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Today's Features

  • Taking art “off the wall” just for fun is what Marta McCallum and Sheryl Sutherland call painting on pillows.
    Sutherland, a member of Associated Artists of Southport, and her friend McCallum have had “paintings dancing around in our heads” for the past 30 years. Now that their children are raised and they have more time, they are painting with watercolors, acrylics, oils and sometimes pastels.

  • On Aug. 27, 2011, Hurricane Irena blew into North Carolina. A few days later, Museum of Coastal Carolina volunteer coordinator Judy Sobota was walking along Ocean Isle Beach, curious to see what treasures Irene might have left. She spotted what she initially thought was a large rock. Upon closer inspection, she realized the rock was actually a large Florida horse conch that had been stranded on the beach.

  • For those who like beach music, Legends of Beach is a musical experience you will not want to miss. That’s because some of the group’s members are, in large part, responsible for the sound and appeal beach music has today throughout the world. It’s all about having a good time and remembering the good old days, as well as the recent days at the beach.

  • “Myrtle Beach Days: A Visual and Literary Celebration of the Grand Strand” opens at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash on Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 3.
    The show will include photography by famed Myrtle Beach, S.C., historian Jack Thompson and paintings by Gwen Dumas (oil), Steve Jameson (acrylic), and Babs Ludwick (watercolor).

  • Fans of any age are invited to take a “trip down memory lane” with Milton Bullock, a former member of “The Platters” and Mary Tate, “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” when they return for the second time on Nov. 10 to perform at Little River United Methodist Church.
    Doors will open at
    6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Foundation looking for charity recipients
    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Inc. has begun accepting applications from charitable and nonprofit organizations in Brunswick County to be the recipient of a donation from the proceeds of the second annual foundation’s charity ball.
    Last year, the foundation had its first charity ball and donated $10,300 to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
    Donations will vary from year to year based on the success of the charity ball. The next ball is scheduled for late February 2013. 

  • Few of us have the time to make fresh pasta at home, except maybe for a special occasion. Most of the time, it’s just commercially prepared dry pasta out of a box. But when properly cooked, good quality commercially prepared pasta can taste just as good as making it at home.
    Cooking pasta is as easy as boiling water, but it does require a little care. Use about a quart of water per quarter pound of pasta, or six quarts per pound. The pasta will be become slightly gummy if you don’t use enough water.

  • Thursday, Aug. 30
    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.

  • History buff, story performer and local author Joan Leotta is proud of her latest book, “Giulia Goes to War.”

    Leotta’s historic novel is the first one of four she’s contracted to write for a “Legacy of Honor” series by Desert Breeze Publishing, an e-book publisher.

    The novel deals with the coming-of-age of Giulia, a young Italian-American girl who leaves home to work in the war effort in the Wilmington shipyards. While on the job, Giulia falls in love with a man who is not Italian-American and whom her parents do not like.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Alabama Theatre entertainer Greg Rowles is coming to Sunset Beach on Sept. 8 to present a concert of Christian music.

    The church’s annual Country Fair event, this year featuring “Greg Rowles & Friends in Concert,” is at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.