• Paws-Ability’s annual Mardi Gras 4 Paws fun rolls out 6 to 9 p.m. next Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille at 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tickets are $30 per person, which includes festivities with live jazz music by the Sea & Sand Band and incredible New Orleans-themed menu with Cajun appetizers, multiple food stations, cash bar and a King Cake with hidden prizes donated by Seaside Bakery & Wine Shop.

  • Fans of Journey have an opportunity to relive the legendary band and its hits when the lights go up on DSB Journey Tribute at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    “DSB has been highly revered by fans as the ‘next best thing’ to Journey,” reads a promo on the Odell Williamson website where the tribute can be sampled and tickets can be purchased at bccowa.com.

    “They have captured the lush and signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime.”

  • By John Nelson

    We have no bananas today, but we have something very, very similar, something that brings us a very decidedly Latin American addition to our menus. This wonderful stuff, hot and tasty, comes from a fruit that looks like a banana. In fact, they represent a different variety of the same hybrid plant which is the banana of commerce.  

  • By Linda Arnold

         Gossip is tempting. We hear things about people all the time. But where do you draw the line between normal curiosity and being part of the rumor mill?

         Most of us have been the subject of gossip at some point in our lives, and we’ve all felt the sting of humiliation that goes along with it.

          On the other hand, we’ve all done some gossiping of our own, and we may have hurt someone’s feelings as a result.

  • I love puppies, kittens and most every critter around (except for that black widow spider that nearly killed my late father when he was a kid). As a veterinarian for more than 25 years, I’ve also seen my share of inherited orthopedic diseases in the furry family members I serve. Here are two fairly common joint diseases I think every new puppy owner should know about.


    Elbow dysplasia

    “Elbow what?!”

  • Many of the healthiest superfoods are blushing with color. Red, green, yellow, orange and blue signal vibrant phytonutrients, anti-aging antioxidants and vital vitamins. Skip with me down a colorful food pathway to healthier pets.


  • By Linda Arnold



     “When you tell yourself your story over and over, it almost becomes part of your DNA.”


    Do you feel stuck? In the doldrums? Can’t seem to get any traction?

    Well, you’re not alone. As we approach the end of January, it’s a common feeling with lots of people who have set goals for the New Year.

  • By John Nelson


  • Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Kaplansky grew up in Chicago, the daughter of mathematician/songwriter/pianist Irving Kaplansky, with whom she sometimes collaborated on math-related songs he had written.

  • Super Bowl weekend means it’s time for members of the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club to get into formation for their annual fundraising SOUPer Bowl.

    The club’s ninth consecutive event offering assorted soups and handcrafted keepsake ceramic bowls once again kicks off at Shallotte Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

    The Empty Bowls Project to help feed hungry people in the community will feature an array of soups donated by local restaurants, caterers and GFWC-SBI club members.

  • More than 90 vendors from AARP to Zaxby’s are expected at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo this Saturday, Feb. 3.

    The 2018 Brunsco Has It Business Expo sets up shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sea Trail Resort at 75A Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    A variety of vendors will cover business, personal, home and service needs in one place.

    Admission is free.

    Highlights include raffles and giveaways by many of the vendors, chamber member engagement director Robyn Beliveau said.

  • It was the 1960s, and another British Invasion had descended from across the pond, this time taking the Colonies by storm.

    At the helm of this 20th Century rock-and-roll revolution were The Beatles, aka the Four Lads from Liverpool whose jolting impact on American history and music is being felt to this day, 54 years after their live debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night, Feb. 9, 1964.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting its first rendition of “The Vagina Monologues” in anniversary performances Feb. 2-4.

    The limited-run performances are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play and the founding of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, on the main BLT stage at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • The Shallotte Rotary Club Las Vegas Night fundraiser has come up aces for the past 12 years, and the 13th annual event will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    For the price of a ticket, gamblers can’t lose when they play games including blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold ‘em and horse races as only Monopoly-type money is used for the games.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre stages an Open Mic Poetry Reading on Friday night, Jan. 26, at the theater at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., followed by the readings at 7:30 p.m.

    The session will end when all the poets have had a turn. There will be cookies and a donation box to defray the cost of the cookies. If there is good participation and interest, BLT will have future poetry readings.

  • Ginny is the latest canine edition to the Ward family. As soon as she joined our pack, she became very attracted to the whole foods dished in her bowl. She’d been raised exclusively on kibble, and these fresh textures, tastes and smells were enticing. Carrots, apple slices, and cooked beans quickly became some of her favorites.

  • By Linda Arnold


    Flash bulletin: People decide whether they like you within seconds of meeting you.

    This is mostly an unconscious decision, yet there are certain things you can do to tip the balance in your favor.

    Let’s flip the table. When you first meet someone, what’s the first thing you try to decide? 

    Maybe it’s whether you have common interests or information to share. You might be wondering whether they could help you with your career or family challenge.

  • By John Nelson

  • Cindy Reading Graham snapped this photo Jan. 6 of an icicle that formed on the mouth of the giraffe at Ocean Isle Mini Golf on the Ocean Isle Beach island. “I thought it was so funny. Sunday it was a little longer. Monday it was completely gone.”

  • Leland Cultural Arts Center is kicking off the New Year and its fourth year of operation with winter-session classes and workshops, a student art show and a concert Friday, Jan. 19.

    The LCAC Winter 2018 Session opened this month with a multi-faceted lineup of classes and workshops including painting and drawing, basket weaving, ceramics/pottery, photography, stained glass, greeting card design, music and dance, theater, writing, exercise, fitness and yoga, Zumba and youth programs.