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Soil & Water meeting
The Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District Board has called its regularly scheduled meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District Office, Building M, Government Center in Bolivia.
Sheriff’s charity ball benefits hospice
The inaugural Sheriff’s Charity Ball, “Diamonds and Denim,” will take place from 7-11 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the St. James Community Center. Sponsored by Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Inc., this event will benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Brunswick County “Closer to Home” campaign.
Social hour will include hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Live music and dancing, a live auction and a 50/50 raffle will follow a full sit-down dinner. Madonna Nash, 2010 Carolina Music Awards Country Artist of the Year, will provide entertainment.
Tickets are $125 per person. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For more information, visit www.sheriffscharity.com or call 253-0922. All donations to the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Inc., are tax deductible.
St. James flea market is April 21
The St. James Service Club is sponsoring a flea market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Brunswick Community College. Items for sale include furniture, electronics, sporting goods, household items and toys. Proceeds from the sale will help fund college scholarships for Brunswick County high school seniors and also nursing scholarships for students at BCC.
Family wins big lottery prize for second time
Robert Wallace, a cook from Oak Island in Brunswick County, said his wife’s $200,000 Powerball win from 2011 helped pay off most of his bills. The $100,000 prize he won on the Bankroll Doubler ticket he purchased Friday will help him make some investments and take his family on a Disney vacation.
Wallace purchased two tickets at CJ’s Corner Store on Oak Island Drive in Oak Island on Friday morning. He won $5 on the first, and then got that familiar winning feeling when he scratched off the second, which won the game’s top prize.
“It was the same feeling I had the first time we won,” Wallace said. “The same excitement. I really can’t explain it.”
After taxes were withheld, Wallace received a check for $68,001. As of Monday, one top prize remains to be claimed in the Bankroll Doubler game.
Since the lottery began through June 30 of 2011, Brunswick County education programs received more than $15.8 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries, school construction, need-based college scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs.
To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for these initiatives statewide.
Mosaic workshop is April 13 in Oak Island
OIAG is sponsoring a mosaic workshop beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the Oak Island Recreation Center. The class involves creating mosaics on flowerpots and creating birdbaths for the coming gardening season. For a list of materials required, visit www.oakislandartguild.org.
The workshop is free to members and non-members. Participants must be l8 years or older. OIAG workshops are co-sponsored by the Brunswick County Arts Council.
For more information, email otyler@ec.rr.com.
Pet Fair set for April 28 in Shallotte
Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) will have its annual Pet Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Shallotte District Park, 5550 Main St.
Highlights will include all-day demonstrations by Canine Angels, a raffle and silent-auction table and yard sale.
There will be lots of vendors, hot dogs and vendors and Sunset Slush.
It’s also a time to meet a special companion pet. Many local dog and cat rescue groups as well as breed-specific rescue groups will take part.
For more information, go to www.raceshelter.org or on Facebook to R.A.C.E. Inc.
Event sponsors include PetSmart, Wags and Whiskers, Green Up Inc., East Carolina Bank and McLane Building.
A rain date for the event is May 5.
For more information, call RACE at 547-2839.
New books at Rourk Branch Library
The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
“Phantom” by Ted Bell. Counterspy Alex Hawke must catch a man obsessed with horrifying experiments in cyber warfare in this new espionage thriller.
“Force Of Nature” by C.J. Box. A Joe Pickett novel.
“Born To Darkness” by Suzanne Brockmann. An action-packed story into the future, both fantastic and frightening.
“Stay Close” by Harlan Coben. Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away.
“The Legacy Of Eden” by Nelle Davy. An excellent debut novel.
“The Good Father” by Noah Hawley. A thriller, a mystery and a hugely important story about the relationships between a father and the boy he left behind in his failed first marriage.
“Mudwoman” by Joyce Carol Oates. A riveting novel that explores the high price of success in the life of one woman, the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution.
“Guilty Wives” by James Patterson and David Ellis. Four best friends on a decadent vacation are thrown in prison for murder.
“Fall From Grace” by Richard North Patterson. The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets.
“The Sister’s Brothers” by Patrick DeWitt. A violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that captures the humor, melancholy and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence and love.
“So Pretty It Hurts” by Kate White. Bestselling author of “The Sixes” and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan brings back the sassy crime writer turned amateur sleuth Bailey Wiggins in an addictive story involving the mysterious death of a supermodel.