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  • Ballet Opera Alliance is presenting its second annual performance of “The Nutcracker” Ballet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Ballet Opera Alliance is the first and only Brunswick County group to offer the traditional and complete “Nutcracker,” a full evening of entertainment for the entire family.

    New this year is a custom-designed Christmas tree that will grow onstage, plus the Kingdom of Sweets drops, both painted by regional artist Rusty Hughes.

  • Staff Report

    Orbie McKeithan Smith, a member of a mission team to the Indian Christian Mission Center in Salem, Tamilnadu, India, this summer was privileged to help place shoes on the feet of more than 2,000 orphans from the House of Peace Orphanage, The Promised Land Orphanage, Eden’s Garden Orphanage and Emanuel Full Gospel Mission.

  • By Sue MacCallum
    Special to the Beacon
    This year is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. There are celebrations around the world to honor this beloved literary genius and philanthropist of 19th century England. However, few may know the following facts about Dickens:

  • Mildred “Millie” DeMarco is Calabash’s newest centenarian.

    Last week, DeMarco was feted with two birthday parties on the occasion of her 100th birthday Nov. 1.

    A daughter of Italian immigrants, DeMarco and her six brothers and sisters grew up in the Queens borough of New York City.

  • Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue has rescheduled its Harvest Fest for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this coming Saturday, Nov. 3.

    Highlights include trick-or-treat, costumes, a bake sale featuring "pup cakes" donated by Crazy Cake Chicks and lots of great adoptable pets to meet.

    SOAR will be selling tickets on a 2013 fishing pass to the Oak Island pier with a $100 gift certificate to the
    Flying Fish Cafe. Tickets are $5 each. 

  • Are you ready to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping? Or are you looking for great decorating ideas?

    If you’re excited about the approaching holiday season, The Brunswick Beacon has something special planned for you. The Beacon’s second annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show is around the corner.

    Again this year, the event will take place at West Brunswick High School. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and festivities will wind up around 3 p.m. that day.

  • The Hit Men are coming to Brunswick County.

    The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    The Real “Jersey Boys”—The Hit Men—are bringing their concert tour to Brunswick County. Experience the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s the way you remember them; performed by the original stars of mega hit groups, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Carly Simon, Jim Croce and more.

  • “We’re villains, we’re villains, we’re always more than

  • The psalms found in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, have been described, if not defined, as the prayer book of the church. They are passages that cut to the core of humanity, displaying its wonder and worth, its faults and failings. At the same time, they speak of the marvels that occur as human beings speak and listen to God and as God returns the contact by listening and speaking to them. One might accurately comment this particular monologue turned dialogue is sheer poetry. Oral and written, it is, indeed, holy scribbling.

  • Celebrate the harvest-and-Halloween season and help homeless animals at the same time.

    Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is having its third annual Harvest Fest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this coming Saturday, Oct. 27.

    Highlights include costumes, trick-or-treat, a Chinese auction, games and prizes, foods and drinks, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

    SOAR is at 3376 St. Charles Place off Long Beach Road (N.C. 133).

  • Ghosts and goblins lurking around the Old Bridge are sure to come out to play 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Old Bridge, 109

    Shoreline Drive in Sunset Beach.

    The Old Bridge Preservation Society will host a community event for area residents and visitors with many Halloween-themed activities.

    Young people (and the young-at-heart) are encouraged to come to the Old Bridge in costume.

  • Autumn is festival season, especially Nov. 17 and 18 in festive Holden Beach.

    Festival By the Sea will once again take place in the seaside town, which is celebrating the season with an array of activities. The festival was postponed from Oct. 27-28 because of Hurricane Sandy.

    The annual event will kick off with the Festival By the Sea Parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 down the Holden Beach Causeway, from the stoplight at Walgreens to the base of the Holden Beach Bridge.

  • Techmoja Dance and Theater Co. is presenting the musical version of “The Color Purple” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in Odell Williamson Auditorium, 50 College Road, at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. Doors open 30 minutes prior to scheduled performance times.

    This stage version of “The Color Purple” is directed and choreographed by Wilmington-based Kevin Lee-y Green.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Pumpkin Day

    When: Saturday, Oct. 20

    Where: Indigo Farms

    Admission: Free; some charges for activities

    Autumn is a busy time of year at Indigo Farms, which is celebrating its annual Pumpkin Day this coming Saturday, Oct. 20, with an array of seasonal festivities.

    Pumpkin Day offers lots of old farm games, pig races, a hay maze and rides aboard the wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin.

  • Brunswick County has the chance to be a part of a hometown hero’s wedding.

    Kim Munley and Brandon Meredith of Kure Beach are recipients of Operation Marry Me Military’s grand prize wedding.

    Munley grabbed national attention after heroically ending the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 people dead in 2009. Munley shot the suspect four times and was shot herself in the exchange. She had to have a knee replacement as a result of the gunshots.

  • Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, will present an opportunity for collectors and art lovers to acquire art pieces by Wilmington artist Ann McCray.
    Ann McCray’s Studio Cleanout will take place at the gallery from Monday, Oct. 22, through Saturday, Nov. 17, and will include a large selection of recent and earlier works by the artist.

  • An old-timey flavor will predominate Tuesday at Universal Healthcare of Brunswick in Bolivia.

    The healthcare facility at 1070 Old Ocean Highway is presenting “Let’s Go Back in Time” at the Oct. 16 event, with old-fashioned cars and tractors, corn-shucking and music by The Upstairs Gang.

    The event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Towing a huge American flag, skydiver Jamie R. Lynn jumped from a plane high above Oak Island on Saturday.

    He followed another jumper, John Weldon, retired Army Sgt. First Class, Fayetteville.

    Lynn said his favorite events are any time he can put his training and skills to work honoring the nation’s veterans and soldiers, such as this recent jump on Saturday, Sept. 29, for The Warrior Ride during a Oak Island Community Sun and Fun bicycle event.

  • By Shelagh Clancy
    Staff Writer

  • SUNSET BEACH—Residents are getting ready for the sixth annual Sunset at Sunset festivities scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in and around the parking lot at the Village at Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include a multitude of quality vendors, crafters, food booths and nonprofit groups, and all-day entertainment. Three bands are slated to perform.

    Organizers say it’s a day to offer residents and visitors a chance to come together as the busy tourist season draws to a close.