Earth and Surf Fest headlines July 4 in North Topsail Beach

JACKSONVILLE, NC June 25, 2015 – Keep Onslow Beautiful and several sponsors are gathering to host the 9th Annual Earth & Surf Fest at North Topsail Beach July 4 rain or shine. The Earth & Surf Fest is an Environmental Awareness event and the festival mission is to create a fun avenue for individuals to make the connection between the health of our environment, our economy, and our community. Earth and Surf Fest - Onslow County Festivities begin with 7 a.m. registration for the 8 a.m. beach run, one-mile fun walk, and surf contest. The 5K race on the beach will award prizes to the top overall male and female runners and the first and second place finishers in each age group. The course is an out-and-back course that is run completely on the beach. The start and finish of the race is on beach in front of Onslow Public Beach Public Access #2 (please see the website for a map and directions). Runners will head north about 1.5 miles before turning around and heading back south. T-shirts are available to those who registered by July 1 and can be purchased at the event after 11 a.m. until supplies are exhausted. Surf and stand-up paddle boarding contests are being coordinated by On Shore Surf Shop and other sponsors. Registration is available online at http://www.earthandsurffest.com/-surf--sup-registration.html or at the store in Surf City. The number of surfers is limited. There is a fee. Free stand-up paddle board demonstrations plus kayak and canoe demonstrations will be on the sound side and are coordinated by Surf City Paddle Club and the New River Foundation respectively. A beach yoga class will be at 10 am. Pre-registration before 9:45 am is required. Please see the Keep Onslow Beautiful tent for more details. http://www.earthandsurffest.com/beach-yoga-registration.html A beach cleanup for the entire section of North Topsail and Surf City beaches is also scheduled. Signups will be held at the Plastic Ocean Project (POP Inc.) booth. Sign up, pick a location to clean up and venture out. Bags, gloves, and other materials will be provided. SAT credit hours for high school students will be recorded. Don't forget to bring forms! Free live music from Trevor Harris and the Birds, and Pamlico Joe will be featured. WRMR 98.7 Modern Rock will also be present. This is a waste-free event. Everything will be either recyclable or compostable. Recycle and compost bins will be conveniently located. Guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles for use at refilling stations located throughout the festival. All activities will also be completely solar powered in keeping with the theme. Live-music public address systems and other equipment will be powered by portable solar panels. Cooling stations will be provided by Clean Energy Events. It’s all taking place at Beach Access #2, 2950 Island Drive in North Topsail Beach. Additional information is available at http://www.earthandsurffest.com/ . Make plans to enjoy the holiday at the Earth & Surf Fest. Events sponsored by: On Shore Surf Shop, Only in Onslow, Sparkling ICE Loggerhead Designs, and Keep Onslow Beautiful.

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Grand Funk Railroad to perform Bojangles' Southern 500 Pre-Race Concert

1970’s ICONIC BAND GRAND FUNK RAILROAD TO PERFORM BOJANGLES’ SOUTHERN 500 PRE-RACE CONCERT PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA Performers of No. 1 hits “We’re An American Band” and “The Loco-Motion” to open pre-race ceremonies at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 6   DARLINGTON, SC June 23, 2015 – Fitting into its platform of celebrating the early 70’s during its Labor Day weekend events, Darlington Raceway will have 1970’s rock ‘n’ roll icon Grand Funk Railroad perform the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Pre-Race Concert Presented by Coca-Cola on September 6.

Grand Funk Railroad in Studio

Grand Funk Railroad in Studio
courtesy of Grand Funk Railroad

Grand Funk Railroad, known for its No. 1 hits We’re An American Band and The Loco-Motion, is one of the top-selling rock bands of the 1970’s. Their 1973 album, We’re An American Band, topped out at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard music charts.   “What better way to celebrate the 1970’s and our return to Labor Day weekend than by having rock legends Grand Funk Railroad perform our Bojangles’ Southern 500 Pre-Race Concert Presented by Coca-Cola,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “Grand Funk Railroad’s hit songs were some of the most memorable from the early 70’s. They are an iconic name in rock music and a tremendous fit for our celebration.”

Bojangles' Southern 500 Tickets

Grand Funk Railroad’s drummer, Don Brewer, agrees, declaring, “NASCAR and GRAND FUNK on Labor Day Weekend! God Bless America!” Fans of Grand Funk Railroad have the exclusive opportunity to watch the concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the purchase of a Bojangles’ Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include an up close view of the Sprint Cup Series drivers as they are introduced to the crowd. Supplies are limited.   “Coca-Cola has been part of racing since the beginning, so we're excited to partner with Darlington Raceway to bring fans a fun throwback race and a great classic band for the pre-race concert,” commented Heather Hucks, Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. “The weekend will be full of classics, from drivers to cars to our ice cold Coke, it's going to be a fantastic event for race fans."   We’re An American Band was released in July 1973. The following month, the song became the band’s first No. 1 hit single.  By August, the album charted to No. 1 and they picked up Gold Record No. 9.   Success was still in their future. Not only did they release yet another huge album, Shinin’ On, but also had their second No. 1 single with The Loco-Motion. Also, the single Some Kind of Wonderful hit stores with an immediate impact reaching No. 3 on the charts and staying in the Top-40 for a remarkable 12 weeks.   Known as “The American Band," the high-energy five-piece group has been part of the rock scene in many forms for over 45 years. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining them is singer Max Carl, who is a rock veteran from 38 Special, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and keyboardist Tim Cashion.   Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape 45 years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power.   Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top-40 hits and two No. 1 singles (both selling more than one million each). The group has accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.   For more information, visit www.grandfunkrailroad.com.   The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com.   You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at #TraditionReturns, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.   ABOUT COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. CONSOLIDATED Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) is the nation's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCBCC makes, sells and distributes more than 250 brands and flavors in a wide variety of package types and sizes in multiple channels. We operate in 13 states, primarily in the Southeast, with corporate offices located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol COKE.

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Nickelback forced to cancel No Fixed Address Tour due to medical emergency

MEDICAL EMERGENCY FORCES NICKELBACK TO CANCEL NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR 2015 NO FIXED ADDRESS TOUR, CHAD KROEGER TO UNDERGO VOCAL CORD SURGERY Refunds Available to Ticketholders at Point of Purchase COLUMBIA, SC June 23, 2015 - Multi-platinum selling rock band NICKELBACK is forced to cancel all remaining dates of the second leg of the 2015 No Fixed Address North American tour due to lead vocalist Chad Kroeger being diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box.  Kroeger will undergo surgery in 3 weeks following vocal rest ordered by doctors.  Ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.  For more information please visit http://www.livenation.com/ and http://www.nickelback.com/. Nickelback - casual photo Nickelback cancelled shows over the weekend, hoping the additional rest and treatment would help but an unfortunate diagnosis from Kroeger’s doctor revealed a more serious scenario.  ““I am sorry I have to interrupt the party this summer and I am definitely not thrilled with the prospect of being silent for many weeks to come when I could be out there playing for our fans” shared Chad Kroeger. “I am relying on my doctor and his team to help get my voice back in good form as quickly as possible.”   Kroeger’s medical team anticipates a full recovery and the No Fixed Address tour will resume with their previously scheduled European run, in Helsinki, Finland on September 30th.   Nickelback are expected to return to North America in 2016.   CANCELLED - NORTH AMERICAN DATES (including * Festival dates) Tue June 23                Wheatland, CA                        Sleep Train/Toyota Amphitheatre Wed June 24               Mountain View, CA                 Shoreline Amphitheatre Fri June 26                  Irvine, CA                                Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Sat June 27                 San Diego, CA                        Sleep Train Amphitheatre Tue June 30                Albuquerque, NM                    Isleta Amphitheatre Wed July 01                Phoenix, AZ                            Ak-Chin Pavilion Fri July 03                   Las Vegas, NV                        Mandalay Bay Events Center Sun July 05                 Salt Lake City, UT                  USANA Amphitheatre Tue July 07                 Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheatre Fri July 10                   Tinley Park, IL                         First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Sat July 11                  Indianapolis, IN                       Klipsch Music Center Tues July 14               Des Moines, IA                       Wells Fargo Thurs July 16              Walker, MN                             Moondance Jam* Fri July 17                   Cadott, WI                               Rock Fest* Sat July 19                  Quebec City                            Festival d’été * Tues July 21               Manchester, NH                     Verizon Wireless Arena Thurs July 23              Ottawa, ON                             Canadian Tire Centre Sat July 25                  Minneapolis, MN                     Target Center Tues July 28               Omaha, NE                             Centurylink Center Wed July 29                St. Louis, MO                          Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Fri July 31                   Cincinnati, OH                        Riverbend Music Center Sat Aug 01                  Clarkston, MI  DTE                 Energy Music Theater Tue Aug 04                 Cuyahoga Falls, OH               Blossom Music Center Wed Aug 5                  Mt. Pleasant, MI                      Soaring Eagle Casino Fri Aug 07                   Darien Lake, NY                     Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Sat Aug 08                  Hershey, PA                           Hershey Park Stadium Tue Aug 11                 Saratoga Springs, NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center Wed Aug 12                Burgettstown, PA                    First Niagara Pavilion Fri Aug 14                   Wantagh, NY                          Nikon Theater at Jones Beach Sat Aug 15                  Uncasville, CT                        Mohegan Sun Arena Tue Aug 18                 Mansfield, MA                         Xfinity Center Wed Aug 19                Bangor, ME                             Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Fri Aug 21                   Holmdel, NJ                            P.N.C Bank Art Center Sat Aug 22                  Camden, NJ                           Susquehanna Bank Center Tue Aug 25                 Bristow, VA                             Jiffy Lube Live Wed Aug 26                Virginia Beach, VA                  Farm Bureau Live Fri Aug 28                  Charlotte, NC                        PNC Music Pavilion Sat Aug 29                  Atlanta, GA                             Aarons Amphitheater at Lakewood Mon Aug 31               North Charleston, SC           North Charleston Coliseum Tues Sept 1                 Jacksonville, FL                      Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Thurs Sept 3               Lafayette, LA                          Lafayette Cajundome Fri Sept 4                    Durant, OK                              Choctaw Casino Event Center

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Historic Burgaw Depot Antique Sale and Appraisal Fair

Affiliated with the 12th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival North Carolina Blueberry FestivalJune 20, 2015 from 9am-5pm Saturday only - Now is the time to find out if that item your grandma had is a true Antique. Bring your antique items to the Depot for an in house appraisal by Hands on Appraisals of Hampstead. A fee of 10.00 will be collected by the Pender County Historical Society. Maximum of 2 items per person ($10.00 per item) Sets will be considered as one item No furniture or items that cannot be carried by one person.   Spread the word and join in on the fun!!!

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Carolina Native will eXXpedition for Science

Disclaimer: This is a shameless plug, but I am way too excited not to share this with my Beach Carolina family of readers. plastic debrisBio Pic 1bio pic underwater 2 This extremely proud Carolina native is so stoked to share that she is officially part of the crew for the 2015 Amazon eXXpedition, yep I spelled it right. "eXXpedition" is a series of voyages to "make the unseen seen", from the toxins in our bodies to the toxins in the seas.  The overall mission is to explore the issue of chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease, in particular raising awareness of those linked to the rise in breast cancer rates. The initiative is to engage women in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, and their long term health impacts on themselves and our environment. During this eXXpedition voyage, the key is to collect environmental samples to assess plastic and pollutants, feeding in these samples to wider studies investigating the impacts of toxins and plastics pollutants and linking this sampling to narratives of ecosystem health, personal health, and the products we consume. The eXXpedition crew, including myself, will participate in biomonitoring with the UN founded initiative ‘Safe Planet‘ to assess personal exposure to known toxic substances. Through personal exploration of our internal environment the focus is to better understand the levels of toxic exposure in women to work on ways to reduce such exposure. Each eXXpedition voyage includes specific scientific research that will be conducted at sea as part of the over-all mission.  My research focus will be studying plastic chemical absorption and plastic accumulation in the ocean and nearby solid waste facility infrastructure as it relates to such accumulation.  I will also be working on developing curriculum for formal and informal educators to use in regards to marine debris prevention and best management practices for removal. The plastic research includes studying the solid waste and recycling infrastructure of Recife, Brazil and Guyana, which will include waste audits and other data collection methods at solid waste facilities. As part of the actual at sea expedition there will be a heavy focus on plastic collection in the ocean during the 15 day journey sailing from Brazil to Guyana, which will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Georgia studies and Dr. Jenna Jambeck. Manta trawl sampling will be conducted along the way in order to collect plastics that are larger than 333 microns. GPS locations of the trawls as well as locations of specific types of debris found will be tracked using the Marine Debris Tracker App. Bucket sampling will be done on a daily basis to sample microplastics at several different levels. Floating debris will also be collected and tracked using the marine debris tracker. You can even keep up-to-date with news of our journey through different blog sites and track our plastic data collection information as well as GPS through the marine debris tracker app website. I also plan to study any plastic or other debris accumulation on the bottom of the ocean in specific areas that are within recreational diving depth if the weather conditions are conducive. This research is all part of a 15 day journey in the month of December 2015 sailing from Recife, Brazil to Guyana, but the research being done here will be far reaching and will serve to provide useful information on reducing plastic accumulation and pollutants around the world and for future generations to come. As an eastern North Carolina native, I am extremely proud to represent the US and North Carolina on this crew that includes female researchers from all over the world.  I am also very excited to be able to share the experience with all of my readers back home during the creation of eXXpedition's inspiring narrative of female leadership, personal and environmental exploration, and cultural conversation space aboard Sea Dragon, a 72 foot scientific exploration vessel. So, my shameless plug is asking you to help fund my part of the research. You can make contributions to this project here: http://www.gofundme.com/vhn5d6s No donation is too small and every donation is very much appreciated.  You can keep track of my voyage, research, and blogs during the trip at www.eXXpedition.com and you can track the debris I will be collecting here: http://www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu/ Wishing you all Calm Seas and Blues Skies

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Good Clean Fun this Saturday, May 9th

cleanup high school Looking for some good clean fun this weekend?  Keep Onslow Beautiful is offering up two locations to come out and join your friends and neighbors for a beach cleanup. Beach cleanups are not only fun and educational, but they are extremely rewarding.  By cleaning the beach near where you live, you add value to your community and are restoring your community environment. If that doesn't totally grab your attention enough to mark this Saturday on your calendar, they are also offering SAT credit hours for high schoolers and if you arrive early enough you can receive a free Earth and Surf Fest t-shirt while supplies last.  They also promise fresh salty air and free sand foot exfoliation. These events will be held in North Topsail Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park on Saturday, May 9th. Supplies can be picked up from 9:30am-11am at the North Topsail Beach town park picnic tables near the tennis courts.  The cleanup lasts as long as you would like to take. Take a 15 minute stroll or spend all day collecting debris and tracking trends.  It's all up to you. The other cleanup location will be held at Hammocks Beach State Park and supplies can be picked up from 10am until noon at the park's office and ferry ticket booth.  Ferry fees do apply, but this is a cool opportunity if you have never been. Hammocks Beach is a great way to escape from the norm and see an island of unspoiled beach that is free of development.  Be sure to bring the whole family and make a day of it.  This cleanup will be a pack-in, pack-out event meaning that all debris collected will come back with you on the ferry. Keep Onslow Beautiful committee members will be showcasing how to use the very popular Marine Debris Tracker App that you can down for free on your smart phone.  It is a cool way to track the debris you pickup no matter where you are.  It automatically tracks your location and I personally find it very competitive (find me at username treehuggerlisa). "Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. "  -- NC Marine Debris Symposium cleanup bagcleanup straws See you there!!

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Underwater Obsessed: James J. Francesconi Reef Project

Reef Project Poster Being underwater obsessed in North Carolina means also having a complete and total addiction for the magical lore and exploration of shipwrecks. North Carolina holds the brass porthole to some of the World’s best diving and marine life habitat areas. Our mysterious “Graveyard of the Atlantic” is a proud heritage with a rich history that we hear ghost stories about in our youth and many of us venture out and explore as we get older. As an eastern North Carolina youngster, I recall many tales of such wrecks including stories from my favorite folklore novelist, Charles Harry Whedbee. Shipwrecks, as an adult bring an entire new meaning, especially as a diver. To see them up-close and touch and feel them there at the bottom of the ocean, it brings up an entire new reverence for protecting and preserving the historical significance, but it also makes me realize how vital they are to our marine life habitat. Right off our coast in North Carolina, World War II left behind a catalog of wrecks that biologists find provide a beneficial hard structure habitat which is crucial since most of these portions of the ocean are dominated by sandy bottoms. The hard structure that shipwrecks provide offer a sanctuary for hundreds of species and provides a much needed substrate for other marine species that would otherwise not exist in these sandy bottoms. When I dive wrecks, I find that some of the most fascinating marine animals are attracted to them, including my favorite – sharks! Since shipwrecks are so crucial to North Carolina for marine habitat and our local tourism economy, I am very excited about the new shipwreck, a 180’ former Menhaden boat that has been announced to become a new underwater reef in honor of our former North Carolina Reef Coordinator, James J. Francesconi. The plan is to sink the wreck in approximately 60-70 feet of water near the wreck of the USS Indra, which is about 12 miles past the Beaufort Inlet. James J. Francesconi started working at the NC Division of Marine Fisheries in 1987. In 2000 he became the Reef Program Coordinator where he served for 14 years before losing his battle with leukemia on July 18, 2014. This wreck reef project will memorialize and honor his contributions to the NC Reef Program, including his efforts resulted in hundreds of improvements to artificial reefs in North Carolina spanning from the northern Outer Banks to Long Bay, including the creation of the New River Reef off the coast of Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune, the Jim Knight Reef close to Oak Island, the Bob Black Reef located near Frying Pan Tower, and the sinking of the USCG SPAR, the Titan Tug, the Captain Greg Mickey, the Pawtucket Tug, Capt. Charlie, as well as the USCG Falcon aircraft. Many divers are familiar with these sites and now have the opportunity, not only to contribute to a new dive site and help create marine life habitat, but also to memorialize the man who helped make some of their favorite dive sites happen. The process of creating this underwater memorial has been possible recently due to the continued efforts of the interim Reef Coordinator, Gregg Bodnar, Tim Mullane of American Marine Group, and a local group of fundraising and reef activists including our local dive community. However, creating this underwater memorial is a large financial undertaking and the JJF Reef Project is still seeking donors. A significant portion of the memorial funds have been raised through the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles license plate program that began in 2005. North Carolina divers who have purchased license plates with the red and white “diver-down flag” have raised around $70,000.00 and those funds are earmarked for the development of North Carolina’s offshore artificial reefs. If you would like to be a part of the JJF Reef Project and thus support marine habitat, fisheries, and tourism, you can visit http://www.GoFundMe.com/JJF-Reef-Project and follow the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JJFReefProject. The fundraising group is headed up by Bobby Purifoy of Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, Debby Boyce of Discovery Diving in Beaufort, and Carteret County diver Steve Broadhurst. They have set up accounts for donations with the East Carolina Artificial Reef Association as well as the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. You can also donate by entering a raffle at Olympus Dive Center. The raffle is for a dive charter with Olympus and chances are you will be able to visit one of the awesome wrecks mentioned here in this article. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the JJF Reef Project. Please visit http://www.olympusdiving.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/olympusdivecenter for more information. For more information about the North Carolina Reef Program, please contact Gregg Bodnar, interim North Carolina Reef Coordinator at Gregg.bodnar@ncdenr.gov and (252) 808-8053. Blue Skies and Calm Seas to you all.

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Toes in the Water Parrot Head Club of Topsail: 4th Annual Phlip Phlop Bar Hop

TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC April 23, 2015 - The Toes In The Water Parrot Head Club of Topsail along with The National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater Carolinas Chapter will be holding the "4th Annual Phlip Phlop Bar Hop" on Saturday, May 2, 2015 between 2:00 - 8:00 PM. Toes in the Water Pub Crawl flyer2The Pub Crawl starts and ends at the Brass Pelican (Surf City, NC) with stops at:

  • The Trailer Bar,
  • Buddy's,
  • Crab Pot,
  • Gilligan's,
  • Sears Landing and,
  • Oasis Bar.
There is a $30.00 charge per person for t-shirt, after party admission and transportation only during the pub crawl. 454 at Brass PelicanThere will also be a Silent Auction at Hulas beginning at noon and ending at 8:00 PM. After party at the Brass Pelican with the band 454 (from Raleigh) performing at 9:00 PM. Limited seats available on the bus. Register early at http://tiparrotheads.webs.com/pubcrawl    

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Honoring Our Past, Embracing Our Future, Celebrating 75 Years: United States Coast Guard Art Contest for Students

ELIZABETH CITY, NC April 23, 2015 - Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City concluded an Art contest for students in Elementary, Middle and High Schools within the Pasquotank County–Elizabeth City school system and private schools in Elizabeth City as part of our 75th Anniversary Celebration. We are proud to announce that we received more than 100 entries from all grade levels. These amazing works of art will be on display at the Museum of the Albemarle from April 14, 2015 through May 29th, 2015, the day that Elizabeth City will officially be designated as a “Coast Guard City”. Winners will be announced and prizes presented on Saturday, May 16th, on the Main Stage of the 2015 North Carolina Potato Festival.

Museum of the Albemarle

Museum of the Albemarle

This year marks the 75th anniversary since the commissioning of the very first Coast Guard Command in Elizabeth City. The Coast Guard has grown over those 75 years to seven separate commands in Elizabeth City and in honor of our 75th anniversary, the Coast Guard Base recently hosted a kick-off and cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate a series of planned events to celebrate this historic year. 2015 will be a truly memorable year for the Coast Guard and our community. 75 years of rich history in Elizabeth City, officially naming as a “Coast Guard City,” and the North Carolina Potato Festival will feature a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer as its mascot. The Coast Guard is also planning a series of events to commemorate 2015, including a 7.5K Fun Run/Walk on May 16th, Time Capsule and a Historic Building Dedication, among others. The 7.5K Run will be held at 8:00 AM at Charles Creek Park and is only $10 to sign up, and you will get a limited edition shirt. Sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/ElizabethCity/NCPFRUNWALK. All three First place winners of the art contest will have their art-work on permanent exhibition in the U.S. Coast Guard Base Command Building.   Free Family Program For More Information Call 252-335-1453 The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.   About The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.   Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.   NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber Bike & Dine Week Returns

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC April 21, 2015 - May is national biking month and Chamber Bike & Dine Week, presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, May 2nd through May 9th, offers bicycling enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy fantastic cuisine island-wide. Chamber Bike & Dine Week 2015Now in its third year, Chamber Bike & Dine Week, sponsored by Coligny Plaza, celebrates the island's ranking among the nation's best destinations for biking and fine dining. Participating restaurants will offer Bike & Dine Week menus to patrons arriving by bike along with special dining offers. Bicycle Friendly Community - SilverWith a full line-up of events, Chamber Bike & Dine Week celebrates the island's bicycle friendly setting with island-wide bike and dine specials, coffee and lunch meet-ups at various Coligny Plaza restaurants, the chamber's Wednesday after work networking ride at Bomboras, Thursday's bike to work day, Friday's Bikes, Brews and Bites leaving from Captain Woody's at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday's community beach bike ride.   The Community Beach Bike Ride @ Coligny, starts Saturday, May 9th at 9:00 a.m. at Coligny Beach Park. The ride, organized by the Town of Hilton Head Island and the Bicycle Advisory Committee is an open-to-all free bike ride from Coligny Beach to Palmetto Dunes and back.   It's a great week to bike and dine with choices from Captain Woody's to Ruby Lee's Charbar Co.,The Smokehouse, Bomboras, Black Marlin Bayside Grill and more. Participating restaurants and a full events schedule are listed on the Chamber's website at www.ChamberBikeandDine.com.
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