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Today's Features

  •  Nothing says “Welcome Home!” like the waggle of a dog’s tail. Tail wagging is synonymous with friendliness and love, contentment and delight. But is this long-standing association myth or fact? Leave it to sour scientists to spoil everyone’s happy hindquarters. Research suggests there’s more than smiles when your pup parades its rump. Here are five fast facts to help you better understand why dogs wag their tails and what those wiggles are trying to tell you.

     

  • It’s a painting party to aid animals, and you’re invited.

    Volunteers are staging another Painting Party “FUNdraiser” to help homeless animals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The event will take place at Next Generation Canvas and Cocktails, 30 Shamrock Drive, Sunset Beach. Tickets are $35, with a portion of proceeds going to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services.

    Highlights include door prizes and a silent auction, along with an evening of entertaining art instruction.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    I need to get organized. I need to exercise more. Why can’t I stick with my goals?

    If you find similar thoughts swirling in your head, you’re not alone. Whatever the category is, the feedback loop is the same. You know certain things are good for you, yet you resist them.

    Here we are in the middle of January — the time for most New Year’s resolution breakdowns. 

     

  • The Kiwanis Club of Southport/Oak Island will present a special performance by jazz guitarist Frank Vignola on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at St. James Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Vignola has performed here before. His virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops and guitar legend Les Paul. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents.

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    By John Nelson

    Our first botany field trip of the new semester! The other day my class and I trooped out to beautiful Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, not too far from downtown Edmund, S.C. Here’s one the permanent residents of the area.        

  • Chicago tribute band Beginnings appropriately kicks off and continues the ongoing BCCOWA concert series for 2017 on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday night, Jan. 26.

    In the fall of 2002 Beginnings was born out of the love and respect for the music of one of the greatest American rock bands of all time — Chicago.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: How often do you catch yourself saying these seven words:

    1.     Should

    2.     Hate

    3.     But

    4.     Try

    5.     Broke/poor

    6.     Yes (always)

    7.     Never

  • Meeting times: 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Supply, four miles northeast of Shallotte. Contact: John Hall at 393-0044 or john.hallpmp@gmail.com. Club website: http://1592761.toastmastersclubs.org.

    Anyone who has ever wanted to conquer the fear of public speaking may find just what they are looking for in the Brunswick County Toastmasters Club.

  • They’re grown men with a lifelong passion for model trains.

    Now that many of them have retired to Brunswick County, they’ve teamed up to share their hobby with fellow aficionados through their membership in the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last October.

  • On Wednesday morning between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Ladies Day Out league takes time out to bowl up a storm.

    Attired in proper shoes and attire comfortable enough to roll a ball, the women are enjoying their games, punctuated with a few strikes, spares and could’ve-done-better gutters. When there’s a strike, they do high-fives with their team members and get ready to roll again.