• It’s time for the 12th Annual Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show this weekend.

    The event will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center, 211 Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include an array of vendors, a children’s learning area and live demonstrations.

    Vendors include plants, flowers, painters, home repair, builders, home accessories and outdoor products.

    Admission is $5. Children younger than 8 are admitted free.

  • GRISSETTOWN — For lifelong lovebirds Bill and Joan Hoyle, every day is Valentine’s Day.

    That’s saying a lot for the Brunswick County couple, who have been married for nearly 60 years and have known each other since childhood.

    “We met when I was 7 and he was 10,” Joan Hoyle said as the couple, wearing matching red shirts in celebration of the upcoming 2014 edition of Valentine’s Day, relaxed at their home.

  • Take to the high seas and explore the “Navy Way” during the 149th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

    Visitors can experience the life of sailors on land during the American Civil War. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

    Some sailors were attached to the torpedo service and others to posts not shipboard, but on shore. Demonstrations will include weapons, equipment and torpedo firings.

  • “Driving Miss Daisy” first debuted on Broadway in April 1987, followed two years later by the movie starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.

    A quarter-century later, the award-winning production about the unfolding friendship between a wealthy Jewish widow and her chauffeur during the changing decades of the 20th century in the Deep South is still an audience favorite and classic.

  • Guest presenters Kurt Hugelmeyer and Allison Smith, along with museum educator Maria Knapik, will host a program, “Love is in the Air,” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

    Focusing on bird species that can be seen in our coastal area, they will discuss bird migration, mating habits, and the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) that takes place from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. 

  • The term “Venus and Mars” has inspired book titles, art and music. Why is the term so popular, and what does it mean?

    Find out at Ingram Planetarium at 6 p.m. Feb. 7.

    One week before Valentine’s Day is when planetarium manager Edward Ovsenik will present a spirited discussion on how our nearest planetary neighbors — Venus and Mars — got their names.

    Ingram Planetarium is at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach.

  • What’s not to love about a night with sharks and hearts?

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher transforms into a kids-only zone on Valentine’s Day.

    The Aquarium will host the first “Hugs and Fishes Valentine’s Lock-In,” for children ages 5 to 12, from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, until 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

  • Listen up, Brunwick County.

    Listen Up Brunswick County is about to bring a whole new musical series to the area.

    The fledgling nonprofit is described by chairwoman Jeannie Dufour as an all-volunteer, music-loving group that wants nothing more than to bring quality entertainment to a new venue.

    That’s about to happen as Listen Up Brunswick County presents its first concert on Feb. 15, when renowned folk musician Tracy Grammer performs in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. on the Holden Beach island.

  • With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, the Coastal Harmonizers are getting ready for lots of sweet singing.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

    “This is for both girls and guys,” said tenor Dave McQueen.

    Guys can send the quartet to deliver singing valentines to girls, and the girls can send ‘em to the guys, too, they say.

  • By John Nelson
    Plant Columnist

    It’s the branch of a tree, but this tree is no good for a tree house.
    Take a look at the thorns, which can be found up and down the trunk, and also potently arming the branches. You won’t be inclined to fool around with these stickers, as they really mean business, sometimes up to five-inches long, needle-sharp, and often divided at the base: the species’ scientific name means “three-spined.”

  • I love movies. I love pets. I love history. Add those together and I unearthed the story of the very first movie star cat, Pepper. Long before YouTube created instant fame from felines frolicking in boxes, there was a story cat that would go on to star in some of Hollywood’s most celebrated silent films. This is the legend of Pepper.

  • It’s that time of year again—SOUPer Bowl Saturday is just around the bend.

    For the fifth year, the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is having its delicious SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 in the fellowship hall at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    For each $15 per-ticket donation, attendees will receive a freshly glazed keepsake bowl handcrafted by a local potter, along with a piping hot serving of soup prepared by one of several participating eateries.

  • The Society of Brunswick Shaggers (SOBS) will host its “Re-up Dance” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Moose Lodge on Long Beach Road on Oak Island.

    Deejay for this event will be Fessa John Hook.

    Admission for this annual membership renewal dance is $20 for SOBS and $10 for other shag club members and all guests.

  • Willis Richardson Players & Co. will hold auditions for the theater drama production, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Hannah Block USO/ Community Art Center, 120 S. Second St. in Wilmington.

    The center is at the corner of Second and Orange streets.

    The play will be presented April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    For more information, call producer/director Daren Beatty at (910) 352-6247 or Rodger Aiken at (910) 762-5167.

  • The public is invited to a pet adoption fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cardinal Pointe Community Center, 42 Brooks Court in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services will be bringing adoptable cats and dogs to help them find their forever homes.

    For each dog adopted, Canine Academy will offer four hours of obedience training the following Saturday.

    For more information about the upcoming fair, call (910) 755-6000.


  • Get ready for another round of fun and games in Vegas, N.C.

    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s ninth annual Las Vegas Night is pulling out all stops Saturday night, Jan. 25, with an array of food and Vegas-style games.

    The annual fundraiser is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The catered event will feature a cash bar, dinner, assorted hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cake.

  • If you live near a body of fresh water in Brunswick County, then you probably also live near alligators.

    But how much do you really know about alligators? What makes alligators such a unique species?

    At 11 a.m. Jan. 25, wildlife expert Chesley Ward will discuss the life history, characteristics and range of the American Alligator at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Forty years ago, Joan Leotta experienced one of the greatest losses of her life: the death of her beloved grandmother, Angelina Cuda.

    “Grandma was the center of my childhood world,” begins one of the Brunswick County writer’s latest stories.

    This one, titled “She Stopped to Say Goodbye,” is included in the newly released “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven.”

  • Anyone who misses the Eagles — the 1970s rock band, that is — need look no further than Odell Williamson Auditorium on Thursday night.

    That’s when Hotel California: The Original Tribute to the Eagles band is performing its Eagles repertoire, giving the illusion you are actually listening to the Eagles themselves.

    The band goes onstage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Brunswick Community College auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

  • HICKMANS CROSSROADS — The county branch library in this rural community is looking more like Bargain Book City.

    At the front of Hickmans Crossroad Library on Calabash Road, library-goers are greeted by a sale table near the front door inviting them to grab a bag and fill it with as many books as they wish for just $1. Bags are provided, too.

    Any books marked with an “x,” on or under the table, are eligible.

    All proceeds go toward funding projects and buying books for the library by the Friends of the Hickmans Crossroads Library.