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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • The Old Theater is bringing Mark Twain back. Rumors of his reincarnation may be only slightly exaggerated. Actor and writer Bill Hand who played Twain in Oriental in recent years presents his newest one-man homage to the writer, Mark Twain: Boyhood on Tuesday September 19.

    This one-night only program will include excerpts Hand has drawn from Twain’s autobiography, as well as Essays and Short Stories Covering the Subject of Boyhood. Curtain opens at 7:30p. Tickets $12, available at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, Oriental and 202A Craven St., New Bern and at the Old Theater box office on performance night.

  • Pamlico Progressives meets on Tuesday Sept. 19 at 5p in the Pamlico County Courthouse , to discuss priorities and goals for the upcoming year. All are welcome to attend. (They’ll be in the Annex room downstairs at 202 Main St, Bayboro.)

  • Hear some tunes, or sing some yourself on the stage at The Silos.

    Every Wednesday night at The Silos is Open Mic Night and it really is open to those who want to perform.

    Stop by for dinner or a beer and some great music. Open Mic starts between 6:30 and 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for … the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

  • Wednesday night racing continues into Fall. Sailors from Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1 on each Wednesday for a relatively carefree race around the government marks. Just show up. The race does the “normal” US Sailing countdown. Just like a real race. This allows those new to racing an opportunity to learn and practice the start sequence.

    The race starts at 1730 GPS time. There is a warning horn at 1725 (usually) and again at the start. Which ever is more upwind, Garbacon or Adam’s Creek, is the weather mark, round the other as the leeward mark and finish at Oriental 1. VHF Channel 78a for communications. Social at the Tiki Bar after the race. Questions? Contact Joe Valinoti – joesail1@gmail.com.

  • The third and fifth Thursdays of the month mean open jam session at Pamlico Community College, starting at 6p. It’s open to all. Bring your instrument – or voice – or maybe only a chair to just come to listen to the harmonies. It all happens at the Johnson Building Mall. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe. The public is welcome to attend. For more info, contact Jane Whitley (252-249-1851 ×3033 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • The Village Gallery welcomes Stephen Moore as its guest artist for the months of August and September. His landscapes, using plein air technique, emphasize local color, from Europe to Oriental. A retired doctor, he has been painting for more than 35 years.

    The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery of more than 30 consigned and member artists. It is open from 10a until 5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information about the Gallery, contact the Gallery at 252-249-0300 or Judy Wayland at 252-249-1505, or visit their website at villagegallerync.com

  • Harborfest for HeartWorks returns September 22 through 24 with great food and good music hosted by River Dunes. Funds raised over the weekend help HeartWorks’ provide counseling, day care, after school and all-day summer programs for over 400 at-risk children and their families in and near Pamlico County.

    It begins with a casual party on Friday the 22nd starting at 5:30pm with dinner from Roland’s Barbecue, music by Saltwater Gold, and a 50/50 raffle. On Saturday evening, a gala with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet catered by The Chelsea, a live and a silent auction, and music from The Entertainers. More here. Registration forms, here. Boaters who register may dock at River Dunes for three nights.

  • Open Sailing @ Bow To Stern is on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of every warm weather month. Get out on the water on FJs and Lasers. $5/person (free for Bow To Stern members.) Rigging and beginner intro starts around 5p, launching about 5:30p, and you sail until 7p or so.

    The 4th Monday of every month is also a pot luck dinner. You don’t need to sail to attend the pot luck, just bring a dish and drink.

    You can take part in multiple short races or just enjoy some sailing. Please RSVP to Jim Edwards, 252-474-6000. Bow To Stern is at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd – for directions click here.

  • Eighteen High School sailing teams compete in Oriental in the Oriental North Points Regatta, September 30 – October 1st 2017. The host team is Pamlico High… the event is all hosted by Oriental’s Bow To Stern Boating.

    These events happen through the work of many volunteers. If you’d like to help contact Jim Edwards at 252-474-6000.

  • At the New Bern Public Library works by photographer Paula Valinoti – of Oriental and the Village Gallery – are on display through the month of September. Library is at 400 Johnson Street, New Bern.

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday evening September 30 at the Delamar Center at Pamlico Community College. In addition to dinner and entertainment, the featured speaker will be Gregory Brad Cutler, a Pamlico County native, educator and author. The doors open at 5p and the program will begin at 6p. Tickets – $25 – are available at the Inland Waterway Provision Companyand at the Daily Bread Christian Bookstore (in Bayboro.) For more information, click here or contact Vickie Moseley-Jones at (252) 675-5277.

  • Pamlico County Heritage Day will be held on September 30 from 9:45a – 2p at the Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center in Grantsboro. There’ll be music, arts & crafts vendors, food cooked on site, a bake sale, demonstrations of chores done the old time way, such as corn shelling and washing clothes in a wash pot. Also, educational booths, a Revolutionary War Camp, an antique tractor display – and maybe an antique car or two – and fun and games for children and adults. The museum will be open and inside you can see the new exhibit, “In Search of a New Deal: North Carolina Photography from 1935 – 1941.” The one-room School House and the Mayo Barber Shop will be open too. There is no admission fee, though donations are welcomed – proceeds go to the support of the Museum and Heritage Center which is located on Hwy 55 near Hwy 306 intersection (the Grantsboro light). For more information, contact Pat Prescott at 252-745-2239.

  • Pamlico Community College’s Fall Bird Watching class starts Tuesday, October 3. Geared towards backyard bird watchers, the class consists of one classroom session followed by three field trips on consecutive Tuesdays.

    Emphasis will be on fall warblers returning to the tropics, along with ducks and waterfowl returning to our waterways. Pauline Sterin will be the instructor. Registration for this October class begins Wednesday August 9. Update: the fall class has fillled up. There is a waiting list. More details are available online at Pamlicocc.edu, or call Denise Myerson of PCC at 252-249-1851 ext. 3113 or 252-617-1376.

  • The 2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival on Friday and Saturday October 6 and 7 will once again bring musicians to town and turn Oriental’s porches in to stages where the public can watch free of charge.. The OFPMF has lined up the Red Clay Ramblers to close this year’s festival – they’ll be playing Saturday afternoon, October 7. That will be a free performance.

    This year the festival gets an earlier start – with several bands playing on porches on Friday afternoon. Then, on Friday night October 6, Dom Flemons formerly of the NC Chocolate Drops, performs at the Old Theater. Tickets for the Dom Flemons’ concert are going fast —you can buy them at Nautical Wheelers, and Mariner Realty or call Angie Propst at 671-4643. (More on the RCR and Dom Flemons, here.)

    This will be the 4th annual OFPMF. If you’ve not been to any of the first three, here are links:

    Volunteers are needed to help with a range of things. To find out how you can help, contact Dawn Hoyle at dwhoyle@gmail.com or (252) 249-2069.

  • MumFest 2017 is Oct 13-15 in New Bern.

  • Oriental’s Rotary Club rolls out its 3rd Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lou Mac Park. Cars of all eras will span the Neuse RIver waterfront. All of it is free to see. It’s an open show with People’s Choice judging of the best of hot rods & customs, sports cars, muscle cars, pre ’50 antiques, ’50 -‘91 antiques, Vettes, pre ‘60s trucks, ’60 & newer trucks, and post ’91 moderns.

    Want to put your car or truck in the show? Day-of registration starts at 8:30a Saturday with trophies awarded at 3p. Registration info at orientalclassiccarshow.com.

    Check out the 2015 show:
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show

  • Two Tenors are coming to Oriental’s Old Theater. On Saturday, October 21, tenors Patrick Clerkin of Minnesott Beach and Denny Colbert of New Bern will present an evening of tunes from Broadway, church and the Great American Songbook. Katherine Wilson will accompany them on piano, in this fundraiser for Hope Clinic. the Two Tenors will sing solos, duets and also discuss the concept: “if you’re a tenor, you can always be in the show.” (That was also the title of Patrick Clerkin’s one-man show which he brought to the Old Theater a few years ago.)

    Showtime is 7:30p. Tickets are $20 and available at Nautical Wheelers in New Bern and Oriental, Village Hardware in Oriental, Hope Clinic in Bayboro and online at www.hopeclinicnc.org. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Hope Clinic, a 501©3 medical clinic that provides free care to the low-income, uninsured residents of Pamlico County, as well as some patients from Craven County.

  • Here’s a voting experience where you get to try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 10th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 from 11a-1:30p at the Oriental Marina & Inn on the harbor in Oriental. Awards at 2p.

    It works like this: A dozen or so chefs bring their best chili, you buy a ticket, sample them and then vote for who you think should win the People’s Choice Award. (There’s also the Judge’s Pick, determined by a trio of judges.) Tix: $10. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.

    Chili. By the harbor. Life is pretty good hombre. While you wait, here is a look at the 2014 Chili Cookoff and the 2015 Chili Cookoff.

  • There is mounting evidence that “exercise is medicine” but many diagnosed with Parkinson’s may not know what activities can be therapeutic. A weekend in Oriental could help .At the PEP Retreat , Oct 28-29 people with Parkinson’s can learn about – and take part in – scientifically-based exercise programs.

    PEP dstands for Parkinson’s Exercise Prescription . Organized by physical therapist Jennifer Smart, who set up a Parkinson’s tandem biking program and Rock Steady Boxing in Oriental. the PEP Retreat will help participants learn how to expand these and several other programs in their own communities. The PEP Retreat is open to PWP in Pamlico & neighboring counties – as well as their caregivers -
    ( who can also learn the role physical activity can play in their own well-being.)

    The PEP Retreat is Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29 at Village Health and Fitness in Oriental.
    More info at pepretreat.com

  • Oriental’s History Museum has been collecting artifacts and telling the town’s story since 2004. On October 14, the Museum celebrates its 13th year.

    There will be, starting at 1p, a display of Civil War artifacts and mementos both inside and outside, . You can also browse through the Silent Auction offerings, and until 4p, bid on items such as artwork, jewelry, note cards, hand-crafts, and photography by local artists – perfect gifts for upcoming holidays.

    A free wine tasting starts at 3p and raffle tickets will be for sale throughout the afternoon for the hand quilted and decorated “Dragon of Oriental” throw. (drawing will take place at December’s Spirit of Christmas.)

    For more information on this event contact us at museum@dockline.net. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2017 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 8-9. Recent years have featured a lighted small boat parade in the harbor on Friday night and a parade on Saturday along with a live nativity.

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2018 at the running of the Oriental New Years’ Eve Dragon. There are two runnings – both starting and finishing at Hodges and South Water. The first run starts at 8p, the second around 11:30p and in recent years the late run has had not one but two dragons as the Chinese dragon joins in. Bring pots, bring pans, and make your own music for the dragon. Scenes from a recent December 31st’s festivities, here.

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2018 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up April 13-15. This 3-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday show in the heart of Oriental is organized by the Oriental Rotary Club and is a great place to see lots of boats and marine gear.

    The 2017 show had more than 100 exhibitors of nautical goods and services. Dealers and brokers bring in boats on land and to the slips at Oriental Harbor Marina – many of the boats are available for in-water sea trials. More details – including vendor application forms – are at OrientalBoatShow.com, For more info, contact boat show impresario Sam Myers 252-249-0228 or director@orientalboatshow.com

  • Ongoing Events:
  • OMM, the Oriental Mindfulness Meditation group meets twice weekly – Mondays at 7p and Thursdays at 7a at the Perry-Griffin Community Center, 300 High Street.

    Participation is free and each one-hour meeting will include 30 minutes of meditation practice led by participants, followed by discussion. They are “We keep it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice, first and foremost. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    As they have been since the OMM group formed this past winter, the sessions are open to all, even those who have never meditated. You’re asked to arrive several minutes before the hour. Admittance will be restricted during practice itself – with doors shutting at 7:10. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides several days every week and welcomes you to join them. All rides start at 8:30a On Saturdays, a recreational ride sets out from in front of The Bean then through the Old Village and on to Dolphin Point. It’s about 10 miles and the pace is conversational. Those who wish to can go on an additional and faster ride.

    They also go on longer and faster rides on Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 8:30a at The Bean distance and pace tbd by riders. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30a, the ride sets out from Belangia’s in Arapahoe, again with distance and pace tbd by riders. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier @ mindspring.com

  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Thursday night from 7-8:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on thse Thursday nights of summer, weather permitting. (In the winter months, they gather at the Perry Griffin House – 300 High Street.)

    All are invited – come on by and learn to drum. (They have some spare drums for you to try.)

  • The 2017 Dragon Boat Paddling season is here. The Oriental Dragon Boat Club holds its semi-weekly practices on Thursdays at 5:30p and on Sundays at 8:30a. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). Just bring your own bottle of water. The Club is welcoming new members of all ages and all experience levels. Anyone interested in trying the sport can join in at a practice. Just meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles.

    More info, here. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info contact Linda Parker at 249-0888 parkerlp210@gmail.com .

  • The NAACP of Pamlico County holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6p at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main st, Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.
    For more info, contact chapter President Doug Pearsall at nellie98 embarqmail.com or Hattie Harrell,1st Vice Presdient truesister2 yahoo.com

  • Oriental Mayor Sally Belangia holds office hours from 8-9a on Wednesdays at Town Hall. It’s a chance for constituents to talk with the Mayor. Appointments not necessary.

  • One result of last fall’s election has been the founding of the group, Pamlico Progressives. They describe themselves as a nonpartisan, issue-driven group of “citizens working to affect change on local, state, and national issues.”

    Pamlico Progressives meets once a month. For location and time email contact pamlicoprogressives@gmail.com

  • A very active Pickleball community has formed in Pamlico County, and as reported (See story here) they play at the new gymnasium at Camp Caroline. You’re invited to join in. Play pickleball for exercise, friendship and fun, Even if you’ve never played the game. New players and beginners are welcome at all sessions. Equipment and introductory instruction are always available.

    They play at Camp Caroline 5 days a week in the fall, winter and spring . It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session. See schedule, here. Donations to Camp Caroline requested – $2/session. For more information, contact Deborah Bryant, 670-0117, debbryant@aol.com, Susan Dillard, 249-6100, rsusandillard@gmail.com or Camp Caroline Manager, Casey Perry caseysperry2@gmail.com, 252-299-3157.

  • On the third Tuesday of the month the Craven/Pamlico Beekeepers Association meets to talk bees at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Center. The informal “Bee Social” gets underway at 7p. The actual meeting starting at 7:30p and is open to the public. More on CPBA and local beekeeping at their website. The Craven Cooperative Extension Center is at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church on Ragan Road, Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at noon. At Oriental United Methodist Church, 404 Freemason, a woman’s meeting Mondays at 1pm. At St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Freemason Street, Sundays at 7pm. At Pamlico County Senior Services, 800 Main Street, Alliance, Fridays at 8pm.

    There is also an Al-Anon group meeting Tuesday nights from 7-8pm at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all. For more info on the Al-Anon meeting contact Gregory Green at 252 838 2425.

  • The new twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at “Our Green House”, 403 Mildred St., in Oriental on Mondays at 7p. Men only. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.

    For more info, contact Eric, at 252-671-2330 or soundofmanyvoices@gmail.com

  • Avoid the longer lines and the drive to New Bern’s DMV office and take care of your driver’s license renewals at the DMV portable office solution that visits Pamlico County on the last Thursday of every month. Look for them in the kitchen of the courtroom annex. (This replaces the big DMV RV that rolled into Bayboro and parked outside the County Courthouse once a month.) Hours are 9a-4p

  • The Pamlico Survivors of Suicide Support Group (SOS) is a free support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Whether it happened recently or decades ago, all are welcome to attend these sessions which are led by experienced counselors.

    Contact Branson Dunn at 304-839-4131 pageese@yahoo.com or Katherine Hudson at 252-745-4510 for information about the date, time and location of the next group meeting.

  • Want to be part of a dragon boat team? Or at least check it all out? The Oriental Dragon Boat Club welcomes new paddlers to join in at their practices Sundays at 9a and Thursday evenings at 5:30p. They take off from the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. (The dragon boat, named Minerva, is stored just up Midyette Street at Clancy’s Marina, where the paddlers meet about a half hour earlier to help roll the boat down to the Wildlife Ramp.) Dress in comfy clothes, bring some water to drink. If you don’t have your own life jacket, the club has one you can wear. They also provide the paddles. For more info, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888. They practice from March thru mid-late-October.

  • Minnesott Golf and Country Club offers water aerobics at the MGCC pool Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9a.

    Monthly cost is $25 for non-members (free for members.)

    Call 252-249-0813 or email admin@minnesottgolf.com to register.

  • The Minnesott Mens’ and Ladies’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month. Tee time is 9:15. Call Terry, at the pro shop at Minnesott (252 249 0813 and then press ‘1’ for the pro shop) for more information about joining the MGA/LGA, fees for golf as well as the tournaments.

  • Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop. It’s moved to a new location in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School in the former Clover Farms Grocery Store. It’s bigge, brighter and has lots more items for sale. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-1p on Saturday. All of the proceeds go to support Hospice of Pamlico County. Donations of gently used clothes, housewares, small appliances, knickknacks, bedding, books, office supplies and more are always appreciated and may be dropped off during shop hours at the store. For more info, contact the store manager at 745-5033.

  • Any Marine on active duty, retired, or honorably discharged with ninety days of active service is invited to join the Oriental Dragon Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

    The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1830 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. Among other projects during the year, the League organizes the Toys for Tots campaign.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Bob Webster at 252-249-2426.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at the Village Restaurant from February thru October and welcome members and non-members alike. For more info, contact Bob Dillard at gbobdillard @ gmail.com or 704/236-4716

  • The Oriental Paddle Group goes out kayaking on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, setting out from the Wildlife Resources Commission ramp at the end of Midyette Street at 8a. Come and join the group, led by Larry Summers and Bill Hines as they paddle up nearby creeks. One benefit of these jaunts is the birds you can see. As Liz Lathrop of the Pamlico Birders group put is, “We have had interesting birds each time. The birds are not as skittish when you approach in a noiseless kayak.”

  • Its first thrift store was such a success that Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County moved in to bigger quarters. It’s now in Grantsboro, at the intersection of 55 and 306, next to the Piggly Wiggly. As before, the store specializes in furnishings and fixtures for the home and the materials to help build it. Proceeds go to the Habitat efforts to build affordable housing in Pamlico County. If you have items to give to the store and you’d like the donations picked up, give the store a call at 745-1106. That’s also the number to call if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with Habitat’s latest home construction project.

  • The Pamlico Chorale meets every Monday evening at 7p at The Oriental United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The Chorale performs in concert at least four times a year, including Spirit of Christmas weekend and opening the Croaker Festival. If you love to sing, the Chorale is the place to spend a few hours every Monday. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Carla Byrnes at 745-4793 or 670-4960.

  • Oriental Rotary Club meets every Monday at Brantley’s Village Restaurant starting at 6p. The club does good things throughout the community….from scholarships to road clean-up. For info about the club and meetings contact Paul Olson @ 675-3327. If you want to rent a tent, table or chairs call the Rotary order line at 649-3725. More info about Rotary at www.orientalrotary.org

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 20-03 meets the first Wednesday each month at Fire Station # 19 on Straight Road, Oriental, at 7:30 PM. The meetings — which focus on boating safety, navigation and GPS, for instance — are open to the public. New members welcomed. For more info, contact the Auxiliary’s Bob Webster 252-249-2426

  • Handy with a hammer and nails? Pamlico County Senior Services needs more volunteers to help build handicap access ramps at the homes of some of Pamlico’s older residents. Senior Services provides the materials while volunteers led by Tim Balfour construct one ramp every month. Contact Tim at 745-3247 to offer a hand for the next project.

  • When you go to the bank, you can help the food bank feed those who don’t have enough to eat.

    Pamlico County Fishes And Loaves is collecting canned goods and has a drop-off point inside First Citizens Bank in Oriental. Fishes and Loaves is a cooperative effort of a number of churches and organizations in Pamlico County working to provide food to the hungry.

  • The Oriental Woman’s Club holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm at the clubhouse at 1007 Gilgo Road. Guests are welcome. Meetings include refreshments, a special speaker and short business session. OWC is a service club focused on community service, as well as state, national and international concerns of women and children. The OWC awards several scholarships annually to Pamlico County High School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level. For more information about club activities and membership, contact Linda Parker at 249-0888.

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 800 shawls for those in need. The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at the church to crochet or knit shawls and pray for the recipients of them. The weekly gatherings have brought together people from all walks of life and religious faiths. (And even non-knitters; if you don’t know how to knit, stop on by and get a lesson and join in.) Contact Leigh Price at 249-1361.

  • The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society meets at Brantley’s Village Restaurant at 9am on the last Saturday of every month (except June). They invite all HAMS and those interested in amateur radio to attend. For additional information, please call Gail (Wally) Wallace, KK4ASP, at 410-804-1750 or Bill Olah, KR4LO, at 252-249-0287.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. The Beach Books Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Tuesday, also at 2pm. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-315 for more info.

  • Go take a walk! The Oriental Walking Group sets out on a series of organized walks through the village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up with walk leaders Gary and Pat Leonard at Lou Mac Park for a 9am departure. Oriental’s a great town to walk around and the walking group may help you stay disciplined about getting fit. Pedometers and water bottles provided by the Flexfit program of Heartworks. Call the Leonards for details at 249-0138 or just show up.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets the first Thursday of the month at 11am at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 745-3515.

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