As Hurricane Irma strengthens to a Category 5 storm, NASA is using data from a number of sources to calculate rainfall and altitude levels, as well as take incredible images of the hurricane's eye

Everyone is concerned about Irma – as they should be. At this time it appears that the Brunswick County coast will not have much to fear. However, those of us who have lived here for a long time know how unpredictable a hurricane can be. We know it can change its path on a whim. We also know to remain calm and prepare. If you do feel the necessity to leave, be sure to plan your evacuation in such a way as to not be going deeper into the hurricane.

There are some activities planned for the weekend, and, as far as I know they will be held. Please be sure to contact the event locations to ensure that they will be happening. Saturday, in Southport, NC, the Lions Club will hold their Southport Lions Car Show at the St. James Community Center. The event will run from 10 AM until 4 PM. The event is free except for those entering their car, truck or motorcycle. Check out the website for information on entering. There will be entertainment, and food and refreshments will be available. No alcoholic drinks will be allowed and awards will be given, including a People’s Choice Award. Contacts: Bob Matarazzo at: 914-310-0261, Roger Albizu at: 301-514-5393.

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Also on Saturday, you can take part in the 9/11 Memorial Bike Run in Boiling Spring Lakes. NC.  It will be held at the BSL Fire Department at George II Highway (Rt. 87) and Miller Rd. The event will begin at 9 AM and end at 2 PM. There will be special events, door prizes, a raffle and 50/50. Cost will be $20 per player and $10 per passenger and includes lunch. Contact: Michelle at: 910-367-9015.

On Sunday, the Cape Fear Yacht Club will hold a brunch with a speaker: Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., an award winning author and military historian. Reservations are required and contact is: Cost is $18 per person. The brunch begins at noon and the club is located at: 4791 Fish Factory Rd. SE, Oak Island, NC.

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Throughout the season, Brunswick County, NC fills the air with music. You will find music emanating from the stage in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. You can enjoy the music of the Brunswick Concert Band and Brunswick Big Band or the  Sea Notes Choral Society at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC – or – at the Town of St. James Community Center. You can attend music shows at the Amuzu Theater or musical productions at Brunswick Little Theater, both in Southport, NC. You can find music at restaurants most any night of the week. But during the off season, it all stops – or does it?

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Music never stops in Brunswick County, NC., folks. There is a core of really good local musicians who perform on weekends at a number of local restaurants and night spots. There are restaurants that provide karaoke as well. Some of the places in Southport, NC where you might find live music on the weekends include: Fishy Fishy CafeYacht Basin Eatery, Tiki Tavern, Check Six Brewing Company, Dead End Saloon and Slainte. In Oak Island, NC, check out the Moose Lodge and The Lazy Turtle.

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From the beach to a chapel, from extravagant to simple, on land or at sea, there are many various and lovely wedding locations in Brunswick County, NC. Here come the bride, the groom, the maid of honor, the best man the bridesmaids, the attendants, the flower girl, the ring bearer, the reception, the caterer, the cake, the officiant, the bridal registry, the flowers, the music, the photographer, the videographer, the transportation, the rental equipment, oh – and don’t forget the marriage license. Whew! You might want to check out our links for some help. We can even help you with a wedding planner. You also might want to check out the upcoming wedding shows. There are two this month and another one in March. The first will be this Sunday, January 24 in Southport, NC.

The Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo will be held at the St. James Community Center.

The Silver Coast Bridal Show will be held at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on January 31.

On March 2, you can attend the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo in Carolina Shores, NC.