGBTQIA individuals and allies to highlight important issues in the community and celebrate an inclusive culture

  New app allows parents to track their child’s bus ride to and from school

Parents will be able to track their child's school bus with an app this year

  Back to school: Be sure to add an eye check up to your checklist

Experts say parents should add eye exams to their back-to-school checklist

  Back to school: Tips to make sure your child starts the school year healthy

As you prepare to send your children back to school, there are steps you can take to make sure they are ready for a healthy return to the classroom.

  Back to school: New Columbus County Schools Superintendent calls on parents, community members to help students succeed

This is Dr. Meadows first year at the school district and it’s a time of transition for students as well.

  Back to School: Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

Make sure your child doesn’t carry the weight of the world on his or her shoulders

  New children’s soccer program hopes to capitalize on sport’s growing popularity

A new children’s soccer program recently launched in Wilmington that hopes to capitalize on the excitement of Team USA’s win in the Women’s World Cup this summer

  Get your child a free haircut before school starts

It’s a back to school tradition for many students: a haircut before the first day of class. This year, children can get the cuts for free.

  Celebrity dog trainer shares tips for pet owners

Celebrity dog trainer Joel Silverman is known for his work with Dreyfuss on NBC’s 'Empty Nest.' Now, he travels the country working with Humane Societies to train shelter dogs to help them become more adoptable.