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Today's Features

  • Thirty-two years ago, I was a young Extension agent working in Cumberland County. The sandy soils around Fayetteville have many of the same problems that make growing grass such a challenge here in the Wilmington area, with the scale insect we call ground pearls being at the top of the most-hated list.

  • The Cape Fear Chapter of the Red Cross in Wilmington is seeking volunteers to help with its Biomedical Transportation Program. The chapter will host an open house Tuesday, June 5, for those interested in learning more.

    Volunteer transportation specialists are needed to help deliver blood products to area hospitals, a vital service in the community led by volunteers.

    The Red Cross Biomedical Transportation Volunteer Open House will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1102 S. 16th St. in Wilmington. Refreshments will be served.

  • 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.

  • The town of Carolina Shores' first free outdoor concert planned for Wednesday, May 23, on the town hall lawn at 200 Persimmon Road has been canceled.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said Tuesday the concert, which was to feature ScottFree band, will be rescheduled for a date and time to be announced in June.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

     

  • 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.