Today's Features

  • Warm up this chilly winter at the Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk.

    A limited number of tickets are available for the annual event scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in downtown Wilmington.

    The walk begins as soon as tickets are presented at the “wine walk headquarters” starting location. Each participant will receive “official” Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk IDs and maps of participating establishments. Each venue will offer two samples of specially selected wines or beers.

  • The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society will present “The Thomas Andrew Dorsey Story” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Grand Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. Third St. in downtown Wilmington.

    The program will feature the Rev. Richard Robinson of Central Baptist Church, soloist, with narration by Louise Harrison.

    They will take the audience on a journey of song and story as they focus on the “father of gospel music.”

  • The St. James Service Club is now accepting donations for its annual flea market.

    Dollar$ for $cholars is the theme of the 16th annual Flea Market sponsored by the St. James Service Club to be held Saturday, April 26, at Brunswick Community College.

    Since January, the club has been collecting items and storing them at Sentry Storage at 4711 Southport Supply Road (N.C. 211, 1.5 miles west of Long Beach Road).

  • Free health screenings, massages and seminars are part of Health Expo 2014, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the eighth annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging at the school at 225 Village Road.

    Free screenings this year will include A1C diabetes, cholesterol, blood sugar, oxygen saturation, BMI, video otoscopy, bone density, computerized nervous system, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, oral screenings, pulse, glaucoma and vision.

  •  Second annual Black History weekend festivities are scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23, at four locations in Southport.

    Events are sponsored by the Smithville Township/Southport Black History Committee in collaboration with the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

    Admission is free. Donations will benefit the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport expansion project. All checks should be made out to The Friends of the Maritime Museum, which is a 501(c) 3 organization.

  • In this column, I talk a lot about food safety and this week is no exception. The topic is food safety and the slow cooker. Most people call them CrockPots, but there are many versions made by different companies.

  • I can hear Hubby Dear groaning. We are on the brink of Valentine’s Day and he is devoid of imaginative ways to celebrate the day. The usual tributes bear their own degree of difficulty. Meal planning has caused chocolates and rich desserts to be verboten. Equally out of the question are roses that wilt before they are ensconced in a vase. Anything I might have needed or expressed as a yen has already been offered and received — with the possible exception of perfume that I typically declare to be too expensive! What’s a guy to do?

  • The Southport Chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is sponsoring its 11th annual antique appraisal fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport.

    There will be 11 certified appraisers, both specialists and generalists, to examine the treasures, and provide an estimate of their worth. Bring in up to three hand-carried items. The cost for a ticket is $7 per item or three tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 12:30 p.m. The appraisals will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

  • Salads have always been a part of our meals, especially at dinner. When you think of the word salad, an image of leafy greens probably comes to mind, but salad is just a general term that can refer to just about any dish that is dressed or tossed together.

    Alternative salads

    Tuna salad, potato salad, pasta salad, chicken salad, fruit salad and veggie salads are all easy to make. As salads are often dishes brought to potlucks or picnics, they make for great travel-friendly side items.

  • In one of the largest transactions in its history, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has announced the donation of a perpetual conservation easement of more than 6,442 acres at Orton Plantation from Orton Plantation Holdings LLC, owned by conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon.