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.

North Carolina Agritourism Farms Offer Holiday Attractions (11/18/2017) - Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS Whether you are looking to cut your own Christmas tree, or take a sleigh ride with Santa, North Carolina farms offer an abundance of options for family fun this holiday season. “Agritourism farms [...]
Ribbon cutting at Knightdale Chamber's Red Ribbon Showcase on November 16, 2017. Photo: Nadia Ethier New Knightdale Area Businesses Recognized at Chamber Event (11/17/2017) - By Patrice Bayyan, knightdalechamber.org The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce held its quarterly ribbon-cutting ceremony for small businesses at Knightdale Station Park on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The Showcase is held each quarter by the Knightdale Chamber of [...]
DreamFest 2018, Wilson, North Carolina. Source: Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center‎ Apply to DreamFest 2018 for Opportunity to Attain A Business Dream (11/17/2017) - DreamFest 2018 is A “Shark Tank-like live event”. Whether you decide to compete in the business plan competition and oral presentation to a panel of judges (download application guidelines here) or just attend in support of your favorite local [...]
Petrics, World’s First Smart Pet Bed and Pet Health Ecosystem, is based in Wilmington, North Carolina Wilmington-based Petrics to Hold Kick-off Event on Nov. 30 (11/14/2017) - Pet healthcare technology company Petrics will launch a crowd-funding campaign featuring their new smart pet bed with integrated climate control and pet activity tracker. This system is the first of it’s kind and the beginning [...]
Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP23 Human Food Insecurity, Malnutrition, Poverty, and Climate Change (11/14/2017) - Emissions from the agriculture sectors are set to increase in the future, further contributing to climate change, unless the world adopts sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food, FAO Director-General José Graziano da [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov 16-19 (11/14/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
Source: Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, NC Knightdale Chamber Announces Small Businesses at Nov. 16 “Red Ribbon Showcase” (11/12/2017) - By Patrice Bayyan, knightdalechamber.org The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly “Red Ribbon Showcase” — a group ribbon-cutting ceremony for new “small business” Chamber members. Members and the public are invited to come out to the Showcase [...]
Turkey deep frying. Source: US Dept of Agriculture USDA Urges Safety in Turkey Deep Frying (11/12/2017) - Don’t Make Turkey Frying a Disastrous Situation By Archie Magoulas, USDA/FSIS Technical Information Specialist Thanksgiving Day is full of family get-togethers, giving thanks, lots of food and some turkey deep frying horror stories. From homes burning [...]
State Farmers Market, Raleigh, North Carolina logo State Farmers Market in Raleigh to Host Seasonal Events (11/10/2017) - By Monica Wood, State Farmers Market The State Farmers Market has a variety of special events planned for shoppers this holiday season. Activities kick off with the annual Fall Craft Fair, November 10-12, 2017. “A [...]
One of the labels released by USDA FSIS with Empire Kosher Poultry Inc. Recall November 9, 2017. Empire Kosher Poultry Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Metal Contamination (11/10/2017) - Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., a Mifflintown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,839 pounds of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection [...]
Scene from a Zebulon NC parade, December 2013. Photo: Frank Whatley Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Holiday Events 2017 (11/9/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Get ready for a plethora of Christmas and holiday season events in Eastern North Carolina. Parades and tree-lighting ceremonies, holiday happenings, and vendor markets are all in the works. Some are free [...]
Full Scale Productions Jewish American Soldiers film Invitation. Source: PRNewsfoto/Full Scale Productions Jewish WWII Veterans Film to Debut on Veterans Day Weekend (11/9/2017) - Full Scale Productions will premiere its documentary Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from World War II on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to coincide with the Veterans Day holiday weekend. The documentary, produced in conjunction [...]
Source: City Of Rocky Mount NC. Rocky Mount Spotlights Community Development Nov. 13-16 (11/8/2017) - City to Showcase Housing Enhancements and Initiate New Revitalization Planning with Week of Activities By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount There are several community development activities taking place in Rocky Mount, North Carolina the [...]
Nestle Prepared Foods Company Recalls Pork and Beef Products (11/8/2017) - 26,400 Pounds of Products, Which Were Donated to Charity, Are Being Recalled Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a Mount Sterling, Kentucky establishment, is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of pork and [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. Soil Testing Fees Go into Effect Dec. 1 (11/8/2017) - Sample and Submit Now to Avoid Fees By David Hardy, NCDA&CS Fall is not only a great time of year for football, pumpkin spice, and changing leaves, it is also an excellent time to take [...]
FDA Declines to Stop Soda Companies from Advertising Artificially-sweetened Soda as “Diet” (11/8/2017) - By Gary Ruskin, usrtk.org The US Food and Drug Administration has denied a petition asking it to stop Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. from using the term “diet” in advertising, branding and labeling of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, because [...]
Cats and Dogs. Credit: Frank and Kay Whatley, Nadia Ethier Rabies Vaccination Clinics in Rocky Mount, Louisburg NC on Nov. 11 (11/8/2017) - On Saturday, November 11, 2017, pet owners will have access to low-cost rabies shots for their pets at two eastern North Carolina locations: Rocky Mount and Louisburg. Can’t make it this weekend?  There will be [...]
Source: Town of Wendell, North Carolina. Wendell NC’s Autumn and Winter Community Events (11/7/2017) - By Sherry Scoggins, Town of Wendell NC Upcoming community and business events in Wendell, North Carolina, are listed below. For more information on town events, visit www.townofwendell.com. Local Government Federal Credit Union Shred Event Date and [...]
Source: City Of Rocky Mount NC. Rocky Mount Offers Household Items Disposal on Nov. 11 (11/6/2017) - By Robin Cox, City of Rocky Mount On Saturday, November 11, 2017, in conjunction with thousands of events across the country, Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe counties will host a recycling event for [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov 9-12 (11/6/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
Some of the labels USDA released with recall. Pork, Chicken Burrito/Wrap Items Recalled for Possible Listeria (11/2/2017) - Chelsea Food Services, doing business as Journey Cuisine, a Denver, Colorado establishment, is recalling approximately 28,064 pounds of pork and chicken burritos and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of [...]
NIFA to Support Food and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Communities (11/1/2017) - On November 1, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises that bring [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov 2-5 (11/1/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
Report: Corporate Stranglehold On World’s Food Supply Tightening (10/31/2017) - By Mute Schimpf,  Friends of the Earth Europe New research published on October 31, 2017 shows the dramatic impacts of the global food system being rapidly monopolised by ever-fewer, ever-larger corporations at every stage of the [...]
November to Remember Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show is November 18, 2017, in Bunn NC. November to Remember Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show is Nov. 18 (10/30/2017) - By Kay Whatley Vehicles will be converging on Bunn, North Carolina for the November to Remember Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The show vehicles, vendors, and more will be spread across the Montclair [...]
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org. Upcoming Arts and Community Events at Rocky Mount’s Imperial Centre (10/29/2017) - By Tracy Grosner, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences a series of community events, workshops, and arts classes coming up, both free and low cost. Unless otherwise noted, these [...]
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Grand Opening postcard. Source: Wilson Downtown Development Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Ribbon Cutting is Nov. 2, NC Whirligig Festival Follows on Nov. 4-5 (10/27/2017) - The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park its Grand Opening is Thursday, November 2, 2017, 4-10pm. This City of Wilson, North Carolina event includes a ribbon cutting, speeches, and activities for all. Arrive in-advance of 4pm, with enough time [...]
Zebulon United Methodist Church in Zebulon NC. Photo Source: ZebulonUMC Facebook. Zebulon UMC Holding Coat Drive, Community Giveaway (10/27/2017) - Donate Your Gently Used Coats and More By Cindy Privette, Zebulon United Methodist Church If you have coats that your children have outgrown or that you no longer wear, why not donate them to help [...]