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Today's Features

  • The holidays are a perfect time to get out and enjoy — and not take for granted — some of the area’s educational venues open and available for visits.

    When was the last time you and yours hopped on board the ferry to tour the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Or visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach or its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach to view the offerings there?

    Here’s a closer look at their holiday events.

    Fish and Festival of Trees at Fort Fisher Aquarium

  •  U.S. Air Force Airman Luke A. Causey, son of Mary Little of Ash, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

     

    Causey completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  •  It’s getting down to the wire. Are you still looking for gifts for those health-conscious people on your list? You can encourage and support their efforts by giving them a health-related gift. While it’s tough (or maybe even insulting) to buy a gym or pool membership for someone unless you know that’s something they really want, here are a couple of ideas sure to please. You might even want to get a duplicate for yourself in the process.

     

    Fruit/vegetable basket

  •  The holidays are a time to celebrate with our loved ones — including our pets. During the holiday rush, it’s easy to overlook potential pet holiday hazards hidden in your home. To make the holidays safe for your cuddly companions, be on the lookout for these dangers as you deck your halls.

     

    Ribbons and tinsel

  •  By Linda Arnold

       

    Are you running on fumes right now? Expectations are high, bandwidth is low and most of us have been rushing around for weeks in preparation for the holidays. And that's just on the physical side.

    Emotionally, you may be feeling unsettled by recent tragedies, either directly or indirectly. If you find yourself with musings of what the holidays should be, you’re not alone. And there’s no right or wrong answer because this can morph and change over time.

  •  By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    As so often happens, the holidays will be gone almost as soon as they arrived and soon it will be time to think about what to do with your old Christmas tree. Though there may be no task more disheartening (or messier) than removing your Christmas tree, it does not necessarily mean its last stop is the curb with the empty gift boxes. How about this year going for a greener approach and extending the life (and function) of that old tree this year?

     

  • By John Nelson

    One of my favorite trees here at the university grows right behind the herbarium. It’s been there for years (the building was constructed about 1974), and is now about 25 feet tall. (I’m terrible at estimating heights of trees … but let’s just say that it’s tall enough for you to cause serious damage if you fell out of it, while climbing around. But why would you want to climb around in this tree?

  •  Everyone loves gathering for Christmas dinner. Many of us will also be sharing Christmas Eve dinner with relatives and friends. So with only a few days until Christmas, if you haven’t already, it’s time to think about that Christmas meal.

    Traditionally, most Christmas dinners consist of turkey, stuffing, ham, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans or other veggies and an array of desserts. Sound familiar? Many of us have this same meal at Thanksgiving, too.

  •  Whenever I read the Matthean infancy narrative I feel the anguish of two good people who were flying in the face of the law and customs of their people. Here was an unwed mother trying to tell her fiancé that she is pregnant — but not with his child — and is, as well, still a virgin. Three facts, one more astoundingly incredible than the other, were his to swallow.

  • Brunswick School of Dance joins The Wilmington Ballet Company to present two performances of “The Nutcracker Ballet” this weekend at Cape Fear Community College.

    Show times are 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, on the Cape Fear Stage of the Wilson Center, CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center at 703 N. Third St. in Wilmington.