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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’ve all been there: Waiting impatiently at a red light. Counting the seconds until your meal arrives at a restaurant. Checking and rechecking email for a response.

    “Just have a little patience,” you’re told by friends. “All good things come to those who wait.” Good advice, to be sure. Not always so easy to put into practice, though.

  • By John Nelson

     

    Ah, the Blue Ridge Parkway: truly one of our national treasures. An incredible amount of scenery and natural history abounds all along its length, and all year long. Although there is no “wrong” time to be on the Parkway — unless it’s snowing heavily — many people say mid- to late spring is the best, mostly because of the amazing variety of blooming plants to see. This shrub is one of those plants.

  • With April being National Pecan Month, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the versatility of pecans and their health benefits at the same time.

    You can say PEE-can, PEE-kawn, pa-CAN or pa-KAWN. However, the overwhelming choice among Americans is PEE-can. Nearly half of all pecan consumers prefer this pronunciation of the all-American tree nut, while the rest of country is somewhat split between pa-KAWN and PEE-kawn.

  • The Holden Beach Beautification Club is having its seventh annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at the Emergency Operations Center at 1044 Sabbath Home Road near Food Lion.

    There will be a great variety of landscaping plants, perennials and annuals as well as gardening gloves available for purchase (cash and checks only).

    All proceeds go toward the continual landscaping of Holden Beach as well as the entrance to the bridge. For more information, call Pat Schwaiger at (910) 846-3129. 

  • Celebrate the grape at two annual fundraising wine events planned this weekend.

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina Wine Fest pours from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sample a variety of vino from around the world. Enjoy tasty treats from local restaurants, bid on interesting and unique live and silent auction items, socialize with friends and neighbors and support two of the area’s best attractions at this annual event to benefit the museum and its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

  • It’s time once again to usher in spring at the annual Days at the Dock festival Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, under the Intracoastal Waterway bridge on Jordan Boulevard.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, highlights include more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a schedule of events including entertainment and the festival’s trademark bopple race Sunday.

    Saturday

    9 a.m. opening ceremony/West Brunswick Jazz Band

    9 a.m.-9 p.m. miniature golf contest/Fantasy Isle booth

  • The West Brunswick High School JROTC is hosting its 2018 food drive in support of the Brunswick Islands Baptist Church Loaves for Fishes Food Pantry. The food drive will run through May 11.

    This annual event is part of West Brunswick’s JROTC Community Service/Service Learning program. The Brunswick Island Baptist Church Food pantry feeds about 14,000 people annually.

  • The Calabash Fire Department and its auxiliary present plaques of appreciation to Julie Lowry, manager of the Sunset Beach McDonald’s, and Melinda Sandford, owner of the Calabash Deli, for the continuous support they have given to the men and women of the Calabash Fire Department. From left are Jeanette Meckling, Irma Teger (seated), Sally Lombardo, Lowry, Camille Troisi, Chief Randy Bork, Sandford and Dennis Chiocco.

  • Sunset Vision is looking for volunteers at two spring events to help enhance the beauty and enjoyment of Sunset Beach.

  • For the third year, Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring and the arts with the Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

    More than 20 local artists and artisans invited by Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash will be on hand to display and sell their work set up on porches of the Charleston-style homes in the community off Pender Road, showcasing art, pottery and jewelry.