Today's Features

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first season of Open Mic Poetry Reading was so successful another season begins Friday, Feb. 1.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.  Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. The readings begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 1B, the first building behind the main building at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    The session will end when all the poets have had a turn. Those who prefer to come and listen are welcome.

  • The Brunswick Community College Foundation serves up its third annual Bella Italia fundraiser 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Highlights include interactive tastings of fine wines and delicious Italian food prepared by Angelo’s Bistro.

    As the event gets under way, guests will be greeted at the door with a glass of bubbly and ushered into the main ballroom for a culinary experience unlike any outside the cobbled streets of Palermo itself.

  • ATMC is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Connections and Smart Connections Grant Programs. This year, $35,000 in Community Connections grant funds will be awarded to nonprofits serving Brunswick County and $35,000 in Smart Connections funds will be given to educators in Brunswick County and areas of Columbus County served by ATMC.

  • The annual Silver Coast Bridal Show gets under way 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the Grissettown community.

    The event for brides- and grooms-to-be will showcase caterers, photographers, officiants, DJs, entertainment, limos, event planners and florists.

    For more information call the winery’s event coordinator Susan Barnes at 287-2800.

    For directions, go to silvercoastwinery.com.

  • The Shallotte Rotary Club rolls the dice at its 14th Las Vegas Night from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road.

    Highlights include a free casino as well as the usual Las Vegas style games: roulette, craps, blackjack, hold-‘em and horse races.

    The $75-per-person entry fee ticket includes hot and cold appetizers, a sit-down dinner with carving stations, pasta, salad and dessert. There will also be a cash bar with wine and beer.

  • Yes, he’s James Taylor’s younger brother.

    Livingston Taylor, who headlines the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, is also an acclaimed musician and mentor in his own right.

    Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at 13, launching a 50-year career encompassing performance, songwriting and teaching.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Here we go round the prickly pear

    Prickly pear prickly pear

    Here we go round the prickly pear

    At five o’clock in the morning.

    T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men,” 1925

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Ever notice how you feel around certain colors?

    For me, it’s teal and orange. I’m not sure why; I just feel better around these colors. So, it’s no surprise you’ll find them sprinkled throughout my closet, home and office!

    There have actually been a number of studies that evaluate the effects color has on us. Take a look at these descriptions, as portrayed on ivillage.com, and see if you know which color does the trick:

    1. Need more energy?

  • Traditionally in the northern hemisphere the week of prayer is celebrated Jan. 18-25 and is sandwiched between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. It also encompasses a time of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a Day of Prayer for the Unborn. According to the World Council of Churches, “At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that ‘they may be one so that the world may believe.’ “

  • Ethan Pannkuk achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America, on Jan. 7.

    Pannkuk chose the Fort Caswell Rifle Range as the focus of his Eagle Scout project. He spent many months researching, planning and raising funds. Then during school vacation March 30-31 last year, Ethan and members from his Boy Scouts of America Troop 210 of Carolina Beach spent two days working on the target pit at the rifle range. They shoveled the years of accumulated soil from the pit and behind the north wall so needed work could be accomplished by heavy machinery.