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.


Clinic Sponsoring Over the Counter Medicine Giveaway May 2

The Community Care Clinic of Dare is sponsoring another over the counter medicine giveaway on Tuesday, May 2nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Center at the north end of Hatteras village.  The event is for residents and items available will include cold medications, calcium, Motrin, Visine, contact solution and more.  No qualifications are necessary, the event is free to all residents.




Carey LeSieur Foundation Scholarship Bucket Party scheduled for May 20

The Carey LeSieur Foundation's annual Bucket Party will be on Saturday, May 20 from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the home of Brud and Anita Bills on Captain's Court in Brigand's Bay. Rain date is Sunday, May 21.

The foundation was established in memory of a beloved Hatteras Island nurse practitioner who died of cancer. Each year, the foundation award scholarships in her memory to island students who are studying in the healthcare field.

The Bucket Party is one of the foundation's major fundraisers and is named after the brightly colored bucket in which those who are attending can place their donations for enjoying the food, music, raffles, and fellowship of the events.

The main event is the potluck dinner that includes barbecue pork, beef brisket, Anita's Grandmother's Italian meatballs and gravy.  There will be live music compliments of Chad Bennett, Jessie & Patrick Taylor and Danielle & Bobby Zink (Waterhigh) and friends.  New this year will be a professional dog show starting at 5:30 p.m. Those who are attending are asked to bring your beverages, a chair and a side dish with serving utensils to share with the community.

The foundation is soliciting donations from our local restaurants, gift shops, stores and artisans for raffle baskets/ auctions which you can win.  Contact Sandra Crabtree at [email protected] or facebook private message her if you would like to donate an item for our fundraiser or if you would like to volunteer. All effort and support is greatly appreciated.

If you are unable to attend the event and would like to mail a monetery donation, please mail to The Carey LeSieur Foundation, PO Box 722 Avon, NC, 27915.

To learn more about the Carey LeSieur Foundation, please visit www.careylesieurfoundation.org



Surfalorus Film Festival Announces Call For Entry

Dare County Arts Council announces the official call for entries for the sixth annual Surfalorus Film Festival being held September 21-23 on the Outer Banks.

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. Surfalorus is an annual showcase of the year’s coolest surf films and ocean documentaries.

"Surfalorus has really found its home on the Outer Banks,” said Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley. “The festival showcases a range of films, from super shorties to features, that show how you can translate the pure stoke of surfing onto the big screen. And hidden within these tasty journeys you get to know the surfers, shapers, photographers, beach bums and occasional odd birds who define the lifestyle."

Outer Banks filmmakers, watermen and outdoor enthusiasts can enter their original short and feature film submissions through cucalorus.org. Deadline for entry is June 2 and “Surfalorus” should be put in the signature section of the online entry form. Contact [email protected] for more information about submitting your film.

The free, family-friendly event will feature international, regional and local surf film screenings 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). Screening times will be released at a later date.

Other aquatic activities will also take place during Surfalorus, including a surf art exhibit at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in Downtown Manteo.

“We are super excited to bring Surfalorus to the Outer Banks again this year,” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards. “In addition to incredible short and feature length films, this year’s festival will be coupled with an exhibit of historic surfboards curated by Steve Wise, and a photography exhibit honoring the late Mickey McCarthy curated by Daniel Pullen. Surfalorus is going to be an event that you do not want to miss.”

Sponsors interested in being a part of the Surfalorus Film Festival can contact Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin at [email protected] or at 252 473 5558.

For more information about Surfalorus or on how to become a sponsor, please call (252) 473 5558 or visit DareArts.org and Surfalorus.com.



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.



Rock The Cape Festival Returns To Hatteras Island In June

Dare County Arts Council will host the fifth annual Rock The Cape Festival June 17-24 on Hatteras Island.

This year Rock The Cape will expand into a weeklong celebration of the creative community of Hatteras Island with family-friendly activities including live music, an art show, and a self-guided gallery tour.

“We’re excited for another year of celebrating the amazing artists and galleries here on Hatteras,” said Dare County Arts Council’s Rock The Cape Event Chair and Spinfinite Designs Owner/Artist Randi Machovec. “Rock The Cape is a fantastic and fun opportunity for folks to meet and support some of the island’s talent, and a great way for local businesses and artisans to come together to celebrate our creative community.”

The festival will kick off with the Hatteras Island Gallery Tour, which will be held June 17-24 from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village, and will feature the island’s galleries doing demonstrations, trunk shows, tours, and more.

Hatteras Island galleries interested in being a part of DCAC’s new Gallery Map or interested in receiving the Gallery Map can contact Dare County Art Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin at [email protected].

On Thursday, June 22 over 35 artists will come together for the Rock The Cape Art Show at Hatteras Realty in Avon from 10am-6pm. Admission to the Rock The Cape Art Show is free and visitors will be able to enjoy plenty of entertainment while checking out local arts and crafts.

“The Avon Art Show has teamed up with Rock The Cape this year to create an all day celebration of the arts,” said Hatteras Island based photographer Peter Lewando. “You will find an outdoor event with some of the Outer Banks’ most well known artists selling their creations, live art demonstrations, healing arts, and local food vendors. Top this off with local musicians playing at the art show throughout the day and a concert at Koru’s Beach Klub in the evening- this is a celebration of the arts that you do not want to miss.”

Immediately following the Rock The Cape Art Show, Koru Village’s oceanfront Beach Klub in Avon will open its doors at 6pm for the fifth annual Rock The Cape concert featuring Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band Rumours.

Hatteras Island artists, galleries, businesses and civic organizations wishing to participate in the festival or become a sponsor are invited to contact Dare County Arts Council via email at [email protected].

For more information about Rock The Cape, please visit DareArts.org or call (252) 473-5558.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.



April 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.




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



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:

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.