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  • A new Calabash eatery has a new name, but it’s only temporary.

    “Captain Calabash” is the new moniker for a new seafood buffet eatery that opened May 4 at 10001 Beach Drive.

    Owners Mike Abdou and Ahamed “Mike” El Rayes previously planned to name their new restaurant “Miss Calabash Buffet & Grill.” But native restaurateurs in the Seafood Capital objected.

  • Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River, S.C., is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and you’re invited to the festivities.

    The Vereen Gardens Anniversary is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the C.B. Berry Community and Historical Center, 2250 Highway 179 in Little River, just south of Calabash.

    The fun will include a ceremony, guided nature walks, 

    activities for children, educational sessions, music, a photo contest and concessions.

    Volunteers are needed to assist in this free community celebration.

  • It’s a Parrot Party at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 20, at the first summer concert of the season in Calabash.

    The concert featuring Jimmy Buffett duo Parrot Party is at 1572 Thomasboro Road at the corner of N.C. 179 in downtown Calabash.

    Parrot Party of Carolina Shores is a Jimmy Buffett tribute and impersonation show band performing all of Jimmy’s “songs you know by heart.”

  • The air is warm and breezes gentle, the beginning to a perfect Sunset Beach summer. What could make it even better? How about Summer at the Old Bridge programs?

    This year the Old Bridge Preservation Society in Sunset Beach has two new sets of programs—Family Fun Nights and the Young Explorers’ Club.

    Starting June 20, Family Fun Nights is a series of exciting programs from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday nights at the Old Bridge at 109 Shoreline Drive Win Sunset Beach.

  • Opera House Theatre Company in Wilmington is proudly presenting a new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s “Les Miserables.”

    Performance times and dates are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 14-15 and June 21-22, with 3 p.m. matinees Sunday, June 16, and June 23 on the main stage of Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

  • Chili’s Give Back nights are back on schedule.

    Dine at Chili’s Restaurant in Shallotte from 5-10 p.m. next Tuesday, June 18, and a percentage of the tab will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Present the flier coupon to your server before ordering, and BFA will receive a percentage of the tab as a donation. Fliers are available only at the BFA office at 4600 Main St. in Shallotte. Chili’s will not have copies of fliers or coupons.

  • Local author David Manning will be at Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, to discuss his latest mystery, “Dead Letters,” based in Sunset Beach.

    Manning’s fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines and newspapers. His radio play, “Self Image,” was produced for National Public Radio by the Radio Repertory Company, and he collaborated with composer Michael Ching on a narrated musical satire commissioned by the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival.

  • Brunswick County native CC Martin is bringing his brand of country to three stages of this year’s countywide summer concert series.

    Martin’s next performance is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in Sunset Beach and Aug. 22 in Calabash. He’ll also be performing at this summer’s North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in his hometown of Southport.

    The 35-year-old singer-songwriter grew up in Southport, the youngest of three siblings. He enjoys writing and singing his original music.

  • The season for summer concerts and movies is under way at the beach and beyond. Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Volunteer experts will bring the Battleship North Carolina and World War I to life during engaging events planned for June.

    Battleship 101 and The Legacy Series: Armored Cruiser North Carolina and the Great War

    2nd Saturdays Programs

    Saturday, June 8

    9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Legacy)

    10 a.m.-3 p.m. (101)

    In June the battleship launches the annual 2nd Saturday series, part of the statewide North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources programming.

  • The Bolivia-Brunswick County Black Leadership Caucus Chapter is having its first 7th District Pre-Juneteenth Banquet on Saturday in the Cedar Grove community.

    The caucus is a local chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus.

    The June 1 event will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Improvement Association building, 1529 Turkey Trap Road SW.

    The main speaker is N.C. Rep. Larry D. Hall. The banquet will also honor Randall Gore, North Carolina state director for rural development at the USDA.

  • He’s a renowned marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler- turned-self-taught-artist, and he’s coming to Calabash on Saturday.

    Marine and wildlife artist Guy Harvey is scheduled to make a special signing appearance noon-2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Callahan’s Nautical Gifts.

  • The Flip Flop Ball means just what it says.

    The second annual fundraiser for the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation will incorporate dancing to music by the internationally renowned Landsharks Band, and flip-flops are welcome.

    The Flip Flop Ball: An Evening in Key West is the theme of the second annual ball to benefit the hospital foundation. The ball will take place 6-11 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 1, at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

  • The Sunset Beach Concert on June 5 will feature Parrot Party and benefit Brunswick Literacy Council.

    Parrot Party of Carolina Shores is a Jimmy Buffett tribute and impersonation show band performing all of Jimmy’s “songs you know by heart.”

    Parrotheads all over North Carolina and South Carolina have been “phlocking” to see this duo since early 2012. The musicians are Buffett impersonator Randy Knight and seasoned pro harmonica player Doug Cayton.

  • Health coaching is elementary to Beth Mincher.

    Maybe that’s why she calls her newly opened business in Brunswick County “Elemental Wellness.”

    From the East Coast to the West Coast, “I’ve done a lot of traveling in my career,” said the wellness coach and personal trainer, who has been conducting workshops at Body Edge in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The focus of Elemental Wellness is on “eating well and living a fuller lifestyle.”

  • The first summer concert Wednesday, May 29, in Sunset Beach will have a military tribute for the Memorial Day holiday week.

    Concerts are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 4 in the gazebo in Village Park, Queen Anne Street.

    The May 29 concert performer will be Fat Jack Band, and the charity for the evening is Canine Angels.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office quartet will sing a few patriotic songs before the BCSO color guard presents colors around 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m., and the audience will sing the national anthem.

  • “Light Up the Night in Hollywood” is the theme of Brunswick Senior Resources’ first Brunswick County Senior Prom.

    A night of dancing, socializing, food and fun is planned at the event, which takes place 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Brunswick Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport (behind Wingate Inn off N.C. 211).

    Tickets are $10 per person and available at any Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. senior centers and sites.

    The attire for the evening is black-tie or business.

  • Upcoming Memorial Day services will pay tribute to veterans and soldiers both past and present.

    The Calabash Memorial Day program, co-sponsored by the Calabash Fire Department and American Legion Post 503, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the new Calabash Community Park at Persimmon Road and Traders Lane. Sheriff John Ingram will be featured speaker.

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 32nd Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the award-winning festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food and arts-and-crafts booths lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

    Other events at the “biker-friendly festival” include a children’s area and activities.