• 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘Tis the time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the wearing of the green.

    The celebratory day paying tribute to the patron saint of Ireland kicks off with the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16, just across the state line in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Calabash Elks Lodge 2679 will once again be a parade participant with its kicky kazoo band, which will march down North Myrtle Beach’s renowned Main Street and Ocean Boulevard for what lodge honchos believe is their 24th year.

  • KURE BEACH — 20 feet below the surface of a natural spring, Lydia Byrd finds herself eyes wide open, blowing heart-shaped kisses, fulfilling her dreams. Byrd is a mountain girl living in a mermaid’s world and loving it.

    Her underwater odyssey began in the shadow of North Carolina’s highest peak and has now landed her, shimmering tail and all, in a magical adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

  • Take your dog(s) for a walk while fulfilling all things canine. You might even find a new pet.

    The 10th annual Bark in the Park is back from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, in Leland Municipal Park at 113 Town Hall Drive.

    This “dog-centric” event, conducted in partnership with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue, will include a free rabies clinic for Leland residents.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Quick: What does the cool side of the pillow have in common with finding money in a coat pocket? They both rank among the little things in life that bring us the most joy.

    Sure, the major milestones leave their marks on our lives. How often do they occur, though? And what sustains us in between those times?

  • Hurricane Florence may have temporarily knocked out last year’s Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, but the September storm didn’t knock it down for good.

    The festival that traditionally takes place in the fall is now set for a closer-to-spring, postponed indoor rendition.

    The 14th annual event is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Odell Williamson Auditorium and its Virginia Williamson Event Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    Admission and parking are free.

  • My friend Pat says she’s “never met a soup she didn’t like.” 

    You probably never thought of it this way, but soup can be a multifunctional food. On a chilly day, it can be warming. A cold soup can be refreshing on a hot summer day. On a busy day, soup can be a quick meal. Soups can be made ahead of time and reheated or frozen. Soups can be economical. Using a slow cooker, soups can be waiting for you when you get home.

  • As a practicing veterinarian of nearly 30 years, I’ve been nagged by an obvious and seemingly unanswerable question: Why do small dogs live longer than large dogs? For years it’s been widely accepted and understood in the pet world that tiny teacup poodles will live 10 or more years longer than a Great Dane. They’re both dogs, share the same basic DNA, eat the same types of foods and live in similar homes. Yet one breed lives up to three times longer. Why? Scientists have begun to shed some light on this mystery.

  • “Just look at her – not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money…”

    Go ahead — admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you or those on television or online. In these challenging times, it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think he or she leads a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • Full disclosure: I’m a believer in using nutrition as a healing tool. I take several nutritional supplements, give them to my family, and recommend them to my patients. Because there aren’t as many scientific studies conducted on nutritional supplements, especially in veterinary medicine, I take a lot of flak from my colleagues whenever I espouse trying a different diet, food, or supplement. You can imagine my joy when research on a popular immune-boosting feline nutritional supplement appears to work. 

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) is bringing its first show to the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) with a one-show-only original revue, “The Best of Broadway at Brunswick,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

    The show, sponsored by LCAC and the town of Leland, is a fundraiser to support TACT theatrical productions and youth theater programs.

    Tickets are $25 and available at thalian.org or 251-1788. Handling fees can be avoided for tickets ordered by phone.

  • If the weather cooperates, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown is planning its 64th Oyster Roast from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 2, at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The annual event, which traditionally takes place in November, had to be postponed last year because of damages sustained at the church from Hurricane Florence.

    Longtime vendor Marlene Varnam of Carson Varnam Oyster Market said everything should be in place for Saturday.

    “We hope we’ll have plenty of oysters,” she said.

  • He’s a one-man show soon to debut in Brunswick County.

    Singer-songwriter-guitarist Richard Shindell has just launched his spring “One Voice, Two Guitars” tour, which includes a stop at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, for the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert in the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.