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Literacy council seeks volunteer tutors
The Brunswick County Literacy Council is seeking volunteers/tutors for a volunteer orientation workshop and an ABL tutor workshop on June 11.
The volunteer orientation workshop for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer will be from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, June 11, at the Brunswick County Literacy Council, 282 Ocean Highway East in Supply. Light snacks will be provided.
An ABL (Adult Basic Literacy) tutor workshop for anyone interested in becoming a tutor volunteer will be from 1-5 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Brunswick County Literacy Council. Light snacks will be provided and there is a $20 fee for this class.
For information or to register for these classes, contact the Literacy Council at 754-7323 or email bcliteracy@yahoo.com.

Hospice conference for caregivers is June 15
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter will present “Live Well: Every Moment Matters,” a free, community conference for caregivers, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium. Conference speakers will discuss a variety of ways for coping with the stresses of caregiving.
Suzanne LaFollette-Black, AARP N.C. associate state director, will present “Prepare to Care: What Caregivers Need to Know.”
Holly Henderson, Area Agency on Aging family caregiver resource specialist, will talk about “Caring for the Caregiver: Local Resources to Help Take Care of Yourself.”
Melanie Bunn, founder of Bunn Consulting and dementia training specialist for Alzheimers North Carolina, will focus on “Finding Meaning in the Moments: Communicating with People with Dementia.”
The Hospice staff will offer “Closer to Home: The Future is Now for Hospice in Brunswick County.”
This free program is appropriate for the general public, family and professional caregivers, students, volunteers, faith community members and anyone who is currently caring for someone or anticipates doing so. A complimentary lunch and educational materials will be provided. A certificate of attendance will be available.
For information and registration, visit the Events page at hospiceandlifecarecenter.org or call 796-7943 or (800) 733-2476. The conference is made possible in part through support from Assisted Care at Home, Brunswick Community College and Livin’ Out Loud.

Planetarium sets summer schedule
Ingram Planetarium’s summer schedule begins on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. During this time, the planetarium will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. The planetarium is closed Sunday and Monday.
Free family programs begin at noon Tuesday through Friday. All ages are welcome.
Tuesday: Navigating the Seas. Explore the history of celestial navigation.
Wednesday: Sea Turtle Talk. Learn about the sea turtles that nest on our beaches each summer. Presented by the Sunset Beach Sea Turtle Watch.
Thursday: Sun Time. View the sun safely through a solar telescope.
Friday: What’s Up? Is it a star, a planet or a satellite? Learn how to tell the difference.
At 11 a.m., see Legends of the Night Sky for half-price. This humorous laser show looks at the mythology behind the constellations Orion and Perseus. Half-price admission to this show is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $2 for children ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger.
Enjoy state-of-the-art digital projection and surround-sound systems in the SciDome Sky Theater. Shows begin promptly on the hour Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is per show.
1 p.m.: Dynamic Earth (new). This cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that shapes Earth’s climate. Ride along swirling ocean and wind currents, delve into a monster hurricane, fly into a volcano, and dive to the ocean floor. This show repeats at 3 p.m.
2 p.m.: Tales of the Maya Skies (new). This fascinating production inspires and educates as it looks at the Maya’s amazing astronomical achievements, including the famed Maya long calendar that ends this December.
3 p.m.: Dynamic Earth (new). See description above.
4 p.m.: Oasis in Space. This spellbinding production takes you on a search for water and life in the universe.
Laser music shows begin promptly on the hour Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Playlists can be found at www.MuseumPlanetarium.org. Admission is per show.
Thursday at 5 p.m.: Beatles; 6 p.m. Laser Spirit; 7 p.m. Arena Rock.
Friday at 5 p.m.: Metallica; 6 p.m. Led Zeppelin; 7 p.m. Pink Floyd: “The Wall.”
Saturday at 5 p.m.: Beatles; 6 p.m. Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon;” 7 p.m. Pink Floyd: “The Wall.”
The laser music shows Metallica and Pink Floyd: The Wall are not recommended for young children.
Admission is free for planetarium members. Non-member per-show admission to Sky Theater and Laser Music shows is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission to one show entitles you to $1 off the ticket price for subsequent shows that day. Visit Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. Call 575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org for more information.

SURE deadline is June 1
Brunswick County farmers have a critical deadline to consider. Brunswick County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Coke Gray reminds producers that Friday, June 1, is the fast-approaching deadline for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE), the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).
“It is absolutely crucial that Brunswick County producers meet the deadline for these programs,” Gray said, “in order to receive disaster and income support. Farmers and producers take risks. These programs form a safety net that keeps producers operating after a devastating natural disaster and during times of low market prices.”
The SURE program compensates producers for production and quality losses during times of disaster. Producers experienced crop production and/or crop quality losses during the 2010 crop year must apply for SURE program benefits by the June 1 deadline.
Eligibility requirements differ between producers in counties designated as a primary or contiguous disaster county by the Secretary of Agriculture and between producers located in non-disaster counties. In addition to other eligibility requirements, producers must have purchased crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) on all crops.
While SURE helps after natural disasters strike, DCP and ACRE provide income support when there is a decline in commodity prices. Eligible DCP participants receive a direct payment and/or a counter-cyclical payment. Direct payment rates are established by statute regardless of market prices. FSA reminds producers that the 2008 Farm Bill does not authorize advance direct payments for 2012. Counter-cyclical payments vary depending on market prices, and are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price.
ACRE protects producers from farm market revenue declines when revenue triggers are met for a commodity at both the state and farm level. All owners and operators who will share in the DCP and ACRE payments on the farm must sign up by June 1.
“ACRE elections and enrollment must be completed by the June 1 deadline,” Gray said. “Late file provisions are not available for ACRE. If elected in a previous year, producers must enroll for 2012 by June 1 to receive payment.”
Additional SURE, DCP or ACRE signup information is available at the Brunswick County FSA office, 10 Referendum Drive in Bolivia or call 253-4448, ext. 2.

Transit of Venus may be seen June 5
The transit of Venus, one of the rarest predictable astrological events, will occur on June 5. The transit of Venus takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the sun and the Earth.
Venus becomes visible against the sun; it looks like a small black disc moving across the sun’s face, but don’t try looking at it directly. Staring at the sun can cause serious and often permanent eye damage.
Observations of the transit of Venus have been used by astronomers to calculate the distance between the sun and the Earth. The transit of Venus was the first collaboration of a worldwide science community to investigate a natural phenomenon.
Ingram Planetarium celebrates the transit of Venus, and the planetarium’s own 10th anniversary, by presenting a special program at 5 p.m. June 5. Join Henry Steffens, professor emeritus of history at the University of Vermont, as he discusses the historical significance of the transit of Venus. If the weather cooperates, you can safely watch Venus moving across the face of the sun by using the planetarium’s solar telescope.
Inside the planetarium, NASA’s live telecast of the transit of Venus will be showing on the ViewSpace screen in the Paul Dennis Science Hall. There will also be a simulation of the transit of Venus inside the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater. As an added treat, Mark Jankowski, planetarium director, plans to have a birthday cake on-hand to celebrate the planetarium’s 10th anniversary.
Visit Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. Admission is free for planetarium 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. Call 575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org for more information.

Southern Praise Quartet to perform in Ash June 3
The Southern Praise Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. June 3 at Soldier Bay Baptist Church, 3901 Whiteville Road in Ash. For more information, call Charlie Smith at 287-3425.

Senior site menus
Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
Monday, June 4
Turkey tetrazzini, field peas with snaps, baby carrots, Mandarin orange, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
Tuesday, June 5
Sloppy Joe, corn casserole, green beans, fruit cocktail, hamburger bun/whole-wheat bun, beverage.
Wednesday, June 6
Grilled barbecue chicken, new potatoes, sliced beets, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
Thursday, June 7
Chili, vegetable blend, saltines, apple cobbler, fresh apple, whole grain bread, beverage.
Friday, June 8
Pork roast/gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, pears, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
The seven sites and their hours are as follows:
Shallotte Senior Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Leland Senior Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Southport Senior Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oak Island Senior Site, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Calabash Senior Site, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Supply Senior Site, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
All sites serve lunch at noon. Contributions are entirely voluntarily; however, no one is turned away for failure to contribute. Menus are subject to change.

Meet veterans’ rural health team June 1
Veterans in the Boiling Springs Lake area (Southport community) can enroll in the VA health care system, receive health information and find out about various services available to them through the Veterans Health Administration from representatives of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.
The center’s Rural Health Team will be set up at the First Baptist Church, 45 East Boiling Springs Road in Boiling Spring Lakes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 1. The team consists of a nurse educator who can provide materials and discuss such issues as diabetes management and tips on controlling hypertension and cholesterol levels. An eligibility and enrollment specialist will be on-hand to discuss VA health benefits and accept veterans’ enrollments on the spot.
Anyone who has served in the U.S. military is invited to attend this event. Veterans are highly encouraged to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 (discharge paperwork) and last year’s financial information to expedite enrollment in the system.
For more information, contact the Fayetteville Veterans Medical Center public affairs officer, Robin DeMark, at (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991 or event coordinator Anita Hartsell at (910) 253-2233.