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  • Meeting times: 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Supply, four miles northeast of Shallotte. Contact: John Hall at 393-0044 or john.hallpmp@gmail.com. Club website: http://1592761.toastmastersclubs.org.

    Anyone who has ever wanted to conquer the fear of public speaking may find just what they are looking for in the Brunswick County Toastmasters Club.

  • They’re grown men with a lifelong passion for model trains.

    Now that many of them have retired to Brunswick County, they’ve teamed up to share their hobby with fellow aficionados through their membership in the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last October.

  • Bluegrass pros Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience they’ll showcase at a free hour-long concert from 7:30 to 8:30 Friday night, Jan. 13, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    Admission is free. Donations of canned for BSRI are also being welcomed and accepted in lieu of the price of admission.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: How often do you catch yourself saying these seven words:

    1.     Should

    2.     Hate

    3.     But

    4.     Try

    5.     Broke/poor

    6.     Yes (always)

    7.     Never

  •  By John Nelson 

  •  Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’s probably not a shark.

  • By next summer, the dogs at Paws Place should be in a cooler place, literally, with expected completion of a new 6,000-square-foot facility that will move them from Boiling Spring Road to a new site in Winnabow.

    The nonprofit no-kill canine rescue group’s new indoor-outdoor kennel under construction on 18 acres at 242 George II Highway near U.S. 17 will be able to accommodate 26 dogs, plus quarantine space, with heating and air conditioning. It will also have an exercise yard, plus separate rooms for adoptions, grooming, laundry and veterinary attention.

  • It’s an association with a deep sense of community and family history.

    The Cedar Grove Improvement Association has long been the glue that unites families and efforts in the historic Brunswick County community in the heart of rural Supply. It’s devoted to doing just what its name implies — improving things for the people who have long resided there, families with roots embedded here and strong ties to each other.

  • On Wednesday morning between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Ladies Day Out league takes time out to bowl up a storm.

    Attired in proper shoes and attire comfortable enough to roll a ball, the women are enjoying their games, punctuated with a few strikes, spares and could’ve-done-better gutters. When there’s a strike, they do high-fives with their team members and get ready to roll again.

  •  Pets make us better people. If you’re reading this, you already knew that. If you’re not, well, who cares? According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??” I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of a subscription toy service for, you guessed it, dogs. I’ll overlook their forgetting my feline family members and focus on their findings that validate sharing our homes with pets make us better people. This time.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Jan. 17: the expiration date of most New Year’s resolutions. What’s up with that?

    Let’s face it … are many of your resolutions the same ones you set last year, and the year before? Hmmmm — if they were working, would you be setting them again?

     

    Deja vu

    Although I’m not a mind reader, I’m guessing your resolutions sound something like this:

         *Lose weight

  •  By John Nelson 

    Biron. One word in secret.

    Princess of France. Let it not be sweet.

    Biron. Thou grievest my gall.

    Princess of France. Gall! bitter.

                                        Love’s Labors Lost, Act 5, scene 2.

     

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Mary Zio long dreamed of opening her gallery.

    It finally came true this past September when the lifelong artist debuted Phthalo Blue Art Gallery at 7199 Beach Drive between Sunset and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The gallery is named for the Syracuse, N.Y., native’s favorite hue of blue — phthalocyanine in long form, defined by Wikipedia as “an intensely blue-green-colored aromatic macrocyclic compound that is widely used in dyeing.”

  • The town of Calabash rings in 2017 with its sixth annual New Year’s Eve “Cheers to the New Year” bonfire slated from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    The public is invited to come and gather and warm up ‘round a traditional roaring bonfire monitored by the Calabash Fire Department.

    Entertainment this year will consist of country music and line dancing.

  •  My favorite holiday may be New Year’s Day. It's a time to reflect on the past year and an opportunity to chart a path for the next. On New Year’s Day, you have the next 365 days to improve your health, relationships, and career; a gift to truly treasure. While you’re planning your personal improvements, don’t forget your dogs and cats. Here are seven resolutions I wish every pet parent would make this year.

  •  By Linda Arnold

          New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. Three hundred sixty-five delicious days. Twelve mesmerizing months. Fifty-two wonderful weeks.

         It’s the ultimate new beginning. OK, I’m strapping myself in!

         It’s also a time for reflection — looking back at the year in review and looking ahead at the year in preview. What will youtake into the New Year — both professionally and personally?  

  •  By John Nelson

     

    Q.: How do you get down from an elephant?

    A.: You don’t get down from an elephant. You get down from a goose.

     

    People still like vests and comforters filled with down, although feather-filled pillows don’t seem to be as common as they used to be. Seems like pillows are most often filled these days with something artificial. Something soft and hypoallergenic, that kind of thing. Whatever works for that long winter’s nap.

  • Starting in January, local author Anne Barnhill will kick off the New Year leading two more writing workshops in her Varnamtown home.

    The sessions, limited to 10 people each, will be conducted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The cost is $50.

    For more information, contact Barnhill at 805-9774 or acbarnhill@yahoo.com.

  • The holidays are a perfect time to get out and enjoy — and not take for granted — some of the area’s educational venues open and available for visits.

    When was the last time you and yours hopped on board the ferry to tour the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Or visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach or its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach to view the offerings there?

    Here’s a closer look at their holiday events.

    Fish and Festival of Trees at Fort Fisher Aquarium

  •  The holidays are a time to celebrate with our loved ones — including our pets. During the holiday rush, it’s easy to overlook potential pet holiday hazards hidden in your home. To make the holidays safe for your cuddly companions, be on the lookout for these dangers as you deck your halls.

     

    Ribbons and tinsel