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  •  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.

  • Holden Beach VFW Post 8866 will have a St. Paddy’s Day dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 17 at the post, located 1.5 miles past the light on Sabbath Home Road.

    Plates include corned beef and cabbage and fixings, including drink and dessert. The cost is $8 per plate. All are invited.

  • Have you ever seen a starfish served its lunch?

    You can at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    At 11 a.m. every Friday, museum visitors can get up close and personal with all the critters in the touch tank at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Children and adults of all ages are invited to come and watch the museum docents feed the array of live, local sea animals that live at the museum.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “The Fantasticks”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College

    Tickets: $29 adults; $27 students and seniors 65+; $10 ages 12 and younger; plus handling fees

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

  • The town of Carolina Shores will have its sixth annual Arbor Day celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Highlights include presentation of a Tree City USA Award by a Brunswick County forest representative.

    Second-graders in Jennifer Parton’s class at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School will again assist with a tree-planting ceremony, facilitated by members of the town’s tree advisory committee.

    The Calabash Fire Department will also be on hand with fire truck tours for the class.

  • Dance fitness pro Sara McGrail will lead a Zumbathon fundraising party Friday afternoon, March 21, to benefit the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, S.C.

    The event kicks off at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 at Mineola Avenue in Little River, with registration from 12:30 to 1 p.m., followed by a Zumbathon master class from 1 to 3 p.m. and a silent auction and raffles from 3 to 4 p.m.

    The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Smoking is bad for people and secondhand smoke is bad for pets. No news there. The real news is that the now ubiquitous e-cigarette can also pose a deadly danger to dogs. If you thought secondhand smoke was dangerous, wait until you hear about the evils of e-cigs.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Have you ever been inside an herbarium? The word “herbarium” is often confused with the word “arboretum.” Now, an herbarium, such as the one where I work, is a collection of dried, pressed plants, used variously as a scientific resource for botanists who study plant taxonomy. An arboretum, on the other hand, is basically a garden of living trees.

  • The International Space Station (ISS) is 250 miles above Earth and orbits Earth every 90 minutes.

    It has been visited by astronauts, scientists, and cosmonauts from 15 different countries and has been continuously occupied for more than 13 years.

    What is it like to live aboard the ISS?