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  • The Society of Brunswick Shaggers (SOBS) will host its “Re-up Dance” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Moose Lodge on Long Beach Road on Oak Island.

    Deejay for this event will be Fessa John Hook.

    Admission for this annual membership renewal dance is $20 for SOBS and $10 for other shag club members and all guests.

  • Willis Richardson Players & Co. will hold auditions for the theater drama production, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Hannah Block USO/ Community Art Center, 120 S. Second St. in Wilmington.

    The center is at the corner of Second and Orange streets.

    The play will be presented April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    For more information, call producer/director Daren Beatty at (910) 352-6247 or Rodger Aiken at (910) 762-5167.

  • The public is invited to a pet adoption fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cardinal Pointe Community Center, 42 Brooks Court in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services will be bringing adoptable cats and dogs to help them find their forever homes.

    For each dog adopted, Canine Academy will offer four hours of obedience training the following Saturday.

    For more information about the upcoming fair, call (910) 755-6000.

     

  • Get ready for another round of fun and games in Vegas, N.C.

    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s ninth annual Las Vegas Night is pulling out all stops Saturday night, Jan. 25, with an array of food and Vegas-style games.

    The annual fundraiser is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The catered event will feature a cash bar, dinner, assorted hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cake.

  • If you live near a body of fresh water in Brunswick County, then you probably also live near alligators.

    But how much do you really know about alligators? What makes alligators such a unique species?

    At 11 a.m. Jan. 25, wildlife expert Chesley Ward will discuss the life history, characteristics and range of the American Alligator at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Forty years ago, Joan Leotta experienced one of the greatest losses of her life: the death of her beloved grandmother, Angelina Cuda.

    “Grandma was the center of my childhood world,” begins one of the Brunswick County writer’s latest stories.

    This one, titled “She Stopped to Say Goodbye,” is included in the newly released “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven.”

  • Anyone who misses the Eagles — the 1970s rock band, that is — need look no further than Odell Williamson Auditorium on Thursday night.

    That’s when Hotel California: The Original Tribute to the Eagles band is performing its Eagles repertoire, giving the illusion you are actually listening to the Eagles themselves.

    The band goes onstage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Brunswick Community College auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is featuring “The Brushwork Society: A Low Country Show,” from Jan. 14 through March 11.

    A public reception is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The Brushwork Society is a diverse group of award-winning artists who come together to paint and share creative insights.

  • It kicks off with a Memorial March and ends with a roundtable breakfast with participants from all walks.

    Southport’s annual two-day Martin Luther King Celebration is set for this coming Sunday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 20.

    It launches at 3 p.m. Sunday with a Memorial March that forms in the parking lot of ILA Union Hall at the corner of 10th and Lord streets in downtown Southport. The public is invited to come and participate.

  • A Pampered Chef cooking show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Greenlands Farm Store, 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Host Heather Burkert said participants will taste a simple, delicious recipe, try tools that make kitchen tasks easier, and learn entertaining and cooking tips.

    Those interested in attending should RSVP to Burkert at (910) 253-7934 or email heather@hburkert.com.

  • Fort Fisher State Historic Site is commemorating the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher with a living history program, “Always near the front with instruments and tourniquets: The Medical Service at Fort Fisher.”

    The free program scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, will focus on medical and health care available to soldiers on both sides of the 1865 battle.

  • A Pampered Chef cooking show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Greenlands Farm Store, 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.
    Host Heather Burkert said participants will taste a simple, delicious recipe, try tools that make kitchen tasks easier, and learn entertaining and cooking tips.
    Those interested in attending should RSVP to Burkert at (910) 253-7934 or email heather@hburkert.com.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • Willis Richardson Players & Co. will have a second round of auditions for the theater drama production, "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Hannah Block USO/ Community Art Center, 120 S. Second St. in Wilmington.

    The center is at the corner of Second and Orange streets.

    The play will be presented April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    For more information, call producer/director Daren Beatty at (910) 352-6247 or Rodger Aiken at (910) 762-5167.

  • One of the most challenging aspects of aging is isolation and loss of social interaction. Whether homebound because of physical challenges or illness, many senior citizens may begin to feel cut off from the outside world and struggle with depression. Those feelings of loneliness can lead to stress, anxiety, and medical complications. A new study proves that pets can cheer up lonely seniors and enhance quality of life — but we pet lovers already knew that.

  • Imagine caring for 6 to 8 million dogs and cats each year. Now, picture having to euthanize half those animals every year for little or no pay. That’s the job our heroic animal shelter and rescue personnel and volunteers perform each year. For them, I am eternally grateful.