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Today's Features

  • Buy wine tasting tickets by April 25
    The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will host its next wine tasting event for area wine lovers and their guests at 5 p.m. April 29 at the Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The cost of the tasting will be $10. All guests are urged to bring their favorite wine glass for this event. Prior to the tasting, the chapter will have a brief meet-and-greet social with wine and cheese being served.

  • The Coastal Garden Club of Shallotte will host its annual tour and tea on Saturday, April 28. Gardens in the Seascape and Lockwood Folly plantations will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The tea will take place from noon-3 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

  • The Art Loft, a new section of art at Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery, opens on April 23. This added attraction is the brainchild of two officers, Claire Martin and Virginia Wagner.
    “The gallery had growing pains,” Martin said, “and we needed more exhibition space.”
    The two put their heads together and restyled and reconfigured the historic building’s second floor. The result is space that expands the area for hanging paintings and centralizes art in one location.

  • Nantucket Band, a longtime rock group formed in Jacksonville in 1969, will perform live in an outdoor concert 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Holden Beach.

    The concert, Holden Beach Grassroots Presents Nantucket Live at Holden Beach, will take place in a field at 1305 Cedar Landing Road near Provision Company Restaurant on the mainland side of Holden Beach.

    Concert host Jabin Norris describes the event as a big concert that’s the same weekend as the two-day Days at the Docks at Holden Beach.

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 18
    Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha Shoah) will be hosted by the Chabad Academy at 2803 North Oak Street in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, with all local synagogues participating.
    The program will be “Children Remembering the Children of The Holocaust,” and will feature the Butterfly Museum, candle lighting, Psalms and prayers in Hebrew and English by local rabbis.

  • Recently, I attended the installation of the Rev. Rudra Ramphal as senior pastor of Brunswick Islands Baptist Church. It was a double pleasure, since Rudy was one of my students when I taught at Brunswick Community College. He was an outstanding student, a young man whose interest and enthusiasm made teaching a joy. I have been following his career ever since, so I could not miss this climatic moment in his faith journey.

  • By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Our sandy soils cannot store nutrients for long periods of time, releasing them according to plant needs, as do loamy soils, so domesticated plants (including lawns, flowers, shrubs and vegetables) benefit from a careful periodic application of fertilizer. Gardeners add fertilizer either by applying it to the soil or by using a water-soluble product and spraying the foliage.

  • Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you’re new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first perhaps two or three plants of two to three varieties. Of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices?
    Criteria for choosing varieties

  • Lightly steamed, boiled or roasted, fresh asparagus is a tasty, nutritious side dish.
    In this area, fresh asparagus season begins in March or early April and ends around late June or when the hot summer weather begins.
    Asparagus, imported mostly from Mexico, Chile or Peru, is now available all year round, but you’ll find a good supply of fresh “homegrown” asparagus in local supermarkets this time of year.