Wilmington Local Events!


Carl Jung’s The Stages of Life will be the topic of discussion for the “Great Conversations” book club, 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Watkins Room at the Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff. The group is reading selections this summer from an anthology assembled by the Great Books Foundation. For details, call 256-2173.


It’s “Butterfly Day” at the New Hanover County Public Library, downtown at 201 Chestnut St. Arts, crafts and other activities with a butterfly theme will be going on from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the children’s department. The program, intended for ages 5-9, is free, but pre-registration is requested. Details: call 798-6303.


Brent Bill, author of The Sacred Compass, Mind the Light and Holy Silence, will lead a writing workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave. The program is free, but pre-registration is requested. For details, call 452-1107.

Ruth’s Chris Opening in Wilmington!


WILMINGTON — The tables are ready, the silver is shined, and the steaks are in the cooler at a new restaurant in Wilmington.

Opening night is fast approaching for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in downtown Wilmington.

It is part of a $10 million renovation at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, and while there are other steakhouses in Wilmington, this is the first national chain to locate downtown.

From the kitchen to the dining room, Steve DeCastro hopes his restaurant is part of a growing downtown Wilmington.

Employees are training and getting the steakhouse ready, before a series of pre-opening VIP parties Friday and Saturday nights.

The restaurant opens to the public Monday night with a staff of nearly 100 standing by.

The steakhouse hopes to donate $15 thousand to the Special Olympics from their opening night’s proceeds.

That’s a partnership Ruth’s Chris hopes to continue.

NC Fitness Campaign Ends In Wilmington!

Wilmington | Kathy Higgins never accepted a ride on her 600 mile trek across North Carolina even though she got many offers.

“We’d be walking in pouring down rain and they’d get frustrated that we wouldn’t take their help,” Higgins said.

Higgins and author Gary Marino started walking April 1 in Asheville to promote statewide fitness and wellness. They finished North Carolina’s “Million Step March” at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington on Thursday. The pair took more than one million steps to complete the 600 mile march.

Higgins said the 73-day hike deepened her appreciation for North Carolina and its people. She will always remember the kindness of North Carolinians, but most of all she will cherish the people who told her the march made them start exercising and eating better.

“This was sort of a real boost to them. A shot in the arm,” Higgins said. “The journey to better health starts with small steps.”

Higgins is a vice president at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina. Her company sponsored the walk. Higgins and Marino committed to walking across the state so North Carolinians can commit to eating better and exercising.

“While we are coming to the finish line today, it is not the end of this message for better health. It is really just the start of the next chapter,” Higgins said.

Mortgage Applications Bounce Back!

U.S. mortgage applications rose after falling for three straight weeks, bouncing back from the lowest level in more than six years and overcoming a rise in home loan rates, an industry trade group said Wednesday.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted mortgage application index, boosted by increased demand for both purchase and refinance loans, rose 10.9 percent to 557.1 in the June 6 week.

Thirty-year fixed home loan rates rose 0.07 percentage point to 6.24 percent, the highest since early March. Continue reading