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Today's Features

  • The year is 1939. MGM Studio executive producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of “Gone with the Wind” because he doesn’t like the script.

    Costing $50,000 a day while shut down, Selznick brings in legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht and big-time Hollywood director Victor Fleming to revamp the script.

    Locking these men in his office for five days, feeding them nothing but peanuts and bananas, turns this into one of the most hysterical comedies you’ll ever seen.

  • CALABASH — Get ready for food and frolic in our nation’s Seafood Capital.

    The inaugural A Taste of Calabash festival is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Calabash Community Park and at participating businesses.
    The first-time event, anchored at the park at Persimmon Road and Traders Lane, will consist of a variety of nonprofit and crafts vendors, entertainment and children’s activities, says organizer Helen Kapalka of the Calabash Community Services Committee.

  • The arrival of April brings an array of activities for locals and visitors alike. Here’s a closer look at what’s on the calendar in the coming week.

    Free rain garden class

    Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores is offering a free Choices continuing-education “rain garden basics” class from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

    The session will share information on how to build a rain garden in your own home or site using native plants. Pre-registration is required.

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    I think most of us know it is wise to reduce the amount of sodium we consume. The average American takes in about 3,440 milligrams of sodium per day. Since men usually eat more food in general, they get more sodium than women. The average intake for adult men is 4,240 milligrams and for adult women the average is 2,980 milligrams per day. Nutrition experts all agree this is too high.

  •     By Linda Arnold

    “Get over it.”

    “You’ve gotta get on with your life.”

    “It’s time to move on.”

    You’ve probably heard one of these phrases at some point from a well-meaning friend or relative. Maybe it had to do with something small, or maybe it came after a life-changing event.

    And then there’s the advice:

    “OK, feel sorry for yourself for an hour; then get up and go.”

  •       Take one look at the picture and you know what this week’s mystery plant is: Bamboo. So, that’s what this column is about.

  •   Did you know carrots started out being red, dark yellow, white and purple in color? Everything but orange! Carrots started with yellow flesh and a purple exterior, but it was the Dutch who developed the orange carrot, and then the French who developed it into the elongated carrot we eat today.

    Mel Blanc was not very fond of carrots but ate them while voicing Bugs Bunny.

  •   I love movies based on true stories. Whether the film replays the events and situations with stunning accuracy or employs a degree of dramatic embellishment makes little difference to me. Whether the source is a book I can read for comparison or facts gleaned from the ‘hero of the piece’ does not concern me. I simply find the moviescompelling.

  •  I have a hard enough time remembering my family’s birthdays, much less that March 3 was “What If Pets Had Opposable Thumbs Day?” Apparently, that’s a real thing for some people. In the spirit of this “holiday” observance last month, I thought I’d share with you what I thought would happen if pets actually had opposable thumbs.

     

    What if cats had thumbs?

  •     Unless the garden gods really don’t like us, it looks like we have seen our last frost for this winter season. With that in mind, we can begin one of the most pleasurable garden tasks: Planning for summer color.