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  • Join Hickmans Crossroads Library for its next Meet the Author talk and book-signing featuring Bill Thompson and his latest book, “Chasing Jubal,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1040 Calabash Road.

    On the flimsy premise of joining his brother to fight beside him in a war he knows nothing about, book protagonist Jubal Early Simpson takes a journey that challenges and changes his concept of who he is.

  • 1.        What does your life look like in five years?

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It’s weathered storms, crowds and lots of happy, vacationing families.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, which turns 60 this year, has proven its endurance as it continues to thrive with more of the same anticipated in coming years.

    Terry Thorup, who for the past three years has managed the family-owned wooden pier built in 1956 and launched the following year by his uncle, Odell Williamson, said a portion of the historic 968-foot-long structure stretching into the Atlantic is original.

  • By John Nelson
    Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, won’t you please put a penny in the old man’s sack? If you haven’ got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven't got a ha’penny, God bless you.

    — traditional English rhyme

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Are you overwhelmed? Do you have too much on your platter?

    Chances are, you’ve overcommitted yourself … again. Why does this keep happening?

    While it’s true that most of us lead busy lives and there are often a lot of “moving parts,” one of the culprits for your sense of feeling overwhelmed could be found by looking in the mirror.

  • They’re a 50-voice community choir converging from all over Brunswick County and three adjacent counties.

    At 7 p.m. this coming Sunday, July 30, the ensemble called UNITED unites at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia to present a free public concert.

    Choir director Michael Galloway, a Brunswick County native and son of longtime Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Anthony Clemmons, deems UNITED a ministry and opportunity to bring a variety of people and their unique talents together.

  • Pre-sales have almost sold out the first batch of copies of Brunswick Coastal Cookbook, which officially goes on sale Thursday, July 27.

    The cookbook consists of coastal recipes, history and information about Brunswick Catch, a collaborative effort of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Brunswick County Commissioners, North Carolina Sea Grant and Carteret Catch to promote and educate people about locally harvested seafood.

    The front cover art on the book was done by Terrah Hewett. The back cover features art by local artist Bryan Varnam.

  • Tickets are still available for Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth 1950s and‘60s music extravaganza, “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music,” Aug. 3-6 and 17-20 at the theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

    This year’s revue pays tribute to rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who died in March at 90.

  • Silver Coast Winery, in partnership with Special Kids Sponsor Foundation, which benefits children in foster care, will host the Purple Feet Festival on Sept. 9 as they celebrate the grape.

    Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children younger than 12 and Lucy look-alikes are admitted free.

    Come enjoy live music by the Imitations, along with MC Tony Resse. There will be a variety of arts and craft vendors, with a Lucy Look-A-Like contest at 3:30 p.m., grape stomping all day and food vendors. The winemaker will also give a winery tour.

  • By John Nelson

    “I'm as corny as Kansas in August ...”

                                    Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, lyrics by O. Hammerstein

     

    Well, it’s not August yet, and this plant is not exactly corn. But it’s close.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Scary equals aliveness.”

    I saw this quote on a poster awhile back — with a picture of a skydiver. Although I didn’t feel the need to go out and try skydiving, I’ll admit the quote had an effect on me.

  • Perhaps my favorite pet health trend is the push toward clean pet foods. For decades, it’s been challenging for both veterinarians and pet parents to decipher pet food labels and determine what is (or isn’t) in the bag or can. I’m excited to see pet food companies address these concerns by pledging to support “clean labels” and providing increased transparency on ingredients. This subtle shift matters because clean pet food and easy-to-read labels are important for your dog’s health and energy, and your peace of mind.     

  • The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at four more venues this summer, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street in Shallotte and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

    This ancient Chinese proverb speaks volumes. And it’s a good reminder that you can start anything, anytime.

     

    Just going through the motions?

  • This appointment was going to take a while.

    Mrs. Smith (not her real name) calmly stroked her purring feline as she continued raising her voice toward me.

    “I don’t care what you think, Dr. Ward. I change her litter box quite enough! Frieda tells me when it’s time to clean the poo-poo pail and I empty it promptly.”

  • By John Nelson

    Botanists are always looking for interesting places, because that’s where the interesting plants are. The thing is, just about any kind of place is going to be interesting to a botanist in one way or another. Why, just this past weekend I was botanizing out in the countryside near our beautiful Edisto River: it was the middle of nowhere, and I spied a wonderful place for a botanist to spend some time: a “loading deck.”

  • Plan to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • The work of four artists is the centerpiece of “Controlled Chaos 4 Artists,” which debuted July 2 and culminates with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    The show continues through Aug. 6.

  • 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.

    Occasionally, Darrell, a former electrician and lead production manager at Carolina Products Inc., would venture out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs.