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Today's Features

  • Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class being offered in three sessions on Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road in Southport. Classroom sessions will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
    Students who successfully complete the class and exam will receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which is often seen prominently displayed in restaurants.

  • The Little Princess Ball, a dance for young girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escorts, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at two locations: Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport; and South Brunswick Island Center, 9400 Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) in Calabash.
    This event is sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Brunswick Community College and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • Several days a week I meet a great group of women early in the morning for a one-hour walk. We’ve been doing this for more than five years and I highly recommend it.
    Having friends to walk and talk with makes exercising easier. There’s also that peer pressure that encourages me to get out of bed. It’s also a great way to share ideas.
    A couple of weeks ago, we were talking about Thanksgiving and all the food. Several commented that it’s really hard to avoid all the excess food that’s around during this season of the year.

  • The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Feb. 5, 2013. The program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.

  • By Charlotte Glen
    Horticulture Agent
    Pender County Cooperative Extension

    Most of our area saw its first frost last weekend…right on schedule. The first frost of fall typically occurs during the first week of November in southeastern coastal North Carolina.
    With frost, many plants stop growing, changing the gardener’s palette of gardening chores. The following tips will keep you on task in your southern yard and garden this fall.
    Houseplants

  • SBI Rotary celebration set for Feb. 21
    Join the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club for a celebration of 25 years of service to the community.
    The celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 21, 2013, at the South Brunswick Islands Campus of Brunswick Community College in Carolina Shores, near the U.S. 17 entrance to Crow Creek.
    Dinner and a champagne toast for spouses and non-Rotarian guests will be $30. A cash bar will be open at registration. RSVP by Jan 18, 2013.

  • Wesley Champion, 14, of Clinton, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Aug. 14. He is a member of Troop 27, which is sponsored by Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church.
    In recognition of his outstanding achievement, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor was convened on Oct. 21 at Grove Park Baptist Church in Clinton.

  • Christmas cantata set for Dec. 16
    The combined Chancel and Morning Glory choirs of Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street in Southport, invite all to their Christmas cantata at the 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary on Sunday, Dec. 16. Directed by Diane Kulp, the choirs will present Joseph Martin’s “Journey of Promises” with dramatic readings.

  • I was invited to speak at the Hunger and Homeless Banquet sponsored by the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, a group united in an effort to address, and hopefully resolve, the problem of hunger and homelessness in Brunswick County. My reaction was immediate and identified my surprise.
    “What do I know about homelessness?” The challenge I accepted was to talk about my ignorance and the accompanying call of Scripture that confronted me. So, I began to pray, ponder and write. This is an excerpt from what God gave me.

  • On Nov. 10, Providence Home, the Brunswick County Family Emergency Teen Shelter, hosted a dinner/dance fundraiser at Silver Coast Winery. The dinner was catered by The Purple Onion in Shallotte and music for the dancing was provided by Hooked on Dancin’ with Wanda and Jim York.
    The event featured Silver Coast fine wines, as well as a Chinese auction and a silent auction. Drs. Daniel and Anna Blizzard and their practice, Ocean Isle Family Medicine, sponsored the event.