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Today's Features

  • New books at Rourk Branch Library
    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
    Fiction
    “The Twelve Clues of Christmas” by Rhys Bowen. She may be 35th in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the New Year before a Christmas killer wrings another neck in this Royal Spyness mystery.

  • As a general rule of thumb, herbs come from grassy plants and spices from barks or seeds. Many of us grow and cultivate our own herbs, but few of us grow our own spices.
    Although fresh herbs are increasingly accessible year round in our local supermarkets and farmers markets, they are easily grown in containers on decks or planted in gardens. Nothing compares to the flavor and aroma of an herb snipped moments before use.

  • The Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA), a two-year old neighborhood charity in Brunswick County, recently donated $8,200 to the New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes. It is the county’s only comprehensive free clinic that provides basic medical and dental care, as well as diagnostic services and prescription drugs to low-income, uninsured residents of Brunswick County.
    The money raised was derived from ORCA’s fall fundraising campaign, according to Judy Cunningham, an ORCA board member who coordinated the effort.

  • SHALLOTTE—A new event is helping usher the holiday season into town.

    The inaugural Christmas on the River event will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Shallotte Riverside Park on Main Street behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Christmas on the River is geared toward families and includes the popular Brunswick Stew Cook-off. The event is being coordinated by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Thursday, Nov. 29
    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.

  • Amy DeWeese and Dean Little, both of Ash, were married Oct. 27 at Grace Fellowship. The Rev. Leon Weber officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Becky DeWeese of Boiling Spring Lakes. The groom is the son of Harry and Erma Little of Ash. The bride was given in marriage by Casey Bird.
     

  • The Swing Sisters are performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The performance is described as a 1940s USO holiday show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for students and seniors ages 65 and older, and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

    For more information, log onto www.bccowa.com or call the box office at 755-7416.

  • The Second Marine Division Band will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    For more information, call the box office at 755-7416 or pick up tickets at the box office. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

  • Grissettown-Longwood Fire & Rescue is getting stoked about its seventh annual Christmas Train Show.

    The holiday event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, at the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Admission is free.

    The show is a fundraiser for the combination department consisting of volunteer and paid firefighters.

  • By Charlotte Glen
    Pender County Horticulture Agent
    Many garden centers offer rosemary plants pruned in the shape of Christmas trees. Following the holidays, these hardy shrubs can be planted in the landscape and enjoyed for years to come.
    In addition to pre-cut Fraser firs, many garden centers offer living trees grown in containers for sale as Christmas trees. If you are tempted to buy one of these to use both for holiday decoration and as a permanent addition to your landscape, keep the following tips in mind to ensure your tree has long and healthy life.