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Today's Features

  • Adding annual and perennial color to the garden is one of the most fun and high-impact things we can do in our gardens. And, the choices keep getting better and better as new selections are introduced. 

    I had the opportunity to attend a workshop last week touting the Proven Winners plant collection.  Proven Winners, in familiar white containers, offers a line of annuals, perennials and shrubs.  Many of these selections are adapted to the difficult conditions of southeastern North Carolina. 

  • With our abundance of fresh seafood here in Brunswick County, it’s really a rather simple process to prepare and cook seafood once you know the basic cooking techniques and tips to ensure success.

  • Rock out and remember the songs of the 1950s and ‘60s this week and next as Brunswick Little Theatre transforms into “Smokey Joe’s Café” June 15-18 and 22-25.

    Based on the prolific and successful songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the show became the longest running musical revue in Broadway history when it opened in 1995 and ran for 2,036 performances.

    It was also nominated for seven Tony awards and took home the Grammy award for best musical show album.

  • Summer concert stages will heat up in coming days and weeks, especially as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at four Brunswick County summer concerts.

    The renowned beach music legends are scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and on July 7 in Ocean Isle Beach, Aug. 22 in Calabash and Sept. 6 in Sunset Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity, leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  • She’s a published author of historic fiction set in Tudor England.

    Local writer Anne Clinard Barnhill dips into a different style and more recent era this summer with her latest novel, “The Beautician’s Notebook.”

    For book protagonist Willa Jo Temple, “dying” takes on new meaning when she is found murdered in her own beauty shop in the fictitious coastal town of Summerset, N.C.

  • **Sunset Vision presents Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale, June 22-24 at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom, 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach. Fundraising reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 23, $25 per person. Free viewing 4-6 p.m. June 22 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24. Go to sunsetvision.org.**

    Sunset Vision launched in 2015, its mission encompassing “a group of diverse, caring citizens who are working to enhance the Sunset Beach experience for residents and visitors alike.

  • Brunswick County Literacy Council will present a ‘60s Oldies Dance Party featuring Mike’s Garage Band on Saturday, June 24, at 6 p.m. at Brunswick Community College, South Brunswick Island Center, 9400 Ocean Highway/U.S. 17 South, near mile marker 3 in Carolina Shores.

    Bring your own snacks, but do not bring outside beverages. There will be a cash bar with wine and beer provided by Check Six Brewing Company of Southport, soft drinks and water.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society and the Brunswick Big Band are combining to present summer concerts, “Sunrise over America.”

    Concerts are planned for Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    All concerts are free. Those who need assistance being seated should call the OWA at 755-7416 at least one week in advance.

  • Children who are coping with the death of a loved one are invited to Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s Sunshine Camp 2017. Three Sunshine Camp sessions will be offered at the nonprofit hospice’s Wilmington campus at 1414 Physicians Drive.

    All camps are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Week one is June 26-June 30 for rising second- and third-graders. Week two is July 10-14 for rising fourth- and fifth-graders. Week three is July 24-28 for rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.