The Thalian Association is bringing the musical "Phantom" to Thalian Hall. It is based on the novel "The Phantom of the Opera." Performances Friday and Saturday are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20. For more information, call 962-3500. After months of planning, the first ever Cape Fear Italian Festival springs to life in Leland this weekend. Head to Cross Creek Commons Shopping Center for some sausage, meatballs, cannoli and zeppole. Saturday hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday it is from noon until 7:00 p.m. The cost is two dollars per person or five for a family. Another big festival is this weekend is the 46th Annual Spot Festival in Hampstead. Saturday hours are from 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Sunday from 9:45 until 5:00 p.m. The entrance fee is three dollars, spot dinners are eight dollars. Don't miss the fireworks on Saturday night! What is happening Saturday? "A Happening", which is a music and arts festival. It is from noon until 7:00 p.m. at Hugh MacRae Park. Do not forget to bring a lawn chair. There is no charge to get into the festival. You can help raise money for Rett Syndrome Research by participating in a Strollathon Saturday. It takes place at Wrightsville Beach Park. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The stroll is at 9:00 a.m. There will be food, drinks and entertainment for the little ones. Take the family to the museum Saturday without opening your wallet. It is Smithsonian Museum Day, where more than one thousand museums across the nation are offering free admission. Locally, you can head to the Cameron Art Museum and Cape Fear Museum of History and Science for free. But, and there is a but, in order to get free admission you need to go to www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download an admission card. While you are at the Cape Fear Museum Saturday, check out the 2009 North Carolina Shell Show. Shell collectors and exhibitors will be there. There will be rare shells, large shells, small shells and more. The show runs until 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Toast the arrival of fall with a glass of wine or a hearty ale. Saturday the Downtown Business Alliance is hosting the 2009 Wilmington Wine and Beer Walk. It runs from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. You can buy tickets for fifteen dollars or two for twenty five. Parents, set a good example for healthy living for your kids. There is a free health fair and day of play at the community Boys and Girls Club on Nixon Street. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. More than 20 health organizations will be there. And on Sunday, dust spider webs off some of those gems hiding in the attic. There is going to be an antiques evaluation clinic at the Bellamy Mansion Sunday. It runs from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will also be two lectures. The cost is ten dollars, plus five dollars per item you want evaluated. You can always find out what's happening by going to our Community Calendar page.
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