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Today's Features

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  •   Thanksgiving is probably the biggest “leftover” holiday of the year. The traditional turkey day is over with and you stand there in wonderment at the mounds of leftovers and the guilt starts to set in. The mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the dressing, the various vegetable side dishes and all that gravy … what are you going to do with all of it?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday — only surpassed by New Year’s Day, the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column)!

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    The World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition is seeking Pearl Harbor survivors and witnesses for southeastern North Carolina’s annual Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony scheduled for Dec. 7 at Battleship Park.

  •  “Sweet is the swamp with its secrets, until we meet a snake;

    ‘Tis then we sigh for houses, and our departure take.” Emily Dickinson.

     

  •  Sometimes it’s tough to be grateful. It’s easy to forget the good in our lives when we see so much bad in the world. An encounter with a seemingly petulant pet owner reminded me how thankful we should be that we share our lives with animals.

  •  Each year as I write this pre-Thanksgiving column, I wonder what else can be said about holiday foods. I know the column will be published the day before, but with all the pre-holiday prep and houseguests arriving, I’m guessing that some of you are reading this after Thanksgiving.

    So here are a couple last-minute thoughts and recommendations on that holiday meal. If you’re reading this later in the weekend, I hope you’ll keep these in mind for another year.

     

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    Most of us spend our time racing from one thing to the next in an attempt to keep up with all of life’s demands. But our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving is this week affording most of us the opportunity to eat too much and then fall asleep on the couch watching the Tony Romo-less Cowboys lose another game. More importantly, this is a time to reflect on the good times and people that make our lives richer. With that thought in mind and as a guy who likes to play in the dirt (OK, soil), I wondered, “What am I thankful for as a gardener?”

  • Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach invites the public to a Star Party scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

    Participants will have access to the planetarium’s telescopes to view the moon, constellations and deep-space orbits. Planetarium staff will be on hand to assist. Event-goers can also bring their own telescopes.

    The event begins with a short presentation inside, then will proceed outside to hopefully view the Moon, Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor and other wonders of the night sky.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band will present a seasonal concert, “Fall Into Winter,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help support the band and its music students assistance program.

    For more information, go to http://brunswickbands.org.