November Spotlight

Spotlights on Wilmington women making news

Public art promotes life conversations

The LOWER CAPE FEAR HOSPICE & LIFECARECENTER has teamed up with urban artist CANDY CHANG to provoke thoughts about life goals and begin discussions about advance care planning.

After losing a loved one, Chang came up with the idea to post large chalkboards along the side of an abandoned building in her hometown of New Orleans.

Her hope was to get people to reflect on their lives.

Beside Chang’s stencils of “Before I die ______” people would write their aspirations, creating a public “Bucket List.”  

The installation was housed at Cape Fear Community College in October and will make other appearances in the area in the coming month. After being presented at a clinical conference on Nov. 9, the project will be at University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Trask Coliseum for a months. Plans also are underway to install it at Independence Mall in December and to house it at various locations in Pender County early next year.

-Tara Slagle

Women’s giving fund awards first grant

A new educational support initiative launched by Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association will benefit from a $20,000 grant from the WOMEN'S IMPACT NETWORK OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY, a year-old collective giving program.

The grant is the group’s first. The funds will support services such as tutoring, homework assistance and standardized testing preparation for foster children.

The Women’s Impact Network, established in 2011 through the New Hanover County Community Foundation, currently has 40 members.

– Jenny Callison

CFCC women’s basketball team takes court for first time

Cape Fear Community College’s LADY SEA DEVILS women’s basketball team will play its first-ever game Nov. 3 at Greensboro Collage.

The team’s coach is LORI DRAKE, who played at Seward Community College, University of North Carolina Wilmington and with the Solent Suns in the United Kingdom.

“I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to start a new collegiate women’s basketball program here and to make history at CFCC,” Drake said in a statement.

“I feel that the community is excited about Cape Fear Women’s Basketball, and I know for a fact we’ll have tons of support from our Sea Devil fans.”

– Vicky Janowski

Anti-human trafficking advocate speaks at UNCW

RACHEL LLOYD, author of "Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale" and "Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself," will give a talk Nov. 15 at Kenan Auditorium.

Lloyd is executive director and founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) a nonprofit program helping teens and young women ages 12-21 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UNCW Women’s Studies and Resource Center and funded by a gift from Todd William McCune.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. Tickets are required and can be reserved through the Kenan box office (962-3500).

– Vicky Janowski