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Today's Features

  • The Brunswick County Literacy Council is having its 29th annual Adult Spelling Bee next Tuesday, May 22.

    The event takes place in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    An A-Z Silent Auction is scheduled 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the spelling bee at 7 p.m.

    Admission is free for spectators. The entry fee per two-person team is $250.

    For more information, call 754-7323 or go to bcliteracy.org.

  • The town of Carolina Shores presents its first free outdoor concert 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, on the town hall lawn at 200 Persimmon Road.

    ScottFree band will perform at this spring concert. There will also be food available for sale from the Mt. Tabor Manna Food Truck and Sunset Slush.

    Attendees are urged to bring their own lawn chairs.

    Parking will be provided at the Novant Health facility at 75 Emerson Bay Road off U.S. 17 at Persimmon Road.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Sunday marked my ninth Mother’s Day without my mother.

    It’s always a time of reflection. Sometimes it seems longer than nine years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

    For many of you, this may be your first, and those “firsts” are tough — whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday. These are powerful triggers that start building before the event and endure after it’s over. 

  • By John Nelson

     

    But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,

    Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill.

                                    Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1

     

  • The Artisans of St. James have once again accepted a challenge to create works of art from the unusual.

    The results of their creativity will be showcased in “Artful Reflections,” a show and silent auction presented by the nonprofit Stepping Up for the Arts! (SUPA) from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    This creative team has taken 30 mirrors and transformed them into 30 works of art.

  • The Shallotte Masonic Lodge at 5072 Main St. cooks up its annual chicken plate luncheon fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 18.

    Chicken plates are $8 each, consisting of fried chicken, green beans, yams and a roll.

    Plates can be picked up at the lodge.

    All proceeds from this event will be used to support Masonic charities. 

  • Crustacean lovers are celebrating once again as the Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival gets under way this weekend for the 37th year.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, along the fishing village’s historic waterfront at Mineola Avenue.

    More than 300 arts and crafts, food and business vendors are scheduled in addition to a scheduled roster of entertainment.

    Saturday’s lineup consists of Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 11:30 a.m. and Carolina Soul Band at 3 p.m.

  • Chilled soups are a great idea for these warmer days when you just want something light. And what would taste better than a cool salad made with cantaloupe and cucumber?

    When I started thinking about making some chilled soups, I came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge — no going to the store for an ingredient or two that you probably won’t be using again until the kids leave home.

  • Reese Graves, daughter of Matthew and Danielle Graves, requested to collect wish list items for her birthday for the Duke Cancer Center’s Caring House. The Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium assisted in the collection in honor of Michael Sapp, auditorium director. The OWA patrons and her birthday party attendees provided a vanload of toilet paper, paper towels and plastic cups for the Caring House. Reese is a rising kindergartner at Southeastern Christian Academy and is a member of Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • I was going merrily along my way, preparing to facilitate a weekly Bible study, when I received an email from a minister pal who received it from a Preacher’s Study Guide, which contained quotes from preacher Mary Hinkle Shore, who paraphrased professor and biblical scholar Sandra Schneiders. With that circuitous route to be traveled, I knew what I read would either be very good or not so good. It was the former.