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  • Sure, we love the beach (isn’t that why we’re here?).

    But sometimes on a simmering summer day it’s nice to shift in a different direction and seek out some cool(er) fun for a while.

    Each of the South Brunswick Islands beaches has just the ticket to offer beach-goers a little respite and relief, not to mention recreation.

    Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach

  • The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

    Occasionally, Darrell, a former electrician and lead production manager at Carolina Products Inc., would venture out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs.

  • Pocketbooks of all designs are once again in the spotlight for the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Ladies Night Out Purse Bash from 5:30 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, July 19, at The Brunswick Center at Supply, 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Only 400 tickets will be sold for this event, which sold out last year.

    Guest announcer will be Amanda Fitzpatrick of WWAY.

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    By Linda Arnold

    Are there people in your life who magnify everything around them? It’s like one crisis after the other.

    Whether it’s complaining, gossiping or lamenting their lot in life, it can truly be exhausting! Chances are, you’re not going to change the other person. This is their modus operandi. And you’ve always been there to listen to their continued rants.

  • Over the past 26 years as a practicing veterinarian, I have performed A LOT of surgeries pulling piles of leaves, grass, potting soil and rocks out of dogs’ stomachs and intestinal tracts. To this day, one of my saddest losses was a Corgi who inexplicably wolfed down over three pounds of sand and died. Fortunately, that’s an exceedingly rare tragedy, and most cases of eating grass, rocks and other such nonsense result in nothing more than vomiting and diarrhea.

    But still, why in the world do dogs eat that stuff?

     

  • The new Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores has a new schedule of events.

    Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

    Mondays

    Stitchin' Time, 9 a.m. to noon, free and open to all skill levels. No registration is required.

    House Party Fitness with Chrissy Sisco, 9 a.m., $5 per class. For more information, contact Sisco at (973) 477-3336 or cruiseintofitness@hotmail.com.

    Tuesdays

  • Make plans to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • Band of Oz, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, touts a rich history spanning 50 years in North Carolina.

    In the mid-1960s, a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born in the Pitt County town of Grifton.

    The group was described as a “guitar and keyboard group playing the sock hops at area schools, private parties and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”

  • There are two kinds of people: those who, while strolling down a sidewalk, will spot a penny down there and keep going, and the other kind, the sort of person who will invariably stoop down and pick it up. I guess that I fall into the first group … although I am not embarrassed to admit I will stop for a nickel. And everyone would pick up a dime, right? This week’s mystery plant reminds us of coins on the ground.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Thinking is difficult. That’s why most people judge.”

    When I saw that quote from psychoanalyst Carl Jung come across my social media feed the other day, I did a double take.

    It made me think about the patterns we develop in life. Chances are, you learned the Golden Rule while growing up or heard it along the way: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  • “STOP! I don’t think you want to kiss Daisy.”

    I froze, nose-to-nose with a perfectly peck-able puppy. Of course, I wanted to kiss Daisy. She was a pug, after all, and I’m a veterinarian. That’s what I do.   

    “It’s just, well, that’s what I wanted to talk to you about. Daisy has been eating her, you know…”

    I slowly eased away, understanding exactly what she meant.

  • Happy Fourth of July!While I hate to rain on your parade (or fireworks celebration), this noisy holiday can prove particularly problematic for pets.

    Firework fears, thunderstorm anxiety and noise phobias (fear of loud noises) affect an estimated 42 to 50 percent of all dogs. This compares with 14 to 10 percent of dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Making matters worse, about 85 percent of dogs with fear of noises also experience some degree of separation anxiety.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “I do so much for you, and THIS is the thanks I get?” “I hardly have any time for myself.”

    Sound familiar? There’s a lot of give and take in relationships. If you constantly find yourself on the short end of the stick, though, there may be an unhealthy undercurrent.

  • The rain around here comes and goes, and it’s hot and dry where I live. Of course, it will get wet again. Maybe we should talk a little bit about wetland plant species.

  • Officers

    President: Stacey McCumbee

    Secretary: Mike Kirchner

    Treasurer: Steve Mill

    President-elect: John Surito

    Meetings

    First and third Wednesdays at noon at Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte

    It’s official, the newly revived Kiwanis Club of Shallotte-South Brunswick Islands announced on its Facebook page June 13.

  • Patriotic Americans are once again expected to turn out en masse to celebrate Independence Day with annual events planned this week.

    Ocean Isle Beach

    The Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association is kicking off its Fourth of July Freedom Celebration with fireworks at 9 Tuesday night at the OIB Pier (rain date 9 p.m. July 6).

    The annual Fourth of July Parade is at 10 a.m. Wednesday with decorated floats, golf carts, bicycles and walkers that will be judged and prizes awarded.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.

     

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • Over the past few years, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the benefits for bone broths for pets. I’ve got to be honest, I’m skeptical about some of the health claims the bone broth brotherhood claim, and there’s little scientific evidence to back its widespread usage. That said, I’m not against trying bone broths for your pets, as long as you’re informed and use the safest meat or poultry.