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11 Fort Macon Needs Help! Fort Macon is currently searching for tour guides, volunteers for the Visitors Center and for park nature guides, and are sponsoring a free event with donuts and coffee on February 11, 18 and 25.

11 BHA Open Meeting The Beaufort Historical Association is having its annual membership meeting and potluck dinner on January 21, and you’re invited. A special presentation of the film “Beaufort Remembers,” is planned as well. Mark your calendars!

12 Local Cooking Classes The Carteret Local Food Network is offering cooking classes again this year on second Tuesdays from 6–8 p.m. for only $25 per person. Classes range from microgreens to quick pickles to snacks for teens.

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Enjoy a family friendly free movie at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Bring a chair or blanket but no outside food or beverages. Popcorn and drink for $1.

Cottage c. 1778, the Victorian Josiah Bell House c. 1825, the Federal-style John C. Manson House c.1825, the Carteret County Jail c. 1829, the Apothecary c. 1857 or the Carteret County Courthouse c.1796. Each building depicts a different period or aspect of life in historic Beaufort. The tour includes any 3 of the historic buildings. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and free for ages under 5. Tours also available upon one hour request. WEDNESDAYS

Aquarium Toddler Time

Enjoy stories, crafts, songs, puppets and animal encounters with your young children during Toddler Time! We will be holding only one session each Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Please be advised that there is limited seating for each session (15 children per session) and the program is specifically designed for children 18 months to 3 years of age. The program fills quickly, so be sure to arrive early! Activities feature a different animal species each week. Some of the celebrity creatures include box turtles, hermit crabs, otters, sea turtles, lobsters, sea stars, owls, sting rays and seashells. Toddler Time is free with admission or aquarium membership and registration is not required. The program runs every week until the end of February. Location: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

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CRYSTAL COAST BRIDAL FAIR

Visit with over 50 of the area’s top wedding professionals at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. For information call 252-240-3256.

SEA TURTLE CAMP

For grades 4–6 at the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. Learn about sea turtles alongside the aquarium’s turtle biologists. Cost is $40. Registration available online.

JANUARY 11

The Beaufort Show: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

Beaufort Picture Show is a non-profit organization formed to showcase a broad range of notable films that enrich lives, engage minds and build community. Beaufort Picture Show is the premier destination for cinema and cultural events on the Crystal Coast. Early showing at 4 p.m.; late showing at 7 p.m. Location: 1354 Lennoxville Beaufort. Contact: 252-528-7395 via text only. JANUARY 12

Coastal Craft Series

Are you looking for some ideas of what to do with some of your beach findings you have been collecting over the years? Come out to the park for this monthly series that explores different craft ideas for your beach treasures. You will get a chance to build your own craft to take home! Registration is required by contacting the park office at 910-326-4881. JANUARY 16, 17

Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Hannah Kaminer

You are invited to join us in the gymnasium at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month for our Friday Free Flick series. Admission is free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless otherwise stated, movies are appropriate for all ages. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks. Call the Emerald Isle Parks and Rec at 252-354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing. Popcorn and drink for $1. Location: 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. Contact: 252-3546350. JANUARY 11

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Brides to be you’re invited to the largest and longest running bridal event on the coast of North Carolina. Visit with over 50 of the area’s top wedding professionals. Talk with vendors intimately about services and products they offer without the pressure of purchasing. The crystal coast bridal fair is held annually at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Enjoy fashion shows featuring the latest in styles and trends. Sample the fare of great caterers. See work of the top wedding photographers and florist. live music. prizes, samples and discounts. You and your

This is our 3rd annual overnight at the aquarium. It will start at 6 p.m. and food is included. It includes free admission Sunday to the aquarium (if you feel the need to see the otters) and the kids typically make shirts. The aquarium is closed to the public, they bring out animals for the kids and the touch tanks are open for the kids. Admission is $22 per scout and $45 per adult/child. However, this cost will be $0 if you participate in our fundraising events: show and sells, the Collard Festival and the Highway 55 breakfast. Location: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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guest will have a ball at the crystal coast bridal fair. Come join us and celebrate the biggest Bridal Fair on the Crystal Coast. Also, don’t forget to join our after party. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our context and door prizes. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City Contact: 252-240-3256.

In keeping with our mission to build community through music, the Down East Folk Arts Society will once again be bringing World Class Singers/ Songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast of North Carolina this Winter. Hannah is a Folk/Americana artist based in Asheville. Raised in small towns in Western NC, she fuses echoes of Appalachian traditions with wistful, Americana style songwriting. Her clear, yearning voice and silvery melodies are a haunting pairing with gut wrenching lyrics about loss, love and home. She’s been a finalist in the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting contest and won the Grand Prize and Crowd Favorite recognition in Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition. Location: 425 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-646-4657.

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Huggins Island History Tour

Join a park ranger on this boat ride to one of our historic island treasures—Huggins Island. You will learn about the diverse history that has shaped this maritime island over the years. A great chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortifications and how it played a role in the American Civil War. Dress for the weather. Registration is required. Call the park office to reserve your seat: 910-326-4881. Subject to cancellation due to the weather. Location: 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro. JANUARY 20

Sea Turtle Camp (Grades 4-6)

Your budding marine biologist can experience what it’s like to work with these beloved marine reptiles during their school holiday. Participants learn all about sea turtles as they work alongside the Aquarium’s turtle biologists. Animal encounters, behind-the-scenes action and a takehome craft project also are included. Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Camp is $40 per child; $36 for aquarium members. At NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Register online. JANUARY 21

Escoffier Chef Dinner Series

The popular dinner series is back! Enjoy a fourcourse meal prepared by culinary students and top local chefs. Get a ticket for an individual dinner or the whole series but act fast because they always sell out! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., hors o’euvres until 6:30. This is an annual event that occurs once a month during January, February and March. All three four-course dinners will feature the best French cuisine. This amazingly unique event supports the CCC Culinary Program. The Culinary Program is vibrantly training tomorrow’s chefs. Carteret Community College is very proud that we send 3 to 4 students annually to France for a month internship. During this month-long trip the students train under the best French Escoffier Chefs in the world! This event sells out every year! January 21........................................... Chef Floyd Olmstead February 25......................................Chef Anthony Garnett March 24...........................................Chef Charles Park and Chef James Clarkson

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You need visuals to represent your business on your website and social media. Make sure that they’re not terrible. Photographer Bob Mackowski will give you some basic, entry-level tips to use with any camera (yes, even your cell phone) and you’ll spend time with hands-on practice. After that, you’ll learn how to make sure that it’s seen and that it leaves the right impression. Your business isn’t awful; make sure that your visuals don’t make it look that way. Please bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) and a camera (phone/tablet/ DSLR/point-and-shoot) to class with you for the hands-on portion. Location: Small Business Center Carteret Community College 3505 Arendell St. Morehead City.

Beaufort Historic Site Membership Meeting

This meeting honors all BHA volunteers and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 215 Ann St. A potluck dinner will be followed by a program featuring Beaufort Remembers, the completed documentary by Mark Albertin featuring Beaufort residents and their important stories. The evening concludes with the presentation of the volunteer awards. Anyone interested in learning more about Beaufort and the Beaufort Historical Association is welcome to attend this free event. Be sure to bring your best dish and join us! For more information call 252-728-5225, visit www.beauforthistoricsite. org or stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner Street. JANUARY 25

Hands-On Business Photography

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Fort Macon Astronomy Night

Crystal Coast Rock Fest

Carteret Community Theatre presents the 2nd Annual Crystal Coast Rock Fest at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Arendell Street., Morehead City. Featured artists are Monika Jaymes and Sidewinder. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30. Admission fee. Visit www. carteretcommunitytheatre.com or call 252-7261501 for tickets. Contact: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City.

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Career and College Promise Information Session

Join us from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Joslyn Hall to learn more about the Career and College Promise Program. Career and College Promise (CCP) is a program that allows North Carolina high school students to earn college credits tuition free while still in high school. The program provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills. Learn more at www.carteret.edu.

Come out to the Beach Access (bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please. Location: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach FEBRUARY 1– 2

Carolina Chocolate Festival Chocolate lovers indulge! The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and is packed with activities from tastings, demonstrations and Pro/Am and Junior bake-offs to relaxing at the spa. Check their website for details about each activity and to purchase tickets for any one of the five main events. All the proceeds from the Carolina Chocolate Festival benefit local charities. This festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Carteret County charities. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City Contact: 252-393-2011

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American Music Festival: Volante Winds

Personality, personality, personality! With their intoxicating stage presence and joyful music making, this vivacious ensemble from Indiana University’s famous Jacobs School of Music has already secured international residencies in South Korea, Japan and Spain and won national awards. Ticketed event. Tickets may be reserved by calling 252-342-5034 and are available at the door on the evening of the concert. Location: First Presbyterian 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City. FEBRUARY 8

4th Annual Fur Ball

The Fourth Annual Fur Ball of the Crystal Coast will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in support of Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support a good cause. The Crystal Coast Civic Center is hosting this event, with dinner, music, door prizes and a silent auction. And, meet our adoptable dogs who will walk the red carpet. Dress is semi-formal. For more information, visit our website: www.austinvetoutreach.com, facebook page: @CCFurball or call 252-732-5936. FEBRUARY 8

Battle of the Badges Fundraiser

As part of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, Bogue Lacrosse players are hosting a Battle of the Badges fundraiser! The event will feature a basketball game with the police and fire dept of Morehead battling it out with the police and fire dept of Beaufort! Money raised will fund 3 scholarships (CHS, WCHS and ECHA) for seniors interested in pursuing a degree in law enforcement from Carteret Community College. Come out and show your support for our local police and fire departments! Location: Croatan High School.

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ne hundred and fifty seven years ago Fort Macon called on the citizens of Carteret Country for help in its defense. They responded patriotically and almost a third of the Forts’ personnel during its battle were from Carteret County, as were four of the seven men killed in its defense. Now once again, but not for quite so desperate a reason, the Fort needs help. We are searching for Fort tour guides, volunteers for the Visitors Center and for Park nature guides. Training consists of three half-day sessions to be held on Tuesdays in February. Current volunteers and guides are encouraged to attend. Guides give informational tours of the Fort while work in the Visitors Center consists of manning the Information Desk, roaming the exhibits and aiding visitors. Nature guides will work around the Parks environment and train with the Park Rangers. All work is scheduled to meet your availability and what you learn is more than worth the time.

urrent and prospective members are invited to join the Beaufort Historical Association for the Annual Membership Meeting and potluck dinner on January 21, 6 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 215 Ann Street in Beaufort. The meeting is a perfect opportunity to make friends with fellow members and new ones while enjoying a delicious meal. During the meeting, there will be a special presentation of the film Beaufort Remembers, a Scrapbook Productions, Inc. and Beaufort Documentary Group film about the daily life of Beaufort from the 1920s to the 1960s, told in the voices of those who lived it. The BHA will also present the prestigious Edward and Frances Piver Volunteer of the Year Award. This award was established in 1968 by the Piver children to honor their parents. The selected recipients of the Piver award are a group that have excelled above their commitment to the BHA and have been leading figures in its success. The Association is fortunate to have volunteers who give their time and talents in a variety of ways from guided tours, driving the double-decker bus, serving on committees, answering phones, helping with events and more. The Newcomer, Longevity, Couples and Fundraiser awards will also be presented. The Newcomer is for the “rookie” who has made a meaningful contribution in a relatively short time as a member. The Longevity is presented to a long-time volunteer who has devoted time over many years and provided unselfish assistance to the BHA in a variety of ways. The Fundraiser is for the person who does an outstanding job of raising funds. This fundraising may be a part of an event, for an individual project or for a continued generation of funds over the years. Lastly, the Couples award goes to an energetic pair who doubles their fun by donating their expertise and enthusiasm resulting in twice as much service to the BHA. Nominations are now being accepted and submissions can be made by cutting out and mailing in your ballot to the Beaufort Historical Association at 150 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. The ballot can be downloaded online at www.beauforthistoricsite.org. You may also call 252-728-5225 or email officemanager@beauforthistoricsite.org to submit a nomination. For additional information on the Membership Meeting, stop by the Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street, call 252-728-5225 or visit beauforthistoricsite.org. €

FIND OUT MORE The event will take place February 11, 18 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with coffee and donuts from 9 to 9:30, at the Fort Macon Park Barracks, located across the road from the Coast Guard Station entrance. For more information or if you can’t make the February training dates, call John Rhodes at 252-393-7313 or email croatan2@aol.com. Please make “Guides” (or “Volunteer”) the subject line of your email. You can also contact the Park Office at 252-726-3775. €

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ost people don’t like to entertain the word “messy” or even be associated with “messy,” but if we are wildlife activists and dedicated conservationists, we might need to rethink that term. It turns out that the survival and reproductive success in the spring for birds and mammals that we enjoy and love, are largely dependent upon the conditions of their winter habitat. It is crucial that all wildlife be able to forage during the winter on seed heads, shriveled fruits, dried plants, insects (that feed on dead and decaying plant life), fungi and bacteria—and what better place to do that than in a messy, unkept yard! Maybe it’s time to put down the garden tools and go easy on yardwork this winter. If you’ve had a garden in your yard, that is a bonus to wildlife. Gardens are alive, no matter what time of year. Whether resident or migrating, finches, sparrows, chickadees, buntings, blue jays, nuthatches, blackbirds and grosbeaks will be stopping by an unkept garden and the messier the better. Bird feeders that are kept full and clean are nice and a little extra, but a messy yard or garden provides the opportunity for more natural foraging. Insect-eating birds or mammals will discover a smorgasbord in the galls of plants, which are bulbous swellings created by insects, such as beetles, flies or wasps, who move in to lay eggs and allow the eggs to incubate until spring. That is unless a hungry woodpecker or mammal finds the plump larvae first and makes a hearty meal out of them! This is a glorious and nutritious find during a bleak winter, which is a great reason to leave our yards messy. Bees also use messy yards to provide habitat and protection during the winter. Piles of dried leaves, decomposing logs or cavities in hollowed out sticks or fallen limbs attract a variety of bees for overwintering. Bees might be accompanied by butterflies who will be encouraged to overwinter as well, if they are offered thick mounds of leaf litter or other cavities to crawl into to weather the cold and harsh elements of winter. If butterfly presence is not convincing enough, hundreds of other critters can overwinter in gardens: assassin bugs, praying mantises, lacewings, wolf spiders, minute pirate bugs, damsel bugs, ground beetles and ladybugs. All these insects and arachnids are beneficial to birds as a food source which means that, as a gardener, you benefit from having them around. Most birds are predators; many eat insects as well as seeds. American Robins, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Towhees, Crows and White-throated Sparrows routinely flip leaves over in search of food. Leaf cover improves their odds of finding protein-rich invertebrates such as beetles, earthworms and millipedes,

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which seek shelter under the security of leaves. So, birds are taking out insect pests that, if left unchecked, could become problematic in flower and vegetable gardens in the spring. Also, leaving layers of leaf litter for animals such as opossums to burrow under in the winter, allows them to get a jump-start on minimizing pesky insect infestations in the spring and summer. Let’s see, how do we encourage messiness in our yards? Here are a few tips: put down the rake and leave your leaves in your yard (in mounds or as a blanket because leaves will rot, enrich the soil and provide places for bugs and birds to forage), create patches of habitat for critters such as salamanders, snails, worms and toads with leaf litter, allow dried flower heads to remain standing (save the seeds and refrain from snipping the stems of perennial flowers. Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susans and other native wildflowers provide an excellent source of winter calories for birds), don’t mow your grass as often (allow it to be a little taller), build brush piles with fallen branches rather than remove them which will serve to shelter birds, as well as other beneficial wildlife, from bad weather and predators, do not use chemicals in your yard for they will render the space uninhabitable for birds and other critters (besides, native grasses, shrubs, trees and flowering plants don’t need chemical fertilizers. Grass clippings and mulched leaf litter provide plenty of plant nutrition), leave snags on your property and just delay the whole garden cleanup until spring. Now, if mammals are more your focus, be assured that squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, deer and others will also enjoy the end-of-season bounty in the form of dried seeds, unharvested vegetables or the hardy leaves left widespread for them. So a messy

yard can be a very good thing when you consider the food and shelter it offers birds and other visiting critters during cold winter months. Don’t forget the bonus of a spent garden that will provide nourishment at all levels of the food chain. Besides helping our wildlife survive in our messy yards, we need to focus on continuing the growing awareness of the value of supporting native biodiversity. What is truly beautiful? You decide. Is it a clean, tidy yard or the amazing birds and other wildlife that pass through your property or take up residency within your view? That’s what I thought, too! Let’s be okay with feeling a little lazy and celebrate the abundance of activity and beauty that can emerge from a messy yard! €

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anuary is when divers bring their new equipment they received at Christmas out into the water. Some divers will be wearing drysuits, but it is still warm enough for divers to wear 7mm wetsuits. Because most of December was a very windy month, the dive boats didn’t leave the dock much. The offshore water temperatures were in the mid to low 60s. The inshore water temperatures were in the low 50s. The offshore water temperatures should be in the low 60s and the inshore water temperatures should stay in the low 50s in January. Before divers decide to take their first underwater breath of the season, they need to have the annual service performed on their gear.

ANNUAL EQUIPMENT SERVICE LIST A regulator is the major piece of life support equipment that the diver uses to breathe underwater. It is made up of two main pieces, the first stage and the second stage. The first stage is the part that is connected to the tank and the second stage is the piece that the diver put in their mouth and breathes through. Most divers have two second stages. One is their primary, the one they breathe off of and the other is their alternate air source, more commonly known as an octopus. The octopus is used to share air with another diver in the event they are low on air. Some divers have their alternate air source, an Air II or Air Source, incorporated into the inflator hose of the buoyancy compensator. To use these, the diver would give the primary to their buddy and the diver would breathe off of the Air II or Air Source. This type of alternate air source is designed to be disconnected from the inflator hose when it is stored or serviced. They need to be serviced at the same time as the first stage. All three stages have internal parts that are replaced during the annual service. Each stage is completely taken apart and all new parts are put into the existing housings. Even though the outside looks the same, it is like getting a brand new regulator each year. When the moving parts are replaced, they are coated with lubricants to make them move more smoothly. Aqua-Lung provides free parts for life for their customers, as long as the regulators are serviced every year. Sherwood provides free parts for life for the SR1 and SR 2. Another piece of equipment that needs annual service is the tank. This service is known as a visual inspection. To begin the visual inspection, all of the air is removed from the tank. Next, the valve is removed and a light is lowered into the tank so the repair technician can look at the inside of the tank to see if there are any cracks or pitting of the material. If the tank passes the visual inspection, the tank will get a new visual inspection sticker that is good for one year. The buoyancy compensator is the piece of equipment that the diver wears to hold their tank on their back and uses to attain neutral buoyancy while underwater. When it is inspected, the dump valves are inspected to make sure they open and close properly to hold and release air. Buoyancy compensators either have an inflator hose or an “i3” device to adjust the amount of air that is added and released. A low pressure hose connects the inflation device to the first stage and allows air to be directly added from the diver’s tank to the buoyancy compensator. The repair technician inspects the inflation device to ensure it is functioning properly. Now is the time to get all of your gear serviced, before all of the other divers get the same idea. When the dive season starts, you don’t want to be standing on the dock watching the dive boat head offshore because your gear is getting its annual service because you waited until the last minute. If you have any questions about getting your gear serviced, contact Discovery Diving at dive@discoverydiving.com, at 252-728-2265 or follow them on Facebook. If you are in the area, just come by the shop and drop off your gear for service. €

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