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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    I could be accused of featuring plants in the mint family too often, probably. It is definitely one of my favorite plant families. This week we have yet another member, and I think you’ll agree it is worth a thought or two.

  •  Like a lot of people these days, I’m trying to watch my weight without having to give up my indulgences. Good trick if you can do it! I checked out what is called the Mediterranean diet that is associated with sensible tasty portions and slower, more enjoyable eating. Olive oil is an integral part of this diet.

  • Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity is having a Wine & Song fundraiser, “There’s No Place Like Home,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Silver Coast Winery on Barbeque Road near Grissettown.

    The $65 ticket price includes a wine tasting before dinner and entertainment.

    Dinner, with each course to be paired with wine, consists of a choice of champagne chicken or beef burgundy.

    The master of ceremonies for this event will be Daniel Seamans of WWAY-TV3.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: 61st annual Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church Oyster Roast

    When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

    Where: Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church, 190 Varnamtown Road, Varnamtown

    Information: 842-6425, 842-6492, 842-6832, 842-9840 or the church at 842-5530. Coolers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

    Varnamtown is getting ready for another round of roasted oysters, fish plates and a festive day of autumn fun and fundraising.

  • He was a real-life character who lived on his own in the marshland of Fort Fisher.

    Robert Harrill finished out the last 17 years of his life as the renowned “Fort Fisher Hermit,” residing in an abandoned World War II bunker, subsisting on the yields of the salt marsh, oyster beds and a vegetable garden, and mingling with visitors stopping by to sign his guest book.

  • Renowned bluegrass band Balsam Range will headline a benefit concert for Friends of Fort Fisher at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Balsam Range consists of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County in western North Carolina.

    For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county, where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.

  • Sunday afternoon strollers will be taking part in the Shallotte/ South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk this coming Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Following 2 p.m. registration at Calvary Baptist Church at 623 Village Road in Shallotte, the 3.2-mile fundraising walk will kick off at 2:30 p.m.

    The goal for 2014 is to have 180 walkers and to raise $14,000 or $78 per participant.

    Last year, there were 164 walkers and $13,803 was raised ($84.16 per participant).

  •  I have noted and admired the practice, especially in the South, of folks beginning their day by reading and praying their devotionals. It may be equally true elsewhere, but my experience was heightened by what I saw and heard here. For that matter, what I continue to see and hear when I am with “church people” from all walks of life.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    For the past month, I’ve been teaching a Heart Healthy cooking class at the training center at N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center in Bolivia. I’ve tried to share with class members that healthier foods don’t have to be boring and many of our favorite foods can be prepared in a more healthful manner.

  •  My first introduction to a Halloween dinner “not just for the kids” was years ago at the home of a good friend of mine from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He graciously allowed me and my wife to be a part of this tradition with his kids and family.

    “It’s not really about the food,” he said. “It’s more about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be.”