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  • LONGWOOD—For the seventh holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s seventh annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better, and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • CALABASH — The Seafood Capital’s 19th annual holiday festivities are set to light up the town this Friday, Dec. 6.

    The fun begins at 6 p.m. at Callahan’s of Calabash on the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    Festivities launch with the annual Spirit of Calabash Parade showcasing creatively decorated and lighted golf carts and costumed participants.

    Santa Claus will once again make his grand entrance at the tail end of the procession aboard a fire engine.

  • The Carolina Borders Detachment 1036 of the Marine Corps League is proud to announce its annual post-secondary education scholarship competition.

    This $500 scholarship is available to residents of Brunswick County or Horry County, S.C., who are currently a senior in high school and have been accepted at an accredited community college, four-year college or a postsecondary trade school; or are presently attending an accredited community college, four-year college or a postsecondary trade school.

  • The Battleship North Caroina is asking for help in making the holidays brighter for veterans.

    In the past eight years, the community has come together to send over 16,000 cards to veterans staying in over 28 VA hospitals in nine states. To continue the tradition, the ship is reaching out in efforts to build on the foundation and reach more veterans than in years past.

  • American bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent is bringing back its special blend of toe-tapping music to Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium this Thursday night, Dec. 5.

    The duo’s heartwarming Christmas concert, part of the BCCOWA Performing Arts Series for the 2013-14 season, starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jamie Dailey was previously lead vocalist and guitarist for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver from 1999-2008.

  • This appointment was going to take a while. Mrs. Smith (not her real name) calmly stroked her purring feline as she continued raising her voice toward me.
    “I don’t care what you think, Dr. Ward. I change her litter box quite enough! Frieda tells me when it’s time to clean the poo-poo pail and I empty it promptly.”

  • A vintage World War II DUKW amphibious truck, nicknamed a “Duck,” which supported Allied landings in Normandy, France, on D-Day, will be exhibited at the WII USO big-band dance and USO show Nov. 22 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center at 120 S. Second St. in Wilmington.

     The “Duck,” owned by local antique vehicle collector Jim Knowles and in pristine wartime condition with military markings, will greet attendees at the front entrance from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • The Southeast Brunswick Civitan Club of Southport will stir up its third annual Local Heroes Chili Cook-Off this Saturday afternoon at St. James to help provide iPads for exceptional children.

    The cook-off will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Local fire, rescue and police departments and the United States Coast Guard will be invited to compete for the title of “best chili in town.”

  • The Cape Fear Chorale will present a free Handel Messiah audience sing-along at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW in Wilmington.

    The sing-along is part of the chorale’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert, which will also feature a program of the premiere of a commissioned piece by choral composer Carl J. Nygard Jr and seasonal music.

    Donations are appreciated.

  • Due to enormous demand for tickets to its inaugural production at Red Barn Studio, Thalian Association community theater in Wilmington has announced an additional performance of “Other Desert Cities.”

    The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

    The production runs November 1-24; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. at Red Barn Studio, 1122 S. Third St. in Wilmington.

    Tickets are $25.

  • It’s described as an interactive stage show with bidding and prizes and everything but Bob Barker himself.

     “The Price Is Right” interactive stage show is scheduled to light up Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 Saturday night, Nov. 23.

    Tickets are $49.50 for orchestra/downstairs seating and $39.50 for upstairs/mezzanine.

    “It’s not the TV show — it’s the live stage show,” auditorium manager Mike Sapp said.

  • Online animal sales: It starts with a Google search, and it ends with new enforcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — and I think this is a step in the right direction.

  • A soup-and-water lunch will be served as the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition hosts its second annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 16.

    This year’s event is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seaside United Methodist Church at 1300 Seaside Road (N.C. 904) in Sunset Beach. It is free and open to the public.

    Keynote speaker will be advocate Resea Willis, president of Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc.

  • The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is having a free BikeSafe North Carolina Skills Day from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

    The class will be held at the sheriff’s office in Bolivia.

    This program is being offered by the sheriff’s office in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles.

    The class will cover background information and training related to several areas including motorcycle control, hazard management, cornering, overtaking and roadcraft.

  • Love goes over the middle, and a fish is drinking up the floodwaters from the water pourer before it hits the Earth. Sounds like the ramblings of one who, as the expression goes, paddles his boat with the oars not touching the water. On the other hand, perhaps this is just a person who has learned to decipher the night sky. The planet Venus — love — is going over the middle and there is a fish, which seems to be drinking water. Check out the southern horizon around 6 p.m. to view these star gazing treats.

  • Two events. One name.

    The season of Dickens is upon us, with two area events celebrating it.

    The 32nd Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals will unfold this Thursday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 17, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The following week, historic Southport will once again be transformed into an authentic Victorian-style English village as the second annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival takes place Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23.

     

    Myrtle Beach

  • The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is having a free BikeSafe North Carolina Skills Day from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

    The class will be held at the sheriff’s office in Bolivia.

    This program is being offered by the sheriff’s office in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles.

    The class will cover background information and training related to several areas including motorcycle control, hazard management, cornering, overtaking and roadcraft.

  • When B.J. Thomas came to Odell Williamson Auditorium for a concert last Thursday night, it wasn’t for the audience to stand up and dance.

    It was to sit back and savor.

    The smooth singer enthralled the crowd that had come to the theater on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    “We saw him in the ’70s, and he sounds just like he did then,” said Gwen Wyatt of Calabash. “If you closed your eyes, you’d think it was the same.”

  • Full disclosure: I’m a believer in using nutrition as a healing tool. I take several nutritional supplements, give them to my family, and recommend them to my patients. Because there aren’t as many scientific studies conducted on nutritional supplements, especially in veterinary medicine, I take a lot of flak from my colleagues whenever I espouse trying a different diet, food, or supplement. A new study on cats demonstrates that a popular supplement used to enhance the immune system works.

  • How does today’s woman balance work with everything else?

    Find out at “The Working Woman’s Guide to Sanity,” a panel discussion of women’s issues that will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 14, at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Panel speakers will include Judge Ola Lewis, Kim Gamlin of the Small Business Center, Cindy Black of Body Edge Fitness Solutions, Carrie Partello of East Coast Moving and Fran Salone-Pelletier, columnist and spiritual facilitator.