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Today's Features

  • Thursday, Feb. 23
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

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    SHALLOTTE—A local filmmaker and West Brunswick High School alumni is giving back to her alma mater.

    Sheena Vaught graduated from UNCW in December 2011 with a major in film studies. Now in the midst of creating two documentaries to air on ATMC in March, she is lending a hand to the WBHS theater and arts department and introducing students to new skills and acting opportunities.

    Vaught and WBHS students are in production for “Midnight Cry.”

  • BOLIVIA—They have everything a weight-loss endeavor could need—personal trainers, a nutritionist, plus three months’ free membership at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

    The center’s latest BFIT crew launched last week with initial meetings with the center’s personal trainers and nutritionist Cheryle Jones Syracuse.

    BFIT is an acronym representing four missions—Believe in yourself. Focus on your goals. Improve your lifestyle. Train to achieve your dream.

  • Line-dancing aficionados should get in line.

    Starting this Sunday, Feb. 19, country line and partner dancing are slated to launch as part of the “Get Hooked on Dancin’” program at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Sunday-afternoon sessions start at 2:30 p.m. with beginners’ dance lessons, followed by dancing from 3-6 p.m. with an additional partner line dance lesson. The Sunday dances will continue on March 11 and March 18.

  • Officers named for Mostly Bluegrass Society
    The Mostly Bluegrass Society has named Jim Caulder as its president for this year. Willis Alston was selected as vice president and Tom and Ellen Freeman were elected as new directors.
    The Mostly Bluegrass Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional music performed live. The group meets from 5:30-8 p.m. every Friday at the Shallotte Senior Center.

  • The Shallotte Rotary hosted its seventh annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, Jan. 28. It was a night of fun that raised funds and awareness for local and international charities.
    There were door prizes and silent auction gifts, culminating with the drawing of door prizes and the awarding of a seven-day/six-night Las Vegas vacation.

  • Join the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum from 7-9 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 21, as Retired Master Sergeant Clyde Wilson, U.S. Army, and Civil War re-enactor and researcher, will discuss the role of African-American soldiers in campaigns of the Lower Cape Fear Region.
    Learn about the 27th U.S. Colored Troops who played a key role in accepting the surrender of Fort Fisher and was the first U.S. unit to garrison Fort Johnston after Confederate abandonment.

  • Black History to be celebrated Feb. 18
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237 Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will host a Black History celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, featuring keynote speaker Nicole Williams. The theme will be “Lift Every Voice.” Local music groups will also be performing.
    There will be a special missionary service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, with guests the Rev. Angela Collins and Price Cathedral AME Zion Church in Wilmington. For more information, call 763-2282.

  • Coincidence? Providence? Is there a difference? In my view, providence is the road taken. It is also the road not taken. Everything in life is providential, if our perspective is divine and if we give ourselves time to look, see, hear and receive God’s voice.
    A friend thought I’d enjoy reading a book she recently acquired. Its title is intriguing: “When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence,” written by Squire Rushnell. She told me the book shouted out at her because her life is one big God wink.

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