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  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Every decision you make — whether you’re conscious of it or not — relates to whether you think it will bring you pain or pleasure.”

     

    Have you heard of the pain/pleasure principle?

    Research shows it lies at the core of everything you do. The decisions you make — and the actions you take — are all based on this principle, whether you’re consciously aware of it or not.

  • Welcome spring with more than 150 crafters and 11 local food vendors at the annual Southport Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in downtown Southport.

    Highlights at this Easter weekend festival, a tradition for more than 25 years, include live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a trackless train, visits to Franklin Square Gallery and a 5K run/walk at the Southport waterfront at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Spring has sprung with many things, including a long list of festive events. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store in the coming week.

    Sunset Beach Spring Market

    The Sunset Beach Spring Market on April 13 will offer a preview of the waterfront market season at Sunset Beach Town Park, which will open for a third year beginning in May.

  •  I love spring in coastal North Carolina: Warm weather, blue skies, and cool breezes. Spring means awakening from winter’s hibernation and emerging into outdoor activities. It’s a time of birth, hope, and renewed energy. It’s also the time our pets face significant health threats.

    Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during spring.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “It’s your decision.” Few words bring about such power, and such fear.

    And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a business decision or a personal dilemma.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully — too carefully, in some cases.

  •  By John Nelson

    I see thy glory like a shooting star

    Fall to the base earth from the firmament.

                      William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 2, scene 4

     

  •  Without a doubt, the majority of questions I receive from pet parents involve nutrition and what they’re feeding their dog or cat. The next most common questions involve weight-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and cancers. Because pet obesity is such a huge problem (pun intended), I thought I’d share with you some recent questions and brief answers about excess weight in companion animals. 

     

    How many pets are overweight in the U.S.?

  •  By Linda Arnold

    Here it is — my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring — at least not on a consistent level. As poet Henry Van Dyke said, “The first day of Spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

  •  By John Nelson

  • Waterway Art Association has scheduled two more artists to lead workshops during April.

    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.

    Artist and muralist Ruth Cox of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will lead a session on oil/basics of composition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

  • Renowned Canadian performer James Keelaghan headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Lauded as one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters Keelaghan reigns as a “poet laureate of the folk and roots music world” with an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline.

  • It’s time for Easter events to celebrate the season, starting with the Calabash Easter egg hunt scheduled for 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 1, in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

    Children will gather Easter eggs and be treated to fun games and crafts. Admission is free. Bring your own Easter basket. The rain date is April 8.

    For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

    Holden Beach fun

    The town of Holden Beach hosts a Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt for youth and adults at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14.

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    President: Sherry Jeffries

    Meeting times: General membership 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Mondays of each month, September through May, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Information: Go to coastalgardenclub.org; email info@coastalgardenclub.org.

    At this time of the year, everything is starting to come up roses, and other spring plants and posies, for Coastal Garden Club.

  • Want to see a different view of Leland, on the water?

    Then Sea Leland, two upcoming water tours of the Wilmington downtown riverfront set for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, may just be the ticket.

    The tours will be along the Brunswick River, described as the backyard of the town of Leland in northern Brunswick County.

  • Ash native Jervie Babson has left his mark.

    Two years ago, the Winnabow resident started a tradition with the launch of the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that proceeded more than 30 miles down U.S. 17 to pay tribute to local law enforcement.

    Last July, Babson died at 84, but his tradition lives on.

  • By day he’s a paramedic and firefighter for the Leland Fire Department.

    But this Friday night, March 24, Mike Santo dons his funny-guy shtick for the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s Comedy Show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by show time at 7:45 in the Leland Room at Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.

    Described as a night of clean fun with lots of laughter, proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit children’s needs in the Leland area.

  • Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.

    Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms      

    Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams

    Info: Go to calabashelks.org

    In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.

    Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.

  •  The roller coaster ride that is the weather in southeastern North Carolina has certainly had its gigantic swings and loop-de-loops this year. We’ve had April in February and January in March. But, even as we’ve flirted with records on both ends of the spectrum, Mr. Toad’s wild ride of weather isn’t unusual.

  •  Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?

     

    Normal cat urine

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven’t seen for years. I’ll call her “Marci.”

    The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns — and went back to earlier periods in her life.

    Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children — and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.