• Show off your pooch and help animal rescue at the same time on Oak Island on Sunday.

    Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is having a Strut Your Mutt fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Middleton Park on Oak Island.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a $10-per-mutt registration fee.

    There will be contests for largest dog, smallest dog, best kisser, best trick, furriest dog, shortest tail, longest tail and sexiest tail.

    There will also be door prizes for the humans.

  • Local authors Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot and Miller Pope have done it again.

    They’ve collaborated on a new book and, just in time for Halloween this fall, DeGroot has published an additional book about ghosts.

    Not to be outdone, Joan Leotta, another local author, has also published her latest book, “Letters From Korea.”


    “Ocean Isle: Gem of the Atlantic Coast”

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is seeking directors for its 2014 season.

    Directors are not paid. Directors may also propose a show they wish to direct.

    Those interested should email president Frank Blackmon at frankblackmon01@gmail.com.

    Brunswick Little Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)3, all-volunteer community theater.

  • Get ready for art and more Labor Day weekend.

    The Oak Island Art Guild’s 24th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

    More than 100 arts and crafts vendors will show and sell handmade wares on the Oak Island soccer field at Middleton Park at 46th and Dolphin streets.

    Fine art, pottery, stained glass, needlecraft, Christmas ornaments, woodcarving, basket weaving, photography, books, posters, jewelry, toys, lawn and garden items will be on sale.

  • Veterans are invited to attend  “Freedom Day” at the Brunswick Senior Center at 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

    Entertainment will be provided by Brunswick County’s new barbershop chorus, the Coastal Harmonizers, who will sing traditional and patriotic songs.

    Pastries and coffee will be provided by Burney’s Bakery.

    Veterans are asked to RSVP to (910) 754-2300 by Sept. 6.

  • Area memorial services are scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 11, to remember those who fell victim 12 years ago to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.

    Day-long events will begin with an 8 a.m. Memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 Eighth Ave. in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    At 10 a.m., a motorcade will leave the old Lowes Foods parking lot on N.C. 904 at Old Georgetown Road and proceed north for an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.

  • The Brunswick County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will have its annual Freedom Fund banquet Saturday, Sept. 14, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores.

    The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m.

    Keynote speaker will be District Court Judge James H. Faison III.

    Tickets are $40 each. To purchase tickets, go to www.naacpbc.org or call (910) 253-0923.

  • Opera House Theatre Company is presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” through Sept. 8 on the main stage at Thalian Hall in Wilmington as its final production of the season.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

    Tickets are $25 with $2 discounts for seniors, military and students. Group discounts for 10 or more are available.

  • The Imitations got their start in Wilmington back in the summer of 1995.

    Three friends — Mike Merritt, Mike Miller and George “Buster” Hobbs — were just having fun and showing off their musical skills.

    Within months, they added a fourth member, George Willetts.

    Tony Creech joined the group, adding expertise on soundboard.

    Many shows later, The Imitations have entertained thousands and recorded three CDs: “Back to Carolina,” “Starrin’ ” and “For Real.”

  • Island attitude will prevail at Phlock to the Beach — A Buffett Style Beach Bash from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Cape Fear Regional Jetport on Oak Island. Gates open at 3 p.m.

    Highlights include food, beverages, a beer garden, games, contests and music by two bands.

    Key Lime Pie, a trop-rock party band from Wilmington, plays from 4 to 7 p.m. with its Southeastern coastal stew of Jimmy Buffett, R&B, soul, beach, blues reggae, country classics and Southern rock and roll.

  • They’re one of the USA’s longest performing groups, and they’re coming to a theater near you.

    The Beach Boys with Mike Love are scheduled to make their Brunswick County debut at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is now sold out.

    Fifty VIP ticketholders have reserved pricier seats for the first three rows and a chance to meet-and-greet The Beach Boys’ original lead vocalist/songwriter Mike Love.

  • The third week of September 1978 marked the beginning of an era with the formation of The Fantastic Shakers, known as the South’s finest show band.

    Since that time nearly 35 years ago, The Fantastic Shakers have performed more than 6,000 engagements, including more than 400 wedding receptions, 700 conventions and countless clubs.

    Their performance venues stretch from New York to Florida and throughout the Southeast.

  • It’s the end-all, be-all cure in a little white jar, and it heals everything from babies’ chafed bottoms to sores on a dog’s back.
    It is ENDIT, and two pharmacists in Shallotte developed the formula.
    Many Shallotte natives may remember William Douglas Roycroft — or Doug, as many called him — as the pharmacist and owner of Shallotte Rexall Drugs and Ocean Isle Pharmacy. Others may remember him for his service to Brunswick Hospital, the Brunswick County Board of Health or the ABC Board.

  • Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is rounding the bend into its last few weeks for the season.

    The next featured concerts of the season are as follows.

    Ocean Isle Beach (6:30 p.m. Fridays at Museum of Coastal Carolina) — Steve Owens & Summertime, Aug. 16; Sea Cruz, Aug. 23; Band of Oz, Aug. 30

    Shallotte, in Rourk Garden — Coastline Band, 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29

  • “Infernal Machines” were introduced into warfare by Confederate forces during the Civil War.

    A program on this innovation, which we now call torpedoes, will be presented at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

    The free program, “Mine Games: Torpedo Warfare in the Cape Fear,” is the final of 2nd Saturdays summer programs organized by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources at historic sites and museums statewide.

  • Anyone who has ever experienced the unconditional love and devotion of a pet also knows the devastating heartbreak of that final goodbye.

  • Learn how different ships named North Carolina had an important role from the Civil War to World War II aboard the Battleship North Carolina this weekend.

    “Battleship 101” consists of interactive family fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

    Battleship 101 visitors engage with ship volunteers stationed throughout the ship as they create dialogue on specific subjects relative to daily shipboard life including gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley and engineering areas.

  • Soloist Linda Ladrick will perform at a free concert from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Old Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive W. in Sunset Beach.

    Ladrick, accompanied by Kathryn Parker, will perform songs from the Great American Songbook, consisting of songs from 20th Century America.

    Ladrick is a native New Yorker with an extensive musical resume. Parker is the director of music ministries at Seaside and recently received her certificate in music ministry.

  • Author Daniel Morton will be at Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, to sign copies of his latest book, “Eyes of the Ocean.”

    The book focuses on Jim Fender, who has it all: a house on the beach, a beautiful wife, a loving daughter and a business deal that promises to make him extremely wealthy. He’s on top of the world — but that’s all about to change.

  • In the mid-1960s, a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born in the Pitt County town of Grifton.

    The group was described as a “guitar and keyboard group playing the sock hops at area schools, private parties and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”

    The group implemented a horn section in the late 1960s, significantly altering its music and regional renown as Band of Oz.

    In late 1976, Band of Oz hit the road, traveling extensively in the Southeast playing the club circuit.