Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 2014: Cinco de Mayo Comes to the Museum of the Albemarle May 3

Administrator:  Bill McCrea

Contact:  Charlotte Patterson

(252) 335-1453

Release:  April 16, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Comes to the Museum of the Albemarle May 3

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Spicy adventures in cooking, colorfully-clad dancers and piñatas for the kids will highlight the buzz of activity at the Museum of the Albemarle May 3 Cinco de Mayo:  A Fiesta and Information Fair. Currently exhibiting Al Norte al Norte:  Latino Life in North Carolina, the day of celebration is one of the related free programs for the free photography exhibit, running through July 5.

Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Jose Galvez moved to North Carolina from Arizona in 2004 and began documenting life in the Latino community, of business owners, farm laborers and grandparents alike. The 2010 U.S. Census reports that 8.4 per cent of the state’s population is Latino, compared to 1.2 percent 20 years earlier.  In 51 photographs, Galvez reflects the Latino community adapting to and shaping life across North Carolina.

Galvez will conduct tours of the exhibit in English and Spanish the fiesta and fair. Al Norte al Norte is the museum’s first bilingual exhibit. Featured artist Cornelio Campos also will exhibit and sell paintings that reflect the complex realities of migrant life that often are concealed, including immigration, the U.S. Mexico border difficulties, and cultural identity.

Ballet Folklorico—Espirito from Pitt County will perform three dances throughout the day in traditional costumes.  Local chef Jack Baumbaugh, graduate of San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, will tantalize the taste buds with various salsas for tasting. Local vendors will have food for purchase also.

Jewelry, scarves, purses, and children’s items will be sold by local vendors as well. Hands-on children’s activities will include making Cascarones, piñatas, and maracas. A storytelling session will feed the imagination and “Shine Boy Stories and Photographs” by Jose Galvez is available in the museum gift shop. Handcrafted items from the Albemarle region, including jewelry, pottery and ornaments also are available.

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, Inc. (AMEXCAN) Community Resources Center will sponsor an informational fair with information on health care, safety, education, and activities in the area. Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now will participate and also sell handmade items to support their efforts.

The museum is seeking additional food and craft vendors for the fiesta. Application information is available by email at moa@ncdcr.gov or by calling (252) 335-1453. Informational fair vendors may submit a copy of their non-profit status and the application fee will be waived.  
Al Norte al Norte and the Cinco de Mayo: A Fiesta and Information Fair builds on the examination of faith, family, culture and work of the Latino community in North Carolina. Take advantage of the free exhibit, related programs and events.

For additional information call (252) 355-1453. Follow us on Facebook for additional details including a schedule of fiesta events.

Al Norte al Norte received support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, North Carolina Humanities Council, N.C. Museum of History Associates, and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.

April 2014: May Day at Museum of the Albemarle

Contact: Lori Meads, Educator
Release Date:  Immediate
 (252) 335-1453
End Date:  May 1, 2014

 “May Day”

The Museum of the Albemarle will celebrate the 1st day of May with “May Day” activities on Thursday, May 1, 2014 between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Make a Daisy Chain and dance around the May pole to welcome spring, warm weather and extended light. 
Free Family Program
For More Information Call 252-335-1453


April 2014: Preschooler Time “Sweet Piñatas” at MOA

Contact: Lori Meads, Educator
Release Date:  Immediate
 (252) 335-1453
End Date:  May 8, 2014

Preschooler Time

“Sweet Piñatas”

The Museum of the Albemarle will hold Preschooler Time:  “Sweet Piñatas” on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10 a.m.  From decorated clay pots to cardboard and papier-maché, discover the wonderful and unique traditions of the piñata.

For More Information Call 252-335-1453

 Free Family Program


April 2014: ECSU will offer a free SAT test to senior applicants

ECSU will offer a free SAT test to senior applicants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE----On Saturday, April 26th the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at Elizabeth City State University will offer a free institutional SAT test for up to 100 high school senior applicants. This service is reserved for applicants who have submitted an ECSU admissions application for fall 2014 entry.

Eligible applicants must meet the minimum, required grade point average, 2.5. Of particular interest are those who currently have scores that fall right under the minimum SAT or ACT score requirement. This opportunity is intended for students who have had limited opportunities to take standardized tests.

According to Myron Burney, interim director of Admissions and Recruitment, this opportunity will allow capable students to enroll in a four year-university in the fall.  As universities in the University of North Carolina system become more selective, students should view ECSU as one of the system’s most accessible and the most affordable, four-year institutions in the state.  Because standardized test scores are not the strongest indicators of college readiness, most students benefit from repeated testing and preparatory measures. Prospective students must meet the test minimum (800 critical reading & math areas) to enroll in a state public university. They must have demonstrated by high school academic achievement that they can complete college level work.

For more information, contact Myron Burney, ECSU Office of Admissions and Recruitment in the Marion D. Thorpe Administration Building, 252-335-3304 or mgburney@ecsu.edu
This institutional SAT test can only be used for admission consideration at ECSU. Click on the following link to apply to ECSU today http://www.ecsu.edu/administration/chancellor/sac/emr/admissions/apply.cfm

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Kesha Williams
Director of Media Relations| University Relations and Marketing
Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Rd. | Elizabeth City, NC  27909
Phone:  252.335.3686 | Fax:  252.335.3769

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 2014: Port Discover’s Earth Day Festival!

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Robin Kelly-Goss, 252-338-6117,
                        Chrissy Benton, 252-338-6117,

Port Discover’s Earth Day Festival!
Elizabeth City, NC — Port Discover’s 3nd Annual Earth Day Festival is set for Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Elizabeth City’s Mariners’ Wharf Park.  This year we will have a bike extravaganza theme, complete with a bike rodeo, bike maintenance station, bicycle powered activities, and more. Bring your bike and helmet to join in the downtown bike ride. The festival will include other Earth friendly activities like environmentally friendly living, recycling, water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and all natural products. This year will also include live music and Earth friendly food choices. Hands-on activities will be available and free to visitors.  Celebrate Earth Day with us while learning about the environment in a creative, fun, family-friendly atmosphere. This event is partially funded by Vidant Health’s Community Benefits Program.
Port Discover is located at 611 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  The science center’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Programs can be arranged at other times for special groups.  To find out more about the festival please call 252-338-6117 or email portdiscover@portdiscover.org.  Find out more about Port Discover at www.portdiscover.org.  Visit us on Facebook!


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