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Today's Features

  • From the opening paragraphs of his newest novel, “Under Pain of Mortal Sin,” Donald Cozzens jump-starts the reader into the multi-faceted dilemma of today’s church. One is immediately caught and held in the mystery and complexity of human suffering under the pain of “mortal” sinfulness. 

  • In last week’s column I made the case for replacing some of the meat in your diet with beans. Overall, beans have fewer calories and saturated fats and more fiber than meat. I’m not talking about green beans or string beans, but those that are called “dry” beans. These are beans like kidney, black, pinto, garbanzo and navy.

  • Thirty-two years ago, I was a young Extension agent working in Cumberland County. The sandy soils around Fayetteville have many of the same problems that make growing grass such a challenge here in the Wilmington area, with the scale insect we call ground pearls being at the top of the most-hated list.

  • It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of our country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Wednesday, May 30.

    Here’s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.

    Memorial Day in Calabash

  • New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe is scheduled to be at Silver Coast Winery at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, promoting her latest can’t-miss coastal read, “Beach House Reunion.”

    Monroe will be on hand to meet with the public and read and sign copies of her new hardcover book, which went on sale May 22, at this two-hour event presented by Pelican Bookstore of Sunset Beach.

    Admission is $7.50, which includes a glass of wine.

  • On Saturday, May 26, enjoy a good day of music, good food and good friends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 10th annual Hot Rods & Hamburgers Cruise In Food Social at Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, hosted by the Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club.

    Hot dogs and hamburgers are free to all classic car cruisers. Lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m.

    There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to 2018 Brunswick County Toy Run. Find more information about this effort at BrunswickToyRun.org.

  • The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for more than half a century.

    They’ll light up the stage of this season’s first Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St.

    They’re scheduled to be back for a Calabash Summer Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, in Calabash Community Park and for a Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • “Somebody help me! My dog is dying!”

    My peaceful veterinary reception was shattered by the cries of a panicked pet owner cradling a limp white dog in her arms. My team sprang into action.

    “I don’t know what happened. She was outside in my garden when I heard her yelp. When I went to check on her, Sophie was like this.”

    As I quickly examined the unresponsive middle-aged Maltese on my table, I asked if her dog had any allergies or any medical conditions.

  • The Cape Fear Chapter of the Red Cross in Wilmington is seeking volunteers to help with its Biomedical Transportation Program. The chapter will host an open house Tuesday, June 5, for those interested in learning more.

    Volunteer transportation specialists are needed to help deliver blood products to area hospitals, a vital service in the community led by volunteers.

    The Red Cross Biomedical Transportation Volunteer Open House will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1102 S. 16th St. in Wilmington. Refreshments will be served.

  • The Artisans of St. James have once again accepted a challenge to create works of art from the unusual.

    The results of their creativity will be showcased in “Artful Reflections,” a show and silent auction presented by the nonprofit Stepping Up for the Arts! (SUPA) from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    This creative team has taken 30 mirrors and transformed them into 30 works of art.