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  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There won’t be much of a mystery with this one, as it is quite familiar, appearing repeatedly during the holiday season. The fruits are edible: tart and crunchy, lending themselves to a myriad recipes, especially centered around the perfect sauce. Lumpy and pink, like Pepto-Bismol? Or smooth, glistening and red? Maybe mixed up with ground walnuts, or even some minced jalapeño? Everyone has their favorite version, and there always seems to be place for it at the holiday table, right next to the pickle tray.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, only to be surpassed by New Year’s Day — the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column!)

    My family, friends and co-workers have been known to secretly (or not-so-secretly) groan when I’ve pulled out the traditional decorations over the years and “The First Thanksgiving” story, encouraging everyone to read a stanza while passing around the pilgrim hat to wear. One can never get too much of Miles Standish, Priscilla Alden and Squanto!

  • Welcome to the holidays! If you’re like many Americans, the day after a holiday should be called “leftovers.” For many American pets, it should be called “GI upset.” That's because too many pets will be fed too many leftover foods that will result in too many, er, potty breaks. To help your pet avoid the “leftover runs” or worse, follow my holiday food rules for pets.

  • Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the bend and so is the Shallotte Farmers Market Holiday Market.

    The annual market, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, will feature more than 50 vendors including arts and crafts, holiday décor, photography and jewelry.

    Event organizer Megan Bishop with the town of Shallotte said people will be able to visit some of the vendors they enjoyed during the Summer Market in addition to new local vendors.

  • Danielle Graves has been promoted to fulltime director of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The longtime auditorium employee succeeds longtime director Mike Sapp, who died in May at 64 from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center.

    Announcement of Graves’ promotion was made on campus Oct. 24.

    “I am honored to be the director of Odell Williamson Auditorium and Campus Events,” Graves wrote last week.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band’s annual fall concert, “Director’s Favorites,” highlights Broadway and standards with two performances this weekend.

    Concerts are at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hatch Auditorium at 100 Caswell Beach Road, Oak Island, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

  • Wilmington artist Bradley Carter and his work will be featured at a reception by the Art League of Leland from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    Carter is an award-winning international-selling artist who grew up perusing his passion for art in Virginia before moving to the North Carolina in 2007.

    He creates predominantly in paint with a passion for abstract expressionism, but his works also include mixed media, paint skins and furniture. 

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is caring for five endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The sea turtles were injured in a recent cold-stunning event in New England.

    The aquarium’s animal care team will provide the turtles with special diets and close monitoring for health complications. Initial veterinary examinations predict positive outcomes for the animals with limited recuperation times. All five animals appear to be juveniles based on their weight, with none exceeding 3.5 pounds.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    The political campaigns are over … finally!

    Whether you’re celebrating victories for your candidates — or drowning your sorrows — there’s no question this has been a stressful time for our country.

  • There are times in life you never want to forget — and there are times you can’t. This is the story of one of those. Mostly.

  • On the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I, tribute will be paid during annual Veterans Day ceremonies Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12, in Brunswick County.

    Veterans Day was based on the end of the hostilities of World War I that ended with the 1918 Armistice between the Allied nations and Germany, going into effect at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 and first commemorated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919.

    In 1954, Nov. 11 officially became Veterans Day to honor all veterans wherever and whenever they served.

  • This weekend, Raleigh native Jeanne Jolly is bringing her versatile vocal style to the local stage for the first time.

    Jolly performs at the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jolly first achieved fame as a featured vocalist for Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.

  • Watch out, world.

    Former Brunswick County physical education teacher Nick Westfall and his latest movie, “8 Slices,” are making their world premiere at the Cucalorus Film Festival this week in Wilmington.

    Filmed last winter in and around Holden Beach, especially at Patronies Pizza on Holden Beach Road, the movie will be featured at two screenings at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Thalian Hall’s main theater at 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

    ‘8 Slices’ synopsis 

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    If only I had more time. If only I had more money.” How many times have you found your inner voice echoing these phrases?

    As often happens when I’m getting ready to write this column, I’ll hear something that results in an “Aha” moment for me. This happened the other day when a friend of mine reminded me of the proverb by the philosopher Philemon: “It is better to want what you have than to have what you want.”

    Striving or arriving?

  • Everyone agrees that eating excess sugar contributes to the formation of cavities, at least in humans. About 90 percent of U.S. schoolchildren develop tooth decay, largely because they eat too many sweets. What about dogs and cats? Can certain foods cause oral health problems in pets? Do pets get cavities?

  • ‘Tis the season for The Brunswick Beacon’s annual Holiday Happenings show.

    The eighth annual show unfolds 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $2 and free for children.

    Highlights this year include a variety of vendors including artisans, retail and nonprofit, said show organizer Christy Williamson, advertising sales representative for the Beacon.

  • Art, dance and music seamlessly collide with Artrageous Experience, the next show in the 2018-2019 BCCOWA Performing Arts Series at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    As soon as the audience steps into the theater, the Artrageous cast welcomes them into their world.

    Through immersive activity, their camaraderie sweeps event-goers along, offering a glimpse of what’s to come with “The Happening” and distributing souvenirs used to participate in the performance.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Staying with a Halloween theme … something spooky: it’s a brain! I showed this photo to someone who remarked that it might be MY brain … and that, after all, a botanist’s brain SHOULD be green. That may be true, but now I’m sort of hoping that my brain is a couple sizes larger than this thing.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "Why hasn’t he returned my call?” “Did you hear what she said?” “I must have done something wrong.”

    How many times does that voice in your head cause you to second-guess yourself? And then you end up replaying a situation over and over, agonizing over it.

    Sound familiar?

    Well, here’s a news flash: Nothing other people do is about you. It’s about them. Put this on a Post-It note, and tape it to your bathroom mirror.

  • That was a close call. I felt the air whoosh against my retreating hand as the razor-clawed paw swiped past. I’d known Gabe since he was a kitten and he’d never behaved like this.

    “I don’t know what’s wrong. He did the same thing to me last night when I tried to pick him up.”

    As I allowed Gabe to chill for a few minutes, the story became clearer. Gabe was normally an indoor-only cat, but he’d managed to escape out a back door three nights ago.