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Today's Features

  •  BY EILEEN HENDERSON

    SPECIAL TO THE BEACON

    Marlissa Dillon is a 21-year cancer survivor. She is not defined by this but inspired by the strength and courage she sees in other survivors and those just learning about their illness and those going through treatments.

    Marlissa is a mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She is also a performer, business owner and entrepreneur. Many years ago, Marlissa opened a day spa called Marlissa and Company in Calabash.

  • SUPPLY—The physicians of Brunswick Women’s Center welcome Lee Toler, D.O., to their practice.  
    Toler, who relocated from Gastonia, began seeing patients at each of the Brunswick Women’s Center locations in Supply, Sunset Beach and Leland on Sept.19.
    Toler joins doctors Robert E. Hassler, Tracey McCarthy and L. Joseph Swaim at Brunswick Women’s Center. They are all board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

  • The Southport Ballet Opera Alliance will be performing a Russian-inspired version of the classic “Nutcracker” ballet at Odell Williamson Auditorium at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Featured are guest artists Michelle Joy and Nicholas Stettenbenz from the TranscenDance Group.
    Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Call 755-7416.
     

  • Come out and have your dog’s portrait taken while helping the Meals on Wheels 4 Pets program and dog park construction in Brunswick County.
    Sponsored by BARK (Brunswick Area Responsible K9 owners), portraits can be scheduled from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8 and from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 9 at Canine Academy, 1020 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.
    Cost is $30 for six poses/one 4-by-6 inch thumbnail print, CD with all six poses. Maximum two dogs/two owners.
    Photographer is Dick Parrott. Call 457-1150 for appointment time.
     

  • ASH—Scott Spencer strides into the ring, releasing his hold on his latest equine student who proceeds to trot circles around him.

    The horse, a petite, dun-hued gelding named Postell, comes from a rare, historic bloodline. Postell is a Carolina Marsh Tacky, an agile breed that’s become the state horse of South Carolina, centuries after aiding Revolutionary War hero Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion.

  • The Friends of the Leland Library will have their Second Saturday book sale Oct. 8 at the Magnolia House, 485 Village Road in Leland (adjacent to the Leland Library).
    This month’s highlight will be a book signing by Wilmington author Juliana Morgan, featuring her book, “Zach’s Tracks,” the true story of a spunky little Yorkshire terrier. Zach’s Tracks is a character-building journey for the whole family and a must-read for all dog lovers.

  • Brunswick County Animal Services sponsored rabies clinics at local veterinary offices in Brunswick County on Saturday, Sept. 17. More than 800 Brunswick County residents stood in lines with their pets for low-cost rabies shots.
    The rabies clinics were conducted at most veterinarian offices in the county, where pets received their vaccinations for $6. Pet owners arrived about a half-hour before the clinics opened and pets were vaccinated as they were registered.

  • “The Power of Republican Women” will be the topic at the upcoming Brunswick County Republican Women’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Brunswick County Republican Party Headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia.  
    N.C. Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-16, will be a featured speaker along with Dena Barnes, president of the N.C. Federation of Republican Women.
    Guests are invited to attend this event.

  • Church plans gospel jubilee
    New Life Baptist Church of Winnabow, 5420 Ocean Hwy. East in Winnabow, will host Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at
    7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Enjoy gospel music from near and far. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. Call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

  • Weeks have passed since I viewed the movie “The Help” and subsequently read the book. The content of both continues to plague me. I cannot get the characters out of my head. I relive the events daily, wondering what they and I have in common. Finally, it dawned on me. I had been repeating the marvelous words of affirmation given to a not-so-slim little girl who sensed her mother’s dismay, if not disapproval.