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Today's Features

  • “Your food makes your mood.” Most of us clearly connect food and fitness with how we feel. Feast on fast food crashed out on the couch, and you end up feeling stuffed and sullen. Sip a fruit-and-veggie smoothie after a run, and you’re refreshed and recharged.

    What we often forget is that diet and health also affects how our pets feel and behave. Pet parents need to understand the connection between behavioral issues, diet and pet obesity and how they can keep their dog or cat happy and healthy.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    I’ve spent a good part of the past couple of weeks in an ICU unit, tending to a close friend, Larry, who is critically ill.  He’s also the husband of my lifelong best-friend-since-kindergarten, Patty.

    Talk about a perspective change! Remind me never to complain about traffic jams or lines at the grocery checkout.

  • When I think of Southern-style cooking, I imagine poultry like chicken and pork cooked “low and slow” in the kitchen from early morning until time to eat later in the afternoon or evening. Greens thrown in a pot and cooked slowly until almost a “mushy” consistency, but unbelievably flavorful and delicious.

    Creating great Southern food incorporates many ways of cooking, such as grilling and barbecuing outside for family and friends and utilizing all of the fresh seasonal produce from the garden or famers market.

  • VFW Calabash Post 7288 at 900 Carter Drive in Calabash will again host a dinner party for area World War II veterans to honor them and to remember Pearl Harbor.

    The event is set for Saturday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Post 7288. There will be a complimentary dinner for each World War II veteran and one guest.

    Those who would like to attend should call Post Senior Vice Cmdr. Dan Kossler at 575-6322 before Nov. 17.

  • The Imitations and renowned Lucy Lookalike Contest highlight Silver Coast Winery’s 12th Purple Feet Festival rescheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

    The annual event, postponed because of inclement weather in early September, also features DJ Butch Barnes, arts and crafts and food vendors, and Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s Safety House.

  • Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church at 190 Varnamtown Road in Varnamtown is once again stirring up its annual Oyster Roast for the 63rd time this year.

    The savory event celebrating freshly harvested local oysters roasted over open fires on the grounds of the church is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

    The cost for an oyster roast is $25 adults and $10 children, which includes hushpuppies, pickles and coffee. (Bring an oyster knife and sauce of your choice.)

  • The Cape Fear Raptor Center brings its third annual Owl Howl back to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park on Nov. 4.

    The Cape Fear Raptor Center provides rehabilitation services to injured raptors with the goal to release them back to their natural habitat. 

    The organization also offers education programs in the Southeastern region of North Carolina on the importance that raptors serve in our ecosystem to help ensure the presence of raptors in our environment for future generations.

  • The South Brunswick Interchurch Council will partner with the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association and the town of Shallotte to hold a Praise in the Park event Sunday, Nov. 5, in Mulberry Park in Shallotte. This will include the 26th annual CROP Hunger Walk, information sharing by participating churches, music and free food for participants. All are welcome.

  • On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Roosevelt & Ruth Educational and Recreational Foundation will sponsor a Community Health and Wellness Expo and annual walk-a-thon. The expo will be at the Waccamaw Elementary School gymnasium in Ash. The goal of the expo is to promote good health and wellness practices among the local community and increase awareness of the services that are available locally.

    This health education program is made possible through a grant from ATMC.

  • Seasonal celebrants will soon be raising their steins at the fourth annual Calabash Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Calabash Trading Co. at 10102 Beach Drive in downtown Calabash between Coastal Craft Beverage Company and Tropical Adventure Mini Golf.

    Outdoor festivities will be set up at a huge tent for visitors to enjoy Bavarian food and Oktoberfest beer provided by Coastal Beverage of Wilmington. American food will also be available.