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CUCALORUS IS ALMOST HERE! The schedule of movies, conferences, dance performances, music videos, and more is now available for the Cucalorus Film Festival. The popular annual festival happens Nov. 8-12 at nine venues in and near downtown Wilmington. Click here to see the full list of events. Click here for ticket information.

ROAD TRIP: Halyburton Park in Wilmington presents a Pocosin Lakes/Lake Mattamuskeet NWR Waterfowl and Black Bear Adventure on Nov. 17-18 for ages 16 and older. Attendees will visit Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, home to thousands of tundra swan and snow geese in the winter, to observe a variety of migratory waterfowl. Pocosin Lakes is home to two endangered species, the red wolf and the red-cockaded woodpecker, and has one of the largest populations of American black bears in North America. The cost is $125. Call (910) 341-0075 for more information or to reserve a spot.

NEW YEAR, NEW COACH: The two-time defending champion UNCW men's basketball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in preseason balloting by the league's head coaches and media relations directors. Junior forward Devontae Cacok was a First-Team All-CAA preseason selection and senior guard Jordon Talley collected Honorable Mention honors. The Seahawks, 29-6 overall and 15-3 in the CAA one year ago, garnered 197 points, trailing only Charleston (392), Towson (306), Elon (297) and Hofstra (236). The bottom five teams in the poll were Northeastern (159), Delaware (156), William & Mary (120), Drexel (102) and James Madison (65). The Seahawks head into a transition year under new head coach C.B. McGrath, and open the season on Nov. 11 against North Carolina Wesleyan. Purchase tickets online.

ARRIVE IN COSTUME: All New Hanover County Fire Stations will be welcoming Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween from 5:30 to 8pm.

LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME: The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting the 2017 Go Coast Commuter Challenge Oct. 16-29. Community members are encouraged to use sustainable forms of transportation such as walking, biking, carpooling, riding the bus, skateboarding, and working from home. Prizes awarded to those who participate. Pledge to participate here.

SOS!: Recent Hurricanes have left house pets homeless in Florida and elsewhere. Please help save animals in desperate need by donating to Best Friends Animal Society in Florida. Donation items needed: dog and cat food, collars and carriers, and leashes. Donations can be made to Woof Gang Bakery at Lumina Commons; The UPS Store at The Forum, Pet Supermarket on Oleander Drive, Salty Paws Thrift Stores, PetSmart at Mayfaire, Needham Animal Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, College Road Animal Hospital, Unleashed in Wilmington, Cary and Raleigh. Like to get involved? Please contact Trish Arnold via email.