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Today's Features

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Just when you thought there was nothing new under the almost-summer sun, Shallotte River Swamp Park adds new venues for 2016.

    The year-old zip-line and nature-oriented eco-park at 5550 Watts Road off Ocean Isle Beach Road is launching into its second season with the addition of an elevated walkway and alligator containment park.

    The park is also adding turtle and birds-of-prey presentations and, starting June 13, snake shows.

  • Harold Melvin’s legendary Blue Notes and Blue Magic are featured performers at a Father’s Day Mega Concert set for 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the main campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The Blue Light Basement Concert Series event, sponsored by Men of Respect and Ladies of Distinction, includes a free buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were and still are a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to 1954 — long before their leap into stardom during the 1970s.

  •  Ask those with dirty fingernails what makes a “Southern garden” and you’re likely to hear about evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and, our subject for this week, hydrangeas. While these superstars of the Southern garden deserve the accolades, native plant purists will thumb their noses at these Asian imports. I’ve reached the age where I realize that life offers a lot more gray than black and white, so I’m fine with great plants, wherever they come from, as long as they aren’t invasive.

  •  The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have been out for about six months. Professionals in the nutrition field anxiously awaited their release, but I’m guessing most other folks haven’t heard much about them. The DGA are developed to help promote health and prevent chronic disease for current and future generations by making recommendations about what makes up a healthy diet.

  •  I know, I know … ‘trump” is a loaded word these days. Whatever one’s affiliation might be, in life’s game folks are always looking for a trump card to hold. This holds true in religious circles as well as political ones. Heated debates derive from our individual and communal desires to be right, inerrant and accurate in our facts and our faith. However, to do so also carries both a challenge and a consequence: CHANGE! In turn, change demands continued conversation, communication, and charity.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    The recent Memorial Day weekend certainly provided a time for reflection.

    Honoring those who have passed on also creates the space to take stock of our own lives. If your major thoughts center on your “to do” list — or what other people think of you — strap yourself in.         

  •  By John Nelson

    Such shocking pink in the middle of the hot, dry woods! You wouldn’t expect to see it, yet that is where our psammophyte grows.

  •  My wife and I enjoy making our weekly jaunt to the local farmers market for lettuce, tomatoes or whatever. Each time we go, I notice these really large, overgrown white radishes, called Daikon radishes. They are one of the largest radishes, ranging from six to 15 inches in length, and two to three inches in diameter. A bunch of three are less than $1.50, so it seems like a great deal. But now what would I do with them?

     

  •  Keith and Rebecca Lockamy of Supply are the parents of a son, Thomas Keith Lockamy, born at 3:57 p.m. May 15 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 16-1/2 inches in length.

    He joins a brother, Adam Greene, 17.

  • Summer concert season has begun.

    Brunswick County’s free concerts and movies have launched for another season with an array of weekly entertainment in eight towns.

    In the event of inclement weather, events may be cancelled and possibly rescheduled.

    Here’s a closer look at this year’s lineup.

    Ocean Isle Beach Concerts

    Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Fridays in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St.