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  • By John Nelson

     

    Flower of this purple dye, hit with Cupid's archery,
Sink in apple of his eye. When his love he doth espy,
 Let her shine as gloriously as the Venus of the sky.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 scene 2

     

  • Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of the South Brunswick Islands will once again be posted at the starting gate of their Fourth Annual “Juleps & Jazz” Kentucky Derby-style Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    A $30 per person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar serving beer, wine and signature drink the “Jazzy Julep,” door prizes and live streaming of the world-famous 143rd Kentucky Derby horse race from Louisville.

  • The town of Belville observes its 40th birthday and rich history in northern Brunswick County during the annual Belville Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road (N.C. 133, across from Belville Elementary School).

    Gates open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until closing at 7:30 p.m. Highlights include assorted vendors and food, plus enjoying the beautiful scenery of the expanding park.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Cardio. Weight training. Flexibility.

  • By John Nelson

  • Few things heal the body and soul as much as hot food or drink. The same holds true for pets. After a brisk morning walk or run, I like to fill my dog’s bows with nourishing and warm broths or foods. I also advise adding healing herbs and foods to boost health and fight infection, especially for older pets.

     

    Turmeric

  • Wine weekend is winding its way through the South Brunswick Islands.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Museum Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Wine Fest 2017, is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s theme is “Venetian Magic,” showcasing Marie Kasper’s award-winning art, “Maschera Del Galeone,” at the event to benefit the museum and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

  • It’s time to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is an annual event mainstay at annual Days at the Dock festivities, slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to celebrate spring starts at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: When you set out to make a change in your life, I’ll bet you aim for a higher success rate than 10 percent.

    That’s the thing, though. Lots of times we set ourselves up for failure by trying to make wholesale changes.

    And, since behavioral change is best achieved with reinforcement, it occurs to me that smaller steps may be the key to compliance.

     

    A little bit about electricity

  •  By John Nelson 

    I remember as a teeny-tiny just-beginning botany student how wonderful it was to read about new plants, learning their names, identifying features and habitats. A new world had opened up to me. I liked nothing better than to curl up in the library with a pile of books on plant life. Of course, I still like doing that, but there’s nothing that quite comes close to the wonder and newfound interest of a serious undergraduate student, spending time in a library surrounded by picture-books, all because they want to be there.

  • This Saturday, visitors can once again savor the flavors in the Seafood Capital of the World as the second Taste of Calabash cooks up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

    Anchored at Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year’s successful inaugural event, event founder and organizer Helen Kapalka promises.

  • Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia is having an Art Gala Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to benefit Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF).

    Evening festivities include a meet-and-greet with a few HOOF animals, gourmet farm charcuterie, a silent art auction, live music and a cash bar.

    Wine and beer will be available for purchase, with 100 percent of wine sales benefitting HOOF.

    The cost is $30 per guest. Reservations are required. For tickets, go to greenlandsfarm.org.

  • Two events next week turn the page on two published North Carolina writers.

    Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill unveils her latest book, “The Beautician’s Notebook,” a Southern novel exploring life in a small town, at a Meet the Author event at 3 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road.

    Copes of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

  • Robin couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The rug in front of her door was a tangle of hair and blood, with couch cushions strewn across the floor. Hearing faint echoes of whimpering from the kitchen, she rushed to find her beloved Boston terrier frantically clawing at the side of her face, now a gory mess. Without thinking, Robin swept Suki into her arms and sped to her veterinarian, praying they could ease her baby’s misery.

  • Remember St. Patrick’s Day? Here is a plant, now in full bloom, which might stir your memory.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Every decision you make — whether you’re conscious of it or not — relates to whether you think it will bring you pain or pleasure.”

     

    Have you heard of the pain/pleasure principle?

    Research shows it lies at the core of everything you do. The decisions you make — and the actions you take — are all based on this principle, whether you’re consciously aware of it or not.

  • Welcome spring with more than 150 crafters and 11 local food vendors at the annual Southport Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in downtown Southport.

    Highlights at this Easter weekend festival, a tradition for more than 25 years, include live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a trackless train, visits to Franklin Square Gallery and a 5K run/walk at the Southport waterfront at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Spring has sprung with many things, including a long list of festive events. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store in the coming week.

    Sunset Beach Spring Market

    The Sunset Beach Spring Market on April 13 will offer a preview of the waterfront market season at Sunset Beach Town Park, which will open for a third year beginning in May.

  •  I love spring in coastal North Carolina: Warm weather, blue skies, and cool breezes. Spring means awakening from winter’s hibernation and emerging into outdoor activities. It’s a time of birth, hope, and renewed energy. It’s also the time our pets face significant health threats.

    Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during spring.