Today's Features

  • VFW to have Halloween Party

    Don’t miss the “spooktacular” Halloween Party hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7288 in Calabash from 7-11 p.m. Saturday night, Oct. 30.

    Tickets are $10 each and include music, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, both savory and trick-or-treat sweet. Cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased in the post canteen until Oct. 25.

  • AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer run tax assistance and preparation service, is looking for volunteers for tax counseling and electronic filing of returns. 

    Each year from Feb. 1 through April 15, Tax-Aide volunteers prepare tax returns for taxpayers with low and moderate incomes. Volunteers are needed at Leland, Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Springs Lakes, Shallotte and Calabash. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer.

  • If you’d like to take advantage of the variety of spring-flowering bulbs available from catalogs and online merchants, time is running out. If you plan to purchase your bulbs locally, you probably want to make the purchases soon after they arrive in the stores so you get the best selection and quality.

  • If you’re like me and get bored pretty easily, you may be wondering what to do in the garden now that mowing and battling weeds is slowing down. Of course, there’s always football, basketball, hockey, eating too much and all of those parties and family get-togethers during the holiday season to look forward to, but there’s nothing more therapeutic than getting some dirt under those fingernails. 

  • 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.