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Today's Features

  • Two area events are serving up wine and an array of accompanying accoutrements and festivities in coming days.

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation has scheduled its annual biggest Wine Fest fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s Wine Fest theme is inspired by Tuscany.

  • It was a sell-out last fall, and it’s back again for a full season this year.

    The Sunset Beach Waterfront Market kicks off its second season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd N.

    This year’s market, orchestrated by the nonprofit Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association (SBBMA), will continue every Thursday during these hours through Oct. 27.

    Highlights include fresh produce and farm eggs, jams, jellies and honey, original art, homemade products and works by local authors.

  • It’s the season to celebrate spring and have a fling in the process.

    The new Gathering Place Farm Tables and Furniture shop at 9501 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Carolina Shores is having its first Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

    The public is invited to gather to greet neighbors, make new friends and visit the new store featuring handmade furnishings and décor as well as items from around the world and furnishings shows in Atlanta.

  •  Maybe it’s the season of nearly summer with spring still bearing signs of winter’s chill that is affecting me. Maybe it’s the lingering last days of my college pal suffering with cancer’s invasion on multiple fronts. Maybe it’s the slowly leaking drip of departures opening tears and tears in my circle of friends. I am not sure of the cause, but I am feeling the pain of the effect. There is a heart heaviness I cannot shake.

  •  Ever wonder why some dogs potty the way they do? Potty, as in prancing proudly to find the perfect spot, repeating a regular ritual, and then evaluating, or ignoring, their effort? Perhaps dogs have a unique “pooping personality.”

  •   In last week’s column, I talked about fruits and vegetables and the health recommendations that we all should be eating more fruits and vegetables. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans say we should aim for two-and-a-half cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit each day. That shouldn’t be too hard to do, but the current statistics show that 75 percent of us don’t get close to that amount.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    So, you’re looking at that “to do” list and wondering how — and when — you’ll ever get it done.

    Well, you’re not alone. My informal survey of magazine covers at newsstands shows that articles on organization and energy are quickly overtaking those on losing 10 pounds and getting washboard abs.

    In our world of 24/7 communications, things move quickly. So, there can be more pressure on getting those items crossed off our lists.

  • By John Nelson

    Whatever humor this little plant might have must be truly tasteless. Well, its fruits are tasteless, anyway. The fruits are gorgeous, brilliant red and are dead ringers for the cultivated strawberry. Bite into it, though, and you’ll get a watery flavor, and not much else. Sort of like damp cardboard.

  •     If you’re like me, boneless chicken breasts can be boring. I’ve published many recipes for chicken breasts and I’m sure you have plenty of your own you’ve tried over the years.

    I’ve prepared sautéed, fried, baked, grilled and even pouched chicken breasts. I’ve stuffed, barbecued, breaded, chopped and even pureed when making a chicken spread. But the easiest way, for me, is to just sauté skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a little oil and butter and then add a special sauce at the end of my liking.

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    Yvonna “Bonnie” Tibbals of Shallotte was the second runner-up in the Ms. North Carolina Senior America Pageant on April 16. More than 200 attended the event in Pinehurst, which featured 10 contestants.

    Rebecca Ann Taylor from Brown Summit received the Ms. North Carolina Senior America 2016 title and crown. She and other state queens will compete for the national title of Ms. Senior America 2016-17 the week of Oct. 16-21 in Atlantic City, N.J.