Today's Features

  • Sunset Vision’s third art show and sale, “Coast Visions,” launches with artist awards and a preview 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Chrysler and DeSoto Classic Car Private Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

    Monetary prizes will be awarded for best in show in each category as well as a People’s Choice award.

    A ticketed fundraising reception follows from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21.

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the North Carolina premiere of “Little Miss Sunshine the Musical” opening night Thursday, June 20, in the Brown Family Theatre in the Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Academy, 3900 S. College Road in Wilmington.

    Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through June 30.

  • Their groove is undeniable, the beat infectious, the rhythm unmistakable.

    It’s true — Myrtle Beach-based Chocolate Chip & Company Band brings funky heat and cadent cool wherever it performs.

    Most immediately, that will be at the next Shallotte summer concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

  • I recently received this question:My dog’s skin has always been itchy and every summer he has to be treated. After a recent series of tests and I was told he has flea allergy dermatitis. The problem is that I have never seen a flea on him. Is this diagnosis correct?Spoiler alert: Yes. 

  • Food is a necessary expense, but there are ways to save money. Here are a few tips from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension that you might want to try.

    Use a grocery list

    We’ve heard this one before, but do you do it? Always shop with a list and then stick to the list. But also stay flexible if you find a sale. Gas for an extra trip to the store can add to your grocery bill. And, the fewer times you’re in the store, the less likely you’ll buy something on impulse.

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  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash has been chosen to host the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 2019 Travel Exhibition.

    The show runs from June 14 through Aug. 14 with a public reception Friday evening, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The exhibition consists of 33 paintings chosen from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual show.

  • They’re a merry musical band of 12 who got their start less than five years ago.

    Sea & Sand Band members met up in November 2014 through mutual location (Sea Trail) and love of music. They’ve been going and growing ever since.

    Composed mostly of retirees with a variety of musical talents, the band began via a query published in the Sea Trail newsletter seeking “any neighbors wanting to get together for a little jam session,” according to the group website at seaandsandband.com.

  • Classic cars are once again revving up for the Cruisin’ Calabash Car Show set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at 940 Carter Drive in Calabash.

    Event organizer Wendy Wowk, owner of Jewelry By Wendy and president of the Calabash Merchants Association, anticipates more than 100 classic vehicles of all makes, years and models at the event that’s co-sponsored with the Tri-Beach Cruisers and town of Calabash. This year organizers have also added a craft show on car show grounds.

  • Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair in Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production.

    When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep Social Security benefits that they’d otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling, even though they were never close to their deceased parents and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired. 

  • It’s always gratifying when one of your former students comes back and lets you know how things have been going. Such was the case, actually several years ago by now, when my former pupil, Sanders McMillan, phoned me up to shoot the botanical breeze.