• Two events. One name.

    The season of Dickens is upon us, with two area events celebrating it.

    The 32nd Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals will unfold this Thursday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 17, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The following week, historic Southport will once again be transformed into an authentic Victorian-style English village as the second annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival takes place Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23.


    Myrtle Beach

  • The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is having a free BikeSafe North Carolina Skills Day from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

    The class will be held at the sheriff’s office in Bolivia.

    This program is being offered by the sheriff’s office in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles.

    The class will cover background information and training related to several areas including motorcycle control, hazard management, cornering, overtaking and roadcraft.

  • When B.J. Thomas came to Odell Williamson Auditorium for a concert last Thursday night, it wasn’t for the audience to stand up and dance.

    It was to sit back and savor.

    The smooth singer enthralled the crowd that had come to the theater on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    “We saw him in the ’70s, and he sounds just like he did then,” said Gwen Wyatt of Calabash. “If you closed your eyes, you’d think it was the same.”

  • Full disclosure: I’m a believer in using nutrition as a healing tool. I take several nutritional supplements, give them to my family, and recommend them to my patients. Because there aren’t as many scientific studies conducted on nutritional supplements, especially in veterinary medicine, I take a lot of flak from my colleagues whenever I espouse trying a different diet, food, or supplement. A new study on cats demonstrates that a popular supplement used to enhance the immune system works.

  • How does today’s woman balance work with everything else?

    Find out at “The Working Woman’s Guide to Sanity,” a panel discussion of women’s issues that will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 14, at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Panel speakers will include Judge Ola Lewis, Kim Gamlin of the Small Business Center, Cindy Black of Body Edge Fitness Solutions, Carrie Partello of East Coast Moving and Fran Salone-Pelletier, columnist and spiritual facilitator.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies

    Veterans Day ceremonies are scheduled for the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month — at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Calabash VFW on Carter Drive.

    Another Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for that same time and day at the American Legion in Calabash.

    VFW 8866

    VFW Post 8866 at 573 Sabbath Home Road in Supply will have a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

  • Wine-tasting, shopping and beauty — there couldn’t be a better combination.

    Join Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center and other wine-sipping, fashion-loving women this Saturday as the Foundation hosts its first Glitz, Glamour & Glow event.

    Sponsored by Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply, the event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

  • Franklin Square Art Gallery in Southport will be sponsoring a charity event connected with its First Friday event this Friday, Nov. 1.

    Colored wine and liquor bottles with LED Christmas lights in them will be on sale to benefit the Brunswick Community College Food Bank.

    “Learning Lights” is the theme of the event, which is from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to come out and buy some bottles to help future leaders get the food they need to be able to serve the community for decades to come.

  • The public is invited to come and hear holocaust survivor Alfred Schnog speak at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 2, at Sunset Beach Community Church, 1643 Seaside Road (N.C. 904).

    Schnog, a Wilmington business owner, witnessed the horror of the Third Reich as a child.

    He will tell about living in Nazi Germany and his family having to escape to save their lives on the eve of World War II.

    Schnog has spent the last few years traveling around North Carolina sharing with groups what it was like for a Jewish family living under Nazi control.

  • The 11th Annual Brunswick County Parade of Homes continues this week.

    Hosted by Barker & Canady Custom Homes, homes are open for viewing from noon to 5 p.m. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 through Oct. 27.

    Event-goers can tour more than 50 beautiful homes on the 2013 Parade of Homes presented by the Brunswick County Home Builders Association.

  • Autumn is festival season, especially this Saturday and Sunday in festive Holden Beach.

    The North Carolina Festival By the Sea will once again light up the last full weekend in October in the seaside town, which is celebrating the season with an array of activities. Admission and parking are free.

  • It’s the season for crafts.

    Local communities are having arts and crafts events and other festivities. It’s a great way to visit a neighborhood and have a firsthand encounter with the creativity that abounds there, as well as sample treats and enjoy some entertainment.

    Village at Calabash Craft Fair Nov. 2

    The Village at Calabash will host its 18th annual craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Village’s clubhouse, 1099 N. Clubview Lane off Thomasboro Road, between U.S. 17 and Calabash.

  • Prepare your palate for an evening of culinary delights at the year’s premier dining experience.

    Join Communities In Schools on Thursday, Oct. 24, for the 12th Annual Benefit Gala for Children featuring A Taste of Brunswick County, Hollywood Charity Night.

    From shrimp ‘n grits and crab dip to maple bacon bourbon pops, the event offers the best of regional cooking and more and an opportunity to sample the culinary creations of the area’s finest chefs

    The gala will be at the Dinah Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center from 6 to 10 p.m.

  • Coastal Water Watch is partnering with the city of Southport Parks and Recreation Department and the Southport Tourism Department to host an educational tour of birds that live in or visit Southport on their way back to their wintering grounds further south.

    Mike Campbell, Coastal Outreach Educator with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, will be leading the tour and identifying birds that the casual observer might miss.

    The event is open to all who would like to learn about our feathered friends and how to provide for and protect them. 

  • Ever wonder what unique treasures are behind the steel walls of the Battleship North Carolina?

    The Interpretation and Collections Department and the Friends of the Battleship are giving everyone the opportunity to find out at no cost to the public.

    The Battleship has launched the first digital initiative to share the extensive collections online. The ship has been cataloging the collections into a database for more than 15 years, therefore the database represents years of work by staff, volunteers and college interns.

  • Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill will be reading — in costume — at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

    Barnhill, who lives in Supply, is the author of “At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn,” published in 2012 by St. Martin’s Press.

  • Saturday, Oct. 19, is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 9 a.m. with hayrides that will roll when enough people fill the wagon. Daylong activities continue until 4 p.m.

    Other highlights include food, pick-your-own pumpkins, and a hay maze.

    Visitors will enjoy viewing Indigo Farms’ scarecrows, a corn-stalk tepee and animals including pigs, sheep, horses, goats, a hinny and various fowl.

  • Help clean Calabash and enjoy a free lunch.

    Volunteers with North Carolina Big Sweep will descend on the Seafood Capital 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and anyone interested is invited to pitch in and help.

    Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Calabash Community Park at the corner of Traders Lane and Persimmon Road to receive safety vests, gloves, trash bags and instructions.

    Teams will fan out to clean Calabash streets or, for those with boats, the Calabash River.

    Return to the park at 11 a.m. for a welcome-back chicken bog lunch.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions Oct. 20-21 for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a four-person musical presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships.

    The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.”