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  • Harold Melvin’s legendary Blue Notes and Blue Magic are featured performers at a Father’s Day Mega Concert set for 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the main campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The Blue Light Basement Concert Series event, sponsored by Men of Respect and Ladies of Distinction, includes a free buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were and still are a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to 1954 — long before their leap into stardom during the 1970s.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    The recent Memorial Day weekend certainly provided a time for reflection.

    Honoring those who have passed on also creates the space to take stock of our own lives. If your major thoughts center on your “to do” list — or what other people think of you — strap yourself in.         

  •  By John Nelson

    Such shocking pink in the middle of the hot, dry woods! You wouldn’t expect to see it, yet that is where our psammophyte grows.

  • Summer concert season has begun.

    Brunswick County’s free concerts and movies have launched for another season with an array of weekly entertainment in eight towns.

    In the event of inclement weather, events may be cancelled and possibly rescheduled.

    Here’s a closer look at this year’s lineup.

    Ocean Isle Beach Concerts

    Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Fridays in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    “Why hasn’t he returned my call?” “Did you hear what she said?” “I must have done something wrong.”

    How many times does that voice in your head cause you to second-guess yourself? And then you end up replaying a situation over and over, agonizing over it.

    Sound familiar?

    Well, here’s a news flash:

    Nothing other people do is about you. It’s about them.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Sweet is the swamp with its secrets, until we meet a snake;

    ‘Tis then we sigh for houses, and our departure take.” — Emily Dickinson

     

  • Memorial Day services this year will once again honor soldiers and veterans both past and present.

    Several Memorial Day ceremonies are planned this year, starting with afternoon events Sunday, May 29, in Shallotte’s new Mulberry Park and continuing Monday, May 30, with ceremonies in Sunset Beach, Calabash, Holden Beach and on the Battleship North Carolina.

  •  I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest a variety of interactive, engaging, and plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys help keep the teeth and gums healthy and strengthen jaw muscles. They also serve as important environmental enrichment aides and provide essential mental stimulation. Here’s a simple guide to what makes a great, and safe, canine chew toy.

     

    Where’s it made?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “Time to get back in the saddle.”

    You may be saying this to yourself — or to someone close to you — or maybe you’re hearing it from others.

    With a number of folks undergoing chemotherapy or radiation — or recuperating from surgery or other major medical treatments these days — it’s a common phrase. And who doesn’t want to return to “normal?”

  •  By John Nelson

  • It’s an annual event to rally for a cure, and to wear lots of pink and purple.

    This year, the 31st annual Relay for Life of Brunswick County will be a one-day event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in M.H. Rourk Stadium at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    At last count, 51 Relay for Life teams and 452 participants had committed to raising funds that had already exceeded $115,000.

  • Wear your flip-flops and have a ball while helping community health at the same time.

    That’s what Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s fifth annual Flip Flop Ball is all about.

    Festivities launch at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Brick Landing Plantation.

    Tickets for the Flip Flop Ball are $100 and include island cuisine and dancing. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

  •  Last week I reviewed some of the common causes of excessive or destructive chewing in dogs while encouraging you to drink wine. This week, I’d like to tackle some tips for taming teething troubles, while recommending you sip a cocktail. You definitely deserve it, especially if because your Dolce is missing its Gabbana.

     

    Treating chewing

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     By Linda Arnold

         Quick: What does the cool side of the pillow have in common with finding money in a coat pocket? 

         They both rank among the little things in life that bring us the most joy. Sure, the major milestones leave their marks. How often do they occur, though? And what sustains us in between those times?

     

    High fives

  • By John Nelson

  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 25th annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from May 17 through May 20 at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, through Friday, May 20. Admission is free.

    An artists’ reception and awards presentation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

    An optional three-day art workshop tied to the show is scheduled May 17-19.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you’re like me, you’re drawn to those lists of quick tips that bombard us from supermarket checkout counters, magazine covers, news feeds and online email blasts. Blasting belly fat seems to be the popular topic right now.

    I ran across one the other day, though, that’s much more global. Combined with additional research, it yielded some insights you may find helpful.

     

    Rules for being human

  •  Part 1: Causes

    Some things were destined to go together: French fries and ketchup. Wine and cheese. Dogs and chewing. Yes, I went there. One of the most common questions I hear from frazzled pet parents donning mismatched socks and tattered footwear is, “Why does my dog chew everything?” This week, we’ll sample some of the common causes of excessive chewing followed by simple solutions in my next column. Settle in, grab a glass of vino and dine on the reasons your dog may chew too much.

     

  •  By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  • This weekend offers two events designed to help people learn more about those who work to keep us safe.

    Missing Man Chair of Honor

    The public is invited to join Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 as it dedicates a POW/MIA Missing Man Chair of Honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Veterans Park in the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Park and Sports Complex.