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  • Fans of John Denver have a chance to hear his music performed live once again.

    Former New Christy Minstrels singer Tom Becker is bringing “Back Home Again: A Tribute to John Denver” to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Brunswick Community College.

    The folk singer has proven to be a natural in his on-target tribute to late singer who was renowned for his earthy, soaring hits of the 1970s.

  • The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its seventh annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Sea Trail Convention Center, 75A Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    For a $45 donation, guests are invited to enjoy the event with friends while dining on a delicious plated lunch and viewing the latest fashions presented by Island Breeze of Sunset Beach.

  • For nearly 63 years, Bill and Maggie Ehling had been inseparable, dating back to their military days in the 1950s when the two first met in Germany.

    Maggie, who was born in Brunswick County and grew up in New Jersey, was in the Women’s Army Corps, otherwise known as WACs. Bill, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was an Army man and party animal who was soon tamed by his Margaret Rose, the woman he married about a year later.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

    Caterpillars and cherries: Is there ever any connection? Yes, and our mystery plant this week demonstrates it quite well.

  • The Carolina Shores Garden Club will have its annual scholarship yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 17 Lakeview Court.

    Highlights will include yard sale spaces and tables filled with a variety of donated household items and a bake sale.

    Revenue from the garden club table, which will be set up inside the clubhouse, will go directly to the garden club’s scholarship fund.

  • They gather monthly, except in July and November, to celebrate and savor varieties of vintage grape.

    Members of the Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society have been convening since 2011, when original members Stan and Tess Barwikowski had “a dream of raising the level of wine knowledge in their new hometown.”

  • This past October, students in a Fayetteville theater arts class came to Sunset Beach to film “The Heartbeat of Sunset Beach,” a 45-minute documentary about the old Intracoastal Waterway pontoon bridge.

    From start to finish, the film was created, filmed and edited by students in Vivian Wade-Banks’ class at Massey Hill Classical High School.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    I hereby decree that spring has arrived, along with its fragrant wisterias, brilliant jessamine, and charming crimson clover. Finally! And to celebrate, let me offer one of the most attractive of the spring-blooming southeastern species ... and a woody species, at that.

    Red flowers are not very common in our southern tree species, and certainly not tubular red flowers. This species’ flowers fit both attributes. A flash of bright red in the shady woods is always a treat, especially now.

  • Saturday, April 4, is Family Day at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That means it’s free admission day for residents of Brunswick County presenting IDs and $2 admission for all others.

    It’s a way for the museum, which turns 24 next month, to give back to those who have supported the museum in its mission through the years since its inception and launch in May 1991.

    Family Day festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Easter means egg hunts and other festivities. Here’s a roundup of area events this week for kids and adults of all ages.

    Leland egg hunts

    The town of Leland is having its first adult Easter egg hunt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

  •  By John Nelson

    I’m looking at the calendar, and I’m listening to the weatherman. Lots of things suggest that winter is about to be history, but don’t say it too loud or we will be jinxed!

  •  By John Nelson

    A bizarre plant in a very small package ...

    Here is a fern that you won’t see unless you are way down on the ground, at least on your hands and knees, or better yet, crawling around in the grass. It is only a few inches tall, emerging from the ground in the late winter and early spring. It is one of those tiny little plants that is really delightful, but not very well known. You can find it pushing out of the ground right now, usually in open lawns, roadsides and grassy ditches.

  • Spring has sprung, and so has the Sea Notes Choral Society, which is tuning up for its annual spring concerts set for March 27-29 at Hatch Auditorium at Fort Caswell Beach.

    This year, the 40-year-old community ensemble is celebrating the season with “Songs from the ‘60s,” with free performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Caswell Beach/Oak Island.

  • The Kennedys are popular in Brunswick County.

    Just ask Jeannie Dufour, orchestrator of Listen Up Brunswick County, who has lined up the acclaimed vocal duo for a repeat performance for the local concert series because of the crowd they drew here last March.

    “After their performance last year, we knew we found a match made in heaven,” Dufour said. “They were so well received, we immediately asked them back again for another evening of great music and entertainment.”

  •  By John Nelson

    My hometown, Columbia, S.C., was discovered and originally inhabited by a group of brave Irish explorers, who, after a perilous oceanic crossing, sailed up the mighty Santee River until it got so rocky that they had to disembark on the banks of the Congaree River. There they lived and prospered, establishing a ceremonial portion of town called Five Points, and there they began a tradition of celebrating the life and exploits of their beloved St. Patrick.

  •  Which plant group displays the showiest, most flamboyant flowers? Sunflowers and daisies? Lilies, daffodils and amaryllis? Or maybe the iris family? It’s fun to ponder this weighty question now, as spring is about to erupt, and not too soon! But many of us will insist the most spectacular flowers are found among the various orchid species.

     

  • Award-winning artist Marie Kasper of Calabash will conduct a watercolor workshop, “Shells in the Sand,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members of the Waterway Art Association.

  • Shop for yard sale bargains while helping animals at the same time.

    Tiki Paw Doggie Daycare at 1380 Whiteville Road in Shallotte will be the site of Save the Tails Yard Sale benefitting Rescue Animals Community Effort from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

    The large multi-family yard sale will include food and assorted bargains, with proceeds going to help R.A.C.E., a local nonprofit animal rescue group.

    Space is available for $25.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Billy McGuigan Yesterday and Today

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students plus applicable fees

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

    Don’t forget to bring your favorite Beatles song request when Billy McGuigan and band hit the Odell Williamson Auditorium stage next Thursday night at Brunswick Community College.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Godspell Junior”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 21; 3 p.m. Sunday March 22

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    How much: $6 for children up to age 12; $12 for students with an ID and $17 for adults.

    Tickets may be purchased online at www.brunswicklittletheatre.com or Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For more information go to www.brunswicklittletheare.com or call 447-BLT6 (2586)