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Today's Features

  • Sunset Vision’s third art show and sale, “Coast Visions,” launches with artist awards and a preview 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Chrysler and DeSoto Classic Car Private Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

    Monetary prizes will be awarded for best in show in each category as well as a People’s Choice award.

    A ticketed fundraising reception follows from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21.

  • Their groove is undeniable, the beat infectious, the rhythm unmistakable.

    It’s true — Myrtle Beach-based Chocolate Chip & Company Band brings funky heat and cadent cool wherever it performs.

    Most immediately, that will be at the next Shallotte summer concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the North Carolina premiere of “Little Miss Sunshine the Musical” opening night Thursday, June 20, in the Brown Family Theatre in the Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Academy, 3900 S. College Road in Wilmington.

    Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through June 30.

  • Food is a necessary expense, but there are ways to save money. Here are a few tips from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension that you might want to try.

    Use a grocery list

    We’ve heard this one before, but do you do it? Always shop with a list and then stick to the list. But also stay flexible if you find a sale. Gas for an extra trip to the store can add to your grocery bill. And, the fewer times you’re in the store, the less likely you’ll buy something on impulse.

    Garbage check

  • By Linda Arnold

    There you are — drifting along in life. No matter how hard you try to focus, you keep getting sidetracked.

    With everything on your platter, it may seem like it’s all you can do to get to the bottom of your “to do” list. And then it feels like you’re just existing, rather than really living, your life.

    Is there an app for that?

    What are you doing — and why?

  • I recently received this question:My dog’s skin has always been itchy and every summer he has to be treated. After a recent series of tests and I was told he has flea allergy dermatitis. The problem is that I have never seen a flea on him. Is this diagnosis correct?Spoiler alert: Yes. 

  • "Skinny-dipping is like Paris. It’s always a good idea.”

    Rebecca Paula

  • They’re a merry musical band of 12 who got their start less than five years ago.

    Sea & Sand Band members met up in November 2014 through mutual location (Sea Trail) and love of music. They’ve been going and growing ever since.

    Composed mostly of retirees with a variety of musical talents, the band began via a query published in the Sea Trail newsletter seeking “any neighbors wanting to get together for a little jam session,” according to the group website at seaandsandband.com.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Happy Father’s Day!

    This may seem like an innocent greeting today, although it can trigger all kinds of feelings.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic Norman Rockwell definition of a healthy family, this is likely a pleasant day for you. Be sure to celebrate these special connections.

    If, on the other hand, you’re struggling with family issues, you’re not alone.

  • Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair in Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production.

    When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep Social Security benefits that they’d otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling, even though they were never close to their deceased parents and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired.