A new year brings us much to think about. We need to decide to let go of those things that have not served us well in the past; to consider with what things to continue to move forward and improve; and what new things we might enjoy learning to do that will also expand our lives in some way. This is what new year resolutions are really about. Letting go is usually the most difficult decision and yet it needs to be the first step because trying to move forward with heavy baggage dragging us down is next to impossible. However, sometimes it is easier to first think about what we really want to do, which will in turn give us the impetus we need for letting go. There are numerous opportunities in Brunswick County, NC for learning new things – for turning our lives around – for learning who we are and how we can be an integral part of other lives.

A good place to start is at Brunswick Community College ( At the college you can learn just about anything from learning to paint, to playing the guitar, to earning a GED or an associates degree, to estate planning and much more.

If you have an interest in local history, you might consider becoming a docent at the Old Brunswick Jail in Southport, NC ( The jail is administered under the auspices of the historical society and is a good starting place to more information.

If you have always wanted to learn to surf or to sail a boat, check out The Sail Shop on Bald Head Island, NC (


Intercultural Festival

Have you been thinking about traveling but have been hesitant about doing so? Why not make the short trip to Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, NC on Saturday, September 7, 2013 and take part in the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival for free?  The festival runs from 10 AM until 4 PM on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium. Continuous entertainment begins at 10:30 AM and features storytelling and performances by such groups as: Polynesian Island Dance where you can learn to dance the Hula; Youth Japanese Drummers; the Indian Group from Cape Fear;, Techmoja Dance and Theater Group; and Ballet Folklorico Gudalupano. Kids can receive passports and learn about more than 20 countries from local residents at the International Pavilion and win a prize to boot. They can also witness a painting demonstration by an Union Elementary School student and take part in a PaintAlong.  For  fee of $8.00 you can participate in a food tasting from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM where you can sample cuisine from all over the world.