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  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Chocolate. Potato chips. Ice cream.

    You know the triggers — and the power they have over you. Rest assured you’re not alone.

    Food cravings can have little to do with hunger, though, and lots to do with mental and physiological components. Let’s take a look at the main causes of these cravings and some tips for overcoming them. 

     

    Causes of food cravings

     

    Leptin resistance

  •  By John Nelson

    Pick a tree — any tree — and try to describe it using only eight words — in Latin. That’s what botanist Thomas Walter did in 1788, after studying and then naming this tree. His eight words (see below) indicate that the tree has paired needles, a short, oblong or egg-shaped cone and a smooth trunk.

  • New entertainment and a record number of vendors highlight this year’s 10th-anniversary Sunset at Sunset festival in Sunset Beach.

    Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Village at Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium, this year’s event features a record number of vendors — 121 at last count — as well as new vendors.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph said some vendors are coming from as far as Maryland and Virginia.

  • “Kaleidescopika,” a unique collaboration of music and muse, kicks off the BCCOWA Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

    The performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia is described as the “art of unfolding,” showcasing a touring alliance of cordis, a maverick contemporary chamber music group from Boston, Mass., and the Muse Cirque Company of Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • A variety of area Halloween events will unfold in coming days in the big build-up leading to Halloween night next Monday, Oct. 31.

    Here’s a closer look at what’s in store.

    Museum of Coastal Carolina

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach will have pumpkin painting and trunk or treat activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

  • Wooden boats of all makes and sizes will be on display at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport during the seventh annual Southport Wooden Boat Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free.

    Visitors can meet and talk with the wooden boat makers and owners and vote for their favorite entrant for the People’s Choice Award.

    A team of judges will award six other prizes.

  • CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 for a developer of Devaun Park to present modified plans for the upscale community off Beach Drive.

    Vaughn Stanaland has presented plans to modify phase 6B in the community calling for lower-density development that would reduce the number units from 103 single- and multi-family units to 40 all single-family units.

    The town’s planning and zoning board recommended approval of the request following a presentation at its Sept. 6 meeting.

  • The General Federation of Women’s Clubs — South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will host its seventh annual Quarter Auction to benefit local scholarships and education programs Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at West Brunswick High School.

    A Quarter Auction is one in which businesses and artisans from the community have donated items for bid with audience members being able to take the items home for as little as 25 cents. The emcee will describe the item up for bid and indicate how many tickets are needed to bid on it based on its retail price.

  • Sunset Beach’s first Paddle Fest was such a hit last year, it’s back this year.

    The autumn event to showcase activities that make Sunset Beach special launched for the first time last Halloween in Sunset Beach Town Park. This year’s Paddle Fest is scheduled a little earlier in the season, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Greenlands Farm’s next farm-to-table Tapas & Tour promises an afternoon of good food, great conversation, and homestead living.

    The event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, featuring Chef Melon Corsini begins with delicious tapas with ingredients grown right on the farm. It takes place as the only event ever planned in Greenlands’ farmhouse.

    Fine wine chosen by a local connoisseur will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

  •  Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Have you ever smelled something so bad it turned your eyes sideways? I have. I was a frenzied first-year veterinarian in western North Carolina with more patients than July beach tourists with sunburns when it happened.

    “Dr. Ward, quick! We’ve got an emergency!”

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I’m not referring to drug overdoses, car crashes or heart attacks. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide — every day — in the United States.

    Think about it. That’s almost one death each hour of the day!

    These suicides are often a result of physical or psychological injuries our soldiers bring home after serving our country in war zones. 

  • By John Nelson

     Autumn: Time to go to the beach! The sun isn’t as brutal as it tends to be in the summer, and it finally has started cooling off. Our Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches are fantastic for a holiday — so many things to do and see, and don’t forget to take along your wildflower guide.

     

  • Saturday, Sept. 17, is the best day of the year for wine-lovers to go for a grape foot-dip.

    Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the Grissettown area is having its 11th Purple Feet Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Highlights include grape-stomping and, at 3:30 p.m., the annual Lucille Ball lookalike contest, reflective of the 1956 “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy unwittingly finds herself in an Italian vineyard vat having to crush grapes with her feet and winds up in a grape fight in the process.

  •  Good news doting dog owners: New research proves you’re more than a treat dispenser to your pooch. Given the choice, chances are your dog would prefer your praise over food. This surprisingly unsurprising revelation was the conclusion of a small scientific study conducted by neuroscientists from Emory University. These results have important implications for how we train and treat our canines.

  • By Linda Arnold

          Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine-free Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke — you name it.

          We have so many choices today, and I wonder whether all our options have created some negative side effects.  While I’m all for progress — and choices — it seems that one of the side effects is indecisiveness.

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     By Linda Arnold

     

    Labor Day week brings up lots of things: the traditional end of summer, back-to-school season and political campaigns gearing up for the home stretch to the election. 

    While you might not have stopped to ponder the true meaning of the holiday on Monday, it’s interesting to note the origins — and to reflect on what that means for our lives today.

     

  • By John Nelson   

    Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!

     

                                                    — Charlie Brown

  • A Casino Night for Charity will unfold Saturday night, Sept. 10, at The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with gaming scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include black jack, poker, craps, roulette and horse racing.

    From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., award-winning caterer Ryan Gibbs will serve heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring seared ahi tuna with avocado spread, blackened shrimp with yellow stone grits and braised southern pork with sweet potato hash.

  • The 15th anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated locally starting bright and early Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2016.

    A fire and law enforcement motorcade is scheduled to leave Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores and head northward up U.S. 17.

    Participants will gather around 8:30 or 9 a.m., said Vito Ramaglia with the Calabash Lions Club.