• By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Why don’t you put things back where they belong? Do you have to have every light on? Why is the TV so loud?

    Sound familiar? If resentment is hijacking your relationship, it could be a wakeup call.

    Maybe you’re frustrated and feel like your partner has changed his or her personality. Can you ever regain the magic?

    Where’s the spark?

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash presents “Skies of Coastal Carolina,” works by Rachel Rourke Sunnell, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 6. Viewers will have an opportunity to meet the artist at the gallery’s Saturday open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8.

  • Chloe was at it again: ceaseless slurping and licking of her tummy, paws and legs. She would press her face against one end of the living room rug and skate across to the other side. She had removed several patches of fur from her legs and stomach and now her face was red and scabby.

  • Southport’s ninth annual Wooden Boat Show is the focus of the First Friday Reception on Sept. 7 at Franklin Square Gallery. The Associated Artists of Southport invite all to meet Tony Alderman and see his acrylic painting, “She Stood the Test,” this year’s winner of the Wooden Boat Show poster contest.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    There’s no question you play lots of roles throughout your life — daughter, son, mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, co-worker, boss, friend, sports team member and volunteer — just to name a few.

    It can be exhausting to juggle all these roles, especially if they conflict with one another. So much energy is spent, particularly if you’re trying to live up to someone else’s vision.

  • By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

    Let us all journey to Southeast Asia through the sands of time. Learn a little bit of the history that identifies some of our neighbor’s culture.

  • Arts enthusiasts are invited to see what’s happening at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) at its fourth annual open house Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature tours of the facility, hands-on activities, and a chance to meet the instructors, who number more than 20 now since the center’s opening in 2015.

  • A single gleaming stage bulb was installed last week at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The ghost light, as it’s known in theater, seemed a fitting tribute to longtime auditorium manager Mike Sapp, who died May 22 at 64 from complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center in Durham.

    “A ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theater is dark,” Sapp’s daughter Amy Leighton posted on Facebook following installation of the light at midday Tuesday, Aug. 14.

  • This coming Saturday, weekend shoppers are invited to browse and buy goods and services created by children at the first Building Brunsco Kids Expo.

    The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, rain or shine. Admission is free.

    Children 7 to 17 will have booths set up to sell products or services. Event-goers are encouraged to bring cash.

  • Because of sold-out shows in August, Bill and Cathy Furpless of Historic Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport are adding encore performances of “Remember ‘50s and ‘60s Rock and Roll” Sept. 7-9.

    Tickets, $20 cash each, are available at Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport and Color Me Carolina 4143 Colfax Lane in Oak Island for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation annual fundraising Fish Fry fries up 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, this year at the Bolivia Government Complex in front of the Emergency Services Building.

    The meal will consist of flounder, potato salad, coleslaw and bread for $8 per person. Takeout is available. Delivery to certain areas for large orders will also be available.

    For inquiries, leave a message on the Foundation phone at 253-0922 or email sheriffscharity@gmail.com.

  • Skin allergies are one of the top reasons for veterinary visits, affecting millions of pets and costing owners tens of millions of dollars. These pets are suffering; it’s not unusual for an allergic pet to chew off half its fur in a desperate effort to stop the itching.

    The main causes of allergic dermatitis in dogs and cats are pretty straightforward: insect bites, inhaled allergens and food. However, the diagnosis and treatment options can be more complex.

    Biting bugs

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s not often that we botanists, on our field trips, have to stop, speechless, and stare at a flower with jaws agape. It happened to me and my buddies recently deep in the pinelands of the Francis Marion National Forest.

  • Hot cars and trucks are in the spotlight for the 15thAnnual Leland Under the Lights Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lowes Foods in the Villages at Brunswick Forest, 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing.

    More than 15 trophies will be bestowed in a wide range of categories, including Best in Show, Most Unique and Club Participation. Goody bags will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered.

    There will also be car show vendors, and admission is free.

    Brian White with Jammin’ 99.9 will be on-site with music.

  • By Don Price

    Guest Columnist

    Imagine, if you will, that you go to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. When you get there you find an 8-ounce cup, some sugar, some cream, a box of instant coffee, and a water tap from which to get some water. But, when you turn on the tap, nothing happens. So, you have a problem. No water!

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "Maybe I shouldn’t tell him I stopped by my friend’s house. It will just set him off.”

    “Why does she keep checking my text messages?”

    “He flies off the handle at every little thing. It’s better to keep secrets and keep the peace.”

    If any of these comments sound familiar to you or someone in your circle, you may want to examine the level of control that could be lurking in those relationships.

  • What we eat and feed our pets affects their oral health. Everyone agrees that sugar contributes to the formation of cavities, at least in humans. About 90 percent of U.S. school children develop tooth decay, largely because they eat too many sweets. What about dogs and cats? Do they get cavities? Can certain foods cause oral health problems? Cavities are extremely rare in pets, affecting less than 5 percent of all dogs and even fewer cats. Why?

  • If it’s Thursday, customers are thirsty at the Lowes Foods Beer Den.

    That’s the day the Carolinas supermarket chain serves up half-price Thirsty Thursday specials at its Beer Den craft tap counters, including ones in Brunswick County and just across the state line in South Carolina.

    During a recent Thirsty Thursday at Lowes Foods in Ocean Isle Beach, customers clamored ‘round the Beer Den counter to sample the latest craft brews, by-the-glass wine or $3 mimosas.

  • A Gator Cam, late-night summer hours and a new zipline trek are among the latest seasonal offerings at Shallotte River Swamp Park at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

    New for 2018 is the Swamp Park Gator Cam, viewable at shallotteriverswamppark.com or on the park’s Facebook page, which scans and focuses on the swamp park’s renowned alligator sanctuary.

    Swamp Park manager George Howard said the park now has 13 rescued American alligators in its sanctuary, which has been built up to about 8,000 square feet.