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Today's Features

  • For many people, retirement is volunteerism. Days and evenings are parceled into allotted timetables for civic or religious organizations, hobby groups of all sorts. Time, talents, energy, and finances are universally shared. Workshops are attended to attain more information to be distributed among all the organizations that have staked their claim on us. We feel both stretched and fulfilled, but also and often somewhat frazzled. One can almost hear the sighed statement: “It is better to give than to receive.”

  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, July 14, in the second installment of the popular three-part summer program Second Saturdays.

  • Growing plants in containers is one of my favorite ways to garden and it can bring instant rewards. When the temperatures increase, plants seem to go into a growing frenzy. If they do not have access to water and nutrients, they become stressed and unhealthy looking. Watering is a bit of a balancing act. Trying to determine how much and how often can be quite a challenge.
    My strategy is to water containers thoroughly when the soil surface becomes dry to the touch. This can become tricky, depending on the soil used in the container.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • July belongs to blueberries. It is National Blueberry Month and a great time to think and talk about this super food.
    Nutritionally, we’ve been hearing a lot about blueberries lately. People are calling them a super food and not just because they taste good. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), blueberries are near the top of the list when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving.

  • The sunny season is here, so why not raise a cool one with friends on your patio or by the pool? It’s time to relax in the comfort of our home and enjoy the summer season as long as it lasts.
    Some of the most refreshing drinks are those made with fresh fruit. The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or even a little twist on the always-popular lemonade.

  • Thursday, July 5
    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.

  • Thursday, July 5
    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.

  • Lockwood Folly dredging
    The Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge boat, the Merritt, is in the Lockwood Folly Inlet. This is the second round of dredging in the area this year. The plan is to have enough material removed from the inlet by the end of this cycle so that the Coast Guard can return the buoys to the inlet. According to the Corps’ schedule, the Merritt should be working in Lockwood Folly through July 8.

  • Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is an especially cool place to be this summer.

    Kidz Camp is now under way, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the 50,000-square-foot, non-smoking family entertainment center.

    Monday Madness, 4-10 p.m., offers unlimited bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, inflatables and selected arcades.