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  • Memorial Day services this year will once again honor soldiers and veterans both past and present.

    Several Memorial Day ceremonies are planned this year, starting with afternoon events Sunday, May 29, in Shallotte’s new Mulberry Park and continuing Monday, May 30, with ceremonies in Sunset Beach, Calabash, Holden Beach and on the Battleship North Carolina.

  •  I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest a variety of interactive, engaging, and plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys help keep the teeth and gums healthy and strengthen jaw muscles. They also serve as important environmental enrichment aides and provide essential mental stimulation. Here’s a simple guide to what makes a great, and safe, canine chew toy.

     

    Where’s it made?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “Time to get back in the saddle.”

    You may be saying this to yourself — or to someone close to you — or maybe you’re hearing it from others.

    With a number of folks undergoing chemotherapy or radiation — or recuperating from surgery or other major medical treatments these days — it’s a common phrase. And who doesn’t want to return to “normal?”

  •  By John Nelson

  • It’s an annual event to rally for a cure, and to wear lots of pink and purple.

    This year, the 31st annual Relay for Life of Brunswick County will be a one-day event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in M.H. Rourk Stadium at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    At last count, 51 Relay for Life teams and 452 participants had committed to raising funds that had already exceeded $115,000.

  • Wear your flip-flops and have a ball while helping community health at the same time.

    That’s what Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s fifth annual Flip Flop Ball is all about.

    Festivities launch at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Brick Landing Plantation.

    Tickets for the Flip Flop Ball are $100 and include island cuisine and dancing. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

  •  Last week I reviewed some of the common causes of excessive or destructive chewing in dogs while encouraging you to drink wine. This week, I’d like to tackle some tips for taming teething troubles, while recommending you sip a cocktail. You definitely deserve it, especially if because your Dolce is missing its Gabbana.

     

    Treating chewing

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     By Linda Arnold

         Quick: What does the cool side of the pillow have in common with finding money in a coat pocket? 

         They both rank among the little things in life that bring us the most joy. Sure, the major milestones leave their marks. How often do they occur, though? And what sustains us in between those times?

     

    High fives

  • By John Nelson

  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 25th annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from May 17 through May 20 at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, through Friday, May 20. Admission is free.

    An artists’ reception and awards presentation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

    An optional three-day art workshop tied to the show is scheduled May 17-19.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you’re like me, you’re drawn to those lists of quick tips that bombard us from supermarket checkout counters, magazine covers, news feeds and online email blasts. Blasting belly fat seems to be the popular topic right now.

    I ran across one the other day, though, that’s much more global. Combined with additional research, it yielded some insights you may find helpful.

     

    Rules for being human

  •  Part 1: Causes

    Some things were destined to go together: French fries and ketchup. Wine and cheese. Dogs and chewing. Yes, I went there. One of the most common questions I hear from frazzled pet parents donning mismatched socks and tattered footwear is, “Why does my dog chew everything?” This week, we’ll sample some of the common causes of excessive chewing followed by simple solutions in my next column. Settle in, grab a glass of vino and dine on the reasons your dog may chew too much.

     

  •  By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  • This weekend offers two events designed to help people learn more about those who work to keep us safe.

    Missing Man Chair of Honor

    The public is invited to join Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 as it dedicates a POW/MIA Missing Man Chair of Honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Veterans Park in the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Park and Sports Complex.

  • It’s Kentucky Derby time, which means the General Federation of Women’s Clubs-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is getting ready to serve its Juleps & Jazz Derby-style Fund Racer.

    The third annual event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Tickets are $25 each, which includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and a signature drink called the “Jazzy Julep.”

    Live jazz will be performed by The Nick Michaels Trio.

  • Two days after Cinco de Mayo comes Siete de Mayo.

    Saturday, May 7, in fact, is when Saint Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 U.S. 17 in Shallotte is having its third Fiesta Mexicana, and everyone is invited.

    The festive event is described as a day full of Mexican culture with authentic food and music, colorful folk dancing, free games and prizes for children and a 50-50 raffle.

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    We all do it. We do it every time we change the litter or hear the call of compacted clay being clawed. I’m talking about inspecting our cat’s stools. We humans are inexplicably interested in monitoring our companion animal’s eliminations. And that’s a good thing. Identifying a bathroom problem early can prevent more serious complications and restore health to an ailing kitty.

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    By Linda Arnold

          This is my sixth Mother’s Day without my mom.

         Many of you are going through your first, and those “firsts” are tough — whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday.

  • By John Nelson

    This is a plant to dye for.

    Now, the process of dyeing, or otherwise coloring fabrics and textiles, has long been an important economic preoccupation, and of course, many different, and unrelated plant (and animal) species have been used around the world as sources of various dyes.

  • By John Nelson

    This is a plant to dye for.

    Now, the process of dyeing, or otherwise coloring fabrics and textiles, has long been an important economic preoccupation, and of course, many different, and unrelated plant (and animal) species have been used around the world as sources of various dyes.