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  • Blues & Beach Music Concert

    The Heavy Hitters of Soul present a Blues & Beach Music Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The concert will feature Jim Quick & Coastline, Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey and Pat Cooley.

    Tickets are $35 general and $40 premiere and available through 5:15 p.m. Dec. 8.

    Go to bccowa.com or call the Odell Williamson Auditorium box office at 755-7416.

    ‘Restless Heart Christmas’

  • Visitors to Brunswick Town will once again be feted with an up-close look at how American colonists celebrated the yuletide as the state historic site stages its annual An 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

    Highlights include costumed interpreters providing on-the-hour guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church on the grounds of the pre-Revolutionary port site overlooking the Cape Fear River.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Sir Richard Branson says, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small.”

    That quote got me thinking about the risk/reward ratio of our behaviors. If there’s something that’s been tugging at you and you keep ignoring it, maybe you’re playing too safe in your life.

    Of course, there are lots of valid reasons to pull back. If you find you’re continually doing this, though, it may be time to redefine your dream. Or get off the fence. 

  • Each fall I usually get one or two phone calls concerning autumn foliage, with the callers wondering, invariably, if this season’s coloration will be better (or worse) than last fall.

    It’s a good question, but one that is basically impossible to answer, of course. There is no way of measuring beauty. That’s my normal response. And even in a drought period, you never know exactly how the resultant fall foliage may be affected. I think, also, that the amount of light available during the day has a real effect on autumnal foliage.

  • Ginny is the latest canine addition to the Ward family. As soon as she joined our pack, she became very attracted to the whole foods dished in her bowl. She’d been raised exclusively on kibble, and these fresh textures, tastes and smells were enticing. Carrots, apple slices and cooked beans quickly became some of her favorites.

  •  By John Nelson

    “… the tree may be known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree …”

                King Henry IV, part 1; Act 4, Scene 2.

     

     Shakespeare would have made a fine plant taxonomist, as he understood the importance of fruits in identifying plants.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    How much time do you spend turning things over in your mind — again and again? It’s hard to make a move because you keep second-guessing yourself.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had personal fact checkers, like the political ones, to filter out those obsessive thoughts in our heads? You know … the ones that can often run rampant and build on top of each other. 

  • Here is a list of this week’s municipal and nonprofit holiday events to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

    Calabash parade, tree lighting

    Come celebrate the 22nd annual Calabash Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade in downtown Calabash on Friday night, Dec. 1.

    Holiday fun includes local entertainment, candlelight caroling, hot cocoa and refreshments, children’s crafts and a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus.

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue at 758 Longwood Road will host its 12th Annual Christmas Toy & Train Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 and Dec. 9 and 10.

    Layouts run the gamut, from the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger G, O, HO, N-scale models in multiple layouts, in addition to 1/32-scale.

    Displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    What a difference one letter makes! I like to think of ThanksLIVING as an endless season.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like the turkey and trimmings as much as anyone else. It’s just that the spirit of the season could have a much longer shelf life.

    Unlike other traditions, the season of ThanksLIVING has no beginning or end. It’s rooted in the spirit of gratitude that can occur all year long.

     

    Practice makes perfect

  • By John Nelson

     

  • Each Thanksgiving, Americans families and friends gather around tables, pile plates full of food, remember good times and those who left too soon or were unable to join, and toast another holiday season. In 68 percent of U.S. homes, a dog, cat or other furry, feathered or scaled companion will be eagerly anticipating dropped morsels, secret servings and leftovers.

    I encourage you to include your pet in celebrating the holidays whenever possible. Here are some tips for safely sharing Thanksgiving with your pets.

     

  • You know the holiday season has begun as trees start to light up.

    Holden Beach will have its 10th annual tree lighting with festivities starting with entertainment by the West Brunswick High School Chorus at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    The tree lighting follows at 6 p.m. There will also be games and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    Chili/soup cook-off

  • Ocean Isle Beach once again rings in the season with traditional Super Saturday events two days after Thanksgiving.

    Festivities consist of the annual holiday parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, from the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St., consisting of decorated golf carts, bicycles and other creative wheels.

    Participants are asked to meet in the museum parking lot for judging at 1:15 p.m. Categories include floats, golf carts, bicycles and walkers, with trophies to be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

  • Folks weary of turkey and Black Friday hoopla can catch a break when the Museum of Coastal Carolina serves up its fifth annual Beer & Brats fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Highlights include freshly cooked bratwurst, fries, assorted craft beer and soda.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will tap into some of its best-selling craft brews for the event including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Gee Bee Honey Pale Ale and Aerial Aggression Double IPA.

  • “Please tell me my kitty is not going to VOMIT OR SEIZURE OR … SOMETHING REALLY BAD!”

    The voice on the phone couldn’t sound any more distraught — or deafening.

    “I think she only licked a little, but she’s SO TINY! Is she going to LIVE?”

    By now you’re probably thinking the caller’s cat had drunk cyanide, gasoline or nerve gas. You’d be wrong.

    “What flavor was the yogurt?” I calmly inquired.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    I didn’t know Marine Pvt. Paul Jamison.

    I didn’t know this Vietnam veteran served his country from the age of 19 when he joined the Marine Corps.

    Pvt. Jamison passed away not long ago.  “After an extensive search, there are no known survivors,” said a line from his obituary.

    His story was circulated on social media, with a call to action to stand up for this veteran. The story touched me deeply when I read it on a Thursday afternoon before his burial service.

  • By John Nelson

     

  • Original rock ‘n’ roll hit-makers The Coasters are coasting into Odell Williamson Auditorium as the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series show at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brunswick Community College venue.

    The Original Coasters took off on the musical fast-track a whopping 62 years ago, starting in October 1955 when two members of The Robins group, Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn, ventured cross-country from the West to East coast to sign up with Atlantic Records, earning their new Coasters moniker.