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Today's Features

  • Appropriately, at the time of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and in response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church has begun a campaign to curb the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. The choice was easy to make, in light of the Christian commitment to uphold life, and challenging for the same reason.

  • Yacht Club elects new officers
    The Cape Fear Yacht Club (CFYC) has elected new officers for 2013. The announcement was made by 2012 commodore Janice Duncan-Ramieh at the CFYC clubhouse on Dec. 9.
    The new officers are commodore Ray Bolling, vice commodore Ken Haubrich and rear commodore David Forsyth.
    Board of governors includes Chris Webster, Dave Weigel, Donna Coleman, Debbie Bischoff and Ricky Evans. Mike Elliott was appointed as fleet captain.

  • Once considered a food staple, beer has been around in one form or another for more than 8,000 years. And with all these new studies that actually show that beer is healthy, in moderation, why not cook with beer?
    Years ago, physicians were known to use beer liberally for various cures. Due to the brewing process when making beer, it was actually safer to drink than either water or milk. Because of this, beer was often used when mixing medicines and used in many food recipes in place of water.

  • Silver Coast hosts bridal show Jan. 27
    The Silver Coast Bridal Show will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach. Discover the beauty of the Brunswick Islands and beyond.
    Come meet caterers, photographers, wedding planners, cakes, music, event rentals, limos, venues, florists and more. Admission is free.

  • Thursday, Jan. 24
    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.
    MahJong, 10 a.m., Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center, free. For more information, call 845-3693.
    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.

  • Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

  • Get ready for fun and games in Vegas, N.C.
    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s eighth annual Las Vegas Night is pulling out all stops Saturday night, Jan. 26, with an array of food and Vegas-style games.
    The annual fundraiser is from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.
    “It’s the most fun event of the year,” said Doug Terhune, past Shallotte Rotary president, founder and official organizer of the festive night of gambling in Brunswick County.
    This year’s event follows a similar format as in years past, only bigger and better, Terhune said.

  • The Carolina Master Chorale and Mason Memorial Choir will perform “Hearts of Passion IV: A Gospel Valentine” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

  • One of the biggest challenges to eating healthier is finding substitutions for existing foods in your diet. Here are some tips to make the transition easier:
    Use mustard instead of mayo on your sandwiches. You’ll get lots of flavor with much fewer calories and fat.
    Select whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. Be sure to read the label to ensure you’re getting whole grains, not just colored white bread.
    Start using lean ground beef, pork tenderloin or fish instead of high-fat cuts of meat.

  • By Tammy Harrison
    Master Gardener
    Now that the holidays are over, many gardeners’ hearts begin yearning for spring.
    Looking through gardening catalogs is a fun way to spend cold winter days, but there’s something else you can do on warm, pretty days: Go to gardens.
    Winter is a wonderful time to visit gardens and arboretums. There are many gardens and arboretums in our state that are free, open year round, and in the winter, you have them pretty much all to yourself.