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Today's Features

  • If you have always wanted to learn how to can but you’re not sure where to start, this is the class for you. Come learn from your local Cooperative Extension agent how to safely preserve food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.
    Learn canning basics and get some hands-on experience with the boiling water bath procedure. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited.

  • Seniors to meet Oct. 8
    Holden Beach Senior Citizens will meet at the Lockwood Folly Community Building on Stanbury Road at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Bring food to complement the cookout.
    There will be prizes for bingo. For the meeting, be sure to bring cans for personal use, labels and points for Shallotte Middle School, stamps for missionaries overseas and coupons for veterans.
    Remember to bring non-perishable foods for a local food bank. Reservations will be taken for the trip to Templewood in Fayetteville on Oct. 19. Cost is $15 per person and includes a meal.

  • I’ve written about the importance of family meals before and I’m sure I will again, because I really believe that eating together is important for families. It’s something simple, but powerful.

  • Lobster sale is Oct. 20
    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church will have its 22nd annual lobster sale on Saturday, Oct. 20. The lobsters are shipped directly from Maine and arrive the morning of the sale. Lobsters will be sold live, cooked or in boxes of frozen tails.
    As in previous years, lobsters must be ordered in advance. Prices are lower this year due to a higher-than-average catch. Order forms may be picked up at the church at 4941 Main St. in Shallotte, or they may be requested by calling the church at 754-9313.

  • A Celebration of God’s Abundance took place on Sept. 23 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The morning started when the Rev. Roy A Maack, a guest preacher from the Food for the Poor ministry, a gospel-based ministry that serves the poorest of the poor in 16 Latin American countries by raising orphans in Christian homes, digging wells, building homes, feeding the hungry and helping the elderly.
    His sermon was followed by a light lunch, giving everyone the opportunity to support a free-will offering that will be given to his ministry.

  • “We are always beginning to live,” the Roman poet Manilius wrote in the first century, “but are never living.”
    Joan Chittister adds, “We are always becoming, never at any given moment totally and finally complete.”

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, Oct. 8
    American goulash, green beans, fresh orange, dinner roll, milk.
    Tuesday, Oct. 9
    Brunswick stew, white rice, garden salad, mixed fruit, biscuit, milk.
    Wednesday, Oct. 10
    Chicken patty/creamed gravy, parsley noodles, seasoned greens, chocolate pudding, cornbread, milk.
    Thursday, Oct. 11
    Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas and carrots, whole-wheat bread, milk.

  • Many Southern foods are similar to Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, of which I am quite familiar. That’s not so surprising, though, because the heritage of both of these cultures is deeply rooted in farming. Of course, each region has some of its own unique ingredients and methods.
    The Southern pantry
    Some of my favorite foods, like shellfish, catfish, sweet potatoes, pecans and red beans and rice, are included in the Southern pantry.

  • Thursday, Oct. 4
    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.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kristi Leigh Clemmons of Supply and Michael Brandon Hardee of Sunset Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dale Leo Clemmons Sr. and Kimberly Ann Clemmons of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Randy DeLane and Verma Smith Hardee of Sunset Beach. A fall 2013 wedding is planned.