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Today's Features

  • Calabash art gallery Sunset River Marketplace is featuring Feed Your Eclectic Soul through May 31. According to gallery owner and design consultant Ginny Lassiter, the group exhibition is “a showing of custom design ideas, fine crafts and gently loved pieces from the past.”
    Lassiter and fellow designer Beth Pethtal of Sunset Beach have created a number of vignettes, each including antiques, seating, pillows, art and other pieces.

  • Spring festival is set for May 5
    Lighthouse Pentecostal Church will host its annual community spring festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Southport ILA Hall, 211 West 10th St. in Southport. There will be nearly 25 arts and crafts displays, games for children and entertainment for all ages.

  • A month or so ago, I landed in the hospital again. This time, thank God, it was a short stay and the pain level was far less severe. Nonetheless, the various procedures were scary. Old tapes played relentlessly in my head despite every effort I took to dismiss them. Unbidden tears coursed down my face when I heard the words IV, PICC line, CAT scan. Old, bad, experiences were conjured up. I was not a happy camper.

  • After training and much preparation, Brunswick County 4-H TiLT (Teens in Leadership Training) teens presented “CalciYum for Kindergartners!” at Belville Elementary School on Monday, April 23, to 120 kindergarten students. This program was specially designed by the TiLT teens through a grant from the N.C. Osteoporosis Foundation to teach the importance of strong bones.

  • Extension Master Gardeners, a nonprofit organization, will have a plant sale May 10, 11 and 12 at North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Brunswick County Center, County Government Complex greenhouse (back parking lot of building N) in Bolivia. Come early and often from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    Choose from: colorful annuals, flowers, veggies and vines, blueberries, blackberries and grapes, herbs, many herbaceous perennials, trees (dogwoods, Japanese maples), azaleas, screening trees and shrubs.

  • It was not until recently that the public took notice of the need to conserve water. Even now, most homeowners are more familiar with methods and techniques reducing water use inside the home using low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and water-saving washing machines and dishwashers.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Strawberries are plentiful this season and many folks are thinking about preserving the bounty. I’ve received a few calls about making reduced sugar jams and jellies. Often the caller is a family member or a friend of a diabetic and they want to make this “special jam” so the diabetic patient can enjoy the fresh fruit spreads.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 7
    Chili, carrots, saltines, apple cobbler, apple, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 8
    Pork roast/gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, turnip greens, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 9

  • This winter at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Allison Smith and Kurt Hugelmeyer have been conducting bird programs every third Saturday of the month. Smith is the museum’s education coordinator. Hugelmeyer is a well-known local birding enthusiast. His bird walks are a must for anyone who enjoys birds. The final bird program of the winter season will be at 11 a.m. May 19 at the museum.

  • All of us enjoy a takeout meal once in a while, and one of my favorites is Chinese takeout. While clearing the table after dinner recently, I noticed the container of white rice that came with our takeout hadn’t been touched. Nobody ever touches it. It usually gets put in the refrigerator only to be thrown away a week or so later.