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  • Listen Up Brunswick County presents The Kennedys performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall.

    Tickets are $22 in advance or $24 at the door and can be purchased through PayPal on the website www.listenupbrunswickcounty.com or at Kd Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop, at 344 Holden Beach Road in Holden Beach (hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday).

  • Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital.

    During Lent, it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, March 7, the Post will once again fire up its annual Friday-night Lenten fish fries.

    Dinners consisting of fried and breaded fresh haddock with all the trimmings will be served 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday, April 18.

    Dinners this year are $10 per plate. An extra cup of clam chowder is $1.

    Former post commander Jack Goin jokes the secret for cooking Lenten fish is all in the wrist.

  • Get ready to run for the flytraps.

    The second annual Half Hell Haul gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center Nature Trail.

    Benefits from the race will be used to protect Venus flytraps.

    Racing through the region’s piney woods is “a fun way to highlight flytraps,” race organizer Angie Carl said.

    Carnivorous Venus flytraps only grow in the wild in southeast North Carolina and in a sliver of northeast South Carolina, Carl said.

  •  By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s my favorite tree. Has to be!

    Everything about it is interesting, and all its parts are attractive. I first learned about this tree when I was a tiny undergraduate student in my first botany class. Our field trip was to the wild and mysterious Congaree Swamp, where this tree is common along the bluffs that border the floodplain. There we learned that it is sometimes called “initial tree,” a reference to the practice of carving one’s initials into the bark, which is very smooth.

  • Holden Beach VFW Post 8866 will have a St. Paddy’s Day dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 17 at the post, located 1.5 miles past the light on Sabbath Home Road.

    Plates include corned beef and cabbage and fixings, including drink and dessert. The cost is $8 per plate. All are invited.

  • Have you ever seen a starfish served its lunch?

    You can at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    At 11 a.m. every Friday, museum visitors can get up close and personal with all the critters in the touch tank at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Children and adults of all ages are invited to come and watch the museum docents feed the array of live, local sea animals that live at the museum.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “The Fantasticks”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College

    Tickets: $29 adults; $27 students and seniors 65+; $10 ages 12 and younger; plus handling fees

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

  • The town of Carolina Shores will have its sixth annual Arbor Day celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Highlights include presentation of a Tree City USA Award by a Brunswick County forest representative.

    Second-graders in Jennifer Parton’s class at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School will again assist with a tree-planting ceremony, facilitated by members of the town’s tree advisory committee.

    The Calabash Fire Department will also be on hand with fire truck tours for the class.

  • Dance fitness pro Sara McGrail will lead a Zumbathon fundraising party Friday afternoon, March 21, to benefit the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, S.C.

    The event kicks off at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 at Mineola Avenue in Little River, with registration from 12:30 to 1 p.m., followed by a Zumbathon master class from 1 to 3 p.m. and a silent auction and raffles from 3 to 4 p.m.

    The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Smoking is bad for people and secondhand smoke is bad for pets. No news there. The real news is that the now ubiquitous e-cigarette can also pose a deadly danger to dogs. If you thought secondhand smoke was dangerous, wait until you hear about the evils of e-cigs.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Have you ever been inside an herbarium? The word “herbarium” is often confused with the word “arboretum.” Now, an herbarium, such as the one where I work, is a collection of dried, pressed plants, used variously as a scientific resource for botanists who study plant taxonomy. An arboretum, on the other hand, is basically a garden of living trees.

  • The International Space Station (ISS) is 250 miles above Earth and orbits Earth every 90 minutes.

    It has been visited by astronauts, scientists, and cosmonauts from 15 different countries and has been continuously occupied for more than 13 years.

    What is it like to live aboard the ISS?

  • Celebrate the first day of March by listening to the oldies while helping Brunswick Family Assistance at the same time.

    Renowned local group Mike’s Garage Band will provide a plethora of suitable songs for an “Evening of ‘60s Music and Dancing” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Highlights include sandwiches for sale, a cash bar with beer and wine, pretzels and chips.

    The cost is $12 per person.

  • Mardi Gras by the Sea will provide a weekend of activities Feb. 28-March 4 in Oak Island.

    The Oak Island Business Alliance hosts the third annual Mardi Gras by the Sea this weekend and has scheduled a series of family-friendly events.

    The weekend begins with a Crawfish and Shrimp Boil Kickoff at The Grape & Ale, 8521 E. Oak Island Drive, on Friday, Feb. 28. The evening will also include a wine tasting. New Orleans-style music will be provided by Groupe du Jour and Blues duo Izzy and Chris.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • Thalian Association is seeking talented artists in all mediums to display and sell work at the 2014 Orange Street ArtsFest, the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington.

    The OSAF will return Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The street fair is held on Orange Street between Front and Second streets next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building.

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting the second annual Whale of a Weekend, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.

    Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale's family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s still winter … although I have paperwhites opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers. Fragrant Daphnes and a few withering wintersweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the birdbath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin fever, and longing for the spring, which is still a good six weeks off, so says the groundhog (one of them, anyway).

  • Nothing evokes warm feelings as much as babies, kittens, and puppies. I’d throw newborn foals and kids (as in baby goats) in there, but I grew up in the country. Because humans tend to universally love baby animals, you can imagine my anger with my current state government’s opposition to protecting puppies from inhumane conditions. The reason, it turns out, is good old-fashioned back-room politicking.

  • Brunswick Beacon artist and cartoonist Keith White is exhibiting work this week in Wilmington.   

      

    White is among featured artists participating in Art for All 4, a cutting-edge show at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, 516 N. Fourth St.

    More than 50 local, original artists will be exhibiting in the church and under a courtyard tent.