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Today's Features

  • The Old Bridge Preservation Society’s fourth annual Strawberry & Wine Festival is the place for strawberry, wine and music lovers to be next Sunday.

    The OBPS is staging its fourth annual seasonal festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road off Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in the Grissettown community.

  • Get ready to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is an annual mainstay at annual Days at the Dock festivities, slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season starts at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

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    In last week’s column, I talked about the recommendation that most Americans should cut back on the amount of sodium we consume. The goal would be less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and for some even less. When we say sodium in the diet, in general we’re referring to salt, which is a combination of sodium and chloride. If you’re not really into milligrams, 2,300 milligrams would be as much sodium as you get in a little less than a teaspoon of salt.

     

    Cutting back is easier said than done

  •  By John Nelson

    O thou weed,

    Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet

    That the sense aches at thee.

                    William Shakespeare, Othello; Act 4, scene 2

     

     Even weeds can be wonderful.

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    Spring fever outbreaks have been tempered by the cool breath of Old Man Winter during the past few days, but rest assured that a brand new gardening season is heating up. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

  •   By Linda Arnold

     

    It sounds so simple: Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    Then, why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

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    Grilling food seems to be gaining popularity with the rise of the TV food shows. I can remember when our choices were only Julia Child, Graham Kerr and my favorite, the late Jeff Smith, “The Frugal Gourmet.”

    The availability of indoor grills, sometimes built into the stovetop, has helped spur interest in this oldest form of cooking. There’s just something about that grilled flavor that really adds draws people in.

  • They’re a vocal legend, and they’re coming to a theater near you.

    The Drifters, scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, April 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, have been a soul and pop phenomenon for more than six decades.

    They are the next scheduled concert and tour stop in the BCCOWA series under the auspices of The Drifters’ original management team.