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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Ferns, ferns, wonderful plants. Such an ancient group. They were around a long time before there were any dinosaurs. Their and their relatives’ remains, fossilized, make up significant parts of the coal deposits around the world, and of course a good bit of the carbon in their plant bodies — too much, no doubt — is now floating around in the air, after being burned.

  • The Waterway Art Association will have a free watercolor workshop and paint-in featuring professor Fritz Kapraun at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

    The event will take place at the new Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI), 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    The program will highlight painting floral subjects.

    Kapraun is a tenured faculty and professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He formalized a life-long interest in art through art instruction and workshops in Wilmington and Italy.

  • The Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (IMRRC) is holding a series of workshops and seminars at the new Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The first one, “An Introduction to Model Railroading,” is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.

    The series is designed to increase public awareness of the club, educate young and old about the benefits of model railroading, and explain how to create layouts in their own homes for personal enjoyment, IMRRC administrator Don Woodwell says.

  • As Brunswick Little Theatre gets ready to launch its next production, it’s getting a little help from its art friends at West Brunswick High School.

    Students in visual arts teacher Kathy Peck’s class are helping with scenic design for BLT’s upcoming performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” an adult musical comedy revue to be presented Feb. 21-23 and March 1-2 at the Brunswick Center at Southport.

  •  Singer/musician Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music,” will perform in concert at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 14, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, 410 Sixth Ave. S. in North Myrtle Beach.

    This is an unticketed event. A love offering will be taken. The church opens at 6 p.m.

    The concert was rescheduled from Jan. 31 because of recent severe weather.

  • February programming at Battleship North Carolina has been announced.

    Firepower!

    Feb. 15, 2014

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    $95 per person; $85 for Friends members or active military.

  • Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) is excited about its new shirts.

    SOAR’s staff and supporters are hoping this will be an awesome way to raise money as well as get more exposure out there for SOAR.

    Three designs are available in T-shirts, tank tops, fleece sweats and hoodies and a variety of colors.

    For anyone interested in purchasing one (or two or three), the costs are $15 for tanks, $17 for ladies T’s, $18 for men’s T’s, $25 for fleece and $30 for hoodies.

  • It’s time for the 12th Annual Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show this weekend.

    The event will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center, 211 Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include an array of vendors, a children’s learning area and live demonstrations.

    Vendors include plants, flowers, painters, home repair, builders, home accessories and outdoor products.

    Admission is $5. Children younger than 8 are admitted free.

  • GRISSETTOWN — For lifelong lovebirds Bill and Joan Hoyle, every day is Valentine’s Day.

    That’s saying a lot for the Brunswick County couple, who have been married for nearly 60 years and have known each other since childhood.

    “We met when I was 7 and he was 10,” Joan Hoyle said as the couple, wearing matching red shirts in celebration of the upcoming 2014 edition of Valentine’s Day, relaxed at their home.

  • Take to the high seas and explore the “Navy Way” during the 149th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

    Visitors can experience the life of sailors on land during the American Civil War. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

    Some sailors were attached to the torpedo service and others to posts not shipboard, but on shore. Demonstrations will include weapons, equipment and torpedo firings.