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Today's Features

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s seventh annual Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    This year’s proceeds will go to help Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, American Legion Post 543 in St. James and Southport-based Samara’s Village Inc. aiding pregnant and parenting teens and their families.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first Open Mic Poetry Reading in January was so successful the troupe has scheduled another one for 7 p.m. this Friday, March 2.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.  Sign-up begins at 7, followed by the readings at 7:30 in BLT’s main building at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    Attendance is welcome for those who just want to come and listen. The session will end when all the poets have had a turn.

  • The Roosevelt & Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation will host a “Matters of the Heart” health event from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, 114 Wall St. in Shallotte. The session is free to attend, but space is limited.

  • The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, board president Barbara Patten said.

    Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in Brunswick County. Applications are available online beginning March 2. Go to nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 3.

  • If you’re like me and really aren’t into baking, no-bake desserts usually come to mind. Many pies, cakes and cookies are made with ingredients that don’t require any baking. And best of all, the traditional no-bake types don’t use very many ingredients, but may require freezing or refrigeration.

  • By John Nelson

    If I’d a cow that gave such milk, I'd dress her in the finest silk;

    Feed her lots of sweet, sweet hay, and milk her twenty times a day.

                                                    — Joseph Winner, “Little Brown Jug”

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    You know the feeling. You’re driving along, and a favorite tune comes on the radio.  Immediately, it causes a warm feeling to wash over you. What’s up with that? 

    Listening to favorite music causes your brain to release dopamine, the “feel good” chemical that’s released when you experience pleasure and reward.

  • Psalm 105 begins with a “forbidden” word: ALLELUIA! This is something Roman Catholics have been taught. Carefully trained to avoid announcing our alleluias until Easter arrives, it is an instruction likely having more to do with our need to be sober about our praying than to recite somber prayers. Save your joy until Easter and you’ll savor it all the more. This is apparently the underlying message. 

  • On New Year’s Eve 2016, Nicole and Guy Mael decided to celebrate with their five pugs by offering a special meal of Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef Au Jus” canned dog food.

    Within minutes after sharing the can of Evanger’s, all of the dogs were staggering and convulsing, and rushed to a nearby veterinary emergency clinic. Sadly, one of the pugs, Talula, died a few hours later

    The owners sent the remainder of the food for analysis at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center and had a necropsy conducted on Talula.

  • There was an interesting and scary story going around the Internet a couple of weeks ago related to food safety. Perhaps you read about the man in California who pulled a five-foot tapeworm out of his body. Doctors are thinking this tapeworm came from a parasite found in raw salmon. The man confessed he loves sushi and eats it frequently.

    First, you may ask, could this really happen? Yes it could. The tapeworm is a form of parasite that can enter the body in food and then continue to live and grow within the host. Yikes!