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  • Fifth annual Oktoberfest festivities get under way 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Calabash.

    This year’s event takes place at 947 Carter Drive behind the Calabash Fire Station. Admission is free.

    Outdoor festivities will be set up at a huge tent for visitors to enjoy Bavarian food and Oktoberfest beer. American food will also be available.

    The renowned Oktoberfest ensemble Harbour Towne Fest Band of Wilmington, 15 to 18 strong, will once again entertain the crowd from the stage and dance floor.

  • The Magic of Motown concert postponed from Sept. 14 because of Hurricane Florence is now set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $40 adults and $35 seniors and students. For tickets, go to bccowa.com or call the Odell Williamson box office at 755-7416 or (800) 754-1050, ext. 7416.

  • It’s time once again for goblins and goodies.

    Area Halloween events promise to provide thrills for all ages. Here’s a closer look at what’s conjuring up.

    Planetarium Frankenstein, Fright Light

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    There you are with your gigantic “to do” list.

    Before tackling it, though, you decide to do a quick email check or scroll through social media one last time before buckling down.

    You start one article and the next thing you know, you’ve clicked through multiple links. Now, you’re off on a tangent that has nothing to do with where you started (although you may have scored some nifty “top 10” lists!).

  • "My dog hates getting his nails trimmed! I have to take him to the vet and sometimes they have to sedate him just to cut his toenails! Is there anything I do to make this easier on Oscar?”

    This is one of the most common questions I receive. While each dog has its own reasons, here is a list of some common issues I’ve observed:

    Bad experience

  • Now that summer is over, Listen Up Brunswick County is preparing for its final performances of 2018.

    Philadelphia-born former multicultural arts teacher Vance Gilbert makes a return appearance with a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the main Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

  • Now that summer is over, Listen Up Brunswick County is preparing for its final performances of 2018.

    Philadelphia-born former multicultural arts teacher Vance Gilbert makes a return appearance with a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the main Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

  • As organizers cook up the 38th NC Oyster Festival this weekend, we take a look back at how it all began.

    The area’s first oyster festival has origins dating back four decades ago, to late October 1978 in the same town where it’s held today.

    “Fishing and oyster eating will highlight the South Brunswick Islands annual oyster festival to be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26-29,” heralded the Oct. 19, 1978, edition of The Brunswick Beacon.

  • John W. “Billy Ray” Morris III will present “Eyewitness to History: Heritage Diving on Condor” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Ingram Planetarium invites all to a free celebration of International Observe the Moon Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Visitors will learn why the moon is special in our solar system while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities that include observing the moon itself, weather permitting. If weather is poor, visitors can still enjoy free activities in the Paul Dennis Science Hall at Ingram Planetarium.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    With so much fighting going on in our world, it’s easy to focus just on getting the win. At all costs.

    I’m thinking you’ll agree there’s more division among political ranks now than in recent memory … or ever.

  • "You might not want to do that.”

    I looked up as I felt a gentle hand pull me away.

    “I don’t really recommend kissing Buttons. Her breath is kind of … let’s just say she could use a breath mint!”

    One of my favorite perks of being a veterinarian is getting kisses from my patients. I love puppy snuggles, kitty headbutts and good, old-fashioned face-lickings. Nothing gives me greater joy than the affection of the pets I serve. I wasn’t going to let this whiff warning prevent Buttons and I from smooching.

  • Oct. 10 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

    Obesity is our pets’ No. 1 health threat. Today’s dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. Unfortunately, they’re also more likely to have obesity than ever and costly weight-related diseases. When it comes to preventing disease and helping your pet live a long, healthy, pain-free life, there may be nothing more important than maintaining a healthy weight.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    I had a very humbling experience recently.

    I was unaware while driving and ended up practically running a stop sign — yikes!

    To be honest, it wasn’t even a “rolling stop.” I was rushing to get somewhere, and I wasn’t paying enough attention to what was really important.

    Fortunately, I was stopped by a police officer, and I credit the experience — and that officer — for a major wakeup call.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    What’s the difference, botanically, between a “reed” and a “cane?” I’m not sure I know: both of these are very old words that tend to refer to hollow-stemmed, grass-like plants. Here is a plant that seems to fit, and is, as well, a true member of the grass family.

  • Hurricane Florence delayed but hasn’t washed out Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s 10th-anniversary Haunted Trail this year.

    The annual popular spooky trek for 2018 is scheduled to launch at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 12, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown.

  • It was only a matter of time before Nicholas Sparks set his sights on scenic Sunset Beach.

    That’s where his newest romance unfolds in “Every Breath,” the latest novel by the renowned author, whose love stories and movies are typically situated somewhere along the Carolinas coast.

  • Indigo Farms at 1542 Hickman Road is not having Farm Heritage Day activities Saturday, Oct. 6. 

  • When the sun sets on summer in Sunset Beach, it’s time for Sunset at Sunset.

    The annual autumn event is scheduled to happen again this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in front of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Beach.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph counts a record, full-capacity number of participants at this year’s event — 116 craft and nonprofit vendors and 19 “soup to nuts” food vendors

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There are places here in the Southeast that naturalists call “pocosins.” These are generally thought of as wetland habitats of the coastal plain, dominated by a fairly large list of plants, most of which are adapted to fires. That is, they respond “positively” to occasional burning. Pocosins are often characterized by peaty soils derived from sphagnum moss deposits.