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  • This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

  • Yuck it up and grab some funny books at the Friends of the Leland Library’s Second Saturday book sale.

    The sale takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 13, at the Magnolia House, 485 Village Road next to the Leland Library.

    This month’s book sale to benefit the library will highlight humor, says library friend and event organizer Ellie Edwards.

    The Friends will be selling books with emphasis on comic ones, including cartoon books like “The Far Side” to books by Dave Barry and Bill Cosby.

  •  66th Azalea Festival blooms in Wilmington

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    Wilmington is celebrating the season with its 66th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival.

    Festivities continue through Sunday, April 14.

    Wednesday, April 10

    Coronation of Azalea Festival celebrity Queen Jennifer Wayne, granddaughter of actor John Wayne, is at 3 p.m. in Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington. Admission is free to the standing-room-only event.Thursday, April 11

  • SHALLOTTE—It’s time to show off your classic car and help raise money for cancer research.

    All classic-car enthusiasts are invited to participate in the second annual Cruising for a Cure car show fundraiser in Shallotte on Saturday, April 6. The car show has something for everyone and is a family event filled with fun activities all day.

    The car show begins at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Planet Fun in Shallotte. Cars may be registered in advance or at the start of the event. Cars must be from 1987 or earlier.

  • SOUTHPORT—The Sea Notes Choral Society is fine-tuning its upcoming spring concert, “We Got Rhythm!”

    Brunswick County’s largest, 35-year-old choral group will present performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. A reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby precedes Saturday’s concert.

    One unique thing about Sea Notes’ concerts is admission is free, but seating is reserved.

  • This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

  • The historic Brunswick County seaport town of Southport is springing into spring with its 28th annual Spring Festival this Friday and Saturday in Franklin Square Park.

    Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m Friday, March 29, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

    Festivities include arts and crafts, a chili cook-off, food and entertainment at the event co-orchestrated by Downtown Southport and the Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club.

    More than 130 crafters will be featuring handmade goods.

  • Just in time for Easter, Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co. has unveiled sweet Peeps lattes.

    Available hot, iced or blended as pictured, the tasty vanilla-and-toasted-marshmallow concoction is topped with whipped cream (if you like) and a cute marshmallow Peep.

    Jumpin’ Java owners Sarah and Sonny Moy say as long as Peeps are out, they offer the delectable drink celebrating the season.

    Jumpin’ Java now has two locations, at 4635 Main St. in Shallotte and 4022 Old Bridge Road across from Brunswick County Airport on the way to Oak Island.

  • Herbert and Evelyn Bernistine Pittman are celebrating six decades together.

    On March 15, the couple, who live in Laurinburg and have a house at Holden Beach, celebrated their 60th anniversary.

    They celebrated by going out to eat. They also visited their house at Holden Beach that weekend.

    On April 6, they’re expecting a gathering of up to 60 family members to help them celebrate at General McArthur’s Restaurant in Laurinburg.

  • This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.
    By Alyssa Bailey

    New York City, 1938: Movie star Henry Fonda sits with a date at a club. They chat as a well-dressed girl approaches. She can’t be older than 16 with her fresh face, striking green eyes and dark curls.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An Ocean Isle Beach boutique is the only local store to carry NBC “Fashion Star” contestant Amber Perley’s fashions.

    A year ago, the tulip tree Boutique owner Robin Putnam never dreamed she would own and operate a women’s and children’s boutique in Ocean Isle Beach, let alone to carry the designs of a designer making a national name for herself and her clothing.

    “I found Amber online after I decided to open the shop,” Putnam said. “It was very spur-of-the-moment.”

  • Boiling Spring Lakes is heating up this Saturday with its Fire in the Lakes Festival.

    The fourth annual event takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23 at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center at 1 Leeds Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Out-of-towners may not be privy to the celebratory day, but residents of this eastern Brunswick County town understand its premise celebrating controlled burning.

  • Family fun is planned for at an Easter egg hunt scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Calabash Town Park.

    The free event is sponsored by River of Life Baptist Church.

    Highlights include hot dogs, drinks, games, crafts and an egg hunt for different age groups. There will also be an opportunity for free pictures of children with the Easter Bunny.

    In the event of rain, this event will be rescheduled for March 30.

    For more information, check the church web site at riveroflifebaptistchurch.com or call (910) 575-6377.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte is celebrating the season with its third annual Spring/Easter Craft Fair and Bake Sale this weekend to benefit the hungry.

    The two-day event will take place noon-6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Brendan Hall at the church at 5101 Ocean Highway West.

  • This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

  • ABBA fans can catch ABBA-Mania Thursday night.

    That’s when “ABBA-Mania” is coming to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The live rock musical is designed to take the audience back to the popular era of the Swedish pop band, renowned for hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “Waterloo” and “Fernando.”

  • Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

    By Kate Farmer
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Wear green and celebrate the release of Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

    That’s what Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte invites everyone to do with festivities that started last week and continue this week.

    The film, telling the story of how Oscar Diggs transforms from a selfish flim-flam artist to the great and powerful man who helps inhabitants of the Land of Oz, opens Friday, March 8.

    Planned events include local magician Mark Vann performing at the movie theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is launching its 30th and most ambitious year ever.

    BLT’s first production of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” opens March 8 and continues through March 17 at Playhouse 211 at 1320 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Directed by George Shafer, this hilarious and touching comedy is about five Southern women who meet every year at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to renew friendships and recharge their lives.

  • This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.
    By Dasia Robinson
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Born on July 10, 1907, in Wadesboro, Fulton “Blind Boy Fuller” Allen became one of the most influential blues musicians of his era.