FREE PROGRAM FOR TEENS: The MLK Community Center is offering a free Junior Referee Program for ages 14 to 18 beginning Nov. 12-13. The program includes life skills, basketball rules, and court officiating. Call (910) 341-7855.
HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS: Dick Parrott, professional pet photographer, will be avialable Nov. 9 from 11am to 4pm for holiday picture taking at Paw Beach Pet Resort (6101 Market Street, Wilmington). The cost is $30 for six poses, and proceeds benefit Monty's Home. Call (910) 259-4663 or use email to schedule a time.
ROAD TRIP: Kure Beach Parks & Recreation offers a bus trip on Dec. 2 to The Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach for a viewing of The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. The price is $51.50 per person, and includes bus fare and show ticket. Call (910) 458-8216 for more information.
MOVING DAY: Volunteers are needed Nov. 1 to help Kids Making It move from downtown Wilmington to Castle Street. Crew 1: 9am at 15 South Water Street. Crew 2: 11:30am at 617 Castle Street. Volunteers will be asked to load boxes onto a truck and unload at the new building. Times flexible. Contact Cape Fear Volunteer Center at (910) 392-8180.
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.
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.