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  •  By John Nelson

    When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks;

    When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand.

    Shakespeare, Richard III: II, 3.

     

    Can we talk about leaves?

     

  • A yoga event this Saturday, Jan. 31, at Sea Trail is taking place to help a rescued puppy in need of surgery and his mounting medical bills.

    Donations from Workout for Wexler, taking place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach, will go to help 4-month-old Wexler, a Yorkshire terrier puppy who was recently rescued from a breeder.

    “They were going to put him to sleep because he was having trouble with his hips and legs,” said Cheri McLain of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE).

  • CAROLINA SHORES — Signs of revived building activity are dotting the landscape in Carolina Shores.

    At a Jan. 21 town planning board workshop, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said it has been a busy inspection season. The town is also looking to hire an additional building inspector, he said.

  • Poetry writers and would-be writers unite.

    Starting Feb. 1, “Poetry Opens Doors” officially launches, and you’re invited to start writing and submitting poetic entries.

    The writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Celebrating the Dream 50-Year Commemorative Concert

    When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $50 general admission; $65 reserved; $75 reserved with reception (plus tax and handling fees)

    Info: Countywide CDC, 383-1724 or Juanita Harper at (910) 619-6295; or go to www.celebratingthedream.org or www.bccowa.com (box office (910) 755-7416)

  • Interested in counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)?

    Local bird enthusiast and guest presenter Kurt Hugelmeyer will show how to make your bird-counting count at a program scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The GBBC, sponsored by the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has taken place in the United States and Canada since 1998. 2013 was the first year for the GBBC to go global.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Sixth annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday

    When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31

    Where: Shallotte Presbyterian Church

    Cost: $15

    Soup only tickets: $8

    Additional soup helpings: $3

    It’s an annual tradition every Super Bowl season.

    Members of the General Federation of Women’s Club-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club get into formation for their annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser to benefit several local charitable food efforts to feed the hungry.

  • Get ready to roll in Vegas, N.C.

    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s 10th annual Las Vegas Night is set for around round of fun Saturday night, Jan. 24, with food and Vegas-style games.

    The annual fundraiser is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The catered event will feature a cash bar, dinner, assorted hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cake.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

    I hope that you are as proud of your compost pile as I am of mine. What’s that? You don’t have a compost pile?

  • By John Nelson 

    Ah, once again, the tomato family!

  • Authors and historians are among invitees at a two-day 150th anniversary event this weekend at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

    “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher,” is scheduled for Jan. 17 and 18 at the historic site in Kure Beach.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Emile Pandolfi with Dana Russell

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; 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.comor call the OWA box office at 755-7416

    He’s renowned for his keyboard skills and in Brunswick County.

  •  By John Nelson

    We had a mysterious pine tree not too long ago, and here is another. There’s always a new pine species to learn about.

    This one is growing in a small park not far from my house, in the Shandon area of Columbia, S.C., where I live. Here, it is a common native species, and can be seen just about all over town, and for that matter, just about anywhere else in South Carolina (mostly though, in the piedmont counties).

  • Listen Up Brunswick County has scheduled its next concert for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

    The upcoming concert featuring Annabelle’s Curse will take place in one of the event rooms in Odell Williamson Auditorium, 150 College Road NE off U.S. 17, on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Annabelle’s Curse is a five-piece band from Bristol, Va., consisting of banjo, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, drums, bass and vocals.

    Seating will be at tables.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Some knew it as the Ocean Isle Beach Ferry, while others referred to it as the Brick Landing Ferry.

    Maybe people on both sides of the waterway were right, since the old ferry served as the main means of transportation between the Brick Landing community on the mainland and the east end of Ocean Isle Beach back in the 1950s.

    Now, thanks to the talents of retired civil engineer Gerry Strickland of Sunset Beach, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach will unveil its own working model of the old ferry crafted by Strickland.

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport invites the public to an annual three-day celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the weekend of Jan. 17 through MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 19.

    The celebration will begin with a workshop presented by College Foundation Inc. from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday morning, Jan. 17, at the Southport Senior Center, 1513 Howe St. in Southport. Middle and high school students, parents/guardians, educators and others interested in the educational welfare of youth are encouraged to attend.

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  • Hundreds of runners and walkers alike will trek across the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge at the 11th annual Run for Food scheduled to launch at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

    The event consists of a half-marathon run and 5K run/walk, with proceeds going to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

    Participants will follow a course across the scenic Ocean Isle Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge to the mainland, then head back to the island.

    The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the SBIC food pantry.

  • The New Year brings a new schedule at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The museum will be open Friday, Jan. 2, with its Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers program scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and touch tank feeding at 11 a.m. to help docents feed the sea critters.

  • SUPPLY — It was a bleak wartime winter back in her native Britain in December 1941, and 16-year-old Nora Oglesby and her fellow teen-aged nannies caring for 20 orphaned boys were worried.

    Recently relocated to a Scottish castle away from the deadly barrage of German bombings in England, the staff and children of one of Dr. Thomas Barnardo’s renowned orphanages were poised to observe Christmas with next to nothing.