By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC).
While most listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included. Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed without our knowledge. Contact organizers directly for updates.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
NCSBA Spring Conference
March 1-3, 2018
NC State Beekeepers Association will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front Street, New Bern NC. Three-day meeting features renowned speakers, educational workshops, major vendors of the region, and more. Registration fees vary, starting at $60. See www.ncbeekeepers.org.
Friday, March 2, 2018
First Friday Coffee
Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 8am
Jeff Dodson from State Farm will be presenting at this month’s First Friday Coffee. Join the group for networking, meet neighbors and local business people. Held at The Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. This event is organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Their website is nashvillencchamber.org.
Under The Microscope
Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 5-8pm
Have you ever wondered about those iconic statues that line Dickinson Avenue in Greenville NC and are sprinkled around Uptown? A Time For Science offers an opportunity to learn more from the Artist in Residence, Jonathan Bowling. Come for the “Artists and Ales Edition” of their monthly Under the Microscope lecture series, which offers an opportunity to explore the work, enjoy local craft beers, and experience a brief Q&A with the artist. This event is free and open to the public at the A Time For Science Greenville Science Center, 729 Dickinson Avenue, Greenville NC. Visit their website at atimeforscience.org for more information on this and other public events. A Time For Science has locations in Greenville and Grifton NC.
Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 6-9pm
Visit the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences for “First Friday” and enjoy exhibits and special activities. The address is 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Admission is free. See imperialcentre.org.
North Carolina Pottery Conference
March 2-4, 2018
Disney’s The Little Mermaid On Stage
March 2-4, 2018
StageStruck: The Young People’s Own Theatre brings The Little Mermaid to life at the Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro NC. See dates and ticket ($15-$18) information at Vendini.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Gardner Community Plowday And Show
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 9am-5pm
Plowday will be at the intersection of 42 Hwy and Town Creek Road, Elm City NC (Wilson County). With questions, contact Red Bibs Bill at 252.291.6684. Organized by International Harvester Collectors Chapter 37 of Eastern NC.
Blue Dragon Festival
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 10am-1pm
Participants will learn traditional Chinese crafts, taste food, and help decorate the dragon’s head at this free festival. When the Blue Dragon is finished, children will run with him into the woods to wake up all the insects for Spring First-ever Blue Dragon Festival organized by the Arts Council of Wayne County and Friends of Cliffs of the Neuse. Held at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, 345A Park Entrance Road, # A, Seven Springs NC (Wayne County). More here.
Spring!! Of All Things Open House
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 11am-5pm
Come for a day of art from two art galleries in Historic Downtown Wilson. Location is ART at 123 studio, 123 Barnes Street W, Wilson NC. Updates may be posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Art123STUDIO.
Triangle NORML Meeting
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ noon-2pm
Triangle NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is back and will be planning for upcoming marches. Held at the Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Avenue, Raleigh NC. Come and find out how to get involved, and bring a friend. Updates may be found on this Facebook page.
International Festival of Cultures
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 12-4pm
The festival will be held in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC. Celebrate the city’s diverse cultures. For event updates, see the Facebook event.
For those interested in being a part of the event, see www.rockymountnc.gov or call 252.972.1181 for information on available booths.
From Slavery to Civil Rights: Music with Mary D. Williams
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 1-2:30pm
Mary D. Williams, gospel singer and historian, will present on African-American music, from the spirituals and work songs of slavery to the protest songs of the Civil Rights movement. Be prepared to participate and sing along at this free, public event. There will be limited seating available, so arrive early. This event will be on the Bennehan House section of the Historic Stagville site, 5828 Old Oxford Road, Durham NC. See events and updates at www.facebook.com/Stagville.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
When Winter Ends: A Pond Exploration
Sunday, March 4, 2018 @ 1:30-2:30pm
Held at the pond, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh NC. Come and survey the pond for critters. Group will explore and identify vertebrates (animals with backbones) and invertebrates (animals without backbones) living in the pond at Prairie Ridge. Dress for the weather/outdoors. Best for kids grade K-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
March 4 and 18, 2018 @ 2pm
Free in the art gallery at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Held every other Sunday. Bring the family for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Ages 3 and up with accompanying adults. See their Facebook page for updates, or call 252.972.1632 or email with questions.
Irish Blessings by Tara Kermiet
Sunday, March 4, 2018 @ 2-4pm
Hosted by 217 Brew Works, 217 South Street S, Wilson NC. 217 Art Works proudly presents the photographs of Tara Kermiet in her Opening Reception. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Tara shares her photos of Ireland. Light hors d oeuvres, followed by First Sunday Pot Luck. See event/updates via www.facebook.com/217BrewWorks.
Teen Tech Week – Wilson Library
March 4-10, 2018
Head to the Wilson County Public Library for a different tech activity each day. The week will wrap up with a “Craft, Create, and Code” program on Saturday, March 10, 2018, noon-5pm. At the Main Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC.
Teens, after tech week, plan to come back to the Main Library for Pi Day on March 14, 2018 @ 5:30-8pm, in the Assembly Room at the Main Library for a special teen program “celebrating one of the world’s most famous numbers.” Part of the Wilson Reads program, with Pi and Pie related activities. Contact Scott Houston, the new Teen Program coordinator, at 252.237.5355 x.5073.
Teen Tech Week – Rocky Mount Library
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 4:30-5:30pm
Teens are invited to come and learn about Web Page Design. Make a personal website that might help you get into college, advertise your work, or cut down on paperwork. Held in the Computer Lab at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information or to register, contact Brittany Harrell at 252.442.1951 x257 or email. See braswell-library.libguides.com.
Space Weather: The Sun-Earth Connection
Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Open to the public. Hear a NASA space weather scientist, Dr. Yari Collado-Vega, give a lecture on Space Weather. Held in the Keihin Auditorium in the Fleming Building, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson Street, Tarboro NC. See details here.
Stepping Into The Past
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 8am
This weekly series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
March 10 presentation is “Working the Land: Antique tractor displays/farmer appreciation”.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 8:15am-1:30pm
Annual Dig In! to Healthy Communities event by Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and partner Marbles Kids Museum. Dig In! is being held at Marbles, 201 E Hargett Street, Raleigh NC. The one-day event gives attendees a chance to explore how urban agriculture, community gardens, and edible gardens in schools and child care settings grow a healthier Wake County. Learn how and commit to how you will contribute to healthier communities in Wake County through edible gardens and urban agriculture. Tickets $25 per person, available online in-advance. The theme for Dig In! this year is Nourishing Community: How Community Gardens and Urban Ag Support a Healthy Wake County. (Article) Register via this EventBrite page.
Nash County Recycles Day
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 10am-1pm
This free, open-to-the-public recycling event is being held by the Nash County Courthouse, 222 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. Recycle old electronics, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, unwanted/unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, and paper documents safely and securely. See flyer and any updates here.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 11am-2pm
Visit with local colleges and universities to make your future just a little bit brighter. Held on the Second Floor of Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC.
Women in Tech on Postage Stamps
Tuesday, March 12, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Come and listen to guest lecturer Robert Cagna. Held at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. For more information, call the library at 252.237.5355.
Chopped: Arts and Crafts Edition
Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6-7:30pm
TEEN AREA Grab a mystery bag of craft supplies and show what you can do. Library staff will share your masterpieces on social media. Held in the Teen Area at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information, contact Brittany Harrell, Teen Services Librarian, at 252.442.1951 x.257 or via email.
Muscle Mopar and More
Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8am-4pm
Spend St. Patrick’s Day at this Bunn vehicle-oriented event. Spectators enter for $1 per person. Enjoy a day of family fun at this car, truck, and motorcycle show with vendors, food, music and more. Low riders participate in a Car Limbo contest. Held at the Montclair Complex, 907 NC Hwy 98 E, Bunn NC. Register a vehicle, or see spectator details at carshowpro.com/events/view/156.
Annual Tree Give-Away
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9am-until trees are gone
Stop by the Franklin County Farmers’ Market, located in the lot of the Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg NC. Trees will be given away, first come, first served. Made possible by the Franklin County Cooperative Extension. To see types of trees, visit franklin.ces.ncsu.edu/2018/02/annual-tree-give-away.
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion “Robeson Rises”
March 22, 2018 @ 5:30pm (doors open), 6pm movie/discussion
Held at the Carolina Civic Center Theater, 315 N Chestnut Street, Lumberton NC. This film by Michael Pogoloff, from the Appalachian Voices Project / Green Hero Films, documents activists rising up to challenge construction of a proposed pipeline across North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Pipeline). Covers issues of community disruption and ecosystem destruction. Film website is robesonrises.com.
Franklin Flicks Film Festival
March 23-24, 2018
Franklin Flicks Film Festival brings high-caliber, international Independent cinema to Franklin County, North Carolina — a county well-renowned for its love of culture and the arts. The Glitz and Glamour of Independent short films meets Small Town Southern Hospitality and Charm. This year, the Franklin Flicks Film Festival will be held at Tar Banks Brewery, 108 N Main Street, in downtown Louisburg NC. More information may be found on the Franklin Flicks website, www.fciff.org. (See our article here.)
Workday in the Apiary
Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 10am-4pm
Come help Baxter’s Bees assemble and paint bee boxes, put together frames, and get hives ready for bees this Spring. Or, help with pollinator garden plantings. Lend a hand and learn about other ways to support beekeepers and honey bees. Baxter’s Bees is located on Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. In January 2018, most of their beehives were poisoned and vandalized. Support this local business as they recover from the vandalism. To volunteer and for address, Email Baxter’s Bees or call 919.665.5038.
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Ed. Note: Event information gathered from various sources. While attempts are made to verify data, for most events contact details are included. If you’re planning to attend an event, use contact information or event links to confirm, check for updates or changes, or verify space is available. These events are publicized by The Grey Area News, but are not events overseen by this news site or staff. Any highlighted events are selected by staff, generally due to prior experience with the event or knowledge of offerings.