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  • 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.

    A grand opening of the library is scheduled for noon Monday, Aug. 13. The public is invited.

    Mondays

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

  • 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.

  • Our society seems to be seriously polarized these days. People on both sides have strongly-held opinions that aren’t easily swayed by facts or logic. But, even those with a casual knowledge of history know it has always been that way. We don’t have duels with pistols anymore; we just trash those we disagree with on social media. 

    You didn’t come here to get philosophical comments about the ills of our society, but there are parallels in the gardening world. A recent experience helping a friend with a centipede lawn bears this out.

  • Sunset Vision sets sights on its second annual art show and sale this week at Triple D’s Hemi Haven private classic car showroom at 7011 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s show, “Uniquely Brunswick,” launches 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, followed by a fundraising reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, and concluding-day display 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

  • 2017-18 officers

    Jeri Robinson, president

    Ann Hollingsworth, vice president

    Donna Jenny, secretary

    Lois Galligan, treasurer

    Verda Darrell, chaplain

    Information

    Apply online at Dosher.org/Volunteers. Scroll down to the link under “how to begin” to print volunteer application and background check forms to fill out and mail to: Volunteer Office, Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461.

  • Award-winning Steve Owens & Summertime hits the stage of the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, June 27, in the Village at Sunset Beach.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the “Favorite New Artist of the Year” award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.

    Lead vocalist and band namesake Steve Owens was nominated for Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.

  • By John Nelson

    I’m a botanist, of course, and I’ve always got my eyes open for good botanical art. One of my favorite plant paintings is by Albrecht Dürer, “Das grosse Rasenstück.”

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Misty water-colored memories.” 

    That’s how Barbra Streisand described bittersweet thoughts in her signature song, “The Way We Were.”

    I once heard in a seminar that all memories are sad. The thinking was that, even if it was a good memory, it invokes nostalgia because it’s not happening now.