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  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact — not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • Imagine what horticulture was like in England before the Revolutionary War. The British have always been wild about growing new things, and the development of the Atlantic colonies offered a tremendous number of new plants to try out. It wasn’t easy, though, to get these new plants back to England across the ocean. Oh, sure, seeds were pretty easy to get back … but real live plants were not. Botanists and nurserymen came up with all sorts of ideas about how best to transport them. One of these people was a chap named John Ellis.

  • North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida have all reported recent outbreaks of a new strain of canine influenza known as H3N2. Earlier outbreaks quickly spread from the Midwest to at least 12 states. Well more than 2,000 H3N2 cases have been reported to date in the U.S. H3N2 is not known to be contagious to humans, although cats may be at risk for contracting the respiratory infection. Here’s what you need to know to protect your dog.

  • Since launching two years ago, Sunset Vision continues to focus on the future.

    The nonprofit community group’s next venture is the Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale launching for three days this week and culminating with a $25-per-person reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • The renowned Sea Notes Choral Society and The Brunswick Concert Band set the seasonal patriotic mood with tandem performances of “Sunrise Over America.”

    The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to both concerts is free.

    Co-directors for this year’s summer patriotic concerts are Larry Reinhart with the Sea Notes and Tom Smicklas with The Brunswick Concert Band.

    Tickets are not required.

  • The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Calabash’s summer concert series stage starting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, June 27, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  • Club Profile: Shallotte Elks Lodge No. 2854

    Meetings: 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays (second Mondays only in July, August, December), 791 Bricklanding Road; 754-4565; shallotteelks@atmc.net

    Exalted Ruler: Walter Wilson

    Bingo: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays; lodge opens at 4:30; light dinner menu available

    Flags unfurled as members of Shallotte Elks gathered with Boy Scouts and a military color guard June 14 for a Flag Day ceremony at their lodge at 791 Bricklanding Road (N.C. 179).

  •  By John Nelson

    It's spooky, romantic, swaying, and quintessentially southern: Spanish moss is a plant shrouded in mystery. What follows is Spanish Moss 101, a brief course on this fascinating epiphyte. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz.)

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    “I can’t believe he hasn’t called me back yet.” “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these terrible twos end?”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day. And it’s not what happens to us in our lives; it’s how we deal with what happens that determines how well things flow for us.

  • I’m a fan of Frenchies, a bulldog, Boston terrier and Boxer buff, a paramour of pugs and Pekes, and admit serious sentiments for Shih-tzus. In addition to my abundant affection, these breeds have in common certain anatomical traits that make them both wonderfully cute and incredibly impaired. Brachycephalics, or “smushed-face dogs,” while extraordinary in appearance, must be cared for carefully to keep them healthy and happy. Here are some of my must-know health tips for brachycephalic dogs.     

     

    Breathing bothers

  • Rock out and remember the songs of the 1950s and ‘60s this week and next as Brunswick Little Theatre transforms into “Smokey Joe’s Café” June 15-18 and 22-25.

    Based on the prolific and successful songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the show became the longest running musical revue in Broadway history when it opened in 1995 and ran for 2,036 performances.

    It was also nominated for seven Tony awards and took home the Grammy award for best musical show album.

  • Summer concert stages will heat up in coming days and weeks, especially as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at four Brunswick County summer concerts.

    The renowned beach music legends are scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and on July 7 in Ocean Isle Beach, Aug. 22 in Calabash and Sept. 6 in Sunset Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity, leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  • She’s a published author of historic fiction set in Tudor England.

    Local writer Anne Clinard Barnhill dips into a different style and more recent era this summer with her latest novel, “The Beautician’s Notebook.”

    For book protagonist Willa Jo Temple, “dying” takes on new meaning when she is found murdered in her own beauty shop in the fictitious coastal town of Summerset, N.C.

  • **Sunset Vision presents Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale, June 22-24 at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom, 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach. Fundraising reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 23, $25 per person. Free viewing 4-6 p.m. June 22 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24. Go to sunsetvision.org.**

    Sunset Vision launched in 2015, its mission encompassing “a group of diverse, caring citizens who are working to enhance the Sunset Beach experience for residents and visitors alike.

  • By John Nelson

    There are two mysteries this week. First off, if you don’t know what these funny-looking things are in the photo, I’ll have to tell you straightaway they are hearts of palm and they do indeed come from a palm tree. The second mystery will be the actual name of the plant involved here.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    The need for human connection.

    Aside from our opposable thumbs, it’s one of the main things that sets us apart as a species.

    Numerous studies have concluded that isolation and loneliness are at the root of many of our negative conditions: depression, lethargy, suicidal tendencies, etc.

  • May blossoms with rich red fields exhaling the unmistakably sweet fragrance of one of my favorite fruits, strawberries. Bursting with flavor and packed with powerful nutrients, I was recently asked by a reader if dogs can eat strawberries? The short answer is a resounding “Yes!” with the longer answer being, “Yes, but …”

  • This coming Saturday, June 10, the Seafood Capital once again teems with creativity as the fourth annual Plein Aire-Wet Paint Day launches in The Calabash Cottages complex at 10152 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    Hosted by Jewelry by Wendy, painting starts between 9 and 10 a.m. and ends between 1 and 2 p.m., followed by a Meet the Artist Wet Paint Sale art show from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

    The event includes an all-day craft show on The Calabash Cottages grounds as well as a “Peoples Vote” for Best in Show.

  • North Tower, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, has been one of the South’s great party bands for more than 35 years, providing the best in oldies, beach, top 40 and funk with sizzling brass, super vocals and a wide-ranging repertoire.

    North Tower launched in 1975 as an a cappella vocal quartet at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the group’s name derived from a section of Old East dormitory where some of the members lived.

  • The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean. The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers who walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when hatchlings are ready to emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs.