Dos and Do nots when moving.

November 21, 2018

1. Let them do their job
2. Finish packing before moving day
3. Carry cash, jewelry, and prescription medications with you
4. Label the boxes with their intended destination
5. Always tell the movers or label the box clearly if something is fragile
6. Make sure they have easy, hassle-free access
7. Don’t pack heavy items in large boxes
8. Empty your drawers, armoires, and desks
9. Don’t disappear on your

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Prepare now for future weather issues.

October 29, 2018

Tips to help prepare before emergency evacuation

For peace of mind during an emergency such as a hurricane, try to complete as many of these tasks as possible, while it’s still safe to do so, before evacuating your home.

Document your belongings. FEMA suggests taking photos or video of what’s in your home to provide useful documentation if you must make an insurance claim. Take pictures of each room from different angles, individual shots of valuable items, and in the case of electronics, a shot of the model number and the serial number.

Clear your yard. Make sure water can flow away from your home by storing loose debris like patio furniture, grills, bikes, and planters inside. You don’t want anything to become a projectile or potentially blocking storm drains because any water buildup could cause your home to flood.

Brace every opening. Cover all your home’s windows. Additionally, seal any cracks around windows and door frames. Open holes in a house during a hurricane can cause depressurization – the calm air on the inside meets a whirlwind on the outside – which can cause a house to collapse.

Elevate items that rust or corrode. Unplug appliances and move any portable appliances and electronics to higher ground. TVs, speakers, and generators need to be several feet off the ground, such as on counter tops or on the second level of your home in case of the ground floor floods.

Turn off the power and water lines. FEMA recommends shutting off the electricity and main water valve if you can do so safely before evacuating. To turn off power, find your circuit breaker panel and set the main circuit switch to off. To shut off the main water valve, find the water meter typically mounted on the side of your house, then the water main valve below it, connected by a pipe. You may need to use a wrench to turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water supply.

For more assistance and advice see FEMA website and WordPress posts.


Halloween fun in Myrtle Beach SC

October 18, 2018


Huntington’s Haunted Halloween

Head over to Huntington’s Haunted Halloween for a spooky good time! Families and friends are invited to explore two separate haunted houses, play games, catch a movie on the big screens plus enjoy bonfires, and much more!

This event will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27.

Location: The Newland House – 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach

14th Annual Little River Shrimp Festival

October 5, 2018

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This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13th, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14th, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Historic Little River Waterfront (4460 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC 29566).

Festival goers can expect to enjoy a children’s area, face painting, stilt walkers, balloon artists, 2 stages of live music, and approximately 150 different vendors- including a variety of art and craft vendors, business expos, and community organizations. Fresh local seafood will be served by the local waterfront restaurants and your festival food favorites will be available from a variety of talented food vendors.


Sunset at Sunset 12th Annual Festival

September 28, 2018

Join us October 6th! sunset

Sunset at Sunset – Sunset Beach’s favorite event is held annually the first Saturday in October and is the perfect one-day event during the perfect time of year. The community block party has entertainment all day, quality crafts and vendors, and some of the best food you’ll find anywhere.

Children and Moving

September 22, 2018

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Moving to a new home can be particularly difficult for children – especially if the move also means uprooting them from a school and a comfortable circle of friends. As a parent though, there are plenty of ways you can help.

  1. Read a children’s book about moving (The Berenstain Bears Moving Day)
  2. Watch a good movie (Toy Story)
  3. Let them help pack there room
  4. Yard sell to help buy new things for new room

September 10, 2018

Build Confidence – Workshop:Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: 4700 Sugarberry Drive (Rourk Woods Clubhouse), Shallotte, NC 

Join us for an interactive workshop tackling the roadblocks to building confidence. Walk away with tools, ideas and information to help you feel empowered and present a confident image in your personal and professional life.

Refreshments and beverages will be served. SPACE IS LIMITED Pre-registration is recommended. $10 Advanced Registration, $15 cash at the Door (if space available)

Register online:

Hosted by the Women in Business Committee of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle.

Building Brunsco Kids Expo

August 17, 2018

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10am – 1pm
868 Persimmon Road – Calabash, NC

Building Brunsco Kids Expo is the Chamber’s new event geared towards the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners.

The event offers kids ages seven to eighteen an opportunity to create, develop and market a product or service that they are passionate about. Strictly for kids only, adults are not allowed to help sell or market the child’s product or service. The event is not only a showcase for the children, but an opportunity to understand the elements of owning one’s own business. The kid vendors will learn and use real life skills such as math, communication and creative thinking. Development and marketing of their product or service will have an impact on their sales at the event and offer them some insight into what it takes to own their own business.

Preseason Steelers vs Eagles

August 10, 2018

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Pittsburg Steelers opened up their preseason with a resounding defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles 31-14 Thursday night. It was a very welcome sight to see them play well. The Steelers Offense, running on all cylinders during the first half against the Eagles. In all, Pittsburgh scoring three touchdowns!

Looking forward to seeing the games to come!

“CIS Back to School Supply Drive”

July 27, 2018

Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and CIS Thrift Shops are hosting the annual “CIS Back to School Supply Drive” beginning August 1st.

How to donate

The supply list itemsbulldog and backpack that are needed include: back packs, spiral notebooks (college ruled), loose leaf paper (college ruled), #2 pencils and erasers, colored pencils, dry erase markers, blue or black ink pens, two 3 inch – 3 ring binder, dividers for 3 inch binders, headphones or earbuds, and pencil pouches for binders.

Any item from the supply list can be donated. Businesses and individuals can also donate money that will be used specifically to purchase needed school supplies. “CIS Back to School Supply Drive” donations can be dropped off at any CIS Thrift Shop location or the CIS main office located at the Duke Media Center on River Road in Southport.

CIS will have school supply donation boxes located at thrift shop collection points and a 1-800-Packrat storage trailer located at the Southport thrift shop for storing donated items until school starts.

Financial gifts may also be made during the school supply drive and should be mailed to CIS of Brunswick County, P.O. Box 10087, Southport, NC 28461, or dropped off at the CIS main office in Southport.