• Calling all amateur photographers.

    North Carolina Wildlife Federation is sponsoring its inaugural Wildlife Photography Contest that launched April 1 and continues through June 15.

    Did you catch a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis or an osprey diving in the water to catch its meal? How about a memorable sunset vista from the mountains or a picturesque sunrise on the Outer Banks?

    Submit these photos to share with North Carolinians and be one of three winners in our first photography contest.

  • With Easter just down the bunny trail (April 21), two of the first local children’s events are scheduled this Saturday, April 13, in Calabash and Ocean Isle Beach.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Calabash Easter egg hunt

    The town of Calabash once again stages its annual Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

  • “Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;

    Suffer them now, and they’ll o’ergrow the garden

    And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.”

    Shakespeare, Henry VI (part 2)

    Watch out for the weeds, both the annuals and the perennials! Even in Shakespeare’s time, as now, gardeners had to be vigilant, getting rid of the interlopers as soon as they appeared. Of course, they didn’t have fancy, expensive herbicides to spray all over the place. (Maybe that’s the way it should be now.)

  • By Linda Arnold

    Click. Add to cart. Confirm.

    It’s so easy. Just how do they know what you want?

    Because it’s big business for companies to know everything they can about you. And you leave a trail every time you make a choice.

    They track our every move. What do you read? What kind of car do you drive? What are your favorite brands?

    There’s even a series of books and a movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” that highlight this behavior. 

  • Not many things could be finer here in Carolina or anywhere else as far as wonderful fragrance. We are having a rather early spring, it seems, and this is a plant that is already beginning to unfold its marvelous flowers, which can give off an amazingly sweet fragrance. A stand of these in your garden on a warm spring evening is something to invite your friends over for (for dessert).

  • By Linda Arnold

    Anger doesn’t always look the same. It can be disguised as sarcasm. Or criticism. Or jealousy.

    A lot of us are angry and don’t even know it.

    Maybe you just have an unsettled feeling.

    While I’m a “glass half full” kind of person, I also respect the need to process feelings. Otherwise, you can end up in a state of denial.

    How are you?

    Chances are, when you ask this question you get one of two types of responses:

  • To be honest, there isn’t a best answer to that question. When you look at the big picture, as long as you’re eating fruits and vegetables you’re doing well.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines recommends that we make half our plates fruits and vegetables at every meal. They can be raw or cooked, fresh, frozen, canned or even dried — just eat them.

  • The North Carolina Coastal Federation has published its latest version of the “Smart Yards” brochure.

    The publication contains several do-it-yourself solutions to maintaining stormwater runoff on property and helping the environment on a personal level.

    To access a copy, go to https://www.nccoast.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SmartYards_07-17.pdf.


  • They’re a collaborative quartet with a style and showmanship all their own.

    No Fuss and Feathers, featured ensemble in the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. April 6, consists of four harmonic singer-songwriters delivering delicious songs, catchy rhythm and more than a smidgen of humor to the stage, this next one at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

  • Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is showcasing art by Marcia Zachary, a patient currently being served by Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

    Zachary’s bucket list included a gallery showing of her work, so the venue stepped up to help Lower Cape Fear Hospice grant her request.

    The show kicks off with a reception Thursday, April 4, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

    The display continues through April 13, with all proceeds from work sold going to Zachary. 

  • The Brunswick Concert Band presents two performances of its annual spring concert, this year titled “Screen & Stage,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

  • The State Archives of North Carolina has established an Oral History Unit within its Special Collections Section. The unit is headed by oral historian Ellen Brooks, a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. She was previously the oral historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

  • Just one year ago, Brunswick County students were invited to attend a special performance of The Kennedys, a popular folk-rock duo who frequently perform in the Listen Up Brunswick County concert series.

    As a result of that school-day program attended by Brunswick County Schools’ band and choral students in grades 6-12 and faculty, the students are now featured in Pete and Maura Kennedy’s latest album, “Safe Until Tomorrow.”

  • The Historic Amuzu Theatre in Southport presents “It Takes Two at The Amuzu,” March 29-31 and April 11-14.

    This performance is unique in that all numbers will be duets taken from famous Broadway shows, including “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” The movie genre is represented with the classic duo of Sandy and Danny from “Grease,” and “Shallow,” the 2019 Academy Award-winning song of the year from “A Star is Born.”

  • The second season of Brunswick Little Theatre’s Open Mic Poetry Reading continues its outreach to interested poets in this area. Ken Greenman, BLT board member and director, will lead the readings. Poets of all ages are welcome.

    The next Open Mic will be April 5. Readers should be at the theater about 7 p.m. to sign up for reading. Start time is 7:30 p.m. in Building 1B behind the main building at 8068 River Road in Southport. Donations are requested for refreshments.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct auditions for “The Second Time Around,” with performances June 13 through 23.

    Auditions will be Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Brunswick Little Theatre, Classroom 1A, at 8068 River Road SE in Southport. No need to prepare a monologue, as cold readings will be conducted from the audition sides.

    Rehearsals are scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings, April 22-25 and May 13-June 12. Some weekend rehearsals may be required in the last week before opening.

  • Beautiful things are sometimes nothing but bad news. That’s true for this week’s Mystery Plant.

    What an early spring spectacle it is in full bloom! Covered with snow-white blossoms, each flower about an inch across, it blooms well before the leaves have unfolded. Like lots of things in the rose family, the flowers feature a hypanthium, or a floral tube, to which the five green sepals, the five petals, and the many stamens will all be attached. And there will be two or three slender styles leading down to the ovary.