• Spring is here and it won’t get cold anymore (famous last words.)

    With spring comes a torrent of interest in gardening, and lots of money and effort are spent to this end on both small and large scales. I am already getting a pile of requests for plant identifications, most of which end up being labeled as “weeds” by the person who sent them in. So we ought to talk a bit about weeds.

  • By Linda Arnold

    ‘Tis the season. High school graduations and college commencements. Pearls of wisdom are coming forth all over the world. After studying a lot of these commencement speeches, I’ve boiled down a few of my favorites and attempted to weave them into a rich tapestry. If you don’t remember such words of wisdom being spoken to you, here’s another chance to listen.

    Trust and allow

  • Let me begin with a caveat. I am not a baby when pain arrives at the door of my life to pay a call. However, it is also true I do not easily welcome it, nor do I embrace a long visit. Furthermore, I am neither a silent survivor nor a valiant victor. With that understanding, let me tell you my tale of woe. As always, it includes the wisdom of ages as pronounced by Hubby Dear.

  • Every spring, millions of cats will be spayed (females) or neutered (males). In simplest (and most polite) terms for those unfamiliar with such things, this is a surgical procedure routinely performed on dogs and cats to eliminate their ability to reproduce (have babies). Some cats (and dogs) will have an undescended testicle (or two) known as cryptorchidism. That potentially complicates things a bit. Let me explain. 

    What is cryptorchidism?

  • Sunny-side up. Over easy. Poached or simply scrambled. How do you like your eggs cooked?

    I know it’s really personal preference, but did you know that eating undercooked eggs might be risky? By undercooked, I mean anytime the yolk is runny.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that eggs be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm to avoid foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella enteritidis, which is the type pathogen usually found in eggs — it’s usually just called salmonella.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s 2019 class of Musical Theatre Apprentices present their annual revue, “That’s Entertainment V.”

    Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the BLT theater at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    The revue will feature comedic sketches and musical numbers from “Damn Yankees,” “Sweet Charity” and “Crazy for You,” among others.

  • Art is being showcased at three venues this week in Brunswick County.

    The Waterway Art Association’s 28th Annual Art Show and Sale launched Monday, April 29, and continues through May 3 at the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    The show culminates with a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the library. Admission is free.


    The Silver Arts Showcase & Follies Show also opened Monday at the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

  • Emily Read conducts a “Turtle Talk” lecture about sea turtles and sea turtle hospitals at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Read will cover assorted topics such as various sea turtle species, their biology/life cycles, hatching/nest-building and nest monitoring. 

  • Dress in your best derby attire and attend the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s Juleps & Jazz Derby Fund-Racer.

    The sixth annual event is scheduled 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Brunswick Center at Supply, 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Highlights include a silent auction and raffles, food, cash bar, jazz band, contests and watching the 145thKentucky Derby.

    The cash bar will offer bourbon, wine, beer and jazzy juleps. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

  • Get ready for music, dancing, fine Mexican foods prepared on-site and free games for children.

    It’s time for another celebration at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church.

    Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the sixth annual Fiesta Mexicana rolls out 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the church at 5101 Ocean Hwy. in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free, too.




  • Saturday, May 4, is a busy one this weekend with a variety of planned events in and around the area, including a showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at sundown in Leland Municipal Park.

    The event is the first of Leland’s Movies in the Park for the season at 102 Town Hall Drive.

    Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and your family but no pets or alcohol, please. Concessions are available and admission is free.

    Here’s a closer look at what else is in store on Saturday.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Back in the spring of 1973, I was just about to graduate from college here at South Carolina. I wasn’t a very good undergraduate student, to be honest, and to be even more honest, didn’t particularly enjoy being a biology major. They had just discovered DNA and a variety of other tiny things and complicated processes. Everything was going molecular but I was more interested in intact organisms and being outdoors looking at things.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Say what you mean and mean what you say. Why is this so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re “wired.” Are you quick to speak what’s on your mind, bulldozing your way through conversations? Or do you hold back, sugarcoating your comments? Your style may have to do with early childhood conditioning or learned behaviors over the years. And in today’s era of political correctness, fewer folks are shooting from the hip. 

    Watch your tone

  • I’ve known for a long time my dogs are clever, at least when it comes to food. I know this because if I leave anything edible within a snout’s reach and turn my attention for a second, the food is gone. They know that when opportunity knocks, eat it.

  • There is exciting news to share about some North Carolina State University and NC Cooperative Extension colleagues who are part of the Eat Smart, More More, Weigh Less team. Not only have they done some great research about weight loss, but they’ve published it, too. 

  • Silver Coast Winery and Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue are once again collaborating for the third annual "Wine and Swine" BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road this Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

    From 6-8 Friday night there will be a wing competition between cook-off teams and Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue will be selling wings. Admission is free.

  • The fourth annual Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Village of Woodsong at 529 Sylvan St. in Shallotte.

  • Holden Beach is gearing up for its annual Days at the Dock Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 on Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach.

    Highlights include arts and crafts, food vendors,, entertainment, cardboard box paddle and hermit crab races Saturday and the world-famous bopple race and family fun run on Sunday, a children's area, free admission and parking.

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Little Miss Sunshine" on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Community Arts Center at 120 S. 2nd St. in downtown Wilmington.

    The production, directed by Chandler Davis (2019 Wilmington Theater Award Winner for Best Director of a Musical), runs June 20 through June 30 at the Brown Family Theatre in the Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Academy. Cathy Street (2019 Wilmington Theater Award Winner for Best Newcomer) will direct music.

  • The wine and more pour freely with two local celebratory events planned this weekend.

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation served its annual fundraising Wine Fest 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Old Bridge Preservation Society serves up its seventh annual Strawberry and Wine Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Admission is a suggested $5 donation.