Today's Features

  • Since 1998, 23 Encore azalea selections have been released to the public and have become one of the nursery world’s favorite plants to applaud. The Encore extends the usual azalea blooming season into the fall.
    The new hybrids provide the traditional spring display during March and April, but they also bloom again in the fall.

  • The flower show from our evergreen azaleas got started a bit late this year, but it has been spectacular. Even those of us who have struggled with these sometimes-finicky plants can be seduced by the sheer volume and beauty of the flowers.
    Want to know the secret to growing great azaleas? The secret is really no secret at all. You have to do a good job of preparing the soil and choose the right location.

  • The Sea Trail Convention Center will be filled with big band sound at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, when the Brunswick Big Band returns to the area for a free concert.
    In addition to featured vocalist and Sunset Beach resident Linda Ladrick, the Brunswick Concert Band will also be on the afternoon’s program.
    Brunswick Big Band has performed at Sunset at Sunset for the last two years and the Party in the Yard in the summer of 2009.

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

    Monday, April 26
    Barbecue pork, baked beans, cole slaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, April 27
    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, April 28
    Beef stew with vegetable, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

  • In our area, fresh asparagus season usually begins around late March to early April and lasts until the hot summer weather begins, around June or July. Even though it’s available year round, it tastes so much better in the spring.
    Asparagus is also one of the healthiest vegetables to eat, containing essential vitamins and minerals and is low in calories. It can be grilled, roasted, steamed, boiled, stir-fried or used in many soups, salads and casseroles.

  • The Camp Invention program is coming to Brunswick County Schools this summer.
    A week of daytime excitement, children are immersed in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning through inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), history and the arts.
    The Camp Invention program helps cultivate the ideas critical to STEM by encouraging exploration and curiosity during everyday activities so children understand science is everywhere.

  • The Ninja Firefly Monkeys team from the James C. School in Brunswick County won first place competing against 28 counties in the middle school division at the March 23 Coastal Envirothon event at Weyhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Center in Craven County.
    The Destinasia team of the James C. School finished second in Area 6 in the high school division. Joene Helms was the advisor for both teams.
    The five main curricula of study included soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

  • Dr. Robert Quintano has heard his share of military stories from many soldiers who have served overseas.

    Earlier this month, he spent a weekend with soldiers ready for deployment at the South Carolina National Guard Armory in Greenwood. Quintano was contracted to perform dental work for the soldiers before they leave for Iraq.

    “They come home on leave for a year and then they have to reprocess through all the medical to go back to Iraq,” he said. “If there’s any kind of big problem, they fix them right there on the spot.”

  • Building HOPE Ministries and Beach House Harley-Davidson are sponsoring the annual “Riding for Hope” ride and rally from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot at Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

    The event is described as an evangelistic, fundraising outreach for prisoners’ children (Angel Tree kids).

  •  The Grand Strand Blue Star Mothers are accepting names and addresses of military service men and women to send holiday greetings to.

    They’ll be doing their first “package mailing” to troops this year Saturday, June 12, in time for them to receive by the Fourth of July.

    Please e-mail names and addresses by May 28 to grandstrandbsm@yahoo.com or call 843-390-5639.