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  • There are times in life you never want to forget — and there are times you can’t. This is the story of one of those. Mostly.

  • On the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I, tribute will be paid during annual Veterans Day ceremonies Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12, in Brunswick County.

    Veterans Day was based on the end of the hostilities of World War I that ended with the 1918 Armistice between the Allied nations and Germany, going into effect at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 and first commemorated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919.

    In 1954, Nov. 11 officially became Veterans Day to honor all veterans wherever and whenever they served.

  • This weekend, Raleigh native Jeanne Jolly is bringing her versatile vocal style to the local stage for the first time.

    Jolly performs at the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jolly first achieved fame as a featured vocalist for Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.

  • Watch out, world.

    Former Brunswick County physical education teacher Nick Westfall and his latest movie, “8 Slices,” are making their world premiere at the Cucalorus Film Festival this week in Wilmington.

    Filmed last winter in and around Holden Beach, especially at Patronies Pizza on Holden Beach Road, the movie will be featured at two screenings at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Thalian Hall’s main theater at 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

    ‘8 Slices’ synopsis 

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    If only I had more time. If only I had more money.” How many times have you found your inner voice echoing these phrases?

    As often happens when I’m getting ready to write this column, I’ll hear something that results in an “Aha” moment for me. This happened the other day when a friend of mine reminded me of the proverb by the philosopher Philemon: “It is better to want what you have than to have what you want.”

    Striving or arriving?

  • Everyone agrees that eating excess sugar contributes to the formation of cavities, at least in humans. About 90 percent of U.S. schoolchildren develop tooth decay, largely because they eat too many sweets. What about dogs and cats? Can certain foods cause oral health problems in pets? Do pets get cavities?

  • ‘Tis the season for The Brunswick Beacon’s annual Holiday Happenings show.

    The eighth annual show unfolds 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $2 and free for children.

    Highlights this year include a variety of vendors including artisans, retail and nonprofit, said show organizer Christy Williamson, advertising sales representative for the Beacon.

  • Art, dance and music seamlessly collide with Artrageous Experience, the next show in the 2018-2019 BCCOWA Performing Arts Series at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    As soon as the audience steps into the theater, the Artrageous cast welcomes them into their world.

    Through immersive activity, their camaraderie sweeps event-goers along, offering a glimpse of what’s to come with “The Happening” and distributing souvenirs used to participate in the performance.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Staying with a Halloween theme … something spooky: it’s a brain! I showed this photo to someone who remarked that it might be MY brain … and that, after all, a botanist’s brain SHOULD be green. That may be true, but now I’m sort of hoping that my brain is a couple sizes larger than this thing.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "Why hasn’t he returned my call?” “Did you hear what she said?” “I must have done something wrong.”

    How many times does that voice in your head cause you to second-guess yourself? And then you end up replaying a situation over and over, agonizing over it.

    Sound familiar?

    Well, here’s a news flash: Nothing other people do is about you. It’s about them. Put this on a Post-It note, and tape it to your bathroom mirror.

  • That was a close call. I felt the air whoosh against my retreating hand as the razor-clawed paw swiped past. I’d known Gabe since he was a kitten and he’d never behaved like this.

    “I don’t know what’s wrong. He did the same thing to me last night when I tried to pick him up.”

    As I allowed Gabe to chill for a few minutes, the story became clearer. Gabe was normally an indoor-only cat, but he’d managed to escape out a back door three nights ago.

  • Fall festival season comes to Holden Beach this weekend for the Festival By The Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28

    The event kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway on Saturday, the only day of the year you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge.

    The bridge will close about 9:30 a.m. and re-open about 11 a.m.

    Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors set up under the bridge both days.

    There will also be a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest.

  • ‘Tis the season for The Brunswick Beacon’s annual Holiday Happenings show.

    The eighth annual show unfolds 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $2 for adults and free for children.

    Highlights this year include a variety of vendors including artisans, retail and nonprofit, said show organizer Christy Williamson, advertising sales representative for the Beacon.

  • Fifth annual Oktoberfest festivities get under way 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Calabash.

    This year’s event takes place at 947 Carter Drive behind the Calabash Fire Station. Admission is free.

    Outdoor festivities will be set up at a huge tent for visitors to enjoy Bavarian food and Oktoberfest beer. American food will also be available.

    The renowned Oktoberfest ensemble Harbour Towne Fest Band of Wilmington, 15 to 18 strong, will once again entertain the crowd from the stage and dance floor.

  • The Magic of Motown concert postponed from Sept. 14 because of Hurricane Florence is now set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $40 adults and $35 seniors and students. For tickets, go to bccowa.com or call the Odell Williamson box office at 755-7416 or (800) 754-1050, ext. 7416.

  • It’s time once again for goblins and goodies.

    Area Halloween events promise to provide thrills for all ages. Here’s a closer look at what’s conjuring up.

    Planetarium Frankenstein, Fright Light

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    There you are with your gigantic “to do” list.

    Before tackling it, though, you decide to do a quick email check or scroll through social media one last time before buckling down.

    You start one article and the next thing you know, you’ve clicked through multiple links. Now, you’re off on a tangent that has nothing to do with where you started (although you may have scored some nifty “top 10” lists!).

  • "My dog hates getting his nails trimmed! I have to take him to the vet and sometimes they have to sedate him just to cut his toenails! Is there anything I do to make this easier on Oscar?”

    This is one of the most common questions I receive. While each dog has its own reasons, here is a list of some common issues I’ve observed:

    Bad experience

  • Now that summer is over, Listen Up Brunswick County is preparing for its final performances of 2018.

    Philadelphia-born former multicultural arts teacher Vance Gilbert makes a return appearance with a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the main Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

  • Now that summer is over, Listen Up Brunswick County is preparing for its final performances of 2018.

    Philadelphia-born former multicultural arts teacher Vance Gilbert makes a return appearance with a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the main Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.