1ST FRIDAY, FISHING TOURNAMENT & CLASSIC CARS

PEACE ON EARTH   24 x 36   Oil on Linen
Peace on Earth by Karen Masterson

The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk where you can see the painting above ‘in person’ at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC. The artist, Karen Masterson, is one of the featured artists this month. The other one is Denise Brucker, whose lovely pottery pieces will also be on display. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the work of Waking Bear Studios and at Lantana’s, the featured artist will be YOU! What an intriguing idea. I wonder how they will do that?

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

Also on Friday, in Shallotte, NC, you can attend the Relay for Life of Brunswick County  beginning at 6 PM

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On Saturday, in Southport, NC, you can take in the Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and get your shopping done at the same time. This show will be held in a shopping center parking lot.

Things will be getting fishy in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday as participants in The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament take to the water.  The tournament begins on Saturday, but participants will have their choice of eight days on which to do their fishing.

On Saturday morning in Oak Island, NC, from 9 AM until noon, you can purchase home grown herbs, flowers and vegetables from the Oak Island Beautification Club. The sale will be held at the base of the 56th Street water tower and will benefit community landscaping projects.

For those of you who missed it, the Southport Waterfront Market opened today and you can look forward to this ‘happening’ every Wednesday morning from now through October 31.

If you have some time on you hands and would like to give back to the community, there are several interesting volunteer opportunities available. If you play an instrument, why not check out the Brunswick Concert Band – they are looking for more members. Contact Tom Smicklas at 910-253-4573. The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is also seeking volunteers. Opportunities include: vendor check-in and set-up, event support, entertainment and stage help, help in the international village. Contact interculturalfestivalhotmail.com. If you are an artist or a crafts person and would like to take part in the event, you can find a vendor application at: http://www.bcifestival.org/formsonline.  The town of Oak Island, NC is in need of volunteers to help educate the public in ways to protect coastal habitats. These volunteers will work at the OKI Nature Center and/or the Ocean Education Center. You can pick up a nature volunteer registration form at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

 

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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.


(Image courtesy South Brunswick Magazine)

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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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/)