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Today's Features

  • Thursday, June 14
    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.

  • SUNSET BEACH—For a second summer, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge is still an attraction, thanks to seasonal programs being offered by the Old Bridge Preservation Society.

    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the nonprofit group, formed to preserve and support the old bridge at its new resting site at 109 Shoreline Drive W., has scheduled a variety of programs.

    Members invite visitors to “come right off the new bridge, pull in here and come to this beautiful oak tree-lined site.”

  •  Staff report

    The public is invited to come and meet artist James Davis at an art reception 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Davis, known as “The Myxolydian Artist,” has a career covering almost 40 dedicated, innovative years.

    The Wilmington-based artist is founder of the Myxolydian School of Modern American Painting.

  • On June 9, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the first of three second Saturday programs open to the public this summer season. Model Military: Visualizing History in Scale will spotlight the use of models and miniatures in creating history in a scale format. Local artisans and hobbyists with Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers will display their creations and discuss model research and hobby tips.

  • Whether a child preferred planes, cars, trucks or animals, the fourth annual Big Toy Day had something special for everyone. Designed to provide a fun-filled educational experience for kids of all ages, the day gave a behind-the-scenes peek into the careers of pilots, truck drivers, firefighters, law enforcement agents, military services, sanitation crews, construction workers, animal trainers and more.
    More than 160 children received free airplane rides courtesy of the Brunswick County Airport Commission and the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 939.

  • The duo of Frank Bongiorno on alto saxophone and Robert Nathanson on classical guitar will perform as part of the St. Philip’s Summer Music Series in the sanctuary of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 205 East Moore St. in Southport, at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17. The concert is free and the public is invited.

  • Vacation Bible school to be offered in Leland
    Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 4754 Blue Banks Loop Road in Leland, will host its annual Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, through Friday, June 15. Its goal is to reach the community, especially the youth, through Christian education and daily life experiences. Activities are planned for all ages.

  • The announcement was made. Life’s die had been cast. No one could have predicted it. None expected it. The coach was leaving town. He didn’t want to go. His family was not happy about it. Farewell was not in their present vocabulary. Yet, go he must. Finances were tight. His decision was based on economy, not desire.

  • Summer is the perfect time to enjoy sizzling culinary experiences. Using the grill and experimenting with fun flavor combinations is a wonderful compliment to days filled with sunshine. Fresh herbs can be a perfect way to season summer meals.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Signs of the severe drought currently gripping our area can be seen in lawns and landscapes throughout southeastern North Carolina. These include stunting, wilting, yellowing or browning leaves, early leaf drop, dead stems and branches, and reduced flower, fruit, and seed production.
    How you care for your yard during drought will have a huge effect on how well it recovers once the rain returns. Use the following tips to help your yard survive the drought: