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  • CALABASH—The steady wind blowing Friday afternoon made it too cold for motorcycles, but provided a good reason to be indoors for the STR 8 GAS Bike Club’s Christmas party at the Calabash VFW building.

    Club members usually ride in their black leather vests, but with four days until Christmas they wore them to play Santa’s helpers.

    Club members often ride for a reason, having fundraisers for sick, disabled or injured community members.

  • LELAND—Leland officials are talking about creating a new downtown.

    Officials talked about development in a planning workshop Dec. 9-12.

    Town manager David Hollis said the town approved the Flexcode zoning in 2011 to promote the mixed-use development they want to encourage in downtown Leland.

    However, Flexcode zoning is optional. Developers have been able to consider traditional zoning for the area.

    Hollis said the town intends to make Flexcode standard zoning beginning in 2013.

  • WINGS Ministry’s Backpack Full of Blessings program strives to do on the weekends what school breakfast and lunch programs do all week—keep kids from going hungry.

    Blessings organizer Missy Settlemyre said they are trying to make Brunswick County residents aware of the need here. She would like to see every school served by the program.

  • LELAND—Leland police provided Grannies Raising Grandkids with a day to shop with a cop Sunday.

    And the department’s Christmas cheer continues when they play Santa Cop Dec. 23-24.

    “We had four grandmas with 10 grandkids between them,” Leland community resource and crime prevention officer Ernie Mejia said.

    Police chief Mike James spearheaded the department’s participation with Grannies Raising Grandkids.

  • The Lockwood Folly community said goodbye to its property owners association president by naming a community park after him.

    Gordon Ackley Park was dedicated Dec. 1.

    “He was extremely involved in the community. He knew every blade of grass; he knew the history, he knew all the people,” said Joe Geise, president of the Lockwood Folly POA who served as vice president under Ackley.

    Geise said Ackley’s goal was to make Lockwood Folly’s POA the model of how a POA should operate in North Carolina.

  • Wilbur Rabon was one of more than two dozen Rabon-family members at the Dec. 3 Brunswick County commissioners meeting for the swearing in of his niece, Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons.

    As he stood at the front of the room to hold the Bible for Clemmons, he did not realize he was set up to be the center of attention.

  • Holiday skating is yours for the taking at Christmas on Ice, a seasonal show featured at the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The third annual, two-hour show by the producers of Spirit of the Dance features championship ice skaters, top-notch high-kicking skaters this side of New York, and favorite Christmas songs performed by the best of Broadway and London’s West End.

  • Brunswick Concert Band is teaming with Brunswick Little Theatre Singers to present “Holiday Melodies” this yuletide season.

    Two performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Hatch Auditorium at Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Selections performed range from traditional carols to old favorites with a new twist.

    The concerts are directed by Debbie Skillman (singers) and Tom Smicklas (band).

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  • Do you have a secret longing to showcase your hidden talent?

    You and your musical or literary showmanship need be secret no more.

    Every month, Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co., 4635 Main St. in Shallotte, showcases singers, musicians and poetry readers alike at its open-mic night.

    The next open-mic night is slated to begin at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 6, at the coffee shop. It will continue until 7:30 p.m. or shortly before 8 p.m., Jumpin Java employee Edith Garcia said.

  • GRISSETTOWN—Model trains of all eras and gauges are making whistle stops at the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue station this weekend.

    The department’s seventh annual Christmas Train Show is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, at the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Admission is free, but monetary donations are welcome at the event to raise funds for the combination department consisting of both volunteer and paid firefighters.

  • SHALLOTTE—Recently the Shallotte Police Department received a gift from the daughters of a former police chief.

    Ida Ruth Galloway Smith of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Marion Galloway Snipes of Fort Worth, Texas, discovered a portrait of their father, Marion Leon Galloway, that had fallen into disrepair.

    According to the sisters, the portrait had been given to the town in the 1970s. They Galloway sisters decided to have it repaired and reframed and to re-present it to the police department.

  • SHALLOTTE—A new event is helping usher the holiday season into town.

    The inaugural Christmas on the River event will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Shallotte Riverside Park on Main Street behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Christmas on the River is geared toward families and includes the popular Brunswick Stew Cook-off. The event is being coordinated by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • The Swing Sisters are performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The performance is described as a 1940s USO holiday show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for students and seniors ages 65 and older, and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

    For more information, log onto www.bccowa.com or call the box office at 755-7416.

  • The Second Marine Division Band will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    For more information, call the box office at 755-7416 or pick up tickets at the box office. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

  • Grissettown-Longwood Fire & Rescue is getting stoked about its seventh annual Christmas Train Show.

    The holiday event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, at the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Admission is free.

    The show is a fundraiser for the combination department consisting of volunteer and paid firefighters.

  • Those who are ready for Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want to cook it have several options.

    Several places are offering Thanksgiving meals this week.

    The Boundary House Restaurant, 1045 River Road in Calabash, will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $23.95 adults and $15.95 ages 12 and younger for turkey, ham or prime rib; turkey gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad, a non-alcoholic beverage and choice of pecan or pumpkin pie.

  • 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: