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Week Ahead: Things to do in and around New Bern through August 25th

Downtown New Bern1st – 31st: 5th Annual “No Child Wet Behind” Diaper Drive present by the Tryon Civitan Club. Diapers can be dropped off at the UPS Store, 1822 S. Glenburnie Rd. Call 252-288-6983.

21st: Behind the Scenes: Conservation Lab, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Tryon Palace’s Waystation. Call 252-639-3500.

23rd: Coco – Summer 2018 Children’s Movies Series, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center. Call 252-639-3500.

24th – 26th: Big Book Sale, Fri – Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library. Presented by the Friends of the Library New Bern-Craven County Library. Call 252-638-7800.

25th: Craven Habitat for Humanity’s Great Coffee Crawl, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the New Bern Farmers Market. Call 252-633-5512.

25th: Stuff the Bus Event, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at (New Bern – 3105 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd. and 2915 Neuse Blvd., and Havelock – 566 U.S. 70). Presented by Craven County Partners In Education. Call 252-514-6321.

25th: Read-a-roo’s Block Party Live, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Presented by UNC TV Public Media North Carolina CARES. Call 919-549-7000.

25th: 14th Annual Back to School Celebration, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Stanley White Recreation Center.

25th: Improv Comedy Night with Walk in Bathtub, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at The City Stage. Call 252-631-5122.

25th: Date Night Movies in the Park: “La La Land”, 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. Call 252-639-2901.

25th: Broad Street Open Mic, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the basement of Broad Street Christian Church, 802 Broad St.

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.

Visit the New Bern Farmers Market and support our farmers, artists, and numerous vendors by shopping local! You’ll find fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, crafts, numerous handmade items, and more! Hours: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For details call 252-633-0043.

Watch a movie at the Bear Town Cinema 6 (638-1820).

Take a self-guided walking tour or have locals take you on a tour: Cruise the Neuse Boat Tours (876-7232), 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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