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  • One of the world’s premier autoharpists, Adam Miller, is coming to Brunswick County next week to present a free public performance at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Miller, a renowned American folk singer, historian, musicologist and song collector, has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. He accompanies his rich, resonant, baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.

  • Another “whodunit” will permeate Silver Coast Winery on Feb. 21.

    That’s the day the winery and the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club are presenting a 6 p.m. Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

    Tickets, $26.69 per person (includes tax) must be purchased by Feb. 14 by calling the winery at 287-2800, by contacting a member of the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club or calling 512-4202.

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    For $25 per person, there will be appetizers and a cash bar as well as a door prize for best Mardi Gras costume and a raffle drawing for a $500 Visa card and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved an amendment to regulate tents on the beach.

    The 3-1 vote is to require tents, canopies and other “shading devices,” except for umbrellas, to be erected in a single line parallel to the ocean and not to extend more than 24 feet from the front dune line toward the ocean.

    Town council members Lou De Vita, Terry Johnson and Carol Scott voted in favor of the measure. Town councilman Wilson Sherrill cast a dissenting vote. Town councilman Mike Williams was absent.

  • Romance is in the air. Valentine’s Day, after all, is just around the bend.

    And several entities have scheduled events just to make Feb. 14 even more special this year.

    Singing valentines

    The Coastal Harmonizers are tuning up for more sweet serenading.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

  • “Last Stand on the West Bank of the Cape Fear,” a living history program, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15.

    The anniversary event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, 8884 St. Philips Road SE in Winnabow.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Chef Sal Rubio is one of the area’s most widely known chefs and one of its most renowned.

    Since November, Rubio has been overseeing the daily menu at Magnolia’s Fine Food & Spirits in the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Since his arrival, Rubio has implemented a menu he describes as more customer-friendly and flexible.

  •  By John Nelson

    Winter at the beach: Cold winds along the dunes, clouds scudding along above us, and where last summer the children and dogs romped, the beach is dominated by plaintive little wading birds picking at a jellyfish. You could stroll along with a cup of coffee, composing a sonnet. Yes, the beach is different in the winter.

     

  •  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.