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Today's Features

  • McLeod Loris Seacoast is hosting a blood drive at the Center for Health & Fitness at 3207 Casey St. in Loris, S.C., on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    People can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 115 pounds and minimum age of 17. A 16-year old can donate blood with written parental consent. There is no upper age limit for donating blood.

  • Shallotte American Legion Post 550 will meet Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Sunnyside School at 221 Village Road in Shallotte.

    All members and those thinking about joining are encouraged to attend.

    For more information, email ALPost550@gmail.com or call Ron Markum at 880-9030.

  • Holden Beach Post 8866 will begin its 2017-18 educational presentation series Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hadnot Hall at 573 Sabbath Home Road in Supply. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

    Frank T. Stritter, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of VFW Post 8866, will present “Unsung Heroes of World War II: Too Little, Too Late?”

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct auditions for its first production of “The Vagina Monologues,” to be performed Feb. 2-4, 2018.

    Based on Eve Ensler’s play of the same name, “The Vagina Monologues” has grown into a worldwide phenomenon in an attempt to end violence against women and girls. For this inaugural year, BLT will partner with Coastal Horizon’s Rape Crises Center to bring TVM Southport to life.

  • Brunswick Little Theater will soon have auditions for “Hot Mikado.” Production dates are scheduled for June 14, 15, 16, 17 and June 21, 22, 23, 24.

    Auditions will be on the Brunswick Little Theatre campus at 8068 River Road in Southport in classroom 1B behind the main building. Because the comedy “The Savannah Sipping Society” will begin at 7:30 in the main building Dec. 9, do not enter the theater as the actors will be preparing for the night’s show.

  • Air Force Airman Shaquan D. Graham, son of Shawnta D. Graham and grandson of Iris D. Jacobs of Leland, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Graham 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.

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    By Sam Marshall

     

  • I recently read an article by Carolyn Gregoire in which she proclaimed the value of silence. In our house, quiet reigns supreme. It’s not that Hubby Dear and I never talk. More to the point, it is about giving ourselves time to be still and know the presence of divinity in our midst. Even more so, it is allowing ourselves to be quiet in the presence so that we can experience it everywhere and in everyone.

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    If your cupboards are looking bare but you have a bag of potatoes in the house, here are some delicious options that can make filling dishes and add flair to your meals. While plain cooked potatoes may seem bland, try adding your favorite condiments, toppings and flavorings to get the taste your want.

    Baked potato skins (see recipe below) with chives, bacon and sour cream offer a great introduction to any meal. The addition of cheese, salsa or mushrooms will provide even more flavors to enhance this popular hors d’oeuvre.

  • OK, admit it. You watch cooking shows and say to yourself “I could do that.” You can!

    Or perhaps you really like to cook and would like to share those skills with others. You can!

     

    If you like cooking, eating, local food work or just simply food, volunteering for the Extension may be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for. I’m talking about the Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMFV) program. Applications are due now, but training won’t start until after the new year.