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  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s seventh annual Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    This year’s proceeds will go to help Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, American Legion Post 543 in St. James and Southport-based Samara’s Village Inc. aiding pregnant and parenting teens and their families.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first Open Mic Poetry Reading in January was so successful the troupe has scheduled another one for 7 p.m. this Friday, March 2.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.  Sign-up begins at 7, followed by the readings at 7:30 in BLT’s main building at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    Attendance is welcome for those who just want to come and listen. The session will end when all the poets have had a turn.

  • By John Nelson

    If I’d a cow that gave such milk, I'd dress her in the finest silk;

    Feed her lots of sweet, sweet hay, and milk her twenty times a day.

                                                    — Joseph Winner, “Little Brown Jug”

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    You know the feeling. You’re driving along, and a favorite tune comes on the radio.  Immediately, it causes a warm feeling to wash over you. What’s up with that? 

    Listening to favorite music causes your brain to release dopamine, the “feel good” chemical that’s released when you experience pleasure and reward.

  • On New Year’s Eve 2016, Nicole and Guy Mael decided to celebrate with their five pugs by offering a special meal of Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef Au Jus” canned dog food.

    Within minutes after sharing the can of Evanger’s, all of the dogs were staggering and convulsing, and rushed to a nearby veterinary emergency clinic. Sadly, one of the pugs, Talula, died a few hours later

    The owners sent the remainder of the food for analysis at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center and had a necropsy conducted on Talula.

  • Just in time for celebrating George Washington’s 286th birthday, Brunswick County author and Washington descendant Mary Shawn Russell has unveiled her comprehensive reference, “Washington’s Bloodline.”

    The book is described as a documentation of 380 years of American history as revealed through the long-lost branch of Washington’s family tree and contains little-known facts providing a glimpse into the life of America’s premier first family.

  • Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 12th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 52 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • If you are a cocker spaniel, you may not want to look at this photo!

    Here’s a plant species with a kind of brutal winter beauty, even when dry and dead, the stems topped with a constellation of brown, spiny burs. You might have a feeling this is a plant that wants to spread itself around, if it can. And it wants you to help.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    You may be feeling “out of sorts.” Or maybe nothing is jazzing you. 

    You can’t quite put your finger on it, although there’s a cloud hanging over you. And it doesn’t seem to be lifting anytime soon.

    This time of year there’s a lack of sunlight in some areas. And that can definitely impact those of you with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Baxter couldn’t stand, much less walk.

    As I looked down at the shaking German shepherd puppy, it was hard to imagine this was the same dog that only a week ago had nearly knocked me over as he bounded into my veterinary clinic. What was going on?

  • As one of the old guys in the gardening world, I’ve seen lots of changes in the last 35 years as conventional wisdom evolves and changes our recommendations. Pruning flush cuts, tree wraps and planting holes filled with Black Cow have all gone the way of the mammoth and the dodo bird. It seems our long-standing recommendation to wait until mid- to late April to fertilize warm-season grasses may be next on the scrap heap of horticultural history.

  • By John Nelson

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Flash bulletin:  Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way.  At your core level it’s essential that you have or develop a healthy sense of self-respect. 

  • The first news story I’d like to share with you this week comes to us from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. UC Davis is home to sunshine, surfing, and cutting-edge coprophagy (defined as eating feces) research. The researchers wanted to discover how many dogs had coprophagy, what led to these coprophagous behaviors and whether any of the common treatments for coprophagy actually work.

  • Little girls and their male role models are royally highlighted at the upcoming Little Princess Ball scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at three sites this year.

    The fun unfolds simultaneously at the Brunswick Center at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply, the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way and at the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport.

  • Residents of the Lower Cape Fear region were not happy about the 1765 Stamp Act imposed by the British Crown — a tax on all newspapers, gambling papers, books pamphlets and more.

    The town of Brunswick returns to 1766 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, when historic interpreters demonstrate trades and show how the dreaded Stamp Act affected their lives during the 252nd Anniversary of the Stamp Act Resistance program. 

    See how the seeds of discontent in Brunswick Town led to the first acts of resistance against the Crown in the American colonies.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance celebrates its Inaugural Valentine’s Gala from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    The attire for this BFA fundraiser is eveningwear.

    Coastal Catering will provide dinner. Chance Union Band will perform live music and entertainment. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine, plus a 50/50 raffle.

    Tickets are $75 per person.

  • A Valentine Masquerade Fundraiser to benefit military, ex-offenders and veterans heartens the holiday from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Brunswick Community College gymnasium, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The event is to benefit Return with Honor, a new Brunswick County nonprofit dedicated to creating employment opportunities and training for people who have served in the military and ex-offenders.

  • Paws-Ability’s annual Mardi Gras 4 Paws fun rolls out 6 to 9 p.m. next Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille at 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tickets are $30 per person, which includes festivities with live jazz music by the Sea & Sand Band and incredible New Orleans-themed menu with Cajun appetizers, multiple food stations, cash bar and a King Cake with hidden prizes donated by Seaside Bakery & Wine Shop.

  • Fans of Journey have an opportunity to relive the legendary band and its hits when the lights go up on DSB Journey Tribute at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    “DSB has been highly revered by fans as the ‘next best thing’ to Journey,” reads a promo on the Odell Williamson website where the tribute can be sampled and tickets can be purchased at bccowa.com.

    “They have captured the lush and signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime.”