Today's Features

  • VARNAMTOWN—With the 57th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel coming up this weekend, Marlene Varnam has a priceless memento to help her remember.

    Tucked in a room of her house is a pinewood chest-of-drawers that her late husband, Carson Varnam, salvaged from the Lockwood Folly River when Hazel wrought her destruction on North Carolina on Oct. 15, 1954.

  • Did you drive by Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach on Sept. 28 and wonder what was going on? The parking lot was filled with dozens of vans and trucks, people with headphones on were running around yelling “Action!” and “Cut!” and brightly colored cables snaked in and out of the building and across the planetarium lobby.

  • The Museum of Coastal Carolina is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. Family programs begin at 11 a.m. These programs are described below and are appropriate for all ages.
    On Fridays at 11 a.m., watch museum docents feed the live animals in the Touch Tank. Children and adults will learn a lot about these fascinating animals; what they eat and how they feed, and everyone will have an opportunity to help with the feeding.

  • The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will sponsor its first-ever wine tour of North Carolina wineries Nov. 3-4 and will be limited to 40 participants. The wine tour will visit wineries in the Yadkin Valley and Piedmont Appellations, said Stanley Barwikowski, chapter chair.
    “This will be an excellent opportunity for area wine lovers to experience fine North Carolina wines firsthand,” Barwikowski said. “Participants on the tour will visit 10 state wineries and in several cases be given a winery tour and tasting by a local winemaker.

  • Local birding enthusiast Kurt Hugelmeyer will conduct a bird talk-and-walk program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Nov. 19. All ages are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring your own binoculars if you have them.
    A retired dentist and a longtime volunteer at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Hugelmeyer has been an avid birder for more than 40 years and has led many bird walks in the area. He plans to visit birding areas on Ocean Isle Beach and elsewhere, depending on the group’s interest and timeframe.

  • Thursday, Oct. 6
    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.

  • The community of Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach announced on Sept. 9 the creation of a $25,000 endowed scholarship in nursing with the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Foundation.

  • Camera Club discusses flash
    The education committee will present a program on the use of flash lighting at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club.
    All aspects of flash photography will be discussed, and topics will include the types of flash, power output and how to control it, main and fill flash, on-camera and off-camera flash, all about flash accessories, as well as how-to suggestions for specific flash situations.

  • Tests of the public notification sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 12, starting at 10 a.m.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Curves continues to work to raise awareness in women about the life-saving importance of risk management, early detection and treatment.
    Throughout the month, Curves of Calabash women’s fitness center is waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research.