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The Power of the Purse Luncheon featuring Frances Schultz

A Southern Enthusiast Returns Home

The Power of the Purse speakers have ranged from Wonder Woman to English Royalty, and Women for Women is thrilled to add North Carolina’s Frances Schultz to this impressive list. If there is a southern talent or hobby you would like to explore, there is no doubt Frances can entertain you with her knowledge. Frances is an enthusiast on a variety of topics -- decoration and design, food and entertaining, culture and style.

She is a journalist, tastemaker, television personality, world traveler, hostess, cook, Sunday painter, fledgling gardener and outdoor lover. She is author and co-author of several books, including A House in the South, and was for six years an on-air host of the award-winning cable television show Southern Living Presents. A contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine and former editor-at-large for Veranda, she contributes also to the prestigious travel website Indagare and has written for numerous others, including Town and Country and the New York Social Diary. Frances has appeared on such programs as The Today Show, CNN’s Open House, The Christopher Lowell Show, The Nate Berkus Show and Turner South’s Home Plate.

Born and raised in Tarboro, North Carolina, Frances began to cultivate her theme of “finding beauty in everyday life.” She graduated from St. Mary’s School with honors and from the University of Virginia with distinction. She serves on the boards of the Horticultural Society of New York and Empowers Africa.

Frances tells us “I am incredibly honored to be invited to speak to Women for Women's Power of the Purse luncheon and thrilled to be coming home. Eastern North Carolina is one of the finest places on the planet. It was a privilege to grow up here, and it is a privilege to be welcomed back by such a wonderful and important group as the Women of Pitt County.”

Frances Mallison, President of Women for Women states, “we are so excited to have the talented and fun Frances Schultz as our 2014 speaker and to be able to add something new to our event with the tablescapes area for all to view. Many of us like to see photographs in magazines demonstrating new and beautiful ideas for table settings. Over 30 individuals will prepare a table setting using their own unique accessories. We hope you and your friends are making plans to attend the Power of the Purse luncheon so that we can continue to give grants to those 501(c)(3) groups who help women and girls in Pitt County.”

Previous Power of the Purse luncheons have hosted over 1,400 ladies and speakers have included “Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter, country music star Naomi Judd, “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, actress Marlo Thomas and comedienne, Vicki Lawrence.

The mission of Women for Women is “to give hope, change and a brighter future for the women and girls of Pitt County” by funding a permanent endowment that generates monies for grants for local women’s programs. Since its inception in 2006, Women for Women has given more than $400,000.00 in grants. More than 869 women and girls were touched by the dollars distributed in 2013 alone. Grant recipients have included Meals on Wheels to serve women in Pitt County, ECU TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center, Building Hope Community Life Center, Rocking Horse Ranch, Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County, and Center for Family Violence Prevention.

Women for Women began with eight members in 2005. We have now grown to over 350 members, each of whom contributes a minimum of $100.00 annually to the endowment fund.

For more information or reservations for the Power of the Purse Luncheon May 7th featuring Frances Schultz, please visit or call (252) 756-5238. Attendance is by reservation only.

Dawn DeAnna Wilson's "Creating Memorable Characters: A Workshop"

Apr 5, 2014 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Coffee Shack, 168 Beacon Dr. Wintervilee, Nc 28590
The Pen and Paper Lounge presents Author/Artist Dawn Deanna Wilson to Winterville on April 5, 2014 to facilitate Creating Memorable Characters, a hands-on workshop for beginner to intermediate writers (even the secret ones.) Bring a notebook, pen and prepare to create unforgettable characters.
A book signing and readings will immediately follow the workshop Packets of materials will be provided for each participant to use during and after the workshop. Donations accepted to offset printing of packets and other participants' costs, but, all are welcome. Please reserve your seat due to limited seating.

Celest at 252-526-7353,, or visit

Advanced Manufacturing Awareness Open House

Apr 8, 2014 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Beaufort County Community College, Washington, N.C.
The latest in equipment and training for careers in advanced manufacturing will be on display to the public at Beaufort County Community College as part of Advanced Manufacturing Awareness Week.

Sara Singleton, Grant Writer and Special Projects, 252-940-6271, or


Apr 8, 2014 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Citizens Involved In Government, Inc. (CIG) is sponsoring a Candidates' Forum on 04/08/14 from 6 PM - 9 PM at the Pamlico Co. Courthouse. All candidates are invited to participate. This will give the community a chance to test the pulse of the candidates and the candidates a chance to test the pulse of the community. So, come out and listen to the candidates and ask questions you would like answered.

Monica Gibbs, 252 617-3067

ECU's Lifelong Learning Program

Sheppard Memorial Library
In Collaboration with the East Carolina University, Office of Continuing Studies, the End of Life Care Coalition of Eastern Carolina is sponsoring:

April 10, 17 and 24: ECU's Lifelong Learning Program. Three part lecture series entitled "End of Life Care: The most important conversation we're not having". These will be held at Sheppard Memorial Library from
1-3pm each week in Room A.

Call 328-9198 or register on line at

Onslow County Public Library hosts Proposal Writing Basics – a free financial aid workshop

Mar 4, 2014 1 pm

Main Library Branch in Jacksonville
Onslow County Public Library is hosting Proposal Writing Basics at the Main Library Branch in Jacksonville March 4 at 1 pm.

Are you new to proposal writing? This class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process. Learn what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for creating a standard proposal, and what funders expect to see in your proposal. We will discuss how to best communicate with funders during the grant process and we will take a look at sample proposals that earned grant funding.

Onslow County Public Library is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network member. We offer print and digital resources for nonprofits as well as quarterly classes.

Nonprofits are invited to join us Tuesday, March 4 at 1pm. Registration is required.

For more information, please contact Karen Moore at Onslow County Public Library at 910.455.7350 ext. 1421 or visit us online at

North Carolina's Crystal Coast - Weekly Calendar Of Events

Feb 21, 2014 - Feb 22, 2014 --

Crystal Coast
Feb 21: American Red Cross Blood Drive- Carteret County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center from 2-7pm, 7500 Emerald Drive. Please give!

Feb 21: International Film Series- The Carteret Community College Foundation’s International Film Series are held at Joslyn Hall in the McGee Building at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. Live music at 6:45 p.m. Film begins at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Enjoy pastries of the culture of each film. Call Tiffany Taylor at 222-6056 or visit Upcoming film is :“A Hijacking” (Denmark – Rated R)

Feb 21: “Lunch with a Dash of History”- Location: The History Place, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Lunchtime Lecture: Love Stories of Carteret County presented by Rodney Kemp, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Playing on a Valentine’s Day theme, Rodney will reach into his bag of tricks and bring out the most poetic, tragic and interesting stories he has collected over a lifetime. Reservations/Admission: lunch - $15 / $12 for members; lecture only - $8 / $5 for members. 252-247-7533

Feb 22: Free Fly Casting Clinic– with Cape Lookout Fly Fishers– 10 am—1 pm at the Morehead City Parks & Recreation Department (1600 Fisher Street). Clinic is for all levels of fly fishing enthusiasts. There will be several professional fly fishing guides and instructors available for pointers.

Feb 22: American Music Festival Concert- “An American in Paris” featuring pianist Barbara McKenzie and Parisian flutist Nicolas DuChamp performing music of Franck, Debussy and Copland. Location: The History Place Museum (1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City). Time: 8 pm. For information on performances and tickets, or 252-728-6152.

For all programs and events offered at our major attractions, please visit individual websites:

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: (252-247-4003)
North Carolina Maritime Museum: (252-728-7317)
Beaufort Historic Site: (252-728-5225)
Fort Macon State Park: (252-726-3775)
The History Place: (252-247-7533)
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum: (252-728-1500)
Cape Lookout National Seashore: (252-728-2250)

Elizabeth Barrow
Director of Local Public Relations
Crystal Coast Tourism Authority
3409 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
252-726-8148 X 109

Onslow County Public Library hosts Dangerous Marine Life with Executive Vice President of the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society Mark Joyner

Mar 6, 2014 6:30 pm

Swansboro Recreation Center
(Onslow County) – Onslow County Public Library and the Swansboro Friends of the Library will host Executive Vice President Mark Joyner of the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society at the Swansboro Recreation Center on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 pm for a fun and interactive evening learning about what might be swimming below you in our North Carolina waters.

Bring the whole family to learn about sharks, stingrays, venomous and toxic fishes, stinging jellyfish & electric rays! Learn the natural history of these animals & how to avoid encounters or treat the aftermath.

Mr. Joyner has worked with the North Carolina Aquariums for over thirty years and currently serves as Executive Vice President of the nonprofit NC Aquarium Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master’s degree in Education from NC State University. He is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and author of over a dozen natural history articles that have been featured in Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

For more information, please call the Swansboro Branch of the Onslow County Public Library at 910.326.4888 or visit us online, anytime at

Coastal Women's Forum March Dinner Meeting

Mar 4, 2014 --

The Chelsea Restaurant, New Bern
March Dinner Program: Sales and Marketing - Like a Lady

Presented by: Latisha Bell, Master Marketing Specialist

MaryAnn Jordan Yates, Dinner Coordinator, , 703-244-5994.