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Today's Features

  • The Southwest Brunswick Newcomers Club (SWBNC) will meet from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 10, in the fellowship hall of the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for new members to join and to sign up for scheduled recurring activities and special planned events.

    The featured guest speaker will be Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, whose district includes Brunswick County. She will discuss the North Carolina judiciary system as well as local initiatives she has instituted within the legal system. 

  • The North Strand Sail and Power Squadron of Little River, S.C., hosted its annual Change of Watch dinner meeting recently at The Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

  • Bonaparte Church plans free lunch

    Bonaparte Baptist Church, 9031 Shady Forest Drive in Calabash, is offering a free lunch at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Bring your valentine and join in for fellowship.

    Church plans gospel jubilee

    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will host a Brunswick gospel jubilee at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, featuring gospel singers from near and far singing for Jesus. For more details, call Bill Hill at 209-4927.

    Church to have music on Feb. 6

  • It began as a cyberspace affirmation. I received an e-mail indicating a desire to make contact and a request for me to review some writing. All this emanated from the sender’s reading my Beacon columns. Without doubt, I was pleased and honored. The date to meet was arranged. Little did I know that I was going to be gifted with a wonderful surprise.

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

    Monday, Feb. 7

    Fried chicken filet/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple juice, banana pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 8

    Sliced roast beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, orange juice, Jell-O, white bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 9

    Stuffed cabbage roll, field peas, peaches, brownie, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 10

  • Brunswick County 4-H needs help identifying adults who want to spend a few hours each month with youth learning about robotics in a 4-H club setting in the Southport/Oak Island area. The current club leaders are unable to continue serving, but there is still a lot of interest among members to carry on the club.

    Robotics provides hands-on experiences in designing, programming and building robots using Lego MindStorms Robotics kits and RoboLab software. The club won second place in robot design at the Robotics Kickoff competition this year.

  • Looking for an inexpensive way to market your horticulture business? Be a part of the updated Brunswick County Green Pages, a publication of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service listing businesses providing products and services to the people of Brunswick County.

    If you sell plants and garden supplies, lawn mowers and other equipment, market fruits and vegetables, or provide landscape installation and maintenance services, don’t miss this opportunity.

  • By Judy Koehly 
    Master Gardener

    Plants don’t need as much care in winter as they do in summer, but it is important not to neglect watering your plants over the winter. Some ice or wind damage is unavoidable, but a lot of cold weather damage to plants’ cells is caused by dehydration. In our region, normal winter precipitation is enough for plants because their cold weather watering needs are considerably less; however, making sure your plants have adequate hydration is the best way to protect them harsh weather.

  • Winter is a good time to think about renovating your landscape. It is easier to see the bare bones of the garden without the distraction of foliage or blooms. It is always wise to keep some of the plants in an established landscape. That way you can still provide habitats for wildlife and reduce erosion. The trick is in knowing which plants to keep. Here are a few guidelines to help you sift through all your botanical choices.

  • Ah, February! It’s that sweet time of year when our thoughts turn to roses, romance and chocolate. 

    American Heart Month is also a wonderful time to appreciate the daily beat of your own heart and to renew your personal commitment to taking care of it. If you have neglected that important organ a little more than you should have this past year, these tips will get you back on track. 

    Limit unhealthy fats