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    Brunswick Family Assistance names new interim director
    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Family Assistance has selected Fred Stephens as its interim executive director.
    Stephens has served as BFA board secretary for the past two-and-a-half years. As a member of the planning committee, he helped develop BFA’s new strategic plan. He has also volunteered his time and services for numerous programs.
    Stephens replaces former BFA executive director Carol Phelps.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Aug. 9
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Cultural showcase is Aug. 11 in Southport

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, Aug. 11, in this year’s summer series, Second Saturdays.
    The theme for the final Second Saturdays event for 2012 is “Original Inhabitants of the Cape Fear.” Discover Southport’s “locals” from prehistoric to the present.

  • Program at museum focuses on snakes

    Can you tell the difference between a venomous and a non-venomous snake? What kind of snake are you most likely to find in your yard? What snake will, when introduced to your yard, devour or drive off all the other snakes, including venomous ones? Do baby snakes hatch from eggs or are they born live? Which snakes make the best pets? How should a snake hook be used? How can you make your own inexpensive but effective snake hook?
    Learn the answers to these and many other questions by attending Snakes Alive! at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Belk KidFest fashion show on runway

    Belk in Shallotte Crossing is hosting one of the department store chain’s bi-annual KidFests from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
    KidFest features runway fashion shows with local children modeling Belk’s latest fashions and trends for kids.
    KidFest activities and entertainment vary by store, but most will include refreshments, music, games, face-painting, balloons and prizes.

  • Bon appetit!

    Staff Report

    SUNSET BEACH—It was May 1997. Rudy Gambarelli had retired from his lifelong stint in the wine business. His wife, Pat Gambarelli, was more than ready, after 11 years of cooking classes in New York State, to close the kitchen and head south with him.
    “No more snow shovels and icy roads for us,” Pat Gambarelli wrote about the couple’s decision to retire to Sea Trail Golf Resort in Sunset Beach. “The future was warm.”

  • Eco-friendly Calabash T’s

    Bamboo T-shirts bearing the town of Calabash logo are now available at the Bamboo Boutique in The Low Country Stores complex in Calabash.
    The design features the town logo, “Seafood Capital of the World.”
    Bamboo clothing is thermal-regulating and helps wearers stay cooler and drier in the summer and warmer in winter, store owner Dean Moore says.
    Bamboo is also touted as a renewable resource that’s grown without use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

  • Painting workshop is Aug. 10

    The Oak Island Art Guild is sponsoring a painting workshop with Roger Tatum beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Oak Island Recreation Center. The workshop is free and open to members and non-members. Walk-ins are welcome. Participants must be 18 years or older.
    Tatum will show artists how to turn photo references into effective paintings. Find the essential elements in photo references and reduce them to simpler, more effective compositions and value patterns.

  • First Friday Gallery Walk features turtle art

    Turtle lovers won’t want to miss the upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk on Aug. 3 at Franklin Square Gallery.
    Turtles will be front and center. While the little critters are hatching up and down the beaches, painters and potters of Franklin Square Gallery have hatched a collection of works featuring sea turtles.
    Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk takes place from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through several downtown venues that evening.

  • Artists, crafters needed for monthly events at N.C. Maritime Museum

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is calling on artists to exhibit and sell artwork and goods this summer as part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ third and final Second Saturday event of 2012, scheduled for Aug. 11.