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Notables


• Croaker Festival Needs Volunteers

“Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit” is the theme for the 2016 Croaker Festival to be held July 1-3. Embrace your spirit and volunteer to join the 2016 Croaker Crew. We are in need of a lot of volunteers so if you can give some time we need your help! Please call Cheryl @ 249-0510 or email cetsail23@aol.com We look forward to having another successful festival in 2016!

• Love Fireworks for the Fourth?

Help make it happen! Visit www.croakerfestivalcom, click on Friends and Sponsors/Sponsor a Sparkler and contribute to this annual tradition. There are several ways to send your contribution, including Paypal.

• Pamlico Chorale to Open Croaker Festival

The Pamlico Chorale will rehearse at the Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Monday evening, June 27th at 7p.m. for the Croaker Festival concert. On July 1st we will be singing with the Pamlico Community Band to officially open the Croaker Festival on Friday evening.

• Chamber to Host Meeting

Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting will feature Jason Gray, Sr. Fellow for Research & Policy, of the NC Rural Center. He will be speaking on rural issues and how communities like ours can better position ourselves to respond. The meeting will take place at 7:30 am, Tuesday, June 21st at Brantley’s Restaurant (Dutch Treat). The quarterly Shop Local drawing will also take place. Questions? Call Joyce Swimm at 745-3008.

• Grow It, Sew It, Make It, Bake It

The New Bern Farmers Market offers the freshest local veggies -- plus a whole lot more! This Saturday, June 25 from 8am to 2pm join Poor Charlie’s for “Honey Bee Day–No Bees, No Blueberries” featuring Bridgeton blueberries and local honey. Bee equipment displays and demos by Pamlico County Beekeeper, Terry Weaver. The New Bern Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and Saturday from 8am to 2pm located at 421 S. Front Street in historic downtown New Bern. 252-633-0043.

• Woodard Family Reunion

The descendants of Caho and Mary Woodard of Whortonsville will hold their 47th annual family reunion in Oriental on Saturday, July 2. Family and friends from North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida will gather at the Oriental Free Will Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall at 5pm for visiting and will enjoy a buffet dinner at 6pm. For further information please contact Glenn Woodard, Jr. at 678-504-5959 or email at gwatlanta@aol.com.

Ongoing Events

• Prime Time Offers Shuttle Service

Prime Time is now providing complimentary transportation to residents of Oriental for their grocery and pharmacy needs. Each Thursday morning starting at 9:15am, Oriental area residents will be shuttled on the CARTS Transportation System to Grantsboro for grocery and pharmacy shopping. Call 252-371-1600 x 1 by Monday at 4pm to reserve your spot for Thursday’s trip to Grantsboro. Prime Time’s mission is to provide services and activities promoting physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being for the 50 plus community in Oriental and surrounding areas bringing together many resources helping area residents sustain an independent and enriched quality of life.• Prime Time Offers Shuttle Service Prime Time is now providing complimentary transportation to residents of Oriental for their grocery and pharmacy needs. Each Thursday morning starting at 9:15am, Oriental area residents will be shuttled on the CARTS Transportation System to Grantsboro for grocery and pharmacy shopping. Call 252-371-1600 x 1 by Monday at 4pm to reserve your spot for Thursday’s trip to Grantsboro. Prime Time’s mission is to provide services and activities promoting physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being for the 50 plus community in Oriental and surrounding areas bringing together many resources helping area residents sustain an independent and enriched quality of life.

• Oriental’s History Museum Celebrates Birthday of Old Theater

The Oriental History Museum is honoring the Old Theater with a special display of memorabilia. Come see the fabulous carbon-arc projector, along with movie posters, scrapbooks and more. This special exhibit will run through June. 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 but donations are gratefully accepted.

• Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Group at StillWaters

The Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Group (SOS) StillWaters, 205 Main Street, Bayboro on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 7:00PM. SOS is a support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. The group will meet on the second Thursday of each month. There is no charge for this free support group. For questions please contact Branson Dunn at (304)-839-4131 or pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510.

• 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 pamlicoarts@gmail.com. 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: www.N4PRS.org

 • 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 volunteer@HeartWorksNC.org


 • 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 ncdoj.gov 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 Bern Farmer’s Market Open Saturday


The New Bern Farmers Market will offer Local Fresh Winter & Hot House Vegetables, Farmraised Meats, Dairy, Wine, Cheese, Sausage, Sauces, Canned & Baked Goodies, Handcrafted one-of-a-kind Treasures, Homegrown and Handmade by Your Neighbors on Saturday, 8am - 2pm. Tuesday market closed til April. Now accepting SNAP/EBT.

• 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 www.pamlicochamber.com 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 DrugAbuseSolution.com

 

•  ADDICTION COUNSELING

 

Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family.  Call today for free screenings or referrals.   800-431-1754