Community Calendar, May 15 through May 19
WEDNESDAY, May 15
Blood Drive hosted by The Outer Banks Hospital and The Blood Connection. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Outer Banks Hospital. All donors receive $10 Walmart Gift Card. Register at thebloodconnection.org. For more information, call 449-5933.
First Flight Rotary Club. 1 p.m., Beachside Bistro at Sea Ranch Resort, 1731 N. Va. Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills. 449-8165.
BINGO. Colington Volunteer Fire Dept., 108 Schoolhouse Rd., Colington. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Island Festival. Roanoke Island Festival Park. Ticket options at bluegrassisland.com. Runs through May 18.
THURSDAY, May 16
Rotary Club of Kitty Hawk, breakfast meeting, 7:30 a.m., Duck Woods Country Club, 50 S. Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores.
Recovery Learning Circle. 1:30 to 2:30. Building next to Hyde County Health Department, Swan Quarter.
Christian Breast Cancer Support Group, 2 p.m., 112 Duck Woods, Southern Shores. All women welcome. Information: (252) 441-5232.
Recovery Learning Circle. 5 to 6 p.m. Dare County Center, 950 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo. Sponsor is RI International.
47th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular. Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites. Longest running hang gliding competition in the world. Runs through May 20.
FRIDAY, May 17
Friday Bird Walk. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Bird Walk. 9 a.m. Hatteras Island Ocean Center, 57204 NC 12, Hatteras
Preschool Young Naturalists. 10 to 11 a.m. Coastal North Carolina National Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Roanoke Island
Meaningful Days. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Rd., Kitty Hawk. Respite program for caregivers. For additional information, contact Gail Sonnesso at (252) 480-3354
Cancer Conversations. Understanding Skin Cancer: Prevention and Treatment. Noon to1 p.m., Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Resource Center, Medical Building, Second Floor.
Gentle Chair Yoga. Noon to 1 p.m. Baum Senior Center, 300 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills.
North Carolina Potato Festival, May 17 through 19. Friday, 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Downtown Elizabeth City around the Harbor. Street Fair on Main Street, petting zoo, live entertainment, fair food. National Potato Peeling contest.
Mash Up. 7 p.m. Cape Hatteras Secondary School Auditorium, Buxton. Drama Club presents monologues and one-act plays.
Saturday, May 18
Secotan Market, 8 a.m. to noon. 2268 NC Hwy. 345, Wanchese. Until Thanksgiving.
Coastal Gardening Festival. 9 a.m. Thomas A Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills.
Woofstock. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elizabethan Gardens, Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site, Roanoke Island. Family fun event with fur-loving exhibitors, contests, live music. Dogs on non-flexible leash. Adult admission $9. Benefits Elizabethan Gardens and Outer Banks SPCA.
Hands Across the Sand. Noon. Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, and Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach. Stand against offshore drilling. Eight locations in North Carolina.
Pocosin Arts presents Riverview Supper Club. Free artwork open house features Lynn Nash from 5 to 6 p.m. Soft shell crab dinner at 6:30 p.m. prepared by chefs Ollie Inglis and Kelly Burton. Riverview Building, 107 Water St., Columbia. Dinner tickets $60 per person at pocosinarts.org/25years or call 252.796.2787.
SUNDAY, May 19
Buxton United Methodist Church Homecoming and Dedication of Bell Tower. Worship at 9:30, Special Music at 12:30, Luncheon (bring side dish or dessert) 1 to 2, Dedication of Memorial Bell Tower, 2 p.m. Porch Rocker Quartet. Clifford Swain, Music. Dare2Care OBX Shred Fest. 2 to 8:30 p.m. Soundside Event Site, Nags Head. Music, skateboarders, derby girls. Benefits veterans and special needs communities.
“Beyond the Sunset.” 4 p.m. Captain’s Crew Concert. 4 p.m. Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 300 Ananias Dare St., Manteo. Free. Sponsored by Eastern Carolina Concert Society.