Features http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/features/todaysfeatures en What is this mystery plant? http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/what-mystery-plant-44 <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/1-29-15_mystery_plant.jpg" alt="This week&#039;s mystery plant produces a simple leaf with a short petiole. All sumer long, the leaves are bright green, but turn this gold color before they fall." title="This week&#039;s mystery plant produces a simple leaf with a short petiole. All sumer long, the leaves are bright green, but turn this gold color before they fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<em>By John Nelson</em></p> <p> <em>When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks;</em></p> <p> <em>When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand.</em></p> <p> <em>Shakespeare, Richard III: II, 3.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Can we talk about leaves?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Workout for Wexler to aid puppy in need of surgery http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/workout-wexler-aid-puppy-need-surgery <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/wexler2.jpg" alt="“Workout for Wexler,” a yoga session to raise funds for a four-month-old rescued Yorkshire terrier puppy named Wexler who needs surgery so he can walk, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Sea Trail Conference Center." title="“Workout for Wexler,” a yoga session to raise funds for a four-month-old rescued Yorkshire terrier puppy named Wexler who needs surgery so he can walk, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Sea Trail Conference Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A yoga event this Saturday, Jan. 31, at Sea Trail is taking place to help a rescued puppy in need of surgery and his mounting medical bills.</p> <p> Donations from Workout for Wexler, taking place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach, will go to help 4-month-old Wexler, a Yorkshire terrier puppy who was recently rescued from a breeder.</p> <p> &ldquo;They were going to put him to sleep because he was having trouble with his hips and legs,&rdquo; said Cheri McLain of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE).</p> SOUPer Bowl Saturday dishes up Jan. 31 http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/souper-bowl-saturday-dishes-jan-31 <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0446_0.jpg" alt="Attendees take part in a previous SOUPer Bowl Saturday. This year’s sixth annual soup fundraiser by the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is the day before Super Bowl Sunday." title="Attendees take part in a previous SOUPer Bowl Saturday. This year’s sixth annual soup fundraiser by the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is the day before Super Bowl Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> IF YOU GO</p> <p> What: Sixth annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday</p> <p> When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31</p> <p> Where: Shallotte Presbyterian Church</p> <p> Cost: $15</p> <p> Soup only tickets: $8</p> <p> Additional soup helpings: $3</p> <p> It&rsquo;s an annual tradition every Super Bowl season.</p> <p> Members of the General Federation of Women&rsquo;s Club-South Brunswick Islands Woman&rsquo;s Club get into formation for their annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser to benefit several local charitable food efforts to feed the hungry.</p> 'Poetry Opens Doors' to local writers http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/poetry-opens-doors-local-writers <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0004b.jpg" alt="A poem by local author Joan Leotta, “Leaves,” is displayed just inside the entrance to Hickmans Crossroads Library, which is participating with Leotta and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited on a new initiative open to the public called “Poetry Opens Doors.”" title="A poem by local author Joan Leotta, “Leaves,” is displayed just inside the entrance to Hickmans Crossroads Library, which is participating with Leotta and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited on a new initiative open to the public called “Poetry Opens Doors.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> Poetry writers and would-be writers unite.</p> <p> Starting Feb. 1, &ldquo;Poetry Opens Doors&rdquo; officially launches, and you&rsquo;re invited to start writing and submitting poetic entries.</p> <p> The writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.</p> What is this mystery plant? http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/what-mystery-plant-43 <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/1-22-15_mp.jpg" alt="This week&#039;s mystery plant is a member of the citrus family. The citrus is a hybrid between a sweet orange and a grapefruit and comes in a variety of sizes." title="This week&#039;s mystery plant is a member of the citrus family. The citrus is a hybrid between a sweet orange and a grapefruit and comes in a variety of sizes." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;By John Nelson&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I hope that you are as proud of your compost pile as I am of mine. What&rsquo;s that? You don&rsquo;t have a compost pile?</p> Learn how to take part in Great Backyard Bird Count http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/learn-how-take-part-great-backyard-bird-count <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/tides_-_pileated_woodpeckers_0.jpg" alt="Pileated woodpeckers at a backyard feeder." title="Pileated woodpeckers at a backyard feeder." align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> Interested in counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)?</p> <p> Local bird enthusiast and guest presenter Kurt Hugelmeyer will show how to make your bird-counting count at a program scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.</p> <p> The GBBC, sponsored by the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has taken place in the United States and Canada since 1998. 2013 was the first year for the GBBC to go global.</p> Celebrating the Dream 50-Year Commemorative Concert is Feb. 6 @ BCC http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/celebrating-dream-50-year-commemorative-concert-feb-6-bcc <img src="http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_tides_ctd_concert3-750x380.jpg" alt="Renowned tenors Cook Dixon &amp; Young, along with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, soprano Marva Mapson Robinson and Claude Robinson III, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. The performance is the Countywide Community Development Corp.’s Celebrating the Dream 50-Year Commemorative Concert." title="Renowned tenors Cook Dixon &amp; Young, along with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, soprano Marva Mapson Robinson and Claude Robinson III, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. The performance is the Countywide Community Development Corp.’s Celebrating the Dream 50-Year Commemorative Concert." align="left" hspace="6" width="168" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;IF YOU GO</p> <p> What: Celebrating the Dream 50-Year Commemorative Concert</p> <p> When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6</p> <p> Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College</p> <p> How much: $50 general admission; $65 reserved; $75 reserved with reception (plus tax and handling fees)</p> <p> Info: Countywide CDC, 383-1724 or Juanita Harper at (910) 619-6295; or go to <a href="http://www.celebratingthedream.org">www.celebratingthedream.org</a> or <a href="http://www.bccowa.com">www.bccowa.com</a> (box office (910) 755-7416)</p> More ideas for portion control http://www.download.lafollettepress.com/content/more-ideas-portion-control <p> &nbsp;We hear it all the time. Portions are getting larger and larger. Trying to manage portion size can feel like a constant, impossible task.&nbsp;Every day face we&rsquo;re faced with huge portions at restaurants and surrounded by oversized packages of processed foods at every turn. It can get overwhelming!</p> <p> This may not seem like an earth-shattering point, but so many people think of portion control as deprivation. That&rsquo;s not it at all! You can control your portions and still feel satisfied &mdash;&nbsp;and it&rsquo;s easier than you think.</p>