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Today's Features

  •  Strawberries typically peak during May in our area. Producing good strawberries depends on ideal spring weather conditions. Although our area has been hit hard by cold and rainy weather this spring, berries are ripe for the pickin’ and hopefully the weather will improve enough to extend the season.

     

  • A local chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is toasting this weekend’s Kentucky Derby with an event of its own.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will have its second annual Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    The $25-per-person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar with jazzy juleps and live streaming of the 141st Kentucky Derby.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode again with its second annual Fiesta Mexicana scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dos de Mayo — three days early this coming Saturday, May 2.

    Contrary to misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

  •  At one time or another, we’ve all been to a restaurant and had a really fantastic meal and wished we could make that same meal at home. And you probably could, if only you knew the exact ingredients, how to prepare the special sauce and how long to cook it. But, it always seems there’s an ingredient or two you’ve left out, as it just doesn’t taste quite the same as what you had in the restaurant.

  •  Air Force Airman Olivia S. Garcia-Mendez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Fernando Garcia of Shallotte and Juan M. Garcia of Oklahoma City, Okla., niece of Jorge Garcia of Brunswick County and the wife of Carloa Mendez.

     

    Garcia-Mendez graduated from basic military training 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.

  •  Continuing in the quest for quick, easy and nutritious five-ingredient meals, let’s start with breakfast. Of all the meals we eat at home, breakfast may be the most hurried. Before you skip breakfast completely or drive through the nearest fast-food place, consider other options at home.

  •  Malcolm J. and Brenda Todd Grissett of Ocean Isle Beach celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary March 7 at a surprise reception at Beulah Baptist Church. Their family and special friends honored them for 50 years of faith and love that have been filled with blessings from above.

  •  Over the years that I’ve been teaching about food, cooking and nutrition, the one request I seem to get over and over again is people wanting ideas on how to prepare quick meals. They also want these meals to be good for them. That’s always a challenge.