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Events scheduled for the months ahead

April 6. Underwater Heritage Symposium. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras. Professional divers and underwater archaeologists do presentations on shipwreck diving experiences, underwater photography, cutting edge research, and maritime history and culture in this day-long event.

April 6. Fried Shrimp Lunch and Dinner. Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Dept. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fried fish, buttered potatoes, coleslaw, hushpuppies, dessert, and ice tea. Adults $10; children under 12 $5 per plate. Also, Grand Re-opening of the MATTIE Arts Center scheduled for this date.

April 6. Cornhole Tournament. Register at 4; game on at 5 p.m. Hatteras Village Civic Center. $20 per team. Spectators $5. Supports scholarship for Cape Hatteras Secondary Basketball academic scholars.

April 12-14. Flying Pirate Half Marathon & First Flight 5K. April 12: Expo, April 13: 5K, 7:30 a.m. $45. April 13: Half Marathon. 7 a.m. $95 in March; $105 in April. No race day registration. Obxse.com for registration.

April 13. 2nd Annual Ocracoke Island-Wide Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to participate and attend. Sign up form at Ocracoke Post Office. Information at (252) 928-6711.

April 13. Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach cleanup. 8 a.m. to Noon. Coquina Beach, Old Lighthouse Site, Ocracoke Day Use Area and NCBBA members stationed at all seashore beach ramps. Bags provided.

April 13. Household Hazardous Waste collection. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Judicial Center complex, 2801 Caratoke Hwy., Currituck, and 9 a.m. to Noon at Southern Outer Banks Water Plant, 734 Ocean Trail, Corolla.

April 15 through 27. Ghosts of the Lost Colony. Waterside Theatre in Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, 1409 National Park Service Dr. Tours Monday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 and 9 p.m. Walk the grounds of Ft. Raleigh. $20, children under 5 free.

April 26. Opening ceremonies for Senior Games. 11:30 a.m. Thomas A. Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills. Competition: April 22 through May

April 27. Earth Fair VII on the Outer Banks. 1 to 4 p.m. Dowdy Park, 3005 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head. Theme: Positively Protecting Habitats. Free. Sponsor is North Carolina Coastal Federation.  (242) 473-1607

April 27 and 28. Native Journeys Festival. 10 a.m. Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center, 53536 NC 12, Frisco. Music, dance, crafts, storytelling. Tickets: individual $5; family $15; senior $3. For information: (252) 995-4440.

May 1. Hyde County Mainland Tourism Summit. 9 to Noon. Hyde County Government Center Multipurpose Room. To be included in Mainland Tourism Collaboration Initiative, email rjohnson@hdecountync.gov or call (252) 926-4178.

May 11. Artrageous Kids Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dowdy Park, Nags Head. Sponsored by Dare County Arts Council. 30th year. Organizations and businesses interested in hosting kids’ art activity and artisans interested in selling works can find an application online at DareArts.org/artrageous. Application deadline April 5. If interested in sponsoring the event or Arts Council scholarship program, contact council executive director Chris Sawin at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com or call (252) 473-5558.

May 14 through 15. Hatteras Village Offshore Open. Headquarters at Hatteras Village Civic Center. Registration open at hvoo.org.

May 19. Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest. 2 to 8:30 p.m. Soundside Event Site, Nags Head. Benefits veterans and special needs communities.

May 25. 9th Annual Paddle Palooza. Ocean Air Sports, 39450 NC 12 Avon. Races include 5K, fun paddle, sprint challenge, 5 mile Downwinder. Register at paddleguru.com or call 415-766-7223. Benefits Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.

May 27. 8th Annual Shorebreak & Tide Pool Run. Beach Klub, 41027 NC 12, Avon. 8 a.m. 5 K, $35 price goes up May 5; 9 a.m. Fun Run, half mile, $10. Benefits Hatteras Island Youth Education Foundation.

June 8 and 9. Tiny Home Showcase. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Displays, food trucks, speakers, music. Outer Banks Event Site, 6800 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head. Sponsor: Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. Ticket $10 one day; both days $15.

June 7 through 9. 20th Annual Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival. Ocracoke Island. The celebration features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and beyond. Produced by Ocracoke Alive, a community non-profit. Proceeds benefit student and community programs. Early Bird tickets available through April 30 at ocracokealive.org.

Sept 4 and 5. OBX Arts and Craft Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, MP 1.5, Kitty Hawk. 25 local artists featuring painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass, fiber arts, collage, wood and more. A portion of artists’ fees benefit two local charities, N.E.S.T. and Friends of Youth. 804-334-6989

Sept. 15 through 21. Eastern Surfing Championships. Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Oct. 12 and 13. Duck Jazz Festival. Town of Duck. Annually on Columbus Day weekend. Live jazz music on two stages. Non-ticketed festival.

Nov. 2. Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration. Fessenden Center, Buxton. A full day of presentations about history of surf fishing, evolution of beach buggies, rod building. Free.

Nov. 19 and 20. North Carolina Coastal Conference sponsored by N.C. Sea Grant. Hotel Ballast, Wilmington. Topics include weather, storms and climate; community and ecosystem health; fisheries and aquaculture; and planning and economics. Registration and other details, including a call for presentation proposals, available soon. Check ncseagrant.org for updates.



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Court rules Duck beach access is private


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