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  • It’s all about the animals at the Spring Festival of Fur scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Sunset Beach.

    The event takes place in Village Park on Queen Anne Street near Fibber McGee’s and Thistle and Ivy.

    There will be vendors, food, a silent auction, a police K-9 demonstration at 2 p.m., an adoption fair, and a Jimmy Buffett tribute from 1-3 p.m.

    Calabash veterinarian Ernie Ward will serve as master of ceremonies.

  • The Coastal Garden Club Flower Show is celebrating spring with a judged flower show this week.

    The Coastal Garden Club Flower Show, “On Broadway,” is 1-5 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the fellowship hall at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St. in Shallotte.

    This event is a standard flower show, indicating it conforms to standards set by National Garden Clubs. Featured will be displays of horticultural specimens prepared especially for the show.

    The club hosts a flower show every odd calendar year.

  • Ever want to be part of the fire department family, but don’t care to run into burning buildings?

    The Calabash Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women to become members of its new auxiliary.

    The auxiliary will be an independent organization, providing direct support to firefighters as they strive toward their goal of zero property loss and zero lives lost.

    Members will help the department with fire safety and fire-prevention education, fundraising and special events.

  • Delicious wines and socializing put the fun in fundraiser at Wine Fest this Saturday night in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Museum Foundation event takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 27 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Proceeds benefit the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    This year’s Wine Fest features wines from a local distributor, says museum marketing coordinator Susan Silk.

  • Get ready to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, will be part of this year’s Days at the Docks festivities Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season starts at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

  • Does your pet need a rabies shot?

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services is sponsoring rabies clinics at seven veterinary clinics and the animal shelter this Saturday, April 20.

    The cost is $6 per dog or cat. No appointments are necessary. Per North Carolina law, all dogs and cats ages 4 months or older are required to be vaccinated against rabies, or owners face a $100 fine.

  • Bicyclists of all ages and abilities will be at the first Pedal the Beach to benefit a local food pantry.

    The inaugural event to help raise funds for the South Brunswick Interchurch Food Pantry and emergency aid programs starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Short rides of 5 and 10 miles cost $20. Long rides of 30 and 60 miles cost $35. Children ages 16 and younger can participate for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

  • “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” is the next hit musical coming to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium in Supply.

    Show times for the touring version of this award-winning comedy are 7:30 p.m. this Friday, April 19, on the Brunswick Community College stage and at 8 p.m. Saturday at Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    The show originating from New York is unique for its improvisation that makes each performance different.

  • 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.

  • 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.”