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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Bard was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family … I think it’s my favorite family, too.

    The four plants mentioned by Perdita in Shakespeare’s story are aromatic herbs, which we classify as members of the mint family, or Lamiaceae. There are many additional members.

  • All great pasta dishes start with fresh ingredients. Fresh plump tomatoes, onions, basil, fresh cloves of garlic will make for a delicious and flavorful meal.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash celebrate the 85th birthday of Norbit Carlyle and the 86th birthday of Alice Long.

  • All the latest healthful eating recommendations encourage adults to consume at least two to three cups of vegetables each day. Depending upon their age, children should have one to three cups. To get that many you need to eat at least one veggie at every meal. While most of us know this, finding new ways to put vegetables on our plates can be difficult and monotonous. Luckily, there are some new kitchen tools on the market that can make putting vegetables on your plate easy and fun.

  • “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates

    Last week we discussed strategies for administering pet medications at home. In addition to medical care, restorative rest is essential for healing. The trouble is convincing your pet to take it easy.

    If your dog or cat has undergone surgery, injured a leg or spine, or has a lung or heart condition, chances are strict bed rest is needed.

  • Letters From Home, a military tribute duo launched in North Carolina, will perform a special show at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    In 2010, Erinn Diaz founded Letters From Home in Winston-Salem with a mission to tour the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music.

  • In keeping with the seasonal spirit of fun coupled with a little competition, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce initiates the first Brunsco Spring Fling and Brunsco Battlefield from Friday, May 4, until Sunday, May 6, on a vacant field in front of Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Festivities begin 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with Family Night, featuring fair rides, games and a food, beer and wine garden.

  • It’s all about the headwear, the bourbon and the music.

    For the fifth year, the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club serves up Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style “fund racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    With presenting sponsor Novant Health, highlights include Most Glamorous and Most Outrageous hat contests for the ladies and “most dashing derbster” for the men, prizes included.

  • Colorful dancing and foods once again highlight Fiesta Mexicana, which falls on Cinco de Mayo this Saturday, May 5, on the grounds of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte.

    Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission and parking are free.

    This year’s fifth annual event features fancy footwork (baile folklorico, salsa and Zumba), food and fun, said Sister Mary Teresa, coordinator of St. Brendan’s Hispanic ministry.

  • Belville celebrates its 41st anniversary and Founders Day with music, food and craft vendors and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Three bands are providing entertainment this year, including Soul-R-Fusion at noon, Jenny and The Hatch Brothers at 1:30 p.m. and Soul on the Beach.

    Soul-R-Fusion is an original acoustic duo consisting of Alex Goodell on fretless bass and Tim Koehler on acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica.