Today's Features

  • Spring is here and it won’t get cold anymore (famous last words.)

    With spring comes a torrent of interest in gardening, and lots of money and effort are spent to this end on both small and large scales. I am already getting a pile of requests for plant identifications, most of which end up being labeled as “weeds” by the person who sent them in. So we ought to talk a bit about weeds.

  • Let me begin with a caveat. I am not a baby when pain arrives at the door of my life to pay a call. However, it is also true I do not easily welcome it, nor do I embrace a long visit. Furthermore, I am neither a silent survivor nor a valiant victor. With that understanding, let me tell you my tale of woe. As always, it includes the wisdom of ages as pronounced by Hubby Dear.

  • Every spring, millions of cats will be spayed (females) or neutered (males). In simplest (and most polite) terms for those unfamiliar with such things, this is a surgical procedure routinely performed on dogs and cats to eliminate their ability to reproduce (have babies). Some cats (and dogs) will have an undescended testicle (or two) known as cryptorchidism. That potentially complicates things a bit. Let me explain. 

    What is cryptorchidism?

  • Sunny-side up. Over easy. Poached or simply scrambled. How do you like your eggs cooked?

    I know it’s really personal preference, but did you know that eating undercooked eggs might be risky? By undercooked, I mean anytime the yolk is runny.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that eggs be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm to avoid foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella enteritidis, which is the type pathogen usually found in eggs — it’s usually just called salmonella.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s 2019 class of Musical Theatre Apprentices present their annual revue, “That’s Entertainment V.”

    Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the BLT theater at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    The revue will feature comedic sketches and musical numbers from “Damn Yankees,” “Sweet Charity” and “Crazy for You,” among others.

  • Art is being showcased at three venues this week in Brunswick County.

    The Waterway Art Association’s 28th Annual Art Show and Sale launched Monday, April 29, and continues through May 3 at the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    The show culminates with a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the library. Admission is free.


    The Silver Arts Showcase & Follies Show also opened Monday at the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

  • Emily Read conducts a “Turtle Talk” lecture about sea turtles and sea turtle hospitals at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Read will cover assorted topics such as various sea turtle species, their biology/life cycles, hatching/nest-building and nest monitoring. 

  • Dress in your best derby attire and attend the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s Juleps & Jazz Derby Fund-Racer.

    The sixth annual event is scheduled 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Brunswick Center at Supply, 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Highlights include a silent auction and raffles, food, cash bar, jazz band, contests and watching the 145thKentucky Derby.

    The cash bar will offer bourbon, wine, beer and jazzy juleps. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

  • Get ready for music, dancing, fine Mexican foods prepared on-site and free games for children.

    It’s time for another celebration at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church.

    Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the sixth annual Fiesta Mexicana rolls out 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the church at 5101 Ocean Hwy. in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free, too.




  • Saturday, May 4, is a busy one this weekend with a variety of planned events in and around the area, including a showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at sundown in Leland Municipal Park.

    The event is the first of Leland’s Movies in the Park for the season at 102 Town Hall Drive.

    Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and your family but no pets or alcohol, please. Concessions are available and admission is free.

    Here’s a closer look at what else is in store on Saturday.