HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Christmas 2017 has come and gone. I am hoping everyone will carry their Christmas spirit throughout the coming year. You will find that Brunswick County, NC folks are some of the friendliest, kindest folks you can ever want to meet no matter what time of year it is. And, maybe you, like me, noticed an uptick of that caring attitude over the holiday season. The small day to day courtesies are wonderful to witness and experience. However, times are difficult for many of us, so if you are wondering how you might help on a regular basis, or, if you are looking for something meaningful to do with extra time on your hands, I would like to suggest that you look into volunteering. There are so many areas of need that you can surely find an area that interests you. You might even turn you hobbies into ways to help others. You will definitely find your life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Volunteer opportunities in Brunswick County, NC can be found in human services, children’s services, the arts, historic preservation, community development, and animal welfare. Don’t know where to go to find your niche? Here are some suggestions for you.


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If helping animals is dear to your heart, you can check out the Oak Island Feral Cats Club; Paw’s Place Dog Rescue; Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter; or Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR).

If you are interested in historic preservation or community development, why not look into Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity; Fort Johnston-Southport Museum  Visitors’ Center ; Friends of the Oak Island Lighthouse; North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; Smith Island Museum of History.

If the arts are your thing, these groups would be pleased to hear from you: Brunswick County Arts Council; Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

Your love of children, sewing or golf might be fulfilled by taking part in these: Blankets with Love, Brunswick County School System; Communities in Schools of Brunswick County; The First Tee Brunswick County; Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter, Inc.; WAVES4K.I.D.S.

If human services speak to you, try out these worthy causes: Brunswick County Literacy Council, Inc.; Brunswick Family Assistance Agency; Hope Harbor Home; Sheltered Treasures.

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MATER FEST, GHOSTS & VOLUNTEERS

Whether you like to think of the tomato as a vegetable or as a fruit, I think we can all agree on its deliciousness. There are so many dishes that include its lusciousness it would be impossible to name them all. But here in the south, we do love our tomato sandwiches and tomato pies, not to mention just biting into a fresh, sweet tomato. Tomorrow, July 22, you can take part in the Mater Fest, which celebrates the fact that Brunswick County, NC is one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina. Get together with your family and friends and head on out to Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street in Shallotte, NC, and enjoy the fun. The kids can enjoy children’s activities and you can all take part in a Mater Toss and a Watermelon Roll. You can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables from the farmers. You can browse the arts and crafts and find that special gift for someone else – or for yourself.

If you have children ages 7 through 11 and are looking for something fun for them to do tomorrow morning, you might want to check out the Nautical Girls: Maritime Ghosts and Legends program scheduled at the NC Maritime Museum in Southport, NC. (Registration and a fee are required) From 9AM until Noon the kids will be regaled with ghost stories including those of Theodosia Burr (Bald Head Island, NC) and Rose O’Neal Greenhow (Fort Fisher, NC). They will also create their own ghost stories.

Volunteering can be fun and satisfying, especially when you volunteer in an area of interest to you. There are two organizations in need of volunteers now. Nature program volunteers are being sought by the Oak Island Recreation Center to assist in the Oak Island Nature Center and the Ocean Education Center. The Sea Notes Choral Society is seeking men who sing tenor. The contact is Herb Linesburgh at: 910-278-5542. For more volunteer opportunities in areas like Human Services, Children’s Services, The Arts, Historic Preservation and Animal Welfare, follow the links to our website.

VOLUNTEERS HAVE HAPPY HEARTS

Many people see Easter as a new beginning and some people also see Spring as a new beginning. Anytime is a great time to begin anew, but these events seem to give impetus to us when we need a little nudge. The new life around us stirs our inner being. We look for things to fill us beyond the beauty around us. In Brunswick County, NC we are blessed with beauty and we celebrate it in so many ways. One way we can celebrate it is to be a part of it and to help in giving it to others. Volunteering is a giving of self and a receiving of so much at the same time. We can meet new people, make new friends, enjoy the work we do, fill our empty days and become happier with ourselves in the process. In Brunswick County, NC you can easily find volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. Opportunities abound in human services, children’s services, the arts, historic preservation, community development and animal welfare. Here are just a few of the opportunities in which you can participate and fill your life to the brim:

The Oak Island Lighthouse in Caswell Beach, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/historic-community-development/friends-of-the-oak-island-lighthouse/profile/)

Oak Island

First Tee Brunswick County in Shallotte, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/children-services/the-first-tee-brunswick-county/profile/)

Sea Biscuit Wildlife Center, Oak Island, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/animal-care/sea-biscuit-wildlife-shelter/profile/)