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Today's Features

  • During a class last week, one of the students asked me what I considered an elegant garden. Elegance is, of course, in the eyes and mind of the individual. I have visions of graceful Japanese maples, stacked-stone retaining walls, fountains and outdoor kitchens with enough BTU’s to make Lucifer envious.

  • Last week, we had an introduction to pruning giving you some basic reasons for pruning, what to prune and how to prune.

    There are always the 4Ds of pruning to fall back on whenever you are trying to decide whether to prune or not to prune. If you don’t need to prune, then don’t. The 4Ds are basic. You need to prune away any dead, diseased, dying or damaged tissue.

  • Late fall through winter in southeastern North Carolina is a great time for planting fruit trees. There are several kinds that work well in backyard landscapes; however, not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce in our area.

  • It was an icy cold, snowy day in the village of Valatie, N.Y. My youngest sister was returning home after long, somewhat unproductive, hours spent working in her studio/store.

    Her dream of creating pieces of art and offering them for sale in a combination workplace and salesroom was not meeting her expectations. Some saw her productions as costume jewelry, perused, commented, and left without purchase.

  • Contessa Rhodes of Supply and Kevin Marsh of Hartsville, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla Jane Marsh, born at 8 a.m. Feb. 9 at Brunswick Community Hospital. She was 19 inches long and weight 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

    She is joined by a sibling Alexis Marsh of Hartsville, S.C.

    Maternal grandparents are Marsha Rhodes of Supply and David Rhodes of Civietown. Paternal grandparents are Phyllies Marsh of Hartsville, S.C., and the late Caleb Gene Marsh.

  • Wilma, right, is a 1-year-old brown tabby with beautiful orange eyes who has been at Cat Tails for quite a while awaiting a new home. She has a brother named Fred. Wilma is playful, loves attention and gets along well with other cats and people except she would not do well in a home with small children. To see her and her brother, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Wilma and Fred, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Several restaurants just across the state line are featured in a new book published by Sandlapper Magazine.

    The book, “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full,” is a collection of Sandlapper’s favorite restaurants excerpted and updated from columns over the past two decades by magazine staffers Aida Rogers and Tim Driggers.

    Among featured write-ups are restaurants in the Little River and Longs areas, as well as Myrtle Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and dozens of other eateries throughout South Carolina—159 in all.

  • Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 5420 Ocean Highway, Winnabow, will host a barbecue fundraiser beginning at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

    All proceeds will benefit Jerry Dean Simmons, a Winnabow native who has been diagnosed with cerebralitis. The disease has left him with a number of deficits, and he is undergoing speech, occupational, physical and vision therapy.

    Cost is $6 for a chopped barbecue plate, and $6.50 for a pulled barbecue plate. Each plate will include a choice of three sides and a roll.

    For information, call Pat at 253-6360 or 262-4545.

  • The Brunswick Arts Council’s Winter Art Show continues at Sunset River Studio in Calabash until Feb. 20.

    This year’s judge of two-dimensional art was Allesandro Giambra, a native of Torino, Italy, who now teaches fine art classes in Wilmington.

    Two-dimensional category winners included Richard Staat, who received the Victor Gerloven Award for Best in Show for his work “Seated Figure.”

    Linda Drye earned first place for her painting, “Lazy Palm Pony.”

  • Sharon United Methodist Church will present “Sharon in God’s Laughter,” a variety show of comedy and music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Featured will be comedian and speaker David Ferrell, Crystal River gospel group and brother-and-sister singer/musician duo Trenton and Chloe Durham.

    The show is described as suitable for all ages. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.