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Today's Features

  • With truth in teasing, Hubby Dear has often confronted me with a statement delivered to the air surrounding us. “It must be wonderful to be perfect. One day, perhaps, I will be as perfect as you are.” His sarcasm does not suffer from subtlety! With sword swiftness it cuts through to the heart of the matter, exposing the marrow of my need to be in control. Being perfect — as I was perceived — is in no way identical to being perfected! As Scripture says, my husband catches me, the “wise one,” in the throes of my craftiness.

  • I cleaned some cucumbers for a salad the other day. The peels felt thick and waxy. I knew some produce is waxed, but this got me thinking and wondering. So I did some investigating.

  • Mardi Gras means fat Tuesday, the culmination of the season between Christmas and Lent. Fat Tuesday falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

    That catchy Cajun French phrase that we all know or have heard at this time of the year literally translated means, “Let the good times roll!

  • Morris and Hilda Hall of Shallotte celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary by playing a round of golf at Brierwood Golf Course with friends Sara and Jerry Lula from Michigan. Morris, a former Shallotte alderman, was a member of the Shallotte Fire Department for 11 years and taught school in Fairfax for 30 years. He also enjoys playing Santa at Christmastime at Waccamaw Elementary and for Sharon United Methodist Church’s homeless program.

  • Celebrate the first day of March by listening to the oldies while helping Brunswick Family Assistance at the same time.

    Renowned local group Mike’s Garage Band will provide a plethora of suitable songs for an “Evening of ‘60s Music and Dancing” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Highlights include sandwiches for sale, a cash bar with beer and wine, pretzels and chips.

    The cost is $12 per person.

  • Mardi Gras by the Sea will provide a weekend of activities Feb. 28-March 4 in Oak Island.

    The Oak Island Business Alliance hosts the third annual Mardi Gras by the Sea this weekend and has scheduled a series of family-friendly events.

    The weekend begins with a Crawfish and Shrimp Boil Kickoff at The Grape & Ale, 8521 E. Oak Island Drive, on Friday, Feb. 28. The evening will also include a wine tasting. New Orleans-style music will be provided by Groupe du Jour and Blues duo Izzy and Chris.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • Thalian Association is seeking talented artists in all mediums to display and sell work at the 2014 Orange Street ArtsFest, the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington.

    The OSAF will return Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The street fair is held on Orange Street between Front and Second streets next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building.

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting the second annual Whale of a Weekend, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.

    Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale's family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more.