Today's Features

  • Easter weekend is upon us and so are a variety of events in coming days.

    Following is a roundup of highlights.

    Earth Day Festival — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Middleton Park, 4700 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, hands-on exhibits, displays, food, school groups invited, free, 278-5518.

    Leland Adult Easter Egg Night Hunt — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 113 Town Hall Drive, food trucks, adult beverages available for purchase, valid ID required for entry, $10 pre-register, 408-3092.

  • Family fun, food and frolic abound once again at the second Brunsco Spring Fling scheduled this Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the grounds outside Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    The community event includes mechanical rides for kids, beer for adults, fair food and games, vendor shopping, entertainment and a band contest.

    Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

  • Ocean Isle Beach is serving up family fun, kite-flying and a Peace on the Beach event this Saturday, April 20.

    Free admission is offered to Brunswick County residents with valid ID during Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. Special Family Day admission for non-residents is $3 per person.

  • We have a really flamboyant tree here in Columbia, which has been showing up for years. It can be a nasty weed, often occurring in old vacant parking lots, along railroads and broken-down littered places in tiresome, scratchy urban settings.

    The tree has a spreading crown once it attains some size and it makes dramatic purple flowers: tubular and cigar-shaped, about 2 inches long and fragrant. The trees are conspicuous when they bloom in the spring as there are no leaves at all to see.

  • Each spring legions of pets visit their veterinarian for their annual vaccinations. Why spring, you ask? Because that’s when most animals are born, meaning most are vaccinated during the period of April to July.

    Perhaps no other medical advancement has saved more lives (human or animal) than vaccinations against infectious diseases (I’m looking at you — smallpox, measles, parvo and rabies).

  • What comes to mind when you think about sprouts?

    I’m talking about those tiny leafy green alfalfa or radish sprouts found on salads and sandwiches. Also, there are crispy mung bean sprouts that are eaten raw on salads or cooked in Asian foods.

    If you’re thinking healthy or health food — think again — at least from the food safety point of view. While sprouts do contain protein and vitamins, they may also contain something we don’t want: pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Public speaking and snakes: What do they have in common? They consistently rank at the top of our fear lists. Fear: that four-letter word that holds us back. We all have it. It’s just a matter of degree.

    There’s a theory that actually links our fears of public speaking and snakes, according to Glenn Croston, Ph.D. Evolution predisposes us to fear some creatures as a throwback to the days of predators.

    Social creatures

  • Calling all amateur photographers.

    North Carolina Wildlife Federation is sponsoring its inaugural Wildlife Photography Contest that launched April 1 and continues through June 15.

    Did you catch a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis or an osprey diving in the water to catch its meal? How about a memorable sunset vista from the mountains or a picturesque sunrise on the Outer Banks?

    Submit these photos to share with North Carolinians and be one of three winners in our first photography contest.

  • The North Carolina Coastal Federation has published its latest version of the “Smart Yards” brochure.

    The publication contains several do-it-yourself solutions to maintaining stormwater runoff on property and helping the environment on a personal level.

    To access a copy, go to https://www.nccoast.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SmartYards_07-17.pdf.


  • The State Archives of North Carolina has established an Oral History Unit within its Special Collections Section. The unit is headed by oral historian Ellen Brooks, a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. She was previously the oral historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.