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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • It’s the Halloween season, with a variety of events planned .

    Here’s a closer look at spooky, and not-as-spooky, things stirring up.

    Haunted trail

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue continues its ninth annual Haunted Trail at 7 p.m. “until” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown, plus Halloween eve and night Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

  • Holden Beach amps up its annual fall Festival by the Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the bridge on Jordan Boulevard.

    The two-day weekend event launches with a parade down the Holden Beach Causeway from about 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. It’s the only day of the year people can walk across the Holden Beach bridge as traffic shuts down for the annual parade.

  • When looking at the calendar last week, I noticed that it’s time once again for my annual Halloween column. It’s clearly the perfect time to serve up your best party food creations.

    Decorating for Halloween parties is half the fun of throwing them. The dining room table is the perfect place for a classic Halloween centerpiece. Use a jack-o’-lantern with dry ice fog to impress kids of all ages.

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    In my last column, I explained how using integrated approaches to managing pests can be both economically and environmentally beneficial. I went over the basic tenets of integrated pest management (IPM) and discussed some cultural practices that can be used to mitigate pest issues in lawns and gardens. This week I will talk about mechanical and biological controls as a part of your IPM program for your home landscape.

     

    Mechanical controls

     

  • By John Nelson

     

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    Editor’s note: This Oct. 27, 2016, column is being republished at readers’ request in time for Halloween 2017.

     

  • Are you a snacker?

    Most Americans are. Snackers tend to eat throughout the day rather than opting for three square meals.

    You may be thinking snacks are always unhealthy and something to avoid or if you’re snacking you’re “cheating.” That isn’t always the case. The secret is in the snack you pick.