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  •  By John Nelson

    Winter is still a long way off, but the leaves have been falling for several weeks now. Won’t be long before sweaters and jackets, and a steaming bowl of nice hot oatmeal will be part of the morning routine.

  • SUPPLY — It’s a community effort to help pay for a community building.

    Nearly two years after opening their new community center, residents of the Cedar Grove community converged at the site for a fall festival Oct. 18 to help raise money to pay off the Cedar Grove Community Center.

  • This is the month to get “prettied up” and hear all the latest gossip at Truvy’s Beauty Spot in a whole new location.

    This weekend and next Brunswick Little Theatre is transporting its audiences to Chinquapin Parish, La., as it presents the classic Southern-fried comedy-drama, “Steel Magnolias” inside its new home and building at 8068 SE River Road in Southport.

  • When the Blues Hall of Fame Tour rolls onto the Brunswick Community College campus Friday night, Oct. 17, it’ll be a chance for blues fans to treat themselves to live performances of three living legends.

    The show, anchored by harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite and his band on the stage of BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, will consist of individual and collaborative contributions by fellow Blues Hall of Famers James Cotton and John Hammond.

  • CAROLINA SHORES — When Bob Kronberg bought a pre-owned Kia last fall, he got a surprise after driving it home.

    Upon closer inspection inside the trunk of his newly purchased 2012 Optima, he learned that instead of a spare tire, the vehicle was equipped with a tire repair kit that included a small air compressor and can of flat-tire sealant.

  •  By John Nelson

    Such a friendly plant and so easy to please, but once you’ve got it in your backyard, it may never want to leave.

    This is one of those plants from far away, an introduced species that has actually been popular in Southeastern gardens for a good while now. It is a native of southern Asia, mostly India and China. If you start looking into it, you’ll discover that many of our favorite garden plants (in fact most of them) have their original homes somewhere else.

  • With all of the scheduled events this month, there’s no reason not to get out and celebrate the season. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening this week around Brunswick County.

    Deliziosa

    Italian Festival at St. Brendan’s

    The parish community of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the season with its second annual Italian Festival on the church grounds at 5101 Ocean Highway W. in Shallotte from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

  • By John Nelson

     This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  • If you go

    What: Sunset at Sunset

    When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Village at Sunset Beach

    Cost: Free admission

    Go to: www.sunsetatsunset.com

    Vendors and music will once again collide when the eighth annual Sunset at Sunset celebrates the fall season in Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium.

    Highlights include vendors, crafters, food, nonprofit groups, a kids’ korner and stage entertainment.

    Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

  • The season of spookiness has descended.

    You can tell, because ghosts and ghouls and indescribably ghastly things are converging starting this weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s six annual haunted trail wending its way next to the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Yes, it’s eerie, but each year more brave souls turn out to walk the trail.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Farm Heritage Day

    When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Indigo Farms

    Cost: Free; charges for some activities

    Saturday, Oct. 4, is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 10 a.m.

    Highlights include horse-drawn demonstrations, indigo-dyeing exhibits, weaving, old tools, 19th-century artifacts and blacksmithing.

  • BIG Sweep is sweeping and cleaning up Calabash on Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Volunteers interested in donating time to help clean up the community for two hours will gather at Calabash Community Park, 868 Persimmon Road, starting with registration and a welcome from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

    Litter pickup from 10 a.m. to noon will once again include roadside and river cleanup, if anyone with a boat is interested. After helping out, BIG Sweep participants will be treated to lunch and prizes in the park from noon to 12:30 p.m.

  • CALABASH — She’s an old ambulance sporting a new shade of pink to spread a year-round message.

    At a ceremony last Thursday, Sept. 25, Calabash Volunteer EMS ambulance No. 2971, the oldest in the department fleet, was unveiled as the newly transformed “Vision of Calabash.”

    The station on Beach Drive was decked out in pink for the emergency vehicle unveiling, from balloons and festoons to refreshments. The men on hand were decked out, too, exemplifying real men who wear EMS pink T-shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

  •  By John Nelson

    These are quiet, majestic giants in the swamp, sharing their space with towering cypress and the mournful hoot owls. Their trunks are flared out at the base (much like cypress), and of course you’ve probably seen their peculiar, crooked roots arising from the wet ground, together with knobby, upright knees of the cypress.

  •  By John Nelson

    When I was a kid during the time when the car had roll-down window handles, they would take me and my sister out driving around in the South Carolina Lowcountry every now and then. That’s when I started appreciating just how nice the “low country” of the Palmetto State is. I remember family outings late in the summer to visit some friends at their country home in Hampton County, not too far from the Savannah River, having lunch in the kitchen with what seemed to be miles of old screened windows letting in a fragrant breeze.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club Reverse Raffle

    When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

    Where: SBI Shrine Club, 4911 Old Shallotte Road

    How much: Tickets $100 each; includes steak dinner for two and a chance to win $5,000

    Call: Club president Bob Gunter, 754-7388

    Step right up and take a chance on winning $5,000 this coming Saturday, Sept. 27, at the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club’s annual Reverse Raffle.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: An Evening of Chocolate Decadence

    When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

    Where: St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211)

    How much: $65 per person; buy tickets online at www.Waves4kids.org or email Kay Wolf, Tkwolfe@ec.rr.com; Jacquie McNutt, Jacquelyn.mcnutt@gmail.com or Bobby Mitchell, Bobbymitchell@oswsales.com

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • apeworms (Dipylidium caninum) are one of the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasites of dogs and cats. This long, segmented parasite can grow more than two feet long and live in an infected pet’s small intestine for up to three months. Most pet owners rush to the nearest veterinary clinic as soon as they see the glistening white proglottid segments clinging to their pet’s backside or wriggling in the stool. What every pet owner wants to know is can this disgusting worm be living inside him or her? The answer is probably not. Probably. Not.

  • SUNSET BEACH — It launches every year with a concert, followed by an array of food and fantastic finds just a week later.

    It’s that time of year again.

    Seaside United Methodist Church is having its annual country fair this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, at the church at 1300 Seaside Road (N.C. 904) in Sunset Beach.