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Freedman Colony Celebration
Ride of Silence
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Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll
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Friends of Jockey's Ridge
Campbell Soup Company And Letter Carriers Around Northeast NC
Unfinished Business with the Equal Rights Amendment
Freedmen's Colony 150th Anniversary to be Commemorated
National Park Service Announces Spring Program Schedule
What is the GEM CLUB
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4-H Volunteer
Can you spare a little time to improve the life of a child? If so, please come learn about the many volunteer opportunities that are available through Currituck County 4-H. Registration is now being accepted for a volunteer orientation that will be held on May 20, 2013 at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension beginning at 6:00pm. 4-H Volunteers are remarkable people who are willing to share their interests, skills and time to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.

In this orientation you will be introduced to the 4-H program and the many volunteer opportunities that are available. You are under no obligation, but everyone is welcome to come out and learn more about 4-H. If you know people who would make great volunteers, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend. Deadline to register is May 13, 2013. To register use this link volunteer registration online or call the Currituck 4-H office at 232-2262. For more information contact

Test Proctor If you are available on May 29 or May 30 or May 31, please consider volunteering to proctor for End-of-Grade Tests. Almost every class will be testing on those days and each one will need another adult in the room other than the teacher.You will be done by lunchtime. Call First Flight Middle School at 441-8888 and let the receptionist know you will proctor, she will connect you with the right person. Another way to volunteer is to email Holly Gibbons or Mora Newton

Elizabeth Gardens in need of volunteers.
The Gatehouse: help bagging plants, answering questions and welcoming our guests during our upcoming plant sale Monday May 6, - May 12, 9:00 AM TO 7:00 PM.
The Gardens: need help pulling pansies, prepping beds and planting summer annuals. Any weekday or weekend is fine.
Be trained on how to use our sign machine and then make plant signs for periodically. This is an inside, sit at a computer type of job.
The Greenhouse: Ned and Hillary would welcome the help with watering and cleaning up the nursery and plant sales area.
The Administration Office: Always need help with filing and some data entry, as well as help with mailings for memberships.
Tours - If you are interested in giving tours please call Nancy Harvey and she will give you some dates. Training provided.
Nancy Harvey
1411 National Park Drive Manteo, NC
ph (252) 473.3234 direct (252) 473.1554

GEM Club Program Over 12 Years of Experience
GEM CLUB program with over 12 years of experience in providing quality family memory care in our community, we designed this program to provide support and assistance for people newly diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. Th
e GEM Club offers an opportunity for education and socialization within a protective environment for those first encountering the disease.

Dementia is often a stigmatizing and isolating disease. It has been reported that depression levels among
caregivers (of people with dementia) is more than two times the National Average .

National Park Service Announces Spring Program Schedule
National Park Service Outer Banks Group (Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore) spring program season will run from Friday, May 3 through Friday, May 31, 2013. A variety of programs are offered--all programs are free.

Provide Fresh Produce, Physical Activity for the Community
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has awarded The Currituck Community Garden a grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden effort making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. In June 2011, BCBSNC launched the program in partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) to create or enhance community gardens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

"This grant will allow us to install our garden so we can provide fresh, local produce for more people in our community and encourage healthy eating habits," said Ellen Owens, 4-H Agent with Cooperative Extension. "We are proud to be part of the Nourishing North Carolina network. Our garden will not only provide healthy food, it will also provide a safe area for our neighbors to work together, share a public green space and be physically active through gardening."

The Cooperative Extension center planned the community garden project to serve families in Currituck County who are at risk of food insecurity and who lack access to fresh produce. Ten percent of produce grown will be contributed to the Lower Currituck Food Bank to allow other families in need access to fresh produce. Families will be given the opportunity to increase their physical activity as a result of routine garden maintenance. By 2014, Nourishing North Carolina is expected to ultimately provide North Carolina communities with 190,000 pounds of produce.

Medicare Summary Notice
Medicare beneficiaries: Have you noticed that your Medicare Summary Notice has changed? The North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol Program is holding free events to help you protect yourself from Medicare fraud, waste and abuse. "Medicare Summary Notices: Are Those Charges Really Mine?" is being held at two locations in Currituck County: May 14th from 11:00am - 12:00pm at the Powells Point Senior Center and May 20th at the Currituck Cooperative Extension Center from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. For information and to register for events in Currituck you can contact Olivia Jones via e-mail at or 252-232-2261. Another event will be held in Camden County at the Camden County Senior Center on May 30th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. For information or to register for this event you can contact Danelle Barco via e-mail at or 252-331-7630. Become a Medicare Fraud enforcer and sign up for one of the programs in your area!

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Mental Health Awareness

Karen Brown to Speak at VBPW
Karen Brown, President and CEO of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will speak at the Virginia Dare Business and Professional Women's Club. Tuesday, May 14, at Mako Mikes, 6:30 pm.We welcome anyone interested to attend, there is no charge. You may purchase dinner during the meeting. Karen Brown has served as President & CEO of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce since October 2012. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and has over 10 years of experience in Chamber management. Prior to moving to the Outer Banks, she held a management position with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and a dual role position of Chamber President/CEO of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Developer for the Development Authority of Pike County.

Business and Professional Women's Clubs have long and interesting history. In 1917, The War Department saw the need to coordinate the power of women and found that the only group that was not formally organized was business and professional women. A War Work Council was formed to further the efforts of women during wartime which resulted in the founding of Business & Professional Women's Foundation, in 1919 in St. Louis, Established as the first organization to focus on issues of workingwomen, Business & Professional Women's Foundation is historically a leader in grassroots activism, policy influence and advocacy for millions of workingwomen. The North Carolina state organization began in 1919. The Virginia Dare Business and Professional Women's club was chartered in 1978. it provides a wide range of programs at its regular monthly business meetings to encourage women to thrive in this community and to be all they can be. For more information contact Marsha Riibner-Cady at email:

Celebration 150 years of Freedman Colony
One hundred and fifty years ago, thousands of African-American slaves risked punishment, family separation, and even their lives to reach the freedom waiting for them on Roanoke Island. The story of the Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island has a rich heritage--colony descendants still reside on the island today.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., the National Park Service will present a ceremony to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the establishment of the Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony. The public is welcome to attend this event to remember the Freedmen's Colony and celebrate this first 150 years of freedom.


Ride of Silence and a Walk of Silence
An article in the Outer Banks Voice by Michele Wagner reported that About 50 people are injured or killed every year while walking or riding a bike on the Outer Banks, With these thoughts of paramount concern, many local citizens and business leaders have joined with elected and law enforcement officials to form the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition. Watch this video to learn important tips and information to help keep you safe on our roadways. This message was brought to you by Dare County and
the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The Coalition will host a bicycle Ride of Silence and a Walk of Silence on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Kill Devil Hills. The starting point, the Baum Senior Center. You will be asked to wear a black arm band over your left bicep. Similar activities will be taking place simultaneously in 38 states and over 160 communities throughout the country. For more information contact Burnie Gould or call 261-5659

Campbell Soup Company And Letter Carriers Around Northeast NC

Celebrate The 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Nation's Largest Single-Day Food Drive Collected More Than 70 Million Pounds Of Food Donations Last Year. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Campbell Soup Company will again join forces with letter carriers around northeast NC to Stamp Out Hunger across America, providing assistance to the millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table every day.


Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters

Friday, May 17, 11:30 - 2:30, Pamlico Jack's, Cost: $20.00 per person. Reservations required. The Keynote speaker will be NC Court of Appeals Judge Linda McGee
Plan to attend and bring a friend!

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On March 2, 2013 fifty women and men gathered in Dare County, NC to celebrate Women's History Month by learning more about the history of the long road to women's suffrage and the history of the Equal Rights Amendment. Then they divided into groups to address the unfinished business of the Equal Rights

Friends of Jockey's Ridge
Friends of Jockey's Ridge is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the support and maintenance of programs and the development of facilities of Jockey's Ridge State Park. Their mission is to support, enhance and promote Jockey's Ridge State Park as a significant geologic feature of the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Jockey's Ridge is the tallest living natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Its height varies from 80 to 100 feet, depending on weather conditions.

Jockey's Ridge is an example of a medano´┐Ża huge hill of shifting sand that lacks vegetation. There are several prominent sand dunes in the area. Of them all, Jockey's Ridge is the most spectacular.


Dinner with a Doc: Common Athletic Injuries in Adults
More and more adults are joining boot camp, running races and finishing triathlons. Join us for dinner as Dr. McKenna of Vidant Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Outer Banks talks about some of the more common athletic injuries among adults and how they can be prevented and treated. Dinner will be served. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 449-4500 to register.
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm.
The Outer Banks Hospital Education Suite, Medical Office Building, Second Floor. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. 449-4500 to register for this free program and dinner.

A groundbreaking memoir about love, disability and perseverance, Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll is the inspiring story of Barton and Megan Cutter and their journey to build a successful marriage, de-spite all of the challenges they face both personally and professionally. Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll delves into topics such as disability and relationships, family influences and dynamics, creating external and internal support networks and direct sup-port staff and the balance of care giving and so much more.

This evening includes a visit and book signing with the Cutters as well as an Open Mic Oppor-tunity for citizens from our special needs community to share their written, spoken or sung words. A true community includes individuals of all abilities coming together to share their strengths. Please come help us celebrate our Community Free and open to the public. at The Dare County Center in Manteo Open Mic sign up begins at 6pm. For more information please call Downtown Books at 252-473-1056

Benefits Currituck Kids
2:00 pm: Cornhole Registration ($20/Team)
You can use your own bags.
3:00 pm: Tournament starts
50% price payout to winners

4-7 pm, Dinner, Adults $20.00; Children $7.00. Discounted tickets at Currituck BBQ and Sheriff's Office.Will benefit the Currituck Kids C apital Campaign. Call 575 870 4704 for more information.

Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week, May 4 -12. Tourism fuels economy on the Outer Banks and North Carolina.

The Bureau has planned a number of events: On Tuesday, May 7th, Tourism Research Assistance Center (TRAC) State Tourism and Commerce representatives will be on site at the Koru Village oceanfront Beach Klub in Avon from 2 - 4:30 p.m. with a FREE community- based training program. Independent artisans, dining, lodging, retail entrepreneurs, and outdoor, event and attractions owners and managers from Dare County are encouraged to drop by. There is no charge to attend and no reservation is required.

The Outer Banks Tourism Summit will be held May 7-8, 2013 at the Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon. Registration for this event is required. The registration rate is $35. Check out the impressive agenda and register here.

Friday, May 10th, Children at Play Museum and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau will host a FREE Family Movie Night at the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head. Disney Pixar's BRAVE will play on a large outdoor screen and concessions are available for purchase. Please feel free to bring low back chairs or blankets to sit on the ground. Gates open at 7 p.m., movie begins at dusk.

In 2011 , County visitor spending delivered $877 million into the local economy and provided 11,260 jobs. Dare County is ranked #4 out of the 100 North Carolina counties for visitor spending. (Provided by 2011 NC County-by-County Economic Impact Study.