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  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Darrell Harwood

    When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20

    Where: The Village Park gazebo, Sunset Beach

    How much: Free; bring lawn chairs

    Food sales on-site; benefitting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

    Go to: www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com

    The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

  • Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is taking entries for its pet calendar contest.

    The contest is open to any pet — dog, cat rabbie, snake, pig, goat, etc. — and is not limited to the Southport/Oak Island area.

    Rules and entry forms can be printed off at the SOAR website at www.soar-nc.org under the events tab.

    Anyone owning a business who would like to advertise in the calendar can buy a business-card-size ad for $10.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Jaded Mayberry

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

    Where: End of Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

    How much: Free

    The origin of Jaded Mayberry is “kind of a long story,” says Will Hickman, leader and lead singer of the popular local band whose repertoire covers everything from AC/DC to Zac Brown.

    It dates back to the days when he and lead electric guitarist Seth Gearhart were roommates and played together in a praise band in Shallotte.

  • It launched six years ago to bring a little music and harmony to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

  •  If you go

    What: Jeffcoat Pottery Anniversary Exhibition

    When: reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31; exhibition Aug. 1 through Sept. 6

    Where: Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash

    Pottery demonstrations noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 27. Weekly drawings for free pottery and gallery gift certificates.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will feature a collection of pottery by Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat titled “Jeffcoat Pottery: Celebrating 40 Years.”

  • Homemade Jam is a local band from southern Brunswick County, offering a variety of blues, country and Southern rock.

    The group performs at Calabash’s Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Calabash Community Park.

    The band plays a variety of music from Merle Haggard to Molly Hachett.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    By the time the rising sun had gilded the tops of the towering hills, the mountains and vales rang with the harmonious shouts of the pious and cheerful tenants of the groves and meads.— William Bartram, Travels

     

  •  By John Nelson

    Let’s go to the movies.

    Everybody will know this plant as “The Sound of Music’s” ticket to five Academy Awards, the plant that Maria and the Von Trapp Family were so crazy about. Not only for them, but it was also the favorite flower of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, and Ludwig II, who built those fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.

  • Buckle into your movie seats.

    It’s kids’ movie time for another summer.

    Now that school is out, Coastal Cinema 10 at 5200 Bridgers Road in Shallotte has once again launched its seasonal Summer Kids’ Movie Series.

    Movie showings are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 21.

    Admission for all ages is $1 per person. Admission is subject to seating availability, and groups are welcome.

  • Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot is a sizzling seven-piece rhythm-and-blues band.

  • By John Nelson 

    Everybody around here is heading to the beach! Are you? Need something to read? Here’s a short novel in 3 short chapters:

  • Local author Joan Leotta has released her third digital book in the Legacy Honor Series.

    “A Bowl of Rice,” from Desert Breeze Publishing, deals with nurses in Vietnam, Leotta said.

    It focuses on Anna Maria O’Shea, who becomes a nurse to continue her family’s Legacy of Honor. Choosing to stick to her commitment to service, she loses her long-time college love. The pain of war proves stronger than her private heartache.

  • Shallotte’s SummerFest kicks off with a free concert featuring Sea Cruz from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street.

    Sea Cruz specializes in oldies, classic rock, disco, beach music and the hottest new songs.

    For more information, go to www.townofshallotte.org, call 754-4032 or email rjohnson@townofshallotte.org.

  •  By John Nelson

    We have two dogs at home, both rescues. Can I brag on them for a moment?

  •  By John Nelson

  • Area events celebrating the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already taking hold, starting with the launch of the nearly-as-old North Carolina Fourth of July Festival this weekend in Southport.

    Events in the historic seaport town begin with the N.C. Freedom Run/Walk and opening ceremony Saturday morning, June 28, at Waterfront Park and continue into the following week, until the Fourth of July Festival fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Friday, July 4, on the Southport waterfront.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band is presenting its Summer Concert Series with five performances in the coming week as the band presents “A New York City Central Park Goldman Band Concert.”

  • If you go

    What: The Carolina Breakers

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22

    Where: Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

    Admission: free

     

    The Carolina Breakers are a high-energy, award-winning variety band consisting of four lead vocalists and a horn section covering the musical gamut — beach, boogie, Motown, funk, R&B, disco, classic rock and country.

  • Two authors named Mary are coming to town in the next few days to sign copies of their latest books.

    Mary Alice Monroe will be at Silver Coast Winery at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, to sign copies of her latest novel, “The Summer Wind,” by way of Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach.

    The novel is the second in Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.

    Tickets, $7.50 at the door, include the cost of a beverage of one’s choice.

  • VARNAMTOWN — It was a tribute to beat all tributes.

    Monday night, June 9, folks in Varnamtown turned out to honor one of their own — longtime resident Barbara “Bobbie” Varnam — for her efforts to start a community college in Brunswick County 36 years ago.

    Varnam, 78, was instrumental in her mission to see a local college in her neck of the woods, Varnamtown native Marlene Varnam noted at the June 9 gathering in the meeting room at Varnamtown Town Hall.