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Today's Features

  • Thursday, Jan. 17
    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.

  • 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.

    By Katharine McAnarney
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and Fiore Fine Flowers will present Celebration of Flowers, a four-day fashion show, brunch, festival and oyster roast featuring celebrity event designer Matthew Robbins on Feb. 19-23.
    A “garden party ready” fashion show featuring torri/bell, Gentlemen’s Corner, Reeds Jewelers, Bangz Hair Salon and Spa, Robbins and Fiore Fine Flowers will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Terraces at Sir Tyler.
    Guests will be greeted with champagne and valet parking. Reservations are $75 per person.

  • It’s that time of year again—Souper Bowl Saturday is just around the bend.

    For the fourth year, the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is having its delicious Souper Bowl fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the fellowship hall at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    For each $15 per-ticket donation, attendees will receive a freshly glazed bowl handcrafted by a local potter, along with a piping hot serving of soup prepared by one of several participating eateries.

  • The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book publishers have decided a Leland couple are the kind of storytellers who can fix what ails you.

    Malinda and David Fullingim have both had stories accepted for print in the book series in the past year.

    Both Malinda and David are ordained ministers, writers and educators, who moved to Leland in August 2011, when David began working for Cape Fear Community College

  • LELAND—Leland will host its first 5K race on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    That’s Groundhog Day, so Leland Parks and Recreation organizers are calling it the “Whistle Pig 5K”—a different way of saying groundhog.

    And the race itself is a different way of introducing the public to the new Westgate Nature Park.

    “It’s not a fundraiser, but we will do it at-cost. We want to raise awareness of the new park and promote health,” Neal Brooks, Leland Parks and Recreation director, said.

  • Church to study ‘Purpose Driven Life’
    Sunset Beach Community Church in Pelican Square in Sunset Beach is beginning the best-selling Rick Warren blockbuster, “The Purpose Driven Life,” on Sunday, Jan. 13, for the next 10 weeks. Participants will meet four times each week: Sunday morning at The Gathering at 9 a.m.; Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
    Be a part of the dialogue, “What on earth am I here for?” All are invited to participate.

  • I often heard my father speak in hushed tones of the heartrending tale Victor Hugo wrote.
    This did not impress me when I was young. It was a long time before I was awestruck that an Italian immigrant who had only attended school for three years in his native country could read, comprehend and appreciate Hugo’s genius and insight in “Les Misérables.”
    As time went on, I, too, read the story. When it became a Broadway production, I listened to the tapes and merrily sang along with the music.

  • I recently took one of my Christmas gifts into our office to share. It was a pomegranate. Four of these beautiful fruits came in a package from a “foodie” friend.
    To me, this is what a gift should be; something you would like to have but hardly ever consider buying for yourself. A real treat.
    Several of my co-workers were familiar with the fruit. Others curiously watched and to their credit, sampled this new food.

  • Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    During the cold month of January, what we really want to do is curl up in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate and the new seed catalogs. Go ahead and enjoy. Now is the best time to plan for our new bigger and better spring garden.
    If you have saved photos from last year’s garden, dig them out and use them to help lay out any changes you talked about making last year.