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Today's Features

  • Plan to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • The work of four artists is the centerpiece of “Controlled Chaos 4 Artists,” which debuted July 2 and culminates with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    The show continues through Aug. 6.

  • The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

    Occasionally, Darrell, a former electrician and lead production manager at Carolina Products Inc., would venture out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    Allow me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am,” says a refrigerator magnet in my kitchen.

    Because no matter what’s taking place in the world-at-large, our pets tend to have an exalted opinion of their humans.

    And what is it about those furry ones that steals our hearts?

    Happy dance

    For starters, how ‘bout that happy dance that occurs every time you walk through the door, whether it’s been 10 minutes or 10 days?

  • Love stories mingled with terror are not my usual reading fare. However, “Pistaco: A Tale of Love in the Andes,” written by Lynne Monahan intrigued me. At first, I was drawn to the fact the author had lived in Connecticut, my birthplace. There was another serendipitous surprise: the hero of the piece is described as a priest who served his early ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford — where I had also spent many years in church work, as did Hubby Dear.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • As the temperatures have risen in the last few weeks, the appeal of crisp, healthy and delicious summer salads has been increasing. Salads are probably one of easiest dishes to prepare and you can choose from a variety of different type of greens, fresh veggies, cheeses, nuts and fruits.

    For all you meat lovers out there, salads can work as either an appetizer or a meal and feature hot-weather favorites like grilled chicken, steak, shrimp and salmon tossed with some fresh greens, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

  • We recently completed a four-week series on food preservation at the Extension office’s demonstration kitchen. In this class we made a peach and blueberry jam, pressure-canned carrots and made quick-pack pickles. Participants put on aprons and got into the kitchen complete these processes firsthand. In addition to these canning techniques, the students had lots of questions about another method of food preservation: freezing foods.

  • I’ve known for a long time my dogs are smart. I know this because if I leave food out and turn my attention away for a second, the food is gone. They know that when opportunity knocks, eat it.

    Scientists at the University of Portsmouth suspected dogs were pretty smart, too. In fact, scientists in the psychology department led by Dr. Juliane Kaminski speculated that dogs had the ability to understand a human’s point of view. In other words, researchers wanted to test the hypothesis that dogs knew when we weren’t looking.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    "Just look at her — not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money.”

    Go ahead, admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you, or those on television or online.

    Looks can be deceiving

    In these challenging times it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think they lead a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.