AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18, Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center, Morehead City. $12 for members, $14 for nonmembers. Call 247-2930 for details.
TURTLE TALK 10 a.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 29 and Dec. 20, Fort Macon State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center to learn about the loggerhead sea turtle. All species of turtles and how common they are on our beaches will be discussed.
BEAUFORT ELEMENTARY FALL FESTIVAL 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, 110 Carraway Drive, Beaufort. Slides, silent auction, food, games, haunted house, bake sale and more. Proceeds go to the school for supplies, technology and teacher needs.
ANNUAL CARTERET LITERACY COUNCIL'S SPELLING BEE Oct. 18, The History Place, Morehead City. Spots are open for spellers and teams to compete. Prizes will be awarded. Visit www.carteretliteracy.org or call 808-2020 to participate. Tickets for this event are $25 per person and are available at the Train Depot in Morehead City.
MOORS AND MCCUMBER Oct. 18, Trent River Coffee Co., and Oct. 19, Clawson's 1905, Beaufort. Down East FolkArts Society concert. Tickets are $15, $12 for members and active military or $8 for students. Reserve by texting or calling 646-4657, or see www.downeastfolkarts.org.
MOREHEAD CITY LIONS CLUB YARD SALE 7 a.m.-noon Oct. 19, Curb Market, 13th and Evans streets, Morehead City.
BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19, Twice Read Tales, Newport. The Friends of the Newport Library is hosting the bag sale. Bags will provided and can be stuffed for $3.
CARTERET COUNTY BIG SWEEP Oct. 19. To get involved, volunteers can visit www.ncbigsweep.org or call the volunteer hotline at 800-27-sweep.
ART IN THE PARK CRAFTSMEN SHOW 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19, Fort Benjamin Park and Recreation Center, 100 McQueen Ave., Newport. Contact Darlene Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-4263 to become a vendor. Booths are $30 and benefit Carteret County Special Olympics.
LOBSTER FEST noon-4 p.m. Oct. 19, St. Francis by the Sea, Salter Path. Live lobsters are $16, cooked are $19, and full meals with coleslaw, potato salad, roll, homemade dessert and tea or water are $24 (eat in or take out). Call the church at 240-2388 to reserve lobsters and meals.
CLIP FOR THE CURE business hours, Oct. 19, SmartStyle inside Walmart, Morehead City. Proceeds from the salon's fundraising event go to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, which supports early diagnosis, prevention, treatment and research to find a cure for breast cancer. For more information, see www.ClipForTheCure.org or call 726-1271.
HORSE SENSE AND SURVIVAL TOUR Oct. 19 with Cape Lookout National Seashore at Shackleford Banks. Reservations are required to join a ranger for a four-hour walking trip to find the wild horses of Shackleford Banks and watch their behavior. There is a fee for the ferry service. Call 728-2250 ext. 0 for reservations and more information. Also, Nov. 16.
CRYSTAL COAST CON 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19, MacDaddy's, Cape Carteret. Visit www.MyMacDaddys.com for details.
BOATING EDUCATION SEMINAR: LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF AREA WATERS Oct. 19, Carteret Community College. Certified Instructors of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer this one-half day seminar, which will assist recreational boaters in learning to navigate area waters more safely. A study of area charts, buoys, day markers and other aids to navigation will be presented, as well as a review of basic rules of the road. Cost is $20. A discount for families is available. Pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register, contact Ben Crabtree at 808-3091 or e-mail email@example.com.
BOOKSIGNING WITH RANGER PAUL BRANCH JR. 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Fort Macon State Park, 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. He will sign copies of his new pictorial history book, Fort Macon.
BEAUFORT HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION'S FALL PARTY 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 105 Front Street, Beaufort. Held at the historic Duncan House, home of Bill and Deborah Tuttle, this fundraising party features lively music by The Ginger Thompson Band, bold impressionist artwork by Trisha Adams and an exquisite menu by Beaufort Grocery. Tickets are $75 each and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the BHA at 728-5225 or go to www.beauforthistoricsite.org.
MOONLIGHT ESCAPADES FUN RUN FUNDRAISER 8 p.m. Oct. 19, Friendly Market on Friendly Road and Bridges Street extension in Morehead City. Fundraiser for Crystal Coast Hospice House. The approximately 3K route will follow Bridges Street extension to the Morehead City Plaza Shopping Center, crossing Arendell Street to finish at the Hampton Inn of Morehead City. Fabulous frock prizes will be awarded based on the "brightest" individual and group originality. Cost is $25 each or, for groups of six or more, $20. Register and pay by Oct. 9 to receive a t-shirt. Tax deductible. Register at www.crystalcoasthospicehouse.org.
RALPH STANLEY WITH THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS BAND 8 p.m. Oct. 19, The Morehead Center, Arendell Street, Morehead City. Tickets are $30 and $40 each. Call 726-1511 or visit www.themoreheadcenter.com for details.
FALL "IN THE WATER" MEET 1-5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, N.C. Maritime Museum's Gallants Channel Annex in Beaufort. Hosted by NCMM chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association. Fleet of spritsail skiffs will be there and volunteers will be taking visitors for boat rides. Dinner is a $10 ($5 for members) fund-raising barbecue.
ATLANTIC WELCOME SIGN DEDICATION 3 p.m. Oct. 20, hosted by the Atlantic Civic & Beautification Committee. The dedication will be in honor of Elmo Gaskill Jr.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CRYSTAL COAST UPPER DIVISION TALENT SHOW 7 p.m. Oct. 21, Croatan High School Auditorium. For grades nine to age 21. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Entry deadline was Oct. 14.
BROADWAY STAR GAY WILLIS 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Glad Tidings Church, Morehead City. Reception follows to honor this Beaufort native. Tickets by subscription or $35 at the door. Call 726-1152.
LUNCH WITH A DASH OF HISTORY, The History Place, 1008 Arendell St., Morehead City. Rodney Kemp leads the presentations on select Fridays. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation is noon-1 p.m. Lunch is $12 for members or $15 for nonmembers. For the presentation only, cost is $5 for members or $8 for nonmembers. Call 247-7533 by Wednesday before the event to reserve a lunch. Topics are Up West and Down East: The Geography of Carteret County, Oct. 25; the community of Davis, Nov. 1; and Rodney's annual Christmas Show, Dec. 13.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation, Emerald Isle. Glow-in-the-dark mural, face painting, cake walk, costume contest at 7 p.m., liver toss, hanging donut eating contest, ID kits by the EI Police Department and more. Admission is two bags of individually wrapped candy per child. Candy will be distributed back to children at departure. Please bring a bag for your goodies. Call 354-6350 for more information.
MOREHEAD MANOR 7:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 25-26, Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Presented by the creators of "The House on North Forty" and the young professionals group, Connect Carteret. Tickets are $10 or $20 for "RIP," on sale at Ioannis Bar & Grill, Halloween Express and Merv's Joke Shop. Rated PG-13. For more information, log on to Morehead Manor's Facebook page.
FIRST BLACKBEARD'S PIRATE JAMBOREE Oct. 25-27, Ocracoke Island. Presented by the Ocracoke Foundation. For details, visit the website www.piratejamboree.com or the Facebook page: Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree.
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCES 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays, Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center, Morehead City. For adults over 50, the cost is $5. For more Information, call 247-2626. Entertainment is Halloween Party Costumes Or Not, Chuck Eatmon, Oct. 25; Tom Bone, Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan. 3, and Chuck Eatmon, Nov. 15, Dec. 20 and Jan. 17.
NORTH CAROLINA A-SCARE-IUM Oct. 25, N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Great disguises win prizes in this unique Halloween party for grown-ups that haunts the aquarium waters after dark. Music, food, dancing and games are included in admission. Beer and wine will be for sale. Must be 21 to attend, and costumes are required. See the Pine Knoll Shores section of www.ncaquariums.com or call 247-4003 for details.
CETACEAN FASCINATION 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, N.C. Maritime Museum, Gallants Channel annex. Come make discoveries during a peek behind the scenes of where whalebones are being prepared for study and display. Meet at gate 3 of the Gallants Channel Annex on West Beaufort Road. Free event.
PURVIS CHAPEL FUNDRAISER WITH AUTHOR DAVID CECELSKI AND AME ZION STATE CHOIR 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Purvis Chapel, 215 Craven St. Beaufort Woman's Club is hosting this event that will raise funds for church preservation and restoration. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Beaufort Historical Association's Welcome Center, Beaufort; The History Place, Morehead City; and from members of the Beaufort Woman's Club. To reserve tickets from a club member, please call 728-3917, 728-7365 or 838-6191.
FRIGHT NIGHT 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25, N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. The museum's exhibit hall comes to life in a haunted kind of way, complete with sweet treats and a few tricks. Fun for ghouls and goblins of all ages. Proceeds from this partnership event benefit museum education programs and East Carteret High School Drama Club. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 18 and under.
ROY WILLIS COLLECTION AUCTION Oct. 25-26, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, Harkers Island. First of three auctions to be held of the extensive collection of hunting decoys by the late collector and carver Roy Willis of Stacy. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 with a special preview and event at 3:30 p.m. The auction resumes 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26. More than 600 lots from this collection will be sold. An online catalog with photographs is at www.HouseAuctionCompany.com.
CURB MARKET OPEN 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26, 13th and Evans streets, Morehead City, in conjunction with the Promise Land Society Festival.
FISH TOWNE REGATTA 9 a.m. Oct. 26, Backstreet Pub, Beaufort. Preregister at the pub Oct. 25. Sailing and paddling event.
PROMISE LAND SOCIETY FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26, 14th Street between Shepard and Shackleford streets, Morehead City. There will be crafts, games, history and music. Free.
ANNUAL CAROLINA KITE FEST 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26-27, with a special night flying session 6 p.m. Oct. 26, at the public beach access known as "The Circle" in Atlantic Beach. Events include kite flying, games, team flying, Indian Fighter kites, big kites and sled kite building for children. Sponsored by Kites Unlimited, Atlantic Station Shopping Center, Atlantic Beach.
ANNUAL RALLY FOR AMERICA 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26, Fort Benjamin Park, Newport. Hosted by the Crystal Coast Republican Men's Club, there will be hot dogs and drinks available for a donation and many Republican officials and candidates in attendance, including Congressman Walter B. Jones, Sen. Norman Sanderson, Representatives Pat McElraft and Michael Speciale, N.C. Supreme Court candidate Bob Hunter, U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon and many others.
CAROLINA MARITIME MODEL SOCIETY 2 p.m. Oct. 26, N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. The society exists to promote the production of high quality ship models and encourage members and the public to participate in the craft that is as old as shipbuilding itself. All meetings are open to the public. Call 728-7317 for details.
BIRDING AT NORTH RIVER FARMS in Smyrna 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 15. N.C. Coastal Federation program. Join local birding expert Joanne Powell. The group will look for resident birds as well as fall migrants that might include warblers, raptors and waterfowl in farm fields, along roadside shrubs and in restored marsh habitat. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars, as well as water and a snack, and to dress appropriately for the weather and for moderate walking in open fields and along dirt roads. There are no restroom facilities or shelter. The group will meet at the Crossroads Minimart in Otway at the intersection of Highway 70 and Harkers Island Road at 8 a.m. The group will carpool to the farm and return to the Minimart by 11 a.m. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. These tours are free for N.C. Coastal Federation members and $15 for non-members. Registration, which is required and can be done by calling 393-8185, will include a one-year membership.
FALL FESTIVAL 5 p.m. Oct. 27, Cherry Point Baptist Church, Havelock. Non-scary costume contest, best homemade hat contest and bounce houses. Games and dinner from 6-7 p.m. Pie eating contest at 7 p.m., hayride and trunk or treat until 8 p.m. For details, call 447-5462.
ANNUAL PUMPKIN CARD PARTY 1-5 p.m. Oct. 29, First Presbyterian Church, 1604 Arendell St., Morehead City. Tickets are $14, sponsored by Carteret General Hospital auxiliary volunteers. There will be bridge, canasta, dominoes, scrabble or game of choice, plus snacks, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. To reserve, call 648-8017 or 222-0233.
TRICK-OR-TREAT UNDER THE SEA Oct. 29-30, N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. An aquatic twist makes this Halloween event a treat for all ages. Kids trick-or-treat indoors among the exhibits, show off their costumes and enjoy other fun and games. Special admission price: $8 per person, $6 for members, ages 2 and under free. Daily admission tickets do not apply for this special event. Buy advance tickets online. See the Pine Knoll Shores section of www.ncaquariums.com or call 247-4003 for details.
BROWN BAG GAM noon Oct. 30, N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Pack a lunch and come learn about North Carolina's rich coastal environment and culture. For specific topics, visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Call 728-7317 for details.
MOONLIGHT KAYAK ADVENTURE 3:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Watch the moon rise over the water on a Halloween inspired kayak tour. Kayaks and navigation lights provided. Space limited. For intermediate or advanced paddlers ages 12 and up, though under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations needed; cost is $50. Call 728-7317.
LA MUSIQUE CLUB 24TH ANNUAL PAGEANT 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at West Carteret High School. Categories are for ages 3-4, kindergarten-second grade, third-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and high school. No charge to enter. Contact Rachel Mundine, 223-4538, for an application or more information.
MOVIES IN THE PARK "Hotel Transylvania" 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Fort Benjamin Park, Newport. Pack a picnic, and bring a blanket or beach chair. The Movie will be shown outside, the concession stand will sell popcorn, candy and soft drinks. In the case of inclement weather, movies will be shown inside. "Rise of the Guardians" will be shown Dec. 7.
BIRD HIKE 10 a.m. Nov. 4, Fort Macon State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds in the area.
MEDICARE OR MEDICAID: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center, 3820 Galantis Drive, Morehead City. Brief presentation of information followed by question and answer period is the fifth in the seminar series offered on the first Tuesday of each month by the senior center. Admission is free. Call 247-2626 for directions or more information.
OIL PRESSURE: CETACEANS IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF OUR SEARCH FOR OIL 7 p.m. Nov. 6, N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. From hunting whales to seismic exploration, our search for oil in marine environments continues to involve whales in some way or another. Join Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster for this free, after-hours presentation.
FIRST THURSDAY AT THE TEACHERAGE 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7, at the Teacherage in Newport. Held the first Thursday of each month to hear and share stories and experiences in Newport's history. Each month features a central storyteller. Nov. 7 is Charles Hill and Dec. 5 is Mon Garner. For more information, contact Dianne Johnson at 241-1793.
MISTLETOE MAGIC HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9, Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Handcrafted wreaths, decorations, jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork and more. Admission is $3, $2 for seniors and free for children 12 and under. Bring a can food item to be donated to a local food bank. Visit www.crystalcoastcivicctr.com or call 247-3883 for details.
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH BAZAAR 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Beaufort. Hosted by the church's women's group, the bazaar will feature handmade crafts, books, toys, Christmas décor, kitchen gadgets, unique treasures, frozen and baked holiday food, jams, pickles and more. There will also be a raffle (tickets are $1 each) and Silent Auction. A luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with take-out lunches from 11-11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Proceeds benefit local outreach projects supported by the ECW. For tickets and additional information about the bazaar, call 728-3324, Roberta Brown, Bazaar Chair.
SECOND CRAFTS ON THE CRYSTAL COAST Nov. 10, Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Tickets are $50 for VIP and $40 general admission. For details, visit www.crystalcoastbeer.eventbrite.com.
OUTER BANKS WILDLIFE SHELTER'S TASTE OF CARTERET COUNTY Nov. 15, Crystal Coast County Civic Center, Morehead City. Tickets are $35 and include dinner provided by more than 20 of the restaurants in the county and include an open bar and live entertainment, plus a silent auction rivaled by none other. Call the shelter at 240-1200 to purchase tickets or for more information.
THE N.C. WRITERS' NETWORK 2013 FALL CONFERENCE Nov. 15-17, Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Price varies. Workshops and master classes in creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, as well as panels, lectures and workshops on indie publishing, publishers and agents, marketing for writers and more. The faculty includes Philip Gerard and Virginia Holman (creative nonfiction); Rebecca Lee and Clyde Edgerton (fiction); and Peter Makuck and Malena Mörling (poetry). Visit www.ncwriters.org for information and to register.
THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF STEPHEN FOSTER 3 p.m. Nov. 17, Carteret County Public Library, Live Oak Street, Beaufort. Presented by The Friends of the Carteret County Library. Narration by Bob Malone, and music by Harmony Creek. Tickets are $10 at the door and $1 for children. Enjoy songs by the composer of "Oh! Susanna," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Beautiful Dreamer." Contact Marlene Anderson at 728-3988 for details.
GIVING THANKS: POTLUCK FOR COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN 4-7 p.m. Nov. 21, N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. The museum is hosting a potluck dinner for commercial fishermen and will show the film "Core Sounders." This event is free. Commercial Fishermen bring your appetite; other guests please bring a potluck dish to show your thanks. Call the museum to sign up your dish, 728-7317.
FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA SHOW with Gaylon Pope & SweetWater 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Carteret Community College, Joslyn Hall. Seating is limited and the public is encouraged to purchase advance tickets no later than Nov. 20. Tickets are $20 and $23 at the door for adults and $12 for children or $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.gaylonpopeandsweetwater.com
AARP CHAPTER 1714 11 a.m. Oct. 21, Golden Corral, Morehead City. Program with The History Place executive director, Steve Anderson.
CARTERET COUNTY COUNCIL FOR WOMEN 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Carteret General Hospital Meeting Room A, Morehead City. For more details, contact Juli Cosgrove, 393-1972.
CARTERET COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN 6 p.m. Oct. 22, Ruby Tuesday, Morehead City. Insurance agent Tom Styron will be the speaker. He will discuss the Affordable Care Act. All registered Democrats and their families are invited. For more information call 726-4841.
SOUTHERN BELLES REHEARSALS 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church, 100 Yaupon Drive, Cape Carteret. Southern Belles is a four-part harmony barbershop-style singing group for women. New members are always welcome. 354-2925.