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Flotilla meeting set for July 24
The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s July flotilla meeting has been rescheduled. This month only, the meeting will be at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday, July 24, at the Coast Guard Station on Oak Island, Caswell Beach.
Two more safe boating courses (ABS) are being offered this year: Saturday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Sept. 15. Call Fred Robertie at (910) 754-3629 for details.
Upon completion of this course, which concludes with a written, monitored test, successful participants are issued a Coast Guard certificate and card. North Carolina residents younger than 25 are required to complete this or similar course before operating a private watercraft.
Voluntary boat inspections are also provided upon request. Call Ray Larrisey at (910) 269-4087 for more information. If interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary, call Butch Willette at (910) 754-0157.

Shag club to dance July 21 in Shallotte
The Coastal Shag Club’s monthly dance, “Firecracker Shag Dance,” will be Saturday night, July 21, at the Moose Lodge in Shallotte, 253 Holden Beach Road. Come early to receive free shag or line dance lessons from 6:30-7 p.m.
Mike Rogers will be the deejay from 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for club members and $8 for guests. Soda and adult beverages will be sold by the lodge. Everyone is welcome. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Wine Society to host tasting July 29
The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will have its next wine tasting event for area wine lovers and their guests at 4:30 p.m. July 29 at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach.
The cost of the tasting will be $10 for AWS members. All guests are urged to bring a favorite wine glass for this event. Prior to the tasting, the chapter will have a brief meet and greet social with wine and cheese being served.
The theme for this meeting will be “Subtle and Soft Pinot Noir.” This tasting will feature six Pinot Noir wines as part of the American Wine Society’s National Tasting Project.
May’s meeting, which featured various wines from the PGA Tour, demonstrated a wide range of styles and character that was achieved at various price points.
“These wines had remarkable quality, and reflect the passion and commitment of these golfers to the wine labels that bare their names,” said Stan Barwikowski, chapter chair.
The July tastings will be blind, and each attendee will rate each wine according to the AWS 20-point rating scale.
The chapter is also planning tastings featuring premium boxed wines, wines made from unique varietals, and a one-year chapter birthday celebration in future meetings. Everyone is welcome to attend chapter meetings.
AWS membership is for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more about it. Members include wine lovers from novice to expert, amateur and professional winemakers, wine educators and people in all aspects of the wine industry.
All those planning to attend this event are asked to RSVP by July 26 via email to OceanIsleAWS@gmail.com. This event will be limited to 40 guests.

Senior Alliance seeks partners for event
Brunswick County Senior Alliance will host its second annual Seniors Helping Seniors and their Caregivers event for community leaders, volunteers and seniors wanting to promote healthy aging from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Brunswick Community College South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.
Working closely with Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., Senior Alliance members are currently in the process of planning the program and soliciting sponsors and exhibitors. Any individuals and organizations interested in partnering with the Senior Alliance are welcome to attend the planning meetings.
The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. July 24 at the South Brunswick Islands Center.
The Brunswick County Senior Alliance is an outgrowth of the inaugural Seniors Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers event that took place in October 2011 at the Brunswick Center in Southport.
The mission of the Senior Alliance is to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.
A major focus is on helping seniors remain independent, in their own homes, as long as possible. They may need help not only from family members, but also of neighbors, community organizations and small businesses to manage everyday living.
A current project is to explore possibilities for adult daycare in Brunswick County. The lack of adult daycare programs in the county was identified as an important issue at the 2011 event.
By joining the Senior Alliance, you can help bring the generations together to make our communities more livable for all.
For more information on the Brunswick County Senior Alliance, contact Carolyn Pryor at 454-4479.