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  • A Pampered Chef cooking show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Greenlands Farm Store, 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Host Heather Burkert said participants will taste a simple, delicious recipe, try tools that make kitchen tasks easier, and learn entertaining and cooking tips.

    Those interested in attending should RSVP to Burkert at (910) 253-7934 or email heather@hburkert.com.

  • Fort Fisher State Historic Site is commemorating the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher with a living history program, “Always near the front with instruments and tourniquets: The Medical Service at Fort Fisher.”

    The free program scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, will focus on medical and health care available to soldiers on both sides of the 1865 battle.

  • A Pampered Chef cooking show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Greenlands Farm Store, 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.
    Host Heather Burkert said participants will taste a simple, delicious recipe, try tools that make kitchen tasks easier, and learn entertaining and cooking tips.
    Those interested in attending should RSVP to Burkert at (910) 253-7934 or email heather@hburkert.com.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • Willis Richardson Players & Co. will have a second round of auditions for the theater drama production, "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Hannah Block USO/ Community Art Center, 120 S. Second St. in Wilmington.

    The center is at the corner of Second and Orange streets.

    The play will be presented April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    For more information, call producer/director Daren Beatty at (910) 352-6247 or Rodger Aiken at (910) 762-5167.

  • One of the most challenging aspects of aging is isolation and loss of social interaction. Whether homebound because of physical challenges or illness, many senior citizens may begin to feel cut off from the outside world and struggle with depression. Those feelings of loneliness can lead to stress, anxiety, and medical complications. A new study proves that pets can cheer up lonely seniors and enhance quality of life — but we pet lovers already knew that.

  • Imagine caring for 6 to 8 million dogs and cats each year. Now, picture having to euthanize half those animals every year for little or no pay. That’s the job our heroic animal shelter and rescue personnel and volunteers perform each year. For them, I am eternally grateful.

  • By John Nelson
    Plant Columnist

    For the Christmas holidays we can have an easy mystery plant. Don’t you think? I think it will be easy, but before we go there, I have a question.
    It’s about that fluffy stuff that they put in the bottom of Easter baskets, or in the bottoms of fruit baskets or boxes that you order to be delivered. What is that stuff called? “Shredded paper filler?” Too technical for the holidays. “Excelsior?” Too hard to pronounce. Maybe we can come up with a name for it.

  • On Jan. 10, the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Coastal Gallery presents the grand opening and reception of “The Marsh” — a collection of acrylic and oil paintings by local artist Sharon Bowling.

    These paintings capture the subtle beauty of the marsh, from the bright greens of spring and summer to the deep yellows and reds of fall and winter.

    A “meet the artist” reception with Bowling is from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery will host a mini-workshop in experimental painting by Wilmington artist MJ Cunningham on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The class tackles the problem of “getting started” while working with acrylics on non-objective painting. Students should come away with some well-defined steps for producing experimental art and a basic knowledge of how to use the principles of art in a new and effective way.

    To sign up for the class, email Jan Boland at jboland1@ec.rr.com or call (910) 253-3101.

  • Tickets are still available for the upcoming concert of blues legend B.B. King, who is scheduled to perform Saturday night, Jan. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Tickets are priced at $59.50 for balcony/mezzanine and $69.50 for orchestra seating. For more information, call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416.

  • Brunswick Senior Resources is ringing in 2014 in a big way with a New Year’s Eve dance to christen the new Shallotte Senior Center.

    Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the new senior center at 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte and continue until 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, New Year’s Day.

    Highlights include music by the Brunswick Big Band, a buffet, cash bar and party favors. A cash bar will be available.

    Tickets are $75 each.

    Proceeds from this fundraiser will help BSRI provide ramps and rails to area seniors in need.

  • CALABASH — The town of Calabash will host its third public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities will take place in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River. Complimentary refreshments will include pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches (while they last), soup, coffee and clam chowder.

    There will also be a casting of messages in a bottle. Participants write good wishes and place them in the bottles, which will be taken out to the Gulf Stream by the Hurricane Fleet.

  • Those looking for extended holiday fun with family and friends this holiday season need look no further than the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    Though closed for Christmas, the aquarium will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26.

    For the first time, the aquarium will also be open New Year’s Day — on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The aquarium will operate during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 4 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    There will also be specially scheduled shows at 5 p.m. Dec. 26 and 5 p.m. Jan. 2, 3 and 4.

  • Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 21.

    The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off prior to parade start time.

    All parade entries should submit their entry form to Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department prior to the parade.

  • The Mostly Bluegrass Society will have its annual Christmas covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Shallotte Senior Center at 5040 Main St. in Shallotte.

    The public is invited to come and bring a covered dish and enjoy fellowship and special music.

    For more information, call Jim Caulder at (910) 616-1133.