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It's Sunday February 19, 2017 Dock Quote: “If my life...

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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Ben and Carolyn Casey present a program on the research & stories behind the book, Sound People, Sunday Feb 19 7p at Bethany Christian Church at the crossroads in Arapahoe. Heber Guthrie will join the presentation, talking about downeast “rack of the eye” boat building. This includes a slide show capturing Down East natives at work in the traditional occupations that define Core Sound. Sound People, the book, is expected to be released summer 2017. The presentation Sunday evening is sponsored by the North Carolina Coastal Heritage Association.

  • 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.

  • Share your love of reading and make a difference. Heartworks is seeking adult volunteers who’d be able to read with a 3rd grader at Heartworks one hour a week. Heartworks, the afterschool center for Pamlico County children has about a half dozen 3rd graders who are having trouble comprehending what they read. Their teachers suggest that could be turned around if, outside of the classroom, each child had an adult with whom they could read and talk about what has been read.

    Prospective volunteers are invited to attend an info session about this volunteer effort on Monday, February 20, at 1p at HeartWorks, 709 Main Street, Bayboro. Those who can’t make the meeting on February 20, may go to Heartworksnc.org and click on “You Can Help” for a long list of volunteer opportunities or call Katherine Hudson at 252-745-9703.

  • Pamlico Community College is offering classes on Acupressure and Auricular Acupressure from 6-8p on Tuesday February 21 and 28. Michele Musella teaches these 2 two-hour sessions. The course covers the history and use of acupressure, maps out meridian points on the body, ear and provides guidance to massage points to treat specific health issues. Part of PCC“s Cultural & Life Enrichment Program, the course’s fee is $45. For more information (and possible schedule changes) contact: Jane Whitley 249-1851 ×3033 jwhitley@pamlicocc.edu or Denise Meyerson 249-1851 ×3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • 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: 249-6080.)

    Next up, the three hours that could save your life or that of your crew. Learn what to know – and do – in medical emergencies on your boat. On Tuesday February 21, from 1-4p, paramedic Eric Kindle teaches Emergency First Aid. This session will be at the Fire station on Straight Road.

    Coming up (at Town Hall unless otherwise indicated):

    Feb 25 / 9-12p: Navigation Rules of the Road – World Wide Marine Training
    Mar 4 / 9-11a: Cruising Headsail Furlers, Standing Rigging – Mark Lucas, Mariner 1 Rigging
    Mar 11 / 9-11a: Safety at Sea – Tim Fowler, USCG Auxiliary, Oriental
    Mar 14 / 1-3p: Navigation, Rules of the Road, Avoiding Collisions – Roger Hammer
    Mar 21 / 1-3p: Chartering in the Caribbean – Roger Hammer
    Mar 25 / 9-12p: Your are now the Captain, Man Overboard – World Wide Training
    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

  • 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.

  • Historian Leesa Jones was writing a book for her grandchildren about their ancestors when she discovered the Pamlico River’s link to the Underground Railroad. On Thursday, February 23 at 6:30p, at the Pamlico Library, Leesa Smith will share her research on the role Eastern North Carolina played in helping slaves escape to non-slave territory. Learn how the Pamlico and local river towns shaped the world and lives of slaves breaking for freedom. No registration required. This event is free and sponsored by the Friends of Pamlico County Library and the Pamlico County NAACP. The library is at 603 Main Street, Bayboro. For more info, call the library at 745-3515 (Pictured: Leesa Smith and her husband Milton, enacting a ‘slave code song’)

  • When Andrea Bruce worked as a photojournalist in Iraq and Afghanistan, she tried, with her images, to drive home how the everyday lives of people there were changed by the wars going on around them. Andrea is once again looking for photos on a personal level – this time for a book and eventual exhibition about what citizenship, community and democracy mean to people in the US. Andrea kicked off “Our Democracy” just last month and did so here in Pamlico County, where she grew up.

    “Our Democracy” will include her photos and those submitted by the public in the US counties she visits over the next 2 years. She is also wanting to hear people’s views on democracy – how it exists, how it can disappear, where it needs help. As Andrea puts it, “a couple words or a sentence or even a paragraph on what democracy, citizenship, equality, or community means to them. What are the things in the county that need help, and what are its strengths. Anything is good.” Send your words – and recently taken photos that speak to them – to 4scoremore@gmail.com Photos should have been taken no more than a month or so ago. Deadline for submitting photos here in Pamlico County’ is in February. As a work in progress, Andrea is curating the photos on an Instagram feed at @ourdemocracy (Click on photo here for some of the shots already sent in.)

    For more background, see Andrea’s description of the project in this piece she wrote as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

  • Oriental United Methodist Women presents their 3rd Annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, February 25 from 9a-4p at Camp Caroline on Dawson’s Creek. Rev. Judy Wheeler Loehr is the speaker. Cost of the retreat is $20 and includes lunch.

  • The Pamlico Animal Welfare Society Annual Yard Sale is coming on Saturday, February 25 From 9a til 2p the Oriental Women’s Club on Gilgo Road. Tie that in with your spring cleaning. PAWS welcomes donations of items large or small in good condition (no clothing please). Donated items may be dropped off Thursday, February 23 between 10a-1p, February 24 between 10a-2p. PAWS askes that you please price your items to sell.

    Additionally PAWS could some yard sale volunteers to help on any of those days. One perk of that job: Those who do can shop before doors open on Saturday. Questions or need help getting items to the yard sale? Call Christine @ 249-3513

  • Grammy nominee Kate McGarry and her band, The Tough Get Growing Ensemble take the stage of Oriental’s Old Theater on Saturday, February 25.

    Mixing folk and Celtic singing styles with jazz and improv chops, they put new spins on standards from the Great American Songbook as well as works by artists such as Leonard Cohen, The Blue Nile, Paul Simon, the Eagles. The Wall Street Journal described her music as, “austere and elegant”. The New York Times: “astute and sensitive.” “A voice that,” as Icon magazine put it, “soars with abundant hope.” Last summer, critics polled by Downbeat Magazine named Kate McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist.

    Her concert at the Old Theater starts at 7:30p. Tickets are $22 and some are still available at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org. (Act soon. Shows have been selling out.)

    Kate McGarry and The Tough Get Growing Ensemble will also be presenting an Informance — free and open to the public — at 1:30p the same day – Saturday February 25 – at O’Town Pub in Oriental. Both events are presented by the Pamlico Musical Society.

  • The Pamlico Community College Foundation invites you to its annual oyster roast. The 7th Annual Great Oyster Revival is happening on Saturday, February 25 from 3-5 pm on the PCC Campus. Bring your oyster knife & gloves and come prepared to eat all you can. Chili served up too. Pamlico Flutes will be performing. Proceeds from the event go to assist students with educational expenses and promote faculty and staff development efforts. (Click on image for details.)

    Tickets are $30 and available at PCC’s Bookstore, Nautical Wheelers, Bayboro Pharmacy & the PC Chamber of Commerce and Oriental Deli and Subs. For more details, contact Michelle Noevere at 252-249-1851 (xtn 3084). Pamlico Community College is at 5049 Hwy.306 South in Grantsboro

  • The Village Gallery will be showing works in memory of Robert (Bob) Elijah Pittman at the Gallery during the month of February. Bob, who passed away last year, said he was compelled to paint as long as he could hold a brush in his hand. By his account, his first painting as an adult was a paint-by-number landscape but he turned that hobby in to a vocation after retiring to Oriental from a career in civil engineering. His paintings – often of coastal scenes and of Oriental in particular – are in many public and private collections.

    The Gallery is located at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental. Winter hours at the gallery are Thursdays through Sundays from 10a until 5p.

  • Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Thomas Wolfe are part of The Pamlico County Library’s Let’s Talk About It discussion series of 5 books by NC authors – it’s a statewide community read sponsored by the NC Humanities Council. Read the book then come to the discussion.

    The series begins on Monday, Feb 27th with The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt. The 1901 historical novel was based on the insurrection/coup d’etat in Wilmington in 1898, in which white supremacists executed a violent overthrow of the city’s government and its black elected officials.

    The other 4 books by NC authors and dates they’ll be discussed are:

    Look Homeward Angel – Thomas Wolfe Mar 13; The Winter People – John Ehle – Mar 27; Roxanna Slade – Reynolds Price – April 10; On Agate Hill – Lee Smith – April 24

    These Monday night discussions all start at 6:30p and take place in the Marybelle Hollowell Auditorium at the Library. The books for all of the reads are now available at the circulation desk.

  • Tackle what ails you with tai chi. Pamlico Community College is again offering Tai chi for arthritis at Oriental Town Hall. Diana Petersen starts a new 10-week course at the beginner “Basic” level on March 7. Classes will be on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30p. Cost is $55 for the 10 weeks.

    Later in the month, a new session of Chair Yoga/Meditation Classes starts at Town Hall on Thursday, March 23. Classes will be Thursday morning 10:30- 11:30a and run through June 1. Cost is $35.Click here for the list of PCC’s classes.

    For more info (and possible schedule changes) contact: Jane Whitley 249-1851 ×3033 or Denise Meyerson) 249-1851 ×3117 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu

  • Last year’s Old Theater’s performance of It Happened In The Park went over so well, that the Players are presenting a sequel of the musical variety show. It Happened In The Park II: The Wedding plays on Friday and Saturday March 10 and 11 at 7:30p, and Sunday March 12 at 3p.

    Tickets are $15 ($12 for students and military.) Advance tix now for sale at Nautical Wheelers and at www.oldtheater.org

  • Nautical Wheelers is expanding wine tastings at its Oriental and New Bern stores. There’ll be 2 Nautical Wheelers Uncorked tastings in New Bern in February on Friday, the 10th, 5-8p during the Friday Artwalk. And again on Saturday, February 18, 4:30-6:30p

    Upcoming Nautical Wheelers Uncorked wine tastings in Oriental: Saturday, March 11 and 18, Saturday, April 1, 21, 28, Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, June 17

  • The Craven Pamlico Beekeepers Association (CPBA) is holding a spring beekeeping school on Saturdays March 11 and 25.

    The 2-day Beginners Bee School is taught by some of the area’s most experienced and knowledgeable beekeepers and puts a person on track to become certified as a beekeeper by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association. Classes take place at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Office. Course cost is $20 per person and covers, : course materials, lunch for both days, snack, drinks. Registration deadline is March 4.

    For additional info or to sign up, contact the bee school administrator, Will Johnson at: newbernwillsusanevin@yahoo.com
    or call 252-474-4564 (8a-7p)

  • Are all vegetables better to eat raw rather than cooked? Are canned vegetables ever more nutritious than fresh? You may be eating vegetables and fruits considered to be healthy, but are you getting the most out of them?

    The answers – No, yes, and maybe not – are in Eating on the Wild Side,” which is the Oriental Food Initiative’s latest Food for Thought community read.
    The book by Jo Robinson offers some rules of thumb – darker fruits and vegetables pack more nutritive power; smaller is better – as well as some surprises.

    Read “Eating on the Wild Side” and join the discussion on Monday March 13 at 6:30p.

    OFI periodically organizes these Food for Thought community discussions on books concerning what we eat. The public is invited to join in by reading the chosen book and then sharing their thoughts. (Even if you haven’t read it, you are welcome to attend.) January’s discussion of Mark Bittman’s ‘Food Matters’ was cancelled due to weather. If there is interest, that book may also come up for discussion as well.) For more info, call 675-0180.

  • 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

  • March’s Friday Flick is El Dorado – and will be playing on March 17 at Oriental’s Old Theater. Tickets are $5.50 and go on sale when the box office opens at 6:30p. Popcorn’s free. Showtime is 7:30p. Film will be preceded by another installment in the Flash Gordon series and a cartoon. All proceeds go to benefit the Old Theater.

    Friday Flicks generally roll on the 3rd Friday of the month. Upcoming: Hitchcock’s The Birds – April 14. Blast From the Past – May 19

  • St Peter the Fisherman’s serves up its 14th Annual St. Patrick Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on Saturday March 18 at 6p at the Parish Center on White Farm Road. Along with the food, dinner, there’ll be lively Irish music by the Frank Murphy Family. Tickets are $18 for adults which includes beer or wine, soda, coffee and dessert. Take out is also available for $15. Tickets available at Nautical Wheelers, Village Hardware in Oriental or by calling 252 670-5625.

  • 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…

  • 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 Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church at 314 Water Street in Bayboro. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

  • 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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