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Today's Features

  •   It started with some silly animal carols and is still going strong 21 years later. I’m talking about the 21st annual Calabash Christmas tree lighting and parade this Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. in downtown Calabash.

    Twenty-one years ago, I stood in front of a small Christmas tree donated by Callahan’s of Calabash with five team members from my veterinary clinic, Seaside Animal Care. I had altered a few seasonal carols into pet-themed renditions and was singing my heart out in front of a small crowd gathered to check out the commotion.

  •  What are you doing for dinner this coming Saturday, Dec. 3? If you don’t have plans (or even if you do), I’m offering a suggestion. Why don’t you dine in? Think about eating at home that night.

    Dec. 3 marks the third annual Family and Consumer Sciences’ Dine-in for Healthy Families Day. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) are asking families to plan, prepare and eat a healthy meal together.

  •  In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a word from the title of a fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip.” It tells the tales of heroeswho“were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” Life, then, became replete with these events … but only for those with eyes to see!

  •  The 2016 Miss Brunswick County Christmas Queens are crowned Nov. 13. Front row, from left, are Tiny Miss Aubrey Harrelson, Mini-Miss Avrie Ashmore, BCC Sweetheart Kaitlyn Gore, Tiny Miss Khloe Workman, Wee Miss Kamyrah McKeithan, Petite Miss Kailee Henderson and Little Miss Lexis Henderson; back row from left are Holly Smith, Erica Evans, Caitlyn Willoughby, BCC Ambassador Ashlynne Lowery and Brunswick County Christmas Star Diane Griffey.

  • It’s the holiday season — you can tell because of all the festive events scheduled in the coming week.

    Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in Brunswick County.

    Grissettown Longwood Christmas Train Show

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue at 758 Longwood Road will host the second and final weeken of its 11th Annual Christmas Train Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.

  • “Christmas with Emile Pandolfi” featuring the renowned pianist celebrates the season at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    With nearly 30 recordings in his discography, New York-born Pandolfi ranks among America’s most popular piano artists and is a repeat concert series favorite at the Brunswick County venue.

  •  You always hear about people falling asleep after a big Thanksgiving meal and blaming it on the turkey.

    According to Chow Line from The Ohio State University Extension, this is just one of those urban myths that isn’t true:

  •  For many Americans, the day after Thanksgiving should be called “leftovers.” For many American pets, it should be called “GI upset.” That’s because too many pets will be fed too many leftover foods that will result in too many, er, potty breaks. To help your pet avoid the “leftover runs” or worse, follow my Thanksgiving Food Rules for pets.

     

    Pace your Pets

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday — only to be surpassed by New Year’s Day — the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column!)

  •  By John Nelson