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  • CALABASH — To the beat of peace, well-being and good intentions, Nancy Smith led Christine Fauske and Page Jones through the positions of smooth-flow yoga on a recent Tuesday morning.

    Smith, owner of the newly opened Movement Works holistic dance, yoga and martial arts center, and her students were in their element.

    “Yogash chita vritti nirodha,” Smith’s website, www.mvmtworks.com, states, citing Sanskrit: “Yoga is the cessation of mental fragmentation.”

  • Virginia Williamson Elementary School at 1020 Zion Hill Road off N.C. 211 is having its first spring carnival Friday, April 11.

    Hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m.

    Highlights include more than 28 fair booths, four inflatable bounce houses, hay rides, concession stands (popcorn, hot dogs, soda and tacos), photos with characters and props, and show-and-tell featuring local EMS, fire and law enforcement personnel.

  • Thomas Wesley Stern will perform in the third Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved a resolution supporting a quarter-cent sales tax increase to be decided by voters in a May 6 referendum.

    Unanimous approval came at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night, April 7, with an added stipulation about terminal groins and following a presentation about the proposal by Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy.

  • Mary Cox’s colorful handmade bags decorated her first-ever booth at her first-ever crafts show.

    The Leland resident is owner and creator for Monkey Sews Monkey Does, her homegrown business featuring her handmade, no-two-are-the same bags and crocheted items.

    She was one of about 60 exhibitors at last month’s Made in NC arts and crafts fair at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

    “I’ve always sewn,” Cox said. “My mother and grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child.”

  •  By John Nelson

    We have a really flamboyant tree here in Columbia, S.C., which has been showing up for years. It can be a nasty weed, often occurring in old vacant parking lots and along railroads and broken-down littered places in tiresome urban settings.

  •  By John Nelson

    Gloomy, gloomy, these misty spring days after all the ice and rain. One wonders if it ever will warm up and get sunny. And yet, there are plenty of early spring flowers out and about now to give us at least the perception of coming warmth and botanical bounty. As long as we are going to be out on a field trip, here is a little shrub that offers its cheery flowers to brighten things up a bit.

  •  Alligator Egg Hunt is on at Fort Fisher Aquarium

     

    Bunnies may be hopping down the trail soon, but alligators are on a roll at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The aquarium’s annual Alligator Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12, 18 and 19 will offer children a chance to learn, create and play this spring. 

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Bill Cosby

    When: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $67 to $77, plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

     

    As Bill Cosby gets ready to do back-to-back shows at Brunswick Community College this coming Sunday, a little advance preparation by the audience may help with what to expect.

  •  By John Nelson

    Gardeners are just like everybody else, except they garden. And being just like everybody else, gardeners go through their various “phases” or “periods.” Some of these phases involve a sort of popularity contest when it comes to certain plants over others. One might think of the tulip craze that gripped Holland in the 1630s.

  • After 40 years, the Sea Notes Choral Society is still enjoying sweet, melodic harmony.

    The nonprofit vocal ensemble is gearing up for its annual spring concert, “Sea Notes Sings! The Best of the Best,” to be presented in three performances Thursday, Friday and Sunday, March 27-30, in Caswell Beach.

  • The South Brunswick Interchurch Council will present its 11th annual Sing Into Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Calabash Presbyterian Church, 8820 Old Georgetown Road.

    Church choirs, church groups and area talent will perform during this two-hour concert. Refreshments will be served.

    A love offering will be taken. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the food pantry.

  • Now that spring has finally sprung, the Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is gearing up for its annual plant sale April 3-5.

    This year’s event will be at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, in the greenhouse behind Building N, across from the botanical garden. Look for the signs.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    In anticipation of the upcoming sale, hundreds of colorful plants have been planted, and more shrubbery and trees will be brought in.

  •  By John Nelson

  • A fun show expo to benefit rescued horses will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Honalee Stables, 367 Danford Road in Bolivia.

    Highlights include English, western and trail classes as well as games and “payback barrels.”

    Horses from the United States Equine Rescue League, Southeast Coast Region, will also be available for viewing and on-site adoptions.

    General admission is $1.

    All classes are $6 each and $50 for unlimited gaming.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s Stagestruck Players are giving away 20 children’s (12 and younger) tickets to the opening night performance of “Dear Edwina, Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28.

    The show will be at the Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St, Suite 1 (behind Wingate Inn).

    “Dear Edwina Jr.” will run for two weekends with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 and April 4 and 5 and two Sunday matinees March 30 and April 6 at 3 p.m.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County presents The Kennedys performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall.

    Tickets are $22 in advance or $24 at the door and can be purchased through PayPal on the website www.listenupbrunswickcounty.com or at Kd Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop, at 344 Holden Beach Road in Holden Beach (hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday).

  • Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital.

    During Lent, it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, March 7, the Post will once again fire up its annual Friday-night Lenten fish fries.

    Dinners consisting of fried and breaded fresh haddock with all the trimmings will be served 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday, April 18.

    Dinners this year are $10 per plate. An extra cup of clam chowder is $1.

    Former post commander Jack Goin jokes the secret for cooking Lenten fish is all in the wrist.

  • Get ready to run for the flytraps.

    The second annual Half Hell Haul gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center Nature Trail.

    Benefits from the race will be used to protect Venus flytraps.

    Racing through the region’s piney woods is “a fun way to highlight flytraps,” race organizer Angie Carl said.

    Carnivorous Venus flytraps only grow in the wild in southeast North Carolina and in a sliver of northeast South Carolina, Carl said.

  •  By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s my favorite tree. Has to be!

    Everything about it is interesting, and all its parts are attractive. I first learned about this tree when I was a tiny undergraduate student in my first botany class. Our field trip was to the wild and mysterious Congaree Swamp, where this tree is common along the bluffs that border the floodplain. There we learned that it is sometimes called “initial tree,” a reference to the practice of carving one’s initials into the bark, which is very smooth.