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  • By John Nelson

    There are two mysteries this week. First off, if you don’t know what these funny-looking things are in the photo, I’ll have to tell you straightaway they are hearts of palm and they do indeed come from a palm tree. The second mystery will be the actual name of the plant involved here.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    The need for human connection.

    Aside from our opposable thumbs, it’s one of the main things that sets us apart as a species.

    Numerous studies have concluded that isolation and loneliness are at the root of many of our negative conditions: depression, lethargy, suicidal tendencies, etc.

  • May blossoms with rich red fields exhaling the unmistakably sweet fragrance of one of my favorite fruits, strawberries. Bursting with flavor and packed with powerful nutrients, I was recently asked by a reader if dogs can eat strawberries? The short answer is a resounding “Yes!” with the longer answer being, “Yes, but …”

  • This coming Saturday, June 10, the Seafood Capital once again teems with creativity as the fourth annual Plein Aire-Wet Paint Day launches in The Calabash Cottages complex at 10152 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    Hosted by Jewelry by Wendy, painting starts between 9 and 10 a.m. and ends between 1 and 2 p.m., followed by a Meet the Artist Wet Paint Sale art show from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

    The event includes an all-day craft show on The Calabash Cottages grounds as well as a “Peoples Vote” for Best in Show.

  • North Tower, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, has been one of the South’s great party bands for more than 35 years, providing the best in oldies, beach, top 40 and funk with sizzling brass, super vocals and a wide-ranging repertoire.

    North Tower launched in 1975 as an a cappella vocal quartet at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the group’s name derived from a section of Old East dormitory where some of the members lived.

  • The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean. The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers who walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when hatchlings are ready to emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs.

  • By John Nelson

    Man at the veterinarian’s office: “Doctor, my dog doesn’t have a nose!”

    Vet: “Goodness! How does he smell?”

    Man: “Terrible!”

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     By Linda Arnold

     

    Ahhhhhh … that vacation feeling. Toes in the sand and tropical sunsets definitely recharge the batteries!

    One of my favorite things about this past vacation was a group of festive folks called “The Joy Squad.” They made regular rounds to our resort pools, handing out popsicles, offering to clean our sunglasses and creating chances to win fun prizes.

  • It was in 2007 when I first glimpsed the future of veterinary medicine. I was invited to peek at a new canine DNA test developed by Mars Veterinary appropriately named the Wisdom Panel. At the time, the test was limited to detecting basic breed origins and a few predictive metrics such as size.

    Fast-forward to present day and the science behind DNA is progressing rapidly beyond most pet parents’ imaginations. The question is: Should you have your dog’s DNA tested? What can these tests tell you and how accurate are they? Great questions with gray answers.

  • Food, music, a beer garden and raffles for fabulous prizes highlight Paws-Ability’s first Band Fest from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, in Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd. N. in Sunset Beach.

    A $5 donation is requested, which includes a raffle ticket for one of more than a dozen prizes donated by local businesses, said Janie Withers, founder and president of Paws-Ability, which raises money to aid animal causes in Brunswick County.

  • It’s time to go to Half Hell again. The Half Hell Folk Music Festival, that is, which everyone can do from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

  • Each month since September 2008, Manna Ministries has worked to provide families a box of food in Jesus' name.

  • The Calabash Concert Committee has cancelled the Tams concert scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, due to the weather forecast.

    According to a notice issued by the town of Calabash on Monday afternoon, there is a high-percentage chance of thunderstorms Tuesday, escalating in the late afternoon. The Tams were to travel from Tennessee for this performance in the lineup of Calabash Summer Concerts in Calabash Community Park. It is hoped that this concert can be rescheduled to an alternate date, but that has not been determined at this time. 

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    By John Nelson

    It’s one of those plants that give off a really memorable aroma: a sweet, clinging aroma that hangs in the still air of a shaded magical woodland, letting us know spring is almost over, with summer ready to roll in.

  • “Look at him, he’s so happy!”

    Most pet parents will tell you they can tell what their pet is feeling simply by looking at them. For years mainstream scientists have dismissed reading a dog’s emotional facial expressions as wishful thinking. Recent research suggests we may be able to correctly guess our pet’s feelings after all.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    If you feel like your life is on autopilot, spinning out of control, you’re not alone.

    Juggling all those demands on your platter, coupled with information overload in our warp-speed society, can make you feel like you’re a pinball machine on “tilt.”

  • “Smooth soul” sums up North Carolina-based Silk Groove, a vocal/instrumental band electrifying the stage of the second Sunset Beach Summer Concert of the season from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, May 31, in the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street.

    Group namesake and drummer Chris “Silk” Terry has performed with legendary groups The Drifters, The Coasters, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations.

  • Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina on May 20 at 11 a.m. as Jim and Deb Boyce will present their program, Turtle Talk — OIBSTPO Getting Ready for Summer Turtles!

    They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Learn what you can do to help protect these magnificent animals.

  • Help celebrate Ingram Planetarium’s 15th birthday on May 20 with a free program at 7 p.m. looking back at the history of the planetarium and the advancements in astronomy that have occurred since it first opened its doors in 2002.