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• Fall Fine Arts Festival set for Saturday

The Village Gallery and the Oriental Women’s Club are pleased to sponsor a Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Over twenty local artists will offer their works. The event is a wonderful opportunity to purchase affordable and unique art pieces for your friends and family for holiday gifts. The event will take place on November 12th from 9am to 3pm at the Oriental Women’s Club on Gilgo St. in Oriental. For more information contact the Village Gallery at 252-249-0300.

• How the West Was Dun Opens Friday

How the West Was Dun will be preformed at the Old Theater November 11-13 and tickets are now on sale at Nautical Wheelers, online at or at the box office on performance nights. On Friday, Nov 11 & Saturday, Nov 12, the Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m./Doors open at 7:00 p.m./Performances start at 7:30 p.m. For the Sunday Matinee, Nov 13, the Box Office opens at 2:00 p.m./Doors open at 2:30 p.m./Performance starts at 3:00 p.m.

• “So You Want To Write A Book!”

Seminar & Book Signing-New Bern Author, Karen Dodd, will discuss the trials and tribula-tions of self-publishing! The dangers of doing it yourself include avoiding the “phishing for your money” ads, poor editing, sloppy formatting, blurred photos and under marketing. She will point out things to consider for cover selection, publishers, local help available and how to cre-ate your book in 12 months or less. Dodd is a successful writer and publisher of eight books, including both fiction and non-fiction, and jour-nalist for Our State and several popular boating magazines. Dodd will also have copies of her latest trilogy, the Riverwalk Mysteries, about a fictional sleuth living in New Bern. The event will be held at Pamlico Community College Library on Thursday November 10th, 6:00 pm, $10. Please call to reserve a seat: Cultural & Life Enrichment Program, 252-249-1851 x 3033 or 3117.

• Bleeding Control Topic of Workshop Planned

Who: Gray Trident Global Solutions and Team Rubicon

What: Gray Trident Global Solutions will teach the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) course, to members of Team Rubicon’s Region IV

When: November 12, 2016 at 10 am, 2 hours

Where: World Wide Marine Training, L.L.C. 22532 NC Hwy 55 East, Oriental, NC, 28571.

On November 12, 2016 at 10 am.

B-Con is a course that teaches NON tactical, police, fire, and EMS providers, as well as civilians, how to manage life threatening bleeding as a result of Active Shooter/Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents, and natural disasters. The course aligns with the Hartford Consensus, and the “Stop the Bleed” campaign is to promote public bleeding control training and the placement of bleeding control kits in public places. These measures are in response to the increased frequency of Active Shooter/Intentional Mass Casualty events in the United States, and the related civilian casualties. Organizations involved are Gray Trident Global Solutions, L.L.C. (GTS). GTS (subsidiary of World Wide Marine Training, L.L.C.) is a veteran owned and operated, tactical/public critical medical skills education company. Our instructors have a combined 30 years of experience in the public safety, medical education sectors. GTS base is 22532 NC Hwy 55 East, Oriental, NC, 28571.

Informational Links:

World Wide Marine Training

Team Rubicon


Hartford Consensus

DHS “Stop the Bleed” Campaign

Contact Info:

Gray Trident Global Solutions:

Jim Holley (owner) 252-259-1028  James S. Williams (Lead Instructor/Manager) 301-401-2854

Team Rubicon Region IV:

Joel Vail (District Coordinator) 910-388-8599,

• Arapahoe Methodist Holds Bazaar, Bake Sale

The Arapahoe United Methodist Church will hold its Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday November 12th. The sale will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Arapahoe UMC located in Pamlico County on Highway 306 South, at the corner of Bennett Road in Minnesott Beach. For information or questions please call Gail Hartsough, 252-249-2267.

• Bird Tours at Lake Mattamuskeet

The Swan Days Festival returns to Lake Mattamuskeet in eastern North Carolina on Saturday, December 10. Free tours will be provided to view the migratory birds. Mattamuskeet Refuge staff will begin accepting tour reservations at 8:00 a.m. on November 14. Space is limited. Call the refuge at 252-926-4021 to reserve a tour seat and for more information about the festival.

• Pamlico Pays It Forward

Donate, volunteer, support, overcome - help our surrounding counties in time of need. Needed items: water; juice; wrapped snacks; toiletries; diapers; baby formula; pet food; clothing; home goods & cleaning supplies. Drop off locations: Pamlico County College; Pamlico County Sherriff’s Office; Pamlico County Chamber; Oriental own Hall. Sponsored by: Pamlico County College; Pamlico County Government; Pamlico County School System & Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce.

• Hospice Sponsors 5K Fun Run

Hospice of Pamlico, Inc. will hold the 2016 Glow Over the Bridge 5K Fun Run on November 19. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at Lou Mac Park in Oriental. Race will start at 6 p.m. with an after party from 7-8:30 p.m. with music by Salt Water Gold. Online registration @ Cost is $30 online and $35 the night of the race and includes a t-shirt, glow paint & accessories. For more information go to

• Minnesott Golf, CC Holds Membership Drives

MGCC kicked off their 2016 membership drive this week. For a limited time only new members can join MGCC as a Family, Individual or Individual Plus Golf Member and save over $1200 in firstyear membership dues and initiation fees. MGCC features an 18-hole, par 72 course and outdoor swimming pool. For more information, call 252-249-0813 Ext 1or visit

• Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity Pamlico County is in need of enthusiastic male or female volunteers to help staff our ReStore. Won’t you consider giving as little as 10 hours a month to help our mission? Fill out a volunteer application at the ReStore and join with us to help others. Restore is located at 10766 NC Hwy 55 in Grantsboro, 745-1106.

• Remembering Country Stores

Visit the Oriental History Museum for a special afternoon evoking memories of your favorite country stores. Old-fashioned refreshments will be served reminiscent of days gone-by. The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free. For more information call 252-249-1870 or visit

• New Bern Farmer's Market

Grow it, Sew it, Make it, Bake it. The New Bern Farmers Market is now accepting SNAP/EBT. This week we will feature locally grown late Summer Vegetables! American-made flags and locally madejewelry, soaps, candles, pottery, cutting boards, children’s ware, and much more. Open Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm and Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Open Mumfest! Saturday, October 8th from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 421 South Front Street in Downtown New Bern. Call 252-633-0043.

• Marines to Celebrate 241st Birthday

Marines, come and help the Oriental Dragon Detachment 1413 celebrate the 241st Marine Corps birthday dinner on Monday, November 14 at the Silos in Oriental. The price is $30 per person and will include music. Please call Steve Simmons at 413-841-7128 or email at by October 29. Please come and join us.

• Library Announces New Hours

The library is now be open 12:00 pm—8:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday; 9:00 am—8:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday; 9:00 pm –6:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am—2:00 pm on Saturday.

Ongoing Events

• Cancer Support Offers Free Fitness Class

Fit Forever Class is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Village Health and Fitness located at 1006 Broad Street in Oriental. This is a free class. Fit Forever is a group fitness class for cancer survivors and their caregivers that is designed to focus on whole body strengthening, balance and flexibility. This is a free class sponsored by The Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center. Call 249-1869 for more information.

• Alive at Five Line Up

Jim Quick and the Coastline Band- October 27.

• Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Group at StillWaters

The Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Group (SOS) is a support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. There is no charge for this free support group. For information about meeting dates, please contact Branson Dunn at (304)-839-4131 or or Katherine Hudson at (919)-906-4968.

• Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications

The Arts Council is now accepting applications for NC Arts Council Grass Roots SubGrants through June 30. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county). These projects must occur between July 1, 2016 through May 15, 2017. Application forms and grant guidelines are available by calling Per Erichsen at 252-571-1458 or by request at For questions or information, call Per Erichsen at 252-571-1458.

• PARS Meeting

The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society (PARS) meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). We invite all HAMS and anyone interested in amateur radio to attend. Call Bill Olah KR4LO at 252-249-0287 for information. Visit our website:

• Heartworks seeks volunteers

HeartWorks is a non-profit organization in Bayboro. The AfterSchool & Summer Programs serve K – 8th grade students and needs volunteers in a variety of capacities. You could tutor a child or help with the arts & crafts club, the music club or teach a child to play chess, to play a sport, or simply read books with the kids. Volunteers are also needed to help with food preparation. Want to start a book drive so every kid has at least 5 books at home? Have another idea? We will be happy to talk about it. Just because you travel a lot, doesn’t mean you can’t volunteer. HeartWorks can use you when you are available. If you would like to enrich the life of a child, call 252-745-9703 and ask for Katherine Hudson or email

• Open Jam Session

At the PCC Johnson Building Mall at 6:00pm on the 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month there is an open jam session.  This is an informal gathering for any and everyone who enjoy a pickin' and a playin' and a singin'. For information call Leigh Russell at (252) 249-1851 Ext.3033 or Denise Meyerson at 252-249-1851x3034. 

• State Launches Animal Cruelty Hotline

North Carolinians now have a new tool to report animal cruelty. To file a report with the Animal Welfare Hotline: visit and complete the online animal welfare complaint form, call 1-855-290-6915 toll-free within, submit a complaint by mail to: P.O. Box 629, Attention: Animal Welfare Hotline, Raleigh, NC 27602.

 • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

New Bern Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for boys and girls ages eight to thirteen. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that teaches a smaller person “male or female” how to defend themselves against a larger person. It is a combination of judo and Japanese jiu-jitsu. It is popular around the world and soon to be an Olympic sport. This class will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. beginning June 22 at the Stanley White Recreation Center located at 901 Chapman St. The cost is only $20.00 per participant for a four week class session. Registration has begun and participants must bring a copy of a recent physical in order to sign up for the class. For more information contact Gus Hill 639-2908.


• Oriental Farmers Market Open Saturdays

The Oriental Farmers Market on Hodges Street is open every Saturday, 9-12. The market features a wide variety of goodies including farm fresh eggs, home-baked breads, biscotti, cookies, cakes as well as preserves and homemade chocolates. Don’t miss the hormone-free, home-raised pork, an assortment of crafts that make great holiday gifts and an ever-changing selection of new items each week.

• New Interactive Community Calendar

Sheri Rettew, Executive Director of the Hope Clinic, has created an interactive community calendar for the Chamber of Commerce that is super user friendly! Anyone can log on and post an event to spread the word throughout the county. This free service is open to all community and civic groups, churches, schools, nonprofits, organizations, and businesses in Pamlico County and surrounding communities. Visit and click on Community Calendar. Email info@pamlicocommunitycalendar.

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• Narconon New Life Retreat Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education


Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.  800-431-1754 or