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• Back to School Drive

Coastal Women’s Shelter will be holding its annual Back to School Supply Drive August 3-17th. The drop off location will be Charlie’s Restaurant in Bayboro. Some items needed are book bags, binders, composition books, pencils, pens etc. Thank you for helping children affected by domestic violence.

• Church Announcement 

Miracle Life Tabernacle Ministries, International located at 6654 Hwy 55 East, (Reelsboro Township), New Bern NC 28560 will be having a Prophetic Declaration for this Generation service on August 21, 2016 at 10:30 am hosted by Pastor Tracy and Shawn Cooke for prayer for all students, children, youth, teen, and young adults who are starting a new school year or semester. For more information, please contact Allison Joyner 252-229-1992.

• Pamlico Partnership for Children Executive Meeting

Pamlico Partnership For Children, Inc. will hold its Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday, August 25th at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the office of Pamlico Partnership for Children, Inc. located at 205 Main Street in Bayboro. Board meetings are scheduled the 4th Thursday of every month. For more information please call 252-745-7850.

• Volunteers needed for Harborfest September 16-18

HeartWorks needs 75 - 100 volunteers to help with Harborfest at River Dunes on September 16 – 18, 2016.To offer your help, please come to the Oriental Town Hall at 10:00 AM or at HeartWorks in Bayboro at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 18. Volunteers are needed to welcome folks to the free music festival on Saturday afternoon, transport guests in golf carts, lug ice, decorate the Gala tent, register guests, help with the Silent Auction, clean up after the dances, etc, etc. Call Kristie Mitchell, Harborfest 2016 Volunteer Coordinator at 252-671-6107 for more information or come to one of the meetings!


Ongoing Events


• Alive at Five Line Up

Liquid Pleasure-August 19, North Tower-September 2 and 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 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 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




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