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  • 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.

  •  By John Nelson

    We had a mysterious pine tree not too long ago, and here is another. There’s always a new pine species to learn about.

    This one is growing in a small park not far from my house, in the Shandon area of Columbia, S.C., where I live. Here, it is a common native species, and can be seen just about all over town, and for that matter, just about anywhere else in South Carolina (mostly though, in the piedmont counties).

  • Listen Up Brunswick County has scheduled its next concert for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

    The upcoming concert featuring Annabelle’s Curse will take place in one of the event rooms in Odell Williamson Auditorium, 150 College Road NE off U.S. 17, on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Annabelle’s Curse is a five-piece band from Bristol, Va., consisting of banjo, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, drums, bass and vocals.

    Seating will be at tables.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Some knew it as the Ocean Isle Beach Ferry, while others referred to it as the Brick Landing Ferry.

    Maybe people on both sides of the waterway were right, since the old ferry served as the main means of transportation between the Brick Landing community on the mainland and the east end of Ocean Isle Beach back in the 1950s.

    Now, thanks to the talents of retired civil engineer Gerry Strickland of Sunset Beach, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach will unveil its own working model of the old ferry crafted by Strickland.

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport invites the public to an annual three-day celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the weekend of Jan. 17 through MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 19.

    The celebration will begin with a workshop presented by College Foundation Inc. from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday morning, Jan. 17, at the Southport Senior Center, 1513 Howe St. in Southport. Middle and high school students, parents/guardians, educators and others interested in the educational welfare of youth are encouraged to attend.

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  • Hundreds of runners and walkers alike will trek across the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge at the 11th annual Run for Food scheduled to launch at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

    The event consists of a half-marathon run and 5K run/walk, with proceeds going to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

    Participants will follow a course across the scenic Ocean Isle Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge to the mainland, then head back to the island.

    The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the SBIC food pantry.

  • The New Year brings a new schedule at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The museum will be open Friday, Jan. 2, with its Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers program scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and touch tank feeding at 11 a.m. to help docents feed the sea critters.

  • SUPPLY — It was a bleak wartime winter back in her native Britain in December 1941, and 16-year-old Nora Oglesby and her fellow teen-aged nannies caring for 20 orphaned boys were worried.

    Recently relocated to a Scottish castle away from the deadly barrage of German bombings in England, the staff and children of one of Dr. Thomas Barnardo’s renowned orphanages were poised to observe Christmas with next to nothing.

  • “It’s too darn cold to go out for a walk! Now lay down and quit your whining!”

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    You go through life, and you become aware of various truths. For instance, for me as a teacher (maybe you, too?), it seems students are getting steadily younger. What about this one: A lot of books out there were apparently printed with shrinking ink. And here’s another: Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, it seems. As far as Christmas and this long string of holidays now upon us, here's a botanical reminder of the rapidly changing seasons.

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  • CALABASH—The town of Calabash and the Calabash Community Service Committee will host their fourth annual New Year’s Eve public bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities are once again scheduled in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    A hot complimentary meal of ham with scalloped potatoes, clam chowder, green beans, rolls or cornbread and dessert will be served in addition to hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee, apple cider).

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    Lineup starts at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, with the parade launching at 11 a.m.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off before the parade start time.

  •  By John Nelson

  • Nashville singer/songwriter Kate Campbell is headlining the next Listen Up Brunswick County Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. at Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Campbell’s musicianship began at age 7 when the Mississippi native started playing piano, then switched to guitar as a teenager.

    For her subsequent 13 albums, debuting in 1995 with “Songs from the Levee,” she is noted for writing, recording and performing on acoustic guitar.