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  • 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

  • One of the most disturbing, embarrassing and often disgusting disorders a pet can develop is diarrhea.

    Runny stools can distress more than your pet’s tummy. Your pet becomes upset because it had an accident, often on a favorite rug or bedspread. You get agitated because you’ve got to clean up the mess. Many times, you feel helpless and don’t know what to do next. And, if your luck is like mine, this tends to happen on the weekend when most veterinary clinics are closed.

  • By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!

  • By Linda Arnold
    You may not think you complain very much.  

    I’d challenge you, though, to put a covered rubber band on your wrist for a few hours and snap it whenever you catch yourself whining about something — internally or externally.

    Just like smoking or overeating, complaining is a habit. And, when you repeat a behavior over and over, the neurons in your brain form familiar “go-to” pathways.

  • Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • Get ready for more savory pork on your fork with a delectable port.

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road heats up for a second year Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Nine teams from throughout the region have signed up for this year’s cooking competition at the two-day event, which kicks off 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with a friendly wing competition at the winery at 6680 Barbeque Road.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band marches out “Bandtastic!,” its annual spring concert, in two performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach.

    Under the direction of Tom Smicklas and Michael Stringer, the concert will feature favorites including "A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein” and “Frank Sinatra in Concert” along with several Sousa marches.

  • By John Nelson

     

     

     “Be careful what you say in a cornfield. There are plenty of ears.”

                — a standard Americanism.

     

    Don’t worry! Our mystery plant can’t hear anything, but it has eyes and it can see you!

  • The End of America is upon us.

    In just a few more days, it’s coming to Brunswick County.

    At least, that’s the name of the Philadelphia-based trio performing in the latest Listen Up Brunswick County show at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    The End of America, their name a tribute to Jack Kerouac, consists of Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard blending three-part vocals ala rock and Americana.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Happy spring! The rejuvenation of nature — and ourselves. Ushered in by that fifth season on the calendar: March Madness.
    I’m not sure when bracketology became part of our vernacular, but it’s here to stay. And this year’s NCAA basketball tournament has given rise to lots of examples.
    All the number crunching and statistical analyses in the world couldn’t stop the surprises and upsets this year. Brackets were busted on the very first night of competition.

    Your individual bracket

  • Bloody and discolored urine is a common reason cat owners seek veterinary help. It’s incredibly upsetting to see drops of blood in a litter box, on bedding nor on the floor. Sometimes you can’t see the blood until it is examined with a microscope or detected on urinalysis.
    Fortunately, most cats experiencing blood in their urine have straightforward causes that have relatively simple treatments. The two major causes of blood in a cat’s urine are cystitis and feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD.

  • Officers

    Les Goldstein, president; John Comparetto, vice president; James Haughey, treasurer; Bob Breen, recording secretary; Mike DiChiera, sergeant at arms; T.W. Legeret, web manager

    Meets

    Second Wednesdays at 1800 hours at Calabash VFW Post 7288, 900 Carter Drive (dinner available for purchase)

    Website

    coastalbordershields.com

    Contact

    Les Goldstein, President@CarolinaBorderShields.com

    Phone 910-576-3577

    Membership

    Open to all retired law enforcement officers

  • Spring brings many things, including the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s annual Family Day in Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach Kite Flying Day and the Southport Spring Festival this weekend.

    Family Day lauds the season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, rain or shine.

    In addition to games, crafts and kids’ activities, highlights include hot dogs, a bake sale, soda, Kettle Korn and Sunset Slush.