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Today's Features

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is throwing a going-away bash for locally renowned artist Babs Ludwick, who has decided to move to Florida soon to be with her daughter, grandsons and grand-dogs. The event includes one last exhibition of her works from Friday, Jan. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 26. 

    A fitting send-off reception is scheduled 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the gallery in Calabash. The public is invited.

    Other free events

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee once again launches a three-day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with 25th anniversary events planned Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in Southport.

    The focus will once again be on enhancement and involvement of local youths starting with an anniversary gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay St.

  • It’s time for the once-a-month Seaglass Indoor/Outdoor Salvage Market at 1987 Andrew Jackson Highway next to Northwest District Park in Leland.

    This month’s first market for 2019 is scheduled 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County launches its 2019 concert series with a return performance by Joe Crookston at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Crookston’s skills list is long: He’s an acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.

  • A Second Helping OIB is having a Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Competition at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Pelican’s Perch, 8 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach. Participants are asked to bring their best chili in a Crock-Pot and/or their best cornbread by 2 p.m. and sign up. Tickets are $10 for tasting only. There will also be a cash bar and raffle for great prizes. All proceeds go to A Second Helping OIB.

  • Adult coloring, knitting and crocheting, chair yoga, bridge, mahjong, movies — these are just some of the activities available at Brunswick County’s library branches.

    It’s not just books anymore, though there are plenty of scheduled events celebrating the published word, too, including children’s storytime, book clubs and special programs showcasing authors from the local area and beyond.

  • Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist.

  • Ultra Beginner and Advanced Beginner five-week line dance courses are being offered starting Jan. 16 at Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road NW in Ocean Isle Beach. They will continue Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6 and 13.

    The Ultra Beginner course will run from noon to 1 p.m. and the Advanced Beginner course from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The cost of each five-week course is $30.

  • "Do dogs go to heaven?” the 5-year old girl asked me earnestly as her bright blue

    eyes dimmed a little. “I want to know if God will take care of Buster.”

    In more than 25 years of being a veterinarian, this is perhaps the most difficult question I’m ever asked. This time, a little girl was asking because it was time to say goodbye to the only pet she’d ever known.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Live Fully

    You know the pattern.

    “If I just send one more email, I’m sure I’ll get their attention.”

    “My spouse needs reminding … again. On second thought, I’ll just take care of this myself.”

    “If I can maneuver things so my coworkers’ mistakes are brought to light, the boss will see I’m the one who deserves the raise.”