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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Listen up, Brunwick County.

    Listen Up Brunswick County is about to bring a whole new musical series to the area.

    The fledgling nonprofit is described by chairwoman Jeannie Dufour as an all-volunteer, music-loving group that wants nothing more than to bring quality entertainment to a new venue.

    That’s about to happen as Listen Up Brunswick County presents its first concert on Feb. 15, when renowned folk musician Tracy Grammer performs in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. on the Holden Beach island.

  • With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, the Coastal Harmonizers are getting ready for lots of sweet singing.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

    “This is for both girls and guys,” said tenor Dave McQueen.

    Guys can send the quartet to deliver singing valentines to girls, and the girls can send ‘em to the guys, too, they say.

  • The last couple of weeks I’ve been writing about the importance of regular meals and snacks to help maintain a healthy weight. These columns have discussed packing lunches and snacks so you can have healthier foods available when away from home. Now that you’ve got great meals packed and a good snack pack, too, have you thought about the safety of these foods?

  • I am not a fan of reality shows. In my view, they distort reality, make it a hoax at best and a horror at its worst. Among those invaders, the one depicting life as a hoarder, is most disturbing. The reason probably stems from the storing of goods, materials, ideas and emotions all of us have experienced at one time or other.

  • One of my favorite roasts to cook at this time of the year is a sirloin tip roast. It is a fairly tough cut of meat that benefits from various methods that cook the meat slowly or otherwise trap the moisture inside.
    The most common method is oven roasted. Other methods commonly used are grilling or using a slow cooker or a pressure cooker.

  • By John Nelson
    Plant Columnist

    It’s the branch of a tree, but this tree is no good for a tree house.
    Take a look at the thorns, which can be found up and down the trunk, and also potently arming the branches. You won’t be inclined to fool around with these stickers, as they really mean business, sometimes up to five-inches long, needle-sharp, and often divided at the base: the species’ scientific name means “three-spined.”

  • I love movies. I love pets. I love history. Add those together and I unearthed the story of the very first movie star cat, Pepper. Long before YouTube created instant fame from felines frolicking in boxes, there was a story cat that would go on to star in some of Hollywood’s most celebrated silent films. This is the legend of Pepper.