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  • By John Nelson

                                           

  • Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Kaplansky grew up in Chicago, the daughter of mathematician/songwriter/pianist Irving Kaplansky, with whom she sometimes collaborated on math-related songs he had written.

  • Super Bowl weekend means it’s time for members of the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club to get into formation for their annual fundraising SOUPer Bowl.

    The club’s ninth consecutive event offering assorted soups and handcrafted keepsake ceramic bowls once again kicks off at Shallotte Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

    The Empty Bowls Project to help feed hungry people in the community will feature an array of soups donated by local restaurants, caterers and GFWC-SBI club members.

  • More than 90 vendors from AARP to Zaxby’s are expected at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo this Saturday, Feb. 3.

    The 2018 Brunsco Has It Business Expo sets up shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sea Trail Resort at 75A Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    A variety of vendors will cover business, personal, home and service needs in one place.

    Admission is free.

    Highlights include raffles and giveaways by many of the vendors, chamber member engagement director Robyn Beliveau said.

  • It was the 1960s, and another British Invasion had descended from across the pond, this time taking the Colonies by storm.

    At the helm of this 20th Century rock-and-roll revolution were The Beatles, aka the Four Lads from Liverpool whose jolting impact on American history and music is being felt to this day, 54 years after their live debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night, Feb. 9, 1964.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting its first rendition of “The Vagina Monologues” in anniversary performances Feb. 2-4.

    The limited-run performances are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play and the founding of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, on the main BLT stage at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • The Shallotte Rotary Club Las Vegas Night fundraiser has come up aces for the past 12 years, and the 13th annual event will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    For the price of a ticket, gamblers can’t lose when they play games including blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold ‘em and horse races as only Monopoly-type money is used for the games.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre stages an Open Mic Poetry Reading on Friday night, Jan. 26, at the theater at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., followed by the readings at 7:30 p.m.

    The session will end when all the poets have had a turn. There will be cookies and a donation box to defray the cost of the cookies. If there is good participation and interest, BLT will have future poetry readings.

  • Ginny is the latest canine edition 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 Linda Arnold

     

    Flash bulletin: People decide whether they like you within seconds of meeting you.

    This is mostly an unconscious decision, yet there are certain things you can do to tip the balance in your favor.

    Let’s flip the table. When you first meet someone, what’s the first thing you try to decide? 

    Maybe it’s whether you have common interests or information to share. You might be wondering whether they could help you with your career or family challenge.

  • By John Nelson

  • Cindy Reading Graham snapped this photo Jan. 6 of an icicle that formed on the mouth of the giraffe at Ocean Isle Mini Golf on the Ocean Isle Beach island. “I thought it was so funny. Sunday it was a little longer. Monday it was completely gone.”

  • Leland Cultural Arts Center is kicking off the New Year and its fourth year of operation with winter-session classes and workshops, a student art show and a concert Friday, Jan. 19.

    The LCAC Winter 2018 Session opened this month with a multi-faceted lineup of classes and workshops including painting and drawing, basket weaving, ceramics/pottery, photography, stained glass, greeting card design, music and dance, theater, writing, exercise, fitness and yoga, Zumba and youth programs.

  • Renowned singer-songwriter Bob Lind remembers when he wrote his 1960s hit, “Elusive Butterfly,” more than a half-century ago.

    “I was living in a scummy little apartment on Downing Street (in Denver) and I wrote this song, stayed up all night writing it, and I didn’t feel it was any better than any of the other songs I was writing at the time,” he recalled during his induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside musical colleagues Judy Collins and The Serendipity Singers.

  • Our pets are facing a health crisis. According to the latest veterinary surveys, more than half our nation’s dogs and cats are overweight. This means more than 90 million pets are at risk for developing crippling arthritis, debilitating diabetes, catastrophic kidney and heart disease, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer. Besides these serious diseases, obesity is robbing pets of longevity and quality of life.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Yoda, the great philosopher from the “Star Wars” movies, always has some powerful advice.

    One of my favorites relates to commitment: “DO or DO NOT. There is no try.” 

    So, when I went to see “The Last Jedi” from the Star War series over the holidays, I paid attention. Yoda’s theme centered on failure: “The greatest teacher, failure is.”

  • By John Nelson
     

    Down, down, dogs!

                        Shakespeare. Henry IV, part 2; II, 4.

     

  • By John Nelson

     

    All our yesterdays have lighted fools

    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

                                    — Shakespeare, Macbeth V.5.

     

    Keep the study-hall candle on for a few minutes here while we investigate this mysterious bush.

  • I’m veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, and I’d like to talk to you about an important topic today.

    A few years ago, I became very concerned about animals being left in hot cars. And so, I made a video to raise awareness. I’m happy to report the topic of leaving animals or children in hot cars during summer months has become an important one in our society.

    I’m also concerned about animals being left outside during severe cold weather. I made a video to raise awareness about just how cold it actually gets in a doghouse left outside overnight.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    Un-committing? I’ll admit I did a double take when I first heard this concept.

     

    We’re always told to make a commitment — and to stick with it. While that’s generally good advice, there are times when you need to take stock of everything on your platter and figure out what you’re really committed to in terms of completion.