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Today's Features

  •  Years ago, we hummed a tune regarding the three R’s –– readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic –– all taught to the tune of a hickory stick! Nowadays, we’ve retained the infamous R’s and denounced the punishment of the hickory stick. We try to make education available to all. Sometimes, our success is called into question, but always we make the attempt. However, I wonder if we give short shrift to a fourth R, or even stop to consider it a crucial component in the educational process. The fourth R is relationship.

  •  Do you sometimes feel like you’re stuck making the same recipes day after day or week after week? If you’re like me, you’d love to be able to create a number of different dishes using essentially the same ingredients. Why not explore the possibilities?

  • The weekend of April 25-26 is ideal for wine connoisseurs who want to help worthy causes.

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its annual Wine Fest from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Event-goers will have opportunity to taste a variety of wines provided by a local distributor, accompanied by an array of foods prepared by local eateries.

    Live and silent auctions will offer a variety of items up for bid, highlighted with a 50-50 raffle and cork pull.

  • After more than a year of planning and renovating, Bagel Dock Café and its staff have officially moved to its new, larger location.

    On April 3, the popular Calabash eatery opened in a freshly refurbished building at 1162 River Road near the Calabash boat docks.

    The nearly four-year-old restaurant owned by Long Island transplants Carmine and Margaret Barbaro is now twice the size of its old Beach Drive address, in its new building that previously housed Billy Bass Seafood restaurant.

  • Get ready to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, will be part of this year’s Days at the Docks festivities Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season kicks off at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting the romantic comedy, “Funny Little Thing Called Love,” April 24-26 and May 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at its theater at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    This is Brunswick Little Theatre’s first Director’s Challenge, featuring three directors collaborating on vignettes from playwrights Jones, Hope and Wooten, the same team that brought “Dixie Swim Club.”

  • Fans of John Denver have a chance to hear his music performed live once again.

    Former New Christy Minstrels singer Tom Becker is bringing “Back Home Again: A Tribute to John Denver” to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Brunswick Community College.

    The folk singer has proven to be a natural in his on-target tribute to late singer who was renowned for his earthy, soaring hits of the 1970s.

  • The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its seventh annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Sea Trail Convention Center, 75A Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    For a $45 donation, guests are invited to enjoy the event with friends while dining on a delicious plated lunch and viewing the latest fashions presented by Island Breeze of Sunset Beach.

  • For nearly 63 years, Bill and Maggie Ehling had been inseparable, dating back to their military days in the 1950s when the two first met in Germany.

    Maggie, who was born in Brunswick County and grew up in New Jersey, was in the Women’s Army Corps, otherwise known as WACs. Bill, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was an Army man and party animal who was soon tamed by his Margaret Rose, the woman he married about a year later.

  •  Basically, sugars are simple carbohydrates that provide calories for energy. They also add the sweet taste to many foods. You can find sugars in two different forms: dry or liquid. There are many sources of sugars, but some of the most common are beet sugar or sugar cane (also called sucrose), corn sugar (dextrose), maple syrup and honey (fructose).