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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • As you pass them in a grocery store, a big box store or even a discount store, the aroma and promise of quick, hot meal entices you to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken.
    Then, the smell in your car is so tempting that you may want to nibble on the way home. Who hasn’t been seduced by one of these chickens?
    No matter how enticing, I’ve always wondered: “What’s the catch?”

  • Joyce Gause, a long-time Brunswick County resident, is the founder and executive director of Evangelistic Outreach Ministries (EOM), a nonprofit Christian prison ministry.
    In 2008, with the guidance of Shallotte resident David Pickett, EOM was sanctioned by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization.
    Many years before her 501(c)(3) designation, Gause had been helping and mentoring those with felony records build up their self-esteem, regain confidence and become productive citizens after incarceration.

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    Program offers free meals, showers
    Need a meal? Need a shower?
    New Life Christian Fellowship can help with its Showers of Blessings program from 5-7 p.m. every Monday at 2162 Stone Chimney Road SW in Supply.
    Need transportation? The church van will be at Hardee’s, on the corner of N.C. 211 and U.S. 17), from 4-4:45 p.m. every Monday to escort you.
    Call Theresa Tese at 269-8577 for more information or to volunteer service or a meal. Visit www.newlifecf.net.

  • At a recent church function, a friend of mine leaned over to me and commented, “You can’t whisper to deaf people.”
    She continued to describe her feelings when people who know she has a difficulty understanding under ordinary conditions lean over to her and whisper a message in her ear, thinking she received it.

  • Although crabs are available year-round in coastal areas, they are mostly consumed during the summer months, probably due to the summer tourist migration to the shores.
    Along our eastern seaboard, the blue crab reigns supreme. It’s available fresh and pasteurized in lump, backfin and claw meat.

  • Oil painting demo set for Jan. 23
    Artist Joan Hoyle will present an oil painting demonstration at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, according to gallery owner Ginny Lassiter. The event is free to the public and reservations are not required.

  • 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.