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Today's Features

  • Did you know “American Idol” and “Dancing With The Stars” both use big bands? Why? Because it makes all music sound great.

    That’s what Andrew Thielen knew when he started his own namesake band in the 1990s. He wanted everyone to hear the difference live horns, great musicians and great singers could make to music.

    The music feels alive and exciting, and it can make your heart soar.

  • It’s the weekend, plus it’s the Fourth of July along the coast.

    What better combination could there be for celebrating America’s 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

    Events are already under way, starting with the North Carolina 4th of July Festival that launched June 27 with week-long events in Southport and Oak Island.

    More celebrating is in store in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, plus Calabash is back this year with a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular.

    Southport

  • Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church is having a holiday Shrimp-A-Roo from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Garland’s landing overlooking the Lockwood Folly River at 2 Fisherman Road in Varnamtown.

    On the menu at the Fourth of July Eve celebration are freshly prepared plates of shrimp, boiled potatoes, coleslaw and hushpuppies.

    The cost per plate, which includes a can of soda, is $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12.

  • The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at two venues this month, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte and at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 9, in Calabash.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

    A simple lunch for a botanist on a field trip … and this mystery plant isn’t much of a mystery. I think you know what it is. There are two basic reasons why you should eat avocados:

  • Now that school’s out for summer, do you know what your kids are doing?

    An array of activities is out there to keep them busy and involved.

    Following is a closer look at what’s available.

    Brunswick County Summer Camp

    Annual summer camp orchestrated by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Communities in Schools, is now in session.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is proud to offer its first-ever marionette workshop led by Frank Blackmon.

    The workshop will meet Mondays and Tuesdays for four weeks:  June 22 and 23, June 28 and 29, July 6 and 7 and July 13 and14. Participants may choose the afternoon session (2-4 p.m.) or evening session (7-9 p.m.).

  • Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond, in eight Brunswick County towns.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2015, starting this Friday, May 22, with Holiday Band in Ocean Isle Beach and CC Martin in Leland.

    More of the series is in store Sunday, May 24, with Andrew Thielen Big Band playing an afternoon Memorial Day weekend gig in Shallotte and The Imitations performing that evening in Holden Beach.

  •  Nothing screams picnic more than the 4th of July. It’s almost required that to eat outdoors on this holiday and I bet everyone has at least one party or other eating event planned for this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

    With that thought in mind, I’d like to offer some quick hot weather food safety reminders. Picnics, outdoor dining, feeding large groups of people and special summer food bring different problems and situations into the picture that you don’t perhaps think about the rest of the year.