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New Bern, NC – The 26th Annual Neuse River Senior Games (NRSG) and Silver Arts Competition Opening Ceremony will be Wednesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the West New Bern Recreation Gymnasium on Pine Tree Drive. This year’s keynote speaker is Nelson McDaniel, Chairman, New Bern 300th Committee.

Nearly 250 adults aged 55 years and better are registered for the games. Athletes compete against others in the same age and gender categories in a variety of events that include bowling, swimming, horseshoes, cycling, track and field, croquet, bocce, shuffleboard, miniature golf, and many others. Volunteers from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point help score the games and local supporters provide meals and snacks for competitors. The games end on May 6.

The Silver Arts Competition will be April 27-29. This component of the games celebrates Performing Arts that include vocal, comedy, drama, dance, and instrumental categories, Heritage Crafts such as basket weaving, quilting, and wood turning, Visual Arts such as drawing, painting, and photography, and Literary Arts such as poetry, short stories, and essays.

The Neuse River Senior Games encompasses six counties including Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, and Pamlico. Qualifiers in the local games may go to the North Carolina Senior Games (NCSG) Finals held every fall in Raleigh. Every other year participants who qualify at the State Games may continue on to the National Senior Games.

For more information contact Johanne Pryor, NRSG Coordinator, at 252-745-5252 or Billy Wilkes, Events Director, at Craven County Parks and Recreation, 252-636-6606. To access a NRSG schedule of events, visit www.cravencounty.com/parks/seniorgames/seniormain.cfm. North Carolina Senior Games information, including sports rules, is available at www.ncseniorgames.org. NRSG is sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games and is sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Health and Adult Services.

Submitted by: Jillian Hardin, Aging Specialist, Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging, PO Box 1717, 233 Middle Street, New Bern NC 28563-1717, 252-638-185 ext 3015

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