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Today's Features

  • CALABASH—Three years ago, Johnny McCarty put words to paper to convey a true family story about his mother being abducted by her father back during the Great Depression in rural West Virginia.

  • CALABASH—Zumba Gold teacher Sara McGrail has Calabash VFW Post 7288 dancing these days.

    McGrail, who teaches the popular Latin-style exercise classes on Monday and Wednesdays nights and once-a-week yoga at the Post on Carter Drive, recently orchestrated a fundraiser to bring in more than $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

    McGrail organized silent and Chinese auctions April 15, raising $5,203 at last count to donate to Wounded Warriors through the Calabash VFW.

  • SHALLOTTE—Looking for something entertaining? How about starting the summer season off early with a new concert and car show series.

    Shallotte Commons is the place to be for the 2012 Summer Concert Series. The fun kicks off Saturday, April 21. There will be a car show featuring the Sun Coast Cruisers and a concert with the live music of Chuck Johnson, “The Charlyhorse.”

  • The Brunswick Quilters guild will present “A Galaxy of Quilts” quilt show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at The Brunswick Center, 1513 North Howe St. in Southport.

  • 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.