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  • Matthew’s Ministry and Power Walking Ministries will be recipients of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s sixth annual Diamonds & Denim Charity Ball slated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road SE (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to help fight childhood hunger and poverty in Brunswick County.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s Stagestruck Players will present the high-energy musical “Grease” March 10-12 and March 17-19 at BLT’s new home at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    The musical, set in fictional Rydell High School in 1959, features characters from blue-collar working-class families. Musical numbers mimic early rock-and-roll and pulsate with youthful excitement.

    Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 and 17-18 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12 and 19.

  •  Over the past decade, science has shown dogs and cats tend to relax when listening to certain music. Classical music, especially Mozart compositions, has been the primary focus of these earlier experiments. The so-called “Mozart effect” seemed to soothe toddlers, dogs and cats, at least temporarily.

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  •  By John Nelson

     

    I’m trying to poison my botany students. Well, that’s what most of them think.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road will welcome local writer Joan Leotta to Lunch with the Author at noon Tuesday, Feb. 28.

    Leotta’s latest book, “Summer in a Bowl,” introduces the joys of gardening to Rosa as she helps Aunt Mary tend her garden and create a soup that will preserve their summer fun.

    Lunch will be served, including Leotta’s soup recipe included in her book.

    For more information, call the library at (910) 575-0173.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I first saw this sign at a seminar years ago.

    It seemed like such a no-brainer. Of course, I’d rather be happy than right! It’s amazing, though, how many times we can become so attached to our positions — and “dug in” — that proving our point becomes the most important thing.

    This question is often used in therapy sessions to illustrate to an individual, couple or family just how polarizing the desire to “be right” can be.

     

  • By John Nelson

     “The air was now cool and salubrious, and riding seven or eight miles, through a pine forest, I came to Sapello bridge, to which the salt tide flows. I here stopped…”

                William Bartram, 1741, “Travels”

     

  • Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 11th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 64 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers, and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • Just when you thought Carolina basketball couldn’t get any more exciting, the Harlem Ambassadors trot into town to up everybody’s game.

    The team, specializing in cross-country and international roundball folly-and-fun fundraisers, take on the Calabash Lions Club Lions Pride team for an entertaining showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the West Brunswick High School gymnasium at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte.

  • American folk singer, storyteller and autoharpist Adam Miller performs a free concert at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road. The accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist and song collector, who has amassed a repertoire of more than 5,000 songs, accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking on acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. The program is open to the public. For more information call the library at 575-0173 or go to folksinging.org.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    Flash bulletin: Did you know your ability to love someone else is proportional to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way. At your core level it’s essential you have — or develop — a healthy sense of self-respect.

  • International guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians.

    Next Thursday night, Feb. 23, the talented twosome known as Loren and Mark are sharing their diverse repertoire of original and arranged music on the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Get set for their stunning brand of guitar instrumentals and vocal duets, which have brought them wide appeal and strong audience connection.

  • Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians, aka Harpeth Rising, playing original music as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.

    Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

  • Come catch Greenlands Farm’s first class of 2017 and enjoy learning the craft of making a great cupcake from Heather, the farm’s master baker who has been craft baking since 1972.

    The Craft of Baking & Wine unfolds from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the family farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

  •  Itchy dogs pose one of the most frustrating clinical challenges for veterinarians and worrisome conditions for pet parents. Seasonal allergies, or atopic dermatitis, affect an estimated 10 percent of all dogs. While the exact cause is unknown, genetics are thought to play a major role in determining if your dog suffers from recurrent itching and scratching. A novel, non-pharmaceutical pruritus treatment has been approved in the U.S., promising to relieve itching in millions of dogs.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    In these times of uncertainty, you may find yourself doubting a lot of things.

    Let’s face it. In many cases, foundations have been rocked. If you find you’re more unsure lately, I’d say that’s a normal reaction. If that sense of wavering continues for too long, however, you may want to take stock.

  •  By John Nelson

    Quick, all you vexillologists: What do Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mexico, Norfolk Island and Turks and Caisos Island all have in common? This is too easy. They all nations whose flags prominently feature a plant. This week, we are focusing on the flag of Lebanon, which prominently features a tree, and more specifically, a cedar; and even more specifically, a “true” cedar.