• Shop for yard sale bargains while helping animals at the same time.

    Tiki Paw Doggie Daycare at 1380 Whiteville Road in Shallotte will be the site of Save the Tails Yard Sale benefitting Rescue Animals Community Effort from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

    The large multi-family yard sale will include food and assorted bargains, with proceeds going to help R.A.C.E., a local nonprofit animal rescue group.

    Space is available for $25.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Billy McGuigan Yesterday and Today

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students plus applicable fees

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

    Don’t forget to bring your favorite Beatles song request when Billy McGuigan and band hit the Odell Williamson Auditorium stage next Thursday night at Brunswick Community College.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Godspell Junior”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 21; 3 p.m. Sunday March 22

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    How much: $6 for children up to age 12; $12 for students with an ID and $17 for adults.

    Tickets may be purchased online at www.brunswicklittletheatre.com or Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For more information go to www.brunswicklittletheare.com or call 447-BLT6 (2586)

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: 13th Annual Brunswick County Home & Garden Show

    When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7

    Where: West Brunswick High School

    Cost: $5; ages 8 and younger admitted free

    It’s time for the 13th Annual Brunswick County Home & Garden Show.

    The show will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

  •  Picture yourself in Bavaria in the spring, in a friend’s backyard, admiring the view of the Alps in the distance. Your host, showing you around, spots this little weed, and exclaims, “Schau mal, Erdrauch!” (Translation is below.)


  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Wuthering Heights”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students

    Aquila Theatre is bringing to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of Heathcliff and Catherine’s all-consuming passion with its new production of “Wuthering Heights.”

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Health Expo 2015

    When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28

    Where: Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road, Shallotte

    Admission: Free

    Free health screenings, massages and seminars are part of Health Expo 2015, slated for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 28, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the ninth annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging at the school at 225 Village Road.

  • With spring just around the corner, Greenlands Farmstore at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia is conducting two workshops next Tuesday, March 3.

    “Seeds — Preparing Your Spring & Summer,” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

    Participants are invited to join Farmer Henry for an in-depth teaching workshop on preparing your spring and summer garden, and it all starts with seeds.

    The cost of the session is $15, and advance sign-up is requested.

  • A fundraising revue, “Broadway on Howe,” to aid with restoration of Southport’s Amuzu Theatre, is scheduled from Feb. 27 through March 8 at the historic theater at 111 N. Howe St.

  •  By John Nelson

    Golly-gee, it’s a geophyte!

    This is an easy term with which to come to grips. “Geo-” of course means “earth” and “phyton-“ means “plant.” OK, an earth-plant — but actually in the sense of its having some sort of subterranean structure from which it can keep coming back, at least for a few seasons.

  • Blues singer Ray Bonneville will perform at the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Winnie the Pooh KIDS”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 3 p.m. Feb. 22

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    Cost: $5; go to www.brunswicklittletheatre.com

    This coming weekend, Brunswick Little Theatre is inviting its loyal audience to the Hundred Acre Wood to join all their old A.A. Milne storybook friends — Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang.

  •  By John Nelson

     “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen,”Willa Cather, My Antonia.


    Winter. Winter. Winter. On and on. And it probably won’t even snow here where I am. I have to admit that even though it is cold and nippy for this child of summer, our southern winters always include some beautiful, sparkling days. And the big trees don’t seem to mind winter too much.

  •  By John Nelson 


     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.

  • One of the world’s premier autoharpists, Adam Miller, is coming to Brunswick County next week to present a free public performance at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Miller, a renowned American folk singer, historian, musicologist and song collector, has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. He accompanies his rich, resonant, baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.

  • Another “whodunit” will permeate Silver Coast Winery on Feb. 21.

    That’s the day the winery and the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club are presenting a 6 p.m. Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

    Tickets, $26.69 per person (includes tax) must be purchased by Feb. 14 by calling the winery at 287-2800, by contacting a member of the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club or calling 512-4202.

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    For $25 per person, there will be appetizers and a cash bar as well as a door prize for best Mardi Gras costume and a raffle drawing for a $500 Visa card and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved an amendment to regulate tents on the beach.

    The 3-1 vote is to require tents, canopies and other “shading devices,” except for umbrellas, to be erected in a single line parallel to the ocean and not to extend more than 24 feet from the front dune line toward the ocean.

    Town council members Lou De Vita, Terry Johnson and Carol Scott voted in favor of the measure. Town councilman Wilson Sherrill cast a dissenting vote. Town councilman Mike Williams was absent.

  • Romance is in the air. Valentine’s Day, after all, is just around the bend.

    And several entities have scheduled events just to make Feb. 14 even more special this year.

    Singing valentines

    The Coastal Harmonizers are tuning up for more sweet serenading.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

  • “Last Stand on the West Bank of the Cape Fear,” a living history program, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15.

    The anniversary event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, 8884 St. Philips Road SE in Winnabow.