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Community News

  • Karen Sphar wins tourism award

    North Carolina Coast Host has named Karen Sphar, executive vice president of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, as its Tourism Person of the Year–Southern Region. The announcement was made at the organization’s annual membership meeting and awards luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach. 

  • Event will highlight history of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

    Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will re-introduce two historical time periods when it presents, “Wanted: Preparing for War: the 146th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson and the 245th anniversary of the Stamp Act Crisis,” on Feb. 19-20.

    The site will open at 9 a.m. Saturday with three tours of Battery B planned throughout the day. Tour tickets are $5 each for ages 12 and older. Proceeds benefit the site’s gun emplacement project.

  • Johnson completes basic training

    Navy Seaman Jeremy R. Johnson, son of Janet D. and John E. Johnson of Supply, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. 

    During the eight-week program, Johnson completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. 

  • Community briefs

    Heart seminar is set for Feb. 17

    High blood pressure and cholesterol affect millions of Americans, and these issues can lead to serious heart health problems. Community members are encouraged to attend a free seminar presented by Brunswick Community Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 17. 

    James R. Harper, Jr., M.D., FACC, of Brunswick Heart Associates will discuss all aspects of heart health including ways to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and prevent future heart disease. 

  • Community briefs

     Arts ‘feminar’ set for Feb. 12

    GFWC-NC District 7 is sponsoring an arts “feminar” titled, “I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning,” from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. Pre-registration is required for lunch.

    The leader of the “feminar,” Dr. Mamie McCullough from Dallas, Texas, has been influencing audiences for more than 25 years. She has overcome many obstacles in her life to become a motivational speaker.

  • Stagestruck Players to present ‘Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures’

    Stagestruck Players, the youth division of Brunswick Little Theatre, presents “Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures” from Kenneth Grahame’s literary classic “The Wind in the Willows” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and March 4-5 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 6 at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium, on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • New fiction books available at Rourk Library in Shallotte

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    FICTION

    “Palace of Justice” by Susanne Alleyn. In this Aristide Ravel mystery, the author brings her sharpest voice and most keenly crafted mystery yet to this newest installment featuring Ravel.

    The Dinosaur Hunter” by Homer Hickman. A fascinating thriller that pays tribute to the American West.

  • Community briefs

    Coffee with Authors event set

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will present the first event of its 2011 Coffee with the Author series on Thursday, Feb. 3.

    Becky Shuford of Wilmington, author of “Smidgens, Bits and Pieces of a Southern Family’s Life,” will be sharing family stories, anecdotes, and other charming Southern slices of life all from her own family’s piece of the pie. Her presentation at Sunset River Marketplace will feature a sweetheart dinner theme for Valentines’ Day.

  • Community briefs

    Environmental Festival May 14

    Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring its inaugural Crawl Environmental Festival on Saturday, May 14, at Middleton Park on Oak Island.

    This environmental festival will feature live entertainment, informative speakers on sea turtles, sea birds and marine rescue, along with kids games and rides, arts and crafts and food.

  • Events planned at Museum of Coastal Carolina

    Preschoolers and their favorite adult can help feed the touch tank animals at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Friday mornings through May 27.

    Help a docent feed sea stars, hermit crabs, whelks, and other tidal animals. Independent make-and-take crafts are available in the museum galleries based on Susanne Tate’s books.

    January independent activities are about sharks and the books and crafts change each month.