First at Four

Is your pup the next Picasso?

A Wilmington group will hold a family and pet friendly fundraiser that will help people get their pets spayed and neutered

  Quirky and sweet story of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ on stage this week in Wilmington

  Find inspiration aplenty for outdoor painting at Southport’s Plein Air Festival

  History comes alive this weekend at Fort Fisher

  First Act: ‘The Cake’ tackles controversial issue that’s making headlines

  Plant sea oats along the coast, clean the beaches on World Oceans Day

  Infectious Disease Doctor: No threat of Lyme disease in the Cape Fear region but you still should worry about tick bites

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  Watch independent films with ties to NC

  11 years after the ‘10 year plan to end homelessness’

  10-year-old Wilmington actress stars in ‘Swamp Thing’

  Make summer boredom disappear with magic camp

  Lucky duck has a chance to win thousands

  Bow Wow Luau & the Cat’s Meow celebrates 10 years of raising money for needy animals

  Thalian Association boasts the 24th Orange Street ArtsFest on Memorial weekend

More than 80 artists will fill the street with their works for the annual Orange Street ArtsFest this weekend.

  Expert tips to protect your skin from the sun

Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside. And be sure to reapply!

  Weekend event highlights how to eat healthier, safer fish from the river

The event, Sunday, May 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne, encourages healthy fish consumption.

Filmmakers boycott Georgia over ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill; will they return to North Carolina?

Film leaders in Wilmington say it is too soon to tell if outrage over an abortion law in Georgia will send projects to North Carolina.

  Belville launches ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraiser to help veterans memorial construction

  Gory tale of Lizzie Borden comes to life on stage in rocking musical

  Laughter is the best medicine: ‘This Hurricane Blows’ follows neighbors stuck together during storm

  Opa! Greek Festival will welcome 30,000 people over three day event

  Mamabration celebrates moms and motherhood

  Food bank, letter carriers need your help to Stamp Out Hunger

  Get a free look at exhibitions inside the Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum hosts a free day to give the community a chance to enjoy all the museum has to offer

  Bestival celebrates best Wilmington has to offer

'Encore' has a new way to celebrate the best Wilmington has to offer.

  First Act: Murder-mystery dinner show will leave audience guessing ‘whodunnit’

Theatergoers can enjoy dinner and a show this weekend.

  Festival Latino celebrated on Cinco de Mayo

Hurricane Florence pushed back the annual Festival Latino to Cinco de Mayo weekend.

  Geek out over Free Comic Book Day

Comic book fans have a chance to indulge in what they love for free

  Have a sweet weekend at the Carolina Strawberry Festival

It’s festival with a history as rich as the berries it’s named for. The Carolina Strawberry festival kicks off Friday in Wallace.

  Ladies in STEM fields to offer advice, inspiration at Women in Science Day

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host Women in Science Day, on Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Calling all tough women

The Cape Fear Roller Girls are looking for a few good women

  Talented teens sing, dance and shoot hoops in ‘High School Musical, Jr’

Talented teens take the stage, singing and shooting hoops, in a popular show with teens.

  Rags to riches fairy tale on stage starring talented young actors

More than 40 students, ages 4 to 15, star in the production.

  Angel investor group expands into Wilmington

The Southeast’s largest angel investment network aims to connect investors with entrepreneurs as it expands into Wilmington.

  Laugh and learn at the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival selected seven films for the 2019 event.

  Neighbors invite you to join them on their porches to view art and support construction industry scholarship

Neighbors display on their porches the work of more than 20 local artists during the event that supports a scholarship fund

  Annual Flytrap Frolic set for Saturday

The annual Flytrap Frolic will be held Saturday, April 27, in the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve.

  A show for fans of British humor makes its stage debut in Wilmington

Fans of Monty Python will enjoy a show that makes its Wilmington debut on stage this week.

  Plan to geek out this weekend at the Wilmington Geek Expo

Unite with fellow comic book lovers at the Wilmington Geek Expo.

  April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.

  Easter egg hunt for adults only

Don’t let the little ones have all the fun.

  CFCC will celebrate Earth Day with Earth Fest

Students at Cape Fear Community College will encourage others to be more environmentally friendly at Earth Fest on Wed., April 17.

  First Act: Play written by NC siblings David and Amy Sedaris on stage in Wilmington

David and Amy Sedaris, siblings from North Carolina, penned a play called "The Book of Liz." It hits the stage at TheatreNOW. (Source: TheatreNOW)

  Star Party will take you to the moon and beyond

Gaze at the sky for a fun-filled evening of astronomy-themed activities.

  First at Four recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad

Chef Gwen Gulliksen shared a recipe that takes advantage of the fresh fruit on shelves this season.

  Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov to become first female Rabbi installed in the Temple of Israel’s 147 year history

She has presided over the Temple congregation since July but her installation was delayed due to damage to the Temple from Hurricane Florence. The hurricane caused about $100,000 in damage to the Temple.

  Get inspiration to live a healthier life

The Healthy Living Festival will offer free inspiration to help families live healthier lifestyles.

  Get a REAL ID while enjoying the Azalea Festival Street Fair

Those who go to the North Carolina Azalea Festival Saturday will be able to receive express driver license services from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.

  Get rid of your old electronics in a safe way

Verizon's Recycling Rally helps residents get rid of their unwanted electronics and other household items in an environmentally friendly manner.

  The North Carolina Azalea Festival includes something for art lovers

More than 100 artists will participate in a juried art show during the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

  The perm returns but with a new name as the 80s make a comeback

The "American wave" is the updated version of the 1980's perm.

  First Act: ‘The Last Five Years’ follows a couple falling in and out of love

A show follows a couple’s five-year relationship, as they fall in and out of love.

  Service dog by Azalea Belle’s side marks a festival first

Nearly 140 young women serve as ambassadors during the Azalea Garden Tour. This is the first class to have a Belle with a service dog.

  Fandome Faire brings together those who geek out over comics and movies

The Cape Fear Fandom Faire celebrates comics, books, movies, cosplay and fanart.

  Classic cars will fill Battleship Park for the 19th Annual Car and Truck Show

Hurricane Florence forced the Port City Mopars Car Club to cancel the event last year. Now, it is back on and the weather is expected to be excellent for the event on Saturday, March 30.

  StriperFest reels in the community to support the Cape Fear River

An event this weekend helps to protect the Cape Fear River’s ecosystem.

  Jazz up your weekend with a music festival at UNCW

Jazz lovers can see a Grammy award winning artist during a music festival this weekend.

  First Act: ‘The Revolutionists’ follows the stories of four women during the French Revolution

Four women lose their heads in what is described as “an irreverent, sassy” comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror in 1793 Paris.

  Cheers! It’s Cape Fear Craft Beer Week

Toast to all the great beers the Cape Fear region has to offer.

  Pizza Putt event benefits Children’s Museum of Wilmington

A fundraiser benefiting the Children’s Museum of Wilmington allows adults to have some fun for a good cause.

  Group ‘committed to a full recovery’ for Pender Co. people affected by hurricane

The Pender County Long Term Recovery Group is asking for volunteers, grants, and donations to continue its efforts to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

  Celebrate the art of dance at upcoming festival

The Wilmington Dance Festival celebrates dance in our community and features pieces choreographed and performed by local artists.

  Get ideas for your home and garden at the Coastal Living Show

The Wilmington Woman’s Club is sponsoring the 40th annual Coastal Living Show on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center.

  Scouts show off skills at weekend event

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts will show off some of what they’ve learned at an event this weekend.

  Familiar face to Tar Heels fans will show off his skills when Harlem Globetrotters visit Wilmington

Orlando “El Gato” Melendez appeared in Final Fours in 1998 and 2000 with UNC Chapel Hill.

  Police and firefighters face off on the ice for annual fundraiser

The annual Guns and Hoses Charity Ice Hockey Game is scheduled for March 31 at the Wilmington Ice House.

  Put on your favorite pink outfit for the Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon

The event supports NHRMC Foundation’s efforts to provide free mammograms and diagnostic services to underserved women

  Win a luxury handbag or get a great deal on a designer purse at Power of the Purse event

Win a luxury handbag or score a great deal on a designer purse at an event that helps make sure teenagers have access to the healthcare they need.

  Help children in our community by volunteering with Guardian ad Litem

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) hopes to recruit volunteers at an upcoming open house.

  Sample beer and wine at weekend festival

Wind down from the work week with an afternoon of craft beer and wine this weekend.

  Tour North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse

An island bounces back after Hurricane Florence, invites visitors to take tours

  Support artists in our state at the Made in NC craft fair

Head to the Brooklyn Arts Center for an event that shows off crafts made in North Carolina.

  Fractured fairy tale ‘Into the Woods’ on stage in Wilmington

The show, performed March 1-10 at the 2nd Street Stage at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, features some of the most beloved fairy tale characters.

  ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ tells the story of the singer’s unexpected friendship with a fan

The show is on stage at Thalian Hall through March 10, starring Annie Tracy

  Strike a blow to hunger at the bowling alley

Bowling for Backpacks benefits the Good Shepherd Center.

  Men encouraged to show off their ‘dad bods’ at weekend event

Parents Wally and Louise Simpson organized the DadBod Strut to benefit Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research and treatment. It's a debilitating and deadly disease that they know all too well.

  Film festival celebrates women’s stories

Less than 10 percent of all films are made by women. This film festival celebrates and encourages women to reach their artistic cinematic visions.

Irish humor paired with Irish dishes for TheatreNOW show

A dark comedy about a small Irish town that finds itself in the Hollywood spotlight lands on stage in Wilmington.

  An artist created one sculpture a day for a year

A colorful collection of more than 400 sculptures is on display.

  Preventing diabetes and childhood obesity with education, free screenings

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina works to educate the community on diabetes and healthy eating habits with new programs and free events for the whole family.

  Divine Divas take the stage for special two-night concert that benefits She Rocks, TACT

The singers perform music made famous by “Divas” from the entertainment industry.