Today's Features

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s eighth Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    Event proceeds this year will go to Computers 4 Kids, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation and Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue.

    Highlights this year include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, wine and beer, with music by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues. There will also be silent and live auctions.

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s Mardi Gras 4 Paws night.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County takes place 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Advance reservations are required.

    For $35 pre-paid admission, event-goers will be feted with appetizers, a king cake and cash bar plus music by Sea & Sand Band, a royal parade, raffle drawing prizes and crowning of the new king and queen.

  • Friends of the Library in Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) invite the public to check out their upcoming events.

    Orthopedic specialist-turned-author Dr. Thomas Kelso greets and speaks at a Meet the Author event 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at G.V. Barbee Sr. Library, 8200 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island.

    The FOLSOI monthly used book sale is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at Southport Realty, 727 Howe St. in Southport. 

  • When are you going to find love? Is there a way to improve your current relationship?

    During February, Spiritquest at 6649 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach is offering special Relationship Readings.

    The sessions consist of 20-minute readings designed to provide insight on what is blocking the right relationship and offer guidance on what steps are needed to “shift energy and create the right relationship.”

  • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that dogs only see in black and white.

    I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told that, yeah, dogs see gray.

    Research from Russian scientists sets out to verify what colors dogs actually see, if any. Before we learn their findings, it’s important we review a little about how the eye detects color in the first place.

  • Flash bulletin: Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself? And I don’t mean in a conceited, narcissistic type of way.

    At your core level it’s essential that you have — or develop — a healthy sense of self-respect. Otherwise, you run the risk of holding back and being on guard so you never fully invest yourself in a relationship. Or you risk totally giving yourself over to someone else to “complete” you. 

  • Most people tend to overlook tree bark as rather uninteresting at best. It’s too bad, because bark is a fascinating and often attractive plant “invention” and is actually rather complex in its various appearances and origin. Of course, it is only developed on woody plants. Clearly, bark varies considerably from species to species, and some types of trees are easily identified by the kind of bark they have.

  • Sunset River Marketplace will showcase “Elemental Visions: Fiber Art by Adair, Sharpe and Vasanto” from Feb. 1 through March 9. An opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The exhibition features abstracts, wearable art, macramé, tapestries and more created by Sandy Adair, Susan Sharpe and Vasanto.

    The Blue Ridge Mountains with their ever-changing moods provide inspiration for these three western North Carolina artists.

  • The State Archives and State Library of North Carolina are seeking volunteers to help make their materials more accessible to researchers by transcribing audio files of oral history interviews of North Carolina veterans.

  • Trust is such a tiny word. Five little letters strung together to create a mighty force in human life. Trust may well be the call word as we enter each new year, each new phase of life, each birth and re-birth. Yet it is one of those “easy for you, difficult for me” words, which fall facilely from our lips while challenging our innards with roiling trepidation.