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800 Broad St. Oriental, NC

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 510, Oriental, NC  28571

Ph: 252-249-1555

Fax: 252-249-0857


Town of Oriental
There is a very special trash can at the Public Restroom at Town Dock #2- it is for collecting oyster shells-please no garbage included for the creekside restoration of Whittaker Pointe. Feel free to drop off your empty oyster shells there. Thanks!

Debris Pick-up
Reminder that the final pass for debris pick-up will begin after Tuesday, January 1st. Please have your debris to the right of way. There are three categories of debris: Construction/Household Debris (Please note that any insulation needs to be in clear plastic bags), Appliances, and Vegetative. Please remember to separate your debris into these three categories.

PC Republican Party
The PC Republican Party meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at Bayboro Courthouse Annex at 6:30 pm. Contact Chairman Dave Wickersham at 252.269.4101 for further information.

PC Democratic Party
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5pm in the Pamlico Co Heritage Center at 10642 NC-55 in Grantsboro. For more information visit or call Jayne Stasser at 252-515-0844. Everyone Welcome!

Oriental Farmers’ Market
Open every Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Located on Hodges Street in front of Garland Fulchers Seafood. The market features a wide variety of goodies including locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, home-baked breads, biscotti, cookies, cakes, pies as well as preserves and chocolates.

Gardens of Pamlico
We need volunteers of any age to help with residents and brighten their day! Contact Kelly Lawson, 252-671-8251

PCC Cultural & Life Enrichment Program
Instructor: Sheryl McNair
Viewing capabilities include numerous species in full breeding plumage that migrate here from the tropics. First class will meet in the PCC Delamar Building at 9:00am for a slide show, discussion of spring migration, birding optics and techniques with a short field trip afterwards. Subsequent classes will be held in the field with early morning meeting times. Tuesdays, March 19th – April 9th. $35.00 per person (4 classes)

Wake Up Your Garden!
Now it the time to start planning your late-winter and spring gardens, as well as managing the trees and shrubs in your yard! Join us for an interactive class that is perfect for beginners and experts alike! Tuesdays, March 26 - May 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, $70 (8 classes)

Notary Public
One day session! Saturday, March 30th, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, $70 plus books. For notary qualifications please see
Pre-registration is required. Lori, 252-249-1851 x3015

GOLF Lessons Beginning & Intermediate
Instructor: Terry Bobbin, PGA Professional Players will learn the basic rules and the proper techniques for successful driving, chipping and putting.The last lessons will consist of the actual play of golf holes. A complimentary 9 Holes of Golf Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the class. $64 per person (8 classes) clubs provided. Mondays & Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:30pm April 1st – 23rd, Minnesott Golf & Country Club

High School Equivalency/GED Free!
PCC offers FREE adult basic education classes to build skills in reading, language and math, as well as prepare students for high school equivalency exams. Classes are offered in the morning and evening.

Bridge for Beginners Free
Instructor: Craig Welling
Learn to play the strategic and social card game - BRIDGE!
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday; April 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Bridge for Beginners Phase II Free
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday; April 9th, 10th, & 11th. This is a no cost course. PCC Johnson Building.

Phlebotomy Technician
Tuesdays, April 9 - October 15th, 5:00 pm - 10 pm, $180. Must pre-register. Lori 252-249-1851 x3015

Grant Writing
Classes will start in April! Develop effective grant writing skills that are essential for acquiring funding from foundations and government agencies. $70 six week class.

Chair Yoga/Meditation
Instructor: Diana Peterson, Certified Integral Yoga Instructor
Seated muscle toning & joint lubrication for strength, balance and stability. Breathing techniques for relaxation, stress reduction and mediation. Wednesdays, April 10th - June 12th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, $35 (10 classes), Oriental Town Hall

Machine Quilting
If you enjoy the company of others while learning, join Karen Dodd on Thursdays from 1 pm - 4 pm, May 2nd - May 30th. Individuals can decide on possible and unique projects using various quilt patterns and techniques. $60 (5 classes), PCC Delamar Auditorium. Experience not required.

Medication Aide
Fridays, May 3rd - May 17th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, $70 plus book. Students must have current listing on Nurse Aide I registry. Pre-registration required - Lori, 252-249-1851 x3015

Shibori Fabric Dyeing
Julia McDonald Participants will learn the basic principles of manipulating fabric and the use of indigo dye to create specific affects. Students will take home a silk scarf or cotton bandana that they dyed using the Shibori method. Saturday, May 4th, 10:00am – 12:00pm $40 includes supplies. Instructor’s Studio, Minnesott Beach

Ice Dyeing
Instructor: Julia McDonald
Participants will learn the basic principles of Fiber Reactive Dyeing to be applied by the melting of ice. Students will take home two finished silk scarves by class end.
Saturday, May 4th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
$40 includes supplies. Instructor’s Studio, Minnesott Beach

Spinning Wool into Yarn
Shirley Thobe teaches about the properties and preparations of sheep’s wool and spinning the wool into yarn. Students will learn about the equipment needed to work with fiber and the use of a spinning wheel to make the yarn. By class end you will have made a 2-ply skein of yarn. Spinning wheels for use and all materials are provided $50. Tuesdays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, May 14th & 21st. Pamlico Museum & Heritage Center

March 21st, April 18th, May 16th & 30th.
6 pm until, PCC Delamar Building Atrium
Musicians of all levels gather to share song and camaraderie in a relaxed and open atmosphere. Pick, play, sing, or just listen! Free and Open to the Public

Unified Christian Network
Reminder: The next planning meeting for the Break Every Chain Conference is this Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the offices of Pamlico Partnership for Children, at 702A Main Street, in Bayboro (same building as Bayboro Pharmacy). Two more meetings will occur in March: March 11th at Camp Caroline March 19th (location TBD)
The two March meetings would be very good opportunities to attend for volunteers and Exhibitors to join us as we work out the conference timelines and details of the day.

Oriental Woman’s Club
will hold it’s 11th annual Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, March 16th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Tickets are $10 each and available at the gate.? Twelve chefs will prepare their favorite chowder recipes and the public will vote for the best one.? Awards will be given at 1:30pm.? There will also be baked goods available for sale and refreshments available for purchase.

Operation Veggie Box
Will be meeting on March 18th, and 25th to plan for the upcoming garden season and for our annual OVB vegetable boxing event and for our annual Corn Jam.  Meetings will be at 5:30 PM at the Delamar Center at Pamlico Community College.  Operation Veggie Box is a Christian volunteer organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in our communities both physically and spiritually.

Pancake Supper
March 28, 2019 Thursday 6:30 Pm Stonewall Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Provided By The Ina Gaskins Circle Donations Welcomed Music Provided By The Harbor Sounds

Coastal Women’s Shelter
The Coastal Women’s Shelter 21st Annual 5K/10K/1 Mile Run for Shelter will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Creekside Park. Registration will begin at 7am; the run begins promptly at 8am. Registration cost is $25; please call 252-638-4509 or email for more information.

Free Pruning and Planting Workshop to Celebrate Arbor Day
Instructor: Bob Miller, Oriental Tree Board. How to plant and train your trees to be storm resistant. 10:00 am, Saturday, March 23rd. The workshop will be followed by a 11:00 am Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. Lupton Park, Mildred and Third Avenue.

Every Friday, 9 am - 12 pm
403 Mildred Street