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Today's Features

  • SHALLOTTE — This weekend the Shallotte Farmers Market returns for the season. Come and join the fun as you eat fresh and shop local.

    The 2014 Farmers Market season opens Saturday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 13. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in Riverside Park at the corner of Main Street and N.C. 130/Whiteville Road.

  • A local chapter of the General Federal of Women’s Clubs, GFWC-South Brunswick Islands, is having Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style fund “racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

    The event will take place at the Carolinas Leadership Academy at The First Tee of Brunswick County, 443 Tarkln Court in Shallotte.

    There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with wine, beer and jazzy juleps, raffles and auctions, web streaming of the 140th Kentucky Derby and a Derby hat contest.

    Admission is $25 per person.

  • The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its sixth annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Festivities include a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon to benefit Hope Harbor Home and Providence Home for a $45 donation.

    If you are interested in attending, donating a silent auction item or a sponsorship, please contact Karen Throckmorton; (910) 471-4220 or Karen.Throckmorton@phmc.com.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical, “Into The Woods,” on Saturday, May 3, and Monday, May 5, in Building F on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Those under age 15 (except those auditioning for Little Red Riding Hood) will audition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Adults and all those auditioning for Little Red Riding Hood will audition at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, or 7 p.m. May 5.

    All are encouraged to audition on the Saturday date if at all possible.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode early with its first Fiesta Mexicana from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Cinco de Tres — Saturday, May 3.

    Fiesta fare will include authentic Mexican food, beer, wine and soda for sale throughout the day.

    Other event highlights include music, all-day dancing, games for children and a grand prize raffle of $1,000.

    There is no admission fee, and there will be plenty of free parking at the church at 5051 U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

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    The spring and Easter season will be celebrated in style this week with a number of events planned in and around Brunswick County.

    Southport Spring Festival

    The annual event is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Franklin Square Park. Admission is free.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Highlights include more than 150 crafters, entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Rita Coolidge

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $30 adults; $28 seniors 65 and older and BCC employees; $11 children 12 and younger; plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

    Grammy award-winning singer Rita Coolidge will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

  • The Willis Richardson Players and Triune Repertory Theatre & Film will present “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall Studio Theatre at 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

    The play by Lonne Elder III debuted Off Broadway in 1969 by Negro Ensemble Company, became a long-running commercial production and was adapted for television in 1975.

  •   Josephine Gutjahr celebrates her 102nd birthday at Carillon Assisted Living. Born March 22, 1912, in New Hampshire, she is the fourth of eight children, but the first child born in America to Italian parents. She moved to North Carolina from New Jersey in 2003 with her daughter and son-in-law, Roseann and Joe Kronski, and has been at Carillon since 2009. She still loves to sing hymns and Italian songs.

        

     

  •  Many vegetables feel right at home on the grill, but some just aren’t cut out for it, especially those with a high water content. Cucumbers are a no-no on the grill, as is celery, lettuce or most leafy greens.

    A highly skilled backyard chef like me has no trouble grilling asparagus, eggplant, onions and even cabbage. Bell peppers, or even the hot variety, and onions are natural grilling choices.