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Today's Features

  • Sunset Beach is the scene this summer of a free community concert series.
    Concerts are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Village Park at Seaside Village.
    The park is on the mainland across the street from Fibber McGees Restaurant. Just look for the small gazebo, and bring a chair. There’s typically a dance floor for concert-goers who want to get up and join in.
    Each week, a different local charity will be featured. Food and drinks are available for a donation, with funds going to the featured charity of the night.

  • Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, is noting its 10 years of operation with a month-long anniversary celebration, which includes artist demonstrations, special classes, daily drawings, art exhibition, live music and other events that began June 1 and will run through the end of the month.
    Demonstrations have been presented by potter Joe Jeffcoat, jewelry designer Janette Montgomery, pastel artist Jane Staszak, multi-media artist Babs Ludwick (collage), Sue Coley (acrylics), Elaine Bigelow (oil), and gallery owner/acrylics painter Ginny Lassiter.

  • Did you know that sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet? Did you know each type of shark has a different shaped tooth? Do you know how many teeth a shark grows during its lifetime? You can learn all this and more by attending the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s popular Megabites! program.
    Every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Museum of Coastal Carolina visitors gather around educator Allison Smith to learn about sharks...their size, their feeding habits, their teeth and much more.

  • Sunset Beach is the scene this summer of a free community concert series.

    Concerts are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Village Park at Seaside Village.

    The park is on the mainland across the street from Fibber McGees Restaurant. Just look for the small gazebo, and bring a chair. There’s typically a dance floor for concert-goers who want to get up and join in.

    Each week, a different local charity will be featured. Food and drinks are available for a donation, with funds going to the featured charity of the night.

  • They just recently got out of school, but Aaron and Hailey Dreyer can already talk about how they spent their summer vacation.

    It took root in the spring, when the Oak Island brother and sister decided to plant potatoes in the Winnabow fields of their great-grandfather, Cedric Ottaway. They wanted to donate the potatoes to area food pantries.

  • Every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, families can learn beach safety tips that could save their lives.
    “Who Are You Swimming With?” addresses serious beach safety issues in a kid-friendly way. The goal of the program is to educate, not to scare.
    At a recent program, almost 70 people (adults and kids) listened as program leader Judy Sobota talked about what to do in various situations that any North Carolina beachgoer might face.

  • The Brunswick County Senior 4-H Horticulture Judging Team of Darby Dawkins, Carlyn Clark, Tori Norris and Camden Clark won first place in the North Carolina statewide horticulture judging competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 19. Dawkins also accrued the highest individual score.
    The Horticulture Judging Competition entailed three components: 1. Judging the quality of horticulture products (plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables); 2. Identification of 100 plants; and 3. A written test on horticultural practices.

  • Are you itching at the ankles soon after hiking, picnicking or walking on a lawn? You may have chigger bites.
    Chiggers found in North Carolina, also known as red bugs, are the immature form of a mite. The bites can cause small, red bumps or welts on the skin and intense itching.
    Chiggers occur most frequently in areas of thick vegetation where the animals they normally bite (small mammals, birds, and reptiles) live. Although chiggers are more common in damp, shady areas, they also occur on golf courses or lawns.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Stink bugs and their cousins, the leaf-footed bugs, are common pests on many fruits and vegetables in the southeast.
    Gardeners most frequently notice these pests on tomatoes, where their feeding injury causes hard yellow spots to form just under the tomato skin. Populations of both of these difficult-to-control insects build up over the season, peaking in late summer and early fall. Control efforts taken now will help you stay ahead of these malodorous pests.

  • From 2006-2011, Brunswick County 4-H’er Elizabeth Mintz has embarked on a journey of hard work and dedication to be a part of the livestock show world. She has raised everything from turkeys, rabbits and dairy goats to beef cows.
    Her efforts have led her down the road to success with multiple first -lace, overall grand-champion, and showmanship titles under her belt. She even has the bragging rights to the Cape Fear Fair Expo’s coveted Claude McAllister Fancy Feather Award for the second year in a row.