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Today's Features

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Darrell Harwood

    When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20

    Where: The Village Park gazebo, Sunset Beach

    How much: Free; bring lawn chairs

    Food sales on-site; benefitting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

    Go to: www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com

    The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

  • Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is taking entries for its pet calendar contest.

    The contest is open to any pet — dog, cat rabbie, snake, pig, goat, etc. — and is not limited to the Southport/Oak Island area.

    Rules and entry forms can be printed off at the SOAR website at www.soar-nc.org under the events tab.

    Anyone owning a business who would like to advertise in the calendar can buy a business-card-size ad for $10.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Jaded Mayberry

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

    Where: End of Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

    How much: Free

    The origin of Jaded Mayberry is “kind of a long story,” says Will Hickman, leader and lead singer of the popular local band whose repertoire covers everything from AC/DC to Zac Brown.

    It dates back to the days when he and lead electric guitarist Seth Gearhart were roommates and played together in a praise band in Shallotte.

  • It launched six years ago to bring a little music and harmony to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

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    Swiss chard is available year round but is best in summer

    Chard is often referred to as Swiss chard because of its extensive cultivation in Switzerland. As a member of the beet family, it has also been referred to as silver beet, spinach beet, leaf beet, sea kale beet, white beet, strawberry spinach and even Roman kale.

    In our area, the two main types available are red chard and green chard. The red, which has a stronger flavor, has red stems and dark green leaves with red veins. The green has lighter green leaves with white stalks.

  •  By John Nelson

    If you’re a flatlander like me, it might be quite a while between your time at home and your visits to the beautiful Alleghany Mountains of West Virginia. I am, in fact, a big fan of eastern West Virginia, a fantastic place in the summer for natural history, and more especially, botany. I fell in love with the dark forests of this part of the country several years ago, led there my inveterate fellow-botanist and banjo champion, Bernie Cyrus.

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    By osmosis, since Hubby Dear is a Merton fan and follower, I have become equally intrigued by a monk who was a man for all seasons. So, I jumped at the opportunity to review “The Ground of Love and Truth, Reflections on Thomas Merton’s Relationship with the Woman Known as ‘M’” by Suzanne Zuercher, O.S.B.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  •  Officers of the 252nd Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association in Wilmington have announced plans for the 35th annual reunion scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. All former members of HQ and HQ Battery, 252d CA/AAA or any subordinate units are encouraged to attend.

    A business meeting and stag “shrimperoo” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the Covil Farms Clubhouse, Covil Farm Road (off Military Cutoff) in Wilmington. Cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door.

  •  Immigrant families grace St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte where the parish family celebrated the baptism of three children July 26.