1st – 28th: Tryon Civitan Club presents 8th Annual Food Drive for The Salvation Army, drop off location: The UPS Store, 1822 S. Glenburnie Rd. Call 252-637-7500.
15th: Hydroponic Gardening with The Wise Women, 5:30 p.m. at Universalist Union, 308 Meadow St.
15th: Is Your Networking Not Working?, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Craven Community College, Bosch AMC Bldg., Room 102. Presented by The Small Business Center. Call 252-638-1166.
15th: African American Lecture Series: How Free is Free – Civil Right Act of 1866 with Comedian, Timothy A. Shropshire, 7:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
15th: Acoustic Coffee House with Patrick Bliss, 7:00 p.m. at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
15th: Pete Pawsey Live, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at BrÜtopia, 1201 Hwy 70 E. Call 252-631-5142.
16th: Tryon Palace’s February Lunch and Learn to Highlight Craven County’s Enslaved Population, 12:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
16th: Michelangelo Love and Death, Showtimes: 2:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College.Call 252-638-7200.
16th: Kerry Grombacher in Concert, 7:30 p.m. at the Trent River Coffee Company. Presented by the Down East Folk Arts Society. Call 252-646-4657.
16th – 18th: New Bern Antiques Show and Sale at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Presented by the New Bern Preservation Foundation. Call 252-633-6448.
16th – 18th: The Wiz, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.
16th: Performance by Recording Artist Tiffany Elaine at 8:00 p.m. at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
17th: 6th Annual Flapjack Fundraiser, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the River Bend Country Club. Presented by the Tryon Civitan Club. Call 252-637-7500.
17th: St Patrick’s Day Celebration, 8:00 a.m. – 2:000 p.m. at the New Bern Farmers Market. Call 252-633-0043
17th: Tryon Palace Garden Lecture Series, 10:00 a.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.
17th: Free Horticultural Workshop ‘Cool Season Tree and Renovation Pruning’, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m at the Craven Agricultural Building and Demonstrations Garden, 300 Industrial Dr. Call 252-633-1477.
17th: Elegant Evening presented by the Downtown Historic District Association, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Commission House. Call 252-672-1672.
17th: At The Gallery: Kander and Ebb performed by Dora Bullock, Patrick Bliss, and Tim Maddox, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Bank of the Arts. Presented by the Craven Arts Council and Gallery. Call 252-638-2577.
17th: Caffeinated Soul Boggie Live, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at BrÜtopia, 1201 Hwy 70 E. Call 252-631-5142.
17th: Strung Together featuring The Oliver Family, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The City Laundry. Call 252-876-7007.
17th: Hot Buttered Grits Live, 8:30 p.m. at The Brown Pelican. Call 252-631-5008.
18th: The Bridal Workshop, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Stanly Hall Ballroom, 249 Craven St. Call 252-876-7143.
There are also all kinds of things to do in and around town. To name a few, take advantage of over 20 parks and 3 recreation centers maintained by New Bern Parks & Recreation and Craven County Recreation & Parks. Play disc golf at Glenburnie Park and Creekside Park, roller skate at Rollerland, go horseback riding at Equidae Farms (288-9706), or check out the Bear Towne Escape Room.
Visit the New Bern-Craven County Library for free classes, reading programs, movie rentals, etc.
Watch a movie at Neuse Blvd Cinema or Bear Town Cinema 6.
Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Pedi-Bear Tours (649-3839); Scenic Airplane Ride by Tradewind Aviation (636-0716); Tugboat of New Bern Cruises (919-306-5712); and Trolley Tour (637-7316). Call New Bern Tours for more options (637-7316).
Tour the New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park. It’s not only for Civil War Buffs, but it’s a perfect place to take a walk in the woods (with your dog), picnic, or sit on a bench and watch the wildlife.
Take a walk in the woods in the Croatan National Forest. The forest’s habitat has carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, butterwort, bladderwort among other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres and is located in New Bern’s backyard. It’s a sanctuary for black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyote, bald eagle, beaver, bobcat, porcupine, American alligator, red-tailed hawk, and other wildlife you may see. For maps and more information, talk to the people at the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).
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