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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

Annual Meeting 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!

Food Bank of the Albemarle Wins $45,000 Grant

Food Bank of the Albemarle Wins $45,000 Grant as Part of Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together Initiative. One of 100 organizations selected to receive part of $3 million in grants to fight hunger. Food Bank of the

Albemarle has been selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative. Throughout April, customers voted for their choice of Feeding America food banks and food bank partner agencies through Facebook. As a result of the votes cast, 40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $45,000 in grant money for a total of $1.8 million. Additionally, 60 of these food banks' partner agencies will receive $20,000 for a total of another $1.2 million.


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.

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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. ...more...

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:

Dare County Arts Council to Rock the Cape
On Friday, May 31 the Dare County Arts Council will host the inaugural Rock the Cape festival from 2-10pm at Koru Village's Beach Klub in Avon.

North Carolina band Southern Culture on the Skids will headline the event, with Outer Banks bands, Formula, Waterhigh, Ruth Wyand Trio, and the Dare County Arts Council's Community School playing throughout the day.
Rock the Cape is a kick-off-to-summer benefit for Dare County Arts Council's program outreach on Cape Hatteras and the Community Music School. The fundraiser will celebrate life on the water's edge and will feature local music, artists, food, drinks, a kids' zone, and more. "My number one intention for the Beach Klub was to create a place where people could come enjoy live entertainment together. The PapaWack Theatre was built onto the Beach Klub in honor of my parents who have instilled in my family that arts are a vital part of life. I hope this is the first of many events the Dare County Arts Council hosts at the Beach Klub and I support their efforts in bringing more programming to Cape Hatteras," said owner of Koru Village Joe Thompson. ...MORE...

Saltwater Connections Regional Trail
The Workgroup is developing a regional trail for visitors to the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway that starts at Whalebone Junction in Dare County and runs through Ocracoke and Down East Carteret County to the village of Bettie. Subcommittees are identifying potential sites, landmarks, and events in three categories: heritage and history; food and fisheries; and outdoor recreation. Community members interested in helping develop the trail can add potential sites to collaborative online Google Drive documents by contacting Sara Flowe at to request access to the SWC Trail Workgroup folder. The Workgroup will meet Sunday, May 19, in Ocracoke, exact location to be announced later. This is a great and interesting project. If you love or roots in Hatteras Island or Ocracoke, find out what is going on.

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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.

Currituck Grown

The Currituck County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be publishing a Local Foods Newsletter featuring 'Currituck Grown' agriculture commodities that are available throughout the growing season. If you are interested in knowing what fruits and vegetables, as well as other agriculture commodities that are in season, please sign up to receive the Currituck Grown Local Foods Newsletter by calling the Currituck Extension Center at 232-2262, or emailing

Small Farm Growers please contact the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension at 232-2262 or by email with produce that is available. This newsletter will be published throughout the growing season.

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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