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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.

State Employees’ Credit Union(Secu)
Tax season is quickly approaching and State Employees’ Credit Union(SECU) is ready to help! Mark your calendars-starting January 23rd, SECU tax preparers in all 265 offices statewide will be able to complete and electronically file federal and North Carolina income tax returns for members who are eligible to participate in the Credit Union’s Low Cost

Pamlico County Library
Feb. 1st Preschool Storytime 10 am; Trillium 12 pm; YA Anime 3 pm, Feb. 4th Family Storytime 3:30 pm, Feb. 5th Knitting 1 pm, Feb. 6th ESL Class 6 pm, Feb. 7th Friends Meeting 12 pm; Meet the Author 1:30 pm; Meet the Author 6:30 pm, Feb. 8th Preschool Storytime 10 am; Trillium 12:30 pm; Poetry/Writing Club 3:30 pm; Family Movie 6 pm, Feb. 11th Girls Scouts Meeting 6 pm, Feb. 12th Knitting 1 pm; Basket Weaving 5:30 pm, Feb. 13th ESL Class 6 pm, Feb. 14th Beach Book Breakfast Club 9 am, Feb. 15th Preschool Storytime 10 am; Trillium 12:30 pm; YA Gaming 3 pm, Feb. 18th Family Storytime 3:30 pm, Feb. 19th Knitting 1 pm; Basket weaving 5:30 pm; Genealogy 6:30 pm, Feb. 20th ESL Class 6 pm, Feb. 22nd Preschool Storytime 10 am; Trillium 12 pm; Book to Film 6:15  pm, Feb. 25th Book Worm 1pm; Girls Scouts Meeting 6 pm, Feb. 26th Knitting 1 pm, Feb. 27th ESL Class 6 pm, Feb. 28th Couponing Club 6 pm

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.

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 good-ies including locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, home-baked breads, biscotti, cookies, cakes, pies as well as pre-serves and chocolates.

County Senior center the first and third Monday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information call Beth Hardison at 745-7196.

NAACP Monthly Meeting
The NAACP of Pamlico County will hold its regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main Street in Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

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

Coastal Women’s Shelter Events
A Valentine’s Day Karate Event will be held February 16 from 5-8 pm at the New Bern Karate and Fitness Center(4110 E. MLK Boulevard). The sports complex is owned by CWS Board member Angela Wilson-Ward. Tickets are $15 per person, and prizes will be available. CWS families are invited to attend free of charge. Information: 252.474.7217

5th Annual Craven County Veterans’ Stand Down will take place February 22 from 9 am-1 pm at the Dayspring Christian Center (1246 Pollock St, New Bern). CWS will be a vendor at this Craven County Veterans Council event, providing information about domestic violence resources and services that are available for military families. Veterans and active duty personnel should take DD-214 or VA cards. Information: 252.514.4828 ext. 241

Trades of Hope - which will be held February 9, 2019 beginning at 4 pm at Coastal Women’s Shelter’s Helping Hands Boutique (2721 US 70 East, New Bern) - is a private shopping event. The sale is sponsored by Bethany Kenyon, a local Trades of Hope consultant; and proceeds will provide income to female artisans in Third World countries. HHB will host a reception for the event where attendees can enjoy beverages, light refreshments, and fun as they learn more about the important work of the two agencies. Attendees will also enjoy a private shopping event of HHB items and Trades of Hope merchandise to support women’s empowerment and stronger communities in their backyards and across the globe. Information: 907.987.2095

February Teen Violence Prevention Outreach Events

Feb. 5-E.L.L.I.S: Y.E.L.L. site New Bern, Feb. 6-E.L.L.I.S: Bryant Chapel AMEZ Church Cover City, Feb. 19-E.L.L.I.S: Y.E.L.L. site New Bern, and Feb. 20-Pamlico County High School Bayboro

PCC SBC Seminars
Starting a Business Series
(SA) Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 9 9:00 am-12:00 pm
If you are serious about starting a small business or expanding a business in North Carolina, this training will help you get started. The topics each week will be (1) How to Start a Small Business; (2) Financing your Small Business; (3) How to write a Business Plan; (4) How to Find your Customers; (5) Basics of Bookkeeping; (6) Your Small Business Taxes; (7) Marketing your Small Business. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Presenter: Mike Marsh

How to Start a Nonprofit Business
(FR) Feb 8 5:30-8:30
There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how to form a nonprofit business. If you are considering stating a non-profit business, please plan to attend this very informative seminar. Presenter: Sam Gore

How to Do The 501(c)(3) Thing (completing your 1023 form)
(SA) Feb 9 9:00 am-12:00 pm
This seminar will carefully guide individuals through the 1023 form and provide vital information concerning how to respond to statements and questions needed to satisfy IRS reviewers. Presenter: Sam Gore
How to Restore or Develop a Board that’s On Board
(SA) Feb 9 1:00-4:00 pm
Board meetings are not just about information, but also “transformation.” Organizations will rise or fall as a direct result of a functional or dysfunctional Board. This seminar is focused primarily on some practical tips and tools, rather than the latest research that can bring about “transformational change,” in Boards. Government agencies, Foundations, and individual donors and other potential supporters and funders want information concerning Boards. What they discover might make the difference between receiving their support and/or funds, or not. Presenter: Sam Gore
Visual Social Media Marketing Series
Creating Visual Content for Social Media Marketing
(FR) Feb 22 3:00-5:00 pm
Learn what types of content your social media are looking for. Plan your Social Strategy, what do you want to create and post? Learn tools, websites, and apps that you can use to create videos, photos, gif’s, and so much more. Presenter: Christina Williams

Canva: Create all types of Visuals for Social Media Marketing
(FR) Feb 22 6:00-8:00 pm
Canva is a free online graphics program that allows you to create, design, download, and print images for your social media marketing. Learn to use this website to create materials for your marketing such as business cards, flyers, posters, social media graphics, and so much more. Presenter: Christina Williams

YouTube: Learn to create social videos and market on YouTube
(SA) Feb 23 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Plan your video social media marketing, get ideas on what types of videos you should create for your business, get free apps/sites for creating videos, and then learn how to create your business YouTube Channel and how to upload videos and promote your small business on the fastest growing Social Media Network! Presenter: Christina Williams

Online Slideshows: Create presentations and convert to videos for your Social Media Marketing
(SA) Feb 23 1:00-3:00 pm
Learn about free online slideshow software to create presentations that you can convert to videos for your social media marketing. Learn where and how to share these with the right audience on Social Media. You’ll learn how to use, which allows you to create a free account and post your presentations. What could your business gain from this? Presenter: Christina Williams

Never Meet a Stranger: Guerrilla Marketing for Networking Events, Trade Shows, and Expos 
(TU) Mar 5 6:00-9:00 pm
Trade shows, expos and networking events can be excellent ways to attract business…if you understand that they are netWORKing events. They are not net-eating, net-visiting, net-standing-around-waiting-for-someone-to-talk-to-you-events. These events can establish your credibility, help you meet new prospects, network with current customers and allies, and even practice new sales techniques.
Presenter: Mike Collins