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BFA accepting applications 

Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications on Oct. 1, by appointment only, for its Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. The agency will continue to take applications through Nov. 12.

Applicants should call 754-4766 to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. Applications will also be taken at Victory Free Will Baptist Church and Family Resource Center in Leland.

To qualify, a household must have income at or less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level and must provide proof of the following: income for all household members, Brunswick County residency, Social Security/ITIN cards for all adults, birth certificates or current Medicaid cards for all children age 12 and younger and all monthly household expenses.

The poverty level for a family of two is $1,214 per month; a family of three is $1,526 per month; and a family of four is $1,838 per month. Qualified applicants will receive gifts for children age 12 and younger and seniors age 60 and older, plus a food basket with everything needed for a traditional Christmas dinner.

Brunswick Family Assistance is a Cape Fear Area United Way Agency. The agency also depends on the support of the community through volunteers and donations. 

For more information or to adopt a family or child or decorate a Tree of Hope, call 754-4766 or visit its office at 4600-8 Main St. in the Twin Creek Plaza in Shallotte between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BLT plans upcoming shows

Brunswick Little Theatre has announced the following productions for its 2010-2011 season:

“The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee” (a comedy) will be presented at the Odell Williamson Auditorium Event Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College on the following dates: Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Seating is limited, call for reservations at (800) 754-1050, ext. 416.

“The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad” from The Wind In The Willows (Stagestruck Players, its youth production) will be presented at Odell Williamson Auditorium Event Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. Feb 25-27 and at 3 p.m. March 4-6.

A musical review, a free show under the stars, will be presented at Franklin Square Park in Southport in May 2011. Exact dates will be announced later.

Candidate meet and greet set

The public is invited to Countdown to Victory, a candidate meet-and-greet and barbecue sponsored by the Brunswick County Republican Party and the Brunswick County Republican Women from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Shallotte Township District Park, 5550 Main St. in Shallotte.

The event is free and will feature Republican office holders and candidates who will discuss issues and concerns.

Ilario Pantano for U.S. Congress, State Rep. Frank Iler, Dr. Bill Rabon for State Senate, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, Jim McCallum for Clerk of Courts, Jon David for District Attorney, John Thompson for Brunswick County Board of Education and Anthony Street for Brunswick County Soil and Water have committed to attend.

Blue Heron raffle benefits BFA

The Blue Heron Gallery will raffle two pieces of artwork now on display at the gallery to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance. All proceeds will be donated directly to BFA.

The raffle has been extended until Oct. 30. Tickets may be purchased at the Blue Heron Gallery at The Village at Sunset Beach.

Brunswick Family Assistance is a local organization that donates food, clothing and other services to families in need in Brunswick County.

Leukemia Society benefit set

Collins Mabry will be teaming up with one of the foundersof Dye Lock for a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training on Oct. 2.

They will be outside of Leland Walmart taking donations. Every $5 donation will receive a Dye Lock pack. There will also be a raffle for a 10-pack of Dye Lock.

Haunted trail set for mid-October

You will go in…but will you come out?

Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue is having its annual Halloween haunted trail starting mid-October.

The dates are Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, 7 p.m. until each night.

Admission is $6 per person. Ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

The station and trail are at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904). To get there, turn west at the intersection with U.S. 17 toward Grissettown. Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue is 1.8 miles down on the right.

For more information, call the fire department at 287-3030.

Literacy Council to have training

The Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) will host a literacy orientation for new volunteers from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the BCLC office at 282 Ocean Highway East in Supply.

The orientation will provide an overview of the literacy needs, agency services, the program effect on its participants and will also discuss volunteer opportunities. Volunteers help adults improve their basic literacy skills, work in the BCLC office, use public speaking skills and work as a team planning a special event.

The Brunswick County Literacy Council is a non-profit agency that offers free one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction in reading, writing and math to adults over 16. For more information about becoming a literacy volunteer or to register, call 754-7323, ext. 0.

Survivors group to meet Nov. 1

Beginning Nov. 1, the Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick of Coastal Horizons Center Inc., will be offering a Survivor’s Group for women age 18 and older who have been victims of sexual assault.

The group will consist of eight sessions and offers a safe environment for victims of sexual abuse to share and learn to thrive by learning positive coping skills. The object of the group is to provide participants with support and knowledge to assist them from moving from victim to survivor.

To pre-register, call Deanna Stoker at the Rape Crisis Center-Brunswick at 754-7949.

Haunted trail to open in October

Backwoods Haunted Trail in Ash will be open every weekend in October on Friday and Saturday, beginning at dusk. This walking trail will thrill adults and children alike as live actors come out of the woods in costume. This is an event so scary you have to sign a waiver, organizers said.

Adults are admitted for $10 and children are admitted for $5.

On Oct. 23, celebrate Oktoberfest with a pig pickin’ and 4-by-4 and ATV race events on a 72-inch big screen shown in the woods with surround sound. Watch movies like “Monster House” for the kids and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” for adults. Adult and kids movies are $2.

The weekend of Halloween is Autism Awareness weekend, hosting a Ride for Autism. Bring your rigs (ATVs or 4-by-4s) and join the ride for the cause. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. Movies will be “Haunted Mansion” for the kids and “A Haunting in Connecticut” for adults. Halloween night will be a no-holds-barred scream fest.

ATV Trail Tours, also at Carolina Backwoods at 1461 Ash River Road, offers cabins, RV and tent sites. For more information, visit www.carolinabackwoods.com or call 287-5695. Check for further dates and details on the website or keep up to date on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BackwoodsHauntedTrail.

Oktoberfest set for Oct. 23

Thistle Golf Club will host an Oktoberfest from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. This event will feature music, German food, beer tastings in a beer garden, putting contest, croquet, trivia, children’s activities, membership information and more.

Tickets are $35 per adult and include food and entertainment. Purchase tickets before Oct. 15 by calling 579-8063 or e-mail megan@thistlegolf.com.

Find more details and RSVP via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThistleGolfClub.

 Shallotte class of ’70 plans reunion

Shallotte High School’s Class of 1970 is planning a reunion for Nov. 6. Graduates should contact Ann Gurganus Abbott at 579-2105 or 279-9003.

SBHS class of ’85 plans reunion

The South Brunswick High School Class of ’85 reunion will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Best Western in Leland (in front of Walmart).

Friday will be a meet and greet at the SBHS football game. There will be a tailgate party at 6 p.m. before the game. Food will be provided.

Saturday everyone will meet at the Best Western at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations should be made by Sept. 30. Check or money orders can be mailed to SBHS 25th Reunion, 3058-1 George II Hwy S.E., Southport, NC 28461.

For additional information, call 386-2483 or 200-8283.

Students to take part in science day

Brunswick County youth will join thousands of young people across the nation on Oct. 6 as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, conducting one simultaneous experiment: 4-H2O, the 2010 National Science Experiment. 

In Brunswick County, the event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service at the Government Complex, Building N, in Bolivia.  Youth ages 5-19 and their families are invited to attend. 

4-H2O will teach youth how carbon dioxide can affect aquatic animals, plants and other living organisms in lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. It will feature a series of interactive activities and discussions to demonstrate the importance of water quality and its relevance to climate change, and how they can help reduce their carbon footprint in their own communities. 

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day will spark an early youth interest in science education. Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering and technology yearlong programming. Through the “One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas” campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering and technology programs by the year 2013. 

To request more information or to RSVP to attend, contact Leslie Kammer, 4-H program assistant, at 253-2610 or e-mail leslie_wilson@ncsu.edu.

Auditions set for ‘Forever Plaid’

Cape Fear Repertory Theatre will have open auditions for the musical/comedy “Forever Plaid” Saturday, Oct 2, at 3 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at Playhouse 211 Theater, 4320-100 Southport-Supply Road.

Auditions are open to all males ages 18 and older.

“Forever Plaid” is a musical review showcasing some of the most popular songs of the ’50s. Singers needed are: two tenors, one baritone and one bass. Performers must be able to sing close harmonies, as well as solo numbers. There will also be sight-reading music and cold reading from the script. 

For more information, visit www.capefearrep.com or call 294-2184.

Robert Stern to be at coffee shop

Meet political humorist Robert Stern at Coffee Dog of Calabash, The Low Country Stores, 10138 Beach Drive, on Oct. 14.

Stern has just published his second book, “Microman USA: The Tea Party Edition.” Come for coffee and meet the author at this free event open to the public. There may be a surprise special guest.

Stern has been touring with “Joe the Plumber” and was recently featured on “Good Morning America.” He lives in the Las Vegas area and has a home in Ocean Isle Beach.

Democrat Women to meet

All Democratic candidates are invited to the Democrat Women’s October meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Democrat Headquarters across from Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

Highlights of the recent Women’s State Convention, scholarship funding, budget reports and selection of a nominating committee for new officers will also take place. Raffle tickets will be available.

All Brunswick County Democrat Women are invited to come and share their ideas.

Ferry to use winter schedule

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has announced the Southport-Fort Fisher route has reverted to its winter schedule of departures.

The winter schedule is as follows:

Departing from Southport, the times are: 5:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m.; 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45 and 6:15 p.m.

Departing from Fort Fisher, the times are 6:15, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10 and 11:30 a.m.; 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

For further schedule information and updates, call the Southport terminal at 457-6942, (800) 293-3779 (BY-FERRY) or visit the NCDOT ferry website at www.ncferry.org.

Gospel sing set for Oct. 16

Gospel singing will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Franklin Park in Southport, on the corner of West and Howe streets.

Bring a picnic lunch, a lawn chair and bug spray and then sit back and enjoy the festivities. Soloists and groups will perform.

‘Hostage’ presentation set

Brunswick Community College’s Brunswick Institute for Lifelong Learning (B.I.L.L.) will presents “Hostage: A Personal Perspective” from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Cost is $35.

Cortlandt Barnes, a retired CIA agent, was captured and held hostage along with several others on Nov. 4, 1979, when Iranians took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. 

He will present his account of the events that took place on that day and will share his experience during captivity and the treatment of the hostages by the Iranians.

Call 755-7378 to reserve a spot.

Farmers market season extended

The Shallotte Farmers Market is extending its season to include the month of October.

The growing season for local farmers got off to a late start this year due to the cold winter and wet spring. Several vendors had difficulty getting into their fields in early spring and then the extreme heat of mid-summer ruined many of crops. 

The market offers fresh okra, greens, peas, squash and pumpkins, as well as grapes just in time for fall eating and decorating. In addition, new crafters are added weekly.

Visit the Shallotte Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday through October at Riverside Park on the corner of N.C. 130 and Main Street in Shallotte.

Sonrise sets Sunday services

Sonrise Baptist Church, 8375 River Road in Southport, will have special Sunday school lessons on the following dates: Oct. 3, Round-Up Sunday; Oct. 10, Co-Worker Sunday; Oct. 17, Friend Sunday; Oct. 24, Neighbor Sunday; and Oct. 31, Family Sunday. Each special Sunday starts at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Rodney Cox and his congregation invite any and all ages to come and enjoy the lessons.

 Gullah anniversary event planned

Celebrate with Ultimate Gullah on its 10th anniversary from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at 1601 Horry St. in Conway, S.C.

Ultimate Gullah is connected to Brunswick County, as it is a commissioner on the National Gullah/Geechie Corridor, which begins in Brunswick County. Gullah culture is evident in the county and there have been festivals in North Carolina that have resulted in much interest in the culture.

The theme is “remember the time…” when people came together after the harvest. There will be a tool sharpener, soap maker, basket weavers, homemade honey and syrup, food and live music, a true celebration of times in the past. Pat Bertrand from Wilmington is the tool sharpener and Bobby Jordon of Gallivants Ferry will be the soap maker for the day.

Attendees are asked to bring their tools (scissors, hoes, shovels, knives) and their holiday spirit.

For more information, call (843) 488-4885 or visit www.ultimategullah.com.

Silver coast to compete

Silver Coast Winery has announced its inclusion in this year’s Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition.

The judges of the Jefferson Cup Invitational have extended this invitation in recognition of the excellence they believe is exemplified by the winery and its wines. About 500 wineries throughout the United States are chosen for this competition, representing the very best of commercial American wine.

The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the third president. The father of the Constitution, he also helped in the early shaping of the nation’s cultural, viticultural and culinary heritage and helped to champion the international concept of human rights.

In recognition of this legacy, the Jefferson Cup Invitational has chosen to partner with Angel Flight Central in a simultaneous event: Wine Flight: From The Cellar To The Sky. This special occasion will provide a tasting opportunity, food, an auction as well as entertainment, all while raising money to benefit this association.

Silver Coast Winery is a full winemaking facility housing an art gallery, two gift shops, and picnic grounds. Tours and tastings take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 

Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 

For more information, visit www.silvercoastwinery.com or call 287-2800.

Upcoming art events set

K.D. Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop, 3422 Holden Beach Road in Holden Beach, has announced the following upcoming events:

Weekly wine and cheese tastings from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Oct. 1-31: Visual Ensemble, a group exhibition of 12 new artists showing a collage of mixed media art.

Oct.  9 from 5-7 p.m.: Meet the Artist night, featuring an artist reception for the new exhibition with live music, wine and cheese and conversation.

Nov. 16-Dec. 15: Deviant Beauty on exhibit with photography by Michael Dunn, featuring sculpted landscapes of the feminine nude.

Dec. 3 from 5-7 p.m.: Meet the Artist night, featuring an artist reception for Michael Dunn with live music, wine and cheese and discussion.

Hours are 2-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 477-7093 or visit www.kdmorris.net.

Free mental health screenings

Southeastern Center, North Carolina Mentor, RHA’s The Harbor, New Hanover Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Hospital and North Carolina Solutions will join more than 1,000 community organizations, colleges and military installations throughout the country to offer free, anonymous mental health screenings in an effort to educate members of the public on the symptoms of depression and point them to local resources where they can get help.

Screenings will be offered on Oct. 7 at the following locations:

•N.C. Mentor Walk-In Clinic at New Hope, 201 W. Boiling Spring Road in Boiling Spring Lakes, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

•N.C. Solutions, Cape Fear Crisis Walk-In Clinic, 63 Stamp Act Drive in Bolivia, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mental health professionals will be available to speak with individuals regarding their personal situations at no cost and with no appointment necessary.

Depression represents the most prevalent psychiatric illness encountered in the primary care setting. It is also among the most challenging of diagnoses to make because its presentation is so varied. Depression often hides behind somatic complaints or is masked by co-existing illness. When left undiagnosed, patients with depression often return to their primary care physician office with unresolved health issues. 

More than half of participants who took a screening online sought depression treatment in the three months following their initial screening. It is important for patients to understand that their depression is a medical illness and not a character or emotional weakness. 

Screening can play a key role in early identification and treatment of depression. For more information regarding on-line screening visit www.secmh.org. For additional information, call Catrecia McCoy Bowman, information and communications specialist, at 332-6848 or e-mail bowmanc@secmh.org.