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  • Brunswick Little Theatre and Big Dawg Productions present encore performances of “The Hermit of Fort Fisher," David Anthony Wright's poignant yet humorous drama drawn from a real-life Brunswick County character.

    Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. Oct. 15 and 22 at Brunswick Little Theatre at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

  • The “sleepy fishing village” of Little River, S.C., just across the border from Brunswick County raises the roof this weekend with its 13th Annual Little River ShrimpFest, expected to draw thousands for its two-day event.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 on the historic Little River Waterfront at 4460 Mineola Ave.

    The festival showcases fresh local seafood served by Little River’s waterfront restaurants, plus favorite festival foods from an array of vendors.

  • Two historic family-owned farms are celebrating the season with annual events for October.

    Music, rescued farm animals and children’s activities highlight Greenlands Farm’s Fall Farm Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Indigo Farms at 1542 Hickman Road showcases pick-your-own pumpkins, pig races and a hay maze from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, plus optional nighttime hay rides, during October.

  • Local poet “Uncle Mike” Dailey brings his rhythm-and-rhyme poetic stories of odd things he’s learned on the web to Hickmans Crossroads Library at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

    The Ocean Ridge resident has been writing poetry for most of his adult life and so far has published three collections of his poetry, with another three or more collections in the works.

  • The Historic Amuzu Theatre announces “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” a special musical benefit show to raise money for hurricane victims.

    On Sunday, Oct. 15, the cast and band will come together for a blend of favorite music from previous shows with all proceeds going to United Methodist Committee On Relief through Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

  • The North Brunswick Kiwanis Club will host its fifth annual Juice, Jazz and Java gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

    A raffle will offer a variety of grand prizes provided by local establishments, including an overnight stay in a luxurious suite with dinner for two at City Club in Wilmington; his and her Cruise bicycles; a three-hour environmental nature cruise by Anomaly Charters of Southport for six people; a Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Tours & Membership package; and a theater package to Thalian Hall.

  • Sunset Vision will pay tribute to Carmel Zetts, coordinator of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, at its second Sunset Visionary Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    A Sunset Beach Visionary is an individual in the community who contributes time through volunteerism, personal and professional skills and a vision to help make Sunset Beach an ideal place to work, live and play. Last year’s honoree was Frank Nesmith, who fought a 10-year battle to save Bird Island from development.

  • A record number of craft vendors and nonprofit entities highlight the 11th annual Sunset at Sunset community block party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Village at Sunset Beach.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph said this year’s festival has been a sell-out as far as vendor space, with 123 vendors scheduled, including a number of new ones.

  • L. Kerr Dunn will be featured at the next Meet the Author event at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

    Dunn’s biography, “Dreaming with Animals,” is the first children’s biography of celebrated sculptor and Brookgreen Gardens co-founder Anna Hyatt Huntington, whose remarkable life serves as an inspiration not only because of her art but also because of her courage and perseverance.

  • Just when you thought the ghostly coast was clear, seasonal Halloween events start to stir.

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue unveils its ninth annual Haunted Trail at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown and continuing at the same time “until” every Friday and Saturday during October, plus Halloween eve and night Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

  • By John Nelson

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    By Linda Arnold

    You’ve probably heard one of these phrases at some point from a well-meaning friend or relative. 

    “Get over it.”

    “You’ve gotta get on with your life.”

    "It’s time to move on.”

    Maybe it had to do with something small, or maybe it came after a life-changing event.

    And then there’s the advice:

    “OK, feel sorry for yourself for a little while. Then get up and go on.”

  • You can learn a lot about your pet’s health by simply parting a few hairs and peering below. Buried beneath all that fur and whiskers is a dog or cat’s largest organ, the skin, and the stories it shares range from battling bloodsuckers and allergic attacks to infectious onslaughts and hormonal upsets.

    Here are some visual clues the skin reveals about illness, infections, and overall health. Learn to spot these signs and you’ll enhance quality of life and become a better pet parent. 

     

    Is this normal?

  • The Historic Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport will present “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” a special musical benefit show to raise money for hurricane victims, Oct. 15. The cast and band will come together for a blend of favorite music from previous shows with all proceeds going to United Methodist Committee on Relief through Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

    All funds raised will go directly to hurricane victims. This date is the 63rd anniversary of the devastation in Brunswick County caused by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

  • The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce has moved the fourth annual Bikes, Boots and BBQ up a month from the previous events to Sept. 30.

    The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, Belville.

    Proceeds benefit Step Up for Soldiers and the NBCC.

    Admission is $5 per person, free for children younger than 12. Kids receive a BBQ Piggy Bank Buck, good for redemption of a Piggy Bank.

  • Coccidiosis is a common intestinal tract infection caused by a one-celled organism or protozoa called coccidia. Coccidia are not parasitic intestinal worms; they are microscopic parasites that live within cells of the intestinal lining. Because coccidia live in the intestinal tract and cause diarrhea, they are often confused with worms.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: What’s one of the first things you do every morning?

    I’ll bet “check my smartphone” was in the top three. I know that’s the case for me. 

    I was challenged this past week to look at things a little differently, though. You see, your brain is in its most creative mode when you first wake up — after a night’s sleep of processing events through your subconscious mind.

  • By John Nelson

     

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  • Now that fall has fallen, it’s time for the Shallotte Farmers Market Fall Market.

    This year’s festive seasonal market unfolds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    Featured are fall vegetables, artisans, jewelers and crafts. Live music will be provided by The Grass Needs Mowing.

    For more information contact Emilee Sinclair at Shallotte Town Hall at 754-4032 or esinclair@townofshallotte.org.

  • This Saturday night, enthusiasts of horse racing, blackjack, roulette, craps and poker don’t have travel far to indulge their pastime.

    They can do it right in Brunswick County — and for a good cause — from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Supply Senior Center at 101 Stone Chimney Road.