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Senior site menus
Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
Monday, July 23
Meatballs with Italian sauce, spaghetti noodles, tossed lettuce/carrot salad, green beans, whole wheat bread, low-fat salad dressing, unfrosted lemon cake, milk.
Tuesday, July 24
Pork chops, corn, cabbage and carrots, rice, dinner roll, milk.
Wednesday, July 25
Hot dogs (2) with bun, baked beans, greens, mustard, fresh orange, milk.
Thursday, July 26
Fish filet with tarter sauce, pinto beans, broccoli, hamburger bun, fruit salad, milk.
Friday, July 27
Barbecue beef patty/lettuce and tomato, oven-browned potatoes, hamburger bun, mixed fruit, banana, milk.
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.

Christmas in July helps kids go back to school
Christmas in July adoption tags are now available at Brunswick Family Assistance Agency in Shallotte.
This program serves area children in kindergarten through eighth grade, providing them with a book bag, basic school supplies, a set of clothing or uniforms and a pair of shoes.
Those interested in adopting a child or children should call Lora Moree at 754-4766. BFA still has about 178 children in need of adoption. If someone would prefer to just purchase school supplies, they can be dropped off at Brunswick Family Assistance, 4600-8 Main St. in Shallotte, in the Big Lots shopping center.

Celebration marks Habitat partnership, new home
Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Progress Energy and the St. James Service Club in providing a home for the Marianella family at 241 Pine Lake Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes.
Come out and join the celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24. RSVP Melissa at (910) 454-0007 by July 23.

Planetarium debuts new shows
Ingram Planetarium is featuring two new shows this summer: Dynamic Earth and Tales of the Maya Skies.
Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape the climate: the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere.
Ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales and fly into roiling volcanoes. Dynamic Earth is shown at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday this summer.
Tales of the Maya Skies immerses the audience in Mayan astronomy and culture. Narrated by Latin Grammy award-winner Lila Downs, this production inspires and educates as it highlights the Maya’s astronomical achievements.
Tales of the Maya Skies is shown at 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday this summer.
Visit Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach.
Admission is free for planetarium members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger. Call 575-0033 for more information.
To view trailers for Dynamic Earth and Tales of the Maya Skies, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org and click on Ingram Planetarium/Sky Theater Shows.

Tour Mars, learn about weather at planetarium
On Aug. 6, Ingram Planetarium will have Tour de Mars!
The planetarium’s state-of-the-art SciDome Sky Theater will display images of the planet Mars, accompanied by commentary by Jerry Jackson and Mark Jankowski.
The Tour de Mars program celebrates the landing on Mars of the rover named Curiosity.
Launched by NASA in 2011 at a cost of around $2.5 billion, Curiosity will land on Mars on Aug. 5, after traveling about 127,000,000 miles.
Once it lands on Mars, Curiosity will act as a robot geologist, relaying important information about Mars back to Earth.
Jerry Jackson, chief meteorologist for WWAY-TV3, will be at Ingram Planetarium on Aug. 6 to talk about the weather on Mars, the fourth planet from the sun with the most Earth-like seasons of any planet.
What kind of weather will Curiosity experience on its landing? Will there be frozen carbon dioxide snow? How much sunlight reaches Mars? What temperatures does Mars experience? Jackson will give you a complete Martian weather report.
A native of Mount Olive, Jackson received his bachelor of science degree in meteorology from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at North Carolina State University. He provides weather coverage on WWAY-TV3 during major weather events.
Following Jackson’s presentation, Jankowski, planetarium director, will take visitors on a geological tour of Mars.
Why is Mars called “The Red Planet?” What causes all the colors on the surface of Mars? What does Curiosity’s landing site look like? Where is the Face of Mars and what is it—a monument made by a dying culture or light playing on a mountain? Was there ever water on Mars, indicating the possibility of some form of life? Jankowski will answer these questions and more.
In the event of an early August weather event such as a hurricane, Jackson may not be available to do the Martian weather forecast. In that case, Jankowski will cover both the weather and the geology of Mars.
This Mars program will be presented from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free for planetarium members. Non-member admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger.
Visit Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. For more information, call 575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlantarium.org.

Hospice programs to help with grief
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter will present “Adults Who Have Had a Child Die” from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, July 31-Aug. 28, and “Living With Grief” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 1-Sept. 5 at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, off the 900 block of Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.
In addition, “Living With Grief” will also be presented from 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Aug. 2-Sept. 6, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.
These programs are designed to provide grief education and support that enable participants to work through grief. Discussions include the phases of grief, the grieving process, and other areas of concern for participants. Often being with others who have been through a similar experience enables participants to talk about what they are experiencing. Grief groups help emphasize that participants are not grieving alone and others understand and can support them on their grief journey.
Groups are free and donations are appreciated. Registration is required by July 27 by calling Jean Roney, bereavement counselor, at 754-5356. Leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific program you wish to attend.

Oyster Festival beauty pageant will be Aug. 18
The 32nd annual North Carolina Oyster Festival has announced that its second annual Glass Slipper Natural Beauty Pageant will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.
This is a natural pageant system and is for girls ages up to 16 years old. Dress is beauty and theme wear, which will be anything beachy. This pageant system does not allow swimsuits.
For an application and to learn more about the pageant, visit www.theglassslipperbeautypageant.com/ncoysterfestivalpageant.html. Details are subject to change.

Intercultural Festival seeks vendors, sponsors
Sponsors and vendors are needed for the upcoming Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. The festival, which celebrates diverse cultures that make up Brunswick County, will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 8, on the grounds of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.
This is a free event open to the public.
Visit the world here in Brunswick County, eat food, watch and listen to music, learn and discover culture.
At the last festival, attendees were treated to cultural displays, ethnic foods, music and dance groups that represented cultures such as Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Hispanics and Latinos, Filipinos, the countries of Sweden, China, Scandinavia and Africa. Also included was a history of Brunswick County.
Supply Elementary and Circle K Club of the Early College High School will take the lead among the Brunswick County schools participating. An invitation is extended to all Brunswick County schools to participate, learn, expand cultural knowledge, travel and experience the world.
Home Depot will have children’s project and hands-on activities. Upon completion of the project, each child will receive a certificate and other gifts.
An added children’s activity is the Passport to Culture. Upon completion of visiting all the countries, each child will receive a gift and a chance to get a gift from the school, as well.
Organizers expect more international groups to be represented this year.
The intercultural festival is a nonprofit event and all money raised through sponsorships and donations help pay for the festival’s expenses.
Event sponsors and vendors are needed. There are four levels of sponsorships. For $35, vendors will receive a 10-foot-by-10-foot outdoor space and one table to display their wares.
A bronze sponsorship is $100 and includes an outdoor space, one table with the sponsor’s name in the event program. A silver sponsorship is $500 and includes the outdoor space, one table and two chairs with the sponsor’s name, contact information and logo displayed in the celebration area and in the event program.
A $1,000 gold sponsorship includes everything in the bronze level, as well as the sponsor’s company banner being displayed at the main event and the sponsor’s logo being included in advertising as the event’s major sponsor.
The $2,500 platinum sponsorship includes everything listed above, plus 10 free meal tickets.
For more information about becoming a sponsor or vendor, contact Lisa Schultz at Brunswick Community College at 755-8083 or fax 754-7805. For more information about the festival, visit www.bcifestival.org or email interculturalfestival@hotmail.com.

New books at Hickmans Crossroads Library
The following new books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library:
“Ransom River” by Meg Gardiner. Selected as a jury member during a high-profile murder case, Rory reflects on the accident that ended her affair with a longtime friend while gradually realizing her dangerous connection to an unsolved case.
“Potboiler” by Jesse Kellerman. Arthur Pfefferkorn is a middle-aged college professor with long dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, successful thriller writer William de Vallee, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallee not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but also married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.
He struggles with his failed ambitions while reflecting on his late friend’s successes and marriage. He decides to take the best-selling author’s latest manuscript and publish it as his own. Although the novel brings him great success, his life soon spirals into a series of betrayals and double-crosses torn straight from the pages of his plagiarized work. His decision to reconnect with de Vallee’s widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted, and nothing can be taken seriously.
“I, Michael Bennett” by James Patterson. Detective Michael Bennett takes his family to upstate New York in an effort to escape a lawless crime wave erupting in Manhattan only to find themselves immersed in another nightmare, one that endangers his relationship with his wife.
“15 Seconds” by Andrew Gross. When a random act of violence plunges him into a nightmarish world, Henry Steadman, a successful surgeon accused of murdering two people, must clear his name and discover who is trying to destroy him in order to save himself and his family.
“Back Fire” by Catherine Coulter. When a San Francisco judge is shot at the same time a once-relentless federal prosecutor turns cautious, FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich receive an ominous note from the culprit that blames them for the incident.
“Night Watch” by Linda Fairstein. Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York.
“The Great Escape” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Lucy Jorik, the daughter of the former president of the U.S., jilts her soon-to-be husband at the altar and embarks on the adventure she has been waiting for.
“Fireproof” by Alex Kava. New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns in a blaze of glory with a gripping, action-packed thriller featuring special agent Maggie O’Dell, who is leading the search for a serial arsonist whose crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home. When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty.
“Overbite” by Meg Cabot. Now working for the Palatine Guard—a secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—Meena Harper tries to win over her co-workers as well as her new partner Alaric Wolf while investigating a young priest recently assigned to the case.
“Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service” written and compiled by Wilma Hammett, Jan Christensen and Joan Gosper. Highlights the past of Extension Home Demonstration and the impact of Family & Consumer Sciences and its Extension & Community Association volunteers. The book is a tribute to the spirit and dedication of ordinary women, both professional and volunteers past and present, who have given extraordinary service to family, community and North Carolina and help make the state the great place it is today.