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Today's Features

  • With spring and Easter less than two weeks away, area events are starting to bloom.

    Following is a lineup of events scheduled this weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber Home Show

    A variety of vendors showcasing landscaping, gardening, outdoor lighting, lawn equipment, pools and spas and home improvement will be at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Home Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $5, with children 8 and younger admitted free.

    Leland Bark in the Park

  • The Chicago Brass Quintet will perform in the next series concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.

    The Chicago Brass Quintet was formed in 1964 to promote appreciation and enjoyment of brass chamber music through performances, educational workshops, broadcasts, recording and commissioning new works.

  •  Salads are easy to prepare and you can mix and match different type of greens with raw or grilled veggies, cheeses, nuts and fruits. Most any combination of these will work, so just pick a few of your favorite flavor combinations and “start mixing.”

     

    Types of salads

    There are four main types of salads: appetizer, accompaniment, main dish and dessert.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Happy, in my judgment, the wandering herbalist, who clear alike from vain, and that worse evil, vexing thoughts, peeps round for some rare flow’ret of the hills, or plant of craggy fountains.” Attributed to William Wordsworth.

     

    My office bookshelf offers a charming little book called, “How to Study Plants, or Introduction to Botany,” first published in 1879, although my copy was a reprint from 1882. This book is by professor Alphonso Wood, who was born in 1810.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    As much as we want to stop and smell the roses, there’s something about our fast-paced society that propels us forward.  So, when the book, “Addicted to Hurry,” ran across my radar, I just had to pick it up.

    Are you living too fast?  Take a look at two of the questions from the “hurry test.”

  •  Thanks to the generosity of the powers that be at ATMC, I enjoyed a “price-less” viewing of “The Imitation Game” and “Philomena” — two movies I had missed seeing along the way. Both reinforced my questioning regarding the phenomenon of “being normal.” I have always wondered what those words meant.

  •  I love movies. I love animals. Give me a movie about animals and I’m as happy as a Lab in a tennis ball factory. I’m especially fond of movies that share an adoption message or lesson about pet health. With the Academy Awards just announced, I thought I’d share five things some of our favorite movie pets taught us about animal health and welfare.

     

    Old Yeller and rabies prevention

  •  It’s National Nutrition Month. This recognition was started by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics back in 1973. The goal of this month-long celebration is to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

  •  The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 95th annual reunion Sept. 20-24 in Springfield, Mo., contact Bob Haynes, secretary/treasurer, at 2idaho@comcast.net or (224) 225-1202 or go to 2ida.org.

  •  In my opinion, there is only one thing better than a big hot batch of soup on a cold winter day: leftover soup the next day. However, preparing a large batch of soup can present a food safety challenge, especially if you want safe leftovers.

    This challenge: Cooling the soup down fast enough.