Today's Features

  • The town of Shallotte and Shallotte Farmers Market’s second annual Christmas Village Market featuring 70 vendors and a variety of festivities takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    Admission is free.

    Highlights include Santa Claus, including $5 photos with Santa, artisans, crafts, jewelers, winter vegetables, cider and maybe even a few holiday surprises.

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 15.

    Parade participants need to meet for lineup no later than 10 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, with the parade launching at 11 a.m.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off at 10:45 a.m. and will reopen at the end of the parade.

  • Raleigh-based The Moonlighters Orchestra performs its special brand of Big Band with a little swing 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland. Tickets are $10. Go to townofleland.com/moonlighters-orchestra-concert for more information.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for the Rodgers and Barer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the theater at 8068 River Road, Building 1B, in Southport.

    Many roles are available for both males and females in this musical comedy. Auditions are open to those 15 and older.

    Auditions will consist of demonstration of singing and movement ability. Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song.

  • Santa at the Farm festivities

    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

    Santa will be at Horseplay Farms to welcome children and present a gift for each one. Our Heroes will provide lunch, equine activities and games. Pre-registration is required.

    Winter Camp 2018

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-28

    for ages 5-12; $150


    1757 Clemmons Road, Bolivia


    Call 253-7722 or go to horseplayfarms.net

  • Contact: Brunswick Family Assistance

    4600-10 Main St., Shallotte, 754-4766

    324-I Village Road, Leland, 408-1365

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1551, Shallotte 28459

    Email: brunswickfamily@yahoo.com

    Website: brunswickfamily.org

    It may just be the first week of December, but the angels and elves with the Brunswick Family Assistance Tree of Hope/Angel Tree/Christmas Basket program are just about ready to wrap things up.

  • There are few things in veterinary medicine more complex — and confusing — than a dog’s liver function. Deciding which liver tests are needed and decoding the multitude of serum chemistries and biomarkers can prove challenging. Once the results are complete, deciphering if an abnormal liver test is actually, well, abnormal often creates further diagnostic drama. And by drama, I mean Dudley.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Just on the off chance your holidays are not totally Norman Rockwell-esque, take a look at the following checklist.

    Right now I’m feeling:

    _____ Jolly

    _____ Frenzied

    ______ Sad

    ______ Lonely

    ______ Overwhelmed

    _______ All of the above

    As a result, I’ve been:

    _______ Kicking my system into overdrive

    ______ Giving up sleep for the month of December