• A single gleaming stage bulb was installed last week at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The ghost light, as it’s known in theater, seemed a fitting tribute to longtime auditorium manager Mike Sapp, who died May 22 at 64 from complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center in Durham.

    “A ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theater is dark,” Sapp’s daughter Amy Leighton posted on Facebook following installation of the light at midday Tuesday, Aug. 14.

  • This coming Saturday, weekend shoppers are invited to browse and buy goods and services created by children at the first Building Brunsco Kids Expo.

    The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, rain or shine. Admission is free.

    Children 7 to 17 will have booths set up to sell products or services. Event-goers are encouraged to bring cash.

  • Because of sold-out shows in August, Bill and Cathy Furpless of Historic Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport are adding encore performances of “Remember ‘50s and ‘60s Rock and Roll” Sept. 7-9.

    Tickets, $20 cash each, are available at Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport and Color Me Carolina 4143 Colfax Lane in Oak Island for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation annual fundraising Fish Fry fries up 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, this year at the Bolivia Government Complex in front of the Emergency Services Building.

    The meal will consist of flounder, potato salad, coleslaw and bread for $8 per person. Takeout is available. Delivery to certain areas for large orders will also be available.

    For inquiries, leave a message on the Foundation phone at 253-0922 or email sheriffscharity@gmail.com.

  • Skin allergies are one of the top reasons for veterinary visits, affecting millions of pets and costing owners tens of millions of dollars. These pets are suffering; it’s not unusual for an allergic pet to chew off half its fur in a desperate effort to stop the itching.

    The main causes of allergic dermatitis in dogs and cats are pretty straightforward: insect bites, inhaled allergens and food. However, the diagnosis and treatment options can be more complex.

    Biting bugs

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s not often that we botanists, on our field trips, have to stop, speechless, and stare at a flower with jaws agape. It happened to me and my buddies recently deep in the pinelands of the Francis Marion National Forest.

  • Hot cars and trucks are in the spotlight for the 15thAnnual Leland Under the Lights Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lowes Foods in the Villages at Brunswick Forest, 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing.

    More than 15 trophies will be bestowed in a wide range of categories, including Best in Show, Most Unique and Club Participation. Goody bags will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered.

    There will also be car show vendors, and admission is free.

    Brian White with Jammin’ 99.9 will be on-site with music.

  • By Don Price

    Guest Columnist

    Imagine, if you will, that you go to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. When you get there you find an 8-ounce cup, some sugar, some cream, a box of instant coffee, and a water tap from which to get some water. But, when you turn on the tap, nothing happens. So, you have a problem. No water!

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "Maybe I shouldn’t tell him I stopped by my friend’s house. It will just set him off.”

    “Why does she keep checking my text messages?”

    “He flies off the handle at every little thing. It’s better to keep secrets and keep the peace.”

    If any of these comments sound familiar to you or someone in your circle, you may want to examine the level of control that could be lurking in those relationships.

  • What we eat and feed our pets affects their oral health. Everyone agrees that sugar contributes to the formation of cavities, at least in humans. About 90 percent of U.S. school children develop tooth decay, largely because they eat too many sweets. What about dogs and cats? Do they get cavities? Can certain foods cause oral health problems? Cavities are extremely rare in pets, affecting less than 5 percent of all dogs and even fewer cats. Why?

  • If it’s Thursday, customers are thirsty at the Lowes Foods Beer Den.

    That’s the day the Carolinas supermarket chain serves up half-price Thirsty Thursday specials at its Beer Den craft tap counters, including ones in Brunswick County and just across the state line in South Carolina.

    During a recent Thirsty Thursday at Lowes Foods in Ocean Isle Beach, customers clamored ‘round the Beer Den counter to sample the latest craft brews, by-the-glass wine or $3 mimosas.

  • A Gator Cam, late-night summer hours and a new zipline trek are among the latest seasonal offerings at Shallotte River Swamp Park at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

    New for 2018 is the Swamp Park Gator Cam, viewable at shallotteriverswamppark.com or on the park’s Facebook page, which scans and focuses on the swamp park’s renowned alligator sanctuary.

    Swamp Park manager George Howard said the park now has 13 rescued American alligators in its sanctuary, which has been built up to about 8,000 square feet.

  • The Tim Clark Band wows audiences wherever it goes.

    It’s expected the band will do the same when it performs at the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 15, at The Village at Sunset Beach at Sunset Boulevard North and Park Road North. (For more details, go to SunsetBeachConcerts.com or Sunset Beach Concerts on Facebook.)

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Last week I journeyed to Nebraska, and I’m here to give you a very brief report (which must begin with my first and almost certainly last dinner of mountains oysters …).

    Wide-open spaces! Gorgeous scenery with farms and windmills, little towns with grain silos. Here and there were pronghorn antelopes, which I had never seen before. Meadowlarks, hawks and bluebirds were common companions as we filled our plant presses with botanical treasures.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    The first 30 seconds. That’s when initial impressions are formed.

    We’ve all been there. You have an important request, and you’re wondering what to do. How will you come across?

    You may think you’re being direct, although others could interpret it as blunt. Or you think you need to provide more background, and your request can come across as wishy-washy.

    This is where you need to size up your audience — even if it’s only an audience of one.

  • Every pet owner I know wants to provide the best for their dog or cat. When it comes to best care, one thing every pet owner can, and should, do is have their pet’s teeth cleaned by their veterinarian at least yearly.

    This is nonnegotiable for me. Even if you can’t brush, rinse, give treats or apply gels, you can take your pet to the veterinarian for professional teeth cleaning.

    I know why you don’t; you’re worried about cost and concerned about safety. I get it. Let’s explore these objections a little further.

  • It took a team effort to aid a seagull that got entangled in kite debris last week in Holden Beach.

    Photographer Alan Van Vliet of West End was vacationing here with his wife Elaine and captured the rescue images about 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the 1100 block of West Ocean Boulevard.

    Vliet spotted the gull as it flew overhead.

  • National Lighthouse Day is officially recognized next Tuesday, Aug. 7.

    In commemoration of that, it’s an ideal time to shine some light on Brunswick County’s two public-friendly lighthouses.

    The Old Baldy Foundation is celebrating with National Lighthouse Weekend, an array of events Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, centered around North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy, which turned 200 last year on Bald Head Island.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s youth company, Stagestruck Players, will hold auditions for “Elf JR.,” based on the movie, Aug. 25 and 26.

    Youth 12 through 18 auditioning need to prepare 16 to 32 bars of a musical theater song. Children 9 through 11 must demonstrate singing ability.

    All will be taught a movement combination to be performed. All should be prepared to read from the script and improvise if asked.