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  • Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach is once again celebrating Pi Day next Tuesday night, March 14.

    Festivities begin at 7 p.m. with hands-on educational activities for children and adults to engage in mathematics.

    Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

    A number of activities will include a Pi skyline poster craft, a fraction model to help visualize fractions and a Pi bracelet. Math resources will also be available.

  • The Stagestruck Players, the youth division of Brunswick Little Theatre, debut classic 1950s musical “Grease” this weekend and next at the BLT theater in Southport.

    Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, “Grease,” honoring the working-class youth subculture of 1959 known as “greasers,” launched in 1971 in the old Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago, soon migrating to brighter lights and lengthier fame on Broadway and the eventual hit movie.

  •  By Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Our pets keep getting fatter. Pet obesity in the U.S. continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During their ninth annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you find yourself in one uncomfortable situation after another following our recent national election, you’re not alone.

    Generally, at this point after an election, tempers have calmed down and folks are either excited about a new administration — or resigned to wait out four years, with an eye to the future.

    Not so with our country’s recent election.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    “…in an early spring we see th’ appearing buds; which to prove fruit 
Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, that frosts will bite them.”

                                                          Henry IV, Part II (Act 1 Scene 3)

  • Waterway Art Association has scheduled two South Carolina artists to lead workshops in March.

    The workshops will be held at Bellinger Artworks Studio, 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores. One-day workshops are $35 for WAA members and $40 for non-members. Advance registration and payment are required.

    Pawleys Island, S.C., artist Jef Sturm will conduct a life drawing workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 17.

    Sturm is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art where he received his degree in graphic design and fine art.

  • The Lenten season means fried fish on Fridays in Calabash, specifically at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    Once again, the Post is launching its annual Friday night seasonal meal from 5 to 7 p.m. starting March 3 and continuing through Good Friday, April 14.

    Post members will serve up generous portions of fresh fried breaded haddock, french fries and coleslaw for $11. A cup of homemade clam chowder can also be purchased for $1.

  • Retired Army Brig. Gen. A.J. Tata and his latest political thriller, “Besieged,” will be featured at an event hosted by Pelican Bookstore from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road.

    Admission is $7.50, which includes light snacks and a premium glass of wine or beer.

    “Besieged,” book No. 3 in Tata’s acclaimed Jake Mahegan Series, debuted in stores Feb. 28.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road will present “Authors Out of Carolina” at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10.

    Event-goers will be introduced to a collective of four women’s fiction writers and friends from Charlotte: Kim Wright, Joy Calloway, Erika Marks, Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and Ariel Lawhon.

    Having decided that four stories are better than one, they are touring together to share their new releases as well as their common love of story and the rich narratives of the region.

  • Matthew’s Ministry and Power Walking Ministries will be recipients of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s sixth annual Diamonds & Denim Charity Ball slated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road SE (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to help fight childhood hunger and poverty in Brunswick County.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s Stagestruck Players will present the high-energy musical “Grease” March 10-12 and March 17-19 at BLT’s new home at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    The musical, set in fictional Rydell High School in 1959, features characters from blue-collar working-class families. Musical numbers mimic early rock-and-roll and pulsate with youthful excitement.

    Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 and 17-18 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12 and 19.

  •  Over the past decade, science has shown dogs and cats tend to relax when listening to certain music. Classical music, especially Mozart compositions, has been the primary focus of these earlier experiments. The so-called “Mozart effect” seemed to soothe toddlers, dogs and cats, at least temporarily.

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  •  By John Nelson

     

    I’m trying to poison my botany students. Well, that’s what most of them think.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road will welcome local writer Joan Leotta to Lunch with the Author at noon Tuesday, Feb. 28.

    Leotta’s latest book, “Summer in a Bowl,” introduces the joys of gardening to Rosa as she helps Aunt Mary tend her garden and create a soup that will preserve their summer fun.

    Lunch will be served, including Leotta’s soup recipe included in her book.

    For more information, call the library at (910) 575-0173.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I first saw this sign at a seminar years ago.

    It seemed like such a no-brainer. Of course, I’d rather be happy than right! It’s amazing, though, how many times we can become so attached to our positions — and “dug in” — that proving our point becomes the most important thing.

    This question is often used in therapy sessions to illustrate to an individual, couple or family just how polarizing the desire to “be right” can be.

     

  • By John Nelson

     “The air was now cool and salubrious, and riding seven or eight miles, through a pine forest, I came to Sapello bridge, to which the salt tide flows. I here stopped…”

                William Bartram, 1741, “Travels”

     

  • Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 11th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 64 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers, and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • Just when you thought Carolina basketball couldn’t get any more exciting, the Harlem Ambassadors trot into town to up everybody’s game.

    The team, specializing in cross-country and international roundball folly-and-fun fundraisers, take on the Calabash Lions Club Lions Pride team for an entertaining showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the West Brunswick High School gymnasium at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte.