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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: When you set out to make a change in your life, I’ll bet you aim for a higher success rate than 10 percent.

    That’s the thing, though. Lots of times we set ourselves up for failure by trying to make wholesale changes.

    And, since behavioral change is best achieved with reinforcement, it occurs to me that smaller steps may be the key to compliance.

     

    A little bit about electricity

  • Two events next week turn the page on two published North Carolina writers.

    Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill unveils her latest book, “The Beautician’s Notebook,” a Southern novel exploring life in a small town, at a Meet the Author event at 3 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road.

    Copes of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

  •  By John Nelson 

    I remember as a teeny-tiny just-beginning botany student how wonderful it was to read about new plants, learning their names, identifying features and habitats. A new world had opened up to me. I liked nothing better than to curl up in the library with a pile of books on plant life. Of course, I still like doing that, but there’s nothing that quite comes close to the wonder and newfound interest of a serious undergraduate student, spending time in a library surrounded by picture-books, all because they want to be there.

  • Waterway Art Association has scheduled two more artists to lead workshops during April.

    The workshops will be held at Bellinger Artworks Studio, 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores. One-day workshops are $35 for WAA members and $40 for non-members. Advance registration and payment are required.

    Artist and muralist Ruth Cox of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will lead a session on oil/basics of composition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

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    President: Sherry Jeffries

    Meeting times: General membership 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Mondays of each month, September through May, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Information: Go to coastalgardenclub.org; email info@coastalgardenclub.org.

    At this time of the year, everything is starting to come up roses, and other spring plants and posies, for Coastal Garden Club.

  • Silver Coast Winery is seeking teams for Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s upcoming “BBQ on BBQ Road” barbecue cook-off competition scheduled for May 12 and 13 at the winery on Barbeque Road.

    The event will kick off with Friday night set-up and a judged wing competition from 6 to 8 p.m. The fire department will also be selling wings.

  • Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.

    Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms      

    Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams

    Info: Go to calabashelks.org

    In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.

    Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.

  • When it comes to community involvement, there are many mighty Lions up for the challenge in the Seafood Capital.

    The Calabash Lions Club (No. 78497) has been an active participant in the community for years, involving itself in an array of events and fundraisers annually that are both fun and beneficial to charitable causes.

  • For a long time, I used to buy crab cakes at the grocery store wherever they were on sale, but I prefer the crab cakes I make at home rather than the ones available at the local grocery. For me, they’re really simple. Most people try to do too much to them.