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  • Oyster lovers are getting ready for the 33rd annual North Carolina Oyster Festival set for this weekend between Second and Third streets on the island of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Festivities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

    Highlights include the annual oyster shucking competition at 1 p.m. Saturday and oyster stew cook-off at noon Sunday.

  • Thalian Association, North Carolina’s oldest community theater, is celebrating its 225th anniversary with a gala reception Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the ballroom of Thalian Hall at 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

    Guests will enjoy excellent food, drink, company, entertainment, and festivities. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling the Thalian Association at (910) 251-1788.

  • Take a chance on winning $5,000 at the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club’s upcoming dinner and reverse raffle this Saturday, Sept. 28.

    A $100 ticket includes a steak dinner for two from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the reverse draw from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shrine Club at 4911 Old Shallotte Road in Shallotte. The $5,000 cash prize is based on the sale of 250 tickets.

    Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.

  • Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is having its second annual Fall Festival of Fur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1790 Queen Anne St. in Sunset Beach (next to Fibber McGee’s).

    This is a family event helping local animals to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, vetted, fed, fostered and placed in forever homes with their new families.

    Highlights include a sheriff’s K-9 demonstration, bake sale, pet contests, face painting, raffle and silent auction table, crafts, children’s games, vendors and hot dogs and drinks.

  • If you’ve ever wanted to or never have walked to Bird Island, this coming Saturday just might be the day.

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina is featuring a guided walk on the Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach.

    Visitors interested in the guided walk will first meet at 11 a.m. in the lecture hall of the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach to watch a short presentation by Jim Barber, who will talk about Bird Island’s history and natural resources.

  • BOLIVIA — Big Band lovers should love the next performance at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The 75th Anniversary Tribute to Benny Goodman, showcasing clarinetist/ saxophonist Ken Peplowski, is playing at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 30, at the Brunswick Community College venue.

    The tribute recreates the jazz legend’s historic Jan. 16, 1938, Carnegie Hall concert, which has been acclaimed as the world’s most famous jazz performance.

  • SUNSET BEACH — It launches every year with a concert, followed by an array of food and fantastic finds just a week later.

    It’s that time of year again.

    Seaside United Methodist Church is having its annual country fair this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, at the church, 1300 Seaside Road (N.C. 904) in Sunset Beach.

  • Save the Cape recently learned that jazz diva Denise King has taken ill, and although recovering, will not be able to travel from France for the group’s “Jazz at the Cape Fear” event Sept. 20 at St. James.

    But the Cape Fear’s own Wilmington Big Band has agreed to perform instead.

  • For the fourth year, the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society is bringing Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach to Sunset Beach.

    This year’s 28th annual event will take place this weekend, Sept. 21-22. Bicyclists will start arriving in Sunset Beach around 10 a.m. Sunday.

    Breakaway to the Beach consists of an average of 1,500 cyclists and 400 volunteers each year. The ride helps support people living with multiple sclerosis in both North Carolina and South Carolina and throughout the United States.

  • Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is having its annual Fall Festival of Fur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1790 Queen Anne St. in Sunset Beach (next to Fibber McGee’s).

    This is a family event helping local animals to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, vetted, fed, fostered and placed in forever homes with their new families.

    Highlights include a sheriff’s K-9 demonstration, bake sale, pet contests, face painting, raffle and silent auction table, crafts, children’s games, vendors and hot dogs and drinks.

  • Get ready to get chilled and grilled this Thursday night.

    That’s the name of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club’s inaugural Chilled & Grilled Food and Wine Celebration set for 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

    Come enjoy food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants, beverage distributors and wineries.

    Admission is $5 at the door.

  • Greg Rowles and friends from the Alabama Theatre will entertain at the annual Seaside United Methodist Church Country Fair Hoedown Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4-6 p.m. on the church lawn at 1300 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    This second annual country fair hoedown concert by Rowles serves as a kick-off to the church’s annual country fair scheduled for Sept. 20-21.

  • Chocolate lovers can rejoice.

    An Evening of Chocolate Decadence Gala to benefit WAVES4K.I.D.S., which provides support for children in foster and protective care in Brunswick County, is set for 6-10 p.m. this coming Saturday, Sept. 14, at the St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    The evening will showcase decadent chocolate treats and hors d’oeuvres from premier local restaurants and caterers.

  • Waterway Art Association is having “paint-ins” each Wednesday morning from 9:30 until noon.

    They will now be held at the Old Sunnyside School in Shallotte at 221 Village Road (in front of the Shallotte Middle School). Parking is available, and a ramp for handicap access is behind the building.

    You do not need to be a member of the Waterway Art Association.  For more information contact Waterwayart.org

  • Imagine living in Nazi Germany having to escape to save your family’s lives.

    Alfred Schnog, a Wilmington business owner, escaped Germany on the eve of World War II and has spent the last few years traveling around North Carolina speaking to groups about his experience.

    Brunswick Plantation’s Neighbors In Service (NIS) is hosting an evening with Schnog on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Brunswick House located at 382 Brunswick Drive, Calabash.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — It’s nice to get out of your comfort zone and be introduced to a new book you’ve never read before, said a woman who is new to Brunswick County.

    She was one of eight people who gathered at the first meeting Sept. 4 of the new As the Page Turns Book Club at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    “This is what I love, y’all — I’ve missed this,” said library manager and meeting facilitator Christi Iffergan, convening the meeting.

  • Show off your pooch and help animal rescue at the same time on Oak Island on Sunday.

    Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is having a Strut Your Mutt fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Middleton Park on Oak Island.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a $10-per-mutt registration fee.

    There will be contests for largest dog, smallest dog, best kisser, best trick, furriest dog, shortest tail, longest tail and sexiest tail.

    There will also be door prizes for the humans.

  • Local authors Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot and Miller Pope have done it again.

    They’ve collaborated on a new book and, just in time for Halloween this fall, DeGroot has published an additional book about ghosts.

    Not to be outdone, Joan Leotta, another local author, has also published her latest book, “Letters From Korea.”

     

    “Ocean Isle: Gem of the Atlantic Coast”

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is seeking directors for its 2014 season.

    Directors are not paid. Directors may also propose a show they wish to direct.

    Those interested should email president Frank Blackmon at frankblackmon01@gmail.com.

    Brunswick Little Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)3, all-volunteer community theater.

  • Get ready for art and more Labor Day weekend.

    The Oak Island Art Guild’s 24th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

    More than 100 arts and crafts vendors will show and sell handmade wares on the Oak Island soccer field at Middleton Park at 46th and Dolphin streets.

    Fine art, pottery, stained glass, needlecraft, Christmas ornaments, woodcarving, basket weaving, photography, books, posters, jewelry, toys, lawn and garden items will be on sale.