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Today's Features

  • Look at what is blooming now! The Brunswick County Botanical Garden is starting to come alive with color.
    The saucer magnolia is blooming and the forsythia is covered in bright yellow flowers. The daffodils have finally pushed their heads above ground. The purple leaf plum is covered in what looks like cotton candy and the winter Daphne fills the air with its ever, so sweet scent.

  • “Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French; sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; soy sauce makes it Chinese; but garlic makes it good.”
    —Alice May Brock of Alice’s Restaurant fame

  • McFamily night is March 27 in Leland
    McDonald’s at 1111 New Pointe Blvd. in Leland will host a child I.D. program for families in the area during its regularly scheduled McFamily Night from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.
    Employees of New York Life will administer the program. New York Life’s Child I.D. Program is designed to help children in the community learn how to stay safe in their homes, at play or wherever they happen to be.

  • Thursday, March 22
    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.

  • BOLIVIA—Taylor is an unusual duck—an odd duck, as Bob Campbell, budget director with the Brunswick County Health Department, refers to him.
    The black-and-white duck has been hanging out near the department for about a year, Campbell says.
    He’s not a bad duck—he doesn’t really cause any problems, except for his duck waste.
    “He makes messes on the sidewalk and doorway,” Campbell said. “Nobody wants to walk in that stuff. Other than that, he doesn’t bother anybody. I’ve seen him actually greet a few people as they come in.”

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    The county is invited to join a worldwide public environmental action event called Earth Hour.

    At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, millions of people around the globe will switch off the lights of their homes and businesses for one hour to acknowledge a commitment to go actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

    Linda Rudick, member of Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, is coordinating local Earth Hour efforts.

  • Brandy’s Coupon Obsession started small, as a way to save cents on the weekly grocery bill.

    Now Brandy Marti, owner of Good Looks Beauty Studio in Calabash, organizes donations from hundreds of local women to help families throughoutBrunswick County.

    Marti started clipping coupons in late 2009 to save money on groceries. Itquickly became an obsession.

    “You start getting a lot of free things,” Marti said.

  • Portraits by Herb Pritchard and pottery by Carla Edstrom are under the spotlight as these two featured artists introduce their latest work to the public at the Franklin Square Gallery’s new Members Show. The show is from March 26-May 5. This cooperative community gallery is in downtown Southport’s historic district.

  • More than 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds, only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint brushes, trash bags and weed-whackers.
    The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport needs volunteers for its Park Day historic preservation event on Saturday, March 31, at 204 East Moore St. in Southport, on the historic Fort Johnston grounds. The event begins at 9 a.m. Rain date will be April 14.

  • Elks to award service March 16
    Shallotte Elks 2854 in Shallotte will honor those who provided outstanding service to the town of Shallotte and Brunswick County at its annual awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 16.
    The dinner is open to the public and will take place at The Woodman of The World on Commerce Street in Shallotte. There is an $8 donation for adults and $4 for children younger than 10.