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Buzz Contributors 4 BSRI Staff ...................... 5 News ...................... 6-9, 32 STHL Delegate Kathryn Lawler ..... 10 Pet Food Pantry 12 In the Garden .................. 13 Marilyn Gore, Quilt Expert ........ 14 Puzzles ........................ 16 Read All About It ............... 18 Senior Games Ambassadors ...... 19 Best Bites: Cooking for One ....... 20 SHIIP: New to Medicare? ......... 22 What’s for Lunch? ............... 46 Aging Resources ................ 47 SENIOR SITE CALENDARS Boiling Spring Lakes ............. 23 Calabash ...................... 24 Leland ........................ 28 Oak Island ..................... 33 Shallotte ...................... 34 Southport ..................... 38 Supply ........................ 42 The Coastal Buzz SPRING 2023 3 7 18 19 BRUNSWICK SENIOR RESOURCES VISION 14 13 16


Donna Ruth Morgan is a book lover who supports better libraries for better communities. She volunteers with area library organizations and enjoys sharing her passion for reading with family and friends. See page 18 for Donna’s favorite books for February reading.

Pat Naughton and his family moved from Richmond, Va. to Winding River Plantation in Brunswick County in 2017 after Pat retired as a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant. He has been an avid gardener for 35 years and is a Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. On page 13, Pat dives into hydroponic gardening.

Wendy Kaplar is a freelance writer, researcher, and advocate for the preservation of Carolina wildlife. She recently placed among the top columnists in The Albuquerque Journal 2022 Reader’s Choice awards. Local history comes naturally to Wendy, as her family is from eastern North and South Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob, and their rescue dog, Rosie. Wendy introduces us to Family Sciences expert Marilyn Gore on page 14.

After retiring from leadership roles in engineering and IT at a major confectionary manufacturer, Beth Klahre relocated to Southport with her husband Jeff and their dog, Betsy. Beth has been enjoying reading on the beach, learning to play the harp, and writing human-interest stories. She is a volunteer board member of the Friends of the Library of Oak Island and Southport. On page 10, Beth interviews Senior Tar Heel Legislature delegate Kathryn Lawler.

Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since her childhood in Pittsburgh. Her poetry and essays appear in many publications. Her four historical fiction novels feature strong women in times of U.S. wars, and her newest poetry chapbook, Feathers on Stone, was recently released.

Joan investiagates cooking for one on page 20 and introduces Senior Games Ambassadors on page 19.


enjoys choosing fabric in the quilt store. Gore’s career in Family and Consumer Sciences fed her love of fabric and led to an interest in quilts as part of African American history. Marilyn’s daughter, Charlene Mills, caught her mother’s pleased expression while shopping.



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Contributing Writers

Wendy Kaplar, Beth Klahre, Joan Leotta, Mike McGurn, Donna Ruth Morgan, Pat Naughton, Casey Poplaski, René Tarquinio

Contributing Photographers

Tonya Barnes, Melissa Catlett, Sarah Goodwin, Jillian Hardin, Joan Leotta, Mike McGurn, Pat Naughton, Melissa Starr

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BSRI Administration Staff

Jim Fish, President & CEO

Yvette Gosline, ChiefOperatingOfficer

Jennifer Sherman, Chief ComplianceOfficer

Melody Stephens, Directorof Operations

Lindsay Cooley, Chief Financial Officer

Debra Marlowe, Organizational Development Coordinator

Jodi Lower, Volunteer Coordinator

Anita Langin, AccountingTechnician

Derissa Gore, AgingResourcesOfficer

Mike McGurn, Managerof Thrift Store Operations

Chauvet “Mel” Jackson, OperationsTechnician

Justin Benoy, ProjectTechnician

Susan West, SeniorHousing Coordinator

Tammie Mullis, Food Dervice Manager

BSRI Center/Site Staff

Victoria Hine, Shallotte

Mary Green, Boiling Spring Lakes

Holley Joyce, Calabash

Heather Puglisi, Calabash

René Tarquinio, Calabash

Pamela Faria, Calabash

Carol Schotter, Calabash

Sharon Klouser, Calabash

Kate Livers, Nutrition Services Technician

Veronica Lett-McGee, Leland

Brttany Steinkamp, Leland

Marilou Smith, Leland

Sandy Porcaro, Leland

Caroline McLeod, Leland

Janyce Jones, Leland

Pat Green, Leland

Sharon Shull, Leland

Kendra Stokes, Leland

Jillian Hardin, Shallotte

Tonya Barnes, Shallotte

Laura Collins, Shallotte

Brenda Ambrose, Shallotte

Teresa Muchler-Nogi, Shallotte

Grace Consoli, Shallotte

Nikki Hanna, Shallotte

Quinton McCallum, Shallotte

Melissa Catlett, Southport

Jackie Knott, Southport

Beverly Bridgers, Southport

Vaughn Hatley, Southport

Dean Francisco, Southport

Casey Poplaski, Southport

Lora Britanik, Southport

Amber Ramsey, Southport

Melissa Starr, Supply

Leslie Dowling, Supply

Gloria Pieczarka, Supply

Tikila Morgan, Supply

Emma-Lou Edwards, Supply

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the state.


“I am so grateful for Brenda,” says Center Director Jillian Hardin. “She manages the front desk, registers new participants, promotes our events, and helps with everything. She loves our participants.

“Brenda has served at the Shallotte Center for more than six years, while the rest of the team is new to the center. When I need someone to talk out ideas or issues, Brenda is always willing to listen and share. I honestly don’t know what we would do without her.”

Brenda grew up in Kansas, where her first car was a 1958 Chevy. For her first job she worked concessions at Fox Theatre. After she got out of school, she joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

“I joined Brunswick Senior Resources as a participant, then started volunteering,” Brenda says. “After three and a half years volunteering, I was employed.”

Brenda is the proud mother of a beautiful daughter and grandmother to three

wonderful children.

Shallotte Assistant Director Tonya Barnes feels that Brenda deserves the best recognition. “She goes above and beyond for our seniors and our staff,” Tonya says. “She’s simply amazing!”

BRUNSWICK SENIOR RESOURCES, INC. 3620 Express Dr., P.O. Box 2470, Shallotte, NC 28459 (910) 754-2300 Fax 910-754-9269 | Office Hours 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
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Brenda Ambrose Administrative Assistant, The Brunswick Center at Shallotte



The North Carolina Rice Festival is March 2 to 4, with a March 4 indoor and outdoor festival at Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson Historic Site, 8884 St. Philip’s Road SE, Winnabow.

On March 4, don’t miss storytelling with the Tar Heel Tellers, Marva Moss and the Buzz’s own Joan Leotta. The storytelling begins at 11 a.m.

For more information, go to www.north or contact north carolinaricefestival@

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SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations: 10001 Beach Dr. Calabash 5302 Main Street Shallotte DONATE your extra items to help senior programs and services in Brunswick County!  For free pickup, call (910) 712-6458 VOLUNTEER at our thrift stores— it’s fun! Apply online at
Joan Leotta Marva Moss

Cash Bingo on Tuesdays at Shallotte

Come play cash bingo with us on Tuesdays. All ages are welcome, 18+!

Listen for the lucky letters 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, starting March 1 (this is a change in time). It all happens at The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 2nd floor.

The minimum cost to play all games is only $10. Big payouts! Progressive games are coming soon. Call 910-754-5097 to sign up. The first 20 to call confirming attendance will receive two free special game cards for Games 6 and 11!

Village to Village Helps Seniors Age in Place

Nearly 90 percent of older adults want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. And the Village to Village Network is helping. This membership-based organization brings Villages together to share best practices for helping older adults live independent, healthy, purposeful lives with connections to their communities. Village to Village provides expert guidance, resources, and support to help communities establish and maintain thriving Villages.

BSRI is starting a Village to Village program, and we’re looking for neighborhoods in the Leland area that would like to team up with us. We plan to use Network resources to assist the community in starting up the program.

The program will help seniors in their neighborhoods with small tasks around the house, driving to appointments, walking a pet, and more. If you think your neighborhood would like to team up with us, please reach out to Jodi Lower at 910-880-2777.

Learn more about the Village to Village Network at

Seaside United Methodist Church, Sunset Beach

Seating is limited, so RSVP to 910-754-7427 or 910-754-2300.

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Senior Wednesdays and Thrift Trivia Thursdays Are a Big Hit at BSRI Thrift Stores!

Wednesdays and Thursdays have become all the rage at BSRI Thrift Stores in Calabash and Shallotte. And for good reason! Those days provide opportunities for customers to save 20% on all regular priced items.

But it wasn’t always that way. Originally, these two promotions offered savings of 10%, but as the pandemic wore on and people needed a boost to lift their spirits, we decided to increase the savings to 20% at the beginning of 2022. Slowly but surely, people began to catch on and take advantage of these big savings on a weekly basis and now these two days have become very popular. We see lots of regular Wednesday and Thursday shoppers every week, many of whom we consider to be a part of our extended Thrift Store family.

Thrift Trivia

Take, for example, Mary and Casey Roberts, pictured with Mary’s mom Rhonda Wright and Assistant Thrift Store Operations Manager Robert Goodman. Rhonda, Mary, and Casey are Thursday regulars at both stores and love to play our Thrift Trivia promotion and save 20% on their purchases.

Here’s how it works: First you

provide the answer to our Thrift Trivia question of the week, which is posted on signs in the stores on Thursdays and on the “News” page of our website (https://bsrincthrift. org/) earlier in the week. Then you go to our Online Store (the “Shop” page of our website) and look up the item marked “Manager’s Special of the Week.” Give these two answers to the cashier at checkout and get 20% off all regular priced items that you buy. How sweet is that!

We’ve had a lot of fun with the trivia questions and try to mix up the subject matter to keep it interesting. Here are a few samples

of recent questions: What 2 states with 6 letters in their name share a common border? What is the nickname of the lighthouse on Bald Head Island? And, What famous archeological discovery was made 100 years ago on November 26, 1922? (See next page for answers).

Senior Wednesdays

Senior Wednesdays have been growing in popularity too. All you have to do is show up and shop, with one little catch, of course: You have to be 60 years young or older. That’s all it takes to save 20% every Wednesday on all regular priced items that you buy.

From left are Casey Roberts, Rhonda Wright, Mary Roberts, and Assistant Thrift Store Operations Manager Robert Goodman. Rhonda, Mary, and Casey are Thursday regulars at both the Calabash and Shallotte BSRI Thrift Stores and love to play our Thrift Trivia promotion and save 20% on their purchases.

Volunteer for a Night of Fun

DO YOU VOLUNTEER with BSRI and Coastal Carolina Active Living? Please sign up for our Volunteer Appreciation Night.

There will be a DJ, food, and prizes! The fun is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. April 28 at the Brunswick Center at Supply.

Be on the lookout for more information. RSVP to Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Lower at

Medication Access Program

Are you uninsured, underinsured, insured, or facing financial hardship?

There are over 300 programs that offer medications at no cost shipped to your home or physician’s office. Local foundations and local organizations can help. And there are discounted programs such as pharmacy discounts, websites, and wholesale companies, and more!

Contact Marilou Smith at 910-754-6559 or

We hope that if you haven’t taken advantage of these promotions yet, that you will stop by our stores soon and do so. And, oh yeah, while you’re there, sign up for our monthly email newsletter on the clipboard at the register. This is another way to save 20% on your purchases on other days of the week. The email newsletter has a coupon good for 20% off your

purchase once a month at each store!

Spring Changeovers

Don’t forget our upcoming Spring Changeovers which take place on Monday, March 13 in Calabash and Monday, March 20 in Shallotte. There will be big sales of winter clothing leading up to these inventory changeovers

and an awesome inventory of our best spring and summer clothing thereafter.

Our thrift stores need your help! Anyone interested in volunteering at either our Calabash or Shallotte store, please call Mike at 910-712-6458.

Trivia answers: 1. Nevada and Oregon; 2. Old Baldy; 3. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb

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A Senior for All Seniors

In March 2022, the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) inducted Kathryn Lawler as delegate for Brunswick County. The STHL advises the North Carolina General Assembly on issues of importance to seniors. Lawler has an unbridled passion for making a difference in the lives of seniors. Why?

“Because I am one,” Lawler says. “This coming of ageism, when you experience it yourself, makes you look at aging from a different point of view. I want to make as much of a productive contribution as I can for as long as I can.”

Lawler recalls seeing an ad posted at one of the senior centers for the open delegate position. “I was interviewed by Cape Fear Area on Aging.


The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature recommends these priorities to the North Carolina General Assembly. These recommendations totaling $18.75M will provide supportive services and protection for the state’s 2.4 million older adults. Visit for more information. Data provided by the NCDHHS Division of Aging and Adult Services.


Allocate an additional $8M in recurring funds for Adult Protective Services (APS) to address staff shortages.

In SFY 21, APS received 32,075 reports, compared to 14,001 reports in SFY 2005-2006, an increase of 129% in 17 years.


Increase the Senior Center General Purpose Appropriation by $1,265,316 in Recurring Funds.

Senior Center General Purpose funding is currently

$1,265,316, which is not meeting the demands of a growing population.


Allocate an additional $8M in recurring funds for the Home and Community Care Block Grant.

The Home and Community Care Block Grant is the primary funding source for programs that support people 60 and older. The current state appropriation is $36.9M.


Allocate an additional $1.5M in recurring funds for 11 Additional

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen. Ombudsmen serve as advocates for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, providing protections for vulnerable elders. The current state appropriation for this program is $918.8K.

#5 Strengthen Long-Term Care Staffing Standards.

In nursing homes, NC mandates minimum staffing standards for RNs and LPNs. For CNAs, there are no staffing standards, resulting in a strong likelihood of substandard care of frail elders.

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My experience in geriatric care and my political background helped me acquire the position,” she says. Originally from New York, Lawler is deep-rooted in Brunswick County culture after living here for the past 23 years.

A Lifelong Learner

Lawler is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner. She has four degrees in addition to her registered nurse diploma: bachelor and master of science in nursing, master of arts in human development, and doctorate in psychology. Lawler’s career includes clinical nursing, bedside and supervisory specialty cardiac care, nursing education and administration, and a hospital vice presidency. Lawler ran a marketing business with her husband, had a private counseling practice, worked as a stress management program coordinator and eventually found her way into leadership training.

“I was always doing three or four things at the same time,” Lawler says. “When I was laid off from Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina, I obtained my real estate license while maintaining my private practice in hypnosis for smoking, stress, pain, and phobias. I went into private homes and facilities to provide long term care insurance benefits. I delivered specialized training in dementia.”

The Coming of COVID-19

Lawler loved focusing on geriatric issues until COVID restricted her access to facilities and forced her retirement after 58 years. “I gave up my nursing license, but not my nursing career,” she notes. She retired from real estate in 2023.

Lawler lives by her personal mission statement, first written after reading Steven Covey’s highly popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. She says, “I have continued to follow my mission statement my entire life: I am a lifelong seeker and sharer of wisdom and knowledge. I seek opportunities to learn, communicate and educate.”

Lawler is doing just that through her delegate role,

informing both the public on what is available for seniors and legislatures on senior needs. “I have learned that good communication, not waiting for someone else to take action, and diplomacy are the keys to influencing others. Influence, not shove, through knowledge with understanding,” Lawler advises.

Seniors Need Transport and Housing

In addition to the five 2023-2024 STHL-approved priorities, Lawler says there are two other main concerns of North Carolinians aged 60+: lack of

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continued from page 11 adequate transportation and affordable housing.

“Working in real estate emphasized to me the size of Brunswick County, yet access to public transportation is lacking,” she said. “Driving can become almost hazardous for some seniors. Transportation to a doctor or a senior center for much-needed socialization or to the grocery store forces reliance on friends and neighbors,” she explains.

Lawler is aware of the housing situation from personal experience. “My husband and I have moved for the third time in two years to find affordable housing as we age. It gets harder to maintain a home as you get older. Even getting on a ladder to change a light bulb or finding people to hire is difficult,” Lawler says.

According to Lawler, there are other issues facing seniors, including health care. “Ten years ago there were no geriatric specialists in the county and physicians didn’t want to take on patients with Medicare. There are still not enough geriatric specialists today.” On the positive side, views of health care have changed, Lawler says. Dementia, for example, is now a recognized medical diagnosis.

Lawler notes that the Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging is fully supportive of the STHL priorities and the work by these individuals is phenomenal. She will be making speaking rounds to Brunswick County senior centers.


Thanks to generous donations from Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals, a local non-profit organization, Brunswick Senior Resources is now providing pet food to Brunswick County seniors in need.

As America struggles through the post-pandemic recession, older adults are being hit hard. Climbing prices make the finances of people on fixed incomes increasingly precarious. This increase in daily living expenses forces seniors to find ways to cut back wherever they can, and that often means cutting back on their food bill. Many will go hungry before they let their pet go hungry.

Food for Fido

BSRI Aging Resource Specialist Sandy Porcaro was afraid seniors would find themselves sharing what food they have with their pets, or cutting their food bill to an unsafe extreme so they can continue to buy pet food. So Porcaro teamed up with Heidi’s Hope to open the Pet Food Pantry at all BSRI locations throughout the county.

“Each month one of our awesome BSRI volunteers picks up pet supplies from Heidi’s distribution site and transports the supplies back to the Leland Senior Center,” Porcaro says. “Another volunteer organizes, boxes up, labels, and distributes the supplies to food pantry participants. We hope this pet food allows extra money to remain in the senior’s pocket for necessities.”

To Help or To Get Help

To inquire about the BSRI Food Pantry, contact BSRI at 910-754-2300. If you would like to make a donation to Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals Pet Food Bank, go to, or call Wilmington Woof Gang Bakery at 910-256-5557 to arrange for donation drop offs. Carriers, collars, crates, litter, litter boxes, leashes, treats and toys are also needed.



Gardening can be labor intensive, lugging bags of soil and weeding. Growing tomatoes in 5-gallon buckets works but is an eyesore to your landscape.

Hydroponics is a great alternative to traditional gardening. It works by providing a nutrient-rich water directly to the roots. Hydroponic systems that circulate water or sprays can be expensive. Here are a couple of passive methods that work just as well.

Homegrown Hydroponics

Method 1: Start with a two-liter soda bottle and cut it in half. Then take an old sock or rag and stuff it in the top of the bottle to wick the solution. Fill the top portion of the bottle with equal parts of sphagnum moss and perlite. Water the medium with a cup of water and then sprinkle seeds on to the mixture. Fill the bottom inch of the bottle with nutrient-rich solution. Finally, place the place the inverted bottle top and sock in bottom of the half of the bottle.

Method 2: Another method uses rock wool, also known as stone wool, as the medium. Rock wool is spun from molten stone. It has a consistency of fiberglass insulation, making it easy to cut with scissors. When it is saturated, it has 20% air space, making it a great medium for hydroponics. Rock wool can be ordered online.

The rock wool is placed in the top of a bottle in contact with a wicking rag. To reduce algae, paint the bottle black. Run a piece of tape along the length of the bottle which can be peeled off after painting. This way you will be able to see the water level.

I put the bottle on a dowel and use chalk spray paint and then label the bottles with bright chalk markers (see above). Sprinkle seeds on to the rock wool and stuff the rock wool and wicking strip into the top of the bottle. You will need a funnel to fill the bottles.

Place the bottles in a warm place. Once the seeds sprout, move them close to a window or outdoors when it warms up. Don’t use a water-soluble fertilizer intended for soils. There are many sources for hydroponics fertilizer online. It is a good practice to clean out the bottle and refill with fresh nutrient solution every month to avoid nutrient imbalances in the solution.

The Best of Hydroponics

Hydroponics can be used to grow large plants like potatoes and potatoes. These bottle methods are ideal for herbs and leafy vegetables. These plants have shallow root systems and grow fast. Here are a few of the benefits of hydroponics:

• Since plants can be grown indoors, they require less pesticides and herbicides.

• Plants can be grown year-round.

• There is no weeding or digging.

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Passing the Torch for Family Sciences

Marilyn Gore’s infectious smile sparkles as she speaks about the artistry of quilting, confirming her deep affection for the craft. Gore’s first connection to sewing was formed under the guidance of her mother’s hands while growing up on their

tobacco farm in Bolivia. Using animal feed croker sacks made of coarse burlap, Gore’s mother, Mattie Pearl, taught her how to stitch twines of tobacco to sew handmade rugs for the floor.

“Once the tobacco twine was washed and softened up, they were beautiful rugs,” Gore recalls. She is unsure where her mother got the

idea for the rugs; she has never seen them since. Mattie Pearl hand-quilted Gore’s first quilt and taught her how to embroider pillowcases and crochet.

“Living on a farm 70 years ago, it was a way to pass the time. There was not so much to do,” Gore says.

Learning to Sew

Since the age of 14, Gore has used the art of sewing as self-expression. At that time, girls were automatically enrolled in home economics. Ms. Lizzie May Mitchell of Brunswick County Training School was Gore’s home economics teacher. Until 1950, Brunswick County Training School was the only African American school in Brunswick County that went above the eighth grade.

During her time in Ms. Mitchell’s class, Gore developed and honed her sewing technique. Under Ms. Mitchell’s direction, young Gore constructed a stylish suit with an orange jacket (Gore’s favorite color) and matching culottes; from the left-over scraps, she also made her first quilt.

From there, Gore earned a B.S. in Family Consumer Sciences with a concentration in clothing and textiles and a minor in art from Bennett College. Upon graduating from Bennett, Gore returned home to Bolivia to seek employment in Brunswick County, but jobs

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This crazy quilt by Marilyn Gore is titled “Africa in Gold.”Gore conducts presentations to quilting guilds across North Carolina, demonstrating her distinctive scrap quilting technique and emphasizing the history of African American quilting. Photos contributed

were scarce. Gore decided to attend graduate school at Howard University. After earning her M.S., Gore then established a 31-year career as a family and consumer science agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Passing the Home-Ec Torch

Toward the end of her career, there was a running joke between Gore and her daughter, Renee. Renee regularly asked her mother when she planned to retire, to which Gore would playfully respond, “When you give me grandchildren!” The day came when Renee announced she was expecting, initiating the submission of Gore’s formal resignation in February of 2007.

Later, a casual conversation with that same eldest grandchild was the catalyst for Gore’s continuing advocacy of the consumer sciences.

“As I was chatting with my oldest grandson, Garrison, about his future career plans, he asked me about what I did in my career. I told him that I was a Home Economics

(now called Family and Consumer Sciences) major, where I learned how to cook, sew, take care of a family, money management, and much more. In his wisdom, Garrison stated that young people need to learn these skills. And I totally agree!” Gore says.

Right before she retired, Gore met Shaaron Funderburk, CEO and founder of the Off the Streets program, Inc. Funderburk asked Gore to assist the residents of the program, made up of women who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse and as a result struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Located in Gastonia, NC, the program offers women

transitional housing, counseling, job readiness coaching, life skills training, and community support services.

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Top left: An angel pieced from fabric scraps. Above: Marilyn Gore cuts fabric that will become a quilt. Below: Gore sews cosmetic bags for women in the Off the Streets program.
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1. Walt Whitman’s dooryard plant

6. Bag, à Paris

9. Sound of astonishment

13. Smell of baking bread, e.g.

14. Self-importance

15. Ma Bell, e.g.

16. List of Catholic saints

17. Bobbsey twin

18. Donor’s bequest

19. *Country to see Stonehenge

21. *Country to see Neuschwanstein Castle

23. Tokyo, in the olden days

24. Way off freeway

25. Gremlin or pixie

28. Assistant

30. Crunches alternative (2 words)

35. Mountain lake

37. Thailand, pre-1939

39. Parlor piece

40. *Maldives continent

41. Plaudit and pomp

43. Unadulterated

44. Child-eating daemon, Greek mythology

46. Red carpet purse

47. Pelvic bones

48. Gives way under force

50. Like acne-prone skin

52. Pose a question

53. Letter opener

55. Morse code dash

57. *Grand Canyon state

61. *Broadway state

65. Loaded 66. Marbled bread

68. Bad car

69. South Pacific sailboats

70. “____ Milk?”

71. Related on mother’s side

72. Unload on eBay

73. Gilligan’s home

74. Tap, e.g.


1. Spike, as in punch

2. Iraq’s neighbor

3. Like a maxi skirt

4. Soap plant

5. *One of two countries to see Niagara Falls

6. Mail a package

7. Agha, alt. sp.

8. Gloria Estefan’s hit

9. Disease-causing organism

10. One of algae

11. Diagnostic test

12. One-trick ungulate?

15. Sluggish

20. ____-canceling earbuds

22. Ambulance squad, acr.

24. RE/MAX agent, e.g.

25. *Amalfi Coast country

26. Kenyan tribesman

27. Amazon “club”

29. Vegas cube

31. Cone-shaped quarters

32. Throat dangler

33. *Mona Lisa city

34. Go stealthily

36. Nervous biting victim

38. *Haleakalã island

42. Accent mark

45. Software plug-ins

49. Barack Obama, prepres.

51. Wailed

54. Frustration, in a comic book

56. Laughing African predator

57. *Swiss or Italian skiing destination

58. Steak option

59. “White Wedding”


60. Eagerness

61. Post-deductions amount

62. Yemen’s neighbor

63. College cadet program

64. ACL location

67. Uncle Sam wanted thisMexico

53. Measuring roll

54. “Happily ____ after”

55. Frugal driver’s acronym

58. Put together

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Gore writes grants and sews cosmetics bags for the women so that they have a place to keep their personal toiletries. She was awarded the honor of North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NCAFCS) Professional of the Year in 2021, and is an advisor to the 4-H program and a member of the house advisory board.

Quilting Resources

With a fond appreciation that home economics is more than stitching and stirring, Gore has created a website named “Stitching and Stirring” (stitchingandstirring. com), where novice-to-experienced quilters can contract to complete the embroidery or repair of quilts. The site also features a gallery of Gore’s quilts and details their African American origins.

Gore conducts presentations to quilting guilds across North Carolina, demonstrating her distinctive scrap quilting technique and bringing awareness of the importance of preserving the history of African American quilting. She remains steadfast in her belief in the value of passing on consumer sciences to future generations.

“It’s a shame that we no longer

have family and consumer sciences in most schools and colleges. Our children are not equipped with the skills needed to become self-supporting members of society. As a single mother, I made certain my two girls had these skills. My instruction was to ensure they had an education, their own homes and cars, and meaningful jobs. Now, my daughter, Renee, and her husband, Byron, are teaching the same to my two grandsons.”

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Above: Gore’s grandson Garrison puts into practice the belief that future generations need to learn consumer sciences as a smiling Graham looks on. Left: Gore has fun at the fabric store. Photos contributed

February Finds at the Library

Open the cover of these new books to find compelling tales—some light, some more serious. All these books are available to read for free at Brunswick County libraries.

As an avid fan of Michelle Obama’s memoir Belonging, this reviewer found her 2022 selfhelp guide The Light We

Carry a disappointment. A focus on her own circumstances speaks more to an exclusive group than a universal audience. The book is divided into three parts that move from touching to challenging to lamenting past wrongs. The personal anecdotes and photos captivate, but the overall mood of loss and sadness leaves a melancholy. Nutshell review: Rather than boosting hope, the “toolbox” of life advice seems clichéd.

Supari Gentilly’s The Woman in the Library (2022) is a nested story that cleverly unwinds a mystery where four strangers are linked by an unseen murder. The plot thickens as each character falls under suspicion. The author builds tension with chapter layouts

alternating the fictional writer’s manuscript with letters from an enigmatic supporting protagonist.

Nutshell review: The finale is a letdown with more fizzle than explosive reveal.

Spare, released early in 2023, is Prince Harry’s chronicle of his life between two historical deaths— Princess Diana’s and Queen Elizabeth II’s. The secondborn opens up about life as a royal, the devastation following his mother’s tragic death, and how her loss still affects him. Harry’s growing years, military service, marriage and parenthood, and navigating rifts with family members are all explored in depth. Nutshell review: If the intention to “turn my pain into purpose” meant baring his soul—mission accomplished, sir.

The Light Pirate (2022) is a speculative look at global warming’s impact on our world. Lily Brooks-Dalton creates a nightmarish scenario with a

slow-moving storyline that progresses from disaster to life in its aftermath. Four short segments chronicle a life from birth to death in a dystopian existence.

Nutshell review: A novel in the newish cli-fi (climate fiction) genre— sprinkled with magical realism—starts strong then slips under and drowns.

The End of Alzheimer’s (2017) is supported by recent followup publications expanding on Dale Bredesen, M.D.’s program and patients’ success stories. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease as a multifactorial metabolic disorder that is untreatable with monotherapy, the doctor suggests an integrative approach with many points of simultaneous intervention.

Nutshell review: Though somewhat unconventional, the Bredesen Protocol offers lifestyle and nutrition guidelines that may delay or reverse this pernicious syndrome.

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Gator Games Ambassadors Reel in Fun for Brunswick County

“Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get the word out about anything,” says Khrystye Haselden, coordinator of the Brunswick County Gator Senior Games & SilverArts. These athletic games and literary and artistic (literary, visual, performing) arts are a wonderful way for seniors to stay physically, mentally, and creatively active. Seniors from all over North Carolina enter their county games, and first-place county winners in each category then compete at the state level.

To help Brunswick seniors discover this outlet for their talents

and to learn how to participate, the county uses Games Ambassadors. Former game participants who want to encourage others to compete are nominated, selected, and trained in Raleigh. They share their Senior Games experience via talks at senior centers and other places; by helping distribute flyers; by assisting with publicity, media relations, and community awareness; and by helping with participant and volunteer recruitment at game events.

Introducing the Ambassadors

At present, three former games participants serve as ambassadors in Brunswick County: Joyce

Lowrimore, Gary Mlynek, and Christine Ettl-Mlynek. Joyce has served for twelve years, and Christine and Gary have just finished their first year.

Chris and Gary, St James residents who moved to Brunswick County from St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2010, have been involved as participants since 2012. Gary started participating in 2012 in both Senior Games (table tennis: singles, and more) and in SilverArts (woodworking and sculpture). He has received three gold medals and two silver medals over the years. Chris began in the Gator Games in 2015 (fun walk and opening ceremony events) and now participates in cornhole. In 2022 Chris entered SilverArts in digital photography.

“SilverArts keeps your creative juices flowing,” Chris and Gary say. “Both athletics and arts include discipline, dedication, and pride in one’s accomplishments. Our goal is always to promote the 5 F’s: Fun, Fitness, Family, Friends, Fellowship (and sometimes Food).”

Joyce adds, “We do anything we can to help our local games coordinator, Khrystye Haseldon, spread the word about the games.” Joyce was a Gatorette cheerleader for eleven years but

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Christine Ettl-Mlynek and Gary Mlynek have been involved as Senior Games and SilverArts participants since 2012. Now they’re serving as ambassadors to encourage others to participate. Photo contributed

Cooking for One Can Be Fun

When it comes to dining as a single, cooking is not really the issue. Recipes can be pared down with a small bit of math. But eating alone, especially if you have been used to eating with a partner, roommates, or an entire family, can be difficult.

I lived alone for many years and most of the time I enjoyed preparing and eating my solitary meals, often providing myself with literary company (a book, movie, or television show) and music.

To make cooking for one a healthy

solution for mind and body, you need planning and attitude.

Attitude: Be My Guest

Treat yourself as your own guest. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of your own company. Set the table nicely. Fold the napkins. Bring along the TV or a book. Why go to all of this trouble for one person? Well, because your life, in the form of your basic nutrition, depends upon it.

Plan for It

Eat a proper balance of protein,

vegetables, fruits, and grains. Yes, there will days when you will open the freezer, refrigerator, or pantry and simply munch on cheese and crackers or whatever lettuce is still alive in the veggie drawer, but planning can make a difference.

Think about your meals on a weekly timeline so you can control your budget and calories. Shop the store sales and plan the use of leftovers. It’s easy to make enough for two and put leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer. Find recipes in your own file or on the web or in library books.

Joan Leotta’s Chickpea and Carrot Curry

Two servings—save half for tomorrow.

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

2-3 chopped carrots

1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I like the Bush Bean brand—a lower sodium variety, but just use less salt if you use the regular)

1-2 Tablespoons of ginger powder

1-2 Tablespoons of curry powder

1 teaspoon of cumin

Salt and black pepper to taste

3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil

One package of Naan bread (You can substitute pita or even regular bread)

Sauté the chopped onion, garlic, and carrots in

3 Tablespoons of olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add the drained chickpeas and the spices—curry powder, cumin, and ginger, and salt and black pepper to taste.

If it looks dry, add a bit of water and another tablespoon of oil. Then cover and continue to sauté for 3 minutes, longer if you like the veggies softer. Watch that there is enough liquid or oil in the pan to keep things from burning.

Serve with bread.

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Try a New Spice

Old ingredients with new spices can make a simple dinner seem new. Make cooking fun by going outside of your spice comfort zone (my comfort zone is with Italian herbs). As I looked for something new made with ingredients I

already liked, I discovered Chickpea Carrot Curry. I had to buy curry powder the first time I made it, but after that purchase, I looked for other recipes that would use the curry. Now it’s a staple on my shelf.

The recipe on the opposite page makes enough for two. It calls

for serving with naan bread— an Indian bread found in many supermarkets. But you can use pita if it’s cheaper, or even sandwich bread, to sop up the “sauce” created by the cooking vegetables. One of the best things about this recipe is how fast it cooks up!

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retired a couple of years ago. She no longer participates in the games but continues to work as an ambassador.

The Role of an Ambassador

All three enjoy the role of ambassador for the Gator Games and SilverArts and feel honored to represent Brunswick County Games

in the county and at the state level.

“We also provide feedback and recommendations to help strengthen the program at the county and state levels,“ Gary says.

Chris notes, “We’re getting to know new people and welcome participants and the public to events. We see active adults participating in so many activities! Creating marketing materials to encourage participation is also really fun.”

“There is so much talent in our senior population and so many seniors here have never heard about the games,” Joyce says. She really enjoys making presentations that explain this athletic and creative outlet. “Senior Games stress the importance of physical health and creativity ability, not only at the Senior Games, but all through the year.”

Register Now!

Joyce Lowrimore has retired from participating in the Senior Gator Games but still serves as ambassador.

Photo contributed

This year registration for the Brunswick County Games, both the athletic and SilverArts portions, runs from February 1-March 15. So there is still time to select a

category and enter. (Registration costs $15.)

Find a registration form at your senior center, or call the County Department of Recreation or download the form from the website at


So, feeling like you would like to exercise your abilities and maybe even win recognition for it? Sign up for the Senior Games or SilverArts.

Registration is open until March 15. If you can’t find a form at your local senior center, call 910-253-2670 or register online at https://tinyurl. com/4sf9vwnc.

You can see the list of games and arts categories online at brunswick.

Learn more about the Brunswick County Gator Senior Games & SilverArts: at https://


New To Medicare? What Do I Do?

It’s important for everyone becoming eligible for Medicare to get accurate information about coverage and delivery options, including supplemental health insurance, Medicare health plans, and prescription drug coverage. Attention to these issues will help you avoid serious and costly problems later.

Several months before turning 65, you should begin to learn about Medicare and how it relates to your circumstances.

For example:

• If you or your spouse have paid into the Social Security System for 10 or more years, you are eligible for premiumfree Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) at age 65. If you have paid in fewer than 10 years, you can buy Medicare Part A coverage. Everyone pays a premium for Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance).

• If you have been on Medicare due to disability, you have a new six-month Open Enrollment Period for purchasing Medicare supplemental insurance when you turn 65.

• Talk to your employer’s benefit officer and ask for any information about company health insurance after age

65. If you have an Employer Group Health Plan (EGHP) that will continue to pay secondary after you become eligible for Medicare, study the benefits booklet to find out the cost and benefits of the plan. You will need to decide if you should keep your EGHP as secondary to Medicare or if you need to drop your EGHP and purchase a Medicare supplement or join a Medicare Advantage Plan. If your EGHP has drug benefits, make sure they are as good as or better than Medicare Part D.

• If you will not be covered by an EGHP plan that will pay secondary to Medicare, investigate other health insurance options, either an individual Medicare Supplement Policy or a Medicare Advantage Plan.

How to Enroll

If you are already receiving Social Security benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits, or Federal Retiree benefits, your enrollment in Medicare is automatic. Your Medicare card should arrive in

the mail shortly before your 65th birthday. Check the card when you receive it to verify that you are entitled to both Medicare Parts A and B.

Initial Enrollment Period: You have a seven-month window in which to enroll in Medicare without incurring a penalty. If you are not eligible for Automatic Enrollment, contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or enroll online at, or visit the nearest Social Security office to enroll in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.

Medicare coverage starts based on when you sign up and which sign-up period you’re in: generally, when you turn 65. This is called your Initial Enrollment Period. It lasts for seven months, starting three months before you turn 65, and ending 3 months after the month you turn 65. The date your coverage starts depends on which month you sign up during your Initial Enrollment Period. Coverage always starts on the first of the month.

New this year: Part B (and Premium-Part A): Coverage starts based on the month you sign up.

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10am Move & Groove 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch 12:30pm Senior Table Games 6:30pm Line Dancing 10am Move & Groove 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch 12:30pm Senior Table Games 10am Move & Groove 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch 12:30pm Senior Table Games 17 7 SpaDay: Brunswick CommunityCollege 5 ChicagotheMusical:Wilson Center
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Heather Puglisi, Assistant Director

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6 Craftw/Linda,12:30:SpringBasketR^

7 BegDulcimerR^ @ 10:30(ends5/23/23)

MasterGardenerVictorStephensPresentation/ HandsonDemoR^,12:30

9 BasicLineDancing#6,4:30R^

10 ChalkSignArtClass$22,12:30R^

13 Craftw/Linda,12:30:ScrabbleTileFrameR^ BookClub:“TheWeddingDress”,10:00

16 WearyourgreenforSt.Patrick’sDay! BasicLineDancing#7,4:30-5:30R^

3 Craftw/LindaR^,12:30:SpringBasket

6 DyeEasterEggs,9:00

7 CenterClosedGoodFriday

10 Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:MushroomPainting BookClub

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17 CenterClosedStaff:DevelopmentDay

20 Craftw/Linda,12:30EasterPopsicleStickR^

22 CaregiverSupportGroup,2:00

23 ChiliCookOffFundraiser,4:00-5:30 NoLineDancing

24 TreeofLifeBeadCraftR^$22 NoLineDancing


27 Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:SpringCard

29 SunsetBeachTurtleWatchPresentation,12:00

30 OpeningDayBaseballWearyourJersey


31 CinemaattheCenter,12:30:“TickettoParadise”

april 2023

1 Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:ShellDecorating


5 ResinArtClassR^$20,12:30

8 BookClub,10:00:“TheGuardian”

Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:JengaBlockProject CornHoleOpenPlay,10:15-11:15


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15 Mother’sDayTea,10:15-11:15R^RSVP Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:RockPainting

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PhysicalTherapy, 11:00 12 CardiacScreening/FREEEKGw/Goshen,12:15 14 IntrotoMedicareChat,10:00 CinemaattheCenter:“LittleWomen”,12:30 17 Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:NapkinHolder 21 PineNeedleBasketWeaving,12:30R^$22 TechwithEd:AndroidClass,11:30R^ 24 LastFab,FitFunClass Craftw/Linda,12:30R^:
@10am“Dreamland” 11
GraduationCards 25 DonutswithDirectors,9:00 26 CaregiverSupportGroup,2:00 28 CinemaattheCenter,12:30:“AStarisBorn”
Hurricane PrepPresentationw/Bruns.Co. EmergencyServices,12:00
10 CookingDemo/NutritionClass, 12:00
19 TreeofLifeCraft,12:30R^$22
22 Craftw/LindaR^ ,12:30:Kid’sBirthdayCard CornHoleOpenPlay,10:15-11:15 24 CaregiverSupportGroup,2:00 26 CinemaattheCenter,12:30:“Rocketman” 29 CenterClosedMemorialDay
12 CinemaattheCenter:“KnivesOut”,12:30


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Heather Puglisi, Assistant Director

Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.









Want to try to your hand at a new musical instrument? Beginner Dulcimer Lessons begin March 7– May 23 at 10:30. We also have Intermediate dulcimer Wednesdays at 10:30, once you get the hang of it!

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Calabash, NC 28467


Please join us for a presentation by Sunset

on March 29 at noon.

Enjoy a good book & great company!

Book Club meets at 10 a.m. on:

Monday, March 13

Monday, April 10

Monday, May 8


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Holley Norris, Center Director

Heather Puglisi, Assistant Director

Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Days the Center will be CLOSED:

• Friday, March 17, 2023

• Friday, April 7, 2023

• Monday, May 29, 2023

10050 Beach Dr. SW

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Come enjoy the fun!

We have many great craft classes to choose from each month.


Come try one of our awesome fitness classes at the Calabash Center! We have classes for everyone at all levels. You’re sure to have a great time!

Tree of Life

Bead Class

Pine Needle Basket


Cra,s with Linda


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Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–4


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Leland, NC 28451




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Brittany Steinkamp,
Director; Caroline
1 WEDNESDAY:Hand&FootCards1-3 2 THURSDAY:IntrotoMedicare5pR 3 FRIDAY:QuiltingBee9-12; MonthlyB-DayCelebration(atLunch) 7 TUESDAY:BibleStudy&LelandLarks10:30 8 WEDNESDAY:Coffeew/aCop9; Hand& FootCards1-3 9 THURSDAY:MentalHealthTalk2 13 MONDAY:SeashellCrafts10:30R 14 TUESDAY:TechHelp12
4 TUESDAY:BibleStudy&LelandLarks10:30 VetMeetUp12p;PaintPouring12R 5 WEDNESDAY:Hand&FootCards1-3 7 FRIDAY:CLOSEDforGoodFriday 11 TUESDAY:TechHelp12,Mo.Outing 17 TUESDAY:BibleStudy&LelandLarks10:30 13 THURSDAY:MentalHealthTalk2 14 FRIDAY:Mo.B-DayCelebration 3 MONDAY:EasterEggHunt12:15 10 MONDAY:LelandPD—SafetyPresentation10Z 18 TUESDAY:BibleStudy&LelandLarks10:30 19 WEDNESDAY:BloodPressureChecks10:45; Hand&FootCards1-3 20 THURSDAY:Meetw/CaseManager11:45 21 FRIDAY:QuiltingBee9-12 26 WEDNESDAY:CoupsforTroops9 27 THURSDAY:CGSupportGroup10; MentalHealthTalk2 28 FRIDAY:KeychainClassw/Louise10aR 24 MONDAY:SeashellCrafts10:30aR
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Brittany Steinkamp, Center Director

Caroline McLeod, Assistant Director

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–4

March March March March

Coffee with a Cop

Join 2 Leland police officers for a cup of joe on Wednesday, March 8, 9 to 10 a.m.!

Community Enrichment Speaker

Wyatt Richardson, the Town of Leland's Community Enrichment Director, is coming to the center to talk about the new plan for Founders Park

Monday, March 27 at 10:30 am.

UNCW Nursing Students will be at our center on March 15th, 9 a.m.-noon. They will be providing health screenings as well as health educa#on.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Leland, NC 28451


April Easter Egg Hunt!

Join us for an Easter Egg hunt on Monday, April 3 starting at 12:15. Eat lunch and then go on a hunt for a sweet treat!


LelandPoliceOfficersJustin Holland&BenMajorsfromthe CommunityEngagementteamwill becomingtothecentertotalkaboutthe SafetyProgram.Comecheckitout Monday,April10at10a.m.inthediningroom!

Key Chain & Bag Charm Making Class

Our very own Louise Harrison will be leading this class Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. She will show you how to make beautiful key chains and bag charms. Please sign up at the desk and bring $3!

QuarterlyVeteransMeetup willbeheldatlunch!


JoinLegionPost68for somelunch&comradery!

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Brittany Steinkamp, Center Director

Caroline McLeod, Assistant Director

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–4

Intro to Medicare

René Tarquinio, Aging Resource Specialist and SHIIP Coordinator, will be having an Intro to Medicare class at the Leland Center. This class is Thursday, March 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the dining room.

Seashell Craft Classes

Monday, March 13 10:30-11:30 am

Monday,April 24 10:30-11:30 am

Monday, May 22 10:30-11:30 am

In the Leland Creation Room!

Sign up at the front desk!

Paint Pouring with Janice

Tuesday,April 4th at 12:00 pm in the Creation Room. Sign up at the front desk!

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Leland, NC 28451


May May

Cinco De Mayo Cinco De Mayo Fiesta! Fiesta!

We are having a Fiesta! OLÉ! Come join us on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m.!

We will be having Chips, Salsa, Queso & Virgin Margaritas!

Muffins & Morning Mocktails for Magnificent Mothers!

Joinusincelebratingour Moms!Wewillbehaving freshmuffins &MocktailMimosas

Friday,May12at10a.m. intheTRXroom!

Operations at The Brunswick Center at Leland will be CLOSED:

Friday, March 17: Staff Education

Friday,April 7: Good Friday

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day

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Thank You, Ocean Ridge Charities

Manythanks to Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s (ORCA) Memorial Fund for the generous donation of $200 in memory of Audrey Ruggerbuck Bixby.

ORCA donated the funds for use in the Meals on Wheels program, said Kathy Sanchez, ORCA board member.

SHIFT to Shared Housing to Save Money and Effort

SHIFT is a new pilot program based on the idea of homeowners opening their homes to roommates.

People hesitate to make this change. Home is a place where we feel safety and comfort. Making change is difficult. Moving is stressful. There are so many ways that a person—especially the homeowner assumes they should live alone if they aren’t with family or in a relationship.

SHIFT stands for “Shared Housing Incentives for Taking Action.” It’s a pilot program (not yet available in Brunswick

County) that offers money to homeowners to help cover costs incurred in making their home more comfortable to share.

Sharing a home can be beneficial to all. Learn more about the idea of sharing housing at Learn more about the SHIFT program at

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ISLAND 102 SE 47th Street Oak Island, NC 28461 910-754-2300 for Reservations Stephanie Stiller, Community Center Assistant Operating Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 910-278-6552 33 The Coastal Buzz SPRING 2023 friday Wednesday Tuesday Thursday Monday 10:30am Chair Aerobics 11:45 am Senior Lunch 10:30 am Rummikub 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 10:30am Chair Aerobics 11:45 am Senior Lunch 10:30 am Rummikub 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 10:30 am Rummikub 11:45 am Senior Lunch
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Tues., Wed., Fri.
Jillian Hardin,
Director Tonya Barnes,
Hours: Mon.,
7 to 3; Thurs. 7 to 7
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday friday 7:00PracticeBilliards 9:00BilliardsGame 10:00GeriFit 11:00Aerobics/Dance 11:30Lunch 11:00ChairYoga Z 12:00Yoga 1:00MahJong 1:00BilliardsTournament AllDayCornhole/MiniGolf/Shuffle Board 7:00PracticeBilliards 9:00BilliardsGame 9:30CardioLowImpact 10:30FitforLifeExercise 10:00BeginnerLineDancing 11:00Basic/Intermediate LineDancing 11:30Intermediate LineDancing 11:30Lunch 12:15 BeachBingo AlldayCornhole/MiniGolf/Shuffle Board 7:00PracticeBilliards 9:00BilliardsGame 9:00Bridge 10:00GeriFit 11:00Aerobics/Dance 11:30Lunch AllDayCornhole/MiniGolf/Shuffle Board 7:00PracticeBilliards 9:00BilliardsGame 9:30CardioLowImpact 10:30FitforLifeExercise 10:00BeginnerLineDancing
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Jillian Hardin, Center Director

Tonya Barnes, Assistant Director

Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 7 to 3; Thurs. 7 to 7

3620 Express Drive

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910-754-2300 1002

MARCH 2023

1 WEDNESDAY:HealthClinicA1C,BPand Balancechecksat

1 WEDNESDAY:DessertwithTheDirector At12:30

3 Friday:Technology101withEdat10:00 Basiccomputerskills (6WeekProgram)

10 FRIDAY:Technology101at10:00 WindowsBasics

15 WEDNESDAY:Tammie’sCookingClassAt 10:45A

17 FRIDAY: CBreezeBandat10:30


17 FRIDAY:Technology 101withEdat10:00 EmailBasics 6WeekProgram

17 FRIDAY:HappySt.Patrick’sDay! Partyat10:45

20 MON,WED&THURS:WalkWithEase ProgramwithTonya10:00a.m. (6week Program)

24 FRIDAY:Technology101withEdat10:00 InternetBasics

31 FRIDAY:Technology101withEdat10:00


april 2023

10 MONDAY:Marilou/presentation medicationandwellnessat12:00

3 MONDAY:DessertwithTheDirectorAt 12:30P

7 FRIDAY:Technology101at10:00AUse whatyouhavelearned(handson)

9 SUNDAY: EasterSunday

12 WEDNESDAY:Tammie’sCookingClassat 10:45


21 FRIDAY:CBreezebandat10:30


5 FRIDAY:CincoDeMayo


16 TUESDAY:WearPurpleforPeaceDay!

19 FRIDAY: CBreezeBand at10:30



31 WEDNESDAY:National SeniorHealth& FitnessDay!

No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; R = Requires Advanced Registration; N = New Offering/Time; Z = Class in person + Zoomed

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What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

3620 Express Drive

Shallotte, NC 28470

910-754-2300 1002

To Carrie Hough, Mother’s Day means the world. “I was adopted as a baby and was given a very loving mother. I was blessed to be raised and loved by my mother. Mother’s Day is the only day of the year on the calendar that mothers are appreciated!” Carrie has a son and daughter and is very thankful to be their mother. Happy Mother’s Day!

Gloria Bland is the mother of a son and three daughters. Gloria says that raising her children is a very special feeling and blessing. Gloria says ,“I have raised my children to love each other and always give back.” She says she gets overwhelmed with love and gi's on this special day called Mother’s Day.

Mike Christenson is a member at Shallotte Center and plays bingo and eats lunch with us. Mike says he is looking forward to the spring to golf in warmer weather. The spring brings more beach trips and outside activities. Mike and his wife are involved with missionary trips to help when a disaster hits. They are planning some trips this spring to see friends and family too.

Marsha Ludlum says, “In spring I like to go out and enjoy the warm weather.” Marsha likes to get out in the yard and work. She says she likes to help with events at church in the spring season as well. She enjoys hearing the birds sing . Marsha loves sitting and doing puzzles, especially with flowers and animals . She looks forward to the spring season.

The Coastal Buzz
36 SPRING 2023
Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 7 to 3; Thurs. 7 to 7


Jillian Hardin, Center Director

Tonya Barnes, Assistant Director

Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 7 to 3; Thurs. 7 to 7



10 a.m. at Mulberry Park in Shallotte

Starts Monday, March 20

3620 Express Drive

Shallotte, NC 28470

910-754-2300 1002


Happy Birthday, Bill!

Bill Horne turned 90 this year.

Bill Horne is a avid pool player and attends our center every day we are open. He enjoys a hot lunch with his friends and billiards guys!

The Arthritis Foundation's Walk With Ease Program is a community-based physical activity and self-management education program. While walking is the central activity, Walk With Ease is a multi-component program that also includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies.

The Coastal Buzz
37 SPRING 2023


Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1

Southport, NC 28461


Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–4 The Coastal Buzz

No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; R = Requires Advanced Registration; N = New Offering/Time; Z = Class in person + Zoomed

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday friday 9:00 Geri-Fit 9:00Boxing $ 9:00Adv.German,ZoomonlyZ 9:30KnitandChainGang 10:00ZumbaGold $ 10:00BibleStudywithJoel Z 11:30BeginningLineDance Z 1:00BeginnerandIntermediate LineDancingZ 1:00MahJongg 9:00YogaforHealthyBones$Z 9:00TaiChiForms$ 9:30Hand,Knee&FootCanasta 10:00SilverSamurai$ 10:00CardMaking 10:30ChairYoga$Z 12:30CraftswithSherry 1:00MahJongg 1:30Balance-Strength-Motion 6:30JamSession 9:00Geri-Fit 9:00Boxing 9:30Bridge 10:00TechnologywithMartha 1:00Pinochle 1:00SilverPaddles(PingPong) 2:30FitandStrong 6:30SquareDancing
TaiChiForms$ 10:00SilverSamurai$ 10:30 ChairYoga$ 10:30Watercolor$ 10:30Facebook/iPhoneHelp
ShirleyR 12:15BibleStudy–Interfaith 12:30JewelryClass 1:00BeginningTaiChiwithDean$ 9:00Yoga
9:00TaiChi$ 9:30Hand,Knee&
10:30ChairYoga$Z 12:30CraftswithSherry 1:30IntrotoHandDrumming 2:00HandDrumming 2:30FitandStrong 38 SPRING 2023
$Z 9:00




1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1

Southport, NC 28461


APRIL 2023

MAY 2023

No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; R = Requires Advanced Registration; N = New Offering/Time;

The Coastal Buzz
Monday–Friday, 8–4
Z = Class in person + Zoomed
7 FRIDAY:CLOSEDFORGOODFRIDAY 11 TUESDAY:Parkinson’sSupportGroup–10am 11 TUESDAY:BloodPressureChecks 11:15am 17 MONDAY:StrokeSupportGroup–1pm 26 WEDNESDAY:CaregiverSupportGroup -10am 28 FRIDAY:Photography–1pm 13 FRIDAY:Photography1p.m. 9 TUESDAY: Parkinson’sSupportGroup–10am 9 TUESDAY:BloodPressureChecks 11:15am 12 FRIDAY:Photography1p.m. 15 MONDAY:StrokeSupportGroup–1pm 24 WEDNESDAY:CaregiverSupport Group–10am 26 FRIDAY:Photography–1pm 29 CLOSEDFORMEMORIALDAY 10 FRIDAY:Photography-1pm 14 TUESDAY: Parkinson’sSupportGroup–10am 17 FRIDAY: CLOSEDFORSTAFFTRAINING 14 TUESDAY:BloodPressureChecks 11:15am
2023 22 WEDNESDAY:CaregiverSupportGroup -10am 24 FRIDAY:Photography1p.m. 27 MONDAY:IrisFoldingEasterCard–MaterialsFee-$5$R 20 MONDAY:StrokeSupportGroup–1pm

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–4

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1

Southport, NC 28461


Holidays Done Southport Style

Over 150 of our Peepsters Par ed the Day Away!

Le to right: Even ge ng run over by a reindeer didn’t stop Beverly, Tammy and their Elves Amber and Kate from preparing a FEAST!

Now there is one Happy Man. We love you, Frank!

Happy, Happy— they see what Frank has!

Le to right:

Melissa and Bea just feel The Love!

You know these two: One is always smiling and listening, the other one, well, always listening while talking!

Our homebound BSRI family members were not forgo0en. These beau1ful floral arrangements were donated by The Southport Garden Club. We thank you!

So Many to Thank for Making this Holiday One to Remember:

• The wonderful music provided by Maxie and Steve

• Dona ons from so many of our par cipants

• Beverly, Tammie, Amber, and Kate prepared a magnificent meal with love

• Beau ful cakes for the Cake Walk donated by Mary Ellis and Skip BSL FP

• St. James Service Club made so many homebound very happy

• With open hearts, we thank you for being who you are. We are the richer for it!

The Coastal Buzz
40 SPRING 2023


Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–4

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1

Southport, NC 28461


Ann and Bill Brown of OKI and their family decided, rather than exchange Christmas gi s, they would shop together for items such as undergarments, Boost, and food items for our homebound. We thank you for such a wonderful gi !

Valen1nes were filled out with apprecia1on of support and considera1on for our Senior Center. They were sent to our legislators. All of your voices need to be heard!

Flags That Have Flown Over Southport

Just ask Peter Hyde! We are delighted he has agreed to share his interes1ng stories about our very own Southport.


That’s right, Olive has a new baby sister! Her name is Monkey Shines and she was a rescue from a li0er of 11 puppies. Olive is training her to be our assistant therapy dog. Tai chi will never be the same, Dean!

The Coastal Buzz
41 SPRING 2023
Just Look at those happy smiles in the Vision Board Class by Charlene Irvin! If you missed it, Charlene will offer it again.


Stone Chimney Road
Director Leslie Doeing, Assistant Director Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8 to 4; Wed. 8 to 7; Fri. 8 to 1 42 The Coastal Buzz
Supply, NC 28462 910-754-7604 Melissa
Advanced Registration;
New Offering/Time; Z = Class in person + Zoomed Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday friday 8:00 Rummikub 8:00 CoffeewithFriends 10:00 RugHooking 10:00 Ger-Fit 11:00 Tabata 11:30 Lunch 12:30 BibleStudy 8:00 Rummikub 8:00 CoffeewithFriends 10:00 BodyCoreStrengthZ 10:00TaiChiforArthritisR(3/20-6/2) 11:00 TaiChi 11:30 Lunch 12:30MovieDay 8:00 Rummikub 8:00 CoffeewithFriends 9:30 Crocheting 10:00 Geri-Fit 11:00Tabata 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Quilting 12:30 Bingo(25cent/card) 2:00 LowerCapeFearSavvyCaregiver Program R(April4-May9) 8:00 Rummikub 8:00 CoffeewithFriends 10:00 PilatesZ 10:00 WatercolorPainting 10:00HandDrumming 11:30 Lunch 12:30 KnittingN 5:30 Yoga(1st&3rd) 5:30 Body/Core/Strength(2nd&4th)N 5:30 FamilyAnonymousMeetingZ 8:00 Rummikub 8:00 CoffeewithFriends 10:00 TaiChiforArthritisR(3/20-6/2) 11:00 ActiveStretch 11:00 ChairYoga 11:30 Lunch SPRING 2023
No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; R = Requires
N =


March 2023

2 TUESDAY:Make&TakeCraftwithEmmaLou12:30

101 Stone Chimney Road

Supply, N.C. 28462











AgingResourcesPresentationw/Tikilia -12:00;WearyourFavoriteCollegeTeamApparel





HandDrumming-10:00;DayTrip toBSRIThriftShop/Callahan’sR$;YMCA& DiabetesAwarenessProgram-12:30R

23 THURSDAY:Make&TakeCraft-(MeshWreath)12:30(Fee:$2.00);PianoWorkshop-12:30

24 FRIDAY:C-Breeze-10:30;BirthdayCelebration12:00

28 TUESDAY:IntroToPhotography-1:00;Genealogy -1:00

29 WEDNESDAY:Dementia&Alzheimer Presentation-12:30

APRIL 2023

MAY 2023


No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; R = Requires Advanced Registration; N = New Offering/Time; Z = Class in person + Zoomed

43 The Coastal Buzz
Melissa Starr, Center Director
Assistant Director
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8
4; Wed. 8
WEDNESDAY:DropoffforSwap&Shop-9:002:00 6 THURSDAY:Swap&Shop9:00-1:00 7 FRIDAY:CENTERCLOSED 10 MONDAY:Talkw/Tikila-10:30;WindingRiver CardMakers-1:00 11 TUESDAY:AdvisoryCommittee-10:00;Garden Club-12:30 12 WEDNESDAY:HandDrumming-10:00; Spring intoAction!Celebrate30thAnniversaryof NCSTL-10:30 13 THURSDAY:HiredHandsBand-10:30;Caregiver SupportGroup-2:00 18 TUESDAY:Genealogy-1:00 19 WEDNESDAY:iPhone/iPadBasics-12:30; HurricaneSafety/Preparation-12:00 20 THURSDAY:Make&TakeCraft-12:30 24 FRIDAY:C-BreezeBand-10:30;Birthday Celebration-12:00 25 TUESDAY:BloodPressureChecks-10:00
WEDNESDAY:HandDrumming-10:00, DayTrip(TBD)FR
FRIDAY:C-BreezeBand-10:30;Birthday Celebration-12:00;VolunteerAppreciation
4 THURSDAY:Make&TakeCraft-12:30 8 MONDAY:Talkw/Tikila-10:30 9 TUESDAY:AdvisoryCommittee-10:00;Garden Club-12:30
Leslie Doeing,
AgingResources w/Tikila-12:00
CelebrateMother’sDayw/Hired HandsBand-10:00;CaregiverSupportGroup-2:00 12
CardMaking-1:00 16
Genealogy-1:00 18
Make&TakeCraft-12:30 23
BloodPressureCheck-10:00 24
BrunswickCountyVeteranServices10:30 26
BirthdayCelebration-12:00 29
Genealogy-1:00 17
6 MONDAY: TalkwithTikila-10:30
7 TUESDAY:OpenAdvisoryCommittee-10:00
WEDNESDAY:HandDrumming-10:00;Senior SafetywithDeputyWillieMcRae,IV-12:30
THURSDAY:HiredHandBand-10:00;Caregiver SupportGroup-2:00
GardenClub-12:30;Genealogy-1:00 15


Senior Safety

w/ Deputy Willie McRae Brunswick County Sheriff’s Dept.

March 8 @ 12:30 PM

For personal & home safety, learn ways to protect yourself in today’s complex world.

Diabetes Preven on Program

In partnership w/ the YMCA

Wednesday, March 22 @12:30 p.m.

Learn ways to lose weight and reduce your risk of developing diabetes. This session will educate you on this CDC approved preven on program.

Want to Learn Piano?

Thursday, March 23, 2023 @ 12:30PM

Interested in learning a new musical skill? Come to an informa on session on star ng a beginner piano class.

Dementia vs. Alzheimer's

Wednesday,March29,2023 @12:30PM

Yourbrain,isitdementiaornormalaging? Learnacompassionateapproachtolivingwithor lovingsomeonewithAlzheimer’s.

101 Stone Chimney Road

Supply, NC 28462


Behind the Camera Lens

w/ Linda

Tuesday, March 28 @ 1 p.m.

An introduc on to photography. Do you want to learn how to capture the moment? Come see what is behind the lens.

The Brunswick Center at Supply will be CLOSED for all programs on Friday, March 17 for staff educa on & training.


JoinUsonWednesdays 5:30-6:30PM

1st&3rd–Yogaw/Leslie 2nd&4th–Body,Core Strength w/Nancy


Tuesdays, April 4-May 9, 2023 2:00-4:00PM

Do you provide care for a family member or friend who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related demen a illness?

Presented by: Lower Cape Fear Life Care

Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8 to 4; Wed. 8 to 7; Fri. 8 to 1 The Coastal Buzz 44


Melissa Starr, Center Director

Leslie Doeing, Assistant Director


Spring Swap & Shop

Bring new or gently worn, clean spring & summer clothing (women & men), handbags, shoes & hats in to the center.

Clothing Drop Off Date:

Wednesday, April 5 from 9:00 - 2:00

Recycle & enhance your wardrobe while sharing with friends. Only recently washed and clean items will be accepted. All items remaining will be donated on for thri ing.


Thursday, April 6 from 9:00—1:00

Brunswick Center at Supply Program Closings:

Friday, April 7, 2023—Good Friday

Monday, May 29, 2023—Memorial Day

Spring Into Ac on!

Celebrate NC Senior Tar Heel

Legislature’s 30th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 @ 10:30AM

101 Stone Chimney Road

Supply, NC 28462


Hurricane Safety & Preparedness

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 12:00 PM

Presenta on & Discussion w/ Kelley Currie, Access/Func onal Needs Coordinator of BC Emergency Management

Join Us & Celebrate

Older Americans Month

Mondays in May at 12:30 p.m.

♦ May 1st—How to Create a Fulfilling Re rement

♦ May 8th—Ways to Remain Healthy & Ac ve

♦ May 15th—Get Involved

♦ May 22nd—Staying Financially Secure

Meet Brunswick County NCSTHL Delegate Kathryn Lawler. Learn about the work of the NCSTHL and its Top Five Legisla ve Priori es for 2023-24. Learn how we can make a difference by using our voice and our vote!

CelebrateMother’sDay withtheHiredHandsBand

Thursday,May11@10a.m. Refreshmentswillbeserved

Veteran’s Services & Benefits Explained

Thursday, May 28, 2023 @ 10:30AM

Are you a veteran or are caring for a veteran? Learn what the VA can provide to veterans to assist with aging in place.

Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8 to 4; Wed. 8 to 7; Fri. 8 to 1 The Coastal Buzz 45 SPRING 2023


Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Senior Resources, Senior Resources, Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors Provides for Provides for *Menus subject to change*


The Coastal Buzz
MARCH 2023 2023 2023 2023
Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday Friday Friday
46 SPRING 2023 Due to ongoing food sourcing issues, menu changes may be made as needed 1 Dijon pork loin/chop Mashed potatoes/ gravy Okra/tomatoes WG roll/margarine 2 % milk 2 Chili with beef/ beans Tossed salad/ dressing Sun chips Peaches/whipped topping Cornbread/ margarine 2% milk 3 Chicken tenders Sweet potato tots Winter mix vegetables Pineapple tidbits Biscuit/margarine 2% milk 6 Fish sticks Macaroni and cheese Spinach Mandarin oranges Hush puppies/ margarine 2% milk 7 Spaghe- & meatballs Tuscan blend vegetables Fruit of choice Garlic breads0ck/ margarine 2% milk 8 Baked turkey w/ gravy Stuffing Ginger glazed carrots Tropical fru9it mix WG roll/margarine 2% milk 9 Beef pepper steak/ gravy Northern beans Collards Baked apples with cinnamon WG roll/margarine 2% milk 10 Loaded potato soup Chef salad with meat/ cheese Banana pudding Sun chips 2% milk 13 Mango chicken Rice pilaf Oriental blend vegetables Pineapple tidbits Spring roll (veg) 2% milk
Cheeseburger on bun Steak fries Green beans Strawberry applesauce Brownie 2% milk 15 Sliced sausage Mashed potatoes Green pepper/ onion Peaches WG roll/margarine 2% milk 16 Oven fried chicken Potato dumplings alfredo Broccoli Tropical frui9t mix Garlic cheddar biscuit 2% milk 17 Lasagna Tossed salad/dressing Ambrosia fruit salad Garlic breadstick 2% milk 20 Chili dog on bun Baked beans
Fruit cobbler 2% milk
Homemade vegetable soup Turkey club sandwich Fruit of choice Cookie 2% milk 22 Beef tips/ mushroom gravy Noodles Yellow squash/ onions Peaches/whipped topping WG roll/margarine 2% milk
Scalloped potatoes California blend veg Fresh orange WG roll/margarine 2% milk
sauce Hash
patty Coleslaw Fruit cup Brownie 2% milk 27 Mini corndogs Sweet potato fries/ wedge Green beans Fruit cocktail String cheese 2% milk 28 Pork BBQ Baby lima beans Collards Pineapple tidbits Cornbread/ margarine 2% milk 29 Chicken cordon bleu Rice pilaf Tuscan blend vegetable Blushing pears WG roll/margarine 2% milk 30 Cheesy beef/ macaroni casserole Sp9inach Blueberry cobbler WG roll/margarine 2% milk
Salsa chicken Fiesta rice Black bean/roasted corn Fruit of choice Sun chips 2% milk
23 Glazed pork chop




Contact an Aging Resource Specialist closest to you:

Calabash Center




René Tarquinio, LBSW

Senior Aging Resource Specialist

(910) 754-6224 |

Shallotte Center

Laura Collins, BSW, Aging Resource Specialist (910) 754-4468 |

Southport Center




Casey Freed, BSW, Aging Resource Specialist (910) 754-4106 |

Supply Center

Tikila Morgan, BSW, Aging Resource Specialist (910) 754-8450 |

Leland Center





Sandy Porcaro, MA, Aging Resource Specialist (910) 754-3658 |

Medication Assistance Program

Marilou Smith | Leland Center (910) 754-6559 |





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