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  • 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:

  • 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.