FESTIVE LIGHTS: Enchanted Airlie, the annual luminous holiday event at Airlie Gardens, opens Nov. 28 and runs four successive weekends. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK: Carolina Beach businesses host a variety of events Oct. 19-25 including a Mini Fall Festival, a Farm-to-Table cooking workshop, and several art projects. See the full list here.
WE LOVE A PARADE: The City of Wilmington is looking for community groups, school organizations, bands and businesses for the 12th Annual Wilmington Holiday Parade, scheduled for Dec. 7. Entry forms are available online and the deadline is Nov. 19 at 5pm.
PARENT FORUM: The Advisory Council for Exceptional Students (ACES) hosts an open discussion about New Hanover County School's Exceptional Student Services. The forum is scheduled for Nov. 17 at UNCW's Watson College of Education Building (Room 162). Call (910) 616-8679 or check online for more details.
TOTS AND TENNIS: Empie Park (3405 Park Avenue, Wilmington) hosts tennis clinics for kids ages 3 and 4, a great way to improve hand/eye coordination and meet new friends. Clinics focus on the introduction of basic strokes. Sessions run Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19 and are $30 each. Call (910) 341-4631 to register.
NEW COAT: Join N.C. Coastal Federation staff as they finish up renovating its new Coastal Education Center. They will be painting the trellis of the historic Palgren-O’Quinn house to maintain its historic appearance and keep it safe from the coastal elements. Register online or in-person at the Coastal Education Center (309 West Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach). For more information, call (910) 509-2838.
YOUTH SPORTS: Basketball registration for boys and girls ages 9 to 14 is open until Nov. 1. The cost is $30 and the season runs December through February, with games played at the MLK Center (401 South 8th Street, Wilmington). A free indoor soccer league also runs November through December. Call (910) 231-0449.
GOLDEN TICKET? Make a purchase at Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts (The Cotton Exchange, 307 North Front Street, Wilmington) through Nov. 15, and sign a ticket for a chance to win one of several gift certificates (total value of $325). Celebration, refreshments, and drawings on Nov. 15 from noon to 4pm. Winners need not be present.
SIP, SAVE AND DONATE: ONEHOPE Wine, created in Napa Valley in conjunction with winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr., is partnering with the Pink Ribbon Project during the month of October. They will donate $3 per case sold back to the foundation from all varietals purchased in the Wilmington community in addition to their everyday 50% back to their non-profit national partners. Check online for more details or call (910) 777-1164.