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Today's Features

  • Another big holiday market, a new Christmas Village featuring more than 50 unique vendors, debuts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    Celebrate with Santa Claus, hayrides, personnel from police and fire departments, children’s crafts and the Stardusters Big Band presenting a Christmas show.

    Other highlights include winter vegetables, artisans, jewelers, photos with Santa, hot cider and maybe even a few extra holiday surprises.

  • The annual Bolivia Fire Department Christmas Parade will be held under the lights this year, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

    The parade route will remain the same, proceeding from the Brunswick County Government Complex, 30 Government Center Drive, through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and ending at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business E.

    Lineup for parade participants begins 5 p.m. at the government complex.

    The road will be blocked off at 5:45 p.m. and will reopen at the end of the parade.

  • West Brunswick High School Theatre Arts classes will present the holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."

    Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the West Entertainment Student Theatre, Room 123 at the school.

    Admission is free, but donations are accepted to support the theatre arts program.

    For more information, email Jennifer Creighton-Negron atjcreighton@bcswan.net.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Does it seem that everywhere you look you see images of happiness and glee, along with anticipation of close family gatherings and chestnuts roasting on an open fire?

    You’re not exactly feeling it, though, and you don’t know why. Holidays can do that to us. Internally, there are huge emotional triggers. And, externally, it’s hard to sustain that level of heartfelt awe in the Folgers coffee commercials or Hallmark movies.

  • Chloe was a beautiful, if occasionally blundering, bulldog puppy. Her only issue was she was growing too fast. Her pet parents plied her with an endless supply of “training treats,” leading to excess weight gain.

  • Holidays coming … and that means lots of tasty things to eat and drink. Time for cooks to start strutting their stuff in the kitchen. Of course, about the only thing that I know how to cook, though, is instant oatmeal in the microwave. I’ll leave holiday cooking to the experts.

  • Commandant: Bruce Smith

    Meets: Second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Shallotte Town Hall

    Contact: Bruce Smith, shallotte2005@gmail.com

    For Toys for Tots gift assistance in Brunswick County, call Brunswick Family Assistance at 754-4766 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last date of application this year is Friday, Dec. 15.

  • Officers: President Suzanne Simpson, Vice President Marji Carano, Secretary Kate Landon and Diane Colum, Treasurer Shawn Barone, Membership Lorelei Hauptmann,

    Education Brenda Call, Programs Dee Caudle and Kathy Elliott, Community Outreach

    Janet Fahey/Wanda Williams and Publicity Kate Landon.

    Meetings: The Brunswick Quilters meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M.H. Rourk Dr., Shallotte.

  • Air Force Airman Kevin M. Powers, son of Mark and Jill Powers of Calabash and brother of Kyle Powers, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Powers completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • It’s Advent. Actually, we are already nearing the third week of Advent and past the midway point. Many Christian denominations set aside this month of Sundays as time and opportunity for probing questions to arise and emerge. There is a sense of expectancy suffusing this season. Jingling bells and jangling nerves cannot deny, define or describe it. Unfortunately, they can serve to diffuse it and offer distractions.