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  • Want to get a little more bang for the buck with your crape myrtles? Prune off spent crape myrtle blossoms to prolong the flowering period. This works best on smaller plants where it’s easier to reach the flowers from the ground. You may also prune bleeder trees such as maple, dogwood, birch and elm this month.

    Summer gardening tips

    Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. To control, spray every 7 to 14 days as soon as you notice the disease.

  • A July 9 press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services mentions the death of a Wilkes County resident is likely due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).

    As noted by Dr. Leah Devlin, the state health director, North Carolina had 665 cases of RMSF reported in 2007. We are likely to see an upsurge of queries about ticks and tick-borne diseases.

    There are no magic fixes to tick problems but there are measures (both chemical and non-chemical) people can use to reduce tick infestations around their property and to protect themselves and family:

  • The first people to live on and near Ocean Isle Beach were Native Americans who arrived here about 10,000 B.C.

    There are many Native-American arrowheads and pottery pieces in farmers’ fields around Ocean Isle. The primary tribe in the Ocean Isle Beach area was the Cape Fear Indians, but there were also a few settlements of Waccamaw, Iroquois, Catawba, Lumbee and Choctaw. All of these tribes spoke the Siouan language.

  • SHALLOTTE—Shaleigh Scott has been through a lot, her sister Pam Flowers said.

    Despite numerous health problems that have kept her home-bound, Scott turned to creative pursuits to garner two first-place ribbons and a best-in-show award in the hobbyist category at the 40th Annual South Carolina Ceramics Association Show on June 13-14 in Columbia, S.C.

    Flowers convinced her younger sister to enter her work in the competition.

    “We both broke down when we realized the two pieces she entered had won,” Flowers said.

  • Wilmington-area audiences have an opportunity to witness the premiere of new works developed in residency at a gala performance of The Carolina Ballet in UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

    Raleigh-based Carolina Ballet, along with nearly 100 young dancers from both the United States and abroad, has been on the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus for a month-long summer residency.

  • 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 the afternoon wears into dusk Aug. 1, pirate ships will lurk at the entrance to the Bald Head Island Harbor preparing to “invade” the island.

    It will mark the beginning of the National Lighthouse Day celebration, sponsored by The Old Baldy Foundation and Bald Head Island Ltd.

    On Aug. 1, young mates can learn to walk, talk and act like a pirate while discovering the history of pirates along the Carolina Silver Coast with Blackbeard’s Crew, a living history performance group.

  • New gardeners tend to be a bit obsessive about their lawns and landscapes. Like the French and the English who copied their style, evergreen shrubs must be controlled into boxes and balls. If we have one plant on this side of the walkway, symmetry demands a repeat on the other. Expansive lawns must be immaculate, perfectly groomed and weed-free. That works pretty well if you’re Louis XIV or King George with an army of serfs to do your bidding.

  • Whenever we have a heat wave like the ones we have been having on and off this summer, it is a good idea to 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 at this time of year:

  • Rudbeckias (black-eyed Susans) are members of the large and diverse Asteracea family. They are native only to North America and require only minimal care.

    There are about 25 species, and they can be perennials, biennials or annuals. Most spread by rhizomes (underground stolons) eventually creating clumps that should be divided in spring or fall every four or five years. Biennials will go to seed and self sow. Most rudbeckias prefer full sun in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. They are pretty much insect and disease free.

  • More than 2,000 people came out to support the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Sea Turtle Day July 9 on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Turtle Day celebrations at Ocean Isle Beach Community Center kicked off with turtle-oriented arts and crafts and games. Volunteers sold hot dogs, chips and cookies, and all the proceeds went to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Topsail Beach.

  • 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

  • NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Hungry for a little food and folly?

    Dive into dinner, then delve into a murder mystery.

    It’s an extra course of the meal thrown in every week at the House of Blues’ Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

    Described as an interactive “whodunit” dinner show, the fun begins while feasting mystery-solvers are enjoying their dinner—a murder that soon makes everyone a suspect.

  • 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.