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Today's Features

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of “Once Upon A Mattress” is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” — but that is not the whole story.

    With the book by late, great playwright Jay Thompson of Myrtle Beach, S.C, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, the story of Princess Winnifred (Hailey Myer) takes some surprising turns in her pursuit of Prince Dauntless the Drab (Ben Miers). 

  • Free medical and dental screenings, a robot simulator and MRI tours plus medication disposal and a shred event are among highlights at The Brunswick Beacon’s 13th annual Health Expo 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 23, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free.

    Featured are 50 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on health-oriented topics, according to Beacon advertising sales rep and event organizer Christy Williamson.

  • Each March the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland honors young artists. The public is invited to view artwork created by Brunswick County students on display in the LCAC gallery through March 23. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

  • With spring just around the corner, that can only mean one thing. It’s time to put away those winter clothes and get to the Franklin Square Gallery to see the High School Show and the Members Show.

    The annual High School Art Show opens on March 18 at the gallery and will run through Saturday, April 13. Students from North, South and West Brunswick high schools will display their paintings, drawings, prints, collages, photographs, and three-dimensional constructions. In all, there will be approximately 90 works of art – 30 from each school.

  • Pop quiz: How many thoughts do you think a day? Hint: It’s a big number. Scientists estimate we think around 60,000 thoughts a day. Of course, that takes in repetitive thoughts like “stop at the red light” and “don’t touch the hot stove.” We do have a fair amount of choice, though, in what we allow into our heads each day.

  • I never really had too much of a vacation this past year; work, work, work — that was me. Americans don’t take enough vacations, they say. Maybe over the spring break coming up we will be able to get away for a while. Somewhere warm.

  • Perhaps one of the most precious, yet one of the most misunderstood, perceptions of divinity is most apparent in our human desire for God to do everything for us at all times. We call God, Abba, because we want a Daddy God whose aim is to make our lives perfect without requiring our participation or effort.

    We pray to God, begging a plaintive “Please…please…won’t you do this or that?” We call it intercessory prayer or asking prayer and it is good for us to plea for ourselves and others.

  • I hope everyone is lucky enough to experience at least one “once-in-a-lifetime” pet. For me, that was a cat named Pellie. To put it simply, she was the greatest cat I’ve ever known. And by knowing, I mean sharing a few years with a spectacular species that’s hard to fully understand. But that’s not what this column is about. It’s actually about how Pellie left me and how little I understood her loss. Let me explain by taking you back to the beginning.

  • If you pitch the milk in your refrigerator when it reaches the date printed on the carton, you might be wasting food. This is a sell-by date, not an expiration or use-by date. In fact, the Dairy Council of California says that milk is probably safe to drink past its date.

    Now, of course, they said “probably.” You need to take a couple things into consideration when determining how long milk is safe to drink. If care is not taken, it may not even last as long as the date indicates.

  • Wine, Women & Chocolate, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee’s “ultimate girls’ night out,” sweetens the evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Lockwood Folly Country Club, 19 Clubhouse Road in Supply.

    Featured will be the latest styles, hair and makeup trends in the annual event’s first fashion show. This new “makeover” segment for the event will showcase runway models styled by local salons and makeup specialists.