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Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational

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This weekend it’s the Annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational at the Country Club of Landfall! Now in it’s 14th year, the golf tournament is held in honor of baseball great Willie Stargell who died of kidney disease in 2001.

The event starts Friday night from 7:00 until 10:00, with a private VIP Celebrity and Sponsor reception. Then on Saturday night the Willie Stargell Auction Dinner and Dance, which is black tie optional, will take place at 6:00 in the Landfall Ballroom. The golf portion of the event happens Sunday morning at 9:00 after a light breakfast at 8:00 for the golfers.

Celebrities at this year’s event are Olympians, actors, retired coaches, and retired athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and college athletes. A few celebrity attendees include, Ron Robinson, Reggie Sanders, Cliff Levingston, Harvey Glance, Anne Donovan, Kirnari James, Dwight Hicks, Tony Womack, Dominic Santana, and Jerry Royster.

The Willie Stargell Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to support kidney disease research and treatment for those suffering from the disease. Last year’s Celebrity Invitational raised $100,000 for the Foundation.

A limited number of tickets are sold to the public for $100 per ticket. The ticket includes entry to the Gallery Public Tent, food, and beverages. For more on the Willie Stargell Foundation or to purchase a ticket visit their website http://www.williestargellfoundation.org.

Landfall Tradition Golf Tournament

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This weekend it’s the 15th Annual Landfall Tradition Golf Tournament! The college women’s golf tournament is one of the best in the nation with 18 teams competing.

This years teams are:

University of NC at Wilmington

University of NC at Chapel Hill

North Carolina State

University of Alabama

Brown

University of Central Florida

Furman

Michigan State

Penn State

Purdue

University of South Carolina

Texas Tech

University of Virginia

Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

Wake Forest

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The tournament starts Friday morning on the Dye Golf Course at the Country Club of Landfall. Golfers will start Friday and Saturday morning at 8:30 and Friday morning at 8:45. The events end Sunday evening with an awards ceremony.

On Thursday before collegiate tournament there is a College-Am Tournament, which ends with a reception, Dinner of Champions, and an award ceremony. This College-Am Tournament has contributed over $300,000 to the UNCW golf scholarship program.

Everyone is welcome to this fun event, and admittance and parking are free. The Landfall Tradition is a great opportunity to see the top college women golfers in the country compete and to come out and support your favorite team.

Beach2Battleship Iron Triathlon

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This Saturday it’s the Annual Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon! The internationally recognized competition attracts athletes from all over the world to compete across Wilmington. The race starts with a 2.4 mile (1.2 mile for the half) swim in Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 am. The swim is followed by a 112 mile (56 mile for the half) bike ride which starts at Wrightsville Beach and takes competitors through Wilmington and three surrounding counties towards White Lake, before ending in Historic Downtown Wilmington. From there the running portion begins with the athletes running 26.2 miles (13.1 miles for the half) around Downtown Wilmington and Greenfield Lake before finishing on the Cape Fear River right across from the USS North Carolina Battleship. This exciting race sponsored by PPD brings thousands of competitors to Wilmington every year. If you see the swimmers, bikers, and runners this Saturday be sure to cheer them on!

Banks Channel, where the race begins with a 2.4 mile swim

Banks Channel, where the race begins with a 2.4 mile swim

Landfall Foundation Golf Tournament and Awards

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Next Monday, October 17th, the Landfall Foundation is sponsoring a golf benefit open to all Country Club of Landfall Members. The tournament will be played on 18 holes of the Nicklaus Course with a 1:00pm shotgun start. There are three flights for three different levels of play, and you can register as a single or in a group. There will be awards for every flight based on one best net ball per hole. Following the golf portion there is a cocktail hour and awards dinner. The cost is $150 per player or $40 for only the evening cocktail hour and dinner. For more information on the Landfall Foundation Golf and Awards visit their website http://landfallfoundation.org/golf.html. This is a great opportunity to have fun and raise money for a great organization.

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October Events For Kids at the Country Club of Landfall

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October is a busy month for kids at the Country Club of Landfall with four after school activity classes, a movie night, and a Halloween Party! After school classes start with the Kids Kitchen on October 3rd which meets from 3:30-5:30 and this month is making screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-11-58-18-amskeleton cupcakes. The Lego Club is another popular class that meets every Wednesday this month at the Drop-in Kids Room at the Landfall Clubhouse. Due to the popularity of this class reservations are now required. Another after school class is the Craft Classes that are taking place on October 10th where kids will make screaming pretzels and the 17th they will be making vampire mouth cookies. A new after school class for the month of October is the Beast Busters University. Taking place at the Drop-in Kids Room at the Landfall Clubhouse this group meets every Thursday. Some beasts kids will be learning about are werewolves, zombies, vampires, ghost, and unicorns.

In addition to the classes there is a kids dinner and movie night on October 7th from 6:00 until 9:30. Later this month is the Family Halloween Party at the Landfall Ballroom on Sunday, October 23 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. This Halloween party encourages costumes and includes pumpkin painting, a DJ, hay ride, cookie decorating, dancing, and dinner.

You won’t want to miss out on these exciting Halloween activities this fall at the Country Club of Landfall!

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Secret Garden Tour

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Happening this weekend is the Secret Garden Tour starting at the Historic Latimer House in Downtown Wilmington. The annual tour features unique gardens in downtown Wilmington and surrounding areas. The secret garden name comes from the gardens since they are all hidden behind fences or houses and not normally viewed by the public. Tickets for the event cost $23.00 to $25.00 with proceeds benefitting the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

Thalian Hall Taste of the Town

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Next Tuesday, it’s the 2016 Thalian Hall Taste of the Town hosted by Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts. This is an annual fundraiser that features food from restaurants all over Downtown Wilmington.

Participants meet at Thalian Hall at 6:00pm before making their way around town. After the participants sample the food at each restaurant they are asked to vote for their favorites. Last years winners were Cousins Italian Deli and The George on the Riveralk. This year 14 restaurants are involved, including Beer Barrio, Betsy’s Crepes, Caprice Bistro, Pilot House, The Little Dipper, Bella’s Bar Local, The George, and more. Tickets are $50 and benefit Thalian Hall.

Fort Fisher Aquarium 40th Anniversary

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It’s been 40 years since the North Carolina Aquarium in Fort Fisher opened in 1976. The aquarium has been a staple in the area for school children, tourists, and sea life lovers to learn about and see many animals they would not have a chance to see in the wild. Some of the animals that call the aquarium home include, turtles, seahorses, snakes, bald eagles, sharks, poison dart frogs, eels, jellyfish, alligators, and a plethora of fish from all over the world.

To celebrate the anniversary the aquarium is hosting a party this Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. In addition to the normal activities there will be games, demonstrations, a cake cutting, and a gallery of pictures of the aquarium has changed over the last 4 decades. The photo gallery also emphasizes the employees’ commitment to protecting and caring for the environment and animals. For more on the Fort Fish Aquarium visit their website http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race

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This Saturday at Wrightsville Beach is the Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race Fundraiser. Starting at 9:00 am swimmers will race 2 miles between Johnny Mercers and Crystal Piers. Participants in the race are 11 years old and up and are divided into age groups. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cape Fear Aquatic Club, which is a competitive year round swim team for children. Come spend your Saturday morning on the beach watching these competitors swim for a great cause.

Johnny Mercers Pier at Wrightsville Beach

Johnny Mercers Pier at Wrightsville Beach

Wilmington Boat Show

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This weekend ILM Airport hosts the Wilmington Boat Show. With locations at the Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, Pier 33, and the Battleship North Carolina,

The Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina

the event takes place all over downtown. The show includes deep-water boating displays,

sailing seminars, a tour of the boat building school at Cape Fear Community College, and a demo dock. In addition to the boat activities there are music, food, marine industry exhibits, fishing seminars and activities for kids. Parking is free at the Battleship NC with complimentary water taxis ferrying people across the Cape Fear River to the Port City Marina. On Friday the boat show is from noon until 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. As a 9/11 tribute on Sunday all military and first responders can come to the show for free with their families. For more on the Wilmington Boat Show and events visit their website http://www.wilmingtonboatshow.com/vendors/.