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Today's Features

  • It may be summer, but the fall/winter season is already upon the renowned Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Tickets went on sale Saturday, July 29, for Thalian’s Legends and Main Attractions series.

    Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” kicks off the Legends series Friday, Oct. 20, with a return to Thalian Hall in one of his most revered roles. The Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor portrays Mark Twain as a plain-speaking humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots.

  • Given Listen Up Brunswick County’s mission of Good Music/Good Deeds, its fourth season was a hit with peak attendance records and sold-out performances.

    Ticket sales and the generous support of attendees and loyal supporters enabled $1,000 donation to LUBC’s designated charity for 2017, Hope Harbor Home.

    The success of the season inspired organizers to increase the number of shows from four to six, one each in January, February, March, April, October and November.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road once again has a card catalog-load of programs planned in coming days, including two Meet the Author events.

    At 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Gerald Baum of Calabash presents his novel, “Cast From The Sea,” at another Meet the Author event.

    Baum’s adventure story is set in 1849 as two friends, Nathan Rodgers and Thomas Talbot, become trapped in a whale boat set adrift in the Pacific. The book covers an epic 27-year journey from searing sea to America’s violent prairies.

  • Due to overwhelming support, the Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth annual Rock and Roll Extravaganza is sold out for all shows scheduled for August.

    But theater managers Bill and Cathy Furpless have scheduled an encore weekend for “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music” Sept. 14-17 at the century-old theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Tickets are now on sale for 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. It’s advisable to buy tickets now before those sell out, too.

  • Leland Library will host a special storytime in memory of Scarlett the 16-month-old granddaughter of a local resident, at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

    This storytime is for children 4 and younger and will be centered around the book “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton.

    Register at the library and call 371-9442 for more information.

  • The Brunswick County Literacy Council is seeking volunteers to work with adult individuals one-on-one who want to improve their skills in reading, writing and speaking English.

    On Thursday, Aug. 17, there will be an orientation workshop from 10 a.m. to noon and an English for Speakers of Other Languages Tutor Workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. There is a $20 fee for tutor materials.

    All volunteers must attend an orientation workshop. Workshops are held at the BCLC office at 282 Ocean Highway E., Supply 28462.

  • The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

    In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

  • This time of the year is perfect for a picnic or a cookout. Everyone wants to get out and take in the warm, sunny weather and spend some time at one of our many beaches, but at some point, we’ll all get together and enjoy the bounties of homemade offerings at a cookout or picnic.

    The word picnic actually comes from the French “pique-nique,” which means “a fashionable social entertainment” in which each guest brings a contribution to the feast. In other words, it was just a fancy way of saying “potluck.”

  • By John Nelson

    Here’s a little botanical story involving native lilies. And who doesn’t like lilies?

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    How long have you been yearning to play an instrument, learn a new sport or become a gourmet cook?

    Like most of us, you have stops and starts when it comes to mastering a skill. The key is Vitamin D: Discipline.

    Inspirational speaker Earl Nightingale said you can become an expert by practicing this formula: one hour each day, five days a week, for five years. While that may sound daunting, those five years are going to come and go anyway. It depends on your level of commitment.