1st – 31st: Tryon Civitans in conjunction with The UPS Store of New Bern is sponsoring their 10th Annual Peanut Butter Drive to benefit Religious Community Services. Drop off location is The UPS Store, 1822 South Glenburnie Rd. between 8:00am and 6:00pm. Monday – Friday and 8:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays. Call 252-637-7500.
5th: New Bern Reads, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the New Bern Mall. Presented by Oaks Road Elementary School. Call 252-514-6475.
5th: Colorful Wishes Celebration, 6:00pm – 11:00pm at Carolina Colours Clubhouse. Benefiting Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. Call 410-707-6999.
5th: Smooth Jazz with David Robinson, 6:30pm at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
6th: 32nd Annual BBQ Chicken Dinner, 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Berne Lodge 724 A.F. & A.M., 2100 S. Glenburnie Rd. Call 252-474-4508.
6th: Explorations: The International Film Series “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, 2:30pm and 7:30pm in the Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community College. Call 252-633-2618.
6th: ArtWalk throughout Downtown New Bern, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, presented by the Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts. 252-638-2577.
6th: Uncorked – A Wine Tasting, 5:00pm at Nautical Wheelers of New Bern. Call 252-514-2553.
6th: Dayton Vesper Piano Concert, 6:30pm – 7:45pm at First Baptist Church. Call 252-637-3270.
6th – 7th: Fourth Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, NC. Call 252-671-4643.
6th – 7th: All In The Timing by David Ives, 8:00pm at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
7th: 13th Annual Neuse River Backwater Open Fishing Tournament benefiting Religious Community Services.
7th: Harvest Rally Motorcycle Ride for Craven County’s H.O.P.E., 8:00am – 2:00pm at Harley-Davidson of New Bern. Call 252-633-4060.
7th: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00am – 2:00pm at 421 S. Front St. Call 252-633-0043.
7th: Craven County Clean Sweep, 9:00am at Lawson Creek Park. Call 252-633-1477.
7th: Writing Workshop and Reading with Catherine Strisik, 9:00am – 12:30pm with reading at 7:00pm at the Red Shoe Studio Gallery. Call 252-670-7736.
7th: See Better Together – “Blessings To Be Blue” presentation with Author Mable Singleton Murrell, 12:00pm at the New Bern-Craven County Library. Presented by the Historical Dryborough Neighborhood Association and Preservation Management. Call 252-637-7192.
7th: Dinner on 5 Continents, 6:00pm at Christ Church Harrison Center. Presented by Interfaith Refugee Ministry. Call 252-633-9009.
7th: R.E.S.T.O.R.E. – A Second Chance Gala, 6:00pm at J. Murphy Smith Center, 508 Middle St. Presented by Wash Away Unemployment. Call 252-
7th: New Bern Shrine Club Reverse Drawing, 6:00pm – 1:00am at 2102 S. Glenburnie Rd. Call 252-638-1277.
7th: Lewis n Clark and Blue Moon Jazz, 7:30pm at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.
There are also all kinds of things to do in and around town. To name a few, take advantage of over 20 parks and 3 recreation centers maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation and Craven County Recreation & Parks. Cool off at the New Bern Aquatic Center or George Street Spray Ground. Play disc golf at Glenburnie Park and Creekside Park, roller skate at Rollerland, go horseback riding at Equidae Farms (288-9706), or check out the Bear Towne Escape Room.
Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library for free classes, reading programs, movie rentals, etc.
Watch a movie at Neuse Blvd Cinema or Bear Town Cinema 6.
Learn to Scuba Dive at Divin’ Dawgs.
Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Bear Foot Kayaks (229-4846); Bolero Sailing Charters, 300 E. Front St. (670-5879); Cruise The Neuse Pontoon Boat Tours, (876-7232); Pedi-Bear Tours (649-3839); Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716); Tugboat of New Bern Cruises (919-306-5712); and Trolley Tour (637-7316). Call New Bern Tours for more options (637-7316).
Tour the New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park. It’s not only for Civil War Buffs, but it’s a perfect place to take a walk in the woods (with your dog), picnic, or sit on a bench and watch the wildlife.
Take a walk in the woods in the Croatan National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).
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