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Today's Features

  • November rolls around with its annual invitation to give thanks for the multiple harvests of goodness in our lives. For some, perhaps for many, the wagon of gratitude overflows. There is so much goodness, so much bountifulness, in their lives because benevolence is never overlooked. Grace abounds in every nook and cranny.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, only to be surpassed by New Year’s Day — the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column!)

    My family, friends and co-workers have been known to secretly (or not-so-secretly) groan when I’ve pulled out the traditional decorations over the years and “The First Thanksgiving” story, encouraging everyone to read a stanza while passing around the pilgrim hat to wear. One can never get too much of Miles Standish, Priscilla Alden and Squanto!

  • Welcome to the holidays! If you’re like many Americans, the day after a holiday should be called “leftovers.” For many American pets, it should be called “GI upset.” That's because too many pets will be fed too many leftover foods that will result in too many, er, potty breaks. To help your pet avoid the “leftover runs” or worse, follow my holiday food rules for pets.

  • Like most of you, I’m thinking about that big Thanksgiving turkey. Here are a few last-minute thoughts, reminders and a quick easy recipe for leftovers.

    Don’t wash it.

  • Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the bend and so is the Shallotte Farmers Market Holiday Market.

    The annual market, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, will feature more than 50 vendors including arts and crafts, holiday décor, photography and jewelry.

    Event organizer Megan Bishop with the town of Shallotte said people will be able to visit some of the vendors they enjoyed during the Summer Market in addition to new local vendors.

  • Danielle Graves has been promoted to fulltime director of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The longtime auditorium employee succeeds longtime director Mike Sapp, who died in May at 64 from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center.

    Announcement of Graves’ promotion was made on campus Oct. 24.

    “I am honored to be the director of Odell Williamson Auditorium and Campus Events,” Graves wrote last week.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band’s annual fall concert, “Director’s Favorites,” highlights Broadway and standards with two performances this weekend.

    Concerts are at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hatch Auditorium at 100 Caswell Beach Road, Oak Island, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

  • Wilmington artist Bradley Carter and his work will be featured at a reception by the Art League of Leland from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    Carter is an award-winning international-selling artist who grew up perusing his passion for art in Virginia before moving to the North Carolina in 2007.

    He creates predominantly in paint with a passion for abstract expressionism, but his works also include mixed media, paint skins and furniture. 

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is caring for five endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The sea turtles were injured in a recent cold-stunning event in New England.

    The aquarium’s animal care team will provide the turtles with special diets and close monitoring for health complications. Initial veterinary examinations predict positive outcomes for the animals with limited recuperation times. All five animals appear to be juveniles based on their weight, with none exceeding 3.5 pounds.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    The political campaigns are over … finally!

    Whether you’re celebrating victories for your candidates — or drowning your sorrows — there’s no question this has been a stressful time for our country.