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The U.S. Green Building Council is an organization committed to sustainable design, construction, and operation of structures. The Cape Fear Branch of the national organization holds its annual gathering this Friday, April 28 at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, 11:30am-2:00pm. The theme this year is Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality: Balancing Economics & Ecosystems. We spoke with Dr. Hans Vogelsong, a scientist with the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy at ECU. Vogelsong is one of the keynote speakers for the event; he'll talk about Positive Economic Impact as an Ecosystem Service

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Art of Creative Research, released in February. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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The future of planning for New Hanover County will be front and center this week. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a Joint Work Session with the County Planning Board this Thursday, to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance.  There are actually two meetings planned for this Thursday.

Homes of Hope, India

 Paul Wilkes is a writer, philanthropist, and founder of Homes of Hope India, building orphanages, schools and medical facilities for abandoned and neglected girls. He's the author of 21 books, most recently Your Second to Last Chapter: Creating a Meaningful Life on Your Own Terms. Wilkes will speak about his successes and failures in finding meaning in his life Wednesday evening, 4/26, at St.

You might have seen Jason Frye’s byline on restaurant reviews published in the Wilmington StarNews.  You may have used some of his recommendations from a Moon travel guide pointing the way to old-timey Appalachian music near Asheville, family-friendly beaches at the coast, where to fish in the Smoky Mountains or how to find fresh North Carolina oysters.

Here are the top-line results from our recent Listener Survey. Thanks to all who participated. Some observations:

  1. The Total is a product of the number of people voting for a given program and the average score (1-9, low to high). As in past years, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and NPR Hourly Newscasts are the top vote-getters.
  2. 417 respondents is considerably more than the last couple of years. There is reason for confidence in this data set. That said, there is reason for caution...

Jasper Quartet/Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

Chamber Music Wilmington presents the Jasper String Quartet this Sunday, April 23 at 3:00pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. This award-winning quartet has been a fan of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis since they heard his music 7 years ago-specifically, a piece called "Musica Celestis," which is on the agenda for this afternoon performance. Listen to composer Kernis and Jasper Quartet violist Sam Quintal talk about this popular piece above. Segments of the 11-minute piece heard in the interview are from a recording by the Jasper Quartet.  

Penny Schmitt wrote: “Not kidding. Tuesday afternoon just after 4:00 p.m. Lynne Warfel actually introduced William Walton's "Orb and Sceptre" march as having been "played at every Coronation since it was written." Since this march was written for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, and this is the one and only coronation that has taken place in the United Kingdom since, that certainly stopped me in my tracks while putting away the clean laundry! I know Lynn is not a local staffer, but could not resist reacting to this whopper!!!!" And this is Cleve speaking: I don’t know Lynne either, but I wonder if it’s possible that she knew what she was saying, and said it tongue-in-cheek.

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An American Rivers Report recently identified the Cape Fear and Neuse Rivers as in the top ten Most Endangered in the United States.  A 2016 study of the presence of hexavalent chromium in drinking water by the Environmental Working Group found levels higher than it considers safe in the tap water of more than 200 million Americans.  This is the same toxin that first landed on the national radar in the early 1990s when Erin Brockovich

Thalian Association

Thalian Association Community Theatre is holding a benefit concert and silent auction this weekend: Divine Divas. Eleven songstresses will perform pieces from favorite musicals. Fifty percent of the proceeds benefit Thalian Association; the other half goes to an organization called She ROCKS in support of ovarian research and support (Research-Ovarian Cancer-Knowledge-Support). The show is onstage Friday & Saturday nights, April 21 & 22, at 7:30pm at Hannah Block Community Arts Center. Listen above to hear Executive Director Susan Habas and Artistic Director Chandler Davis talk about the show and items in the auction.

Vince Winkel

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect Tregembo Animal Park on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. This week’s request from PETA comes after the organization saw video footage of several animals apparently in distress. 

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The 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival begins this Sunday, April 23. The films are screening at Thalian Hall's Mainstage. Listen above to hear Peggy Pancoe Rossoff & Debbie Smith talk about the festival and some of the films. Individual tickets and Festival Passes are available online and at the door. Here is the schedule:

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Madi Polera holds a Master's Degree in Marine Biology. For her, the DC-based March For Science is like a Lollapalooza for alternative music lovers. The main march is based in Washington, DC on April 22 (Earth Day), but over 500 satellite science celebrations are happening worldwide. Polera and two scientist friends decided to bring the event to Wilmington: Wilmington March for Science. Although Polera's scientific career is in the water (mainly the Cape Fear River), she is an advocate for sciences of all stripes because of the underlying method they all share. Listen above. 

Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer/Jasper Quartet

The award-winning Philadelphia-based Jasper String Quartet is coming to Wilmington, performing for Chamber Music Wilmington on Sunday, April 23 at Beckwith Recital Hall at 3:00pm. In the morning prior to the performance, the musicians will hold a free String Masterclass at WHQR, 11:00am-12:30pm.

Photo: Maud Kelley

Maud Kelley says she has always loved animals. She grew up on a farm and she now lives and works at Greenlands Farm in the Hamlet of Half Hell, a community in Brunswick County (basically, part of Bolivia). The farm animal sanctuary on Greenlands Farm began in 2011; the program expanded with the non-profit organization created last year: HOOF (Helpers of our Farm). It's directed by Maud, and she is throwing an Art Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, April 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm to support the sanctuary and the educational programs it offers.

Julie Kozlow didn’t set out to be the first woman anything.  She has known for years about a penchant for the spiritual world, and that understanding crystallized during a deeply personal experience that we’ll hear about later. 

Brunswick County and Wilmington Business Development now have a formal agreement outlining opportunities for cooperation on the economic development front.  The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership, another regional economic development entity that is, like WBD, a public-private partnership, has approved requests by three counties to become part of their organization’s geography and marketing.   Craven, Lenoir, and Moore Counties.  The brings the number to 18 of counties marketed by the Southeastern Partnership – which is based in Elizabethtown.  That’s in Bladen County. 

Author and scholar Dr. Laura Lunsford is the director of the Swain Center in the Cameron School of Business at UNCW. Lunsford has a background in psychology and human development and her specialty is mentoring. She is a member of the International Mentoring Association; she convinced the Board of the Association to hold its 29th Annual Conference in Wilmington this year. 

On Tuesday a Wilmington-based technology company will take the stage at the “End Violence Against Women  International" conference in Orlando. Ten8Tech will introduce Victim Link, a new product which makes reporting a sexual assault less unpleasant for victims.  

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Today is the last day for our Spring Listener Survey. We’ll give away a Smooth Landing or Classical Guest DJ-ship to one respondent, drawn at random. See whqr.org for details. Here are some nuggets from the Survey so far. Anonymous wrote: “Coastline is unremarkable, needs some life breathed in. . .1A is a terrible successor to Dianne Rheem. Josh the host is ateurish, sometimes unnecessarily combative, and rudely uninformed. (Opinionated tone and insterted noise does not substitute for intelligence).” A different Anonymous wrote: “CoastLine has an excellent moderator.”

Cinematique will be taking a few weeks off while The Jewish Film Festival takes place at Thalian Hall. We’ll be back May 22 with new films. More information coming soon.

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WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring NPR's special correspondent, Melissa Block.

Tuesday, May 23rd from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The Grand Ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside

We are pleased to announce that NPR's Melissa Block will be our speaker at our annual fundraising luncheon at the Hilton.

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The world of classical music is so vast, even experts like Wilmington Symphony Orchestra conductor Steven Errante stumble upon new pieces all the time. One piece that recently came into Errante's purview is by Cuban composer, conductor, and guitarist, Leo Brouwer (born in 1939 in Havana). The piece is Brouwer's Concerto #3, Elegiaco. Julian Bream (for whom the piece was written) premiered the piece in London in 1986. Errante invited guitarist Justin Hoke to join WSO to perform this piece for the Season Finale concert on Saturday, April 22nd at the Wilson Center. The concert begins at 7:30 and includes Smetena's Moldau and Shostakovich's The Gadfly as well. Here are program notes for the concert.

Vince Winkel

There is a new bill in the state senate from Republican Michael Lee of New Hanover County that requires anyone driving a car to use a hands-free device for cell calls. The aim is to reduce the number of accidents – and deaths – caused by distracted drivers. However some believe such a law may not be enough.

New Hanover County Arboretum

Valerie DeSanti and Jay Denmark are two Master Gardeners from the New Hanover County Master Gardeners organization. They've been growing seeds and bulbs with other Master Gardeners since the beginning of the year in preparation for the spring Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Complete list of plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, and vegetables is available here. 

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Some of the world’s best golfers will descend on Wilmington in just under three weeks for the Wells Fargo Golf Championship. The event at Eagle Point Golf Club is projected to drive millions of dollars into the local economy and millions of TV viewers for the tournament. It’s prompted a new marketing initiative for the Cape Fear Region, but its focus is not on tourism. It's economic development. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

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WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members. 

Marvel Comics

Pineapple Shaped Lamps, or PSL, is a performance troupe known for comedy-and perhaps oddity; the PSL players are not known for drama or tragedy. But the group is taking on a dramatic (maybe tragic) tale: the rise and fall of comic book artist and author Jack Kirby: King Kirby, onstage at Red Barn Studio Theatre on 3rd Street April 13-30. Jack Kirby created comics for Marvel, then DC, then Marvel again, spanning the late 1950s through the late 1970s. He created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, X-Men, and more. Listen to Director Blake Howard and actor Bryan Cournoyer talk about the play above. 

Attorney Joan Keston practices Elder Law with offices in Wilmington and Southport She was a legal consultant and business attorney until she had to manage her husband becoming ill her parents' aging. She learned some lessons the hard way and switched her focus to Elder Law. Joan offers free seminars called Life Care Planning, an Integrative Approach to Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Asset Protection.  Listen above to hear Joan talk about misunderstandings, Power of Attorney, and scams directed at the elderly. 

Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County is the second North Carolina municipality to receive a permit for a terminal groin since a long-standing ban was lifted in 2011. 

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