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Today's Features

  • Myrtle Head Savanna is small–just 72 acres–but it is home to a number of rare plants.
    One of the most charismatic is the pitcher plant (Sarracenia). Three varieties of the carnivorous plant are found in the Brunswick County preserve, which is why the North American Sarracenia Conservancy financed a recent controlled burn there.

  • The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County will offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents beginning Sept. 10 for six consecutive Mondays at the Bolivia Government Center Extension Services Training Center in Bolivia.
    The class, which runs from 9-11:30 a.m., will provide the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in the coastal plain of the Carolinas. Shorter and less expensive than the Master Gardener class, it contains less science and more “how to” content.

  • By Cheryle Syracuse

  • Thursday, Aug. 9
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Youth Day celebration set for Aug. 19
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will observe its annual Youth Day celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rev. Rodnisha Gore of Fayetteville, formerly of Longwood, will be the guest speaker for this service.
    For more information, call (910) 231-3170.
    Raleigh Ringers to perform at Seaside UMC
    The Raleigh Ringers, a world-renowned handbell choir, is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Seaside UMC in Sunset Beach.

  • The phone rang. Good news was announced. Our eldest granddaughter would be arriving for a weeklong visit with her grandparents, the old folks.
    Long ago, we had established the definition of visiting versus vacationing. When a grandchild visits, it would be customary to do what the grandparents do. Vacationing with them is to do what you wish to do.

  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, Aug. 11, in this year’s summer series, Second Saturdays.
    The theme for the final Second Saturdays event for 2012 is “Original Inhabitants of the Cape Fear.” Discover Southport’s “locals” from prehistoric to the present.

  • Can you tell the difference between a venomous and a non-venomous snake? What kind of snake are you most likely to find in your yard? What snake will, when introduced to your yard, devour or drive off all the other snakes, including venomous ones? Do baby snakes hatch from eggs or are they born live? Which snakes make the best pets? How should a snake hook be used? How can you make your own inexpensive but effective snake hook?
    Learn the answers to these and many other questions by attending Snakes Alive! at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Elyse Noelle Collins and Wesley Thomas Johnson were married April 14 at Shady Wagon Farm in New Hill.
    The Rev. Raymond Wickham officiated in the outdoor, lakeside ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Samira Collins of Apex, and granddaughter of Clara Smith of Ocean Isle Beach, Earl Williams of Greensboro and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Collins of Dahlonega, Ga.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Johnson of Dunn, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee of Dunn and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson of Dunn.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Krista Michelle Coleman of Wilmington and William Keith White of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Donna Mroczko of Wilmington and the late Garry Kile and the late Edward Mroczko. The prospective groom is the son of Mickey Holden of Shallotte and the late J.W White Jr. A wedding date has not yet been set.