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Whats Happening: February 6-8

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If you live in New Hanover or Brunswick County, it is a sweet weekend to head outdoors. Plus, there is a reason to pamper your pooch on Sunday. Here's what's happening. Valentine's Day is not this weekend, but you can still satisfy your sweetie's sweet tooth. The Wilmington Chocolate Festival takes place this weekend. You can sample unlimited chocolates and desserts, hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. Hours Friday are from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m, Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Your chocolate cravings are definitely getting fulfilled this weekend. Saturday, it's a wine and chocolate pairing at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach. You can sample four award winning wines paired with hand made chocolates. It runs from noon until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reservations are limited, so call in advance. The number is 910-287-2800. The lack of minority bone marrow donors caused two cancer survivors to establish an organization called Driving for Change. A six-day event to raise awareness kicks off Saturday at Independence Mall. You can stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. A quick cotton swab in the mouth determines someone's tissue type and gets them on the donor registry. Your strikes can help make strides toward cancer research. Strikes for Second Base is a fundraiser to raise awareness and money. For a $35 donation, you can bowl for an hour at Tin Pin Alley. You can choose whether the money goes to the American Cancer Society or New Hanover Regional Medical Foundation's Pink Ribbon Project. It runs from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans will honor two of Columbus counties black confederate soldiers. A grave marker will be dedicated to Sandy Oliver and Joshua Nichols. The service begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Horace Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Boardman. You can pamper your pet Sunday. The Monty's Home Pet Expo will be at the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center. You can learn more about pet care and pick up gifts for your pet. There will also be a kiddie corner and a silent auction. Admission is five dollars and children under twelve are free. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Chocolate Festival gala is $25, if you go Saturday or Sunday it is only five. You can always find out what's happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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