• On Jan. 10, the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Coastal Gallery presents the grand opening and reception of “The Marsh” — a collection of acrylic and oil paintings by local artist Sharon Bowling.

    These paintings capture the subtle beauty of the marsh, from the bright greens of spring and summer to the deep yellows and reds of fall and winter.

    A “meet the artist” reception with Bowling is from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery will host a mini-workshop in experimental painting by Wilmington artist MJ Cunningham on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The class tackles the problem of “getting started” while working with acrylics on non-objective painting. Students should come away with some well-defined steps for producing experimental art and a basic knowledge of how to use the principles of art in a new and effective way.

    To sign up for the class, email Jan Boland at jboland1@ec.rr.com or call (910) 253-3101.

  • Tickets are still available for the upcoming concert of blues legend B.B. King, who is scheduled to perform Saturday night, Jan. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Tickets are priced at $59.50 for balcony/mezzanine and $69.50 for orchestra seating. For more information, call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416.

  • Brunswick Senior Resources is ringing in 2014 in a big way with a New Year’s Eve dance to christen the new Shallotte Senior Center.

    Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the new senior center at 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte and continue until 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, New Year’s Day.

    Highlights include music by the Brunswick Big Band, a buffet, cash bar and party favors. A cash bar will be available.

    Tickets are $75 each.

    Proceeds from this fundraiser will help BSRI provide ramps and rails to area seniors in need.

  • CALABASH — The town of Calabash will host its third public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities will take place in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River. Complimentary refreshments will include pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches (while they last), soup, coffee and clam chowder.

    There will also be a casting of messages in a bottle. Participants write good wishes and place them in the bottles, which will be taken out to the Gulf Stream by the Hurricane Fleet.

  • Those looking for extended holiday fun with family and friends this holiday season need look no further than the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    Though closed for Christmas, the aquarium will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26.

    For the first time, the aquarium will also be open New Year’s Day — on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The aquarium will operate during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 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.”