Community Connections

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Goodyear All American Speedway Fundraiser

Start: 05/21/22
End: 05/21/22

Craven Partners in Education Luncheon 2022

More than 500 educators, business leaders, community members, and elected officials will fill the New Bern Riverfront Convention and Visitors Center on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, for the PIE Annual Luncheon. This annual event supports and recognizes the educators in Craven County Schools. PIE awarded over $400,000 through various grants and programs during the 2021-22 school year.

Daniel Rhyne, President of Partners In Education, announced the luncheon would host Dr. Curtis Jones, Superintendent of Bibb County Schools, and served as the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year as the keynote speaker.

Doors open at 11:30 am for seating, with the event beginning at Noon. Tickets are $30 per person. The Flame is catering. John Bircher, an attorney with Davis Hartman Wright, will emcee. This event is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase from the PIE School Ambassadors or by contacting PIE directly at 514-6321. We suggest you purchase your tickets early because this is a sell-out event.

Start: 06/14/22
End: 06/14/22

The Old Theater Presents Jonathan Blanchard

The Old Theater Presents Jonathan Blanchard in “History to Hip Hop”
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Vocalist and Performer
Tickets $25 ($20 for members, military, and students) are on sale now at, Nautical Wheelers in Oriental, and the Old Theater Box Office on the night of the performance.
Jonathan Blanchard is a highly respected and multi-talented artist, musician, historian, and storyteller bringing an electrifying, interactive concert and storytelling experience to The Old Theater in “History to Hip Hop.” Along with his band, Blanchard chronicles the evolution of African American music from inspirational field songs to gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and hip hop. Soul singer, actor, songwriter, and performer rooted since childhood in the Memphis music scene, Blanchard is heavily influenced by artists who preceded him such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Bar-Kays, and W.C. Handy. Blanchard’s soulful delivery of music has a seductive sound reminiscent of artists such as Barry White, Isaac Hayes, and Nat King Cole. Jonathan Blanchard’s concerts are leaving an indelible impact on audiences and touching communities across the southeast. This one is a jewel in The Old Theater’s crown.
The Old Theater Box Office opens at 6:30 PM / Doors open at 7:00 PM / Show begins at 7:30 PM
All proceeds go to support The Old Theater Corp., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Community Outreach: Jonathan Blanchard teaches history through music and will be performing for Pamlico County youth and adults on Friday, May 20th at the Holt’s Chapel Community Center, 136 Janiero Road, Oriental, NC 28571. The show starts at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free. The entire community is encouraged to attend.
These performances are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Old Theater Corp.
Start: 05/21/22
End: 05/21/22

Job and Career Fair

The Edenton Chamber of Commerce and John A. Holmes High School will be hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, May 25th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on the front lawn of John A. Holmes High School located at 600 Woodard Street in Edenton. This event is open to the community and participants will be able to connect with local employers. If you are a local employer and wish to participate, please contact Susan Creed with the Edenton Chamber of Commerce at 252-482-3400. Participants should bring multiple copies of their resume and dress for success.

Tracy White
Edenton-Chowan Schools
[email protected]

Start: 2022-05-25
End: 2022-05-25

Kayak For The Warriors

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Kayak for the Warriors hosted by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. The three-day event features a gala and silent and live auction, a golf tournament and a 3.2-mile kayak and paddleboard race, and a barbecue lunch benefiting Hope For The Warriors.

On Saturday, June 4, the signature kayak and paddleboard race begins at 10 a.m. The 3.2-mile race starts at Garner Park and moves through Bogue Sound and the Pine Knoll Shores canals. Registration is $50 for a single kayak and $100 for a tandem. Both include a t-shirt and lunch. Loaner kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and need to be reserved by emailing [email protected]

The Warrior Trophy is awarded to the paddler or team who brings in the most donations.

For those preferring to stay on land while supporting local veterans, military members, and families, lunch is available for $10 per person or $15 per family.

Tickets for the Wine & Dine Basket, containing over $1,000 of restaurant certificates and wine, are available for $10. The drawing will be held at the kayak/paddleboard race on June 4, but you do not need to be in attendance to win. For information and to purchase tickets, contact [email protected].

To learn more about Kayak for the Warriors or to purchase tickets or register for any event, visit or for questions email [email protected].


Start: 06/04/22
End: 06/04/22

Restoration Advisory Board Meeting

Learn more about Camp Lejeune’s ongoing efforts to clean up contaminated sites across the Base in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of North Carolina by attending its Restoration Advisory Board meeting on May 25th at 6 PM. Presentations will be given on the Site UXO-31 Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol (MRSPP) and on Base-wide vapor intrusion activities. The meeting will begin at 6pm at Coastal Carolina Community College in Room BT106. Meetings are held quarterly. For additional information please contact Mr. Thomas Richard, Co-Chair, at (910) 451-9641.

Start: 05/25/22
End: 05/25/22

Battle of the Badges

The Wood Ducks announced that they will be hosting their first Battle of the Badges, a charity softball game on Saturday, May 21st at Grainger Stadium, sponsored by Lenoir Community College. Gates open at 4 pm with the game starting at 5 pm. The game is between the Kinston Police Department and the Kinston Fire Department. “This will be a fun event for everyone. The college recognizes what police and fire departments do for our communities every day and we are happy to be part of this event,” said Richy Huneycutt, Director of Marketing, Recruiting, and Communications at Lenoir Community College. Tickets will be $10 cash only and available to be purchased at the gate the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local charity of the winners choosing. For more information about the Down East Wood Ducks and other events at Grainger Stadium, visit

Start: 05/21/22
End: 05/21/22

Jacksonville Run for the Warriors


Hope For The Warriors invites the entire Jacksonville and Eastern North Carolina community to the 2022 Run For The Warriors. This event takes place over Memorial Day weekend — a day in which we will remember and honor the fallen as we run. Over 15 years ago, Hope For The Warriors held its first Run For The Warriors aboard Camp Lejeune, we are thankful to call this community home. A community is made great by its resilient people. Join us as we run through downtown Jacksonville with the mission of honoring and remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

MAY 28, 2022
7:00 am Opening Ceremonies
7:30 am Race Time
Rain or Shine
421 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC
Participants receive a Run For The Warriors medal, race t-shirt, and all-access to the post-race vendor village!

In-Person 10K Run/Walk ($35.00)
Price Increases to $40 on 5/13.

In-Person 5K Run/Walk ($25.00)
Price Increases to $30 on 5/13.

Virtual 10K 5/28 – 6/5 ($30.00)
Price Increases to $35 on 5/13.

Virtual 5K 5/28 – 6/5 ($20.00)
Price Increases to $25 on 5/13.

Start: 05/28/2022
End: 05/28/2022

3rd Annual Kayak for the Warrior Golf Tournament

Crystal Coast Country Club will be the venue for golfers to enjoy a fun round of golf for a great cause. The $85 registration fee includes 18 holes with cart and lunch. There are prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, hole-in-one and other fun activities. On-line registration can be found on our webpage, Proceeds benefit Hope For The Warriors, a 501(c)3 with a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator. Their mission is to provide myriad services to families of those fallen in the line of duty as well as to wounded warriors and their families.

Start: 2022-05-20
End: 2022-05-20