Features http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/features/todaysfeatures en Back Porch Rockers headline BLT fundraiser May 27 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/back-porch-rockers-headline-blt-fundraiser-may-27 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/back_porch_rockers.jpg" alt="The Back Porch Rockers will perform at a Brunswick Little Theatre fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the BLT theater at 8068 River Road in Southport." title="The Back Porch Rockers will perform at a Brunswick Little Theatre fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the BLT theater at 8068 River Road in Southport." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Brunswick Little Theatre invites you to jumpstart your summer with a concert by The Back Porch Rockers, a rock and roll band that performs music from the 1960s, &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27.</p> <p> The concert will be held on theater grounds at 8068 River Road in Southport for a fair-like evening with food and drink for purchase provided by Vanida Sisters of Boiling Spring Lakes.</p> <p> Tickets are available at the theater the day of the event, $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. The rain date is Sunday, May 28, at the same time.</p> Memorial Day remembers fallen military http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/memorial-day-remembers-fallen-military <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_calab136_0.jpg" alt="The town of Calabash is having a more low-key Memorial Day ceremony this year with a moment of prayer around the flagpole monument in Calabash Community Park at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29. " title="The town of Calabash is having a more low-key Memorial Day ceremony this year with a moment of prayer around the flagpole monument in Calabash Community Park at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29. " align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of the country.</p> <p> Memorial Day tributes to America&rsquo;s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the &ldquo;actual Memorial Day&rdquo; on Tuesday, May 30.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.</p> <p> Memorial Day in Calabash</p> Silk Groove brings smooth soul May 31 to Sunset Beach http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/silk-groove-brings-smooth-soul-may-31-sunset-beach <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tides_bow_silk_groove.jpg" alt="The second Sunset Beach Summer Concert of the season showcases party band Silk Groove from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, in the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street." title="The second Sunset Beach Summer Concert of the season showcases party band Silk Groove from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, in the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;Smooth soul&rdquo; sums up North Carolina-based Silk Groove, a vocal/instrumental band electrifying the stage of the second Sunset Beach Summer Concert of the season from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, May 31, in the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street.</p> <p> Group namesake and drummer Chris &ldquo;Silk&rdquo; Terry has performed with legendary groups The Drifters, The Coasters, The Four Tops, The O&rsquo;Jays, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations.</p> Life lessons extend beyond Mother’s Day http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/life-lessons-extend-beyond-mother%E2%80%99s-day <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>By Linda Arnold</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This past Sunday marked my eighth Mother&rsquo;s Day without my mother, and it&rsquo;s always a time of reflection.</p> <p> Sometimes it seems longer than eight years, and sometimes it doesn&rsquo;t seem that long.</p> Opioid epidemic puts police dogs in danger http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/opioid-epidemic-puts-police-dogs-danger <p> Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk.</p> <p> What he and his handler couldn&rsquo;t anticipate was a packet of drugs dumped by a fleeing suspect that would ultimately lead to Viper&rsquo;s death. During the chaos of the July 2011 chase near my North Carolina practice, Viper most likely bit into the scent-covered bag of high-potency drugs, ingesting a lethal dosage.</p> Foundation awards grant to Good Shepherd Center http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/foundation-awards-grant-good-shepherd-center <p> The Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation Inc. awarded Good Shepherd Center $14,000 during its meeting March 29. The funds will be used to continue to fund emergency food, shelter and housing placement for homeless seniors from Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.</p> Patriot Hospice and Little River UMC to honor veterans http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/patriot-hospice-and-little-river-umc-honor-veterans <p> The Veteran Pinning Ceremony is part of the We Honor Veterans Program, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).</p> <p> Patriot Hospice has achieved level 4, the highest level of recognition through this program. As part of it commitment, Patriot Hospice and Palliative Care will pin almost 50 veterans in the Life Center, Little River United Methodist Church, on May 30 at 7 p.m.</p> Sea turtle program at museum May 20 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sea-turtle-program-museum-may-20 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/loggerhead_sea_turtle.jpg" alt="Loggerhead sea turtle" title="Loggerhead sea turtle" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina on May 20 at 11 a.m. as Jim and Deb Boyce will present their program, Turtle Talk &mdash; OIBSTPO Getting Ready for Summer Turtles!</p> <p> They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Learn what you can do to help protect these magnificent animals.</p>