Happenings

Details of upcoming events, post-event reports, announcements, and reviews. Check out any of the categories within this events and happenings section, including food-related news and restaurant reviews; gardening, farming, and growing; movie and TV reviews; film Industry festivals and news; and other features, articles, and miscellaneous.

Vintage Fan Fair is November 10-11, 2017, in Raleigh NC. Vintage Event to Create Nostalgic Experience at NC State Fairgrounds (6/28/2017) - Vendor Applications Now Being Accepted By Lisa Kamin, The Vintage Lifestyle Experience. LLC The first-annual retro event, Vintage Fan Fair, will be held November 10-11, 2017 (Veterans Day holiday) indoors at the Holshauser Building at the NC [...]
Source: California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) California EPA Is First US Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer (6/28/2017) - By Nathan Donley, biologicaldiversity.org Yesterday, the state of California announced that as of July 7, 2017, it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as [...]
NC Forest Service Nursery Program Accepting Seedling Orders Beginning July 3 (6/28/2017) - By Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will begin accepting orders for seedlings July 3, 2017. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for 47 species of [...]
Source: asteroidday.org NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast (6/28/2017) - By Laurie Cantillo / Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) and Guy Webster / DC Agle (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 9am PDT [...]
Business Events Coming Up in Eastern NC’s Five County Area (6/27/2017) - Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training and networking. Note that regular Chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads groups, are not included. Check with, or [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 28-July 2 (6/26/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. Contact information [...]
July 4 is free fishing day in North Carolina, when everyone of all ages, can fish in all public waters without paying for a fishing license. Source: Take Me Fishing. No NC Fishing License Needed to Fish on July 4th (6/23/2017) - By Jodie B. Owen, ncwildlife.org July 4 is “free fishing day” in North Carolina where everyone — residents and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water from 12:01am to 11:59pm, without [...]
Source: Runner1616 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons. Fall 2017 NC Film Festivals Accepting Submissions (6/22/2017) - Filmmakers looking for opportunities to show their film may be interested in submitting entries for these upcoming North Carolina film festivals. Links to submission guidelines are included below. Check out the guidelines to see what categories [...]
Stormberg Food, based in Africa, produces multiple brands, including snacks for humans, and treats for pets. Snack Foods Company Will Create 60 Jobs in Wayne County (6/22/2017) - Stormberg Foods will Invest $2.48 Million to Start Protein Snack Production Facility By Ford Porter, office of the Governor NC Stormberg Foods, LLC., a producer of meat protein snacks, will locate its first United States [...]
Shooting Stars Film Camp by GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC. NC Film-oriented Nonprofit Receives Cumberland Community Foundation Grant (6/21/2017) - The Cumberland Community Foundation has awarded a “Summertime Kids” program grant to GroundSwell Pictures of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in support of GroundSwell’s Shooting Stars Film Camp. Shooting Stars Film Camp is a one week camp [...]
USDA Organic Seal NCDA&CS Offers Organic Certification Cost-share Assistance (6/20/2017) - By Heather Barnes, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Organic growers in North Carolina may apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 21-25 (6/20/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. Contact information [...]
Barnes Tractor donated for NCSU farm. Source: Kiersten Cooley, Flint Group. Family-owned Business Donates Massey Ferguson Tractor to NCSU’s Research Farms (6/19/2017) - Barnes Equipment and Massey Ferguson Improving Agricultural Research Opportunities for North Carolina State University Students By Ashley Barnes, Barnes Equipment Barnes Equipment, a family-owned and operated business based in Sims, North Carolina, has teamed up [...]
Hertford NC Boating Access Area. Source: Ryan Kennemur, NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Hertford NC Boating Access Area Grand Opening is June 23 (6/19/2017) - By Ryan Kennemur, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2017, at 10:30am, to celebrate the opening of the new Hertford [...]
FCAC Photo from 2016 Juneteenth Celebration. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC. UPDATE: 2017 Juneteenth Celebrations Planned Across North Carolina (6/17/2017) - **UPDATE: Announcement affecting ONE event as noted.** ___ Originally published May 10, 2017; updated June 17, 2017 Across the state, Juneteenth commemorative events are being planned. Community gatherings include music, speakers, vendors, food, and family [...]
Kimberly Charlene photo by TLC Entertainment. UPDATE: Franklin County NC Juneteenth Celebration in the Park June 17 – CANCELED (6/17/2017) - **According to the Franklin County Arts Council, today’s Juneteenth Celebration is canceled due to flooding in the park (Louisburg NC).** ________________________________________ Original May 29, 2017 article included below. ________________________________________   By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County [...]
Blue Collie Coffee, Louisburg NC, business card. Photo: Kay Whatley. Louisburg NC’s Blue Collie Coffee Provides Community with Jobs, Java (6/16/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Drive into downtown Louisburg NC, and just past the courthouse you’ll find Blue Collie Coffee. This nonprofit coffee shop serves beverages and treats while providing jobs for area special needs students. [...]
Summer Night Lights 2017. Source: City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Rocky Mount’s “Summer Night Lights” Series Starts June 16 (6/14/2017) - By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will present its free, block party style program for a sixth year. The annual event kicks off this Friday, June [...]
Fireworks black and white from The Grey Area News 2014. Independence Day Events in Eastern North Carolina (6/14/2017) - Eastern North Carolina towns offer various events for celebrating Independence Day, July 4, 2017.  Some events are in the Five County Area east of Raleigh, while others are Coastal, and a very few in our [...]
"Eco Printing and Journaling with Nature" workshop offered July 22, 2017. Art and Writing Day Retreat Offered for Adults (6/13/2017) - Dawn Lancaster and Donna Campbell Smith have teamed up to offer two great workshops in one: Eco Printing and Journaling with Nature. The day-long retreat for ages 16 and up will be held Saturday, July 22, [...]
Rocky Mount NC holds its Junior Police Academy each year. Rocky Mount Police Department Offers Junior Police Academy (6/12/2017) - By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC The Rocky Mount Police Department will sponsor its 17th annual Junior Police Academy for youth ages 13 to 18 who are interested in learning more about law [...]
Entry gate at The Black Sheep Asylum, Middlesex, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley. Middlesex NC Nonprofit, The Black Sheep Asylum, Plans Fundraiser (6/12/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Black Sheep Asylum in Middlesex, North Carolina takes in animals with nowhere to go. The nonprofit provides services to humans through animal therapy. The asylum provides a safe place for [...]
Writers Retreat Location is Rolling View Community Building. Photo Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC. New Fall Date for FCAC Writers Guild Writers Retreat (6/12/2017) - By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers Guild is happy to announce their Writer’s Retreat has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9am until 5pm, at Rolling [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 14-18 (6/12/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. Contact information [...]
Two of the Tyson chicken product labels released with the USDA recall. Labeling Omission Leads to Recall of over 2.4 Million Pounds of Chicken (6/10/2017) - Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Breaded Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Class I Recall — “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the [...]
Roots of Wisdom exhibit is open at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount NC. Museum’s Latest Exhibit Shows How Native Knowledge Impacts Our Lives (6/7/2017) - By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC Overcoming environmental and cultural challenges can create unexpected partnerships that result in extraordinary outcomes. In the Children’s Museum and Science Center’s latest exhibit, “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. [...]
Cashew label released with Recall. Source: US FDA. Cashew Product Distributed through ALDI Recalled for Glass Bits (6/7/2017) - Star Snacks Co. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt due to the potential presence of glass pieces By Eddie Engelman for Star Snacks Co. Star Snacks [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 7-11 (6/5/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. Contact information [...]
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