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  • The Artisans of St. James have once again accepted a challenge to create works of art from the unusual.

    The results of their creativity will be showcased in “Artful Reflections,” a show and silent auction presented by the nonprofit Stepping Up for the Arts! (SUPA) from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    This creative team has taken 30 mirrors and transformed them into 30 works of art.

  • The Shallotte Masonic Lodge at 5072 Main St. cooks up its annual chicken plate luncheon fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 18.

    Chicken plates are $8 each, consisting of fried chicken, green beans, yams and a roll.

    Plates can be picked up at the lodge.

    All proceeds from this event will be used to support Masonic charities. 

  • Crustacean lovers are celebrating once again as the Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival gets under way this weekend for the 37th year.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, along the fishing village’s historic waterfront at Mineola Avenue.

    More than 300 arts and crafts, food and business vendors are scheduled in addition to a scheduled roster of entertainment.

    Saturday’s lineup consists of Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 11:30 a.m. and Carolina Soul Band at 3 p.m.

  • The town of Carolina Shores' first free outdoor concert planned for Wednesday, May 23, on the town hall lawn at 200 Persimmon Road has been cancelled.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said Tuesday the concert, which was to feature ScottFree band, will be rescheduled for a date and time to be announced in June.

  • The Brunswick County Literacy Council is having its 29th annual Adult Spelling Bee next Tuesday, May 22.

    The event takes place in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    An A-Z Silent Auction is scheduled 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the spelling bee at 7 p.m.

    Admission is free for spectators. The entry fee per two-person team is $250.

    For more information, call 754-7323 or go to bcliteracy.org.

  • By John Nelson

     

    But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,

    Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill.

                                    Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Sunday marked my ninth Mother’s Day without my mother.

    It’s always a time of reflection. Sometimes it seems longer than nine years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

    For many of you, this may be your first, and those “firsts” are tough — whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday. These are powerful triggers that start building before the event and endure after it’s over. 

  • As a veterinarian, I’ve dedicated my life to serving animals. Most of you know me as a strong advocate for animal welfare, particularly my fight against puppy mills (sadly, it’s a battle we’re still fighting).

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s 2018 class of Musical Theatre Apprentices presents their annual revue, “That’s Entertainment IV,” with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, and Sunday, May 20 at the BLT Theatre at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • It’s free summer concert and movies time again in Brunswick County.

    Chocolate Chip & Company dance band of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is slated for a show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Leland Municipal Park at 102 Town Hall Drive in Leland.

    Poor Piggy’s BBQ Food Truck will be on hand with food available for sale.

    Another upcoming concert is Carolina Line Bluegrass Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

    On May 19, the movie “Coco” will be shown at sunset in Leland Town Park. 

  • Inlet View Bar and Grill at 1800 Village Point Road at Shallotte Point will host a benefit fundraiser for Shriners hospitals for Children from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11.

    During that time, a portion of all proceeds at the restaurant will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Thirty children from Brunswick County are being treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children, according to a news release.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: growth and comfort do not coexist. 

    And the level of discomfort that needs to occur in order to make a change is different for each of us.

    As humans, we’re not necessarily “wired” for instant change. Whether it’s something that’s pushing you or pulling on you, it generally takes a big catalyst to get into major action for change.

  • As the days grow longer, Bo and Bear, two brawny brown Labs, don’t want to come inside after their sundown backyard romp. Sniffing down the fence line, pawing through pine straw and darting through any cracked gate or door, the two retrievers seem aware of something. Their owner doesn’t see, hear or even smell anything unusual, but apparently the dogs detect something she doesn’t.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Guest Columnist

    Do you have too much on your plate?

    If you’re like a lot of folks, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed these days. Too much to do and too little time.

    Perhaps never before in human history have there been more possibilities. That’s the good news. The flipside is you may be drowning in options.

    So, how can you get a handle on this?

    The best productivity habit you can ever get into is very simple: Do your worst task first thing in the morning.

  • By John Nelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Bard was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family … I think it’s my favorite family, too.

    The four plants mentioned by Perdita in Shakespeare’s story are aromatic herbs, which we classify as members of the mint family, or Lamiaceae. There are many additional members.

  • “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates

    Last week we discussed strategies for administering pet medications at home. In addition to medical care, restorative rest is essential for healing. The trouble is convincing your pet to take it easy.

    If your dog or cat has undergone surgery, injured a leg or spine, or has a lung or heart condition, chances are strict bed rest is needed.

  • Letters From Home, a military tribute duo launched in North Carolina, will perform a special show at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    In 2010, Erinn Diaz founded Letters From Home in Winston-Salem with a mission to tour the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music.

  • In keeping with the seasonal spirit of fun coupled with a little competition, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce initiates the first Brunsco Spring Fling and Brunsco Battlefield from Friday, May 4, until Sunday, May 6, on a vacant field in front of Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Festivities begin 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with Family Night, featuring fair rides, games and a food, beer and wine garden.

  • It’s all about the headwear, the bourbon and the music.

    For the fifth year, the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club serves up Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style “fund racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    With presenting sponsor Novant Health, highlights include Most Glamorous and Most Outrageous hat contests for the ladies and “most dashing derbster” for the men, prizes included.