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  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  •  By John Nelson

    Before the onslaught of Western culture in the Southeast, there existed stunning forests of a particular pine, a pine that towered well more than 100 feet high, with trunks seven feet in diameter, true Southern giants. Try as you might now, you will not happen upon such a scene now: groves of these, thick within the Sandhills, as far as the eye can see.

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Little girls and their male role models are royally highlighted at the upcoming Little Princess Ball scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at two sites this year — the South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. in Carolina Shores and at the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Location-specific tickets are $10 per person and on sale through Feb. 5.

    The event is a special afternoon filled with dancing, face painting, games and more.

  •  It was around 1998 when I first became interested in CO2 laser surgery. I had returned from a surgical lecture presented by a university professor friend. During his presentation, he casually mentioned his school had recently purchased a human surgical laser. They had begun using it on a variety on cases, especially oral tumors, and were pleased with the results so far.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    How many times have you heard — or said:

    •    Time is of the essence
    •    Time is on my side
    •    We need more quality time
    •    Or, my personal favorite: Timing is everything.

    These points hit home awhile back when I made a nursing home visit with our informal therapy dog, Chloe (following in the paw prints of her golden retriever pal, Barney).

  •   By John Nelson

    Walking around in a salt marsh can be a challenging experience. You have to select the right trousers and footwear, of course. In the summer, you must consider no-see-ums, flies and other visitors. Without a strong breeze, and in hot weather, the aroma of the marsh may become stifling. Then there are the issues of protection from the sun, and dealing with treacherous substrates. Pluff mud and oyster shells can be encountered. And of course, you have to pay attention to the tides!

  •   By John Nelson

    Walking around in a salt marsh can be a challenging experience. You have to select the right trousers and footwear, of course. In the summer, you must consider no-see-ums, flies and other visitors. Without a strong breeze, and in hot weather, the aroma of the marsh may become stifling. Then there are the issues of protection from the sun, and dealing with treacherous substrates. Pluff mud and oyster shells can be encountered. And of course, you have to pay attention to the tides!

  • Brides-to-be are invited to a free bridal show Jan. 31 at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Silver Coast Bridal Show will take place 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road off Longwood Road.

    Local wedding professionals will be on hand to help brides-to-be make their wedding day extra special and there will be an abundance of giveaways. Admission is free.

    Participating vendors include caterers, photographers, officiants, cake bakers, DJs, event and limo rentals and event planners.

  • Steve Chapin and Big John Wallace of the late Harry Chapin’s band will perform a benefit concert for New Hope Clinic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay St.

    Donations are $25 each, with proceeds to go to show expenses and the remainder to New Hope Clinic.  

    Harry Chapin, who died in 1981 following a car crash on Long Island, is best known for his 1970s hits, “Cat’s In the Cradle and “Taxi,” but he was also renowned for his beautiful stories.

  • Super Bowl Sunday means SOUPer Bowl Saturday in Shallotte.

    It’s almost time for that super delicious weekend once again.

    For the seventh year, the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club invites the public to its annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser the day before the Super Bowl, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church at 5070 Main St. behind Rourk Library.

  • SHALLOTTE — It was late winter 1963 or early spring 1964 when the first phase of establishing Shallotte Presbyterian Church got under way.

    The originators were mostly Presbyterians who were actively involved with Camp United Methodist Church at the time, according to history posted on the Shallotte Presbyterian website, shallottechurch.org.

    Other initiators included people who had recently moved to the area because of retirement or business interests.

  • Get ready for another round of fun and games in Vegas, N.C.

    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s 11th annual Las Vegas Night is pulling out all stops Saturday night, Jan. 30, with an array of food and Vegas-style games.

    The annual fundraiser is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The catered event, hosted this year by WECT-TV’s Jon Evans, will once again feature a cash bar plus tableside cocktails, dinner, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cake.

  •  Common kitten questions 

    Cats are curious critters. They’re fiercely independent, notably nocturnal and difficult to discern. In other words, they’re probably cleverer than most humans. Here are some of the most common kitten questions I get from cat people.

     

    How long do cats live?

  •   By Linda Arnold

    As I write this, there’s a national lottery jackpot up for grabs to the tune of $1.5 billion.  With a “b.”

    Maybe there has been a winner, or winners. Maybe it was you. If so, please send me an email to the address below. If not, read on.

    It’s fun to get caught up in the “what if” frenzy that’s sweeping the country, and to imagine what you’d do with all that money.

  •  By John Nelson

    Ancient and very beautiful, a plant group that has always fascinated humans: the ferns.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.

    He delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech Aug. 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    He was assassinated at 39 while rallying on behalf of black workers on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

    During the month of what would have been his 87th birthday, area events will once again celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is officially observed this year Monday, Jan. 18.

  • The next best thing to the Bee Gees is a Bee Gees tribute.

    That’s just what’s happening on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, where “Night Fever: An Evening of the Bee Gees,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

  • Wine from France, Italy, Spain, and Argentina and food from one of the finest restaurants in the area will highlight an evening to help further the cause of literacy.

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council is hosting a Wine and Dine experience at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at La Cucina Italian Grill at 1780 Chandlers Lane, No. 11, in Sunset Beach.