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  • Brunswick School of Dance joins The Wilmington Ballet Company to present two performances of “The Nutcracker Ballet” this weekend at Cape Fear Community College.

    Show times are 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, on the Cape Fear Stage of the Wilson Center, CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center at 703 N. Third St. in Wilmington.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County is offering its audience an opportunity to save 25 percent on individual ticket prices for 2017.

    Tickets purchased before Dec. 31 for the upcoming season will include one ticket for free.

    The 2017 season of the music series consists of singer-songwriter Joe Crookston on Jan. 21, folk-newgrass-rock-classical Harpeth Rising on Feb. 19, crowd favorites The Kennedys on March 24 and Canadian troubadour James Keelaghan on April 9.

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    Parade participants need to meet for lineup no later than 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 at 10:45 a.m. and will reopen at the end of the parade.

  • Four new rescued Georgia gators have been added to Shallotte River Swamp Park’s Alligator Sanctuary at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Just on the off chance your holidays are not totally Norman Rockwell-esque, take a look at the following checklist.

         Right now I’m feeling:

         _____  Jolly

       _____    Frenzied

       ______   Sad

      ______    Lonely

  •  By John Nelson

  • Experience the way American colonists celebrated the holidays as historic Brunswick Town in Winnabow celebrates An 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

    Costumed interpreters will offer guided on-the-hour tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick Town at the annual yuletide event.

    Visitors can also enjoy colonial refreshments in the Brunswick Town Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, and try their hand at making Moravian paper stars and other 18th-century crafts.

  •  If eyes are windows into the soul, then a cat’s whiskers are a telescope into their mind. If you learn to translate the subtle twitches and tucks of cat whiskers, you’ll be one step closer to understanding the feline world. A cat’s whiskers are important indicators of mood, danger detectors and built-in navigational system. What are your cat’s whiskers trying to tell you?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, how did that Thanksgiving holiday go?

    I’m guessing you’re either feeling ecstatic, excluded or exhausted — maybe a little of all three. Let’s just hope you don’t need to be exonerated!

    Relax — this is all normal.  It’s hard to manage your expectations when you’ve created a scenario right out of a Hallmark movie.  On the other hand, you may have just been hoping to get through the holiday without a catastrophe.

  •  By John Nelson 

    Now, as fond fathers,

    Having bound up the threatening twigs of birch,

    Only to stick it in their children's sight

    For terror, not to use…

                            Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 3.

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, the Thanksgiving holiday has just come and gone. Turkey, football, catching up and naps, right? Maybe — or maybe not.

    No doubt you had a range of experiences and emotions — totally normal. This holiday often brings together extended family and involves travel, preparation, work and emotional charges. Or, you might have found yourself alone this time.

  •   It started with some silly animal carols and is still going strong 21 years later. I’m talking about the 21st annual Calabash Christmas tree lighting and parade this Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. in downtown Calabash.

    Twenty-one years ago, I stood in front of a small Christmas tree donated by Callahan’s of Calabash with five team members from my veterinary clinic, Seaside Animal Care. I had altered a few seasonal carols into pet-themed renditions and was singing my heart out in front of a small crowd gathered to check out the commotion.

  • It’s the holiday season — you can tell because of all the festive events scheduled in the coming week.

    Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in Brunswick County.

    Grissettown Longwood Christmas Train Show

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue at 758 Longwood Road will host the second and final weeken of its 11th Annual Christmas Train Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.

  • “Christmas with Emile Pandolfi” featuring the renowned pianist celebrates the season at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    With nearly 30 recordings in his discography, New York-born Pandolfi ranks among America’s most popular piano artists and is a repeat concert series favorite at the Brunswick County venue.

  •  For many Americans, the day after Thanksgiving should be called “leftovers.” For many American pets, it should be called “GI upset.” That’s because too many pets will be fed too many leftover foods that will result in too many, er, potty breaks. To help your pet avoid the “leftover runs” or worse, follow my Thanksgiving Food Rules for pets.

     

    Pace your Pets

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday — only to be surpassed by New Year’s Day — the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column!)

  •  By John Nelson

  • “After Thanksgiving” means more than Black Friday or recovering from too much turkey and trimmings in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It’s also the time for holiday festivities to begin in the South Brunswick Islands town.

    This year’s festivities launch a day earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, with a tree lighting and caroling at the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department at 105 Causeway Drive.

  • The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its fourth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St.

    Event-goers will be treated to freshly cooked unlimited bratwurst, hand-cut fries, cold beer and soda, said Linzy Cook, museum marketing coordinator.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will offer six kinds of beer including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Harley Pope Porter and Gee Bee Honey Pale, plus some of their best-selling craft beers.