Area Events- January through March

2010-12-Happy-2011-2Check out the Area Events near you for the months of January – March!

1/ 14-1/16: 146th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

1/15: King’s Run 1 mile, 5k and 15k, Downtown Wilmington

1/15: 3rd Annual Cold Stroke Classic, Stand-up paddle board race, Wrightsville Beach

1/15: Hidden Battleship Tour, Battleship North Carolina

1/28-1/29: 14th Annual Cape Fear Model Railroad Show & Sale, Wilmington

1/29: 2011 Home EXPO & Remodeling Show, Schwartz Center, Wilmington

2/3: Jazz at the CAM featuring Soul Power Posse, Cameron Art Museum

2/5: North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Leland

2/14: That’s A Moray! Valentine’s Day Event, Fort Fisher Aquarium

2/17: 31st Annual NC Jazz Festival, Downtown Wilmington

2/27: 8th Annual Antique Appraisal Fair, Southport Community Center

3/5-3/6: 2011 Wilmington Garden Show, Schwartz Center, Wilmington

3/18-3/20: 3rd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, Convention Center, Wilmington

3/19-3/20: 32nd Annual Coastal Living Show, Schwartz Center, Wilmington

3/20: Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, Wrightsville Beach

3/26-3/27: Herb & Garden Fair @ Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington


Intracoastal Realty’s Helping Hands

Agents and staff from several Intracoastal Realty offices have chosen to support a number of local charities this holiday season through their Intracoastal Helping Hands initiative.

The Lumina I office in Wilmington is supporting Cape Fear Community College’s Holiday Helpers. This program provides Christmas gifts for the children of students at the college, many of whom are going to school as well as working full-time jobs.

Agents and staff in Wilmington’s Lumina II office collected 32 bags of food that gave 32 families everything they needed for a good Thanksgiving meal via the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina.

The Wrightsville Beach office has started a food drive and is collecting donations for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a local food pantry that distributes non-perishable food items to those who are hungry in the Wilmington area.

The Help Center and Backpack Buddies were selected by the Carolina Beach office. Food and monetary donations are being collected to help school-aged children and others in need.

The Oak Island and Southport offices, in conjunction with the Southport – Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, supportedChristmas by the Sea. Agents and staff bought Christmas gifts for a needy family of four.

The New Homes division is supporting Feed Fido by collecting dog & cat food. These items will be distributed to area families who live with companion animals they love, but are experiencing economic challenges that make it difficult to properly feed their pets. The New Homes division will also be participating in Adopt-a-Family by providing gifts for children and food for Christmas meals.

Intracoastal Rentals chose the Domestic Violence Shelter by collecting clothes for women at the shelter and by supporting its Adopt a Family program.

The staff at Intracoastal Realty chose the Yahweh Center and will collect money to donate to the center to help abused, neglected, and at-risk children ages 5 to 12 years of age.

Pictured below: Agents from the Oak Island / Southport offices show gifts they purchased for a needy family.

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Pictured below: Lumina 1 agent Betsy Leonard (second from left) and some volunteers prepare to shop. Leonard is the founder of the Cape Fear Community College’s Holiday Helpers program.

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Pictured below: Agents from the Carolina Beach show backpacks collected for Backpack Buddies.

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December Monthly Email Newsletter

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Each month we send an email that includes market updates, statistics, market information, local news and the much anticipated monthly recipe! This is a great way to stay informed with our local real estate market. It’s easy- just fill out this simple form with your email address. Please note that we hate spam; so we will not rent, sell, or give your email address to any other entity!

Check out our past 2 newsletters here:

October  Luxury Market, Sales Trends, and Area Events

November   Decreasing Inventory, Staging Tips, and Market Update


Teacher’s Fund Strikes Again!

2010-12-fitness ball starnews article I wanted to share with you the coverage we received from “Star News” on your contribution to our classroom. We also received a great article in “The State Port Pilot” last week. Needless to say, the balls are a hit.

Thank you again. Kenetha and class at AIG Southport Elementary.

The grants are given each month after teachers submit their applications. The average grant is $150 to $300, and the fund gives about $3,000 in grants each month to 15 to 20 local teachers. Grants are limited to teachers in grades K-5. In the past five years, the local nonprofit The Teacher’s Fund has given 900 grants and more than $200,000 for things such as books, magazine subscriptions, school supplies and even a pencil sharpener and a weather station. The grants have affected about 70,000 students in the Cape Fear region to date. The owner of Intracoastal Realty, Jim Wallace established the “Teacher’s Fund” to help local teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need. If you are a teacher and interested in learning more about the Teacher’s Fund for your class visit our site to see how we can help!


Pleasure Island Events and Activities

This year’s Christmas Parade will be on Friday, December 3rd at 7:30pm. It proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza. There will be floats, bands, and Santa Claus. It is a wonderful family event!

This year’s Christmas flotilla will be on Saturday, December 4th, starting at 6pm. Boats will be electrically decorated with thousands of lights. They cruise from Snow’s Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back.

Christmas by the Sea Arts & Crafts Show is held every Saturday through December 18th. Enjoy walking around enjoying the decorated coves sponsored by various local businesses. From 5-9 pm there are several activities for all to enjoy, including visit with Santa, roasting marshmallows at the fire pit, live nativity from 7:30-8:30pm, music, activity centers, puppet show, etc.

The 2010 Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, Dec 11th. Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into the privacy of their homes for this special holiday treat.

The New Year’s Celebration will be held on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, beginning at 9pm in front of the Pier in Kure Beach. The giant lighted beach ball will be dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. It is a free family-friendly event that will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments available for purchase.

The weather is cool and crisp for this weekend’s events. It should be clear and sunny with highs in the 50’s.

For more information on events on Pleasure Island go to www.pleasureislandnc.org