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  • Autumn is festival season, especially this Saturday and Sunday in festive Holden Beach.

    The North Carolina Festival By the Sea will once again light up the last full weekend in October in the seaside town, which is celebrating the season with an array of activities. Admission and parking are free.

  • It’s the season for crafts.

    Local communities are having arts and crafts events and other festivities. It’s a great way to visit a neighborhood and have a firsthand encounter with the creativity that abounds there, as well as sample treats and enjoy some entertainment.

    Village at Calabash Craft Fair Nov. 2

    The Village at Calabash will host its 18th annual craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Village’s clubhouse, 1099 N. Clubview Lane off Thomasboro Road, between U.S. 17 and Calabash.

  • Prepare your palate for an evening of culinary delights at the year’s premier dining experience.

    Join Communities In Schools on Thursday, Oct. 24, for the 12th Annual Benefit Gala for Children featuring A Taste of Brunswick County, Hollywood Charity Night.

    From shrimp ‘n grits and crab dip to maple bacon bourbon pops, the event offers the best of regional cooking and more and an opportunity to sample the culinary creations of the area’s finest chefs

    The gala will be at the Dinah Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center from 6 to 10 p.m.

  • Coastal Water Watch is partnering with the city of Southport Parks and Recreation Department and the Southport Tourism Department to host an educational tour of birds that live in or visit Southport on their way back to their wintering grounds further south.

    Mike Campbell, Coastal Outreach Educator with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, will be leading the tour and identifying birds that the casual observer might miss.

    The event is open to all who would like to learn about our feathered friends and how to provide for and protect them. 

  • Ever wonder what unique treasures are behind the steel walls of the Battleship North Carolina?

    The Interpretation and Collections Department and the Friends of the Battleship are giving everyone the opportunity to find out at no cost to the public.

    The Battleship has launched the first digital initiative to share the extensive collections online. The ship has been cataloging the collections into a database for more than 15 years, therefore the database represents years of work by staff, volunteers and college interns.

  • Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill will be reading — in costume — at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

    Barnhill, who lives in Supply, is the author of “At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn,” published in 2012 by St. Martin’s Press.

  • Saturday, Oct. 19, is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 9 a.m. with hayrides that will roll when enough people fill the wagon. Daylong activities continue until 4 p.m.

    Other highlights include food, pick-your-own pumpkins, and a hay maze.

    Visitors will enjoy viewing Indigo Farms’ scarecrows, a corn-stalk tepee and animals including pigs, sheep, horses, goats, a hinny and various fowl.

  • Help clean Calabash and enjoy a free lunch.

    Volunteers with North Carolina Big Sweep will descend on the Seafood Capital 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and anyone interested is invited to pitch in and help.

    Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Calabash Community Park at the corner of Traders Lane and Persimmon Road to receive safety vests, gloves, trash bags and instructions.

    Teams will fan out to clean Calabash streets or, for those with boats, the Calabash River.

    Return to the park at 11 a.m. for a welcome-back chicken bog lunch.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions Oct. 20-21 for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a four-person musical presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships.

    The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.”

  • It’s that spooky time of year again.

    You can tell, because ghosts and ghouls and indescribably ghastly things have been converging at Grissettown Longwood Fire Department’s annual haunted trail wending its way next to the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Yes, it’s scary, yet each year more brave souls turn out to walk the trail.

  • Following Brunswick Little Theatre’s recent lavish and very successful production of “Beauty and the Beast,” the group is taking on another incredibly difficult project, “The 39 Steps.”

    A farce based on the Hitchcock thriller released in 1935 that starred Academy Award-winning Robert Donat, the play has more 100 characters, all played by three actors and one actress.

  • Join Greenlands Farm in Bolivia for its annual fall festival scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

    The festival welcomes families to the homestead farm to celebrate the harvests of fall.

    Bring a chair and enjoy live music, crafts and interacting with the animals — including animal-petting, pony rides for kids and llama cart rides.

  • The Old Bridge Preservation Society is having a Halloween event for the community Friday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive, Sunset Beach.

    The free event will be filled with Halloween-themed activities. Youth and the young at heart are encouraged to come in costume. All who attend will be invited to participate in supervised games like doughnut on a string, ring toss, corn hole toss, and bowling. Hot dogs, apple cider and cupcakes will be served. Children will receive a s’mores kit to rake home for a treat later.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte is having its first Italian Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

    Highlights include authentic Italian food, including sausage and peppers, pizza, pasta, meatballs, sandwiches and Italian bread. For dessert, there will be zeppoles (fried dough) and ice cream.

    Drinks include sodas, water, beer and wine.

    “Fun for adults” activities include a 50/50, silent auction, bocce, crafts and roulette wheel.

  • Paws-Ability’s Third Annual Bicycle Poker Run is scheduled for noon “until” this coming Saturday, Oct. 12, in Ocean Isle Beach to benefit animal rescue groups and animal programs in Brunswick County.

    The run will consist of on-island stops to draw playing cards. There will also be hot dogs, barbecue, pizza, prizes, music, entertainment, silent auction and drawings for great prizes.

    The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 13.

  • 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.