Community Connections

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Beary Not So Scary Halloween

Come Trick or Treat in the Streets of Downtown New Bern on October 30th from 4P to 6P. Children 12 & under welcome.

Start: 10/30/21
End: 10/30/21

2021 SECU Crystal Coast Gingerbread Festival

The festival includes something for everyone.  Adults and children are in awe as they stroll through the winter wonderland of holiday themed crab pot Christmas trees and inhale the sweet aroma of the gingerbread creations; all created by local designers, artists, businesses, individuals, schools and community groups.  Additional attractions include kid’s crafts, games, Santa visits, and holiday entertainment both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  A variety of concessions are available through out the day at the Gingerbread Café.  And don’t forget to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation and your favorite tree!

On Saturday evening, there will be a new event for the family. Come stroll through the new outdoor area to enjoy holiday themed displays, sponsor handouts, goodies, and more.

Gingerbread Competition winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, Sunday at 4pm.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The 2021 Festival will be an in-person event with health & safety as a top priority. We can’t wait to see our visitors, volunteers, and supporters in-person again.

Start: 12/03/21
End: 12/05/21

Crystal Coast 30×30 Regional Challenge

Calling all of Eastern North Carolina! This challenge is specifically built for you and your community. At Hope For The Warriors, our mission is to restore HOPE to service members, veterans and military families, while building those communities that embrace and support our military. Since our founding in 2006, Eastern North Carolina has been a pillar to HOPE and the essence of community. With this 30 x 30 Challenge, we wanted to take time to focus on this great community, the people who live here, serve here, and make their business here.

How It Works:

Registration for this event is free and simple, but you do have a few additional options.

If you would like a 30×30 Challenge t-shirt to commemorate your commitment, you can order one during registration for $30.
You can also “Sponsor a Warrior” for $30, allowing a service member or military family member to participate and obtain a challenge t-shirt.
You can donate directly to Hope For The Warriors to assist our organization as we support the overall well-being for veterans, active duty service members, and military families across the nation.
Challenge Details: Log physical activity for 30 days for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. Any form of physical activity goes. Just ensure that you log activity here on Run Sign Up. Upon sign up, you will receive two emails per week from Hope For The Warriors for the challenge.

Types of emails you will receive throughout the challenge:

Mission Monday: These emails will motivate you to move! You will read stories from Hope For The Warriors clients, and hear more about the mission of HOPE.
Focus on You Fridays: These emails will contain information for participants to increase their overall well-being, consider it HOPE’s well-being course. Information will focus on a few subjects to include: sleep hygiene, nutrition, goal setting and stress management. These will also bring focus to the community of Eastern North Carolina and the wonderful businesses that have supported HOPE throughout the years.

Start: 11/01/21
End: 11/30/21

Flashbax Pinball Tournament

Start: 10/20/21
End: 02/16/2022

Rock of Ages at New Bern Civic Theatre

Start: 11/05/21
End: 11/20/21

Down East Wood Ducks Kinston Cornhole Classic

The Down East Wood Ducks announced Tuesday, their plans to host the second annual Kinston Cornhole Classic at Grainger Stadium, presented by Poole Realty on Saturday, November 6th.  The event will use the American Cornhole League Rounders Format which is a Progressive Round Robin tournament where all teams will be placed into a pool and six or more rounds will be played by each team.

Gates will open at 10 am and the tournament will start at 11 am.  There will be two available divisions, intermediate/advanced and beginner/social.  Registration for the intermediate/advanced division is $100 and $50 for the beginner/social division.

The top three teams in the intermediate/advanced division will take home prizes.  1st place – $1,500; 2nd place – $600; and 3rd place – $400.  The beginner/social division will award prizes to the top two teams.  1st place – $100 and 2nd place – $50.

Teams can register for the Kinston Cornhole Classic at  Registration will include 4 drink tickets per team, which are good for beer, water, and soda only.  Concessions food and a full bar will also be available on site during the event.

“We look forward to hosting the second annual cornhole tournament this year,” said John McCormick, Director of Special Events, Down East Wood Ducks.  “This event was a fan favorite last year and this year it’s bigger than ever with even more prize money to win.”

Fans can purchase tickets on, by calling the Wood Ducks Team Offices at (252) 686-5164 or in the Wood Ducks Team Offices located at Grainger Stadium (Mon-Fri – 9am -4pm).  Make sure to follow your Down East Wood Ducks on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so you don’t miss anything!

Start: 11/06/21
End: 11/06/21

3rd Annual Cruisin for Kids Charity Car Raffle

The 3 rd Annual “Cruisin For Kids” Charity Car Raffle event drawing will take place on Dec. 11, 2021 (12pm) at (CFCC) Cape Fear Community College-Schwartz Center, (event party room) 610 N.Front Street, Wilmington NC. You don’t have to be present to win. With a purchase of a $10 ticket, you can win 1 st Place Prize Grand Prize-2021 Brand NewMitsubishi Mirage; Includes sales tax, warranty, title, license & fees, 2nd Place Prize-$1000.00, 3rd Place Prize-$500.00. Purchase Car Raffle Tickets online at today. For more information, please call 910.392.6007 or visit the company’s website at

Start: 12/11/2021
End: 12/11/2021