• SUNSET BEACH — It launches every year with a concert, followed by an array of food and fantastic finds just a week later.

    It’s that time of year again.

    Seaside United Methodist Church is having its annual country fair this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, at the church, 1300 Seaside Road (N.C. 904) in Sunset Beach.

  • Save the Cape recently learned that jazz diva Denise King has taken ill, and although recovering, will not be able to travel from France for the group’s “Jazz at the Cape Fear” event Sept. 20 at St. James.

    But the Cape Fear’s own Wilmington Big Band has agreed to perform instead.

  • For the fourth year, the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society is bringing Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach to Sunset Beach.

    This year’s 28th annual event will take place this weekend, Sept. 21-22. Bicyclists will start arriving in Sunset Beach around 10 a.m. Sunday.

    Breakaway to the Beach consists of an average of 1,500 cyclists and 400 volunteers each year. The ride helps support people living with multiple sclerosis in both North Carolina and South Carolina and throughout the United States.

  • Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is having its annual Fall Festival of Fur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1790 Queen Anne St. in Sunset Beach (next to Fibber McGee’s).

    This is a family event helping local animals to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, vetted, fed, fostered and placed in forever homes with their new families.

    Highlights include a sheriff’s K-9 demonstration, bake sale, pet contests, face painting, raffle and silent auction table, crafts, children’s games, vendors and hot dogs and drinks.

  • Get ready to get chilled and grilled this Thursday night.

    That’s the name of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club’s inaugural Chilled & Grilled Food and Wine Celebration set for 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

    Come enjoy food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants, beverage distributors and wineries.

    Admission is $5 at the door.

  • Greg Rowles and friends from the Alabama Theatre will entertain at the annual Seaside United Methodist Church Country Fair Hoedown Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4-6 p.m. on the church lawn at 1300 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    This second annual country fair hoedown concert by Rowles serves as a kick-off to the church’s annual country fair scheduled for Sept. 20-21.

  • Chocolate lovers can rejoice.

    An Evening of Chocolate Decadence Gala to benefit WAVES4K.I.D.S., which provides support for children in foster and protective care in Brunswick County, is set for 6-10 p.m. this coming Saturday, Sept. 14, at the St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    The evening will showcase decadent chocolate treats and hors d’oeuvres from premier local restaurants and caterers.

  • Waterway Art Association is having “paint-ins” each Wednesday morning from 9:30 until noon.

    They will now be held at the Old Sunnyside School in Shallotte at 221 Village Road (in front of the Shallotte Middle School). Parking is available, and a ramp for handicap access is behind the building.

    You do not need to be a member of the Waterway Art Association.  For more information contact Waterwayart.org

  • Imagine living in Nazi Germany having to escape to save your family’s lives.

    Alfred Schnog, a Wilmington business owner, escaped Germany on the eve of World War II and has spent the last few years traveling around North Carolina speaking to groups about his experience.

    Brunswick Plantation’s Neighbors In Service (NIS) is hosting an evening with Schnog on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Brunswick House located at 382 Brunswick Drive, Calabash.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — It’s nice to get out of your comfort zone and be introduced to a new book you’ve never read before, said a woman who is new to Brunswick County.

    She was one of eight people who gathered at the first meeting Sept. 4 of the new As the Page Turns Book Club at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    “This is what I love, y’all — I’ve missed this,” said library manager and meeting facilitator Christi Iffergan, convening the meeting.

  • 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.