1. Casino Night fundraiser

The Coastal Women's Shelter will host its first annual Roaring Twenties Casino Night on Friday at The Flame in New Bern from 7 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $75 and include a substantial funny money package, drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, silent auction, safe ride home and more.

Enjoy a night of blackjack, craps, poker and roulette, while listening to entertainment provided by GEM Productions. It will include Fairlight from 7 to 9 p.m. and Alisa Mike from 9 to 11 p.m. Attire from the 1920s is encouraged, but semi-formal attire is welcome.

Buy tickets online at coastalwomensshelter.org, eventbrite.com or at the office, 1333 South Glenburnie Road, New Bern.

All ticket purchases, donations and sponsorships are tax deductible.

Safe Ride Home will be provided by Chevrolet, Lincoln, and Volvo of New Bern.

The Coastal Women’s Shelter is the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. The organization provides a comprehensive range of services to members of the community who are affected by domestic and family violence.

For more information, go online to www.coastalwomensshelter.org/news--events.html or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/405424146569805/.

 

2. ‘Juice’ events on the Neuse

The Galley Stores and Marina on the Neuse River waterfront along East Front Street in New Bern has two days of food, beverage and entertainment Friday and Saturday.

It begins Friday with Juice Joint and continues Saturday afternoon with Juice on the Neuse, an annual wine and craft beer tasting.

The wines and craft beers being served will be available for purchase during the events.

Those attending must be age 21.

Admission for the Friday event, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. is $50. However, ticket prices are all inclusive of cocktails, beer and food.

Saturday event is 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact the Galley Stores at 633-4648.

 

3. Local live entertainment

A variety of venues around New Bern offer free and ticketed musical events and entertainment each week.

The City Laundry, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, has Local Bands and Brews on Tuesday nights, with ARTISTS aLIVE, a weekly interactive event on Wednesdays. Thursday brings local favorite Lee Wilson, Blue Moon Jazz featuring John Van Dyke All Pro Jazz Jam on Friday night and the Madame Z’s Pride Night on Saturday.

Circa 1810, 221 E. Front St., New Bern, has Dueling Pianos on Thursday, followed by The Roman Sams on Friday and Core Sounds on Saturday, all with 8 p.m. shows, and Alisa Mike on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The Craven Arts Council’s ongoing At the Gallery series presents a tribute to James Taylor on Saturday night, performed by The Heather Pierson Trio.

Joe Brown & The Band plays Saturday at Attitude's Pub and Grille.

 

4. SpringFest at the market

The New Bern Farmer’s Market has one of its major annual events Saturday — SpringFest — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 221 S. Front St., New Bern.

This is an annual free celebration to welcome in spring and the vegetable farmers back to the market. Extended hours, special events and activities for the children are planned.

Things to see and do include chain saw carving, face painting, children’s gem mining, baby lamb petting, on-site painting, book signing, grits grinding machine, kettle corn popping, hot dogs cooking, NitroBeverage Brewing, and Ukeladies and Ukelads singing and playing.

Contact Julie McKeon at 633-0043.

 

5. Pamlico history program

The Pamlico County Historical Association presents “The Last Days of Blackbeard, the Pirate,” with Kevin Duffus on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Center and Museum in Grantsboro. It is the highlight of the April Snapshot meeting.

Duffus, through many years of research, presents a detailed examination of Blackbeard’s final six months in North Carolina.

His controversial book presents contradictions to historical accounts about Blackbeard’s origin, his travels and motivations as a pirate, his death and the identity and fate of his most trusted crew members. He explores the possibilities of government conspiracies and cover-ups and offers that most of Blackbeard’s captured crew members were not hanged and one became a wealthy landowner, and the father and grandfather of some famous figures in the American Revolution.

For more information, call historical association at 745-2239.

 

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