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  • The Benedict Foundation of Southport will sponsor a Christmas in July Holiday Tablescape Workshop from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Foundation’s conference center at 1013 E. Moore St., Southport.

    This is a special free workshop for hostesses, sponsors, and other interested participants in the Foundation’s “Setting a Christmas Table” holiday tablescape show scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 29.

  • Warm season grasses are now going “full steam ahead” and you should care for them likewise. Seed, sprig, plug or sod right away for best results because later plantings may not have enough time to establish properly before cold weather returns in the fall season.

    Don’t forget to fertilize, water and mow according to the various plant needs.

  • Glyphosate is one of the great weed control success stories of the last 50 years. More commonly known as Roundup, this material revolutionized the way we approach weed control in the landscape and garden as well as in agriculture. And, it’s safe for critters, humans and the environment because it attacks a protein synthesis chain that animals don’t have and breaks down quickly once it reaches the soil.

  • Azalea Lace Bug

    These true bugs have lace-like wings and backs. They are found on the undersides of leaves, but cause a blotched or spotted appearance on the upper leaf surface. Black varnish excrement spots appear on the underside of leaves and are characteristic even when adults are absent.

    Severely infested leaves may yellow and drop prematurely.

  • They walked through ornate gardens, saw rolling pastures where sheep and horses roamed and visited centuries-old churches. Every day, they dined on tea with scones, jam and heavy cream with the locals and learned about their traditions.

    Their recent trip to Taunton in Somerset County, England, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for George Wong-Chong and Mari-Lou Wong-Chong of Holden Beach, mainly because it wasn’t a typical sightseeing excursion.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Kids ran through Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach trying to get a fish or a lobster or even a shark. But these sea creatures weren’t real—they were plush. They were being raffled off every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the national launch of Sea Pals, a new product by Applause from Russ.

    More than 1,000 children and their parents participated in the launch Sea Pals are sea-themed finger puppets that have an online code that allows the consumer to access a Web site and create a virtual aquarium for their sea creature.

  • Grab your camera and dive into the North Carolina Aquariums’ photo contest. The annual competition for amateur and non-professional photographers puts the focus on the state’s diverse aquatic life.

    Images from the waters off North Carolina’s coast or within the state’s freshwater system can be entered in “Underwater Open” or “Underwater Close-ups,” depending on the scene depicted. Don’t do the deep sea? Stay high and dry while snapping shots for the “Aquatic Life in the Aquariums” category.

  • Tomatoes are a favorite of America’s home gardeners. They taste great and also are good for you. What a perfect food. No fat and lots of vitamins C and A. Tomatoes were once known as “love apples” because they were thought to be an aphrodisiac, but at my age, that would be a terrible waste of a juicy, red tomato fresh-picked from the garden.

  • One of the fun things about gardening is that it’s never the same from one year to the next. There are always things that work really well and others that just don’t turn out the way we expected. Here’s my mid-summer update on some of the good and bad in my garden this year:

  • Questions are coming in from gardeners concerned about weeds in their landscape, bugs in their bushes and diseases creeping up on garden plants.

    This is a time when plants are maximizing all their growth processes and this can put the plants under stress due to the heat and drought we are still facing.

    Because the heat wave is upon us, be careful when you are outside in this kind of weather. Take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital.

    Here are a few things to do and to be looking for:

  • CALABASH—Even before recycling was the order of the day in Brunswick County, you would find it at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    The reason was simple.

    Soda and beverage cans were abundant after a week at the post, so why waste them?

    Back in 1985, James “Sarge” Brosius figured out it would help the post realize whatever cash it could from recycling the aluminum containers.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Bring your dancing shoes and lawn chairs to the week’s latest Concerts on the Coast.

    Billy Scott & the Party Prophets will perform their trademark beach music from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Used-To-Be’s will play 1950s and 1960s music from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach.

  • New York soul singer Angel Rissoff has completed his CD, “Nu Soul Stew,” and will be in the Carolinas to promote its release. The initial CD release party, featuring Rissoff and Nashville guitarist Rickey Godfrey, will be at J.B. Pivots in Charleston, S.C., on June 26.

    The duo will take the tour to the Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Friday, June 27, and Chaser’s on Oak Island on Saturday, June 28.

    The 13-track CD includes a combination of soul, jump blues and R&B.

  • Home vegetable gardening is one of the most popular hobbies listed and in this day and time can help families out with their rising food bills.

    There is still some time left to start a garden with certain crops and others you may need to wait until August to start some of the fall gardens.

    Please contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for advice on which crops to plant and when would be the best time to plant them. For now, many gardeners are beginning to reap the benefits of their labor. Here are some tips on harvesting your vegetables:

  • I visited Universal Studios’ theme park in southern California last week where they still have a section devoted to Kevin Costner’s 1995 movie flop, “Waterworld.” Those of you who may have seen it already know the plot revolves around a world after the polar icecaps have melted and dry land is hard to find.

    We haven’t had too much trouble finding dry land in the last year or so, but observing southern California landscapes has reinforced an old opinion of mine that we water our trees, shrubs and lawns way more than we have to.

  • If you enjoy the beauty of butterflies, why not create an area in your landscape for them?

    Butterflies are colorful, delicate and graceful in flight. Their visits to your flowers have a purpose—it is a quest for the necessities of life. Plant their favorite nectar plants if you want to attract them.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • As part of the Fourth of July festivities in Southport, each year Franklin Square Gallery invites artists from across the country to participate in its July National Exhibition, a juried show.

    These artists from afar join local and regional entrants. First slides of submissions are judged for them to become part of the show, and accepted artwork is then shipped to the gallery for the exhibition. Artists are in contention for prizes totaling more than $6,000 in cash, merchandise and guaranteed purchase awards.