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Today's Features

  • By Sam Marshall
    Horticulture Agent
    Cones from female hop vines offer a wide variety of wonderful smells and flavors prized by brewers.
    With increased popularity of home brewing and a demand for locally grown ingredients, interest in backyard hop production is growing. Primarily used as bittering and aroma agents in beer, hop plants are hardy perennial plants that can be successfully grown in the home garden. Whether you are a home brewer trying out your green thumb or just want to try something different this year, consider planting hops!

  • By Sam Marshall
    Horticulture Agent
    Not your average tomato, heirloom varieties come in all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors.
    Spring is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning your vegetable garden. An icon for any garden, nothing stands out more than the tomato. A growing number of home gardeners are seeking out heirloom varieties. Because they offer a diversity of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, heirloom tomatoes add an interesting perk to the garden, as well as the dinner table.

  • My mom has been visiting us this past month. One of the times I enjoy the most is having breakfast with her. We’ve had a variety of different “breakfast foods” from eggs, to cereals, to waffles, fruit and yogurt. One of our favorites is a big pot of oatmeal and other whole-grains with nuts and dried cranberries.

  • Sometimes it seems as if the scriptures paint a picture of impossibilities. They appear to be impossibly unreachable, impossibly untouchable, impossibly impractical. To think about a time and place where opposites live together harmoniously and communally appears to be a waste of time and energy. I can hear Hubby Dear’s usual retort, given when I present him with ideas that suggest unorthodox combinations of people or ideas. “It’ll never happen!” says he. “You’re wasting your time!”

  • Sometimes it seems as if the scriptures paint a picture of impossibilities. They appear to be impossibly unreachable, impossibly untouchable, impossibly impractical. To think about a time and place where opposites live together harmoniously and communally appears to be a waste of time and energy. I can hear Hubby Dear’s usual retort, given when I present him with ideas that suggest unorthodox combinations of people or ideas. “It’ll never happen!” says he. “You’re wasting your time!”

  • Stir-frying is one of the best techniques to produce dishes with vivid colors, vibrant flavors, and varied textures. It combines vegetables and protein in a single dish, it’s relatively healthy, and it requires no accompaniment other than rice or noodles.
    In addition, it’s a great way to use up produce that has been in the fridge for a couple days and that hunk of steak or pork that you cooked a few days ago that you haven’t gotten around to eating yet.

  • “Driving Miss Daisy” first debuted on Broadway in April 1987, followed two years later by the movie starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.

    A quarter-century later, the award-winning production about the unfolding friendship between a wealthy Jewish widow and her chauffeur during the changing decades of the 20th century in the Deep South is still an audience favorite and classic.

  • Guest presenters Kurt Hugelmeyer and Allison Smith, along with museum educator Maria Knapik, will host a program, “Love is in the Air,” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

    Focusing on bird species that can be seen in our coastal area, they will discuss bird migration, mating habits, and the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) that takes place from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. 

  • The term “Venus and Mars” has inspired book titles, art and music. Why is the term so popular, and what does it mean?

    Find out at Ingram Planetarium at 6 p.m. Feb. 7.

    One week before Valentine’s Day is when planetarium manager Edward Ovsenik will present a spirited discussion on how our nearest planetary neighbors — Venus and Mars — got their names.

    Ingram Planetarium is at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach.

  • What’s not to love about a night with sharks and hearts?

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher transforms into a kids-only zone on Valentine’s Day.

    The Aquarium will host the first “Hugs and Fishes Valentine’s Lock-In,” for children ages 5 to 12, from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, until 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.