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Today's Features

  • Looking toward the southeast, a stargazer’s eyes will fix on a bright star just over the treetops. If lucky enough to be on the beach, a stargazer will see the star about 15 degrees above the waves. At 7:15 p.m. in either location, the stars begin their nightly show. That bright star marks the mouth of a fish, and below the fish are some interesting constellations. 

  • It’s time to pull out the iron grate and roast oysters over the fire pit. That means it’s time to recycle those shells, as well.

    The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Oyster Shell Recycling Program provides 126 drop-off centers for shellfish lovers to chuck their shucks, including new recycling sites opening Oct. 26 in Clinton. More than 70 restaurants in various counties participate in this program. Recycling oyster shells helps reduce waste flow into landfills and benefits the environment.

  • Sunset River Marketplace’s Creative Exchange series continues with “Creative Accessorizing Made Easy” by style expert Betsy Russell from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

    The fee is $5 and includes lunch. Due to limited seating, reservations are required.

  • Forget the footstools. This is not your grandmother’s needlepoint. The designs, wall-art pieces, pillows and ornaments featured at Franklin Square Gallery’s First Friday event on Nov. 5 reflect the latest trends in needle arts. 

    The public is invited to visit Franklin Square Gallery throughout the day and then attend the evening reception from 5-7 p.m. as part of downtown Southport’s November Gallery Walk. Admission is free. Two other local galleries, Lantana and Art at 211, will also participate in the evening Gallery Walk.

  • The American Legion in Calabash will host a community blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

    Call 575-5037 for an appointment. All presenting donors will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a pair of Delta Roundup airline tickets.

    An announcement in last week’s Beacon incorrectly listed the event date as Saturday, Oct. 23.

  • Church plans homecoming

    Help celebrate homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church at 4754 Blue Banks Loop Road in Leland.

    Guest speaker will be the Rev. Gordon Griffin of Moore’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Currie. 

    Dinner will be served following the morning service and will include ribs, turkey wings, rice and gravy, potato salad, peas, butter beans, okra, corn on the cob, rolls and assorted desserts.

  • Congregational chatter in the sanctuary before the dedication began indicated the delight of God’s people in their new place. The excitement rose by degrees as folks entered pews, smiling welcome and receiving greetings in turn. 

  • The secret to delicious catfish is not to overcook it. Once its flesh has become opaque and can be easily pierced with a fork, it’s done.

    Catfish is known to be an excellent source of vitamin B12, in addition to potassium and niacin. My doctor said I needed more vitamin D and catfish fit the bill, probably because of its tendency to eat algae and anything else along the bottom of the ponds.

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

    Monday, Nov. 1

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, orange juice, vanilla pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Nov. 2

    Pork cutlet/gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3

    Turkey tettrazini, field peas, peaches, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Nov. 4

  • Ghost walk set for Oct. 30

    Are you looking for fun family activities for this weekend? Check out the Ghost Lore and Legend Walk at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Fright Light laser music show at Ingram Planetarium on Saturday, Oct. 30.