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Booze It and Lose It ran through Oct. 31
The scariest part of Halloween is not in a haunted house or in a graveyard; it is behind the wheel of a car. Impaired drivers, who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, end up making the roads scarier than a horror movie.
“It is important for those who plan to drink to find a designated driver,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace. “The consequences of drinking and driving can be deadly.”
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off its Halloween Booze It and Lose It campaign last week, which ran through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Law enforcement officers were out in full-force to remove drunk drivers from North Carolina’s highways.
Last year, 388 people died in alcohol-related wrecks in North Carolina. More than 10,000 accidents involving drunk driving were reported last year. In those crashes, 8,159 people were injured.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has also created a 34-second public service announcement about the horrors of drinking and driving.

Democrat Women change meeting date
The Nov. 5 monthly meeting of the Brunswick County Democrat Women has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Brunswick County Democrat Headquarters, across from Brunswick Community College, due to the meeting being the night before election. Most officers will be helping and setting up precincts for the next day’s voting on Nov 6.
All Democrat Women are urged to volunteer for the Obama-Biden volunteer program at the Democratic headquarters now going on.
All scholarship money will be due at the Dec. 3 meeting. A recommendation from the nominating committee will also be heard, along with other monthly reports. Bring finger foods, a gift and a guest for the 2012 Christmas celebration.

Holiday boutique is Nov. 9-10
The artisans 13th annual holiday boutique at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport, will present a holiday shopping venue in downtown Southport from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9-10.
A variety of fine arts and crafts will be offered for sale by more than 45 artisans. Select from jewelry, holiday decorations, flower arrangements, sports and pet gifts, ceramics, photography, doll clothes, baskets, prints, stained glass, fabric art, pottery and more. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted.
For more information, contact Judy Burnam at (910) 253-3630 or email judyburnam@gmail.com.

‘All the Glitters’ in Southport on Nov. 2
“All that Glitters” is the theme for this month’s First Friday Gallery Walk at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.
A Christmas boutique will welcome visitors to shop for items on their holiday list and for themselves. Among the handcrafted items for sale are jewelry, scarves, ornaments, handbags, doll clothing, decorations and cards. Members of the gallery designed all these items made specifically for this event.
The Christmas boutique opens Nov. 2 and will remain open throughout the month of November and into December until the gallery closes for the season Dec. 17. This is the time to shop for the “glittery” items not seen elsewhere.
On First Friday, the gallery welcomes visitors with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 130 E. West Street, directly behind Franklin Square Park in Southport.
The First Friday Gallery Walk, sponsored by Downtown South, takes place from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through several downtown venues that evening. For more information, call (910) 457-5450 or visit www.franklinsquaregallery.com.

Museum of Coastal Carolina fall programs
The Museum of Coastal Carolina fall programs begin at 11 a.m. Learn about Brunswick County’s Green Swamp in a series of three programs presented by museum educator Ed Ovsenik: Nov. 10, geography and geology; Dec.8, plants and animals; and Dec. 29, indigenous people.
On Dec. 22, museum educator Allison Smith presents her popular Megabites program. Learn all about sharks, and then hunt for shark teeth in the museum’s outdoor fossil pit.
On Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., Dr. Jack Hall presents “The Stories That Fossils Tell: Forgotten Monsters and Environments of North Carolina’s Past.” Hall is chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at UNCW.
Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 East Second St. on Ocean Isle Beach. Admission is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger. For more information, call 579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Morris to speak at membership luncheon
The Southport Woman’s Club is hosting a special membership luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport. Guest speaker will be club member and long-time educator Georgianna Morris. Her presentation, “You Can Get There From Here,” will share her experiences from a recent trip to Cuba.
Southport Woman’s Club has more than 100 years of community service and work in the Southport area. Projects started during its early years, such as garbage service and the library, still resonate as important civic issues today. Current projects cover education and scholarship, public affairs and home life and conservation and recycling.
Information on club work, activities and projects will be available at the meeting. For more information, call Karen Knighton at 454-8018.

Rourk Library hosts historic places exhibit
After months of planning and work, the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) unveiled its new Most Threatened Historic Places traveling exhibit on Aug. 28 at the downtown branch of the New Hanover County Public Library.
This exhibit is now on display in Brunswick County at the Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte until Nov. 12, when it will travel to Pender County. The exhibit highlights the 2012 list of the region’s most threatened historic places and provides background on all the previous lists.
It is the foundation’s hope the exhibit will expand and extend the discussion about the need to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources throughout the year, because the exhibit will circulate around the three-county region the foundation serves.
The exhibit was created with the idea it would involve the viewer and motivate people to think about the buildings and sites in their towns and neighborhoods that are important and should be saved. The new exhibit is funded by a major grant from the Landfall Foundation. Additional support was provided by Epic Design Group, Fast Signs, The Frame Works and the city of Wilmington.
The seventh annual list of the Most Threatened Historic Places in Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region was released in May when Dr. Jeffrey Crow, North Carolina’s state historic preservation officer, assisted the foundation by presenting the list at a news conference, standing in front of a newly announced threatened site.
The purpose of the foundation’s program is to focus attention on threatened sites and to illustrate the importance and benefits of historic preservation in this community. The program has helped raise public awareness of historic places, as well as generate creative new solutions and ideas for sites in desperate need of attention.
A threatened places program also helps the public understand the broad range of preservation concerns. Historic Wilmington expects the traveling exhibit, which will appear in the county libraries of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, will help sustain a year-round dialogue about the value of heritage and historic buildings in these communities.
Historic preservation is more than just saving a famous landmark; it is about preserving old neighborhoods, schools, churches, cemeteries and commercial districts of the Cape Fear region’s diverse population.
According to Historic Wilmington Foundation President Don Britt, “Historic preservation has achieved more credibility and acceptance today than at any time since we were founded in 1966. This exhibit will expand our ability to educate the public and property owners on the advantages of rehabilitation versus demolition.”
Foundation board member and Brunswick County Planning Director Leslie Bell said the traveling exhibit of threatened historic places and the opportunity to keep the discussion about historic preservation going for the whole year has been the foundation’s goal for years.
“We are grateful to the Landfall Foundation for their significant support of this program that is critical to our role as the leader for historic preservation in the region,” he said.

Spaghetti fundraiser to benefit dog park
There will be a spaghetti fundraiser to benefit Oak Island Salty Dog Park from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Oak Island Recreation Center. Plates are $7 in advance or $10 at the door and include spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. Eat in or take-out. Tickets available at Oak Island Recreation Center. Deadline for tickets is Nov. 7.

Teen shelter to host dinner dance Nov. 10
Providence Home, the Brunswick County Family Emergency Teen Shelter, will host a dinner dance fundraiser at Silver Coast Winery from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 10. The dinner will be catered by The Purple Onion restaurant in Shallotte and dancing will be provided by Hooked On Dancin’ with Wanda and Jim York.
The event will also feature Silver Coast fine wines, and auctions. The cost is $30 per person and tickets are available from any Providence Home board member or by calling Providence Home at 457-0440.
“For the past 15 years, Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter has had the privilege of being a resource to parents, and state and county agencies in an effort to fulfill our duty to children in Brunswick County and surrounding areas,” said Warren Mortley, executive director of Providence Home. “Using the proceeds from our Sheltered Treasures thrift stores, the kind donations from our community and beyond, Providence Home has been able to provide a safe, nurturing environment to hundreds of children between the ages of 10-17 who were in need of temporary out-of-home placement for up to 90 days and at no cost to the families.”

Talk about your back, joint pain Nov. 15
Are back problems or joint pain keeping you from enjoying an active lifestyle? Bring your questions to Brunswick Novant Medical Center’s orthopedic discussion panel with local, board-certified orthopedic surgeons to learn more about the options available to relieve your pain, including surgical and non-surgical treatments.
The “Ask the Orthopedic Doctors” panel will be at the St. James Community Center Nov. 15. The event will begin with light refreshments at 6 p.m. and transition into the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.
The board-certified orthopedic surgeons will answer any questions about back problems or joint pain. These surgeons will be able to answer a wide variety of questions with focuses on spine, hip, knee, shoulder pain, and foot and ankle pain.
Registration is encouraged. Call 721-1473 to register. This event is open to all Brunswick area residents. For more information on the discussion panel, visit www.BrunswickNovant.org/seminar.
For more information on Brunswick Novant Medical Center, visit www.BrunswickNovant.org or become a fan at www.facebook.com/brunswicknovant.

Memorial Turkey Run set for Nov. 17
The sixth annual Turkey Run, in memory of Ron Kelly, will take place Saturday, Nov. 17.
Bikes will leave Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson, 6620 Market St. in Wilmington; New River Harley-Davidson, 2394 Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville; and Beach House Harley-Davidson, 4919 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte, at 10:15 a.m. and ride to the Mad Boar in Wallace. Bring a nonperishable food donation. Donations will be accepted by Nov. 18 if not able to make the ride.

Paint-in Wednesdays at  Silver Coast Winery
Waterway Art Association will have a paint-in every Wednesday from
9:30 a.m.-noon in the Barrel Room at the Silver Coast Winery on Barbecue Road in Ocean Isle Beach. This is a temporary location until the end of the year.
All interested artists are welcome to join this free activity. Call Barbara at 287-4704 or Mary at 579-4997 for further information.

New books at Hickmans Crossroads Library
The following new books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library:
“Sleep No More” by Iris Johansen. Entreated by her mother to help find a missing woman who has escaped from a mental hospital, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is shocked to discover the woman’s true identity and enlists the help of rogue FBI profiler Kendra Michaels.
“The Panther” by Nelson DeMille. Anti-terrorist task force agent John Corey and his FBI agent wife, Kate Mayfield, search for the mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
“The Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell. In Alberta, Canada, an eminent paleontologist disappears from a dinosaur dig site, and at the Cambridge Forensic Center, Kay Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her a dreadful reason to suspect this may become her next case. Who is behind all this? And whom can Scarpetta trust?
“The Art of Intelligence” by Henry Crumpton. A counterterrorism spy describes his leadership of the campaign that routed al Qaeda and the Taliban in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, offering insight into the ways in which the Afghanistan campaign changed American warfare.
“Maine” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction.
“The Wounded Heart.” An Amish quilt novel by Adina Senft. When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart. A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. When she gets an offer for her business from Eli Fischer, she’s only too relieved to consider it.
“Bottom of the 33rd” by Dan Barry. From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the beautifully recounted story of the longest game in baseball history.
“The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
“The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling. When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.
“NYPD Red” by James Patterson. Detective Zach Jordan investigates a series of brutal, public crimes that coincide with the arrival of dozens of glamorous celebrities in town for parties and premieres.
“Paradise City” by Archer Mayor. When the murder of an elderly woman in Boston is tied to a string of unrelated burglaries across the state of Vermont, Joe Gunther tries to discover who is purchasing the stolen objects in the “Paradise City” of Northampton, Mass.
“Children of Wrath” by Paul Grossman. Willi Kraus tackles the case of the Kinderfresser, the vicious Child-Eater of Berlin. The story starts out in the fall of 1929, the last days of prosperity. Berlin is deep in the throes of a giddy rush to forget its troubled past. But the same day the stock market crashes in New York, the dark underside of the German capital flushes to the surface in the form of a burlap sack.
“Rogue” by Carol Goodman. Two years ago, Robin Monarch was a top level CIA operative, perhaps the best they had when it came to black bag operations. Then one day, in the middle of an operation, with his team around him in the field, Monarch walked away, leaving his old life and friends behind.
“Red Rain” by R.L. Stine. In the aftermath of a hurricane from which she barely escapes while on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, travel writer Lea Sutter impulsively adopts a pair of orphaned twin boys against the wishes of her family before encountering the twins’ sinister natures.
“The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.
“The Case Files of a Paranormal Investigator” by local author Stephen Lancaster.
“Life with Lily” by Mary Ann Kinsinger. Introduces Lily Lapp who, beginning at age five, finds opportunities for blessings, laughter, learning, and mischief as she explores her Amish community, welcomes a new baby brother, begins school, and spends time with family and friends.
“White Christmas Pie” by Wanda Brunstetter. In this bittersweet holiday romance set in Amish country, Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, meets Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers as they both become involved with a desperate father searching for his son.