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  • I loved “The Notebook.” I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the story.

    That was the first and last Nicholas Sparks novel (or movie) I loved.

    Recently, while on assignment in Southport, construction crews were busy building a set for the upcoming movie adaptation of Sparks’ novel, “Safe Haven.”

    With production on the movie under way, and the stars heading to town, I thought it would be fun and timely to review the book at the heart of the movie.

  • Sunset Beach is the scene this summer of a free community concert series.

    Concerts are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Village Park at Seaside Village.

    The park is on the mainland across the street from Fibber McGees Restaurant. Just look for the small gazebo, and bring a chair. There’s typically a dance floor for concert-goers who want to get up and join in.

    Each week, a different local charity will be featured. Food and drinks are available for a donation, with funds going to the featured charity of the night.

  • They just recently got out of school, but Aaron and Hailey Dreyer can already talk about how they spent their summer vacation.

    It took root in the spring, when the Oak Island brother and sister decided to plant potatoes in the Winnabow fields of their great-grandfather, Cedric Ottaway. They wanted to donate the potatoes to area food pantries.

  • SUNSET BEACH—For a second summer, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge is still an attraction, thanks to seasonal programs being offered by the Old Bridge Preservation Society.

    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the nonprofit group, formed to preserve and support the old bridge at its new resting site at 109 Shoreline Drive W., has scheduled a variety of programs.

    Members invite visitors to “come right off the new bridge, pull in here and come to this beautiful oak tree-lined site.”

  •  Staff report

    The public is invited to come and meet artist James Davis at an art reception 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Davis, known as “The Myxolydian Artist,” has a career covering almost 40 dedicated, innovative years.

    The Wilmington-based artist is founder of the Myxolydian School of Modern American Painting.

  • One year ago, a local man felt the pulling of God on his heartstrings.

    Joseph Memory, an Ocean Isle Beach resident who works as sergeant with the highway patrol in Robeson County, has a passion to reach the youth of Brunswick County before it is too late and their lives are plagued by trouble.

    “A year ago I talked to a 19-year-old I had watched grow up,” Memory said. “He told me he likes to smoke pot. God really dealt with me after that.”

  •  CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace gallery is observing its 10th anniversary with a month-long celebration starting Friday, June 1.

    Highlights will include free drawings for gift certificates, original paintings, prints, pottery, hand-blown glass, jewelry and other items. There will also be artist demonstrations, live music and other events from June 1 through June 30.

    The gallery at 10283 Beach Drive (N.C. 179) in Calabash opened its doors on June 1, 2002.

  • Too Much Sylvia takes the stage this Friday to headline the summer concert series at Ocean Isle Beach.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. this Friday, June 1, Too Much Sylvia will perform in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The family friendly concert series if free, and the public is welcome.

    Over at Holden Beach, Gold Rush will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the pavilion on the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • Are you ready for some Putt-Putt?

    Now is the time of year to rent some colorful clubs and balls and get out and explore the intricate, winding novelty delights of area miniature golf courses with your family.

    From Calabash to the south to Holden Beach on the north end of the Brunswick Isles, there are several courses from which to choose.

    Among the offerings:

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.—In 25 years of performing, Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based band, has released nine CDs and two DVDs.

    Now, they’re coming to Ocean Isle Beach.

    This Sunday, May 27, Blue Dogs is scheduled to perform at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 9 p.m., they will take the stage at Sharky’s, just over the bridge on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Blue Dogs are known for their Americana and country-rock sound.

    There’s no cover to hear the tunes of Blue Dogs, who will play until midnight.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Holden Beach Garden Tour

    When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19

    Where: Eight residents and five refurbished projects at Holden Beach

    How much: Tickets (with maps) $10 each, available on tour day at the Holden Beach Pavilion (under the bridge)

    HOLDEN BEACH—Linda Brown strolled her scenic garden, pointing out May flowers colorizing the landscape next to the Holden Beach canal.

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 31st Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food and arts-and-crafts booths lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

    Other events at the “biker-friendly festival” include a children’s area and activities.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Carolina Shores Garden Club Tour of Gardens

    When: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12

    Where: Five featured homes in Carolina Shores

    How much: $10; tickets (and maps) available starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Carolina Shores Town Hall

    Information: Call 575-6877

    CAROLINA SHORES—Barb Gleed strolled her picturesque garden where a curved bridge crosses a lily-pad-filled pond and more than 200 varieties of plants and trees grow.

  • Middle-school-aged students interested in art have several camps to choose from this summer.

    Organized by the Brunswick Arts Council, the camps include one being offered at the Buddhist Temple on Midway Road in Bolivia, if enough students sign up.

    Four summer art camps are planned June 20 through June 23,

    The camps will enable students to work with local, professional artists to create an art project in three days that will be shown to parents and friends on the fourth day, a Saturday.

    A fifth summer art camp will be offered June 28-July 1.

  • Raise your margaritas—this Saturday, May 5, marks the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo.

    Contrary to confusion, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

    Cinco de Mayo commemorates the outnumbered Mexican army’s surprise victory in 1862 over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-American War. In Mexico, the holiday is known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla(English translation: “The Day of the Battle of Puebla”).

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—If you’ve seen a periwinkle-colored bracelet with the words “Heartburn can cause cancer,” or “Nobody Fights Alone” you may have met an Ocean Isle Beach couple working to educate others about the dangers of esophageal cancer.

    Last September, Jay and Diane Middleton celebrated their grandson’s first birthday during Labor Day weekend. That weekend, Jay ate a deviled egg and immediately felt pain. Plagued by acid reflux issues and sleep apnea for years, he tried to ignore it.

  • Two greenhouses are bursting with vibrant plants of all colors on the Brunswick Community College campus, and they’re waiting for someone to come and take them home.

    There are also annuals and perennials of all sizes, shapes and colors.

    Students and staff in the college’s horticulture and turf grass management program have been working for weeks to cultivate plants for the fourth annual sale.

    The sale starts runs through Friday, April 27.

  • SHALLOTTE—Fresh fruits and vegetables are on their way to market in Shallotte.

    With warmer weather and the arrival of spring, flowers are blooming and it’s time to re-open Buddy Kelly’s Farmers Market in Shallotte.

    The first day of the 2012 season will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28. Organizers are ready to open the market for its sixth season and hope to draw in larger crowds and more vendors than ever before.

    “We are looking for new vendors,” said Loretta Nauta with the Shallotte enhancement and events committee.

  • CALABASH—Three years ago, Johnny McCarty put words to paper to convey a true family story about his mother being abducted by her father back during the Great Depression in rural West Virginia.

  • CALABASH—Zumba Gold teacher Sara McGrail has Calabash VFW Post 7288 dancing these days.

    McGrail, who teaches the popular Latin-style exercise classes on Monday and Wednesdays nights and once-a-week yoga at the Post on Carter Drive, recently orchestrated a fundraiser to bring in more than $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

    McGrail organized silent and Chinese auctions April 15, raising $5,203 at last count to donate to Wounded Warriors through the Calabash VFW.