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• Croaker Festival Planning Underway

Planning is currently underway for the 2015 35th Annual Croaker Festival. As always it takes many talented

volunteers to ensure a successful festival. The Croaker Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on this year’s crew. We are in immediate need of help in Advertising/Sponsorships, Vendors, t-shirt Design, Croaker Booth and Publicity. If you can spare some time please contact Cheryl @ or 252-249-0510.


• Calling All Artists!

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Pamlico County Croaker Festival! To celebrate a “35th Anniversary, one would receive Coral, therefore, this year’s theme is “Croaker, swimming among Coral”.

The Croaker Committee is seeking a T-shirt design depicting this theme. If you are interested in designing

this year’s T-shirts please send a “rough draft” using color to P.O. Box 1067, Oriental N.C. 28571 or you

may drop it by 209 Neuse Street in Oriental. Entries must be submitted by April 8, 2015. The winning entry

will be honored in the Croaker Festival Program and on our website.


• Oriental Farmers Market Open Saturdays

The Oriental Farmers Market on Hodges Street is open every Saturday, 8-11 (beginning Nov. 29 - hours change to 9-noon). 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.


• Aurora Easter Service

A special Easter Program, “He is Risen,” will be held at St. Peter’s Baptist Church on Sunday, April 5th with Pastor Barry Squires. The church is located at 314 Royal Highway Aurora. For more information call 252-322-5873 or visit


• Open House at HeartWorks on April 7th

Find out if HeartWorks has a Volunteer opportunity for you! Perhaps you would like to teach a child or a small group of children to read, do arts and crafts, learn a sport or a musical instrument. Your help is also needed to transport donated food from Grantsboro to HeartWorks. Find an opportunity to fit your talents and schedule. Come to an Information Session/Open House at HeartWorks, 709 Main St.(Hwy 55) Bayboro on Tuesday, April 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. For information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 252-745-9703 or send an email to volunteer@ HeartWorks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community service agency.

• Coastal Conference Set for April 14

Registration is now open for North Carolina’s Coastal Conference on April 14 in Raleigh. Sponsored by the University of North Carolina System and hosted by North Carolina Sea Grant, the day will begin with panels and discussions at NC State University’s McKimmon Center, and will conclude with an evening reception at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Contact Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069, for more information.

• Relay for Life Events

Relay for Life Monthly Meetings held at Stonewall United Methodist Church at 6pm are as follows: April 21 and April 28, which will be a bank night only. The event date is May 1 with opening ceremonies at 6pm. There will be a Survivor Dinner, date to be announced, some time in April.


• Mad Hatter Ball Plans Underway

Pamlico Partnership for Children’s NAPA Pamlico Parts Mad Hatter Masquerade will be held Saturday, May 2 at PCC Delamar Center. Individual tickets are $50, table of eight is $380 until April 24. Contact Michelle Shields

at 252-745-7850 for more details.

• Town-Wide Yard Sale May 2

The 10th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale in Oriental will be held Saturday, May 2, 7am-noon. Residents,

businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the village will be selling everything you can imagine.Call Marsha at 249-0334 or email marsha@ There are also registration forms available at Village Hardware.


•  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



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