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    By Linda Arnold

     

    This past Sunday marked my eighth Mother’s Day without my mother, and it’s always a time of reflection.

    Sometimes it seems longer than eight years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

  • Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk.

    What he and his handler couldn’t anticipate was a packet of drugs dumped by a fleeing suspect that would ultimately lead to Viper’s death. During the chaos of the July 2011 chase near my North Carolina practice, Viper most likely bit into the scent-covered bag of high-potency drugs, ingesting a lethal dosage.

  • Wear your flip-flops and have a ball while helping community health at the same time.

    That’s what Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s sixth annual Flip Flop Ball is all about.

    Festivities launch at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, with cocktails at 101 Stone Chimney Place at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Dinner is served at 7:45 p.m.

    Tickets for the Flip Flop Ball are $100 and include island cuisine and dancing. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

  • It’s that time of year again — free Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies time, that is.

    The season already kicked off with a concert and movie in April and early May in Leland.

    More is in store in coming weeks and months in seven other Brunswick County towns.

  • The weekend after Mother’s Day means only one thing in Little River, S.C.: It’s time once again for the Blue Crab Festival.

    This year’s annual two-day festival unfolds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, on the Little River Waterfront.

    What began in 1981 as a small waterfront gathering, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival has grown into a premier event that draws visitors from all over the country and even overseas.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre invites you to jumpstart your summer with a concert by The Back Porch Rockers, a rock and roll band that performs music from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

    The concert will be held on theater grounds at 8068 River Road in Southport for a fair-like evening with food and drink for purchase provided by Vanida Sisters of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Tickets are available at the theater the day of the event, $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. The rain date is Sunday, May 28, at the same time.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Here’s flowers for you;

     

      Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram…”

                            A Winter’s Tale, act 4, scene 4

     

    Shakespeare was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family. I think it’s my favorite family, too.

  •  I’ve lived my life believing “It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.” While I still abide by that simple credo, the folks at Care.com have gone and ranked “The States with the Healthiest Pets.” I’ll be far from the first to express skepticism, but their study does raise some interesting questions and offers advice for improving your pet’s health, wherever you live.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Fear Of Missing Out: FOMO. 

    It’s a condition that affects a lot of us. With so much going on around us and information overload on our electronic devices, there’s a tendency to want to be “in the know” and to keep up with everything.

  • What kind of wine goes with swine?

    That’s what inquiring barbecue aficionados want to know as Silver Coast Winery uncorks the first Wine & Swine BBQ Cook Off on BBQ Road this weekend.

    It’s a valid question, one that John Barnes, wine-tasting professional at the local winery, was happy to tackle.

    “Any kind of wine goes with swine,” he said in anticipation of the first-time event launching Friday night, May 12, with a wing competition and continuing all day Saturday, May 13, to benefit Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue.

  • The Waterway Art Association (WAA) presents its 26th annual juried Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, May 16-19.

    This year’s show unfolds at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road, including an awards reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

    Admission is free, and the public is invited to view association artists’ work and vote for their favorite painting as well as take part in an auction for an original painting by a member artist.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’re all aware of the healing powers of nature.

    Green space. Walking in the woods. Taking in the flora and fauna.

    Now scientists have given a name to the restorative health effects of being around wate: blue space.

    This research, cited by author Alexandrea Becker, deals specifically with the ocean. I’ve learned, though, that similar calming effects can be derived from other bodies of water — lakes, rivers, creeks … and even office fountains.

  • By John Nelson

     

    Flower of this purple dye, hit with Cupid's archery,
Sink in apple of his eye. When his love he doth espy,
 Let her shine as gloriously as the Venus of the sky.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 scene 2

     

  • Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of the South Brunswick Islands will once again be posted at the starting gate of their Fourth Annual “Juleps & Jazz” Kentucky Derby-style Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    A $30 per person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar serving beer, wine and signature drink the “Jazzy Julep,” door prizes and live streaming of the world-famous 143rd Kentucky Derby horse race from Louisville.

  • The town of Belville observes its 40th birthday and rich history in northern Brunswick County during the annual Belville Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road (N.C. 133, across from Belville Elementary School).

    Gates open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until closing at 7:30 p.m. Highlights include assorted vendors and food, plus enjoying the beautiful scenery of the expanding park.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Cardio. Weight training. Flexibility.

  • By John Nelson

  • Few things heal the body and soul as much as hot food or drink. The same holds true for pets. After a brisk morning walk or run, I like to fill my dog’s bows with nourishing and warm broths or foods. I also advise adding healing herbs and foods to boost health and fight infection, especially for older pets.

     

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  • Wine weekend is winding its way through the South Brunswick Islands.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Museum Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Wine Fest 2017, is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s theme is “Venetian Magic,” showcasing Marie Kasper’s award-winning art, “Maschera Del Galeone,” at the event to benefit the museum and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.