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  • “Your food makes your mood.” Most of us clearly connect food and fitness with how we feel. Feast on fast food crashed out on the couch, and you end up feeling stuffed and sullen. Sip a fruit-and-veggie smoothie after a run, and you’re refreshed and recharged.

    What we often forget is that diet and health also affects how our pets feel and behave. Pet parents need to understand the connection between behavioral issues, diet and pet obesity and how they can keep their dog or cat happy and healthy.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    I’ve spent a good part of the past couple of weeks in an ICU unit, tending to a close friend, Larry, who is critically ill.  He’s also the husband of my lifelong best-friend-since-kindergarten, Patty.

    Talk about a perspective change! Remind me never to complain about traffic jams or lines at the grocery checkout.

  • The Imitations and renowned Lucy Lookalike Contest highlight Silver Coast Winery’s 12th Purple Feet Festival rescheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

    The annual event, postponed because of inclement weather in early September, also features DJ Butch Barnes, arts and crafts and food vendors, and Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s Safety House.

  • Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church at 190 Varnamtown Road in Varnamtown is once again stirring up its annual Oyster Roast for the 63rd time this year.

    The savory event celebrating freshly harvested local oysters roasted over open fires on the grounds of the church is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

    The cost for an oyster roast is $25 adults and $10 children, which includes hushpuppies, pickles and coffee. (Bring an oyster knife and sauce of your choice.)

  • The Cape Fear Raptor Center brings its third annual Owl Howl back to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park on Nov. 4.

    The Cape Fear Raptor Center provides rehabilitation services to injured raptors with the goal to release them back to their natural habitat. 

    The organization also offers education programs in the Southeastern region of North Carolina on the importance that raptors serve in our ecosystem to help ensure the presence of raptors in our environment for future generations.

  • The South Brunswick Interchurch Council will partner with the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association and the town of Shallotte to hold a Praise in the Park event Sunday, Nov. 5, in Mulberry Park in Shallotte. This will include the 26th annual CROP Hunger Walk, information sharing by participating churches, music and free food for participants. All are welcome.

  • Seasonal celebrants will soon be raising their steins at the fourth annual Calabash Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Calabash Trading Co. at 10102 Beach Drive in downtown Calabash between Coastal Craft Beverage Company and Tropical Adventure Mini Golf.

    Outdoor festivities will be set up at a huge tent for visitors to enjoy Bavarian food and Oktoberfest beer provided by Coastal Beverage of Wilmington. American food will also be available.

  • It’s the Halloween season, with a variety of events planned .

    Here’s a closer look at spooky, and not-as-spooky, things stirring up.

    Haunted trail

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue continues its ninth annual Haunted Trail at 7 p.m. “until” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown, plus Halloween eve and night Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

  • Holden Beach amps up its annual fall Festival by the Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the bridge on Jordan Boulevard.

    The two-day weekend event launches with a parade down the Holden Beach Causeway from about 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. It’s the only day of the year people can walk across the Holden Beach bridge as traffic shuts down for the annual parade.

  • By John Nelson

     

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    Editor’s note: This Oct. 27, 2016, column is being republished at readers’ request in time for Halloween 2017.

     

  • It’s that time of year again to shell out festive fall food and fun in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The 37th North Carolina Oyster Festival is revving up for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at 8 E. Second St.

    This year’s festival features a variety of new vendors in both the food and crafts/merchandise areas, events director Robyn Beliveau with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce promises.

  • A Halloween theme highlights annual Boo at the Beach festivities from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    This free event features booths with carnival games for children sponsored by organizations, businesses and residents.

    A costume contest starts promptly at 6 p.m. and will be divided into age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-13 and older than 13.

    For more information, call Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488.

  • The annual Brunswick Plantation Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Brunswick House, 382 Brunswick Drive, showcases local artisans and crafters selling handmade baskets, quilts, knitted shawls, scarves, capes, sewn items of silk and brocade, birdhouses, pottery, wood-turned items, jewelry, unique handmade gifts, crocheted items, prints, photos, watercolors, bags and more. There will also be a bake sale for local charities and a food booth. Admission is free.

  • By John Nelson

     

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain plant with this provocative common name, “Blaspheme-vine.”

    This, of course, is a well-known species of Smilax, specifically Smilax laurifolia, which grows from New Jersey all the way to Texas, mostly on the Coastal Plain, and usually in damp habitats.

  • This was an entirely new definition of “dog tired.”

    Slumped in my exam room was a mussy-haired, middle-aged mother of three with a dynamic Dachshund dancing around her legs. She looked pleadingly at me through eyes yellowed and sunken from overuse: “I need your help. I haven’t slept for two nights due to this.”

    Her eyes trailed downward, landing squarely on the beaming brown fur baby at her feet. I was confused.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Click. Add to cart. Confirmation.

    It’s so easy. Just how do they know what you need?

    Because it’s big business for companies to know everything they can about you. And you leave a trail every time you make a choice.

    Entire businesses have sprung up to track our every move — not only purchases but preferences. What do you read? What kind of car do you drive? What are your favorite brands?

    So who could blame you for jumping on board? 

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    ‘The more you lie, the easier it gets — and the better you get at it.’)

     

    We’re taught from an early age, “Honesty is always the best policy.”

    You may recall the book “The Last Lecture,” by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch,” written after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The lecture was a message for his kids about what really matters in life.

  • Last week we looked at hair loss, bald spots, and red, inflamed skin in dogs and cats. This week we explore dry, flaky and oily skin, common lumps and bumps, and what discolored skin spots really say about your pet’s health.

     

    Dry and flaky vs. oily and greasy