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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • While your time out on the water may fall off in the winter, you can still keep on top of your game. Once again, the Sailing Club of Oriental and the Neuse Sailing Association are teaming up to present a series of seminars to help you be more self-sufficient with your boat. Rigging, sail repair, engine work are some of the topics covered in the classes from now thru early May. Most will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Town Hall though some will take place on Saturdays. Most are free. (For more info, contact Roger Hammer: 252-249-6080.)

    Next up, March 25 9-12p Man Overboard taught by John Rahm

    Coming up (at Town Hall unless otherwise indicated):

    Apr 8 / 9-11a: Sail Trim – Michael Byles
    Apr 29 / 9-12a: Docking Basics, Maneuvering in Close Quarters – World Wide Marine Training
    May 6 / 9-12a: 12 Volt Systems – Wade Ellison

  • The Oriental Tree Board has postponed its Arbor Day celebration to Saturday March 25. (It had originally been scheduled for March 18 but was moved on account of rain.)

    The Arbor Day event features a Tree Pruning Workshop at 9:30a followed by a Tree Planting Demo at 11a at Lupton Park. It’s free and open to the public. Lupton Park is at the corner of Mildred Street and Third Ave. For more details, click here.

  • Oriental’s History Museum’s new exhibit, Forgotten Landmarks showcases the work of local photographers and artists – amateur and professional – who’ve been documenting places we may pass everyday in Pamlico County: old barns, boats and boathouses, graveyards, bridges, houses, and stores. The idea behind this exhibit was to note the changes in places and to highlight structures that once stood in the area, only to have disappeared by way of backloader, gravity, or impenetrable tangles of smilax .

    The museum’s volunteer curators called out for photos and drawings and the exhibit that opened in early February is the result. It will be up thru May. Oriental’s History Museum is located at 802 Broad Street in Oriental. Admission is always free. Hours are: Friday 11-3, Saturday & Sunday 1-4. If you would like to share a photo or drawing or have any questions about this exhibit contact the museum at museum@dockline.net or 252-249-1870.

  • The Village Gallery is hosting the Watercolor Society of Eastern North Carolina’s Regional Invitational Exhibit. The show, Hints of Spring, features florals, nautical, wildlife and sporting subjects as well as local scenes. Among the WSNC artists with work in the show, will be Karen Van Gamper, who is also a member of the Village Gallery. (Click on image at right to see her full painting, Nest Building.)
    The watercolors will be on display thru the month of March, along with the Village Gallery’s resident collection of works in varied media.

    The Village Gallery – a cooperative group of member and consigned artists from local and regional North Carolina – is located at 300 Hodges Street across from the Oriental harbor. Now that March is here, the Gallery resumes normal hours of operation from 10a until 5p Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information call the Gallery 252 249 0300, contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505 or visit the Gallery website at villagegallerync.com

  • Pamlico Community College is offering a writing creative non-fiction workshop on Tuesday, March 28 at 6p in the PCC library. Karen Dodd will lead the class which allows participants to develop their own ideas and expand descriptions and details for interesting reading. Bring paper and pen or laptop to complete the in-class assignments. Dodd will be reading from her own books, giving examples on styles and steps in creative writing. Cost of the class is $25.

    For more information, contact Denise Meyerson at (252) 249-1851 ×3117/X3113 or dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu
  • April 15th is just a month away. Need help prepping your Federal and NC taxes? VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is offering free tax preparation and electronic filing in Pamlico County. Thru April 12, volunteers are on hand every Wednesday from 9a-3p at the Pamlico County Senior Center, in Alliance. Sponsored by the IRS, VITA is a service for elderly residents as well as those with low to moderate incomes. For more details click here or call the Senior Center at 252-745-7196 or 252-772-5245 and leave a message. The Senior Center is at 800 Main Street in Alliance.

  • 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.

  • 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 2017 PAWS Pet Parade rolls down a few blocks of Oriental on Saturday, April 1at 11a. Dogs and their humans can register from 10-11a that morning at the Lou Mac Park staging area.

    The entry fee is $5 per dog. All vaccinations must be up to date and PAWS asks that participants and spectators leash their dogs. Awards will be presented in many different categories. Canine costumes are optional but encouraged. Hot dogs will be for sale. The event raises funds for the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and its spay/neuter program, pet food distribution and “New Leash on Life.” For a look at some recent pet parades, click here, and here.

  • This’ll be a welcome sight – lots of sailors — young sailors — racing on the Neuse just off of Oriental on Saturday and Sunday April 1-2 in the 2017 Sailpack Interconference Regatta. The racing team from NC State Sailing is drawing a slew of college sailing teams from New York to Florida to come to Oriental for the competition. 16 teams have registered so far and more than 100 sailors are expected.

    The Sailpack has hosted invitational regattas in recent years here in Oriental – its coastal training waters or “2nd home” as coach Dana
    Magliola puts it. But this year’s competition marks a big turning point: it is now an official interconference event recognized by the ICSA, the governing body of college sailing. The schedule has racing beginning Saturday after a 9:30a skippers meeting and running til late afternoon. Sunday starts around the same time, ending by 2:30p. Want to help? Can you provide lodging for some of the sailors? Financial support would also be appreciated. Click here to learn how.

  • Open some oysters and help open the Red Rooster for its 2017 season. Saturday evening April 1, there’s an oyster roast at the Red Rooster outdoor bar while on stage, SaltWater Gold plays. $10 a bucket for the oysters. Things get started around 6p. Come welcome the college sailors who will have just finished their first day of racing in the Sailpack Regatta.

    Meanwhile, on Thursday March 30th, the outdoor deck opens at O’Town.

  • Nautical Wheelers is expanding wine tastings at its Oriental and New Bern stores. Saturday April 1 is the next one.

    Upcoming Nautical Wheelers Uncorked wine tastings in Oriental: Saturday, April 22, 29, Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, June 17

  • The Old Theater in Oriental presents Miss Murple’s Last Case, an interactive murder mystery Friday and Saturday, April 7 & 8 at 7:30p and 3p on Sunday, April 9. There will be 3 wine tastings and pairings provided by Nautical Wheelers during the intermissions, at which time, members of the audience may question the suspects. Or the detectives.

    This production comes from New Bern via Bill Hand and his cast of characters to benefit the Old Theater. Old Theater audiences may remember Bill as Samuel Clemens in Mark Twain: Day & Night (2016), which he compiled and performed. Tickets are $20 ($18 for Old Theater members and military). Price includes wine tastings and pairings. Tickets may be purchased at Nautical Wheelers (Oriental and New Bern) and online at www.oldtheater.org. and on performance dates at the Old Theater box office.

  • Oriental Dance Club hosts a Contra Dance Spring Fling on April 7, from 7-10 p at the Oriental Woman’s Club. Dance to live music. Simon Spaulding is the caller. Snacks and setups provided, BYOB. $10 person/$20 couple or get a year’s membership (6 dances) for $100. For more info – and to RSVP – contact Rock Rockwell 802-318-7493 or subrock71@gmail.com. Oriental Dance Club asks that you let them know you are coming – so they know how much food to bring.

  • Minnesott Golf & Country Club is holding Masters at Minnesott on Saturday April 8. The 18-hole tournament helps support the Pamlico County High School golf team. Men’s and women divisions will compete in this handicapped event in which participants scores will be paired with a PGA professional’s score at the Masters. In addition to overall cash prizes, there will be prizes awarded in the putting contest, close-ups on all par 3s, chipping to an island green and the longest putt made on the 18th hole. A box lunch will be provided. Entry fees are $50 (members) and $60 (non-members). If interested in participating, call 252/249-0813 and ask for Terry Bobbin.

  • Want your boat to displace less water? Or at least some incentive to clear that lazarette? The Provision Company’s Nautical Flea Market on April 8 can help.

    It’ll be from 8a-noon spread out on the Water Street side of the building. $5 cover charge (Cheap!) per spot. Contact the Prov Co at iwpc@dockline.net or 252 249 2797 to reserve yours.

  • The Pamlico Musical Society presents Balsam Range on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30p at the Red Rooster outdoor stage in Oriental. The 5-man band from Haywood County blends elements of bluegrass, folk, gospel, swing and jazz with all of the band taking turns singing lead and harmony. Come see why Balsam Range has earned 10 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honors, including Vocal Group and Entertainer of the Year.

    Tickets to this concert are $22 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, O Town Restaurant, and the Silos Restaurant. Tix also available online at www.pamlicomusic.org, and at the gate. For more information, call 252-617-2125. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos at 1111 Broad Street Ext. This is PaMuSo’s last concert of the season.

  • On Saturday April 8, at the Oriental Farmers Market, Dorita Boyd Is bringing a wide array of herb plants – garden variety and hard-to-finds – from her Raindrop Ridge Farm. This is her 10th near of making an early April visit to Oriental. The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday from 8:30-11:30a on Hodges Street between South Water and the harbor. There you’ll find fresh produce, eggs and baked goods as well as plants and artisans’ work.

  • Pamlico Community College is offering several Cultural & Life Enrichment programs this Spring.

    In the Roadmap to Wellness Series Michele Musella teaches a range of holistic healing techniques on Tuesdays 6-8p It continues with Reflexology – April 11 $25; Relaxation & Sacred Space – April 25th, $25:Roadmap & Exploring Chakra Health – June 6, $15; Aromatherapy – June 13, 20 & 27, $65 plus supplies.

    On April 27, Karen Dodd will be teaching Introduction to Machine Quilting at the Pamlico Museum & Heritage Center on Thursdays from 2-5p. No quilting experience required, but you will need a sewing machine.

    To register or for more info contact Denise Meyerson at 249-1851 ×3117 or dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • Oriental United Methodist Church holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at the church beginning at 10a. All children are invited to attend. Bring a basket for eggs.

  • It’s become one of the biggest and most successful in-water boat shows between Annapolis and Savannah. The 2017 Oriental Boat Show — The Best Small Town Boat Show In America —is coming up April 22-23. 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.

    This year, there’ll be 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

    For a view of the 2015 boat show, click here.

  • Planning your travels for next year? Hop on your bike for Cycle NC’s Coastal Ride when it returns to Oriental. Between Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 2017, some 1500 cyclists will come to Oriental for the 14th annual Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride. They’ll be riding throughout the county each day, and after their rides, return to Oriental. That weekend, Oriental will become their base camp. Hundreds will literally be camping — sleeping in tents on lawns along the South Avenue waterfront – others will stay in local lodging.

    As in the other years the Coastal Ride was here – see the 2014 ride herethe 2011 ride here – the organizers are looking for residents willing to take in a cyclist or two. More details coming. In meantime , if you want to take part as a cyclist that weekend the word is to hurry and sign up as CycleNC has a limit on the number of participants…

  • in conjunction with the “Forgotten Landmarks” photography exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum, on Sunday, April 30 at 2p, Stan Allen will present a slide show on pre-Civil War houses in Oriental and Pamlico County. Since the age of 12, he’s studied early NC architecture, and has photographed many of the county’s early buildings -in particular, those in Oriental or only a few miles away. He’s also seen many of them slowly or suddenly disappear. By way of photos, memories, artifacts and some outright conjecture, Stan Allen will revisit those early structures during his presentation at the OHM.

    Above, the Carraway House, which stood near the present day Town Beach. It was likely built circa 1800-1810 by its first owner, Henry Carraway, who is buried not far away in the small cemetery behind Fay Bond’s home. Stan Allen photographed the house in 1961 but is not certain when it came down.

  • Oriental Woman’s Club will be having a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 5 to raise funds for their scholarships awarded to Pamlico County students. For $25 per person you can enjoy a wine tasting by Nautical Wheelers, a self serve Taco Bar and a Mexican dinner with dessert. Tickets available at First Citizens and Nautical Wheelers in April.

  • Oriental’s Town Wide Yard Sale is Saturday morning May 6. Recent years have seen upwards of 70 yards taking part. Lots of one-of-a-kinds to find. And of course, one person’s treasure hunt is another person’s opportunity to de-clutter. No charge to take part – but there will be a registration to create the map of participating yards. Registration forms coming or just call Marsha Paplham at Marsha’s Cottage 249-0334 and do your registering over the phone.

    Marsha also says that Habitat will make a town wide pick-up after the yard sale for those unsold items that you don’t want to have around anymore. You will have to contact Habitat to make sure they know to stop at your yard.

    If you are downsizing your collection of Things, but don’t want to be out there selling, you can donate items to Prime Time, the program for those 50 and older. To arrange a time to drop off your items or to have them picked up, call 252-371-1600 XTN
    (no clothing or shoes, they ask)

  • The Village Gallery in Oriental hosts its 9th annual Black Velvet Affair Friday, May 12, from 4-7p. This is the big yearly event supporting the arts and cooperative artists at Village Gallery. Contact Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505 for more information.

  • The Hope Regatta is coming June 9-11 and once again will be based at River Dunes. The weekend includes pursuit racing on the Neuse for sailboat crews, a gala dinner, and auctions – silent and live. It’s all a big fundraiser for the Hope Clinic which provides medical care to those in Pamlico County who are un- or under insured.

    More details to follow. The Hope Regatta is the clinic’s big fundraiser, taking the place – this year at least – of the Hope Ball. Hope’s Executive Director, in a letter in late February, cited rising overhead costs for not putting on the Hope Ball.

  • Croakerfest happens on the weekend of the first Saturday in July. July 1 is the first Saturday in July 2017. The yearly festival kicks off the Friday afternoon before with performances by the Pamlico Community Band and the Pamlico Chorale, Miss Croaker and Miss Minnow Pageants, baking contests and a street dance at Freemason and South. Saturday features the Croaker Parade, Croaker Regatta, and amusements for children as well as food and artisans’ booths. All of it is then capped with an outsized fireworks display. Photos of the 2016 Croakerfest Parade, here.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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.

  • 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 the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p
    at the Pamlico County Courthouse. The Courthouse is at 202 Main Street, Bayboro. Meetings take place in either the Courtroom or the Annex.

  • 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.

  • OMM, the newly-formed 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 “keeping it very simple,” says one of the organizers, Tony Noel. “The goal is mindfulness practice first and foremost, since it is foundational to all practice. We’ll intersperse meditations of various objectives and from various traditions.”

    Open to all, even if you’ve never meditated.You’re asked to please arrive several minutes before the hour – admittance will be restricted during practice itself. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • 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

  • Migraineurs is a new support group for people who get migraines and for their friends, family, or caregivers as well. Meetings, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, are mainly an opportunity to meet new people, tell stories, offer advice, and share a snack. Meetings start at 5p and are held at Oriental United Methodist Church. Enter through the Felllowship Hall on Third Ave and walk to the end of the hall. The group will be in the George Duffie conference room on the left. For more info: contact Lynn Crothers – lynncrothers@gmail.com or (612) 707-3788.

  • 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 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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