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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

  • By Sam Marshall 

  •  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pet parents say, “Dogs and cats only see in black in white.” I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows, and a cat’s vision is probably pretty similar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told, “Yeah, they see gray.” So what’s the scoop? Can dogs and cats see colors and, more importantly, can they watch your favorite television shows with you?

  •  This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between one and five pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds after the holidays. And this goes on year after year.

  • Santa, entertainment and more than 70 vendors kick off the holiday shopping season at The Brunswick Beacon’s sixth annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road SW in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free.

    Unique artist/artisan booths among the vendors will include a variety of items suitable for gift-giving, from art to jewelry to photography. Food will also be available for sale.

  • Calling all area boat owners.

    Organizers of the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla invite you to decorate your boats for the holidays and participate in the upcoming 13th annual flotilla on Super Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, Nov. 26.

    Flotilla organizers are issuing a plea for more participants for the annual fundraiser to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • They’re a diverse group of musicians who gather at Duke Energy Media Center in Southport to practice on Tuesday nights.

    Next week, those rehearsals are going public when the Brunswick Concert Band presents its next concert in two performances, “A Celebration of Music Past.”

  • The largest relief center in Robeson County sustained severe damage and large losses when Hurricane Matthew hit Lumberton last month.

    Robeson County Church and Community Center is asking for help because they lost almost everything in their offices and buildings. This organization assists thousands of Lumberton and Robeson County residents each year and needs to be fully functioning as soon as possible.

  • The American Red Cross urges eligible donors in November to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

    A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

  • Several area locations will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

    During National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21, Brunswick County residents will donate shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and toys, such as a doll or soccer ball, for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world.