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Today's Features

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Divine Faith Missions, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization based out of Ocean Isle Beach, will contribute time and money to three missionary organizations this year—Samaritans International, Songs of Joy Children’s Home and Flute Maker Ministries.

    Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, has been participating in missionary work for more than 12 years, but saw a disconnect when it came to knowing exactly what to send to certain areas of the world.

  • CALABASH—Even before recycling was the order of the day in Brunswick County, you would find it at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    The reason was simple.

    Soda and beverage cans were abundant after a week at the post, so why waste them?

    Back in 1985, James “Sarge” Brosius figured out it would help the post realize whatever cash it could from recycling the aluminum containers.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Bring your dancing shoes and lawn chairs to the week’s latest Concerts on the Coast.

    Billy Scott & the Party Prophets will perform their trademark beach music from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Used-To-Be’s will play 1950s and 1960s music from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach.

  • New York soul singer Angel Rissoff has completed his CD, “Nu Soul Stew,” and will be in the Carolinas to promote its release. The initial CD release party, featuring Rissoff and Nashville guitarist Rickey Godfrey, will be at J.B. Pivots in Charleston, S.C., on June 26.

    The duo will take the tour to the Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Friday, June 27, and Chaser’s on Oak Island on Saturday, June 28.

    The 13-track CD includes a combination of soul, jump blues and R&B.

  • Home vegetable gardening is one of the most popular hobbies listed and in this day and time can help families out with their rising food bills.

    There is still some time left to start a garden with certain crops and others you may need to wait until August to start some of the fall gardens.

    Please contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for advice on which crops to plant and when would be the best time to plant them. For now, many gardeners are beginning to reap the benefits of their labor. Here are some tips on harvesting your vegetables:

  • I visited Universal Studios’ theme park in southern California last week where they still have a section devoted to Kevin Costner’s 1995 movie flop, “Waterworld.” Those of you who may have seen it already know the plot revolves around a world after the polar icecaps have melted and dry land is hard to find.

    We haven’t had too much trouble finding dry land in the last year or so, but observing southern California landscapes has reinforced an old opinion of mine that we water our trees, shrubs and lawns way more than we have to.

  • If you enjoy the beauty of butterflies, why not create an area in your landscape for them?

    Butterflies are colorful, delicate and graceful in flight. Their visits to your flowers have a purpose—it is a quest for the necessities of life. Plant their favorite nectar plants if you want to attract them.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    Non-fiction

    “Champions Body for Life” by Art Career. Twelve weeks to mental and physical strength.

    “Your Government Failed You” by Richard A Clarke. A look inside the debacle of government policies.

    “America’s Hidden History” by Kenneth C. Davis. Untold tales of the first Pilgrim’s fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation.

  • Spinach may have provided Popeye with superhuman strength, but its real-life potential is far less lofty. In fact, its nutritional reputation is somewhat inflated.

    Spinach contains oxalic acid that inhibits the absorption of its calcium and iron. In addition, it contains other nutrients that are not fully absorbed when it is consumed raw.

    This is not to say spinach is not good for you, but like many health and nutritional claims, the surface hype usually obscures the underlying scientific reality.