Badwater Cape Fear
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Are you ready for a serious fitness challenge? We’re not talking a 5K, 10K or even a marathon. We’re talking about a 50K or a 51-mile race! The Badwater Cape Fear ultra running experience returns to Bald Head Island for the second time on March 21. The race features a 12-mile warm up on the car-free roads of the island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the secluded sandy beaches between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher.

In 2014, 80 runners from 17 states plus Canada, ranging in age from 20 to 72, competed in the inaugural Badwater race on Bald Head Island. This year’s field is 150 runners, and 92 runners are already registered. Badwater Cape Fear is the first leg of the BADWATER® ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear on March 21, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea on May 3 and 4 and the Badwater 135 on July 28 through 30. Runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of Badwater Magazine. Badwater is produced and promoted by AdventureCORPS Inc., an athlete-run firm producing ultra-endurance events and the Badwater brand. More information is available at badwater.com/event/badwater-ultra-cup/

The goal of the local race is to raise $10,000 for Bald Head Island Conservancy; that amount would allow the organization to purchase special electric UTV vehicles to patrol the beach and care for sea turtle nesting sites.

When: March 21, 2015
Where: Bald Head Island
Info: badwater.com

Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Awards
Photography by Time 2 Remember
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce held its 2015 Chairman’s Awards on January 22.   From to 6 to 10 pm, chamber members enjoyed a Great Gatsby-themed evening with dinner at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. Awards were presented to:
Lifetime Achievement – Ed Gore
Community Impact – Paws-Ability
Excellence in Small Business – Body Edge Fitness
Excellence in Business – Purple Onion & Art Catering
Rising Star – Tulip Tree Boutique
Ozzy Award – 2014 NC Oyster Festival Committee
Ambassador of the Year – George Jacob

Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show on March 7 from 9 am to 5 pm at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte. The Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show displays products and services for the home and garden including landscaping, gardening, pools and spas, windows, outdoor grills, home décor, utilities, real estate, financial services and resources for home construction or improvement. Admission costs $5.

When: Saturday, March 7
Where: West Brunswick High School,
550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte
Information: mbishop@brunswickcountychamber.org ; brunswickcountychamber.org

Golf Ball Gala
Photography by Genie Leigh Photography

Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day date at the fifth annual Golf Ball Gala on Saturday, February 14 at the South Brunswick Islands Center. The black tie optional event directly benefits The First Tee of Brunswick County’s scholarship program. Tickets cost $75 per person and include cocktail hour, dinner, a speaker, dancing and auctions.
When: Saturday, February 14
Where: South Brunswick Islands Center,
9400 Ocean Hwy. W., Calabash
Info: (910) 754-5288; thefirstteebrunswickcounty.org

Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Skeet Shoot
Photography by Megan Deitz

First Citizens Banks will present the fourth annual Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Skeet Shoot on Saturday, March 28 at the Buccaneer Gun Club in Leland. Registration begins at 7 am and shooting at 8 am. All shooters will be assigned a shooting time and must bring their own gun and shells. Shooters will compete in teams of four. Buccaneer is a certified skeet facility. Participants will be treated to onsite instruction, two full rounds of skeet shooting, additional shooting opportunities, and event swag bag including commemorative T-shirt. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses and supports families in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties.
When: Saturday, March 28
Where: Buccaneer Gun Club, 1460 Goose Pond Road in Leland
Info: (910) 796-8099; hospiceskeetshoot.org

Paws-Ability Mardi Gras
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with food, drink, door prizes and raffles and help out a good cause at the same time. This good time event presented by Paws-Ability will benefit Hope Harbor Home in their need of housing the pets of domestic violence victims. The will take place at Pogie’s Waterfront Bar and Grill in Ocean Isle Beach from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. Paws-Ability is a nonprofit organization that provides funds for low-cost spay/neuter programs and assists local rescue groups with their animal care. Membership and donations to the organization can help make a difference in the lives of animals in Brunswick County.
When: Tuesday, February 17
Where: Pogie’s Waterfront Bar and Grill, Ocean Isle Beach
Info: (910) 616-1099; paws-ability.org

Strawberry and Wine Festival
Old Bridge Preservation Society will celebrate spring with its third annual Strawberry and Wine Festival at Silver Coast Winery on Sunday, April 26. Festival-goers will enjoy live music from Mike’s Garage Band and other entertainment from 12 to 5 pm. Strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped berries, barbecue and other foods, and beer and wine will be available for sale. Also on hand will be a variety of local vendors selling their wares. Admission is only $5, and parking is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as seating is on the lawn.
When: Sunday, April 26
Where: Silver Coast Winery,
6680 Barbecue Road, Ocean Isle Beach
Info: (910) 579-9021; oldbridgepreservationsociety.org

WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo
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Need to grow your business? The WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo is the Cape Fear region’s largest business-to-business conference, drawing more than 2,500 attendees. With a keynote lunch, free seminars on a range of topics, an expo hall with more than 100 exhibitors and an after-hours party, this is where professionals come to learn and network. It will be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 11:30 am until 7 pm at the Wilmington Convention Center.
When: Wednesday, March 25
Where: Wilmington Convention Center,
515 Nutt Street, Wilmington
Information: (910) 343-8600 ext. 203; mpressley@wilmingtonbiz.com ; wilmingtonbiz.com