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Coming Events in Oriental and in and near Pamlico County

  • Businesses are opening up again. Here’s a list of who’s open, when, and what you need to make a purchase. Updated Sep 21 11:14a

    The Pig Opens at 7a. Can take cash or credit for groceries and gas.
    Garland Fulcher Seafood Open regular hours 10a – 5:30p, Friday and Saturday. On Hodges St.

    Oriental Deli & Subs Open 9/22 at 7a with a full menu.
    The Silos Opens Friday 11a-9p. Staying open 7 days a week temporarily after the storm.
    O’Town Opens Saturday 11a-9p. Staying open 7 days a week temporarily after the storm.
    Croakertown Coffee Open for morning coffee beginning at 7a – 3p until the Bean is back up and running. Every day but Sunday. Cash only.
    New Village Brewery Open regular hours at 3p on Thursday. Cash or Credit.
    The Tiki Bar Open afternoons & evenings.
    Brantley’s Opens Saturday at 7a.
    M&Ms Cafe Owner Dave Sargent says M&Ms got flooded in Florence, with significant damage. After Irene Dave had M&Ms back in a few days. This time more repair is needed, and it may take several weeks before the Cafe is back.

    Village Hardware Open 8a-5p. Cash only.
    Inland Waterway Provision Company Open regular business hours. Cash and Credit.
    Nautical Wheelers Oriental store open regular hours, 10a-6p, 7 days a week.

    Oriental Post Office The Post Office re-opened Friday 9/21. It’s been closed since last Wednesday. PO Clerk Sue Hiller says they got a week’s worth of mail delivered to the post office Thursday. Please be patient as they work to sort it:
    We are doing all we can to deliver mail and packages. It would be excellent if you could let your readers know that coming to the post office to pick up their mail (PO Box mail is fine) is not helpful.

    Jonathan’s Automotive Open from 10a-6p. Cash and credit accepted.
    Deaton’s Yacht Service Open regular hours. Their phones are still down, but swing by or call John Deaton directly 252-670-6178.
    Village Health & Fitness Open Friday for Physical Therapy only. The gym is closed for repairs. Open Monday with regular hours, 6a-8p. Gym will be open on Monday. Pool is closed until further notice.
    Sailcraft Service Open regular hours.
    First Citizens Bank The bank was damaged by Florence. Tentative re-open date for the bank is now 9/26/18.

    If you have a business to add this list, please email info@towndock.com.

  • Friday night Sept 21, 7p at The Old Theater, it’s The World’s Fastest Indian.

    Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) is known for having the fastest motorcycle in New Zealand and Australia. However, Burt has a long-time dream to travel to the USA and test his motorbike’s capabilities at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah.

    Burt is finally able to save enough to go, but encounters the bureaucracy, skepticism and indifference of big city people. It is his blunt but gregarious nature which overcomes each hurdle. And he finally makes it to Bonneville to race his Indian Motorcycle in pursuit of setting a world record.

    Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. / Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / Movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
    Admission $6.00 Includes FREE popcorn

    All proceeds go to the support of The Old Theater, a non-profit organization, located at 609 Broad Street Oriental, NC. To be removed from our event notifications, please email to oldtheaternews@gmail.com.

  • Harborfest, scheduled Sept 21-23, is a Hurricane Florence victim. From Heartworks:
    HeartWorks regrets that we are cancelling our annual fundraiser, Harborfest 2018. We appreciate the support of our sponsors, boaters, and attendees.

    The children and families which we serve are some of the most vulnerable in our county, and they are going to need us now more than ever. Since Harborfest is a major source of operating funds, we hope our Harborfest participants will consider whatever they have already paid a donation to support our mission so we may continue to address their needs.

    We plan to conduct an on-line auction of items donated for the silent and live auctions. Details will be announced soon.

    Donation letters will be sent to everyone who made reservations for Friday, Saturday and/or Boaters Specials. River Dunes has offered a 3-night stay to any boaters who registered. Contact Rich at River Dunes to make arrangements.

    Because of lack of internet and telephone services currently, please contact Laurie at HeartWorks after September 24 at 252.745.9703 for more information or a refund. Thank you for understanding.

  • Flu shots are being offered at Oriental Town Hall on Monday, September 24, 10a – 12p in the large board room. If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 252-249-0555.

    View Flu Shot information, including price, and download required Vaccine Administration Record here.

  • With the change of seasons we also get a change in birds in our area. Some will stay through the winter, others migrate through on their way south. Do you know who they are?

    Pamlico Community College can help with its Fall Birding Class that starts on Tuesday, September 25 with a classroom orientation. Early morning birding trips around Pamlico County will continue on Tuesdays: October 2, 9 and 16. The fee is $40.

    To register contact Denise Myerson dmeyerson@pamlicocc.ed, 252-249-1851 ext. 3113.

  • This September, the Pamlico County Library is hosting several talks under the heading of EMF (Electromagnetic Fields): Your Environment. This is not a regular library program; these talks are paid for by an outside individual – Rick Happ.

    • Sept 13 6p: A screening of the documentary Generation Zapped. Limited seating, registration required.
    • Sept 20 6p: Discussion with Dafna Tachover, attorney and founder of “We Are the Evidence.” Topic: “the health implications of 5G technology and the Smart Grid.”
    • Sept 27 6p: Multimedia presentation from Andrew Mcafee, EMF consultant. Topic: “health effects from wireless devices and what you can do about it.”

    For more information or to register, call 252-745-3515.

    Publisher’s Note: There are those that believe the above information. To our knowledge, there is no scientific research that suggests that WIFI will hurt you.
    TownDock Senior Management believes these presentations are the equivalent of having Flat Earth Society meetings at the Library.

  • 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 at around 7p. The Silos is at 1111 Broad Street. Look for … the silos. Call 252-249-1050 for more info.

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

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

  • St Peter Catholic Church together with PCFLO Food Pantry is distributing boxes of food items, cleaning supplies, first aid kits and personal hygiene items. On Sept 20, 189 boxes were distributed.

    The next distribution is Thursday 9/27 from 10a to 2p at St Peter Catholic Church on White Farm Rd.

  • The Village Gallery welcomes oil painter, Janet Jaworski as guest artist for the month of September.

    Throughout the Gallery, visitors can see paintings, carvings, pottery, baskets, and jewelry by the 18 member artists. Open from 10a until 5p Wednesdays through Sundays, the Gallery is on the harbor in Oriental at 300 Hodges Street.

  • Bryce Lane of In the Garden with Bryce on PBS is speaking at Harbourside Garden Co Saturday, Sept 29 @ 2p. The topic is encouraging wildlife, birds, and pollinators to the garden.

    Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

    Guests will get a $10 voucher to spend at Harbourside Garden that Saturday, Sept 29.

    RSVP at (252) 745-0010 or in person at Harbourside Garden Co. 15495 NC Hwy. 55, Bayboro, NC 28515.

  • Want to know how to start a business? Need some advice about your current business?

    The Pamlico Small Business Center is running a series of seminars that might help.

    • Sept 8, 9a – 12p: So You Think You Want to Start a Business
    • Sept 20 – Nov 1, 6p – 9p: Seven weeks on The Entrepreneurs Guide to Starting and Managing a Small Business. Topics will include: Starting a business, financing, writing a business plan, finding customers, bookkeeping, taxes, and marketing.
    • Sept 29, 1p – 4p: Start a Drone Business

    Download more information about the seminars here. To register, visit the Small Business Center website or call Mindy Moore at 252-745-7348.

  • Not all the sailboats in Oriental are in the water – or even on the hard. Oriental’s History Museum featured exhibit this summer shows how the images of sailing vessels have been used to adorn everyday items — glasses, kitchenware, matchbox holders, ash trays, clocks, lamps.

    Sailboats: A Cultural Icon, is drawn from Pat and Almira Dallas’s extensive sailboat motif collection, accumulated over several decades. Their collection also includes promotional items dating as far back as the 1930s.

    Oriental’s History Museum is at 802 Broad Street. Hours are: Friday 12-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free, donations gratefully accepted. For more information contact museum@dockline.net

  • The 5th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is coming up on Friday-Saturday October 5-6. The original idea is still in play – just walk around town and hear dozens of musicians playing on porches in Oriental. This year, the OFPMF expands, starting earlier on Friday afternoon. Porch performances are still free as is the finale Saturday afternoon by Chatham County Line on the Riverfront Stage. This year the Friday night concert will be Tellico, at the Red Rooster stage. (This is the one ticketed show at the OFPMF Check back here for info on tickets for Tellico.).

    Last year’s successful Food Park returns as well as the Artisans Village Market. 2018 OFPMF T-shirts are on sale now.For scenes from the 2017 OFPMF, click here.

  • Enjoy some music and wine at Oriental’s History Museum’s Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, October 13 from 1-4p. Throughout the afternoon you can bid in a silent auction of a variety of works by local artists. Live music from Miss Al of Jazzy4, will be followed by a wine tasting at 3p by Nautical Wheelers. A new exhibit of the museum’s hat collection will be opening as well.

    For more information contact Oriental’s History Museum at museum@dockline.net. The museum is located at 803 Broad St. and is open Friday 11-3, Saturday 1-4, Sunday 1-4.

  • Get rid of the toxic waste at your house. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday, October 13 from 9a-noon at the Pamlico Courthouse parking lot. Organized by the Coastal Environmental Partnership, this is about clearing away the things we have around our homes that shouldn’t go to the landfill. You can dispose of cans of paint, used motor oil, pesticides, gas, cooking oil, antifreeze, drain openers, paint thinners.

    There are things they cannot accept: gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, infectious, biological and radioactive wastes. And nothing from businesses, contractors or otherwise commercial sources. As for electronica, you can drop them off anytime during the year at the dump/transfer station on Hwy 306.

    For more info, contact Bobbi Waters of Coastal Environmental Partnership at 252-633-1564 or e-mail her at bobbi@crswma.com or call Pamlico County’s Solid Waste Mgmt office at 745-4240. and Pamlico Counties.

  • 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 in PCC’s Delamar Center Auditorium. PCC is on Hwy 306 between Grantsboro and Arapahoe.

    For more info, contact Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 ext 3113 dmeyerson@pamlicocc.edu.

  • Try a lot of chili and help the Old Theater raise funds. The 11th Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday, Oct 27 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.) Tix: $10 day of, and $9 in advance at both Nautical Wheelers locations. All proceeds go to support The Old Theater, a non-profit organization.

    In the meantime, check out scenes from the 2014 Chili Cookoff and the 2015 Chili Cookoff.

  • The 4th annual Oriental Classic Car Show is Saturday October 27, 2018. 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. 2018’s show will feature a new “Clunker Flea Market” and car parts swap meet.

    Want to put your car or truck in the show? Day-of registration starts at 8:30a Saturday with trophies awarded at 3p. Registration info at orientalclassiccarshow.com. or call 252-249-0228.

    Check previous shows:
    1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show
    Classic Cars Gather In Oriental For 3rd Year

  • Saturday, Oct 27 beginning at 6:30p you can see the Witches of Oriental dance through town in the Witches Crawl. The witches will ‘crawl’ from restaurant to restaurant performing the Witches’ Dance, an international event, to help raise money for the upkeep and repairs to Oriental’s graveyards.

    The Crawl schedule (times may vary slightly as the witches are riding the old model brooms…):

    • Begin at Brantley’s at 6:30p
    • The Silo’s at 7:00p
    • O Town at 7:30p
    • M&M’s at 8:00p
    • Tiki Bar at The Oriental Inn & Marina at 8:30p

    Bring your cash on the night of Witches Crawl and support your favorite witch at your restaurant of choice. Can’t make it? Donation jars will be in restaurants throughout the village in the week leading up to the Crawl.

  • The annual Cleanup Day for the Holts Chapel Community Center is October 27, from 9a – 1p. Please bring your pails, cloths, brushes, hammers, and other tools. Volunteers have a job you can help with. Come on out and help and they’ll give you a lunch bag.

    The Holts Chapel Community Center on Janeiro Road was for 40 years a school for African American students. Built in the 1920’s it was one of 5,000 Rosenwald schools in the south, financed in part by Sears executive, Julius Rosenwald. The structure is being restored in hopes of getting on the historical register as well as becoming a community venue for events, activities and meetings. The Holts Chapel Community Center is at 136 Janeiro Road.

    For information contact:
    Teresa Badger 252-249 -1251 or 252 229-2678

  • Got a killer chili recipe? Put it to the test at The Old Theater’s 2018 Chili Cookoff on Saturday, October 27. More than a dozen chefs from area restaurants and non-profits compete in this harborside event on the grounds of the Oriental Marina and Inn. Attendees get tastes and vote for their faves in this 4th Saturday in October annual fundraiser for the Old Theater. Check back for the call out for chefs…..

  • Ongoing Events:
  • 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 1p-2:30p 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 675-0180.

  • Want to try your hand – and arm – at dragon boat paddling? *The Oriental Dragon Boat Club practices semi-weekly – Sundays at 8:30a and Thursdays at 5:30 and you can join in at either one. The Club maintains a regulation 46-foot long dragon boat and provides you basic instruction, safety gear (PFD) and equipment (a paddle). All you have to bring is your own bottle of water. (Sun protection advisable, too.)

    New members of all ages and all experience levels welcomed. Just meet up at Clancy’s Marina – on Midyette near Hodges – to get the boat and paddles. Practices happen thru the warm seasons – weather permitting (i.e. no thunder or lightning). For more info, visit orientaldragonboatclub.org or contact Laurie Stockwell at svmisspearl@yahoo.com.

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

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

    The sessions are open to all, even those who have never meditated. You’re asked to gather just prior to 7 on Monday night or Thursday morning. Arrive no later than 7:10, when the doors are locked to assure uninterrupted practice. More on OMM here or contact Shari Sias or Tony Noel at 252-635-7867, or togetherwesit@gmail.com.

  • One result of the 2016 election has been the founding of the group, Pamlico Progressives. They describe themselves as a nonpartisan, issue-driven group of “citizens working to affect change on local, state, and national issues.”

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

  • 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-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.

  • A group of area cyclists gets together for rides each Saturday and Sunday and welcomes you to join them. Rides start at 10:30 from the Bean throughout the winter, as the weather permits. The start time with return to 8:30 after April 1.

    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. The Sunday ride is faster, with pace and distance decided by the riders, usually between 15-17 mph for 25-30 miles. Just show up with bike and helmet and you’re off! Questions? Contact Pat Thomaier at pthomaier@mindspring.com.

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

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

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

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

  • 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, and there’s introductory instruction the first Friday of the month.

    They play pickleball at Camp Caroline most days of the week in the fall, winter and spring . Click here for current schedule. (It’s Sundays only, when summer camp is in session.) 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

    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 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 twelve-step group, Victorious! , meets at 116 Main St., in Bayboro (the old Scotchman building) on Mondays at 5:30pm. Victorious! is recovery support group for people trying to overcome drug, alcohol or any life-controlling addiction. This group has been chartered by the national group Alcoholics Victorious.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 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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