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  • Want to learn how to bellydance? Think you’re not tall, young, thin, coordinated, or flexible enough to dance? Think you can’t get a workout, improve your balance or flexibility unless you’re in a gym? Find out otherwise on Tuesdays @ 6p.

    Learn to dance with a group or on your own, slowly or with the beat, with just the steps of the dance or with props like veils and fans. Find out about the cultures, traditions, and dancers that influence today’s dance form.

    Wear relaxed clothing you can move in. Ages 16 and up. All body types welcomed. $40 a month. $12 drop-in.

    Classes have moved to Studio 55 in Oriental for the month of August. Studio 55 is at at 705 Broad Street. For more information, email dragonbellydance@gmail.com.

  • Open Mic Night is live at the Silos. The music begins at 7p.

    Bring your instrument, your voice, or both. Music is upstairs in The Silos.

    The Silos is at 1111 Broad St Extension, Oriental, NC.

  • Sailors from (and near) Oriental head out on the Neuse for the Wednesday Night Sail Race. Boats rendezvous at Oriental Marker #1SC 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 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival presents an August Fundraiser, Saturday August 20, starting at 4:30p in the beer garden at New Village Brewery. Featuring *live music by Dust Parade, plus Jim Kellenberger’s grilled Italian sausage * for $10 a plate.

    It’s first come, first serve: Italian sausage with peppers, onions, bun with sautéed apples and slaw.

    Dust Parade performs from 5-7p. The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival will have merchandise for sale.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes August’s Artist of the Month, Judy Crane.

    Judy Crane is an artist living and working in Raleigh. She works with oils, having transitioned from watercolors and pastels nearly two decades ago.

    Crane finds inspiration in the light and shadows. She uses them to guide the viewer to the intimate spaces in her work, with the intent of evoking peacefulness in the viewer.

    She has studied with prominent artists both in the US and abroad, and shares her knowledge teaching painting workshops.

    Her work is held in both private and corporate collections including SAS Institute, IBM, Cisco Systems, Duke Hospital, UNC Hospital, Rex Hospital, Duke Energy, The State of North Carolina, Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, and many banks, law firms, medical offices and homes.

    The Village Gallery is at 300 Hodges St in Oriental, open 12a – 5p Wed & Sun, and 10a – 5p Thurs – Sat. The Gallery displays the art of more than 30 member and consigned artists. For more information, call 252-249-0300 or visit villagegallerync.com.

  • Join Rock Steady Boxing New Bern at their new gym for a meet & greet, August 24 from 4-7p.

    If you have or take care of someone with Parkinson’s Disease, you’re invited to visit Rock Steady Boxing New Bern at their new location.

    Take part in a workshop and find out how non-contact boxing helps with the physical, mental, and social aspects of dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

    There’s also a yard sale at the gym on Aug 27, from 8a – 1p to benefit Rock Steady Boxing, and live music from the Joe Baes Project on Sept 1, from 5-8p.

    For more information on the event or on how to be a part of Rock Steady Boxing New Bern as a volunteer or client, call 252-631-2445.

    The new gym is located at 2607 Trent Blvd in New Bern.

  • Join Prime Time onAugust 24, from 11:30a to 12:45p for a talk with retired NC Highway Patrolman Chuck Coats, author of NC Highway Patrol Stories. A light lunch will be served.

    Trooper Coats began his career in the Air Force in 1961, three days after his high school graduation. He has been a part of the Durham Police department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, giving him 50 years of Law Enforcement experience – and stories.

    Coats gives a little history of the Highway Patrol in North Carolina and will go into a few stories from his book NC Highway Patrol Stories. The collection is serious and humorous.

    Books will be available for purchase if interested. Cash or check accepted. $20

    Prime Time is funded by individual/organization donations and grants. To help continue the Prime Time programs and services, we ask that you consider contributing to Prime Time. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    This is a free event, however, please register so staff will have a head count for lunch. Click here to register for this event.

    Questions? Contact Deborah Steenson, Prime Time Director, at 252-675-0909 or director@primetimepamlico.org.

  • The Old Theater presents Blackbeard’s Last Revenge with 13 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate, Fri & Sat, Aug 26 & 27 at 7:30p, Sun, Aug 28 at 3p, and Sun, Sept 4 at 3p.

    The Old Theater presents – Blackbeard’s Last Revenge, by P.F. Nocera, with 13 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate, by A.M. Dittman. Directed by Pat Nocera, the two works are blended into one comedy.

    Blackbeard faces his final day and last revenge while his crew faces lifestyle questions about sword fighting, treasure, and manatees that look like mermaids. Suitable for all ages.

    Box Office opens one hour before the show. Doors open 30 minutes before show begins. Water, wine, and soft drinks provided by donation. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a 501©(3) non-profit organization.

    Purchase tickets here. If you would like more information about this show, please call 919-221-5362 or email oldtheater@gmail.com. The Old Theater is at 609 Broad Street in Oriental NC.

  • Start your weekend with live music at The Red Rooster. Friday, Aug 26, Ken Belangia plays on the Bantam Stage.

    Cash bar and order dinner on the Silos’ Chow Now app. Music starts at 7p. The Red Rooster is behind The Silos on the Broad Street extension in Oriental.

  • Learn how to read a chart, understand Aids to Navigation, and more in Basics of Navigation, Saturday, Aug 27, 8a – 4p at Fairfield Harbor Community Center at 585 Broad Creek Rd in New Bern.

    This is a hands-on class taught by certified USCG Auxiliary Instructors. Students are introduced to chart reading, chart plotting and aids to navigation.

    This full-day, information-packed session gives the new (and not-so-new) boater the skills to 1) know where you are and 2) chart where you want to go.

    You also learn about the various types of Aids to Navigation that guide you on the water. You may bring your own plotting tools, or we will supply them for class purposes. Also, we will supply a text book and training chart that you will work with and will take home.

    Cost is $30 ($5 for additional household members sharing textbook). Bonus Free Vessel Safety Inspection.

    Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Hank Steinfeld at schytzcreek@centurylink.net or call 252-745-0300.

  • The Pirate Jam is Saturday, Sept 3 on the water in front of Teach’s Point. Music begins around 1p.

    Paddle or row, power or sail to Teach’s Point (also called Dewey Point) where Smith and Greens Creek meet to listen – and lounge – from your own vessel.

    Pirate Jam Lineup Coming

    Pirate Jam Burgees are back. You can only get them at participating sponsors – they will be announced soon.

    Pirate Jam is sponsored by the Pamlico County Arts Council, a 501©3 non-profit committed to bringing diverse arts to Pamlico County.

  • The rubber chicken returns. The 31st Greens Creek Challenge Regatta is Saturday, September 17.

    This late-summer Oriental tradition features boats 20 feet and under racing on Greens Creek. There’s one other challenge… somewhere out there, a rubber chicken waits to be rescued.

    Sailors launch from Bow to Stern. Skippers Meeting is 9a. First horn is 11a. Picnic lunch at noon. Second horn at 1p. Awards at 5p. Classes include all boats 20 ft and under.

    Register here.

    Take a look at previous Challenges:
    Greens Creek Challenge 2019
    Greens Creek Challenge 2018
    Greens Creek Challenge 2008GCC, the earlier years

  • Harborfest for HeartWorks 2022 will be held at HeartWorks this year. The one-night event will take place in the newly renovated and expanded Safe Harbor Youth Center in Bayboro on Saturday, September 24, 2022 starting at 5:30p.

    Support the children of Pamlico County while enjoying a Gala evening of drinks, dinner by The Chelsea and dancing to The Entertainers.

    Bid on items in the Live Auction and Silent Auction. Guests will be given tours of the lovely new classrooms and renovated facility.

    To make the auction a success, donations of works of art, crafts, jewelry, trips, oyster roasts, or other items and experiences are needed. To donate, call 252-745-9703 or drop by HeartWorks at 709 Main St., Bayboro.

  • The 8th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is set for Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2022.

    Walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. Cap the Saturday off with a band headlining on the Riverfront Stage near Lou Mac Park.

    More info at olfrontporch.org

    The 2019 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival – headliners The Way Down Wanderers
    Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2018 – headliners Chatham County Line
    2017 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival – headliners The Red Clay Ramblers

  • -The 8th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday, October 8, 2022 It offers what may be the most beautiful backdrop of any car show this side of the Pacific Coast Highway. 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.

    See previous shows:
    5th Oriental Classc Car Show
    Classics, Customs & Moderns: The 2018 Oriental Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show

  • Pamlico Musical Society welcomes Luca Stricagnoli to the Old Theater Saturday, October 8 @ 7:30p.

    Italian prodigy and global internet sensation, Luca Stricagnoli, is known for his unique acoustic guitar playing style, innovative techniques, and guitar inventions.

    His show consists of a succession of incredible guitar performances, all surprising and full of twists: one guitar, two guitars at the same time, even a guitar with three necks. From rock to pop, soundtracks to hip hop, arrangements to originals, Luca captivates his audiences with his performances.

    Tickets to Luca Stricagnoli are $25 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

    For more information, call 252-617-2125.

  • Pamlico Musical Society welcomes Price Hill Duo to the River Dunes Harbor Club Sunday, October 16 @ 4p.

    Price Hill Duo is a violin-cello ensemble playing original arrangements of classical works as well as their own compositions.

    Passionate, distinct, progressive and authentic, violinist Jordana Greenberg and cellist Laura Jekel both live and work in Price Hill, Cincinnati. They are dedicated to the vibrant arts scene through performance, education, and community-building. Greenberg and Jekel are also principal string players of Queen City Opera.

    This concert replaces the sold-out Georgia Guitar Quartet concert originally scheduled for 2021. GGQ tickets will be honored. To be put on the waiting list, email us at: pamlicomusic@gmail or call (252) 617-2125.

    For more information, call 252-617-2125.

  • Do you bake? Cookies, cakes, pies? The the Old Theater wants your creations.

    The Old Theater is looking for volunteers to bake fresh goodies to be sold during the Chili Cookoff.

    Bakers will need to deliver their baked, packaged goods to The Oriental Inn & Marina Courtyard between 10:30 and 11:30a on Saturday, October 22.

    The bake sale table will be in the center of the courtyard.Package baked goods in clear plastic bags to sell for $1. If baking cookies or other small goodies, place 3 items per bag. If your baked goods contain allergens (tree nuts, peanuts) or they are Gluten free, please note it on the package.

    Volunteers are also needed to work the day of the cook off at the bake sale table and work other duties as well.
    For more information call 252-249-0477 or email oldtheatervolunteers@gmail.com.

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 14th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 22 from 11a – 1p at the Oriental Marina & Inn on the harbor in Oriental.

    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, and the Spirit award) Tickets are $10 at the gate. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.

    For more information or if you would like to participate as a Chef or Sponsor, please contact the Old Theater: 252-249-0477 or oldtheater@gmail.com.

    In the meantime, check out the chili from previous years:
    2021 Old Theater Chili Cookoff
    2019 Old Theater Chili Cookoff
    Chili Cookoff 2018

  • The 2nd annual Classic Car Poker Run will be back in 2022, tentative date Oct 29. Players start at Minnesott Golf & Country Club at 8:30a. Drive around Pamlico County picking up cards for your hand, finally finishing at Lou Mac Park in Oriental – at South Avenue on the Neuse River waterfront.

    This is a fund-raiser to support the Oriental Rotary Club’s charitable missions. Check-in starts at 8:30a. The event is open to all cars / all years. More info coming.

    Check out the First Annual Poker Run
    • Full House Wins Again

  • Pamlico Musical Society welcomes Sons of Serendip to the Old Theater Sunday, November 13 @ 7:30p.

    Boston’s own Billboard-charting quartet won the hearts of fans and judges alike as finalists on “America’s Got Talent” with emotionally stirring interpretations of pop music, arranged with a unique blend of vocals, harp, piano, and cello.

    They’ve had notable collaborations with the Boston Pops, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Serendipity brought these four friends together in graduate school at Boston University but talent, dedication, and a desire to share their music brought them to fame.

    Tickets to Sons of Serendip are $25 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

    For more information, call 252-617-2125.

  • Oriental’s Thanksgiving morning bike ride is on for Thanksgiving 2022. Not a Spandex event. Plaid is acceptable.

    You’ll take your time as you pedal along the roads in town. And work off some calories in advance of the big dinner later in the day. Show up at the Town Dock 9a on Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving bike ride around Oriental.

    The route follows the waterfront, visits the boatyards and a few of the marinas in the town limits and swings down Midyette Street and back to the harbor.

    No registration necessary. Just show up by the Town Dock (across from The Bean) at 9a.

    Take a look at previous Thanksgiving Day bike rides:
    2021 Turkey Pedal
    Two Rides, One Event: 2020 Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride
    Tour de Oriental: The 2019 Thanksgiving Bike Ride
    Bikes, Trikes, and Tandems: The Thanksgiving Bike Ride 2018

  • Pamlico Musical Society welcomes Masters of Soul to the Old Theater Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30p.

    Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season with “A Motown Christmas” – a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music, including the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by these celebrated artists.

    The show featuring stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances backed by a live band. Based in Virginia Beach, the group has performed to numerous sold-out audiences, garnering rave reviews across the country.

    Tickets to Masters of Soul are $25 and are available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad Street, and online at www.pamlicomusic.org.

    For more information, call 252-617-2125.

  • The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. This year, it’s Friday and Saturday, December 9-10.

    Luminaria line the streets of Oriental. Businesses host open houses to say thank you to the community. There’s a live Nativity, several choirs performing Christmas favorites, a lighted (engineless) flotilla in the harbor, the lighting of the Star at town dock #1, a parade along the main streets, the lighting of the Tree of Names and Lights in Lou Mac Park, and the Light Up Oriental decorating contest for residents and businesses.

    The 2022 schedule will be published about a week before the event. Meanwhile, take a peek at Spirit of Christmas past:
    The Spirit of Christmas 2021
    Spirit of Christmas 2020
    2019 Spirit of Christmas Weekend
    2018 Spirit of Christmas Weekend

  • Touch a dragon for good luck…. Be out on Hodges Street on December 31 to ring in 2022 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 has had not one but two dragons as the Chinese dragon joins in on the late run. Bring pots, bring pans: make your own music for the dragon.

    After the end of that second dragon run, stick around the Hodges Street waterfront just a few minutes more: at midnight, the Oriental Croaker will drop at Town Dock to welcome in the new year.

    Scenes from Dragon Runs past:
    A Dragon Rolls Through Oriental New Year’s Eve
    • Dragons Run on Hodges – New Year’s Eve 2019 into 2020
    Two Dragons and a Croaker – New Year’s Eve 2018 into 2019

  • The 30th annual Instead of Football Regatta is January 1, 2023

    A sailing alternative to TV, and a loosely organized one at that, it’s become an Oriental New Year’s tradition. Sailors meet at noon on Saturday, Jan 1 at Oriental marker #1 (SC1). Warning horn is at 11:55a.

    Marks are: Adams Creek #1, Garbacon #7, finish at Oriental #1 (SC1). Sailing direction/course change announced on Channel 72 prior to start.

    There are no rules or sailing instructions. The first skipper that asks for directions or instructions will be drawn, quartered, and forced to walk the plank.

    There is a Mandatory Skipper’s Meeting after the race at 3p at The Silos (race cancelled or not). Bring a nautical or fun gift or re-gift for the drawing…all boats participating are included. Must be present to win.

    Need more info? Call Nelda Coats at 252-639-1616, or email at neldacoats@gmail.com.

    Check out the event from years past:
    • A Hazy Instead of Football Regatta
    • Forty+ Boats on New Year’s Day
    Instead of Football Regatta 2019

  • Ongoing Events:
  • Have you been wanting to learn to play a musical instrument?  Have you started learning to play ukulele on your own but want to be a part of a group?  Then UHOOs may be just the group for you…

    The UKULELE HOALOHAs of ORIENTAL, better known as the UHOOs, meet every Tuesday from 2-4p at the fellowship hall of OUMC (404 Freemason Street).  When weather permits the group can often be found in Lou Mac Park.  New members are welcome to join. The UHOOS focus is on having fun while singing and playing together.  Anyone interested should contact Judy Styron at cjstyron@embarqmail.com.

    A starter group meets on Wednesdays at 2p in the fellowship hall of OUMC. This group plays three chord songs from the UHOO repertoire.  Anyone interested is invited to contact Claudia Bemis at csbemis@yahoo.com.

  • Dealing with the grief from loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend? A new group has formed to help those dealing with loss. The Grief Support Group meets Wednesdays @ 2p at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in the common room.

    Grief can be difficult and painful, and the length and difficulty of the grieving process varies with each unique situation. Grief has no timetable and it can be cyclical. Emotions can come and go for weeks, months, and even years. Understanding the emotions of grief can be an important step in the healing process.

    The group, led by Father Bruce – a trained and experienced hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor – helps provide ongoing emotional and spiritual support for as long as you might need.

    St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located at 402 Freemason St. in Oriental. The common room is directly next to the sanctuary. If you have questions, call the church office at: 252-692-0481

  • Oriental’s recycling center, at the Oriental Recreation Park behind Fire Station 19, is staffed and open on Tuesdays, April 1 – Oct 31: 7:30a-6p and Nov 1 – Mar 31: 7:30a – 5:30p.

    Pamlico County operates and maintains staffed convenience drop-off sites for residential recycling only. Each site is scheduled for one day/week, from 7:30a-6p. At 6p, recycling bins will be removed until the following week:

    Monday: Reelsboro (5656 Hwy NC 55 East)
    Tuesday: Oriental (Oriental Recreation Park – 130 Straight Rd)
    Wednesday: Arapahoe – (Gary’s Restaurant Hwy 306 S)
    Wednesday: Hobucken – (Hobucken Community Parking Area)
    Thursday: Bayboro – (3rd Street Across from Courthouse Parking)
    Thursday: Vandemere – (Hwy 304 Cash Corner)

    The Grantsboro Transfer Station Recycling Convenience drop-off site will remain open the same days and hours as the Grantsboro Transfer Station: Mon-Fri 8:30a-4p, Sat 7:30a – noon. Convenience drop-off sites are closed on holidays.

    There is a fine of $500 for any illegal dumping in Oriental.

    For additional information contact Garry Cooper at (252)745-2094 or Jesse Bloomberg at (252)745-3283.

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 8:30a from the Bean from spring to fall, as the weather permits. In the fall, the start time shifts to 10a.

    Saturday’s ride is about ten miles, at a conversational pace. Those who wish to can continue on a longer route at a faster pace in a single paceline format. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles in a single paceline format. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Keith Gapen at Keith.gapen@gmail.com.

  • The Pamlico County Democratic Party meets ‘virtually’ on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30p. For more information on attending, email PamlicoDems@gmail.com

  • Can’t hear yourself think? Oriental Mindfulness Meditation can help.

    Out of an abundance of caution, Oriental Mindfulness Meditation has suspended in-person practice.

    Friday morning sits will resume when public health guidelines indicate doing so is safe and appropriate. Resumption of practice will be announced here, and via the organization’s mailing list. To be included, email togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • Poets of Pamlico (POP), a small enthusiastic group of poets, beginners included, welcomes new members. We meet twice a month, first and third Wednesdays at 9:30a at Brantley’s to share our poems and give feedback in a congenial atmosphere. If interested, please email clairepittman003@gmail.com

    As facilitator of POP, Claire Pittman takes a real interest in seeing that Oriental poets, both new and those wanting to hone their skills, have a group to share their work. Claire’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Crucible, Tar River Poets, Here’s to the Land ( N.C. Poetry Society), Our Words and Barbaric Yawp.

  • People living with Parkinson’s Disease in and around Pamlico County now have a support group. Pamlico Parkinson’s Network provides a place to talk, as well as learn what those with PD can do – and what’s being done – to deal with the still-incurable condition. PPN meetings are open not only to people with Parkinson’s but also to those who care for – and about them.

    Starting in September, Pamlico Parkinson’s Network will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 2-3p at the Perry Griffin House, 300 High Street in Oriental. 300 High Street in Oriental. – For more info, contact Dave at dave@towndock.net, Kim 670-8987 or Mel at melindatowndock.net.

  • The Pamlico County Republican Party meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30p in the Pamlico County Courthouse Annex Room in Bayboro. All are welcome to attend. For more information visit PamlicoGOP.com or call Chairman Dave Wickersham @ 252-269-4101.

  • We are a concerned group of citizens who seek to bring about change by focusing on issues that affect our community and by holding elected officials accountable. We seek to let our collective voices be heard to influence positive change.

    We meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00 at the Pamlico County Heritage Museum at 10642 NC-55, Grantsboro, NC. All are welcome to join us. For more information, call Diane Lemieux at 802-318-1083.

  • Find yourself a bargain at the Hospice Thrift Shop in Bayboro – across from the Pamlico High School. Hospice Thrift is open 10a to 4p Monday-Friday and 10a-4p 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 252-745-5033.

  • Oriental’s Drummin’ Dragons get together every Sunday afternoon from 3-4:30p. You’ll find them in Lou Mac Park on Sunday afternoons in summer, weather permitting. In inclement weather, they gather at the Methodist Fellowship Hall (and possibly for the winter).

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

  • In just a few years, the prayer shawl ministry at Oriental United Methodist Church has knitted or crocheted more than 1650 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 with any questions.

  • 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 President 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.

  • Community Pickleball continues to grow in Pamlico County as more people go to the gymnasium at Camp Caroline to play for exercise, friendship and fun. See story here. You’re invited to join in and play pickleball even if you’ve never played the game before. New players and beginners welcomed – equipment is available.

    Play is open to residents and visitors alike, but due to COVID, play is limited to 18 people.
    Play is by Reservation Only on Signup Genius

    During fall, winter and spring, courts are open every day of the week except Thursday.  Times are 10a-12p every day except Sunday when times are 1-3p.  Cost is $2 per player.  A medical waiver must be completed yearly.  Summer play is Friday 1-3p, Saturday and Sunday 10a-12p.  If the courts are closed due to a conflict of activities at Camp Caroline, the closure will be noted on SignUp Genius.

    For more information and a link to SignupGenius, contact email pamlicopickleball@gmail.com.

    Players can also play on the Oriental Town Court at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Vandemere.

  • 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 starts 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.

  • Concerned about your drinking? Help is available.

    Alcoholics Anonymous meets throughout the week at several locations in the area: At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road in Oriental, Tuesdays at 8p, and again Friday nights at 8p. (2nd brick building on the left).

    At Alliance United Methodist Church at 687 Main Street in Bayboro, Thursday at 7:30p (a great meeting for new members).

    At St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 402 Freemason Street in Oriental, Sunday at 7p.

    “If you want to drink, that’s your business… If you want to stop drinking, that’s ours.” Alcoholics Anonymous New Bern Hotline:(252) 633-3716

    Al-Anon – for those worried about someone with a drinking problem – meets Tuesday at 7p at 403 Mildred Street. It is open to all.

    Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) – At Oriental Free Will Baptist Church at 600 Ragan Road in Oriental (2nd brick building on left). Open Meeting Tuesdays from 6:30-6:70p. Women’s Group Saturday 6:30p.

    Narcotics Anonymous – A group atmosphere which provides help from peers, and offers an on-going support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Never Alone – meets Wednesday at 7p at Alliance United Methodist Church, 687 Main Street in Bayboro.

    For a list of other meetings in Pamlico County, including Narcotics Anonymous, click here.

  • 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.

  • The Minnesott Mens’ Golf Association holds a Golf Tournament every second Saturday of the month.

    Tee time is 9:15. Call the Golf Shop at Minnesott (252-249-0813 and press ‘1’ for the Golf Shop) for more information about joining the MGA. Fees for golf as well as the tournaments.

  • 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 1800 for dinner — meeting begins at 1900 — at the Oriental Fire Station 19 on Straight Road in Oriental. The Dragon Detachment participates in Toys for Tots, Spirit of Christmas, Croakerfest, the Marine Corps Birthday, as well as national initiatives.

    For additional information on joining this detachment, contact Commandant Marty Musella at 252-249-0694. Semper Fi.

  • Share ideas with fellow anglers. The Lower Neuse Anglers Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30p. They meet at Brantley’s restaurant every month on the second Tuesday at 6:30p, 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.”

  • 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, and they produce our wonderful in-water boat show and classic car show too. For info about the club and meetings contact Beth Obenshain @ 919-932-0874. 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

  • 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 and Arapahoe Charter School graduating seniors who continue their education at the college level.

    For more information about club activities and membership, check out orientalwomansclub.org.

  • 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 Bill Michne WM3X, drmichne73@gmail.com, 252-249-1175 or visit our website at N4PRS.org.

  • The Pamlico County Library hosts two book clubs. The Bookworm Book Club meets on the third Monday of the month from 1-3p. The Beach Book Club – which takes on lighter fare – gets together on the second Thursday every month from 9-10a. New members welcome. Call the library at 745-3515 for more info.

  • Friends of the Pamlico County Library meets at the library on Highway 55 in Bayboro. This is the group of folks who help sustain the library. For info, call 252-745-3515.

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