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  •  By John Nelson

    Ka-BOOM!

    Here’s a flower that looks like a small explosion. In this photo, you are looking at a blossom head-on, so to speak. There are five to eight fleshy sepal lobes and plenty of stamens remaining in the flower. It used to have a number of red-orange, floppy petals, but these have all fallen away. Before long, this flower will be producing a fruit.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is having an art show, and the public is invited.

    The school’s “Gotta Have Art” show, set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, will showcase student work that will be judged and displayed throughout the school.

    It’s the time of year when “JMM transforms into a beautiful art gallery,” creating a don’t-miss event, said school parent facilitator Sharyn Morrison.

    The school is at 250 Pea Landing Road in the Ash community.

    For more details, call the school at 287-4014.

  • Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform at the last Listen Up Brunswick County concert of this season, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall, 107 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m. Another pre-concert wine-tasting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop on the island causeway, at 3422 Holden Beach Road.

  • Both sides played dirty during the Civil War, says Jim McKee, interpreter extraordinaire at historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow.

    Learn more about that this coming Saturday, May 10, when the state Revolutionary/Civil War site presents “Diabolical Contrivances and Dirty Tricks” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • It’s a strawberry lover’s favorite time of year.

    Homegrown strawberries are sweetening the landscape and palates at Indigo Farms on Hickman Road, Holden Brothers on U.S. 17 and Waccamaw River Farm and Nursery in Ash.

    On a recent “strawberry morning,” shoppers perused the produce market at Indigo Farms at 1542 Hickman Road. Cartons of freshly picked strawberries filled one of the tables.

    Market employee Estelle Minicozzi stayed busy ringing up strawberry orders, including that of Barbara Keelyn of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Early May is prime time for wine in Brunswick County.

    Two events this Saturday, May 3, will celebrate the grape and all its accoutrements, starting with the Old Bridge Preservation Society’s second annual Strawberry & Wine Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Silver Coast Winery.

    Admission is $5.

  •  By John Nelson

    Where exactly is the “enchanted forest” you sometimes hear about? I’ve come to realize that for me, it was that little patch of woods right next door when I was growing up, but you’ve probably been in an enchanted forest, too.

  • Got an itch to browse for bargains?

    The 16th annual St. James Flea Market just might be the answer.

    It’s set to take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 26, at the Bolivia campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Organized by the St. James Service Club, the annual event, sprawled both in and outside the campus, is a shopper’s showcase of indoor and outdoor furniture, household goods, tools, books, dishes and glassware and golf items collected and donated by residents of St. James for a period of months prior to the sale.

  • SHALLOTTE — This weekend the Shallotte Farmers Market returns for the season. Come and join the fun as you eat fresh and shop local.

    The 2014 Farmers Market season opens Saturday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 13. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in Riverside Park at the corner of Main Street and N.C. 130/Whiteville Road.

  • A local chapter of the General Federal of Women’s Clubs, GFWC-South Brunswick Islands, is having Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style fund “racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

    The event will take place at the Carolinas Leadership Academy at The First Tee of Brunswick County, 443 Tarkln Court in Shallotte.

    There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with wine, beer and jazzy juleps, raffles and auctions, web streaming of the 140th Kentucky Derby and a Derby hat contest.

    Admission is $25 per person.

  • The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its sixth annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Festivities include a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon to benefit Hope Harbor Home and Providence Home for a $45 donation.

    If you are interested in attending, donating a silent auction item or a sponsorship, please contact Karen Throckmorton; (910) 471-4220 or Karen.Throckmorton@phmc.com.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical, “Into The Woods,” on Saturday, May 3, and Monday, May 5, in Building F on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Those under age 15 (except those auditioning for Little Red Riding Hood) will audition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Adults and all those auditioning for Little Red Riding Hood will audition at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, or 7 p.m. May 5.

    All are encouraged to audition on the Saturday date if at all possible.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode early with its first Fiesta Mexicana from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Cinco de Tres — Saturday, May 3.

    Fiesta fare will include authentic Mexican food, beer, wine and soda for sale throughout the day.

    Other event highlights include music, all-day dancing, games for children and a grand prize raffle of $1,000.

    There is no admission fee, and there will be plenty of free parking at the church at 5051 U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

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    The spring and Easter season will be celebrated in style this week with a number of events planned in and around Brunswick County.

    Southport Spring Festival

    The annual event is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Franklin Square Park. Admission is free.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Highlights include more than 150 crafters, entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Rita Coolidge

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $30 adults; $28 seniors 65 and older and BCC employees; $11 children 12 and younger; plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

    Grammy award-winning singer Rita Coolidge will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

  • The Willis Richardson Players and Triune Repertory Theatre & Film will present “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall Studio Theatre at 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

    The play by Lonne Elder III debuted Off Broadway in 1969 by Negro Ensemble Company, became a long-running commercial production and was adapted for television in 1975.

  •  By John Nelson

  •  Yoga etiquette

     

    • Please remove shoes and socks for class.

     

    • Your yogi (instructor) will greet you and begin the class.

     

    • Please leave your cell phone in your car.

     

    • Please leave your ego at the door. All bodies welcome.

     

    • Please notify instructor of any and all special conditions and or injuries.

     

  • CALABASH — To the beat of peace, well-being and good intentions, Nancy Smith led Christine Fauske and Page Jones through the positions of smooth-flow yoga on a recent Tuesday morning.

    Smith, owner of the newly opened Movement Works holistic dance, yoga and martial arts center, and her students were in their element.

    “Yogash chita vritti nirodha,” Smith’s website, www.mvmtworks.com, states, citing Sanskrit: “Yoga is the cessation of mental fragmentation.”

  • Virginia Williamson Elementary School at 1020 Zion Hill Road off N.C. 211 is having its first spring carnival Friday, April 11.

    Hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m.

    Highlights include more than 28 fair booths, four inflatable bounce houses, hay rides, concession stands (popcorn, hot dogs, soda and tacos), photos with characters and props, and show-and-tell featuring local EMS, fire and law enforcement personnel.