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.

Over-the-counter medicine give-away planned for Aug. 29

Community Care Clinic Of Dare is Offering Free Over The Counter Medications on Tuesday, August 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hatteras Village Community Guiding Behind the library.  Residents only .




Surfalorus Film Festival Announces Lineup

The Surfalorus Film Festival will bring an eclectic array of local, regional, national, and international surf films to the Outer Banks when it returns for its sixth year September 21-23.

The free, family-friendly event will showcase numerous surf films at various venues on the Outer Banks. Surfalorus screenings will be held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head (Thursday, September 21), Dare County Arts Council in Manteo (Friday, September 22), and the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills (Saturday, September 23). Doors will open at 6:30pm and screenings will start at 7pm each evening.

On Thursday at Jennette’s Pier, guests can enjoy acoustic music by Sensi Trails and frozen yogurt from Nags Head’s Surfin’ Spoon while taking in surf films. Feature film Take Every Wave by Rory Kennedy and LIMITLESS featuring Jesse Hines and Nathan Greenlee by Manteo High School Film Student Logan Marshall will be shown.

“I’m super stoked on being a part of Surfalorus this year,” said Logan Marshall. “I have always wanted to make a film, but having this opportunity with a local film festival gave me a reason to create one. Watching the films that evening with a view of the ocean is going to be a lot of fun.”

Dare County Arts Council will be filled with all things surf art when Surfalorus travels to Manteo on Friday, September 22. A variety of short films will be shown at DCAC, including Maranasati and Protecting the Atlantic by Outer Banks filmmaker Chris Hannant and Fish People by Keith Malloy. A collaborative trailer for a 2018 documentary film honoring the late Mickey McCarthy will also be screened. Surfalorus guests will be treated to vinyl tunes by DJ Ninja, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a book signing by Chris Bickford for Legends Of The Sandbar, a photography exhibit honoring Mickey McCarthy curated by Daniel Pullen, and a longboard exhibit curated by Steve Wise.

“We are always stoked to see the classic longboards and the art they induce,” said Steve Wise. “We will have a display of Hobies upstairs and a photography exhibit downstairs in memory of our friend and surf photographer Mickey McCarthy.”

Enjoy surf films and local craft beer under the stars in the backyard at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills the final evening of Surfalorus. Feature films Under an Arctic Sky by Chris Burkard and The Church of the Open Sky by Nathan Oldfield will be shown this evening. Folk rock band The Damn Truth will take the main stage at the Brewing Station after the last screening for the Surfalorus After Party.

“The Church of the Open Sky is an independent surf film I've been working on for nearly three years,” said filmmaker Nathan Oldfield. “It is entirely self-funded and homemade. I'm humbled and happy to see how far it is traveling around the world and how it is being so well received. It's an honor for me to have the film screened at the Surfalorus Film Festival.”


All three evenings of Surfalorus will also feature a raffle. Raffle prizes include a Mickey McCarthy shaped New Sun board, a print from Daniel Pullen Photography, an authentic Outer Banks seaglass necklace from Cloud Nine, 3 Pegasorus Passes to the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC in November, a skateboard from Outer Banks Boarding Company and a gallery quality canvas print from Surfline’s Great Breaks Gallery. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 7 tickets. They can be purchased at the screenings and at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo as of September 1.

Surfalorus is a premier collaboration between Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington, NC-based Cucalorus Film Festival, which will celebrate its 23rd anniversary this fall.

This project is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Surfalorus is sponsored by Outer Banks Blue and supported by The Town of Manteo.

For more information about the Surfalorus Film Festival, please call 252 473 5558 or visit DareArts.org and Surfalorus.com.



Ocracoke events week of Aug. 14 to 20

Monday, Aug. 14
Meeting with N.C. Ferry Division; Ocracoke Community Center, 1 pm
Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum: museum tour, 1 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Aaron and Jackie, 7 pm
Deepwater Theater: Blackbeard: An (Historical/Hysterical) Account, 8 pm
Gaffer’s: JP3, 9 pm


Tuesday, Aug. 15
Ocracoke Preservation Society: “Living at the Water’s Edge” book signing, 1 pm
Jolly Roger: Aaron Caswell and Jackie Willis, 6 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Bryan Mayer, 7 pm
Ocracoke Bar & G
rille: Jon Lea, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Coyote Plus One, Kim France, 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Gaffer’s: JP3, 9 pm
Gaffer’s: Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, 7 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 16
Ocracoke Preservation Society: Kids Create-a-Craft: Ocracoke ponies, 1 pm
Maker’s Market, Wahab House lawn, 161 Irvin Garrish Hwy., 1 to 7 pm
Ocracoke Community Library: Family movie night, 6 pm
Jolly Roger: Edgar Scrubbs, 6 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Bryan Mayer, 6 pm
Dajio Restaurant: Jon Lea, 7 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Mike Norris, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Just We Two, 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Deepwater Theater: Dingbatter’s Guide to Ocracoke, 8 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Karaoke, 9 pm
Gaffer’s: Jayke Steele, 9 pm

Thursday, Aug. 17
Ocracoke Preservation Society: Porch talk: Ocracoke history, 1 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Martin Garrish and Lou Castro, 3 pm
Dajio Restaurant: Raygun Ruby, 80s music, 7 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Kate McNally, 7 pm
Deepwater Theater: Molasses Creek band, 8 pm
Gaffer’s: Jayke Steele, 9 pm


Friday, Aug. 18
Fig Festival: Ocracoke Preservation Society, 6 to 8 pm
Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum: museum tour, 1 pm
Jolly Roger: Willis Gupton, 6 pm
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Kate McNally, 7 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Mike Norris, 7 pm
Coyote Music Den: Playing your Ocracoke Memories, Martin Garrish, 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm

Saturday, Aug. 19
Community Square, Fig Festival, 10 am to 11 pm
Jolly Roger: Willis Gupton, 6 pm
Dajio Restaurant: Kate McNally, 7 pm
Community Square, Ocracoke Rockers 7 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Kim France, 7 pm

Sunday, Aug. 20
Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Will Roberts, Ventura Highway, 7 pm
Ocracoke Bar & Grille: Mike Norris, 7 pm
Gaffer’s: Matt Irie, 9 pm

(This list of events was compiled by the Ocracoke Observer)



Island Art Show is Aug. 31 in Rodanthe

More than 25 local artists and crafters will be showing their creations at an Island Art Show on Monday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. until 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 indoor and outdoor event. Artists' booth fees and raffle tickets will benefit Hatteras Island Meals.
  
Artists will be offering such items as fine art printed onto cutting boards, phone cases, T-shirts, magnets, puzzles, seaglass jewelry, handmade soaps, glass art, handmade hula hoops, beach art, upcycled art, textile designs, photography, and more.

Raffle tickets will be for sale all day at the lunch table for one lucky winner to receive a basket full of goodies donated by some of  the artists and crafter -- winner will be announced & called at 5 p.m. There will be grilled burgers and hot dogs for sale. Live music in the afternoon will be by local talent Rory Kelleher.

For more information, go to the Facebook page -- Island ART SHOW!




Hatteras Island Soundside Cleanup Event on August 26

Help keep Cape Hatteras National Seashore clean and safe for residents and visitors!

The National Park Service and North Carolina Coastal Federation are hosting a soundside cleanup on Hatteras Island on August 26 from 9:00-11:00 am. Meet staff at the Haulover Day Use Area along NC Highway 12, between Buxton and Avon villages.

Bring leather gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen. Wear appropriate clothing, including closed-toe water shoes and hats. Trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must have a 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.




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:

August:
Every Wednesday
Sept.: Every Wednesday
October: 4, 11, 18
November: 15, 29
December: 13
2018-January: 10, 24




Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station August Events

August Events at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station are as follows:
  • August 2, 9, 16 (Wednesdays) - 2:00pm Carl Smith USCG CMDR (ret) will present on the Life Saving Service and Coast Guard.
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Thursdays) - 2:00 p.m.  Re-enactment of the Beach Apparatus Drill.
  • August 4 (Friday) - 11:00 a.m.  JR Shanty Singers with Songs of the Seas.
  • August 16 (Wednesday) - 10:00 a.m.  99th Anniversary of the Mirlo Rescue. We will have descendants of the Mirlo Crew gather at the Life Saving Station to hear the story of the rescue, recite the names of the crew, & raise the flag!

With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico is the most complete of the remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites. It is open for touring Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, go to the website, www.chicamacomico.org.



Park Service Offers Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Programs in August and September


This August and September, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests. During an excavation, biologists will dig up the hatched nest, count empty eggshells, and collect un-hatched eggs for research. Live and dead hatchlings are occasionally found during these excavations.

The first public excavations of the season will likely take place in early August. Persons interested in finding out when and where an excavation will take place can call the excavation program hotline at (252) 475-9629. Due to the unpredictability of sea turtle hatchings, notice of these excavation programs is usually posted only one day in advance--so check the hotline often. While the biologists perform their examination of the nest, a park ranger will present a program on sea turtles and share what the biologists have found.

Nest excavations are an important way for the National Park Service to collect valuable data on sea turtle hatch and emergence success rates. These data are added to the turtle nesting databases for the Seashore and the State of North Carolina.

Each spring and summer, female sea turtles--loggerhead, green, and occasional leatherback--make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest.  Approximately two months later, under the cover of darkness, up to 150 hatchlings emerge from each deep sandy nest in a mad dash across the beach to reach the safety of the Atlantic Ocean.

For general information on the Outer Banks Group national park sites, visit www.nps.gov/caha, www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/fora; Twitter/Instagram @CapeHatterasNPS, @WrightBrosNPS, @FortRaleighNPS; or call 252-473-2111.



Hatteras Island Rescue Squad offering Rip Current Hazard and Beach Safety Training Programs
 

Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is offering Rip Current Hazard and Beach Safety Training Programs every Monday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. through Labor Day at the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad located at 48103 Hwy. 12 in Buxton.
 
Residents and visitors of ages are welcome to attend this free training program and learn about:
              • Rip Currents
              • Ocean Safety
              • Survival Practices
              • Beach Dangers
              • Jellyfish Stings
              • Holes in Sand
              • Fish Hook Injuries
The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is a volunteer, non-profit organization. 30 members provide rescue services for southern Hatteras Island.  For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/HIRS35/about/?ref=page_internal


Summer Programs begin at the Frisco Native American Museum

Visitors to the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center will  have the  opportunity to participate in a number of  programs offered for children and families this summer.  

Talking Sticks 


From a very early age, Native American children are taught to listen and respect another’s point of view.   Many native tribes use Talking Sticks as a creative and effective way for both  children and adults to extend their listening skills and conduct meaningful conversations that are orderly and fair  – even with  adversaries.  Make your own Talking Stick and learn how to use it.  Available every Friday, June 9 — August 25, 2017.

Hatteras Island Original Inhabitants:  the Croatoans

Archaeological evidence demonstrates that Hatteras Island was an ancient home  for early people.  Originally known as Croatoan, It is the site of the first recorded contact between the  English and Native people in July 1584 and the place where the oldest English artifacts in North America have been uncovered.  Learn about village life among the   people John White met, see a long house under construction, and try your hand at scraping the inside of a dug out canoe. Available every Friday, June 9 — August 25, 2017.
 
Explorer's Fossil Pile
 
Enjoy the museum's nature trail and explore the fossil pile located near the  maritime    forest pavilion.  What looks like a big table filled with sand is actually a treasure-trove of sharks’ teeth, fossilized shells, and other artifacts dating back thousands of years.  Fun for the entire  family.  Available daily.

Programs are appropriate for all ages and are included in museum admission which covers an entire week.  The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm.   For more information, visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440.


CHEC accepting applications for Bright Idea education grants

What’s your Bright Idea? North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including CHEC, are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants for the 2017-18 school year. Teachers in K-12 classrooms with innovative ideas for hands-on learning projects are encouraged to apply for a grant up to $1,500.

Since 1994, educators statewide have received more than $10.9 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and well over 2.1 million North Carolina students have participated in approximately 10,400 Bright Ideas projects.

Grant applications will be accepted April 1 through September 18. It could pay to apply early: all teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

Teachers can apply individually or as a team, and grants are available for all subjects. To apply, or for more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.NCBrightIdeas.com.