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Today's Features

  • Fifteen years ago, the first North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF) launched in Wilmington to celebrate innovative, independent work by African-American filmmakers.

    This year’s 16th Annual NCBFF is back with films and events Thursday through Sunday, March 21-24.

    Thursday, March 21

    The festival kicks off with a CineMixer opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station Building at 502 N. Front St. Tickets are $35 in advance.

    Friday, March 22

  • Irish dance reigns at the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series performance at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    That’s when nimble-footed members of internationally renowned Rhythm of the Dance bop into Brunswick County to do their thing.

    Showcasing traditional dance and music with up-to-date stage technology, the two-hour music-and-dance extravaganza takes the audience on an energy-packed time trip through the ages.

  • Free medical and dental screenings, a robot simulator and MRI tours plus medication disposal and a shred event are among highlights at The Brunswick Beacon’s 13thannual Health Expo 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 23, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free.

    Featured are 50 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on health-oriented topics, according to Beacon advertising sales rep and event organizer Christy Williamson.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of “Once Upon A Mattress” is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” — but that is not the whole story.

    With the book by late, great playwright Jay Thompson of Myrtle Beach, S.C, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, the story of Princess Winnifred (Hailey Myer) takes some surprising turns in her pursuit of Prince Dauntless the Drab (Ben Miers). 

  • Every spring, veterinarians across the country will begin diagnosing dogs and cats with a variety of eye ailments. Allergic conjunctivitis, corneal ulcerations, and eye infections will require a host of ointments, washes, rinses, and lubricants. Prescribing an eye ointment for a pet patient is easy; administering it can be a challenge.Tips to help you treat your pet’s injured or ailing eye 

    Make sure to wash your hands both before and after administering any ophthalmic medication to avoid contamination and/or inadvertent spread of infection.

  • For a while there as a kid, I went through a very serious bird phase. If it had feathers, I was all over it — how birds acted, moved, ate, sang, squawked, flocked. I was a total bird geek. Especially nests. There was just something about seeing those splendid images of birds’ nests in the encyclopedia — with eggs! Or better than that, little birds.

  • It’s Living Well Month! Time to celebrate Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs. This special month is promoted each year by the Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, both at the national level and here in North Carolina.

    “Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well” is the theme that helps share information about the variety of educational programs and opportunities available through Extension Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs nationwide.

  • With spring just around the corner, that can only mean one thing. It’s time to put away those winter clothes and get to the Franklin Square Gallery to see the High School Show and the Members Show.

    The annual High School Art Show opens on March 18 at the gallery and will run through Saturday, April 13. Students from North, South and West Brunswick high schools will display their paintings, drawings, prints, collages, photographs, and three-dimensional constructions. In all, there will be approximately 90 works of art – 30 from each school.

  • Each March the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland honors young artists. The public is invited to view artwork created by Brunswick County students on display in the LCAC gallery through March 23. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

  • I hope everyone is lucky enough to experience at least one “once-in-a-lifetime” pet. For me, that was a cat named Pellie. To put it simply, she was the greatest cat I’ve ever known. And by knowing, I mean sharing a few years with a spectacular species that’s hard to fully understand. But that’s not what this column is about. It’s actually about how Pellie left me and how little I understood her loss. Let me explain by taking you back to the beginning.