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Today's Features

  • Saturday, April 4, is Family Day at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That means it’s free admission day for residents of Brunswick County presenting IDs and $2 admission for all others.

    It’s a way for the museum, which turns 24 next month, to give back to those who have supported the museum in its mission through the years since its inception and launch in May 1991.

    Family Day festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Easter means egg hunts and other festivities. Here’s a roundup of area events this week for kids and adults of all ages.

    Leland egg hunts

    The town of Leland is having its first adult Easter egg hunt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

  •  Albert and Lisa Browning are celebrating their first anniversary Saturday, April 4, with a dinner for invited guests, friends and family at their residence in Shallotte.

  • Every little kid knows the song: “Beans, beans the musical fruit ...” I’ll let you do the next line in your head.

    Not only are beans musical, they are inexpensive, tasty and a powerhouse of nutrition. On any given day, at least 14 percent of the U.S. population is eating beans. Good for them! Pinto beans are the most popular, closely followed by Navy, black, Great Northern and garbanzo beans.

  •  It’s nearly Easter. Bonnets and parades are signals. Perhaps, there will even be warmth in the air and a spring in our steps. Yet, difficulties abound, especially for those who can find no home, no place to know rest and re-creation. How can we celebrate Easter’s resurrection when we allow crucifying poverty to crush our brothers and sisters?

  •  By John Nelson

    I’m looking at the calendar, and I’m listening to the weatherman. Lots of things suggest that winter is about to be history, but don’t say it too loud or we will be jinxed!

  •  Traditional Passover foods prepared with special care

    Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is one of the most important Jewish festivals, celebrated in late March or early April. The eight-day observance commemorates the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.

  •  Here’s a story that might sound familiar: You thought ahead and put a frozen piece of meat in the refrigerator to thaw for dinner tomorrow night. Good for you, but your neighbor calls and suggests you go out to dinner instead. So what do you do with the thawed-out meat? Is it safe to refreeze it?

  • I am always amazed at the synchronicity of things. Just when I think I have an interesting, even unique idea for a column, a multiplicity of similar topics appears before me. It happened again during the Christmas season –– a time when I crave quiet and am bombarded with noise mimicking joyfulness. Richard Rohr, now my daily companion, presented a series on silence. His thoughts and mine coincided!

  •  By John Nelson

    A bizarre plant in a very small package ...

    Here is a fern that you won’t see unless you are way down on the ground, at least on your hands and knees, or better yet, crawling around in the grass. It is only a few inches tall, emerging from the ground in the late winter and early spring. It is one of those tiny little plants that is really delightful, but not very well known. You can find it pushing out of the ground right now, usually in open lawns, roadsides and grassy ditches.