You can send your news of special events, workshops, meetings, etc. on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to donna@islandfreepress.org.  Please send as a document  or plain text in press release format.   Please do not send only PDFs of posters or other announcements.  You can send these for illustration, but we need text. We must receive your announcement at least one week before the event.

Dare County MedFlight to hold open house on March 25

Dare County offers one of the few county-owned aeromedical operations in the entire nation. Take this opportunity to come by and learn about the EMS Department’s history with MedFlight and see the equipment up close. MedFlight crew members will be on site to share information and answer questions about this critical lifesaving program that protects our residents and visitors. Bring the entire family out and enjoy a tour of the facility, aircraft and an ambulance!

The event will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Duvall / Willoughby Hangar, 1078 Driftwood Drive, Manteo.

Schedule of Activities are:

  • 9:00 am - Doors Open
  • 9:30 am  - 10:00 am Welcome Remarks, Remembrance of Fallen MedFlight members,History of MedFlight
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Tours of Facility, Aircraft and Ambulance, Individual Question and Answer, Kids Activities


Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's Spring Dance is set for April 8

HICF welcomes you to their 17th annual dance --  a Spring Soiree to help welcome in another wonderful season on the Outer Banks.

The dance will feature a night under the stars sipping drinks and conversing with friends as you wander through an enchanted forest setting. There will be snacks to nibble on and a full course meal to delight your taste buds. Enjoy the sounds from Stone Age Romeos as they serenade you through a magical evening. The evening is sure to be a true delight for the senses.

  • Date:  April 8th
  • Doors Open: 6pm
  • Music: 7pm – Midnight
  • Locatation:  Hatteras Village Civic Center
  • Live Band: Stone Age Romeos hailing from Raleigh, NC
  • Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres, Buffet, Crepe Bar & Desserts
  • Beer, Wine & Set-Ups will be provided, along with water and other refreshments (Please provide your own liquor for the set-ups)  Must be 21 to attend.
  • Tickets: $50 Donation Per Person


Tickets can be purchased from: Hatteras Realty Avon & Hatteras Office Locations, Spa Koru, or any HICF Board Member.


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.  Founded in December 2000, the group’s primary goal is to raise funds to offer financial support for patients to help them pay for medical costs not reimbursed by insurance and to pay for travel expenses for themselves and their care givers to medical centers for cancer treatment. To date, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has assisted over 158 islanders with cancer and their families with grants in excess of $800,000.

For more information, to see a full list of events, or to make a donation, visit www.hicf.org.



Finale of the Worldwide Online “Blue Mind” Book Club is set for Saturday, March 25

“Blue Mind” author Wallace J Nichols will attend the event and the public and book readers are invited to meet him at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Fire Hall.

Radio Hatteras and Buxton Village Books teamed up to offer “Blue Mind” as the wintertime Hatteras Island Reads selection. The subtitle of the book is “The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.”

Since January, portions of the book have been broadcast and streamed at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday evenings on Radio Hatteras.

On Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., the finale will go live worldwide for a question and answer session with the author. The session can be live streamed on Facebook at Wallace J Nichols Changing Conversations for Good.

The session will be recorded and broadcast on Radio Hatteras at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 1.

Sips and nibbles for the event are courtesy of Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

Organizers thank the following for support of this community event: The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras Bed and Breakfast, Dee Callahan Catering, Lee Robinson General Store, Ocean Atlantic Rentals and the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.

The Avon Fire Hall is located at 40159 Harbor Rd., Avon.
 


Island Art Show In the Tri-Villages is set for April 14

An Island Art Show will be held Friday, April 14  from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, just north of North Beach Campground and just south of Liberty Gas Station in the village of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island.

The Island Art Show is a FREE event for attendees, we ask that you save your money for supporting our local artists and crafters. All ages are welcome. This will be a benefit for Radio Hatteras thanks to Artist booth fees & raffle ticket sales.

The Island Art Show is an indoor / outdoor event that will host over 20 local artists and crafters, where you will find everything from fine art printed onto cutting boards, phone cases, tee shirts, magnets, puzzles and more, seaglass jewelry, handmade soaps, glass art, handmade hula hoops, beach art, upcycled art, textile designs, photography, and more.

Raffle tickets will be for sale for one lucky winner to receive a basket full of goodies donated by some of our local artists & crafters--winner will be announced & called at 5 p.m.

Music will be provided by local talent Chad Bennett in the afternoon.

Here is a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1279601542124720/


Easter Egg Hunt at Frisco Mini Golf

Frisco Mini Golf and Go Karts on Highway 12 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is free to all and will include over 2,000 filled eggs, candy, free hot dogs and drinks, games, prizes and many fun activities. The egg hunt will begin at 12 p.m. and children will be grouped by age up to 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12 years old.





Get to Know Purple Martins Free Program set for March 24

Join Coastal Carolina Purple Martin Society members Michael Gery and Cindy Heffley for a program about Purple Martins.  Find out why these birds rely on human interaction and how you can attract them to your property.  Learn more about the roost at the William Umstead Memorial (Old Manns Harbor) Bridge where hundreds of thousands of birds typically occupy the bridge during the summer.  Whether you are a current Purple Martin landlord or simply want to learn more about these migratory wonders, come to the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center located at 100 Conservation Way in Manteo on Friday, March 24, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Bring the whole family. For more information contact Cindy Heffley at 252-305-3357.





Community support sought for Hatteras Island Catch

Members of the Hatteras Island community are invited to attend a development meeting regarding the formation of Hatteras Island Catch on Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.  The group will discuss promoting the island's commercial fishing heritage and economy, while stressing the importance of keeping local seafood on our tables.

The concept of Hatteras Island Catch will be to strengthen the local economy through promotion and education of fresh caught seafood. The volunteer-based group will  work to educate consumers on the importance of buying local seafood and how to: support a robust seafood economy and culture; promote commercial fishing as a sustainable profession deeply rooted past and presently in Hatteras; support seafood industry economic opportunities and job growth; identify, prepare and store seafood.

For more information, contact Licia Trudeau Caldwell 252-216-7533 or Sharon Peele Kennedy at 252-305-5592.



Open House for Proposed Boat Ramp in Rodanthe

Dare County will host an informal Open House on Wednesday, March 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for citizens to review plans for a potential new boat ramp at the Rodanthe Harbor.

Proposed preliminary designs will be on display and staff from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will be available to answer questions and receive comments and feedback. Dare County is holding this open house so that all user groups, including commercial fishermen and the general public, may provide input on the important issue of boat ramp access.

The Open House will take place at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building located at the corner of NC 12 and Myrna Peters Roads in Rodanthe.



Hatteras Island CERT to offer the basic CERT training course

The Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team will be offering the CERT basic training class for anyone in the community who may be interested in attending. The training is designed to cover the following:

Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical-Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and CERT.

The entire course takes about 20 hours to complete and classes are held one evening per week. The last class is a demonstration of skills you learned during the course.

The course is designed to help everyone in the community to learn how to take care of themselves, their families, and their neighbors, before, during and after an emergency or significant event like a hurricane. THE COURSE IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Classes will begin on March 22, 2017 and be held at the Avon Fire Station starting at 6:00 p.m.



Volunteers needed for National Park Service Beach Cleanup on Ocracoke Island
 
Cape Hatteras National Seashore will host a beach cleanup Thursday, March 30 between noon and 4 p.m. on Ocracoke Island.

Meet park staff at the Ocracoke Day Use Area to check in.

Bring leather gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen. Wear appropriate clothing, including closed toe shoes and hats. Trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian with them.

For additional information on volunteer opportunities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, visit www.volunteer.gov or call 252-475-9042.



Pangea Tavern and Hatteras Realty Present Hoppy Easter 2017

We are combining 2 of the Islands BEST Easter events for a day of AWESOMENESS! 

Come join us at Pangea Tavern for a day filled with fun for the whole family. You won't want to miss this Easter event and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny!

Saturday, April 15th @ Pangea Tavern
Easter Bunny Photos @ 12PM
Kid's Egg Hunt @ 2 PM
Adult Beer Hunt to Follow 

Food & drink specials available all day. Tapping of the highly coveted Chocolate Stout.

For more information visit http://www.hatterasrealty.com/outer-banks-easter.htm



March classes and activities at the Fessenden Center

The Fessenden Center is a multi-generational facility serving all of Hatteras Island with programs and activities for toddlers, youth, adults, older adults, and families. Located in Buxton, Dare County Parks and Recreation programming and Dare County Adult and Senior Services are both offered through the facility.

The center's staff seeks to provide professionally designed and supervised programs that benefit all ages and interests in areas such as athletics, arts, wellness and general leisure programming. Youth programs include a variety of classes and lessons, as well as team and individual sports, summer camps, and special events. Adult programs are also diverse including shopping trips, movies, luncheons, team sports, fitness classes and speakers covering a variety of topics

The fitness and activity calendar provides a wide range of opportunities to learn, stay fit, and have fun. There is something for everyone at the Fessenden Center. The classes are free for Dare County residents over 55. For residents under 55 or non-residents, they are $3 a class or $15 a month.

Click here for the this month's calendar.

For more information, go to http://www.darenc.com/fessenden or find the center on Facebook.


Annual Job Fair Set For April 1

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern Workforce Development Board and NC Works Career Center cordially invite you to participate in OBX Success ,Job & Career Fair 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Thomas A. Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills.

East Carolina Radio, Max Radio of the Carolinas, Outer Banks Voice, and Dare County Older Adult Services are promotional and host partners for the event.  Vendor tables start at  just $75 each per Chamber member, $150 non-members.  Admission to the April event will be free.

For more information about the job fair, to download vendor application forms or flyers for posting in your office or on social media, visit  www.outerbankschamber.com/jobfair



Registration Open for the 2017 OBX Tourism Summit
 
Reserve your spot for the 5th Annual OBX Tourism Summit, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Jennette's Pier, Nags Head, NC. 
 
Why should you come?  The Tourism Summit, held during National Tourism Week, May 7-13, brings together industry partners from all over Dare County to learn about the latest marketing trends, network with local tourism colleagues as well as catching up on the current topics facing the Outer Banks vacation industry.

We've put together a great line up of speakers for this year's Tourism Summit. Topics offer a wide variety of subjects ranging from how to create content development for digital marketing, making the best use of technology for the hospitality professional as well as how to tell your story and get noticed.  Click here to view our line up of speakers for the Summit.  Register Here

 


Ocracoke’s Run Fest Weekend is set for April 29 and 30
 

Ocracoke’s sixth annual Jolly Roger 5K and Queen Anne’s Revenge 10K is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017. On Sunday, runners are invited for the second annual Blackbeard Half-Marathon.

The Run Fest Weekend benefits Ocracoke Community Radio WOVV, Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club, Ocracoke Community Park and the Ocracoke Childcare. In 2016, the Run Fest Weekend raised over $40,000 for beneficiaries.

The Saturday 5K and 10K races take runners through historic Ocracoke neighborhoods, by Ocracoke Harbor and past the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the United States in continuous service. The course is basically flat. The races start at 8 a.m.

Immediately following the awards ceremony for the 5K/10K races, families can enjoy a one mile fun run, where all participants will receive a medal recognizing the event.

For 10K and 5K races, the top three male and female runners and along with the top three male and female finishers in each age category earn medals. This year, all race finishers will receive event medals and a race t-shirt. T-shirt sizes not guaranteed after April 14 pre-registration deadline.

The post-party run starts at 11:30 a.m. at Gaffer’s Sports Pub with no charge for runners. Food and beverages are provided.

All accommodations are within walking or biking distance to the start/finish line. Golf cart rentals are available. Limited parking exists near start/finish line.

On Sunday, April 30, the Blackbeard Half-Marathon starts at 8 a.m. at Gaffer’s Sports Pub. The course takes runners through Ocracoke village, then into the Cape Hatteras National seashore using the multi-use paved trail to the Ocracoke Park Service Campground. Runners circle the campground and return to Gaffer’s. The pub hosts the awards ceremony and the post-run party starting at high noon.

All courses are USATF certified.

More information and online registration is available at www.ocracokeisland5krun.org



Foster parenting classes begin in March

At any given time, there are 20-50 children in need of foster homes in Dare County. These children come into foster care under no fault of their own. Dare County Department of Health and Human services invites you to make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent.

Foster care is intended to be temporary and placements can last anywhere from a night or two to a year or more.  On some rare occasions, children may be unable to return home and another permanent plan, such as adoption, is possible. Children in foster care can range from birth to 18 years old, and foster parents are able to specify a desired age range for placements in their home.

In order to become a foster parent, you must complete Foster Parent Training which is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. The next training is being held in Manteo starting in March, 2017.

For more information about foster parenting, please visit www.darenc.com/fosterparents  to learn more about the process or contact Brittany Canter at 252-475 5500.



Cape Hatteras Anglers Club schedules 2017 Bingo nights

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club invites residents and visitors to its 2017 Wednesday Bingo nights at the Anglers Club, located on Light Plant Road in Buxton.  Light Plant Road is directly across Highway 12 from Conner’s Supermarket.  The Club is on the left just past the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative property.  Ample parking is available in the club’s parking area along the left side of the building.

Doors open at 6 pm and games begin promptly at 7 pm.  Games are all cash prizes.  Soft drinks, snacks, popcorn and candy are available along with free coffee.  Proceeds benefit the Anglers Club scholarship program for local high school seniors and other island non-profit organizations. 

The 2017 Bingo Schedule is:

March: 29
April: 12, 19, 26
May: 10, 24, 31
June: Every Wednesday
July: Every Wednesday
August: Every Wednesday
Sept.: Every Wednesday
October: 4, 11, 18
November: 15, 29
December: 13
2018-January: 10, 24




English as a second language classes in Buxton

Ongoing English as a second language will start on Thursday, Sept.29, and run through May at Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church in Buxton. Classes are on Thursdays from  6 to 8 p.m. The classes are sponsored by the Dare Literacy Council and are free and open to any adult wishing to learn English as a second language. Students of all levels are invited to attend. The church is located at 48478 Highway 12. New students can call 252-216-8567 or drop in to register for the class. If you know anyone wishing to learn English or improve their skills, please let them know about this class.