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Today's Features

  • At a recent memorial service, the pastor depicted the ambivalent joy that emerged in his life because of his friendship with a parishioner who was, most assuredly, different.
    It was not that she lacked physical ability or intellectual acumen. Her “difference” was she fearlessly spoke her mind when others might well have kept fearfully silent. She voiced her opinion in person, via email, by phone conversation, whenever and wherever she felt necessary.

  • Turtle lovers won’t want to miss the upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk on Aug. 3 at Franklin Square Gallery.
    Turtles will be front and center. While the little critters are hatching up and down the beaches, painters and potters of Franklin Square Gallery have hatched a collection of works featuring sea turtles.
    Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk takes place from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through several downtown venues that evening.

  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is calling on artists to exhibit and sell artwork and goods this summer as part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ third and final Second Saturday event of 2012, scheduled for Aug. 11.

  • Volunteers needed for oyster shell bagging
    The Coastal Federation and the town of Oak Island are in need of volunteers for an oyster shell bagging all-day event at Waterway Park on Oak Island on Aug. 14.

  • Whenever you can’t think of what to prepare for your evening meal, do you instinctively grab the phone to order some Chinese take-out food? If you do, why not try making some Chinese take-out at home? It’s a lot easier to prepare than you might think.
    You don’t need a lot of special cookware or fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t even need to own a wok. Just use any frying pan (the deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.
    Use items in your pantry

  • Thursday, Aug. 2
    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.

  • SHALLOTTE—While Shallotte’s two national TV stars didn’t make it into the finals of the new show “Picked Off,” they now own a Hitler-skunk bank and are in the process of purchasing a jukebox.

    On Wednesday, July 25, Justin Ward and John Pettry, Shallotte firemen and EMTs, appeared on the History Channel’s “Picked Off” wearing their Shallotte Honor Guard shirts.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is ready for more community events now that county water line installation is complete.

    The center, which opened in December, had been restricted to having classes and other BCC-sponsored events until water lines were installed, SBIC director Gaye Varnam Fulford said.

    The facility has gotten the go-ahead from the fire marshal and is now fully operational, according to BCC officials.

  • “General Hospital” star Laura Wright has scheduled a special appearance Sunday, Aug. 5, at Martini’s restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Wright and her husband, John, will introduce wines from their family-owned winery, Standing Sun in California.

    Wright’s brother, Jeff Sisk, is chef and operator of Martini’s.

    Wright, who plays Carley on “General Hospital,” will be available for free autographs and free pictures.

  • SUNSET BEACH—It blows, it flows, and can be quite a hair-raising experience.

    In the midst of the season, a new hurricane simulator has descended on Ingram Planetarium.

    For just $2 a pop, visitors can enter the eye of the storm inside the dome of the simulator set up inside the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall.

    The simulator’s hurricane-force winds are predicted to reach 70-plus-per-hour, described as an “incredible blast of fun.”

    The simulated storm lasts about 60 seconds.