• The town of Carolina Shores will have its sixth annual Arbor Day celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Highlights include presentation of a Tree City USA Award by a Brunswick County forest representative.

    Second-graders in Jennifer Parton’s class at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School will again assist with a tree-planting ceremony, facilitated by members of the town’s tree advisory committee.

    The Calabash Fire Department will also be on hand with fire truck tours for the class.

  • Dance fitness pro Sara McGrail will lead a Zumbathon fundraising party Friday afternoon, March 21, to benefit the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, S.C.

    The event kicks off at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 at Mineola Avenue in Little River, with registration from 12:30 to 1 p.m., followed by a Zumbathon master class from 1 to 3 p.m. and a silent auction and raffles from 3 to 4 p.m.

    The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Smoking is bad for people and secondhand smoke is bad for pets. No news there. The real news is that the now ubiquitous e-cigarette can also pose a deadly danger to dogs. If you thought secondhand smoke was dangerous, wait until you hear about the evils of e-cigs.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Have you ever been inside an herbarium? The word “herbarium” is often confused with the word “arboretum.” Now, an herbarium, such as the one where I work, is a collection of dried, pressed plants, used variously as a scientific resource for botanists who study plant taxonomy. An arboretum, on the other hand, is basically a garden of living trees.

  • The International Space Station (ISS) is 250 miles above Earth and orbits Earth every 90 minutes.

    It has been visited by astronauts, scientists, and cosmonauts from 15 different countries and has been continuously occupied for more than 13 years.

    What is it like to live aboard the ISS?

  • Celebrate the first day of March by listening to the oldies while helping Brunswick Family Assistance at the same time.

    Renowned local group Mike’s Garage Band will provide a plethora of suitable songs for an “Evening of ‘60s Music and Dancing” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Highlights include sandwiches for sale, a cash bar with beer and wine, pretzels and chips.

    The cost is $12 per person.

  • Mardi Gras by the Sea will provide a weekend of activities Feb. 28-March 4 in Oak Island.

    The Oak Island Business Alliance hosts the third annual Mardi Gras by the Sea this weekend and has scheduled a series of family-friendly events.

    The weekend begins with a Crawfish and Shrimp Boil Kickoff at The Grape & Ale, 8521 E. Oak Island Drive, on Friday, Feb. 28. The evening will also include a wine tasting. New Orleans-style music will be provided by Groupe du Jour and Blues duo Izzy and Chris.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • Thalian Association is seeking talented artists in all mediums to display and sell work at the 2014 Orange Street ArtsFest, the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington.

    The OSAF will return Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The street fair is held on Orange Street between Front and Second streets next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building.

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting the second annual Whale of a Weekend, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.

    Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale's family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s still winter … although I have paperwhites opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers. Fragrant Daphnes and a few withering wintersweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the birdbath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin fever, and longing for the spring, which is still a good six weeks off, so says the groundhog (one of them, anyway).

  • Nothing evokes warm feelings as much as babies, kittens, and puppies. I’d throw newborn foals and kids (as in baby goats) in there, but I grew up in the country. Because humans tend to universally love baby animals, you can imagine my anger with my current state government’s opposition to protecting puppies from inhumane conditions. The reason, it turns out, is good old-fashioned back-room politicking.

  • Brunswick Beacon artist and cartoonist Keith White is exhibiting work this week in Wilmington.   


    White is among featured artists participating in Art for All 4, a cutting-edge show at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, 516 N. Fourth St.

    More than 50 local, original artists will be exhibiting in the church and under a courtyard tent.

  • Warm up this chilly winter at the Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk.

    A limited number of tickets are available for the annual event scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in downtown Wilmington.

    The walk begins as soon as tickets are presented at the “wine walk headquarters” starting location. Each participant will receive “official” Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk IDs and maps of participating establishments. Each venue will offer two samples of specially selected wines or beers.

  • The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society will present “The Thomas Andrew Dorsey Story” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Grand Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. Third St. in downtown Wilmington.

    The program will feature the Rev. Richard Robinson of Central Baptist Church, soloist, with narration by Louise Harrison.

    They will take the audience on a journey of song and story as they focus on the “father of gospel music.”

  • The St. James Service Club is now accepting donations for its annual flea market.

    Dollar$ for $cholars is the theme of the 16th annual Flea Market sponsored by the St. James Service Club to be held Saturday, April 26, at Brunswick Community College.

    Since January, the club has been collecting items and storing them at Sentry Storage at 4711 Southport Supply Road (N.C. 211, 1.5 miles west of Long Beach Road).

  • Free health screenings, massages and seminars are part of Health Expo 2014, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the eighth annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging at the school at 225 Village Road.

    Free screenings this year will include A1C diabetes, cholesterol, blood sugar, oxygen saturation, BMI, video otoscopy, bone density, computerized nervous system, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, oral screenings, pulse, glaucoma and vision.

  •  Second annual Black History weekend festivities are scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23, at four locations in Southport.

    Events are sponsored by the Smithville Township/Southport Black History Committee in collaboration with the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

    Admission is free. Donations will benefit the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport expansion project. All checks should be made out to The Friends of the Maritime Museum, which is a 501(c) 3 organization.

  • The Southport Chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is sponsoring its 11th annual antique appraisal fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport.

    There will be 11 certified appraisers, both specialists and generalists, to examine the treasures, and provide an estimate of their worth. Bring in up to three hand-carried items. The cost for a ticket is $7 per item or three tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 12:30 p.m. The appraisals will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

  • In one of the largest transactions in its history, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has announced the donation of a perpetual conservation easement of more than 6,442 acres at Orton Plantation from Orton Plantation Holdings LLC, owned by conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon.