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Today's Features

  • Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital.

    During Lent, it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, March 7, the Post will once again fire up its annual Friday-night Lenten fish fries.

    Dinners consisting of fried and breaded fresh haddock with all the trimmings will be served 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday, April 18.

    Dinners this year are $10 per plate. An extra cup of clam chowder is $1.

    Former post commander Jack Goin jokes the secret for cooking Lenten fish is all in the wrist.

  • Get ready to run for the flytraps.

    The second annual Half Hell Haul gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center Nature Trail.

    Benefits from the race will be used to protect Venus flytraps.

    Racing through the region’s piney woods is “a fun way to highlight flytraps,” race organizer Angie Carl said.

    Carnivorous Venus flytraps only grow in the wild in southeast North Carolina and in a sliver of northeast South Carolina, Carl said.

  •  The characteristic blue-green veining of bleu cheese (blue cheese), made from cow, sheep or goat’s milk, is easily identifiable.

    Like a cold, iced martini, people either love it or hate it!

  •  How often I have heard someone tell me to lighten up, cool my jets, chill out, or words to that effect! It seems that deep thinking is far less popular an activity than deep sea diving. Do religion, if you want, but don’t be a fanatic about it. Comments or commentaries, reactions or responses to religion’s status quo repel those who would follow a God whose demands are modest ... whose commands are not unsettling. Any tendency to profound pondering is annoying, if not anathema!

  •  By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s my favorite tree. Has to be!

    Everything about it is interesting, and all its parts are attractive. I first learned about this tree when I was a tiny undergraduate student in my first botany class. Our field trip was to the wild and mysterious Congaree Swamp, where this tree is common along the bluffs that border the floodplain. There we learned that it is sometimes called “initial tree,” a reference to the practice of carving one’s initials into the bark, which is very smooth.

  •  March is a green month. It’s time when the trees start to bud and everything starts looking bright and green. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next week and thoughts go to green food.

    March is also National Nutrition Month. This year try to combine the best parts of these two celebrations and look for some green foods that can brighten, fortify and add some nutrition to your March menus.

  • Holden Beach VFW Post 8866 will have a St. Paddy’s Day dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 17 at the post, located 1.5 miles past the light on Sabbath Home Road.

    Plates include corned beef and cabbage and fixings, including drink and dessert. The cost is $8 per plate. All are invited.

  • Have you ever seen a starfish served its lunch?

    You can at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    At 11 a.m. every Friday, museum visitors can get up close and personal with all the critters in the touch tank at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Children and adults of all ages are invited to come and watch the museum docents feed the array of live, local sea animals that live at the museum.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “The Fantasticks”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College

    Tickets: $29 adults; $27 students and seniors 65+; $10 ages 12 and younger; plus handling fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416

  • The town of Carolina Shores will have its sixth annual Arbor Day celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Highlights include presentation of a Tree City USA Award by a Brunswick County forest representative.

    Second-graders in Jennifer Parton’s class at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School will again assist with a tree-planting ceremony, facilitated by members of the town’s tree advisory committee.

    The Calabash Fire Department will also be on hand with fire truck tours for the class.