Neighborhood briefs for Oct. 8 – Information – Wilmington Star Information
Literacy Council helps with FEMA forms
Many of the most vulnerable members of our community, including those with literacy issues or language barriers, are attempting to apply for FEMA assistance or make insurance claims. Some are having trouble reading, understanding and filling out the appropriate forms.
Cape Fear Literacy Council is creating a drop-in service this week so that members of the community can get free help reading and filling out their forms. The service will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 8-12, at the CFLC office at 1012 South 17th St. Call 910-251-0911 for more information.
‘Oh Baby! Women’s Health Expo Oct. 10
WILMINGTON — A Free “OH Baby! Women’s Health Expo” will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bodies in Balance Physical Therapy, 5710 Oleander Drive, Suite 211. Register by calling 910-398-6301.
Speakers include a physical therapist, registered dietician, doula, and prenatal yoga instructor. Vendors on site.
Volunteers needed to monitor shoreline changes
SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The N.C. Coastal Federation is hosting a living shoreline reef and marsh monitoring event. Participants will help assess the progress of living shorelines and oyster reefs. The monitoring will be held 10 a.m.-2 pm. Oct. 19 at Waterway Park in Oak Island.
This assessment does not require any special skills — everything participants need to know about reef monitoring will be taught on site.
Salt marsh and reef restoration projects provide habitat, decrease erosion and improve water quality.
Volunteers will help record the types and amount of vegetation growing in the restored areas, as well as use survey equipment to measure shoreline changes.
Oyster reefs are also an important part of salt marsh restoration and the federation and partners have installed several hundred feet of oyster reefs at these locations. To monitor the reefs, volunteers will get to open up shell bags and measure and count the number of oysters, as well as identify other organisms.
The federation requests that all participants wear closed-toe shoes and boots. They will be provided for those who do not have them. It also recommends that participants bring sunscreen, a hat, a reusable water bottle and wear clothes that can get muddy. Snacks and lunch will be provided.
To register, visit nccoast.org/events or contact Jessica Gray at 910-509-2838 or email@example.com.
‘BOOths’ Available for Aquarium Halloween
KURE BEACH — “Trick or Treat Under the Sea” offers local businesses a prime opportunity to reach thousands of area families and consumers. The 2018 event includes three nights of ghoulish good times, hosted by the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 25-27.
“Trick or Treat Under the Sea” features indoor trick-or-treating, games, magic shows and vendor interaction for thousands of children and families. Businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a booth or activities at this popular, annual event.
Booth sponsors interact with visitors and compete for the “Best BOOth Contest.” Winners receive prizes and public recognition. Booth reservations and sponsorships are available first-come, first-served and are limited. For more information and to reserve a space, call 910-772-0535.
— Cheryl Whitaker