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  • Sand hands will be getting creative Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

    Participants can also register on the beach the day of the contest. 

  • Pantastic Steel is scheduled for a makeup summer concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in Calabash Community Park.

    The Wilmington-area steel band was previously scheduled to perform there June 26, when the concert was canceled because of inclement weather.

  • The Imitations got their start back in the summer of 1995.

    Three friends — Mike Merritt, Mike Miller and George “Buster” Hobbs — were just having fun and showing off their musical skills.

    Within months, they added a fourth member, George Willetts.

    Tony Creech joined the group, adding expertise on soundboard.

    Many shows later, The Imitations have entertained thousands and recorded three CDs — “Back to Carolina,” “Starrin’ ” and “For Real.”

  •  Humans are very good at coming up with mental images of what various objects around them ought to look like. It is a basic way of bringing order into the chaotic world in which we live. For instance, when you think of the word “flower,” you generally have a reasonably well-defined notion of what a typical flower looks like: sepals, petals, stamens and pistils, even if you don’t know all the parts like a botanist. This week, we have a plant that offers us something that looks like a flower … or is it?

  • Cape Fear Audubon has been promoting a concept of creating a bird-friendly habitat.

    Now a continuing education course, Creating a Sustainable Natural Habitat for Landscaping, is being offered at the Leland Campus of Brunswick Community College, 2050 Enterprise Dr NE in Leland.   The course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting Aug. 19 and ending Sept. 25. Some field trips will be scheduled on Saturdays.  The course covers the same basic concepts of the bird-friendly habitat.

  •  By John Nelson

    Our mystery plant may not be familiar to you, because it is fairly uncommon. You will surely know the family to which it belongs, however: the philodendron family.

  • BOLIVIA — Standing 17 hands high, his solid black coat like satin in the morning training ring, Albert the imported Friesian stud stallion is a mighty sight.

    When trainer Lauryn Zepeda approaches her latest equine student with a visitor, Holland-born Albert ambles over toward the gate to greet them, then settles back on the other side to graze and await his new teacher.

    “Look what I’ve got,” Zepeda says, offering Albert a few pellets of grain with an extended hand upon entering the ring.

  • Six Styles performs in the Brunswick County Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Village Park gazebo in Sunset Beach.

    Blackwater Rhythm & Blues will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The movie “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2” will be shown starting at dusk Thursday, Aug. 14, in Calabash Community Park.

    Jim Quick & Coastline will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Get ready for food, fun and produce at an August festival.

    “T” Heirs Vegetables & Herbs Shoppe at 816 Tucker Road in Supply is having its 12th annual Fun, Food & Health Festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.

    Highlights include fun for all ages — free hay rides, face painting, arts and crafts, horseback riding, farm animals, gospel singers and musicians.

  •  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: