Community Connections

October 23rd
4:30 PM-9:00 PM

Hampstead First Responders Appreciation Night

Wilmington-area First Responders Invited to Appreciation Event in Hampstead

First responders are a vital part of our communities. They risk their lives every day to keep us safe and that has never been more apparent than following the onset of COVID-19. To honor them First Responders Appreciate Night will be held on Friday, October 23 from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Ironclad Golf & Beer Garden, formerly Belvedere Country Club, 2368 Country Club Dr., Hampstead. Together with Ironclad, the event is being presented by Salty-Bins and Tactical Disaster Recovery.

Food will be provided for all first responders. Beer and beverages will also be available. The evening will include a live band and a free driving range. The evening is designed to enable rescue, emergency, medical, and public safety officials to spend a relaxing and enjoyable evening with colleagues and members of the communities they have pledged to serve.

“This year, first responders have been called to step up at levels never encountered and have done so without reservation. It’s important now more than ever that we recognize the service and sacrifices that have been made,” said Anthony Josephson of Ironclad Golf and Beer Garden. “Through this event, we will be able to host a fun night for families while also showing appreciation for our local heroes.”

The event will comply with current COVID-19 regulations, encouraging the use of masks and social distancing.

October 25th - October 26th

Walk to End Alzheimer's New Bern

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s - New Bern which attracts thousands each year to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease will look different this year. Instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County.  

This year’s Walk will include three components. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets and computers. Next, everyone will walk in their own neighborhoods with their family and friends.  Finally, the Alzheimer’s Association will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format that participants can drive by on Walk day at to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s. 

To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor of Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern, visit or call 800-272-3900.

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October 28th
10:00 AM-2:30 PM

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Assisting Individuals, Families, & Communities Harmed by Hom

A Virtual Training for Chaplains and Other Clergy

Presented by North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN) and Cherry Hospital

Homicide impacts individuals, families, and communities in extreme, immediate, and long-lasting ways. The unique grief that follows a homicide is among the most complicated forms of grief. Loved ones of homicide victims commonly report feeling abandoned, neglected, isolated, shamed, and blamed. Interactions with the legal system and media often cause additional harm. Complications multiply when both the victim and the person responsible for the homicide are members of the same family, congregation, or community. Supportive relationships are violently ripped. Existing support systems often fail after a violent death. It can fall on clergy and chaplains to assist loved ones of both deceased victims and/or loved ones of persons responsible for violent death. Too often, even with the best of intentions, clergy and other members of the community say and do things that hurt more than help. Perhaps worse, members of the community often keep their distance and add to feelings of stigma and isolation.

Participants in this two-part workshop will:

1. Understand similarities and differences between "murder grief" and other forms of grief.

2. Learn a trauma-informed, person-centered, person-empowering, re-humanizing framework for assisting individuals, families, and communities harmed by homicide.

3. Understand practical, spiritual, and emotional tools for assisting those affected by homicide.

4. Understand what to do and say - and not do and not say - so as to be more likely to help than to cause additional harm.

5. Learn the "Five Ps" of assisting persons harmed by violent death.

6. Learn about resources available to assist loved ones of homicide victims and others impacted by violent death in their families and communities.

Certificates of Participation will be provided upon request and will be suitable for continuing education credits for some professions. It is the responsibility of the participant to verify approval of this training for continuing education for their profession.

Please register at the following link or by calling or emailing:

919-831-2857 x 101

Oct 30, 2020
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Spooktacular Science Family Event!

On October 30th from 6p-9p, join us for our first Spooktacular Science Family Event at Sturgeon City Environmental Education Center in downtown Jacksonville!  Explore different science stations and meet some amazing creepy creatures from Eastern Exotics and Possumwood Acres, costumes welcome! Tickets are $5 each. Tickets are sold in time increments and can be purchased at

Our location is at 50 Court Street in Jacksonville. Our new building has plenty of parking.  Please call us for any questions at (910) 750-5876. We hope to see you there! 

October 30th
5:00 PM-9:00 PM

2020 Missed Holiday Mish Mash & Laser Light Show

Emerald Isle Chapel By The Sea invites the public to a free community event “2020 Missed Holiday Mish Mash & Laser Light Show, Friday, October 30th, 5 p.m. to 9 6712 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC.  For more info visit

October 1st - October 31st
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NC Seafood Virtual Festival 2020

The NC Seafood Festival has gone virtual! Cooking with the Chefs, "Friday Catch-tails", Virtual Seafood Festival Marketplace and more! Plus don't forget your O-Fish-Al shirts! 

July 20th - October 31st
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North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem

We are a non-profit government agency that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to represent abused and neglected children in court.  Due to COVID-19, families are experiencing greater stress and we are already seeing an increase in the number of children coming into foster care.  We need help getting the word out about our need for more volunteers in Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties. For more information visit

July 8th - November 1st

Hope for the Warriors Youth Recreation Sports Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Hope For The Warriors and New Balance military child recreation scholarship. Multiple nationwide scholarships will be awarded for 2020 fall and 2021 spring recreational sports seasons to children under 18 years-old, whose parent served in the U.S. military after September 11, 2001. 

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on his/her eligibility and responses to two essay questions. Scholarship payments will be directly sent to the applicable recreational sports program.

The application deadline for fall scholarships (fall sports) is September 1 and spring scholarship (spring sports) is November 1.

To apply for the Hope For The Warriors and New Balance military child recreation scholarship visit, For questions on the application process, contact Brittany Hunter at

November 6th - November 8th

The Down East Holiday Show 2020

Announcing the 19th Annual Down East Holiday Show to be held Virtually 
the weekend following the election on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 
November 6th, 7th and 8th.  Shopping begins ONLINE at 8am on Friday continuing through Sunday at 12 midnight.  

This year, everyone can Shop Until They Drop from the Comfort of their Own Home with a single donation of Ten Dollars ($10) providing access to our virtual marketplace.  That’s right….One Admission is good for all shoppers in your home, for All Three Days, at the Virtual Down East Holiday Show. 

The Down East Holiday Show traditionally features over 185 Vendors at the Greenville Convention Center attracting shoppers from North Carolina and Virginia.  This years’ Virtual Show will include some of our regular vendors who are set up online that our shoppers know and enjoy with quality merchandise and gifts for everyone on your shopping list. We will also have some new vendors that are participating.

The Down East Holiday Show is the largest annual fundraising event held by the 
Pitt Community College Foundation.  All proceeds go to support Student Scholarships and Educational Activities at Pitt Community College!

For More Information, visit our web site at

November 14th - November 21st
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Hope for the Warriors

Online registration is now open for the virtual Hope For The Warriors, Jacksonville presented by Stevenson Hendrick taking place Nov. 14-21. The virtual event hosts two options for all levels of runners and adaptive cyclists with each participant picking his/her own course and start time.

The options for the virtual 15th Annual Run For The Warriors, Jacksonville include:

  • Virtual 5K (includes a t-shirt and patch) for a $25 registration fee.
  • Virtual half marathon (includes a t-shirt and a medal) for a $50 registration fee.

Participants are encouraged to register online before Oct. 31 to receive his/her mailed t-shirt before race day at runforthewarriors.orgHowever, registration will remain open until Nov. 21.

Proceeds benefit Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to assisting veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

Run For The Warriors is a race series open to civilians and military members that honors the men and women injured in service to our country after 9/11, their families and families of the fallen. The series also provides wounded service members encouragement and the opportunity to pursue the sport of running, walking or cycling to assist in physical and emotional rehabilitation.

For more information or to register for the 15th Annual Run For The Warriors, Jacksonville, visit

December 5th - December 6th
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8th Annual Gingerbread Display Drive Thru Festival of Lights

Our vision for this year's Fastival is a drive-through Gingerbread Festival of Lights. This free, family-friendly event will be open December 5th & 6th from 5-8pm. The display route will begin on McQueen Avenue and will include "food-to-go" at Ft. Benjamin Park, various holiday displays including Santa and His Workshop, Crab Pot Christmas Trees, holiday goodies distributed to each car, and a spectacular holiday light display at SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House!

In addition to the Festival of Lights, we will also continue the tradition of the Gingerbread Competition & Display. It will be open to the public for viewing and voting December 8-12 at The Intersection Church, located at 5458 Highway 70 in the West Post shopping center beside William's Floor Covering.

Admission is free, but donations for SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House are appreciated!

January 23rd
6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Onslow County Partnership for Children- Diamonds and Denim

The health and safety of the community is of utmost importance to Onslow County Partnership for Children. Due to continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, and with the well-being of attendees, donors, partners, and staff as the number one priority, OCPC made the difficult decision to reschedule its annual fundraising benefit, Diamonds and Denim, to January 23, 2021. Having spent the past year preparing for the event with the Board of Directors and community partners, OCPC is disappointed not to be able host the event this month. But agency staff have learned over the past few years that sometimes it is necessary to pause, be flexible, and remember that everything is “figureoutable.” 

OCPC would like to thank donors and community partners for their continued support, open discussions, and encouragement. Great things happen when the community comes together to support children. While Diamonds and Denim is not happening this month as originally planned, agency staff continue to work each day to provide resources, programs, and support to children and families in Onslow County because their needs remain and the work of child abuse prevention is ongoing.
OCPC will continue to monitor health and safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and are hopeful that the ability to safely hold an event of this size will be possible in January so that the agency can provide the Diamonds and Denim experience the community expects and deserves, in a safe environment.
OCPC is excited to host the community in early 2021 and will have more information on event specifics as the re-scheduled date gets closer. This is a very challenging time for everyone and OCPC is immensely grateful for the community’s understanding, patience, and continued support. OCPC staff hope to see everyone on January 23 for Diamonds and Denim 2021.


Jan 29, 2020
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Volunteer Drive

Albemarle Commission’s Senior Nutrition Program is seeking Meals on Wheels volunteers for routes in Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties in North Carolina. There is an urgent need for volunteers in Chowan and Pasquotank counties, who have a waiting list for potential clients due to lack of volunteers. Routes start at 11 am, Monday through Friday. Each route takes about an hour to complete. Volunteering as little as one day a month makes a huge impact for our home bound seniors. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Laura Rollinson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (252)-404-7091 or