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Today's Features

  • Little girls and their male role models are royally highlighted at the upcoming Little Princess Ball scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at two sites this year — the South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. in Carolina Shores and at the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Location-specific tickets are $10 per person and on sale through Feb. 5.

    The event is a special afternoon filled with dancing, face painting, games and more.

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    Thin-skinned Southern boys like me always struggle this time of year when the temperatures barely break out of the 50s. The warm days of spring are still months away, but there are some plants that put on a show during the cool months that will have you thinking sunshine and warm days.

    One of my favorite small flowering trees that bloom during the warmer days of January and February is Japanese flowering apricot or Prunus mume. Boasting flowers in shades of pink, red and white, this 20-foot plant with a similar spread never ceases to lift my spirits.

  •       I write a lot about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Because of that I’m always trying to “walk the talk.” So when I invite people to our house, I try to serve more healthful meal or snacks. The same goes for gift giving. As wedding shower presents, I like to give good cookbooks and kitchen tools.

  •   By John Nelson

    Walking around in a salt marsh can be a challenging experience. You have to select the right trousers and footwear, of course. In the summer, you must consider no-see-ums, flies and other visitors. Without a strong breeze, and in hot weather, the aroma of the marsh may become stifling. Then there are the issues of protection from the sun, and dealing with treacherous substrates. Pluff mud and oyster shells can be encountered. And of course, you have to pay attention to the tides!

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    At one time or another, we’ve all used the phrase, “She/he is the apple of our eye.” When exalting the health benefits of the apple, we say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” When wanting to ingratiate ourself with a teacher, we give her the gift of an apple.

  • Brides-to-be are invited to a free bridal show Jan. 31 at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Silver Coast Bridal Show will take place 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road off Longwood Road.

    Local wedding professionals will be on hand to help brides-to-be make their wedding day extra special and there will be an abundance of giveaways. Admission is free.

    Participating vendors include caterers, photographers, officiants, cake bakers, DJs, event and limo rentals and event planners.

  • Steve Chapin and Big John Wallace of the late Harry Chapin’s band will perform a benefit concert for New Hope Clinic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay St.

    Donations are $25 each, with proceeds to go to show expenses and the remainder to New Hope Clinic.  

    Harry Chapin, who died in 1981 following a car crash on Long Island, is best known for his 1970s hits, “Cat’s In the Cradle and “Taxi,” but he was also renowned for his beautiful stories.

  • Super Bowl Sunday means SOUPer Bowl Saturday in Shallotte.

    It’s almost time for that super delicious weekend once again.

    For the seventh year, the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club invites the public to its annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser the day before the Super Bowl, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church at 5070 Main St. behind Rourk Library.

  • SHALLOTTE — It was late winter 1963 or early spring 1964 when the first phase of establishing Shallotte Presbyterian Church got under way.

    The originators were mostly Presbyterians who were actively involved with Camp United Methodist Church at the time, according to history posted on the Shallotte Presbyterian website, shallottechurch.org.

    Other initiators included people who had recently moved to the area because of retirement or business interests.