• Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 4 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    There will also be specially scheduled shows at 5 p.m. Dec. 26 and 5 p.m. Jan. 2, 3 and 4.

  • Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 21.

    The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off prior to parade start time.

    All parade entries should submit their entry form to Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department prior to the parade.

  • The Mostly Bluegrass Society will have its annual Christmas covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Shallotte Senior Center at 5040 Main St. in Shallotte.

    The public is invited to come and bring a covered dish and enjoy fellowship and special music.

    For more information, call Jim Caulder at (910) 616-1133.

  • The Battleship North Caroina is asking for help in making the holidays brighter for veterans.

    In the past eight years, the community has come together to send more than 16,000 cards to veterans staying in more than 28 VA hospitals in nine states. To continue the tradition, the ship is reaching out in efforts to build on the foundation and reach more veterans than in years past.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band and The Brunswick Little Theatre Singers are teaming to present two performances of the “Magical Music of Christmas.”

    Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    These performances are free, but donations to support the band are gratefully accepted and help support its Music Students Assistance Program, which provides instruments to students who cannot purchase their own.

  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is celebrating an 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. this coming Sunday, Dec. 15.

    Participants will explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas.

    Costumed interpreters will provide guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick on the hour.

  • Perhaps nothing has saved more lives than vaccines. Today in the U.S., we rarely encounter once-common maladies such as smallpox, polio and measles that took innumerable lives less than a hundred years ago. Pet parents have little reason to fear devastating diseases such as canine distemper, feline leukemia, and rabies that stole countless companions only 50 years ago. That doesn’t mean modern vaccines don’t carry some risk, especially for cats.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society will present its 2013 Christmas Concert, “Christmas Gifts,” Dec. 5, 6 and 8.

    The singers will be working their magic with traditional songs wrapped in a musical package.

    The concerts will be held at Caswell Beach/Oak Island in Hatch Auditorium, at the Baptist Assembly.

    There will be three performances, at 7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

    Admission is free as Sea Notes is a nonprofit organization.

  • LONGWOOD—For the seventh holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s seventh annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better, and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • CALABASH — The Seafood Capital’s 19th annual holiday festivities are set to light up the town this Friday, Dec. 6.

    The fun begins at 6 p.m. at Callahan’s of Calabash on the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    Festivities launch with the annual Spirit of Calabash Parade showcasing creatively decorated and lighted golf carts and costumed participants.

    Santa Claus will once again make his grand entrance at the tail end of the procession aboard a fire engine.

  • The Carolina Borders Detachment 1036 of the Marine Corps League is proud to announce its annual post-secondary education scholarship competition.

    This $500 scholarship is available to residents of Brunswick County or Horry County, S.C., who are currently a senior in high school and have been accepted at an accredited community college, four-year college or a postsecondary trade school; or are presently attending an accredited community college, four-year college or a postsecondary trade school.

  • The Battleship North Caroina is asking for help in making the holidays brighter for veterans.

    In the past eight years, the community has come together to send over 16,000 cards to veterans staying in over 28 VA hospitals in nine states. To continue the tradition, the ship is reaching out in efforts to build on the foundation and reach more veterans than in years past.

  • American bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent is bringing back its special blend of toe-tapping music to Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium this Thursday night, Dec. 5.

    The duo’s heartwarming Christmas concert, part of the BCCOWA Performing Arts Series for the 2013-14 season, starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jamie Dailey was previously lead vocalist and guitarist for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver from 1999-2008.

  • This appointment was going to take a while. Mrs. Smith (not her real name) calmly stroked her purring feline as she continued raising her voice toward me.
    “I don’t care what you think, Dr. Ward. I change her litter box quite enough! Frieda tells me when it’s time to clean the poo-poo pail and I empty it promptly.”

  • A vintage World War II DUKW amphibious truck, nicknamed a “Duck,” which supported Allied landings in Normandy, France, on D-Day, will be exhibited at the WII USO big-band dance and USO show Nov. 22 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center at 120 S. Second St. in Wilmington.

     The “Duck,” owned by local antique vehicle collector Jim Knowles and in pristine wartime condition with military markings, will greet attendees at the front entrance from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • The Southeast Brunswick Civitan Club of Southport will stir up its third annual Local Heroes Chili Cook-Off this Saturday afternoon at St. James to help provide iPads for exceptional children.

    The cook-off will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Local fire, rescue and police departments and the United States Coast Guard will be invited to compete for the title of “best chili in town.”

  • The Cape Fear Chorale will present a free Handel Messiah audience sing-along at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW in Wilmington.

    The sing-along is part of the chorale’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert, which will also feature a program of the premiere of a commissioned piece by choral composer Carl J. Nygard Jr and seasonal music.

    Donations are appreciated.

  • Due to enormous demand for tickets to its inaugural production at Red Barn Studio, Thalian Association community theater in Wilmington has announced an additional performance of “Other Desert Cities.”

    The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

    The production runs November 1-24; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. at Red Barn Studio, 1122 S. Third St. in Wilmington.

    Tickets are $25.

  • It’s described as an interactive stage show with bidding and prizes and everything but Bob Barker himself.

     “The Price Is Right” interactive stage show is scheduled to light up Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 Saturday night, Nov. 23.

    Tickets are $49.50 for orchestra/downstairs seating and $39.50 for upstairs/mezzanine.

    “It’s not the TV show — it’s the live stage show,” auditorium manager Mike Sapp said.

  • Online animal sales: It starts with a Google search, and it ends with new enforcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — and I think this is a step in the right direction.