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Today's Features

  • It is an excellent idea to invite many friends into your garden, especially the ugly ones like toads, assassins, wasps, stinkbugs, spiders and dragonflies. Each of these amazing friends in your garden helps keep your plants healthy and happy.

  • Lawns along the coast aren’t looking too bad unless you were in those areas that missed all of the rainfall. Summer’s hot temperatures gave us lots of growth and recovery time. Keep a good thing going as we slide toward fall by adding potassium and be prepared to knock large patch out before it kills parts of your lawn.

  • Silver Coast to feature paintings

    Silver Coast Winery and Art Gallery will feature “Paintings From the Vineyard,” original watercolors by North Carolina native Amy Hautman, from Sept. 17-Nov. 15.

    The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Come and meet the artist and see the brushwork on Hautman’s colorful paintings depicting, grapevines, flowers and landscapes.

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

    Monday, Sept. 6

    CLOSED

    Tuesday, Sept. 7

    Barbecue chicken, corn casserole, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Sept. 8

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Sept. 9

    Stew beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, Jell-O, blend juice, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

  • With summer almost over but the heat wave continuing in full force, a great way to beat the heat is by serving some thick, cold and creamy smoothies to your guests or for your own summer enjoyment. Making smoothies is a fairly simple process…all you need is a blender.

  • By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium

    Cultures long ago that mapped out the sky with constellations did not include all the stars. 

    The dimmer stars simply did not have any value. The gods saw them as unimportant so then the earliest sky watchers deemed those dim stars the same—unimportant. If the stars were unimportant then there was no need to include them in a figure of bright stars honoring a deity. 

  •  Ilario Pantano, Republican nominee for U. S. House of Representatives from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, will be the keynote speaker at the Brunswick County Republican Women’s  Sept. 2 meeting at the Brunswick GOP headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be preceded by an informal social at 5 p.m. 

  •  The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “Quick & Easy Meals” by the American Heart Association. More than 200 healthy recipes plus time-saving tips for shopping, planning and eating well.

    “Heart-broken Open” by Kristine Carlson. This wise little book offers a timeless message of inspiration and courage for anyone who has experienced loss or hardship of any kind.

  •  Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center has announced the following seminars:

  •  Sept. 7 begins the upcoming series of monthly Civil War round table meetings at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, across from the Southport Post Office.

    Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and programs begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

    This year’s meetings will feature an impressive lineup of prominent Civil War historians, authors, college professors and Civil War re-enactors presenting and discussing a variety of subjects relating to this important period in our country’s history.