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Today's Features

  • Many years ago, an abbot named Bernard of Clairvaux offered a homily in praise of the Virgin Mary. His presentation focused on the importance, the crucial nature, of Mary’s response and he positioned it within a framework of a waiting world, a universe living in anticipation of her response and hoping it will be a positive one.

  • Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in four sessions on Jan. 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Building N) at the Government Center Complex in Bolivia. The four-hour classroom sessions begin each day at 12:30 p.m. 

  • By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes. Evergreen trees and shrubs are a good choice to liven up a winter landscape. It is not hard to find a variety that will suit your needs.

  • This politically correct world we live in doesn’t like to pick winners and losers, but life is all about winning some and losing some—even in the garden. Here are my picks of several winning performers in the garden for 2010.

  • BLT to have ‘Doubt’ auditions

    Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct open auditions for John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Playhouse 211, 4320-100 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211), across from BEMC between Supply and Southport.

    Show dates will be April 1-3 and 8-10.

    The cast consists of three females (one African American) and one male, ages 30-50’ish. Actors may request sides prior to auditions by contacting Pete McLintock at 540-7383.

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Jan. 3

    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits, Jell-O, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 4

    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, peas/carrots, fresh fruit-—orange, cranberry sauce, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 5

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, Jan. 6

  • Many of us, myself included, have avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But to my surprise, once you have learned how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. And, it’s worth the effort, because they really are delectable.

    Start by putting the onions in a pan of boiling water and allow them to boil for a couple minutes. Then, drain them in a colander. 

  • Card party set for Jan. 11

    The Calabash Elks Ladies Auxiliary will have a card party/Chinese auction and luncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Ocean Garden Buffet in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Tickets are $13 each. For tickets and details, call Rose Henshaw at 755-0126 or Jean Palmer at 579-1601. All proceeds will be disbursed to local charities.

    Vintage Ladies meet monthly

  • Free hot Christmas meal

    Faith Building Missions will pass out hot Christmas meals from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The group will also give away free socks while supplies last. The group is prepared to feed 2,000 people but it needs help with distribution, as they don’t have the capacity to deliver meals. 

    Anyone wishing to volunteer to deliver may call Dean Siler at 755-6888. Anyone in need of a free meal on Christmas Day is invited to attend.

  • I love listening to the segment on NBC Nightly News that features people who make a difference. It is so uplifting to learn of good news in the midst of all the horrors, disasters and sadness that assault our senses, dampen spirits and cause discouragement.