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Today's Features

  • Before heading to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles or stir-fries, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.
    Locate the “unit price” on the shelf directly below the product. Use it to compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to determine which is more economical.

  • In honor of Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day on Nov. 15, let’s play Food: Keep or Toss? Should you “keep” or “toss” the following food:
    1. Tacos left on the kitchen counter overnight?
    2. Meat thawed all day on the kitchen counter?
    3. Cut or peeled fruits and vegetables left at room temperature more than two hours?
    4. Leftover pizza placed in the refrigerator within two hours after it was cooked?
    5. Leftovers kept in the refrigerator for more than a week?

  • Ballet Opera Alliance is presenting its second annual performance of “The Nutcracker” Ballet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Ballet Opera Alliance is the first and only Brunswick County group to offer the traditional and complete “Nutcracker,” a full evening of entertainment for the entire family.

    New this year is a custom-designed Christmas tree that will grow onstage, plus the Kingdom of Sweets drops, both painted by regional artist Rusty Hughes.

  • Skeletons, ghosts, witches and goblins descended on the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Oct. 25 for the first-ever Spooky Night at the Museum.
    The pirate ship in the museum’s lobby and the gaily-decorated museum galleries resulted in smiling faces and even a few anxious faces for those who (with parental permission) bravely ventured into the “scary room.”

  • Woodturners to meet in Leland Nov. 10
    The Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA) will meet from
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Leland VFW Post 9408, 1211 Village Road in Leland.

  • On Oct. 23, the Dosher Memorial Hospital volunteers presented a donation of $46,162.66 to Dosher Hospital President and CEO Edgar Haywood III at the hospital.
    The donation was made possible through the fundraising efforts of Dosher volunteers at the hospital’s gift shop and the Dosher Hospital volunteer flea market at 129 E. Moore St. in Southport.
    The check represented hospital donations made by Dosher volunteers during the last five months, from May through September.

  • By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Pruning hydrangea bushes is not necessary unless the shrubs have become overgrown or unsightly.
    You can safely remove spent blooms (deadhead) anytime. However, there are deadheading tips to keep in mind for optimal results. Try to keep cuts above the first set of large leaves or only cut down to the last healthy buds. This ensures the safety of any developing blooms for the next season.

  • Research shows that eating lofts of fresh fruits and vegetables reduces our risk of some cancers and other diseases, but we also hear of the risks associated with eating raw produce.
    There have been cases of food-borne illnesses linked to melons, sprouts, spinach, tomatoes and several other items. The bacteria that cause these illnesses are destroyed by heating, but many fruits and vegetables, like lettuce, melons and strawberries, are never cooked, so you may wonder how to reduce the risk while getting the nutritional benefits.

  • Nuclear plant to test sirens Nov. 14
    The annual full-volume test of the public notification sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 10 a.m.
    This test is part of Progress Energy Carolinas’ comprehensive emergency planning program performed in cooperation with the state of North Carolina and Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

  • Sons of God anniversary set for Nov. 17
    Sons of God will celebrate its second anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hoopers’ Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. For more information, call Taraus Deas at 398-2570 or Janice Deas at 200-7886. Come out and see what God is doing with and through these young men.
    Kalaman to perform Nov. 18 in Sunset Beach