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  • As the days grow longer, Bo and Bear, two brawny brown Labs, don’t want to come inside after their sundown backyard romp. Sniffing down the fence line, pawing through pine straw and darting through any cracked gate or door, the two retrievers seem aware of something. Their owner doesn’t see, hear or even smell anything unusual, but apparently the dogs detect something she doesn’t.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Guest Columnist

    Do you have too much on your plate?

    If you’re like a lot of folks, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed these days. Too much to do and too little time.

    Perhaps never before in human history have there been more possibilities. That’s the good news. The flipside is you may be drowning in options.

    So, how can you get a handle on this?

    The best productivity habit you can ever get into is very simple: Do your worst task first thing in the morning.

  • By John Nelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Bard was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family … I think it’s my favorite family, too.

    The four plants mentioned by Perdita in Shakespeare’s story are aromatic herbs, which we classify as members of the mint family, or Lamiaceae. There are many additional members.

  • “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates

    Last week we discussed strategies for administering pet medications at home. In addition to medical care, restorative rest is essential for healing. The trouble is convincing your pet to take it easy.

    If your dog or cat has undergone surgery, injured a leg or spine, or has a lung or heart condition, chances are strict bed rest is needed.

  • Letters From Home, a military tribute duo launched in North Carolina, will perform a special show at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    In 2010, Erinn Diaz founded Letters From Home in Winston-Salem with a mission to tour the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music.

  • In keeping with the seasonal spirit of fun coupled with a little competition, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce initiates the first Brunsco Spring Fling and Brunsco Battlefield from Friday, May 4, until Sunday, May 6, on a vacant field in front of Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Festivities begin 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with Family Night, featuring fair rides, games and a food, beer and wine garden.

  • It’s all about the headwear, the bourbon and the music.

    For the fifth year, the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club serves up Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style “fund racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    With presenting sponsor Novant Health, highlights include Most Glamorous and Most Outrageous hat contests for the ladies and “most dashing derbster” for the men, prizes included.

  • Colorful dancing and foods once again highlight Fiesta Mexicana, which falls on Cinco de Mayo this Saturday, May 5, on the grounds of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte.

    Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission and parking are free.

    This year’s fifth annual event features fancy footwork (baile folklorico, salsa and Zumba), food and fun, said Sister Mary Teresa, coordinator of St. Brendan’s Hispanic ministry.

  • Belville celebrates its 41st anniversary and Founders Day with music, food and craft vendors and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Three bands are providing entertainment this year, including Soul-R-Fusion at noon, Jenny and The Hatch Brothers at 1:30 p.m. and Soul on the Beach.

    Soul-R-Fusion is an original acoustic duo consisting of Alex Goodell on fretless bass and Tim Koehler on acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica.

  • “Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients …” — Hippocrates

     

    “I can’t remember if I gave her all the pills; she certainly didn’t like them. I’m pretty sure she got most of them. I don’t understand why she’s still sick?”

    At least she was honest. Caring for a sick pet can be a challenge.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’ve all been there: Waiting impatiently at a red light. Counting the seconds until your meal arrives at a restaurant. Checking and rechecking email for a response.

    “Just have a little patience,” you’re told by friends. “All good things come to those who wait.” Good advice, to be sure. Not always so easy to put into practice, though.

  • By John Nelson

     

    Ah, the Blue Ridge Parkway: truly one of our national treasures. An incredible amount of scenery and natural history abounds all along its length, and all year long. Although there is no “wrong” time to be on the Parkway — unless it’s snowing heavily — many people say mid- to late spring is the best, mostly because of the amazing variety of blooming plants to see. This shrub is one of those plants.

  • The Holden Beach Beautification Club is having its seventh annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at the Emergency Operations Center at 1044 Sabbath Home Road near Food Lion.

    There will be a great variety of landscaping plants, perennials and annuals as well as gardening gloves available for purchase (cash and checks only).

    All proceeds go toward the continual landscaping of Holden Beach as well as the entrance to the bridge. For more information, call Pat Schwaiger at (910) 846-3129. 

  • Celebrate the grape at two annual fundraising wine events planned this weekend.

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina Wine Fest pours from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sample a variety of vino from around the world. Enjoy tasty treats from local restaurants, bid on interesting and unique live and silent auction items, socialize with friends and neighbors and support two of the area’s best attractions at this annual event to benefit the museum and its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

  • It’s time once again to usher in spring at the annual Days at the Dock festival Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, under the Intracoastal Waterway bridge on Jordan Boulevard.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, highlights include more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a schedule of events including entertainment and the festival’s trademark bopple race Sunday.

    Saturday

    9 a.m. opening ceremony/West Brunswick Jazz Band

    9 a.m.-9 p.m. miniature golf contest/Fantasy Isle booth

  • For the third year, Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring and the arts with the Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

    More than 20 local artists and artisans invited by Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash will be on hand to display and sell their work set up on porches of the Charleston-style homes in the community off Pender Road, showcasing art, pottery and jewelry.

  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 27th annual Spring Art Show and sale April 23-27 at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road NW in Calabash. The show will be on display in the exhibition space of the library.

    The annual art show will include works by members and non-members of Waterway Art Association and will include 2D works in oils, watercolor, pastel and mixed media. The show is open to the public with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the week. More than $2,500 will be awarded for a variety of categories.

  • CALABASH — It’s that time once again to savor the flavors of the Seafood Capital.

    The third annual A Taste of Calabash is the biggest yet, organizer Helen Kapalka says.

    This year’s event, headquartered in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, serves up 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with participating restaurants offering samples of their finest dishes throughout the town.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: The most important factor in living a healthy life for most of us is:

    ·      Good nutrition

    ·      Regular exercise

    ·      Smoking cessation

    ·      Limited alcohol consumption