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Today's Features

  •  Without a doubt, the majority of questions I receive from pet parents involve nutrition and what they’re feeding their dog or cat. The next most common questions involve weight-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and cancers. Because pet obesity is such a huge problem (pun intended), I thought I’d share with you some recent questions and brief answers about excess weight in companion animals. 

     

    How many pets are overweight in the U.S.?

  •  By Linda Arnold

    Here it is — my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring — at least not on a consistent level. As poet Henry Van Dyke said, “The first day of Spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

  •  By John Nelson

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    By Sam Marshall

     

  •  The emails I receive often carry with them little nuggets of wisdom. I am struck with the wisdom and inspired to ponder them beyond a glance and a quick move to the next objet d’art. This one was presented by Grace Lee Boggs via the Daily Good website. She wrote: “We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It's always about critical connections.”

  •  Popular worldwide, cumin is a fairly pungent spice that is used to flavor many traditional Indian dishes. It has quite a powerful aroma and taste, so when using cumin, use it sparingly, as some types of cumin are stronger than others.

    Before using it for the first time, you might want to take a little smell. That should be a good indication as to whether it is a suitable spice for you to use in your cooking. Most people either really like it or hate it.

  • Waterway Art Association has scheduled two more artists to lead workshops during April.

    The workshops will be held at Bellinger Artworks Studio, 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores. One-day workshops are $35 for WAA members and $40 for non-members. Advance registration and payment are required.

    Artist and muralist Ruth Cox of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will lead a session on oil/basics of composition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

  • Renowned Canadian performer James Keelaghan headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Lauded as one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters Keelaghan reigns as a “poet laureate of the folk and roots music world” with an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline.

  • It’s time for Easter events to celebrate the season, starting with the Calabash Easter egg hunt scheduled for 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 1, in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

    Children will gather Easter eggs and be treated to fun games and crafts. Admission is free. Bring your own Easter basket. The rain date is April 8.

    For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

    Holden Beach fun

    The town of Holden Beach hosts a Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt for youth and adults at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14.

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    President: Sherry Jeffries

    Meeting times: General membership 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Mondays of each month, September through May, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Information: Go to coastalgardenclub.org; email info@coastalgardenclub.org.

    At this time of the year, everything is starting to come up roses, and other spring plants and posies, for Coastal Garden Club.