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Wine society to host tasting Nov. 4
The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will have its next wine tasting event for area wine lovers and their guests beginning at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach.
The theme for this meeting will be “The Wonders of Spanish Wines” and will feature six premium red wines from several of Spain’s prominent wine regions.
September’s meeting, which featured seven wines made from unique grape varietals, was most impressive and well received, said Stanley Barwikowski, chapter chair.  
“The September tastings demonstrated that there are many fine wines with impressive taste and quality that should be on everyone’s wine list and not just left to be enjoyed by wine geeks,” he said.
Attendees noted the quality of these wines was not reflective in the value pricing. This event also featured several food pairings that were appropriate for the wines tasted.
The chapter is also planning future tastings of budget-based French wines, and in 2013, will host a series of tastings featuring wines from local Italian wine importers. Everyone is welcome to attend chapter meetings.
The cost of the tasting will be $10 for AWS members. The guest tasting fee is $15, of which $5 will be refunded if the guest joins the American Wine Society. This event will be limited to 40 members and guests. All guests are urged to bring their 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.
All those planning to attend this event are asked to RSVP by Nov. 2 to OceanIsleAWS@gmail.com.

Calabash Lions set fundraiser for Nov. 10
Tickets are still available for the Calabash Lions Club fundraiser for charities on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Little River United Methodist Church in Little River, S.C.
The event features Milton Bullock, the “Golden Platter,” and Mary Tate “Bubbling Brown Sugar” performing a “trip down memory lane.” Deejay Cheryl Z will lead the program.
Tickets are $15 prior to event and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call (910) 209-6170.

Newcomers Club to meet Nov. 8
The Southwest Brunswick Newcomers Club (SWBNC) will meet from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 8, in the fellowship hall of Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 MH Rourk Drive in Shallotte. Doors will open at
9:30 a.m. for new members to join and to sign up for scheduled recurring activities and special planned events.
Guest speaker will be Bert Felton, a U.S. Coast Guard captain, who will share stories about the maritime heritage of the region.
Brunswick singles and couples are welcome to attend. Call 575-3743 for more information or visit its website at www.swbnc.org. An application to join the SWBNC can be found on the website. The cost to join is $10 per person. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month through May 2013.

Woodturners work at Kids Day
The Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA) supports projects that reach out to the communities in the Cape Fear region. They have provided demonstrations in several arts and crafts venues and hands-on training to several schools from elementary to the community college level. Some members are from Brunswick County.
WAWA recently participated in Kids Day at the Cape Fear Fair. Woodturners demonstrated woodturning skills by making Christmas ornaments and other objects on their mini-lathes. There was also a demonstration of a spring pole lathe, which was used to turn wood prior to the availability of electric lathes.
The Wilmington Area Woodturners Association is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and an official chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. It serves the Cape Fear region of North and South Carolina. It has members from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Robeson, and Duplin counties in North Carolina and Horry County in South Carolina.

Beekeepers to meet Nov. 13 at Poplar Grove
Bill Sheppard, retired N.C. apiary inspector, will be the guest speaker at the Cape Fear Regional Beekeepers Association meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Poplar Grove Plantation in North Wilmington. He will discuss North Carolina honey plants.
Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are welcome to attend this meeting at no charge.
Sheppard, whose former inspection territory included Brunswick County, is widely regarded as the leading expert on North Carolina honey plants and has amassed an amazing collection of honey plant photographs.
For directions or questions, contact Barry Harris at (910) 352-7868.